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The winnowing field of Democratic candidates for president deserve credit for trying to address the global climate crisis by dramatically reducing greenhouse emissions, including those from transportation, in sharp contrast to the actions of the Trump administration over the past three years. We just wish that the candidates’ proposals — many of which appear aimed
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Tom Kane, service director at Universal Nissan in Orlando, is on a mission to boost customer retention and profits by focusing on an area many other dealers often ignore: older vehicles whose warranties have expired and whose drivers are looking to pay less for maintenance and repairs. In 2017, Universal rolled out its Legends program
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Fears surrounding the fast-spreading coronavirus prompted automakers and suppliers last week to restrict business travel in and out of China, where the key auto-industry city of Wuhan was identified as the illness’ epicenter. In an effort to contain the outbreak, which had been blamed for 41 deaths as of late Friday, Jan. 24, Chinese officials have
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For Aston Martin, side mirrors of the future could be a combination of old and new technology. The British automaker, along with mirror supplier Gentex Corp., has developed a system that combines aspects of traditional side mirrors with new camera monitoring systems. Aston Martin and Gentex’s collaboration, installed on a prototype DBS Superleggera, uses three
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Canadian prosecutors want to fine Volkswagen millions of Canadian dollars over its emissions scandal. Volkswagen was charged in December with importing nearly 128,000 vehicles into Canada that violated emissions standards. The company then pleaded guilty to dozens of counts of diesel emissions violations. Globally the scandal has already cost the company more than €30bn in
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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misspelled the surname of Jon Kimpel, executive director for new mobility solution engineering at Bridgestone Americas. Bridgestone’s radical new “airless tires” technology is coming to vehicles soon — but probably not in the way automakers assume. The Japanese manufacturer wants to get its technology into the hands
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Tesla has displaced Volkswagen as the world’s second most valuable carmaker, after a dramatic rise in share price pushed its market value to more than $100bn (£76.1bn). The milestone sets the stage for chief Elon Musk to collect billions in pay tied to hitting that target. Tesla’s share price has more than doubled since October,
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For those curious about what Genesis’ first crossover will look like undisguised, Hyundai Motor Group’s luxury brand has finally provided some answers. In Seoul last week, Genesis shared the first official pictures in full color of the GV80 and announced the base engine for the home market — a six-cylinder diesel that won’t be heading
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Benteler Automotive Group, a key supplier of internal-combustion engine-related parts, plans to go into series production on electric drive systems over the next two years, representing a shift into new territory for the German company. Although chassis and engine and exhaust components remain its core markets, Benteler says it is ready for a future in
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Lamborghini is turning to rear-wheel drive to bulk up its Huracan Evo lineup this year, offering customers of the Italian exotic a different driving experience. A technical highlight of the rwd coupe, arriving in the spring, is a new performance traction-control system. With this setup, there’s more oversteering control than the standard all-wheel-drive car that
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Volkswagen is not known as a pickup brand. But LaFontaine Volkswagen of Dearborn is using pickups to attract customers who wouldn’t otherwise come into the store. The Michigan store acquires used pickups and outfits them with a lift kit, beefy rims and tires, side steps and sometimes even fender flares. The trucks are then parked
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DETROIT — More than two years before a new vehicle is built, General Motors engineers test the power steering, turn signals and driver-assist technology such as Super Cruise — all from a lab at its engineering hub here.It’s made possible by GM’s new digital platform, which will be integrated into most of its vehicles by
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Before he became an international fugitive from justice, Carlos Ghosn was a widely photographed automotive executive. According to our archives, pictures of the former Nissan Motor Co. CEO have appeared in Automotive News nearly 200 times over the years, including on the front page of last week’s edition. Yet Interpol, the global police organization, couldn’t
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LAS VEGAS — Daimler, the world’s largest truck manufacturer, could commercialize a hydrogen-powered city bus in the next two to three years, r&d boss Markus Schäfer told reporters at CES last week. While electrification is sweeping the passenger-car side of the industry, fuel cells are a more promising option for larger vehicles because they have
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A year ago, the Jeep Cherokee was riding high, becoming the brand’s biggest seller behind the Wrangler after a midcycle update gave it fresher styling and more cargo capacity. But a 20 percent plunge in Cherokee sales for 2019, including a 30 percent drop in the fourth quarter, has prompted FCA US to idle its
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LAS VEGAS — Long known for its sizzle, CES contained plenty of substance this year. From the tech-friendly city envisioned by Toyota to specific near-term products that support better driver-assist systems, there was no shortage of ambition at the annual gadget showcase-turned-auto show. The wares included items that have flown below the radar of the
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DETROIT — In his first two months as president of the UAW, Rory Gamble swiftly enacted common-sense reforms aimed at ending the corruption and malfeasance that has plagued the union for years. It still might not be enough for the union to avoid its worst-case scenario: government oversight. The years-long federal investigation that as of
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include Ford Motor Co.’s December and total 2019 sales data, which was released Monday, Jan. 6. After U.S. sales peaked at 17.55 million in 2016, the auto industry has avoided a steep decline, steadily coasting on annual sales of more than 17 million. Another stable year appears
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With its redesigned Flying Spur, Bentley hopes to challenge the popular Maybach and AMG versions of the Mercedes-Benz S-class upper- premium sedan. Bentley will tout that the Flying Spur provides more luxury than the Maybach and more sporting prowess than the AMG. The 12-cylinder Bentley has a maximum output of 626 hp. It can accelerate
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A Christmas-themed winter wonderland with holiday lights and even a mailbox for letters to Santa was a huge hit for Rainforest Car Wash, drawing hundreds of vehicles at locations in suburban Cleveland such as this one in Medina, Ohio. “People really like it,” said Trevor Gile, executive partner of Motorcars Consulting. The wash is part
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Electronics giant Sony has surprised attendees of the CES tech show by unveiling an electric car dubbed the Vision S. The vehicle is a prototype designed to show off the firm’s sensors and in-car entertainment technologies. The dashboard is flanked by an ultra-wide panoramic screen “for driving information and entertainment”. However, Sony did not indicate
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Automotive News is searching for the country’s best places to work in automotive retail. For the ninth time, Automotive News is partnering with Best Companies Group to identify dealerships that have excelled in creating quality workplaces. The program, Best Dealerships To Work For, measures workplace satisfaction through a confidential survey of employers and employees. Dealerships
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Japan is pressing Lebanon to return fugitive ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, who escaped house arrest in Tokyo before reportedly being smuggled out of the country in a flight case. Lebanon does not typically surrender its citizens but Japan says it can request his extradition. According to reports, Mr Ghosn walked out of his house on
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New car registrations in the UK last year fell to their lowest level since 2013, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). It was the third consecutive year of decline, and the SMMT expects that trend to continue throughout 2020. Those expectations are largely due to weak consumer confidence and confusion over
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