Autos

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: Thursday, October 26, 2017

As electric vehicles make a move to the mainstream, utilities are taking notice – TechCrunch

In a move highlighting the growing importance of electric charging stations to utilities, Italian power giant Enel has bought a small, fast-growing California developer of charging stations and power management software. Through its EnerNOC subsidiary, Enel acquired San Carlos, Calif.-based Electric Motor Werks for an undisclosed amount, in a transaction that could be a harbinger of things to come for a new generation of grid storage and power management software…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Nissan wants its electric cars to ‘sing’ so that you’ll hear them coming – The Verge

Nissan unveiled a new electric concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show today called the IMx, and it’s relatively standard fare as far as these types of futuristic car announcements go. It’s a crossover SUV with a sparse interior that lets giant OLED displays splash and clash with wood grain details. It promises a dreamy 600 kilometer (372 miles) of range without shorting the theoretical driver on power — it’s…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

BMW to make limited self-driving available in 2021 – Roadshow – CNET

Given the sophistication of adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance in recent BMW cars, such as the M760i, you would think the company is well on its way to fully self-driving cars. During a presentation on its self-driving timeline, however, Klaus Büttner, BMW’s vice president of autonomous driving, emphasized a more cautious approach. Enlarge Image BMW is currently testing self-driving cars on public roads, using the brand Personal CoPilot for…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

BMW’s smallest crossover yet: The X2 | Ars Technica – Ars Technica

reader comments 49 You used to know where you were with BMW. It made dependable, fun-to-drive sedans, with the occasional foray into GT cars like the 6 and 8 Series. But then the car buying public went mad, and everyone decided they really wanted a wagon. But they wouldn’t buy actual wagons, apparently because of the association with mom’s station wagon from the ’70s. And they wouldn’t buy hatchbacks, either, because those…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Car2go: Smart cars are out, Mercedes-Benz vehicles are in | The … – Seattle Times

All those little car2go Smart cars that you see around Seattle? By the end of the year they’ll be gone. Car2go, the car-sharing company owned by Daimler, is replacing all the Smart cars in its Seattle fleet with Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The company has slowly been upgrading its fleet of smartphone-accessed rental cars, replacing the two-passenger Smart cars with five-passenger Mercedes vehicles. The company will offer Mercedes four-door coupes and small…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Car2go: Smart cars are out, Mercedes-Benz vehicles are in – Seattle Times

All those little car2go Smart cars that you see around Seattle? By the end of the year they’ll be gone. Car2go, the car-sharing company owned by Daimler, is replacing all the Smart cars in its Seattle fleet with Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The company has slowly been upgrading its fleet of smartphone-accessed rental cars, replacing the two-passenger Smart cars with five-passenger Mercedes vehicles. The company will offer Mercedes four-door coupes and small…

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Electric cars emit 50% less greenhouse gas than diesel, study finds – The Guardian

Electric cars emit significantly less greenhouse gases over their lifetimes than diesel engines even when they are powered by the most carbon intensive energy, a new report has found. In Poland, which uses high volumes of coal, electric vehicles produced a quarter less emissions than diesels when put through a full lifecycle modelling study by Belgium’s VUB University. CO2 reductions on Europe’s cleanest grid in Sweden were a remarkable 85%,…

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Volkswagen’s CEO Just Went Off on Tesla–and Taught a Major Lesson in How Not to Lead – Inc.com

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has millions of fans around the world, but it seems that Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller isn’t one of them. Müller recently participated in a conference in Germany, the theme of which was “the future of the automobile industry.” At one point, Müller felt motivated to attack Tesla Motors, and his comments have sparked some heated discussion in Germany. Here’s an excerpt in English (you can find the original video–in…

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Volkswagen CEO denies price fixing by German carmakers – Economic Times

German carmakers being investigated over possible collusion did not engage in price fixing or an illegal cartel, Volkswagen‘s chief executive Matthias Mueller said on Wednesday. European Union antitrust staff have raided Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW as part of an investigation into whether they conspired to fix prices in diesel and other technologies over several decades. “I have no knowledge of price fixing,” Mueller said at a conference in Stuttgart. “We…

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Volkswagen’s CEO Just Went Off on Tesla–and Taught a Major Lesson in How Not to Lead – Inc.com

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has millions of fans around the world, but it seems that Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller isn’t one of them. Müller recently participated in a conference in Germany, the theme of which was “the future of the automobile industry.” At one point, Müller felt motivated to attack Tesla Motors, and his comments have sparked some heated discussion in Germany. Here’s an excerpt in English (you can find the original video–in…

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Volkswagen’s CEO Just Went Off on Tesla–and Taught a Major Lesson in How Not to Lead – Inc.com

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has millions of fans around the world, but it seems that Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller isn’t one of them. Müller recently participated in a conference in Germany, the theme of which was “the future of the automobile industry.” At one point, Müller felt motivated to attack Tesla Motors, and his comments have sparked some heated discussion in Germany. Here’s an excerpt in English (you can find the original video–in…

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Toyota: Committed to hydrogen cars despite potential ‘game changer’ EV battery – Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp said its solid-state battery technology under development could be a “game changer” for electric vehicles, but that does not mean it is moving away from hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles. Having long touted fuel-cell vehicles and plug-in hybrids as the most sensible technologies to make cars greener, Japan’s top-selling automaker surprised industry watchers last year with plans to add full-sized electric vehicles (EVs) to its line-up….

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Bottom Line On Electric Cars: They’re Cheaper To Own – Forbes – Forbes

Parts that do not need to be replaced in electric vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Bolt in this picture, include fan belts and air filters. The price of electric vehicles is coming down, but they still look expensive compared with many gasoline-powered cars. That comparison, though, is misleading. Once you figure in the cost of ownership, especially maintenance and fuel, electric vehicles are a bargain despite the up-front price tag….

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Volkswagen’s CEO Just Went Off on Tesla–and Taught a Major … – Inc. – Inc.com

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has millions of fans around the world, but it seems that Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller isn’t one of them. Müller recently participated in a conference in Germany, the theme of which was “the future of the automobile industry.” At one point, Müller felt motivated to attack Tesla Motors, and his comments have sparked some heated discussion in Germany. Here’s an excerpt in English (you can find the original video–in…

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Volkswagen CEO Slams Tesla Over Production Numbers, Spending, and Firings – Fortune

“Social responsibility? Please.” Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller slammed Tesla last week for its recent string of problems including slower than expected car production, employee firings, and big spending. Müller was responding to a comment from a moderator at a conference in Passau, Germany about how Tesla “fascinates customers with its electric cars,” according to the website the Daily Kanban. He replied by attacking Tesla. Here’s a translation from the Daily…

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fiat Chrysler earns $1.07B in record 3rd quarter – Detroit Free Press

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Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The new BMW 5-Series is boring — but it’s also perfect – Business Insider

The BMW 530i.Hollis Johnson The BMW 5-Series is now in its seventh generation. The carmaker can’t make a bad car — but has it lost something in the thrills department? We spent a few day with a 530i to find out. BMW has had decades to set the bar, and it has gotten very good at that responsibility to the legacy of the 5-Series. It cannot disappoint, and it doesn’t….

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Bottom Line On Electric Cars: They’re Cheaper To Own – Forbes

The price of electric vehicles is coming down, but they still look expensive compared with many gasoline-powered cars. That comparison, though, is misleading. Once you figure in the cost of ownership, especially maintenance and fuel, electric vehicles are a bargain despite the up-front price tag. This year, the average electric car transaction price decreased by 11 percent from 2016. Some affordable models are the 220-mile range Tesla Model 3 for…

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Volkswagen’s CEO Just Went Off on Tesla–and Taught a Major Lesson in How Not to Lead – Inc.com

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has millions of fans around the world, but it seems that Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller isn’t one of them. Müller recently participated in a conference in Germany, the theme of which was “the future of the automobile industry.” At one point, Müller felt motivated to attack Tesla Motors, and his comments have sparked some heated discussion in Germany. Here’s an excerpt in English (you can find the original video–in…

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017