Autos

Google’s Street View cars are now giant, mobile 3D scanners – Ars Technica

reader comments 37 Google’s got a hot new ride. The company has a new Street View car with updated cameras, and—surprisingly—a set of Lidar (Light, Detection and Ranging) cans! Google doesn’t have anything up officially about this, but Wired has the scoop on the new vehicles. The new cars are all Hyundai Elantra GTs with a sweet paint job (ok, probably a vinyl wrap) featuring—what else?—Street View imagery of beautiful vistas. The…

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

A ‘Harvey Effect’ could produce a new-car sales surge at the end of 2017 – Markets Insider

Flooded cars in the Houston area. AP/David J. Phillip As many as 500,000 vehicles could have been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey and the floodwater that ravaged the Houston area. Those cars and trucks will be replaced, and the dynamics of the market in the US could point consumers toward new rather than used vehicles. “Buyers looking to replace vehicles destroyed by Harvey are stepping into a tough used…

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

2018 Nissan Leaf Preview – Cars.com News

CARS.COM Competes with: Chevrolet Bolt EV, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Tesla Model 3 Looks like: New EVs have spurred one of the earliest mainstream electric cars to up its game Drivetrain: 147-horsepower electric motor and 40-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack; front-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Early 2018 Starting price: $30,875, including $885 destination charge The Nissan Leaf was one of the first mainstream electric cars when it debuted for the 2011 model year,…

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Scotland to ‘phase out’ new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 – The Independent

The Scottish government has pledged to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans across Scotland by 2032, eight years ahead of the UK Government target. Nicola Sturgeon outlined plans to “massively expand” charging points and set up pilot projects to encourage uptake of electric vehicles. The SNP leader also said there were plans to make the A9 Scotland’s first fully electric-enabled road and that an innovation fund would be set up…

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Fiat Chrysler set for parts-unit separation – The Detroit News

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne cooled speculation of a pending deal to tie up with a competitor.(Photo: Andrej Isakovic / Getty Images) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, lacking a potential deal to combine with another carmaker anytime soon, will push ahead with separating from its components business, CEO Sergio Marchionne said. Marchionne, who has actively sought a partner for Fiat Chrysler in the past, cooled speculation of a pending deal to…

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Scotland plans to ‘phase out’ gas and diesel cars by 2032 – TechCrunch

Another country is looking to get rid of gas-powered vehicles entirely: Scotland, which wants to “phase out” new gas and diesel-powered cars entirely by 2032 (via The Independent). The Scottish government’s plan is set to beat the UK’s target by eight years, if all goes well, and also involves building out its roadway charging infrastructure to support the use of EVs instead. The decision by Scotland to join in the…

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Scotland to ‘phase out’ new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 – The Independent

The Scottish government has pledged to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans across Scotland by 2032, eight years ahead of the UK Government target. Nicola Sturgeon outlined plans to “massively expand” charging points and set up pilot projects to encourage uptake of electric vehicles. The SNP leader also said there were plans to make the A9 Scotland’s first fully electric-enabled road and that an innovation fund would be set up…

Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Russia informed of recall of 7670 Volkswagen cars: standards agency – Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s standards agency said on Tuesday it had been informed of a recall of 7,670 cars of Volkswagen NFZ Multivan T5 and T6 models by Volkswagen Group (VOWG_p.DE) sold between 2014 and 2016. Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Polina Devitt

Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2017

This Honda shows why electric cars still have a long way to go before they post massive sales – Business Insider

Priced right.Honda • EVs are still relatively expensive when compared with mass-market gas vehicles. • Government support will help make EVs more accessible, but many gas-powered cars still cost half as much. • New-car buyers are uniquely price-sensitive — they might look at EVs, but they won’t buy. Electric cars have two major problems to overcome before they can go truly mainstream: price and charging. The arrival of long-range EVs…

Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Scotland plans to ‘phase out’ gas and diesel cars by 2032 – TechCrunch

Another country is looking to get rid of gas-powered vehicles entirely: Scotland, which wants to “phase out” new gas and diesel-powered cars entirely by 2032 (via The Independent). The Scottish government’s plan is set to beat the UK’s target by eight years, if all goes well, and also involves building out its roadway charging infrastructure to support the use of EVs instead. The decision by Scotland to join in the…

Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2017

US autos content demands loom as obstacle in NAFTA talks – Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – NAFTA negotiators discussed rules of origin on Monday as the Trump administration’s expected demand for U.S.-specific automotive content requirements was emerging as a major obstacle to a deal, auto industry lobbyists said. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland arrived in Mexico City to close out the second round of talks to modernize the North American Free trade agreement on Tuesday along…

Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Fiat Chrysler Beats Tesla – Forbes

Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg Traditional automobile maker Fiat Chrysler is beating modern electric car maker Tesla, on Wall Street. Fiat Chrysler’s shares have gained 114.37 percent for the last twelve months and 60.61 percent for the last two years, compared to 63.21 percent and 38.15 percent for Tesla. Fiat Chrysler’s Shares Beat Tesla’s Source: Finance.Yahoo.com 8/28/17 That may come as a surprise to electric can fans who think that traditional automobile…

Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2017

VW recalls 1.8 million cars in China – BBC News – BBC.com – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The VW Magotan is one of the vehicles being recalled in China More than 1.8 million Volkswagen cars are being recalled in China because of a faulty fuel pump. China’s consumer watchdog said the recall affected vehicles made by VW and its two Chinese joint ventures with SAIC and FAW. The defect can cause the engine to stall due to an electronics failure in…

Posted: Monday, September 04, 2017

Frankfurt Auto Show Will Present An Industry In Crisis, Aggravated By Election Frenzy – Forbes

A World War II bomb was defused in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on September 03, 2017. More than 60,000 people were evacuated from the center of Frankfurt after a 1.4-ton World War II bomb was discovered on a construction site close to the Goethe University (Photo credit should read THOMAS LOHNES/AFP/Getty Images) Security experts safely removed the fuse from a massive 1.4 ton ‘Blockbuster’ unexploded second world bomb in Frankfurt…

Posted: Monday, September 04, 2017

Value of classic cars and fine art plunges as photographs soar … – The Guardian

Classic cars and works of fine art tumbled in value in 2016, while photography and rare musical instruments emerged as the hottest collectors’ items, according to a leading private bank. The fall in the value of classic cars – down in price by 10.4% last year – comes after years of booming demand that has made them one of the best investments over the past decade, said Coutts. Fine art…

Posted: Monday, September 04, 2017

One of the biggest challenges of self-driving cars: The humans inside them. – Recode

Replacing human-driven cars with fully autonomous vehicles will take 30 years or more, Aurora CEO Chris Urmson says — but there are some important things we should keep in mind in the intervening decades. On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Urmson warned that one of the dangers for early self-driving-car users will be “becoming falsely comfortable with the safety of it.” This is especially true…

Posted: Monday, September 04, 2017

Volkswagen Polo first drive: is bigger better for VW’s big-selling hatchback? – Telegraph.co.uk

TELEGRAPH RATING Four stars out of five THE RIVALS Ford Fiesta, from £12,715 All new this year, Britain’s best-selling car has grown slightly and gets an attractive new interior, but it is still a small car, which is great if you have a tiny parking space, not so if you want to carry luggage or rear-seat passengers. The ST Line has by far the best ride and handling. Seat Ibiza,…

Posted: Monday, September 04, 2017

VW recalls 1.8 million cars in China – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The VW Magotan is one of the vehicles being recalled in China More than 1.8 million Volkswagen cars are being recalled in China because of a faulty fuel pump. China’s consumer watchdog said the recall affected vehicles made by VW and its two Chinese joint ventures with SAIC and FAW. The defect can cause the engine to stall due to an electronics failure in…

Posted: Monday, September 04, 2017

Harvey destroyed hundreds of thousands of cars in the Houston … – Washington Post

DICKINSON, Tex. — Every single mode of transportation Katrina Chadbourne’s family owned was swallowed in Hurricane Harvey’s flooding. “My husband’s truck is gone,” Chadbourne said. “My daughter’s Lexus is gone. My husband’s Harley is gone.” A pair of water scooters went under as the flood climbed her front steps, and then a kayak was lost in a failed attempt to save the scooters. Her “baby,” a red 2015 Mustang GT,…

Posted: Monday, September 04, 2017

How to deal with flooded cars in Harvey’s wake – Washington Post

DETROIT — As Harvey moved away from Southeast Texas, aerial photos revealed thousands of cars covered by floodwaters on streets, parking lots and in driveways. By the time the water recedes, auto industry experts estimate that 500,000 to 1 million vehicles will have been damaged by water, with most being total losses. State Farm, one of the largest U.S. auto insurers, says it has already received almost 20,000 claims from…

Posted: Monday, September 04, 2017