Autos

Toyota wants to get us truly crushing on cars – 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

Diesel drivers face costly repair bill because thousands are driving … – Telegraph.co.uk

Thousands of UK drivers are illegally driving modified cars without diesel exhaust filters, an investigation has found. Due to processing large amounts of particulate matter from diesel exhaust the filters can easily become clogged and likely to break.  To replace the broken filter can cost up to £1000, so to avoid the cost some drivers have opted to have the filter removed.  The procedure to remove the filter is legal and costs…

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Preparing Self-Driving Cars for the Wild World of Developing Cities … – WIRED

Self-driving cars are no longer confined to controlled test tracks or even to placid suburban streets—they’re tackling real traffic in US cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh. They’re honing their skills amidst humans in Europe, South Korea, Singapore, and Japan. They’re preparing for the day they can purify our chaotic streets with their robotic perfection. Learning how to drive in places like unruly Boston, a land of…

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

What’s behind Britain’s car sales ‘correction’ – and will it turn into a crash? – Telegraph.co.uk

The first hard evidence of how bad things have become came when Pendragon, one of the UK’s biggest car dealers with about 220 outlets, issued a profit warning and chief executive Trevor Finn declared that Britain had reached “peak car”. Finn says: “It’s not one single reason you can point to for this, it’s a confluence of things – Brexit, higher vehicle duty, confusion about diesel, maybe even good barbecue weather.”…

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Finally Some Sexiness From Japan’s Future Cars – Forbes

Photo by Peter Lyon. The Honda EV Sports concept injects some style back the carmaker’s lineup. The Toyota Motor Show is known in international circles as a show that introduces new technologies, the odd sports car and wacky, offbeat anime-inspired concept cars. In fact, some of my overseas colleagues come to Tokyo just to see those manga-like concept cars. As is happening at every other motor show so far this…

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Another State is Going to Unleash Self-Driving Cars – Futurism – Futurism

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Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Prepping Self-Driving Cars for the World’s Most Chaotic Cities – WIRED

Self-driving cars are no longer confined to controlled test tracks or even to placid suburban streets—they’re tackling real traffic in US cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh. They’re honing their skills amidst humans in Europe, South Korea, Singapore, and Japan. They’re preparing for the day they can purify our chaotic streets with their robotic perfection. Learning how to drive in places like unruly Boston, a land of…

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Finally Some Sexiness From Japan’s Future Cars – Forbes

Photo by Peter Lyon. The Honda EV Sports concept injects some style back the carmaker’s lineup. The Toyota Motor Show is known in international circles as a show that introduces new technologies, the odd sports car and wacky, offbeat anime-inspired concept cars. In fact, some of my overseas colleagues come to Tokyo just to see those manga-like concept cars. As is happening at every other motor show so far this…

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Finally Some Sexiness From Japan’s Future Cars – Forbes

Photo by Peter Lyon. The Honda EV Sports concept injects some style back the carmaker’s lineup. The Toyota Motor Show is known in international circles as a show that introduces new technologies, the odd sports car and wacky, offbeat anime-inspired concept cars. In fact, some of my overseas colleagues come to Tokyo just to see those manga-like concept cars. As is happening at every other motor show so far this…

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Finally Some Sexiness From Japan’s Future Cars – Forbes

Photo by Peter Lyon. The Honda EV Sports concept injects some style back the carmaker’s lineup. The Toyota Motor Show is known in international circles as a show that introduces new technologies, the odd sports car and wacky, offbeat anime-inspired concept cars. In fact, some of my overseas colleagues come to Tokyo just to see those manga-like concept cars. As is happening at every other motor show so far this…

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Finally Some Sexiness From Japan’s Future Cars – Forbes

Photo by Peter Lyon. The Honda EV Sports concept injects some style back the carmaker’s lineup. The Toyota Motor Show is known in international circles as a show that introduces new technologies, the odd sports car and wacky, offbeat anime-inspired concept cars. In fact, some of my overseas colleagues come to Tokyo just to see those manga-like concept cars. As is happening at every other motor show so far this…

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Finally Some Sexiness From Japan’s Future Cars – Forbes

Photo by Peter Lyon. The Honda EV Sports concept injects some style back the carmaker’s lineup. The Toyota Motor Show is known in international circles as a show that introduces new technologies, the odd sports car and wacky, offbeat anime-inspired concept cars. In fact, some of my overseas colleagues come to Tokyo just to see those manga-like concept cars. As is happening at every other motor show so far this…

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Finally Some Sexiness Injected Into Japan’s Concept Cars – Forbes

Photo by Peter Lyon. The Honda EV Sports concept injects some style back the carmaker’s lineup. The Toyota Motor Show is known in international circles as a show that introduces new technologies, the odd sports car and wacky, offbeat anime-inspired concept cars. In fact, some of my overseas colleagues come to Tokyo just to see those manga-like concept cars. As is happening at every other motor show so far this…

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

2018 Volkswagen Atlas review: – CNET

Volkswagen finally filled a missing spot in its lineup, building an SUV larger than its luxury-tilted Touareg. The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is the company’s first three-row SUV. Offered in a base S, mid SE or SE with Technology, or tippy top SEL and SEL Premium trims, the Atlas is available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. It comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, good for 235 horsepower and…

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Sleek And Spooky: The 10 Best Classic Halloween Movie Cars – Forbes

Arguably one of the scariest cars in film history is this murderous 1958 Plymouth Fury from ‘Christine.’ And you thought your car had a mind of its own sometimes.(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) It’s been a long time since we’ve driven a truly scary car. The 1985 Yugo immediately comes to mind, a sputtering claptrap of a vehicle that even when new felt old and worn and had the mechanical life…

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

BMW creates whole new SUV line with X2 – USA TODAY

The motorcycle of the future is so safe riders can cruise sans helmet — all of the thrills with none of the danger — according to BMW. Video provided by AFP Newslook

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

Volkswagen beats forecasts in third-quarter earnings – The Independent

Volkswagen lifted its profit target for the year on Friday after cost cuts at its core autos division helped it outstrip third-quarter earnings forecasts. The world’s largest carmaker is spending billions of euros to reposition itself two years after a diesel emissions scandal, focusing on electrification of its mass-market and luxury brands while developing what it calls “digital mobility services” for those who do not want to own a vehicle. “Earnings…

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

Facebook’s Marketplace Partners With Auto Dealers To Boost Used Car Sales – Forbes

Courtesy of Facebook A preview of Facebook’s Marketplace tab with new auto-focused features. Facebook is making a push to expand the sale of used cars on its e-commerce tab, Marketplace. The company announced on Thursday that it is partnering with a handful of auto dealers such as Edmunds, Cars.com, Auction123, CDK Global and Socialdealer to expand the selection of vehicles available to U.S. shoppers on Marketplace over the coming weeks….

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

Wall Street loves electric cars, America loves trucks – Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) – Wall Street may love the shares of Silicon Valley electric carmaker Tesla Inc, but Americans love big, fuel-thirsty trucks like Ford Motor Co’s bestselling F-Series pickups and are paying ever higher prices to buy them. The auto industry is at a crossroads, with the future of legacy automakers like Ford, General Motors Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV uncertain as governments float proposals to ban internal combustion…

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

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: Friday, October 27, 2017