Autos

A tale of two cities — and a Chrysler – Litchfield County Times

MALMO, SWEDEN — Gather ’round and you will hear the story of a mysterious red 1949 Chrysler convertible. The car, which is in Sweden and lovingly restored and cared for by its present owner, Bengt Olsson, of Malmo, was first purchased in Litchfield in the late 1940s. Despite numerous attempts to ascertain the first owner and subsequent early history of the red Chrysler, known formally as…

Posted: Thursday, November 02, 2017

Talking cars; LinkedIn reveals most popular startups; Facebook on the Hill – The Mercury News

Top of the Order:   No Talking While Driving: At least when it comes to requiring cars to do so, if the Trump administration has its way. With companies as big as Google and Intel, and just about every automaker working on some form of self-driving car technology, one of the biggest questions about cars that can drive themselves is their safety. For example, there are technologies that allow cars to…

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Volkswagen Sales in US Rebound After Diesel Scandal – New York Times

VW sales have still not returned to the level achieved before the diesel scandal erupted two years ago, when American dealers were selling more than 30,000 cars a month. But the resurgence is striking in a year when car sales nationwide are declining. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Mr. Williams’s dealership, in Lansing, sold 20 new VW cars last month, up from just nine in October 2016. “I’m back…

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Truck, SUV, rental car sales push October auto sales higher – ABC News

Increased demand from rental car companies, strong truck and SUV sales, and recovery from hurricanes in Florida and Texas weren’t enough to push U.S. auto sales into positive territory for October. Sales for the month fell 1.3 percent compared with a year ago as slowing demand made it almost certain that 2017 will be the first year with declining sales in seven years. Full-year sales almost certainly will fall below…

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Why Japan may be the world’s next car superpower – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Ford posts big sales jumps for October, as Fiat Chrysler, GM report declines – Chicago Tribune

Ford and Nissan posted big sales jumps for October, but Fiat Chrysler and General Motors reported declines Wednesday. The drop by two of the Detroit Three reinforces analyst predictions that September’s big gain in U.S. auto sales would fizzle in October. They believe sales will continue to slow nationwide and fewer people than expected will replace hurricane-damaged vehicles in Texas and Florida. Fiat Chrysler sales fell 13 percent for the…

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Why Japan may be the world’s next car superpower – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Why Japan may be the world’s next car superpower – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Why Japan may be the world’s next car superpower – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Buick delivers value-priced luxury with Enclave Avenir – The Detroit News

Avenir combines options buyers pick piecemeal into one big package.(Photo: Vanderkaay) Buick is doing most things right these days. It is quietly but prolifically making not-ugly SUVs that come with the trappings of luxury but maintain a slender waistline when it comes to pricing. Where General Motors Co.’s Cadillac brand has been very vocal about its moves in the worlds of fashion and art, and its attempt to court downtown…

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Alphabet’s ‘driverless’ cars still aren’t driverless – Recode

On any given day, Alphabet’s Waymo runs its driverless minivans through dozens of staged situations on an old Air Force base in Atwater, Calif., more than 100 miles outside the company’s Mountain View headquarters. The company is preparing its cars for the real world. So, a man might jump into the lane, a cyclist might pop a wheelie, a human driver might cut the robot car off. The car figures…

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

The Social Value of Captivating Cars – Robb Report

Beautiful cars matter. Weird and wild ones do too. The iconic and the ironic, the outrageous and the fabulous—bring ’em all on. The world needs more interesting cars. I once got out of a Maserati GranTurismo S, a gorgeous sheath of metal from 2008, and an older gentleman hissed at me, “Show off.” He then got into a silver Lexus LS 600h, a luxury sedan that was emblematic of the…

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Hyundai snaps up another BMW engineer for Genesis – Autoweek

Hyundai Motor Co. has recruited another BMW engineer, this time to lead vehicle architecture development at the Genesis luxury brand as the upstart marque begins to expand its lineup and target international rivals from Germany. Fayez Abdul Rahman was appointed vice president of Genesis architecture development to set vehicle specifications on everything from electronic systems to user experience from the early stages of product planning, the company said…

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Alphabet’s ‘driverless’ cars still aren’t driverless – Recode

On any given day, Alphabet’s Waymo runs its driverless minivans through dozens of staged situations on an old Air Force base in Atwater, Calif., more than 100 miles outside the company’s Mountain View headquarters. The company is preparing its cars for the real world. So, a man might jump into the lane, a cyclist might pop a wheelie, a human driver might cut the robot car off. The car figures…

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition can be yours for $128K – CNET

The BMW M3 first made its way to America in 1987, and since then it’s terrorized both the street and race tracks. To celebrate the model’s 30th anniversary in the US, BMW has built a special one-of-a-kind M3 30 Years American Edition, which makes its world debut at SEMA in Las Vegas. A 2018 M3 equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and competition package serves as the foundation for the…

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Waymo has a big lead in driverless cars—but here’s how it could lose it – Ars Technica

reader comments 40 Waymo has long had a sizable lead in self-driving technology, and recent reports indicate that Larry Page, CEO of Waymo parent company Alphabet, is determined not to let it slip away. According to The Information’s Amir Efrati, Waymo CEO John Krafcik is under pressure to launch a commercial service in the Phoenix metro area as soon as this fall. But at a Monday event with reporters at Waymo’s Castle…

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Inside the Ersatz City Where Waymo Trains Its Self-Driving Cars – WIRED

Life is a complex problem. Consider the simple act of moving from point A to point B. Solving for that equation requires synthesizing numerous variables, like speed and obstacles. What if you make it more complicated? Like putting an unpredictable human in charge of a one-ton vehicle traveling at ever-changing speeds. Throw in some jaywalking pedestrians, rule-bending cyclists, and, the most erratic variable of all—other drivers. Drivers who are potentially…

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

General Motors Clears Out Inventory, Especially Passenger Cars – Forbes

General Motors and some of its competitors are keeping an eye on an oversupply of unsold inventory – especially cars, since U.S. consumers have turned so sharply to trucks. “The actions we’ve taken will allow us to end the year with dealer inventory down compared to the end of 2016,” said GM CFO Chuck Stevens, in a conference call last week. Those actions include periods of downtime at selected plants….

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The BMW Z8 Steve Jobs owned is going up for sale – CNBC

<!– –> VISIT CNBC.COM Home Entrepreneurs Leadership Careers Money Specials PRIMETIME Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurs 48 Mins AgoCNBC.com You can own the same BMW Z8 convertible the late, iconic entrepreneur and Apple CEO Steve Jobs owned. It will come at a price, though. Jobs’ wheels are expected to go for between $300,000 and $400,000. The BMW will go up for auction on Dec. 6 in New York City. The sale will be…

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017

Toyota wants to get us truly crushing on cars | TechCrunch – TechCrunch

Toyota is very invested in love. The automaker has a central philosophy of making vehicles that inspire ‘Aisha,’ a concept that literally means “beloved car” in Japanese. But the nature of ‘Aisha’ is changing, necessarily, just at the nature of automobiles themselves are fundamentally changing as we usher in automated and semi-autonomous driving. The key to making ‘Aisha’ work in this new era, Toyota believes, lies in using artificial intelligence…

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017