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SAN FRANCISCO — Cruise, General Motors’ self-driving vehicle unit, revealed its first vehicle that can drive without an operator as well as plans for a new service to compete in the ride-hailing space. The Cruise Origin, developed with Honda Motor Co., is designed with more space for passengers, and the driverless taxi will give ride-hailing
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FRANKFURT — Mitsubishi is being probed by German prosecutors for suspected use of illegal defeat devices installed in diesel engines. Mitsubishi cars equipped with 1.6-liter and 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engines are being investigated over the possible use of an illegal defeat device, the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday. Officials are investigating a member of
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Tesla Inc. said on Monday there was no unintended acceleration in its vehicles, as it responded to a petition to a U.S. safety regulator to investigate and recall around 500,000 of the company’s electric cars over the alleged defect. On Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it would review the petition and
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TOKYO — Subaru, long a laggard in electrification, plans to go greener with a target to get at least 40 percent of its global sales from full-electric or hybrid vehicles by 2030. Then, in the first half of the 2030s, the Japanese automaker plans to electrify every vehicle in its global lineup, the automaker said in
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For a pioneer in the fledgling automotive subscription arena, 2020 is shaping up to be a promising year. Clutch Technologies, the Atlanta company owned by Cox Automotive that develops software for vehicle subscription service providers, now works with 18 automaker brands — compared with just four a year ago, President Vince Zappa said during a
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TOKYO — How does a Detroit automaker sell American vehicles in Japan’s notoriously fickle, hyper-competitive and supposedly closed market? Actually, if you’re Jeep, you do it quite well. Jeep posted a 16 percent sales surge in Japan last year, making it one of the fastest-growing brands in the world’s No. 3 auto market. In posting
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BERLIN — Around 250 Germans on Saturday protested in the outskirts of Berlin where U.S. electric automaker Tesla Inc. is planning to build a gigafactory, saying its construction will endanger water supply and wildlife in the area. Tesla announced plans last November to build its first European car factory in Gruenheide, in the eastern state
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a bill that represents the state’s most ambitious strategy to promote electric vehicles. New Jersey, where transportation accounts for about half of greenhouse gas emissions, joins about a dozen other states that have targets for electric-vehicle adoption. The bill calls for 2 million plug-in electric vehicles by 2035, and
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The GTS specification, available across the Porsche lineup, typically describes a bundle involving extra power over the S trim, along with sportier chassis and exhaust upgrades and unique trim. Stirring in that magic 4.0 engine, however, is clearly an escalation of Porsche’s GTS game, making the already enticing trim level more desireable than ever—at least
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General Motors on Thursday said it will invest $40 million in its Spring Hill Global Propulsion Systems operation to increase engine capacity for full-size trucks and SUVs. The investment will expand capacity of the 5.3-liter V-8 engine with Dynamic Fuel Management, which is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine is available on the
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While Magna International Inc. anticipates growth to 2022 it does expect sales this year to fall compared with 2019 due to a variety of factors. In its outlook released Thursday, the Canadian auto supply giant said the stronger U.S. dollar, the sale of its fluid pressure and controls business and lower expected light vehicle production
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Toyota Motor Corp. is making a $394 million investment in Joby Aviation, one of the handful of companies with the seemingly implausible goal of making electric air taxis that shuttle people over gridlocked highways and city streets. Toyota is the lead investor in Joby’s $590 million Series C funding, alongside Baillie Gifford and Global Oryx and
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It’s easy to appreciate an improved new-car design like the 2020 Nissan Sentra, but that beauty is only skin deep. Eventually, you’ll need to actually step inside, use the controls, and drive the car. With Nissan‘s new compact sedan, interior updates transform the Sentra from a car that felt years behind the competition to one
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The BMW i8 and Polestar 1 have a shocking amount in common for two cars that feel so different. They both employ small-displacement, forced-induction engines that would have been laughed at in this price bracket a decade ago. They both remain largely unchanged from the concept cars on which they are based. They both represent
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FRANKFURT — German prosecutors on Tuesday filed charges against six Volkswagen employees for their role in the automaker’s emissions-cheating scandal. Prosecutors in Brunswick, Germany, accused the unnamed employees of fraud and false advertising as well as tax evasion, since VW cars equipped with illegal emissions-cheating software should not have received road worthiness certification and tax
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