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With less than one month before the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement enters into force, the auto industry can now examine the pact’s long-awaited ground rules. USMCA’s uniform regulations — essentially an instruction manual providing the granular detail on how to comply with the deal’s new rules of origin — expound on regional value content calculations and
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Everything seems to be changing by the hour as the global health crisis completely upends the way the world works, but while automakers are making face shields and ventilators, the core of the business—designing and engineering cars to (someday) sell—continues apace. It may be happening in home offices and otherwise socially distanced manners, but these
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The point behind these “Is Luxury Worth it?” tests, where we pit loaded mainstream-branded cars versus fairly base-model luxury rides, reaches a strange plateau with this particular matchup. Odd couple? You betcha. Both machines are powered by turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Both cars drive all four wheels, possess four doors, and seat five. The C-pillars, especially
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The coolest luxury car technologies of today often become features on mainstream cars tomorrow. Take cruise control as an example; today, nearly every new car has it except for specialized performance models and base trims of entry-level cars. But what is adaptive cruise control? And is it worth using? How Adaptive Cruise Control Works (and
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Eleven months after Volkswagen Group announced a $2.6 billion investment in self-driving startup Argo AI, the deal has closed. Officials from the two companies and Ford Motor Co. said a regulatory-review process had been completed and Volkswagen’s investment was finalized Monday. For companies large and small, the ongoing pandemic had brought economic uncertainty across the
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Nothing succeeds like success. For the 2002 model year, Acura has revitalized its hot-selling 3.2 TL sedan lineup with more refinement, more aggressive styling, and more potent performance with the addition of the Type S model. The Type S treatment, which we so enjoy in the CL coupe, helps the TL complete the transformation from
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MILAN — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it planned to list its robot-making business, giving more detail Monday about the future of Turin-based Comau, which it already planned to spin off. Comau will be spun off shortly after FCA completes its merger with Peugeot maker PSA and its shares distributed to shareholders of the new group. The deal
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Zotye Automobile Co. and Chery Automobile Co. are two very different Chinese automakers, but they have one thing in common: They’re both deeply troubled operations. Both are also the foundation of a startup import company in California, HAAH Automotive Holdings, which has been signing up dealers in 100 U.S. markets to retail vehicles from one
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Stuffed to its roof racks with baggage, the Range Rover should have been an instant failure when its fat Michelin tires finally rolled onto U.S. soil in March 1987. Instead, a brilliant launch strategy crafted mostly by former Volkswagen, Fiat and Chrysler executives that focused on image, capability and customer service got the Range Rover
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DETROIT — In the second week of production after the coronavirus shutdown, the Detroit 3 aimed to find a balance: Keep factory floors from spreading infection while racing to fulfill orders from dealers desperate for inventory. All three companies have had confirmed cases of the virus within their plants since they reopened May 18. But
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Of all the ambitious projects attempted in the short history of self-driving technology, no company has been more audacious than Zoox. Since the startup’s founding nearly six years ago, its executives have pursued an arduous path that involves developing their own autonomous driving system, creating their own vehicle platform from the ground up and building
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A few minutes after the checkered flag waved at 2017’s rainy 24 Hours of Daytona, Acura’s bossman, Jon Ikeda, was cheering inside the luxury brand’s suite at the raceway. The #86 NSX GT3 car crossed the line in a respectable fifth place—but Ikeda was not only acclaiming a successful debut for the new Acura race
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While automakers move heaven and earth to get their manufacturing operations safely up and running and their dealers selling vehicles again, the disruptive COVID-19 pandemic may have also reconfigured the way companies think about recruiting and retaining employees, says the executive who leads Toyota’s manufacturing and human resources in North America. Chris Reynolds, chief administrative
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FRANKFURT — German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen plans to cut up to 15,000 jobs, or around 10 percent of its work force, by 2025 as a result of a slump in demand, according to a company memo. ZF, which helps automakers develop gearboxes and hybrid drivetrains, said in an email to employees that half of the
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Billionaire investor Carl Icahn sold out of Hertz Global Holdings Inc., the rental-car company that filed for bankruptcy last week, calling off a roughly six-year bet that lost him almost $1.6 billion. Icahn, 84, sold his entire 55.3 million shares on Tuesday for 72 cents a share, according to a regulatory filing. His holding represented
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After unveiling the refreshed E-Class sedan and wagon earlier this year, Mercedes is now showing off its equally stylish and updated E-Class coupe and convertible. The two-door 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class models go on sale in the United States later this year with fresh exterior designs, updated interior technologies, and new, electrified powertrains. Like the sedan,
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