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Cuba’s classic cars are icons of oppression that deserve scrapping – The Guardian

Most western travellers visiting Cuba will have come across the island’s cars long before their plane lands. They appear in every travel guide, and you can buy calendars and posters of the 1950s classics that still drive through the streets of Havana. They’ve become an icon of the island – considered a quaint, unmissable feature of Cuba’s unique atmosphere. So, it was against a background of nostalgia that the news broke that…

Posted: Monday, January 06, 2014

Track testing the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette and its … – CNET

Track days are an increasingly common way for automotive enthusiasts to see what their machines can do without risking their licenses on the street. Also increasingly common? GoPro cameras stuck on windshields, fenders, and anywhere else that might provide the most dramatic footage of pilots aggressively driving in circles. Other companies, like VBOX, take that footage and add GPS telemetry, laying speed and track position over the footage. Now, Chevrolet…

Posted: Monday, January 06, 2014

Soft December can’t undercut boffo 2013 auto sales – USA TODAY

Honda’s CR-V compact SUV is the best-selling SUV of any kind in the U.S. and was first of its kind to pass 300,000 sales, hitting 303,904 in 2013.(Photo: Honda Wieck) Story Highlights December auto sales cool with weather, but full-year tally is strong Detroit market share grows, almost unheard-of in 25 years Big pickups are sales demons as work and play buyers both return to showrooms Auto sales flattened in…

Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2014

GM to Offer Performance Recorder on Corvettes – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2014

Show Us Your Car: Find beauty in a rusty ’59 Buick – USA TODAY

Gary Bell of Irvine, Calif., shows off his 1959 Buick Invicta(Photo: Dan MacMedan / USA TODAY) IRVINE, Calif. — Gary Bell knows the perils of buying a rusty old car and taking it home to your spouse. In this case, the unloved puppy was a 1959 Buick Invicta. “She hated it at first, and now she loves it,” he says. What’s not to love? The big Invicta is as big,…

Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2014

High-tech autos get spotlight at Consumer Electronics Show – NBCNews.com

Autos Jan. 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM ET Audi will light the way for an increasingly high-tech auto industry next week when it introduces its Sport Quattro Laserlight concept vehicle at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The CES extravaganza has traditionally been the place where techies track breakthroughs in TV, smartphone and computer technologies, but in recent…

Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2014

Study: Self-driving car sales will explode – USA TODAY

Last SlideNext Slide California Gov. Edmund G Brown Jr., state Senator Alex Padilla stand by a driverless car they arrived in at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. in 2012.(Photo: Eric Risberg AP) Story Highlights Sales of self-driving cars will take off in the next decade, a study says It’s not a question of whether the cars will be made. They will — and people will buy them Most major…

Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2014

BMW-Designed Bobsled Barreling Toward First Olympic Gold For U.S. In 78 Years – Forbes

BMW Performance Team for Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games It’s been 78 years since the U.S. won an Olympic gold medal in the two-man bobsled race, but heading into the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the Americans are ranked No. 1 in World Cup competition thanks to a slippery new bobsled designed by BMW, a company that knows a thing or two about making vehicles go fast. The U.S. team…

Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2014

Soft December can’t undercut boffo 2013 auto sales – USA TODAY

Honda’s CR-V compact SUV is the best-selling SUV of any kind in the U.S. and was first of its kind to pass 300,000 sales, hitting 303,904 in 2013.(Photo: Honda Wieck) Story Highlights December auto sales cool with weather, but full-year tally is strong Detroit market share grows, almost unheard-of in 25 years Big pickups are sales demons as work and play buyers both return to showrooms Auto sales flattened in…

Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014

Auto Sales Best in 6 Years, but Demand Seen Ebbing – ABC News

Automakers are going to have to work a little harder for your business in 2014. After four years of strong sales increases — and limited discounts — as the economy improved, U.S. demand for new cars and trucks is expected to slow this year. That could mean better deals for buyers as car companies fight to increase their share of the market. U.S. sales rose 8 percent to 15.6 million…

Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014

Soft December can’t undercut boffo 2013 auto sales – USA TODAY

Honda’s CR-V compact SUV is the best-selling SUV of any kind in the U.S. and was first of its kind to pass 300,000 sales, hitting 303,904 in 2013.(Photo: Honda Wieck) Story Highlights December auto sales cool with weather, but full-year tally is strong Detroit market share grows, almost unheard-of in 25 years Big pickups are sales demons as work and play buyers both return to showrooms Auto sales flattened in…

Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014

Car sales make a strong comeback in 2013 – CNNMoney

Chrysler reported its best December sales in six years to cap a strong comeback year for the industry. The auto industry topped 15 million vehicles in a year for the first time since 2007, and even a disappointing December couldn’t tarnish the improvement. General Motors (GM, Fortune 500) and Toyota Motor (TM) reported December sales that were down from a year earlier and missed forecasts. But GM’s full-year sales were…

Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014

US auto sales hit six-year high, December disappoints – Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) – The U.S. auto industry limped to its best year since the boom times before 2008 as results came up short in December as a late Thanksgiving holiday robbed sales from the year’s final month. The tough sledding in December does not suggest a difficult 2014, however, as several executives and analysts expect auto industry growth to continue outpacing the overall U.S. economy as it has since the…

Posted: Friday, January 03, 2014

CES 2014: Ford, Audi plan big announcements – Washington Post

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Posted: Friday, January 03, 2014

Dec. Auto Sales Falter; 2013 Still Best in 6 Years – ABC News

December U.S. auto sales slowed a bit from the brisk pace earlier this year, but automakers still were on target to finish 2013 with the best numbers in six years. Nissan posted an 11 percent gain for December and Chrysler managed a 6 percent increase. But General Motors, Toyota, Ford and Volkswagen each posted disappointing numbers. Still, most major automakers reported at least a 7 percent increase for 2013, and…

Posted: Friday, January 03, 2014

December US auto sales miss expectations – Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) – The top four automakers in the U.S. market missed December sales expectations, but 2013 will still easily be the best year for the industry since before the recession. General Motors Co said that the U.S. auto industry will have December U.S. auto sales at a 15.6 million-vehicle annualized selling rate, well below the 16 million vehicles expected by 27 economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters. The late December…

Posted: Friday, January 03, 2014

Savvy moves give Fiat all of Chrysler — for a song – USA TODAY

Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne shows off a Fiat Freemont, which is a variant of the Dodge Journey SUV built at a Chrysler plant in Mexico for the Italian market.(Photo: Fabio Ferrari, AP) Story Highlights Deal gives Fiat remaining 41.5% for full ownership Settles dispute over price with union trust that could have led to IPO Deal also includes unspecified cooperation on some production practices Fiat’s agreement to buy the remaining…

Posted: Friday, January 03, 2014

Hey, Is That a BMW Racing Down the Bobsled Course? – New York Times

Now BMW of North America, which has built six two-person bobsleds for the United States men’s and women’s teams competing in Russia this year, is hoping to help change that. Since 2011, the automaker has been working with the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation to develop a prototype. The effort has been led by Michael Scully, a creative director at DesignworksUSA, a consultancy owned by the BMW Group that…

Posted: Friday, January 03, 2014

Fiat stock hits two-year high on Chrysler deal – USA TODAY

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Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2014

Ford to debut solar car – CNNMoney

The solar cells in the new Ford C-Max Solar Energi, to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show. Ford will debut a solar-powered electric car at the Consumer Electronics Show next week. The car, a concept vehicle not ready for dealer showrooms, is a version of the C-Max Energi plug-in car already sold by Ford (F, Fortune 500). Like the C-Max Energi, the new C-Max Solar Energi can go 21…

Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2014