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Yellowstone Supervolcano Could Power Electric Cars of the Future – WIRED

This story originally appeared on Newsweek and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Electric cars and smartphones of the future could be powered by supervolcanoes like Yellowstone after scientists discovered that ancient deposits within them contain huge reservoirs of lithium—a chemical element used to make lithium-ore batteries, supplies of which are increasingly dwindling. Lithium, a soft white metal first discovered in 1817 by Johan August Arfvedson, has become widely used in manufacturing, most…

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Former UAW Official Charged in Fiat Chrysler Payoff Case – New York Times

The government said that Jerome Durden, a former Fiat Chrysler official, conspired to divert more than $4.5 million in training center funds. He pleaded guilty on Aug. 8 to conspiracy and preparing false tax returns and faces up to 37 months in prison under a plea deal. A former Fiat Chrysler vice president for employee relations, Alphons Iacobelli, was charged last month with making $1.2 million in improper payments to…

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Roy Lunn, Innovative Engineer of Celebrated Cars, Dies at 92 – New York Times

One of Mr. Lunn’s most celebrated cars was the experimental Mustang I, a two-seat, four-cylinder aluminum-bodied sports car with its engine midway between the front and rear axles. It was unveiled in 1962 and later became one of the most popular of the sporty, compact so-called pony cars. Mr. Lunn oversaw development of the engine and chassis. “It had a very interesting reception,” Mr. Lunn told Hemmings Classic Car magazine…

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Former UAW official charged in Fiat Chrysler payoff probe – Reuters

(Reuters) – A former senior official at the United Auto Workers trade union was charged on Friday with conspiring with other union officials to accept improper payments from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI) officials over a four-year period. Virdell King, 65, of Detroit, who a union official until February 2016, was charged with conspiracy to violate labor laws in U.S. District Court in Detroit. King was one of the senior…

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Flying Deloreans, the Electric Nikola Zero, and the Rest of This … – WIRED

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the nation’s premier automotive event, is on the horizon, and cars built before Hawaii was even a state will sell for millions upon millions of dollars. Perhaps that explains why so much of the news this week is about making the long-ish in tooth new again. We’ve got another DeLorean, an off-road vehicle gone new-agey electric, even a stolid state Department of Transportation trying on…

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Delphi Buys Stake In Innoviz, Another Tech Partner For Self-Driving Cars – Forbes

Delphi Delphi has begun working in Pittsburgh on a self-driving prototype. Delphi and partners The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will be in production by 2021 and will sell autonomous vehicles to other car companies and industries. (Photo by John F. Martin for Delphi) Delphi Automotive said Friday it has taken a minority stake in Israel’s Innoviz Technologies, a two-year-old developer of advanced laser-based sensors for self-driving cars. Terms were not disclosed. It’s…

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Classic cars aren’t such a racy investment any more – Quartz

At this week’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, an elite annual car show, a 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 is set to sell for a cool $20 million. Not far behind is an orange-trim 1970 Porsche, valued at $16 million. Overall, auctions at the event are expected to bring in $290 million. (Gawk at the classic cars in this Bloomberg photoessay of the event.) The projected proceeds are 14% lower than last…

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

THE AUTO SCANNER: Cadillacs come with concerns – Wicked Local Swampscott

Your car care questions answered by repair expert Larry Rubenstein. By Larry Rubenstein scanauto@aol.com Q: Does urging 3,000-mile oil changes apply to cars using synthetic oil? I recent bought a 2017 Toyota Corolla for which the manufacturer recommends oil changes every 5,000 miles or six months. Do you agree? A: My schedule for my customers is 3,000 miles between oil changes for those using conventional oil,…

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Team Penske’s IMSA entry: Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype revealed at the Quail – Autoweek

Acura and Team Penske unveiled the ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international race car at the Quail today and announced plans to take it racing next year. Acura and Team Penske will campaign two of the high-tech cars in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship beginning with the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. The new race car is based on the successful Oreca 07 chassis with a body that includes design flourishes…

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

10 Features Consumers Will Want To Watch Out For In Driverless Cars – Forbes

Shutterstock The onset of driverless cars is becoming more of reality day by day. As safety increases in these autonomous vehicles, vehicle owners are taking more notice and considering the possibilities ahead. With manufacturers such as Tesla, Uber and Google leading the charge, it is only a matter of time before one drives into your neighborhood. Offering an abundance of features, these driverless cars are sure to intrigue vehicle owners…

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

2019 BMW Z4: What to Expect – Automobile

BMW should have badged it Z3. Why? Because the new Z4 is in many ways a reincarnation of the first Z3 roadster that rolled off the line at the automaker’s Spartanburg, South Carolina, factory back in the mid 1990s. It sheds the last Z4’s bulky and ill-conceived retractable hardtop in favor of an electrically operated soft top. There are no more ungainly cutlines segmenting the elegant silhouette, and cargo volume…

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

007’s Family Cars? Aston Martin Is Planning Both A Wagon And An SUV – Forbes

Aston Martin The elegantly trimmed Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is expected to go into a limited production run of just 99 units in 2018. Just as one can’t help associating secret agent James Bond with the storied Aston Martin brand of sports cars, it’s difficult to fathom either 007 or his favorite automotive marque being particularly family minded. Sure, Bond was wed in 1963’s On Her Majesty’s Secret…

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Auto groups side with Canada, Mexico on NAFTA origin rules – Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Auto industry groups from Canada, Mexico and the United States are pushing back against the Trump administration’s demand for higher U.S. automotive content in a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement. At talks underway this week in Washington, automaker and parts groups from all three countries were urging negotiators against tighter rules of origin, said Eduardo Solis, president of the Mexican Automotive Industry Association. But U.S. Trade…

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Rubin: The dream cars of the Dream Cruisers – The Detroit News

Buy Photo Paul Meray of Warren shows the original V8, vegetable juice, as a joke, under the hood of his 1963 Ford Falcon.(Photo: Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)Buy Photo Paul Meray loves his ’63 Ford Falcon convertible, as well he should. It’s Venetian yellow, an optional pastel that year, with a black top and new black upholstery. The retired fire captain from Warren saw it on eBay four years…

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Unwrapping the First Customer Bugatti Chiron in the US – The Drive

The Bugatti Chiron is the latest high-speed hyper car from France, complete with a ridiculous price tag and even more ridiculous performance numbers. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, here’s the deal: a check for about $3 million will get you 1 of 500 Chirons with 1,500 horsepower and the ability to hit 260 miles per hour at the flex of a toe. With the…

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

007’s Family Cars? Aston Martin Is Planning Both A Wagon And An SUV – Forbes

Aston Martin The elegantly trimmed Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is expected to go into a limited production run of just 99 units in 2018. Just as one can’t help associating secret agent James Bond with the storied Aston Martin brand of sports cars, it’s difficult to fathom either 007 or his favorite automotive marque being particularly family minded. Sure, Bond was wed in 1963’s On Her Majesty’s Secret…

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Pebble Beach 2017: BMW brings new Z4, M8 to the concept lawn – Los Angeles Times

German car company BMW is taking advantage of a captive audience of auto fans and journalists assembled for the annual Monterey Car Week to unveil a pair of concept vehicles on the lawn at Pebble Beach. The two concept cars, which the company says precede production cars that will be revealed some time next year, represent new versions of BMW’s M8 sports car and its Z4 roadster. Photographs released by…

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Marchionne Fuels The Inevitable Breakup Of Fiat Chrysler – Forbes

Jeep is the jewel in the FCA crown as CEO Sergio Marchionne marches to an inevitable break-up of the company. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) It increasingly looks like Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is fueling interest in selling or spinning off the company’s brands as a way of maximizing shareholder value and finding new management leadership before he retires in 2019. Trade weekly Automotive News reported Monday that the automaker…

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Watch An ‘Indefensible’ Car Hack Disable An Alfa Romeo’s Safety Systems – Forbes

The new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio at the Los Angeles Film Festival opening night premiere after party at Culver Studios on June 14, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Spotlight Cinema Networks) Car hacks are old hat nowadays, from a research perspective at least, but an attack that may affect pretty much every car manufacturer on the planet could be real cause for concern. It…

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Watch: cyclist throws discarded tissue back into litterer’s convertible Audi – Telegraph.co.uk

An Audi driver who threw litter from his car on a Sydney street has had it angrily returned to him by a passing cyclist. The exchange was captured on the bike rider’s helmet camera. In the short video, taken near the Australian city’s Hyde Park, a tissue appears to fall from the driver’s side of the convertible in front of the cyclist. The cyclist then stops and returns the tissue…

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017