An Auto Maker’s New Tack in India: Starting from Scratch – New Yorker (blog)

“We have banned internally de-contenting,” Marc Nassif, the chief executive of Renault India, told me. “It’s not about reducing value but about putting value where it’s needed.” The factory will produce a new range of cheap, entry-level cars targeted at first-time buyers in India and other emerging countries, who are graduating to automobiles from two-wheelers. The cars, which are being designed locally and will compete with low-cost models marketed by…

Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2014

9% Of Cars To Be Driverless Cars By 2035 – Forbes

So says the consultancy IHS IHS Automotive and I have to say that I think that’s a gross underestimate: or possibly a gross overestimate. Yes, I know, but I do think that it will either be a thoroughly commonplace product by then or we’ll still be struggling to make it work. Here’s what IHS Automotive says: Sales of vehicles able to drive themselves will account for 9pc of global auto…

Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2014

San Diego International Auto Show kicks off Wednesday – 10News

SAN DIEGO – More than 400 new models will be on display when the San Diego International Auto Show opens Wednesday for a five-day run at the San Diego Convention Center. It is the first of what is expected to be a banner year of events for the convention center. Steven Johnson, who is with the center said for the 70 planned conventions, the predicted economic impact for 2014 is…

Posted: Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Google Expected to Partner With Audi to Put Android in New Cars – ABC News

First came the smartphones. Then came the tablets. But soon, Google will be taking its Android operating system and putting it in a much bigger package. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google plans to partner with Audi to develop Android-based software for new cars. Ron Montoya, the consumer advice editor for, said that the two companies had worked together before. “They already laid the foundation when they started…

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

US December Auto Sales Seen Up 4 Percent – Voice of America

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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

In Sign of Strength, Audi Steps Up Investments – New York Times

FRANKFURT — Audi, the luxury car unit of Volkswagen, said on Friday that it would spend more than it ever has on expansion and new models over the next four years, a demonstration of how Germany’s high-end carmakers have retained their financial strength during a crisis that has devastated their European rivals. Audi said it would invest 22 billion euros, or more than $30 billion, through 2018, a record for…

Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – CNNMoney

Usually, when a man tells his wife “I’ll come pick you up in the car,” the next thing she asks isn’t, “What color is it?” Welcome to my life. I drive a lot of different cars over the course of a year. So many, in fact, that it’s rare for a car to really stand out. But a few do. Yes, of course, there’s the stuff that always stands out;…

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013

Depreciation hits electric cars hard – USA TODAY

Last SlideNext Slide Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn shows how to charge the electric vehicle Leaf.(Photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO, AFP/Getty Images) Story Highlights Plug-in cars are projected to depreciate more off their list prices than conventional cars Kelley Blue Book projected residual values over five years Pure electric cars take a bigger hit than plug-in hybrids Plug-in electric cars may be cutting-edge technology, but an analysis suggests that most will depreciate more…

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013

Shoppers flock to auto dealerships for year-end sales – USA TODAY

A decorated showroom advertising a year-end Toyotathon in Southfield, Mich.(Photo: Andre J. Jackson, Detroit Free Press) Story Highlights Automakers add incentives to end year on high note For the past four years, automakers have sold more vehicles in December than any other month of the year, an automotive pricing website, predicts December sales will top 1.4 million new vehicles DETROIT — For both auto dealerships and car shoppers, December…

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013

Indianapolis Auto Show celebrates 100th year – WRTV Indianapolis

Doors to the Indianapolis Auto Show opened Thursday as event organizers celebrated the exhibit’s 100th year. More than 400 cars were on display at the Indiana Convention Center and dozens of car experts were on hand to help window-shoppers. Although cars on display at the show aren’t for purchase, many patrons who were in the market for a new vehicle said they enjoyed getting a glimpse of their dream on…

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013

New Audi bought with own money: Aston Martin mishap complainant – Times of India

MUMBAI: Phorum Ruparel, the complainant in the Pedder Road accident case involving an Aston Martin earlier this month, denied receiving any compensation as she replaced her damaged Audi 4 with the latest model, the Audi 6, worth at least Rs 40 lakh. The licence plate of the new car sporting a fancy number (MH03 BJ 6666) triggered a controversy with the RTO saying it was “illegal” as it had not…

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013