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Volkswagen Group’s luxury sports vehicle unit Porsche has launched an internal investigation into the suspected manipulation of gasoline engines, German weekly Bild am Sonntag reported. Porsche has informed Germany’s automotive watchdog KBA, the Stuttgart prosecutor’s office, as well as U.S. authorities of suspected illegal changes to hardware and software that could affect exhaust systems and
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Cars need more than a clear view of the road ahead for new safety technology to fulfill its lifesaving potential. They need a better idea of what’s happening along the periphery of their paths. As transportation officials struggle to address a dramatic and chronic increase in pedestrian deaths on U.S. roadways, automakers and suppliers are
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Mini plans to sunset its two-door convertible after production of the current-generation model ends in February 2024, according to supply chain sources, ending a nearly two-decade run in the U.S. A Mini spokesman declined to comment on future plans for the model. “The convertible remains an appealing model in Mini’s lineup,” he said. The decision
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Mercedes-Benz is dropping the Freightliner Sprinter van in the U.S. at the end of the 2021 model year, with output ending at a South Carolina plant in September 2021. Sales are expected to end by Dec. 31, 2021, the company told Freightliner dealers this week. Mercedes has sold the Sprinter van, redesigned in 2018, through two
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Nobody is perfect, especially me. An odd way to begin a car review, sure, but hear me out: A couple of months ago I wrote up a list of The Best 991-Gen Porsche 911s I’ve ever driven. Sitting in fifth place on that list is the Porsche 911 Speedster. Fifth out of 12 is fine,
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Minivans aren’t exactly huge business in America anymore—of 3.5 million new vehicles sold in the first quarter of the year, just 81,000 or so were of the sliding-door variety—but nevertheless Kia is going all-out with its next-generation Carnival, which you know better as the Sedona. It’s not headed to global markets just yet, so what you’re
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BERLIN/MUNICH — Schaeffler hopes to raise as much as 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion) as the supplier looks to bolster its finances amid the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The company will hold an extraordinary shareholders meeting on Sept. 15 to seek approval to issue as many as 200 million additional non-voting common shares, Schaeffler
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The Washington Auto Show is getting a later start next year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, show organizers said Thursday. Next year’s show is set to run March 26 through April 4 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital. The event had been scheduled to run Jan. 29 through Feb.
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Subaru Corp. has partnered with Silicon Valley tech company Xilinx on an enhanced EyeSight safety system with new features that will first launch in the Japanese market. EyeSight, which is a stereo vision-based advanced driver-assistance and safety system, will be powered by Xilinx’s UltraScale multiprocessor system-on-chip. This provides the power to process the stereo images
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Nexteer Automotive said Tuesday that revenue and profit fell in the first half as a result of the coronavirus pandemic but cost and investment controls helped mitigate some of the impact. The supplier of steering and driveline systems squeezed out a net profit of $1 million in the first half, a 99 percent drop from
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In another sign that a new law in California could force dramatic changes to ride-hailing in the state, Uber Technologies Inc. said it’s considering licensing the brand to independently operated franchises. The move would create distance between the ride-hailing company and its drivers and would serve as an alternative to classifying them as employees. Uber
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. is slashing prices on the 2021 Explorer crossover by more than $3,000 on certain trims and repackaging some content in a bid to bolster its front-runner status in the large crossover segment. The base Explorer will cost $33,470 for the 2021 model year, including shipping, a $540 decrease from the
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SHANGHAI — China’s Geely Automobile Holdings on Monday booked a 43 percent drop in half-year profit as the coronavirus outbreak continues to trouble the world’s biggest auto market. The result come as China’s overall auto sales slowly recovers from a virus-blighted start to the year. Sales climbed for the fourth consecutive month in July yet
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Editor’s note: This story is part of the annual Automotive News “Future Product Pipeline” series. Volvo Cars is trading its diesel-powered past for an electron-charged future. Globally, every new Volvo model will have an electric motor as part of the Swedish automaker’s plan to make all-electric cars account for half of its global sales by
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Electric vehicle batteries require cobalt. Most cobalt comes from mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Congo is a nation plagued by instability and a lack of rule of law that allows some mining companies to exploit their workers. Welcome to the challenge of auto industry supply chain ethics. Supplier disruptions caused by the pandemic
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