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BMW Headquarters Are Raided in Collusion Inquiry – New York Times

Photo A BMW plant in Munich. The automaker acknowledged its offices were raided, but stressed that it is not included in an emissions scandal that has hurt Volkswagen’s reputation. Credit Christof Stache/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images FRANKFURT — Antitrust investigators conducted a surprise raid on the headquarters of BMW in Munich as part of an investigation into possible illegal collusion among German automakers, the company acknowledged Friday. European antitrust authorities…

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

New Audi A7 taillights might be cooler than your entire car – Autoweek

Taillights that merely turn on and off are so yesterday: The all-new Audi A7 Sportback features taillights with 13 individual vertical segments that can illuminate in a domino-like sequence when the car’s doors are locked and unlocked. And it’s not just the taillights — the HD Matrix LED headlights with laser light feature similar vertical elements that light up in a successive pattern. In short, there are almost…

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Beware! Consumer Reports says this Tesla and 9 other cars are most unreliable – USA TODAY

x Embed x Share CLOSE Consumer reports just released the most and least reliable cars on the market. How does yours stack up? People look at the Tesla Model X during the media day of the 95th European Motor Show in Brussels on Jan. 13, 2017. (Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert, AP) Buyers put more weight on some factors when buying a new car than others — price, looks, even color….

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Cars Parked in Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Driveway Reportedly Burglarized – PEOPLE.com

Three cars parked on Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West‘s property were reportedly burglarized in the early hours of Friday morning. According to TMZ, who obtained a surveillance system image from the scene, the alleged perpetrator ransacked three vehicles at the end of their driveway in Los Angeles. The outlet reports that the suspect also targeted a car parked in the couple’s neighbor Kathy Griffin‘s driveway, allegedly stealing a purse…

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Flexible car ownership startup Fair nabs up to $1B in debt and equity funding from BMW and Penske – TechCrunch

Fair.com — an all-digital car marketplace that was co-founded by car industry vets Georg Bauer of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Tesla; Scott Painter of TrueCar; and Fedor Artiles of Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Tesla — has been largely operating under the radar since quietly launching its business earlier this year. But today, it’s coming roaring down the street, ready to take on the market of car ownership with its new, flexible model. The startup…

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

BMW headquarters raided in EU antitrust probe – Financial Times

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Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Plex for Android Auto simplifies server-based music streaming – Engadget

But, what if you already use the the Spotify app for Android Auto? Well, Plex is all about personalization. If you’ve somehow managed to amass a music library in the streaming era, and meticulously curated it into playlists, then this is a fine way to get it into your car. Plex supports virtually any file format (from AAC to FLAC), plus you’ll have access to playlists (including “recently played,” and…

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

After submarines and baby strollers, Aston Martin is branching into luxury condos – Quartz

In the world of luxury one-upmanship, “my other house is an Aston Martin” is a boast you might hear soon. The venerable British luxury sportscar brand, immortalized in James Bond movies since the 1960s, is getting into real estate. The company broke ground on a 66-story sail-shaped glass and steel apartment building in downtown Miami yesterday (Oct.18). Racy. (Aston Martin Residences) From the company description, living in the Aston Martin…

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

New engines, infotainment bugs hurting auto reliability – CNBC

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Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

2019 Audi A7 stays true to its swoopy hatchback form – CNET

The Audi A7 is one of the original vehicles that brought what I call the “swoopy-coupe” form to sedans. Sure, you could get an A6 instead, but you lose the hatchback practicality and the form that comes with it. It isn’t for everybody, and this time around, its style is still a bit polarizing, but it’s just as interesting as before, if not more so. From the front, things are…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Scoot is adding battery-swapping cars to its San Francisco lineup – Engadget

According to Scoot founder and CEO Michael Keating, the electric scooter rental service has been used by almost 50,000 users since it launched in 2012. An impressive number, but as pointed out by Keating, not everyone is comfortable braving the perilous streets of San Francisco on two wheels. With that in mind, he announced a partnership with Chinese automotive startup CHJ to bring the automaker’s yet-to-be-released small electric car with…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Aston Martin set to build luxury waterfront Miami tower – The Independent

Aston Martin’s latest project swaps horsepower and acceleration for ocean views and private pools as the maker of slinky sports cars pushes into real estate for the first time in an effort to establish a broader luxury brand.  Teaming up with property developer G&G Business Development, Aston Martin broke ground on a 66-story apartment tower in downtown Miami on Wednesday. The facility, set for completion in 2021, will feature 391…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Watch These Virtual Cars Hit 100 Speed Bumps At 100 Miles Per Hour – The Drive

Computer simulations are amazing tools. You can use them to test new car designs without building a physical model. Police officers can practice high-performance driving in a much more accessible environment than a race track. And then there are the most important questions that only virtual reality can feasibly answer. For example, what would happen if you drove over 100 speed bumps at more than 100 miles per hour? Such…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

New York City needs to get ready for driverless cars – New York Post

Rather than turn Gov. Cuomo’s OK of self-driving car testing in the city into another episode of their “Bickersons” act, Mayor de Blasio should seize the chance to consider the future. After months of negotiations with the state, General Motors will soon start testing automated Chevy Bolts cars in a five-square-mile patch of lower Manhattan. City Hall erupted in fury over safety, labor and traffic concerns and complaining that the…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

This surreal Bugatti Veyron crash really happened – Autoweek

This surreal image of a Bugatti in the rocks on the side of a mountain popped up on Reddit and might look like your run-of-the-mill Photoshop put together by a bored teenager, but it actually happened — at least, according to the folks at Auto Evolution, which showed more pictures of the banged-up Bugatti. The wreck occurred sometime during an event called The Bugatti Grand Tour 2017, where a group…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Uber Is Testing Its Self-Driving Cars on a Fake City in Pittsburgh – Inc.com

Uber is testing its self-driving cars in a fake city it built in Pittsburgh called the ALMONO.  The fake city has a giant roundabout, fake cars, and roaming mannequins that jump out into the street without warning.  Uber also uses the ALMONO to train vehicle operators before allowing them to monitor the cars in the real world.  Uber’s self-driving-car pilot isn’t without its controversy, but the program is still alive and well…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Driven: Alfa Romeo Stelvio, The Italian Marque’s First Premium SUV – Forbes

Alfa Romeo Stelvio is Alfa Romeo’s latest car, a mid-size SUV It is named after Italy’s most famous mountain pass. That alone raises expectations. Then for Alfa Romeo, a car marque generally associated with crafting sporty, sexy little cars, to venture down the more sensible sports-utility path, is altogether another. So, it was with little trepidation that I took to the wheels of the Stelvio. Incidentally, Alfa did flirt with…

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Building Cars Is Hard – Jalopnik

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: It’s Hard Out There For A Startup We’ve seen this time and time again: new startups and tech giants think they can do car manufacturing. How hard can it be, they must wonder, until they discover that…

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

New Audi A7 coming October 19, teaser shows familiar shape – CNET

One of the original swoopy-coupe four-doors is ready to enter a new generation. Audi tweeted out a teaser for its next-generation A7 hatchback. The tweet also promised that the new A7 would be unveiled on Oct. 19. The company gave out a teaser with its tweet, showing off the A7’s new-but-still-familiar fastback rear end. Enlarge Image Don’t mess with success. Audi While there isn’t much to glean from the teaser,…

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars – The Guardian

The spectre of our cities choking with unhealthy air has prompted numerous governments to mandate a transition to electric cars. Their concerns are well founded, even if their proposals fall short of what is needed. Over the past four decades, cars have become far less polluting. Their fuel efficiency has practically doubled and their tailpipe emissions have been reduced by more than 95%. Yet cities such as London and Paris…

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017