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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

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

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

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

Sixt CEO hints at car-sharing merger talks between BMW and Daimler – Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German carmakers Daimler (DAIGn.DE) and BMW (BMWG.DE) may be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, the chief executive of car rental company and DriveNow partner Sixt (SIXG.DE) hinted on Thursday. Daimler and BMW have discussed pooling their car-sharing businesses to better compete against ride-hailing companies like Uber [UBER.UL] and Lyft which have started offering pay-per-use mobility services which are more convenient than car…

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

Aston Martin just delivered its first luxury boat — and it looks amazing – Business Insider

Aston Martin Aston Martin has officially entered the boating business. The luxury car maker debuted its first boat in September 2016 — and it has now entered the hands of its first owner. The boat, called the AM37, was made in conjunction with Quintessence Yachts and starts at $1.64 million. But the one hitting the seas was heavily customized, making it cost a lot more than the initial price tag. Scroll down for a closer look at the boat:

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye in developing self-driving platform – TechCrunch

The joint effort by Mobileye, Intel and BMW to develop an autonomous driving platform that can be used by other automakers has a new partner: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). FCA and the group signed a memorandum of understanding to work together, which opens the door for FCA to contribute to the progress the team has already made. Already, BMW, Intel and Mobileye (which Intel subsequently acquired) have been working on…

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Acworth to buy new police cars – Atlanta Journal Constitution

The three cars that are on order are replacement vehicles in the patrol fleet with no increase in the size of the fleet, said Acworth Police Chief Wayne Dennard. Identified as potentially being unreliable, the three 2011 cars will remain in service until the new ones arrive this fall.

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fiat Chrysler joins BMW in Intel’s self-driving super group – The Verge

The partnership between BMW, Intel and Mobileye for self-driving technology has lured another automaker into the fold. On Wednesday, the group announced an agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to join in the development of a semi-autonomous and fully autonomous technologies for production vehicles with the German automaker and the technology companies. It also marks a significant move for FCA in keeping pace with other automakers in the self-driving stakes. “In…

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fiat Chrysler joins BMW in Intel’s self-driving super group – The Verge

The partnership between BMW, Intel and Mobileye for self-driving technology has lured another automaker into the fold. On Wednesday, the group announced an agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to join in the development of a semi-autonomous and fully autonomous technologies for production vehicles with the German automaker and the technology companies. It also marks a significant move for FCA in keeping pace with other automakers in the self-driving stakes. “In…

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Aston Martin and Zagato team up again for Pebble Beach | Ars … – Ars Technica

reader comments 5 The build-up to this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance continues apace. Yesterday was Infiniti’s turn, with its gorgeous, retro-styled electric Prototype 9 concept car, while today the headlines go to Aston Martin. Once again, the British carmaker teamed up with Italian design house Zagato, this time on a pair of limited-edition versions of a rather old model: the Vanquish Zagato Speedster and Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. That…

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Aston Martin and Zagato team up again for Pebble Beach – Ars Technica

reader comments 4 The build-up to this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance continues apace. Yesterday was Infiniti’s turn, with its gorgeous, retro-styled electric Prototype 9 concept car, while today the headlines go to Aston Martin. Once again, the British carmaker teamed up with Italian design house Zagato, this time on a pair of limited-edition versions of a rather old model: the Vanquish Zagato Speedster and Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. That…

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017