Autos

Former UAW Official Charged in Fiat Chrysler Payoff Case – New York Times

The government said that Jerome Durden, a former Fiat Chrysler official, conspired to divert more than $4.5 million in training center funds. He pleaded guilty on Aug. 8 to conspiracy and preparing false tax returns and faces up to 37 months in prison under a plea deal. A former Fiat Chrysler vice president for employee relations, Alphons Iacobelli, was charged last month with making $1.2 million in improper payments to…

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Roy Lunn, Innovative Engineer of Celebrated Cars, Dies at 92 – New York Times

One of Mr. Lunn’s most celebrated cars was the experimental Mustang I, a two-seat, four-cylinder aluminum-bodied sports car with its engine midway between the front and rear axles. It was unveiled in 1962 and later became one of the most popular of the sporty, compact so-called pony cars. Mr. Lunn oversaw development of the engine and chassis. “It had a very interesting reception,” Mr. Lunn told Hemmings Classic Car magazine…

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Former UAW official charged in Fiat Chrysler payoff probe – Reuters

(Reuters) – A former senior official at the United Auto Workers trade union was charged on Friday with conspiring with other union officials to accept improper payments from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI) officials over a four-year period. Virdell King, 65, of Detroit, who a union official until February 2016, was charged with conspiracy to violate labor laws in U.S. District Court in Detroit. King was one of the senior…

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Flying Deloreans, the Electric Nikola Zero, and the Rest of This … – WIRED

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the nation’s premier automotive event, is on the horizon, and cars built before Hawaii was even a state will sell for millions upon millions of dollars. Perhaps that explains why so much of the news this week is about making the long-ish in tooth new again. We’ve got another DeLorean, an off-road vehicle gone new-agey electric, even a stolid state Department of Transportation trying on…

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Delphi Buys Stake In Innoviz, Another Tech Partner For Self-Driving Cars – Forbes

Delphi Delphi has begun working in Pittsburgh on a self-driving prototype. Delphi and partners The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will be in production by 2021 and will sell autonomous vehicles to other car companies and industries. (Photo by John F. Martin for Delphi) Delphi Automotive said Friday it has taken a minority stake in Israel’s Innoviz Technologies, a two-year-old developer of advanced laser-based sensors for self-driving cars. Terms were not disclosed. It’s…

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Classic cars aren’t such a racy investment any more – Quartz

At this week’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, an elite annual car show, a 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 is set to sell for a cool $20 million. Not far behind is an orange-trim 1970 Porsche, valued at $16 million. Overall, auctions at the event are expected to bring in $290 million. (Gawk at the classic cars in this Bloomberg photoessay of the event.) The projected proceeds are 14% lower than last…

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

10 Features Consumers Will Want To Watch Out For In Driverless Cars – Forbes

Shutterstock The onset of driverless cars is becoming more of reality day by day. As safety increases in these autonomous vehicles, vehicle owners are taking more notice and considering the possibilities ahead. With manufacturers such as Tesla, Uber and Google leading the charge, it is only a matter of time before one drives into your neighborhood. Offering an abundance of features, these driverless cars are sure to intrigue vehicle owners…

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Pebble Beach 2017: BMW brings new Z4, M8 to the concept lawn – Los Angeles Times

German car company BMW is taking advantage of a captive audience of auto fans and journalists assembled for the annual Monterey Car Week to unveil a pair of concept vehicles on the lawn at Pebble Beach. The two concept cars, which the company says precede production cars that will be revealed some time next year, represent new versions of BMW’s M8 sports car and its Z4 roadster. Photographs released by…

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Marchionne Fuels The Inevitable Breakup Of Fiat Chrysler – Forbes

Jeep is the jewel in the FCA crown as CEO Sergio Marchionne marches to an inevitable break-up of the company. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) It increasingly looks like Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is fueling interest in selling or spinning off the company’s brands as a way of maximizing shareholder value and finding new management leadership before he retires in 2019. Trade weekly Automotive News reported Monday that the automaker…

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Improvements make the Buick Encore competitive – Chicago Sun-Times

Buick’s Encore is in its first encore. Launched in 2013, the Encore basically pioneered the small luxury crossover niche. The problem is, other competitors took note and improved on the concept. Today, Buick is trying to work Encore back into a tight circle that includes entries from Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz (and soon, from Cadillac). An update this year gives Encore a fresher look inside and out. The exterior…

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Volkswagen submits roadmap on recall of 3.23 lakh cars before NGT – Economic Times

NEW DELHI: German auto major Volkswagen, which is embroiled in a global emission scandal, today submitted a roadmap before the National Green Tribunal to recall over 3.23 lakh vehicles in the country fitted with a ‘defeat device’ meant to fudge emission tests. The roadmap was submitted by it in pursuance to the NGT’s direction passed yesterday. The automobile giant is in the process of recalling several million cars across the…

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 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: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ford to ditch steering wheels in driverless cars of the future – Telegraph.co.uk

Ford has moved a step closer in its plans to make autonomous vehicles after it was granted a patent for a car with a fully removable steering wheel and foot pedals. The US car giant’s design would allow the steering wheel to be removed from the vehicle, placing the air bag in a compartment in front of what was the driver’s seat. Ford said the steering wheel, which would be refitted if needed…

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Leaked Documents Confirm BMW X2, X7, M2 Competition Destined for North America – The Drive

There have been a lot of rumors floating around about the BMW X2 and X7 sport-utility vehicles in recent years; now, we can now confirm they will be coming to North America in the near future. According to a leaked 177-page BMW document discovered by SupraMKV.com, BMW plans on releasing an X2 and X7 in the States—as well as an M2 Competition model for those sports car purists offended by…

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fiat Chrysler Joins BMW in Race to Make Self-Driving Cars – New York Times

But on Wednesday, Fiat Chrysler said that it would join BMW’s existing alliance with Intel and the chip maker’s newly acquired self-driving technology unit, Mobileye. Fiat Chrysler and BMW said they were open to additional partners. Advertisement Continue reading the main story “There was an expectation Fiat Chrysler was resigned to being a hardware manufacturer for Apple or Google,” said James Hodgson, a senior analyst at ABI Research. “This is…

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 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

2018 Chevrolet Traverse: Chevy’s Big SUV Gets Bigger And Better Where It Counts – Forbes

Chevrolet The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse features revamped styling With more than 40 percent market share it’s clear SUVs have won the new vehicle sales race. At least for now. And what drives this love of SUVs? Some say it’s the elevated ride height. Some suggest it’s the rugged “I live an active lifestyle” styling. Some would point to more confident foul-weather driving. And some insist it’s the flexible/functional nature of SUVs, allowing them…

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Upper Manhattan Auto Show showcases women and their wheels – New York Daily News

It was a sunny summer day in 2003, and the Mini Cooper S, a remake of one of Britain’s iconic cars, was about to make its Harlem debut. Behind the wheel of the bright, shiny, chili-red compact was Mercedes White. The Upper Manhattan Auto Show has never been the same. White, daughter of the legendary tap dancer and Apollo Theater star Howard (Sandman) Sims, made…

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Leaked Documents Confirm BMW X2, X7, M2 Competition Destined … – The Drive

There have been a lot of rumors floating around about the BMW X2 and X7 sport-utility vehicles in recent years; now, we can now confirm they will be coming to North America in the near future. According to a leaked 177-page BMW document discovered by SupraMKV.com, BMW plans on releasing an X2 and X7 in the States—as well as an M2 Competition model for those sports car purists offended by…

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