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Japan’s automakers tuning up to rekindle youthful passion for cars – Reuters

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – By day, the Daikoku Parking Area hums with transport trucks en route to and from the Port of Yokohama. On weekend evenings, it transforms into a revved-up runway of tuned-up Japanese cars. The unassuming rest stop is famous to car enthusiasts as a temple of the country’s motor culture, but it also illustrates a “youth” problem that auto companies such as Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Review: BMW gets it right with 540i xDrive – USA TODAY

x Embed x Share CLOSE Sport sedan’s appeal rests on room, comfort and convenient tech. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press The 540i xDrive competes with cars like the Acura TLX, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS AWD, Genesis G80 3.3T AWD, Infiniti Q70L,(Photo: Chris Tedesco) My relationship with BMW’s cars is becoming increasingly like my high school crushes: I’m not sure if I like them because of what they are, or what I…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

As electric vehicles make a move to the mainstream, utilities are … – TechCrunch

In a move highlighting the growing importance of electric charging stations to utilities, Italian power giant Enel has bought a small, fast-growing California developer of charging stations and power management software. Through its EnerNOC subsidiary, Enel acquired San Carlos, Calif.-based Electric Motor Werks for an undisclosed amount, in a transaction that could be a harbinger of things to come for a new generation of grid storage and power management software…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Stormont cars: Civil servants use of ministerial cars criticised – BBC News

Image copyright Reuters Image caption About 600 journeys were made in six months in ministerial cars by civil servants The use of ministerial cars by civil servants in the absence of a Northern Ireland executive has been criticised. BBC News NI has obtained details of how ministerial cars are being used while the executive is not functioning. About 600 journeys were made in six months – four of those were…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Nissan wants its electric cars to ‘sing’ so that you’ll hear them coming – The Verge

Nissan unveiled a new electric concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show today called the IMx, and it’s relatively standard fare as far as these types of futuristic car announcements go. It’s a crossover SUV with a sparse interior that lets giant OLED displays splash and clash with wood grain details. It promises a dreamy 600 kilometer (372 miles) of range without shorting the theoretical driver on power — it’s…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

BMW’s smallest crossover yet: The X2 | Ars Technica – Ars Technica

reader comments 56 You used to know where you were with BMW. It made dependable, fun-to-drive sedans, with the occasional foray into GT cars like the 6 and 8 Series. But then the car buying public went mad, and everyone decided they really wanted a wagon. But they wouldn’t buy actual wagons, apparently because of the association with mom’s station wagon from the ’70s. And they wouldn’t buy hatchbacks, either, because those…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

BMW to make limited self-driving available in 2021 – CNET

Given the sophistication of adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance in recent BMW cars, such as the M760i, you would think the company is well on its way to fully self-driving cars. During a presentation on its self-driving timeline, however, Klaus Büttner, BMW’s vice president of autonomous driving, emphasized a more cautious approach. Enlarge Image BMW is currently testing self-driving cars on public roads, using the brand Personal CoPilot for…

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

BMW’s smallest crossover yet: The X2 – Ars Technica

reader comments 41 You used to know where you were with BMW. It made dependable, fun-to-drive sedans, with the occasional foray into GT cars like the 6 and 8 Series. But then the car buying public went mad, and everyone decided they really wanted a wagon. But they wouldn’t buy actual wagons, apparently because of the association with mom’s station wagon from the ’70s. And they wouldn’t buy hatchbacks, either, because those…

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Toyota: Committed to hydrogen cars despite potential ‘game changer’ EV battery – Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp said its solid-state battery technology under development could be a “game changer” for electric vehicles, but that does not mean it is moving away from hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles. Having long touted fuel-cell vehicles and plug-in hybrids as the most sensible technologies to make cars greener, Japan’s top-selling automaker surprised industry watchers last year with plans to add full-sized electric vehicles (EVs) to its line-up….

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The new BMW 5-Series is boring — but it’s also perfect – Business Insider

The BMW 530i.Hollis Johnson The BMW 5-Series is now in its seventh generation. The carmaker can’t make a bad car — but has it lost something in the thrills department? We spent a few day with a 530i to find out. BMW has had decades to set the bar, and it has gotten very good at that responsibility to the legacy of the 5-Series. It cannot disappoint, and it doesn’t….

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The new BMW 5-Series is boring — but it’s also perfect – Business Insider

The BMW 530i.Hollis Johnson The BMW 5-Series is now in its seventh generation. The carmaker can’t make a bad car — but has it lost something in the thrills department? We spent a few day with a 530i to find out. BMW has had decades to set the bar, and it has gotten very good at that responsibility to the legacy of the 5-Series. It cannot disappoint, and it doesn’t….

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Toyota: Committed to hydrogen cars despite potential ‘game changer’ EV battery – Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp said its solid-state battery technology under development could be a “game changer” for electric vehicles, but that does not mean it is moving away from hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles. Having long touted fuel-cell vehicles and plug-in hybrids as the most sensible technologies to make cars greener, Japan’s top-selling automaker surprised industry watchers last year with plans to add full-sized electric vehicles (EVs) to its line-up….

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Will Self-Driving Cars Improve Safety? – New York Times

In 2016, more than 37,000 lives were lost on American roads. We have a moral obligation to promote safe and rapid adoption of self-driving technology. Federal and industry leadership should partner to meet consumer demand for self-driving technology as swiftly and safely as possible. GARY SHAPIRO, ARLINGTON, VA. The writer is president and chief executive of the Consumer Technology Association. To the Editor: The worries about driverless cars are ill…

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

GM will test fully autonomous cars ‘in quarters not years,’ CEO Mary Barra says – CNBC

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Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Netflix’s Mindhunter Is Full Of Truly Great Cars – Jalopnik

Netflix found a pretty clever way to justify shooting hours and hours of Malaise-era cars roaming dejectedly around the streets of overcast, gray 1970s landscapes: wrap them all up in the context of a series about the FBI and serial killers set in 1977. The series is called Mindhunter, and if you want a taste of the bleak 1970s American car landscape, there’s no better place to see it. The…

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Toyota: Committed to hydrogen cars despite potential ‘game changer’ EV battery – Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp’s solid-state battery technology under development could be a “game changer” for pure electric vehicles, but that does not mean the automaker is moving away from hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles, a company executive said. “We believe our solid-state battery technology can be a game changer with the potential to dramatically improve driving range,” Executive Vice President Didier Leroy said at the Tokyo Motor Show, which…

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The new BMW 5-Series is boring — but it’s also perfect – Business Insider

The BMW 530i.Hollis Johnson The BMW 5-Series is now in its seventh generation. The carmaker can’t make a bad car — but has it lost something in the thrills department? We spent a few day with a 530i to find out. BMW has had decades to set the bar, and it has gotten very good at that responsibility to the legacy of the 5-Series. It cannot disappoint, and it doesn’t….

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Apple lists the cars that can wirelessly charge your iPhone – Engadget

Sure, you know that most wireless charging pads will top up the iPhone 8 or iPhone X, but what about the pad in your car? That’s a little more complicated, but Apple is willing to help out. It just posted a list of manufacturers whose vehicles can charge the latest crop of iPhones, and it’s mostly good news… mostly. Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo and the…

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Singapore to cap number of cars allowed on roads from 2018 – TechCrunch

Cars congesting roads is a problem in just about every major urban center around the world, but some areas are worst in this regard than others. Singapore is one of those, and it’s going to do something about it – the government there has announced that it will cut the annual growth rate of cars and motorcycles allowed on roads in the country from 0.25 percent to zero starting next…

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Will Being Made In Mexico Affect Sales Of The Brilliant New Audi Q5? – Forbes

Photo credit Audi Japan Will the Mexican factor affect the Q5’s sales? Sport Utility Vehicles are growing in popularity everywhere you look these days. And the Audi Q5 is one of the best compact crossovers you will find. In fact, it has been on the mid-sized luxury SUV bestsellers’ list since its launch in 2008. As for the new 2.0-liter gasoline model I just tested in Japan, well, it’s pretty…

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017