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Alfa Romeo launches Stelvio SUV, but brand building will take time – Detroit Free Press

Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo, unveils the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV ahead of the 2016 LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, CA on November 16, 2016.(Photo: Frederic J. Brown, AFP/Getty Images) x Embed x Share CLOSE New SUV offers style, class-leading power and acceleration. Mark Phelan/Detroit Free Press Alfa Romeo is playing the long game as it looks to win over buyers after a more than two-decade absence in North…

Posted: Sunday, June 25, 2017

Internal dossier criticises Audi top management: Bild – Reuters

FRANKFURT German luxury carmaker Audi’s (NSUG.DE) management board, including Chief Executive Rupert Stadler, has been sharply criticised by company managers, Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday, citing an internal dossier. It said the executive board had shown no signals of a fresh start, change or readiness for the future, and that workers were frustrated with “disastrous” indecisiveness. Stadler has come under fire for how he has handled the fallout from…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Uber and Tesla are showing ominous signs that the era of auto disruption may be about to come to an abrupt end – Business Insider

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. TED •Uber’s CEO departed and Tesla’s head of Autopilot left in the same week. •The leading disruptors of the auto industry are experiencing severe challenges. •Investors and tech enthusiasts have insisted that transportation is about to undergo profound change — but maybe that won’t happen. The much-discussed disruption of the traditional auto industry was itself disrupted this past week, as Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down amid…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

How do you launch an Aston Martin luxury condo tower? With sports cars and helicopters – Miami Herald

Aston Martin cars — sleek, outrageously styled speed machines — have been turning heads around the world for the last 104 years. James Bond drove one. Legendary race-car drivers Jim Clark, Carroll Shelby and Sir Stirling Moss were big fans. A robot turns into one in the new “Transformers” movie. So when the British auto manufacturer gave the public a peek at their first foray into real estate development —…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

‘What was Alfa Romeo thinking? Why would you want to make a school-run car? That is like Armani deciding to make … – The Sun

I’LL be honest with you. I loathe all the current crop of so-called SUVs, except those I dislike intensely. I cannot see the point of driving around in a car that’s slower, more expensive and thirstier than a normal saloon or estate. It just seems idiotic. Alfa Romeo Stelvio is latest to enter the SUV battle But then I had to make a brief trip to Tuscany recently and found…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ford’s Signal to the Auto World: Here Comes China – NRToday.com

HONG KONG — After years of predictions that cars sold in the West would bear the “Made in China” label, the time has finally come. Ford Motor Co.’s plans to build its popular Focus compact cars in China, rather than Michigan or Mexico, is a milestone in China’s automotive rise. Chinese auto industry leaders praised the move as long-awaited confirmation that the country’s factories have become…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Supercars and Robots Push Honda Toward the Autonomous Future – WIRED

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ex-Gov. Robert Bentley working as doctor at Tuscaloosa dermatology clinic – AL.com

Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Dermatology Care of Alabama’s website. (Contributed photo/Dermatology Care of Alabama) Former Alabama governor Robert Bentley is back to practicing medicine. Bentley is listed as the owner and only physician for Dermatology Care of Alabama. The practice is located at 900 Veterans Memorial Parkway in Tuscaloosa. “Dr. Robert Bentley comes to Dermatology Care of Alabama, known as a familiar face to Alabamians and a skilled and…

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

Trump’s job promises face challenge in auto sector – The Hill

President Trump’s promises to revive the struggling American manufacturing industry faces new headwinds as the automotive sector, the largest driver of manufacturing jobs, announces thousands of new layoffs.  The layoffs come as the auto industry faces declining growth after a post-recession rebound. In less than a year, Ford has said it will cut as many as 1,400 jobs. General Motors has cut production at four U.S. assembly lines, costing 4,400 workers…

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

Take 5 with Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo, at the launch of the Stelvio crossover – Chicago Tribune

The all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is crucial to the Italian performance brand’s return to the U.S. The performance crossover is based on the Giulia midsize sedan introduced late last year, sharing the same 280-horsepower turbo engine, suspension, chassis, interior — just about everything, except the body. It is the brand’s third model since returning to the U.S. in 2015 after a 20-year absence, and follows the low volume but…

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

Trump’s job promises face challenge in auto sector – The Hill

President Trump’s promises to revive the struggling American manufacturing industry faces new headwinds as the automotive sector, the largest driver of manufacturing jobs, announces thousands of new layoffs.  The layoffs come as the auto industry faces declining growth after a post-recession rebound. In less than a year, Ford has said it will cut as many as 20,000 jobs. General Motors has cut production at four U.S. assembly lines, costing 4,400 workers…

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

BMW’s 2017 X4 M40i Compact SUV Drives Like a Sports Car – New York Times

During cornering and in slalom maneuvers, the test=driven five-door X4 remained buttoned down, not tippy, thanks in part to its low center of gravity. Its sport front seats with thigh extenders kept the driver and front passenger in place during aggressive driving. Advertisement Continue reading the main story The look is typical BMW, with its trademark kidney-shaped grille, a coupe-like roofline and 19- or optional 20-inch wheels. The five-passenger 2017…

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

420 new jobs coming to Spartanburg Co., 25th Anniv. of BMW in area – WSPA.com

It’s a big week for Spartanburg County. This week marks the 25th anniversary of BMW’s announcement that it was coming to the county Council members also announced this week the creation of 420 new jobs from 4 companies looking to locate here, and one more looking to expand. BMW filled a huge void in Spartanburg County. It came during a time that the area’s textile industry had dried up and…

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

BMW’s 2017 X4 M40i Compact SUV Drives Like a Sports Car – New York Times

During cornering and in slalom maneuvers, the test=driven five-door X4 remained buttoned down, not tippy, thanks in part to its low center of gravity. Its sport front seats with thigh extenders kept the driver and front passenger in place during aggressive driving. Advertisement Continue reading the main story The look is typical BMW, with its trademark kidney-shaped grille, a coupe-like roofline and 19- or optional 20-inch wheels. The five-passenger 2017…

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

BMW’s 2017 X4 M40i Compact SUV Drives Like a Sports Car – New York Times

During cornering and in slalom maneuvers, the test=driven five-door X4 remained buttoned down, not tippy, thanks in part to its low center of gravity. Its sport front seats with thigh extenders kept the driver and front passenger in place during aggressive driving. Advertisement Continue reading the main story The look is typical BMW, with its trademark kidney-shaped grille, a coupe-like roofline and 19- or optional 20-inch wheels. The five-passenger 2017…

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

BMW’s 2017 X4 M40i Compact SUV Drives Like a Sports Car – New York Times

During cornering and in slalom maneuvers, the test=driven five-door X4 remained buttoned down, not tippy, thanks in part to its low center of gravity. Its sport front seats with thigh extenders kept the driver and front passenger in place during aggressive driving. Advertisement Continue reading the main story The look is typical BMW, with its trademark kidney-shaped grille, a coupe-like roofline and 19- or optional 20-inch wheels. The five-passenger 2017…

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ford’s Signal to the Auto World: Here Comes China – New York Times

China represents a competitive challenge and a profitable opportunity for American carmakers. China is already the world’s largest automaker, with annual car production roughly equal to that of the United States and Japan combined. Chinese players have long wanted to develop underused factories dotting major cities to increase production and export the excess. Advertisement Continue reading the main story For years, it has been a quixotic dream. Such factories tend…

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

For thousands of US auto workers, downturn is already here – Reuters

LORDSTOWN, Ohio Wall Street is fretting that the U.S. auto industry is heading for a downturn, but for thousands of workers at General Motors Co factories in the United States, the hard times are already here. Matt Streb, 36, was one of 1,200 workers laid off on Jan. 20 – inauguration day for Republican U.S. President Donald Trump – when GM canceled the third shift at its Lordstown small-car factory…

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource – Greentech Media

The concept of using electric vehicles as a grid resource is no longer just theory. A pilot program recently conducted by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric successfully demonstrated that electric vehicles can serve as reliable and flexible grid assets, which could eventually save money for both utilities and EV owners. The BMW i ChargeForward Project is one of the best examples to date of a utility and an automaker…

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource – Greentech Media

The concept of using electric vehicles as a grid resource is no longer just theory. A pilot program recently conducted by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric successfully demonstrated that electric vehicles can serve as reliable and flexible grid assets, which could eventually save money for both utilities and EV owners. The BMW i ChargeForward Project is one of the best examples to date of a utility and an automaker…

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017