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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

It’s Totes Normal to Crave This $9400 Bugatti Chiron Engine Replica – WIRED

There’s only one way to properly convey the insanity that is the Bugatti Chiron, and that’s rattling off ludicrous facts. Let’s start with just a few. The hypercar (for $3 million you get a term less pedestrian than “supercar”) is the among the fastest production cars on the planet. It can go from a standstill to 249 mph and get back to 0 mph in less than 42 seconds. It…

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

This Week in the Future of Cars: The Feel Good Singalong – WIRED

In my grumpy days of trying to be a cool teenager, I considered musicals stupid. Why all the singing, I’d complain, when they could just spit it out? Years of experience and the realization that true coolness is either a) not about mocking musicals or b) unattainable, eventually brought me around. Now I’m that guy watching Moana on the airplane and digging it. My point here is that it took…

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

Steve Jobs’ BMW Z8 up for auction – CBS News

NEW YORK – Admirers of Steve Jobs may never drive technology to the cutting edge, but at least they can drive his car. The late Apple founder’s 2000 BMW Z8 convertible is one of 30 vehicles up for auction in December in Manhattan, and the price is only $300,000. That’s a fraction of the cost of a number of the other vehicles that are available.  Bidders at the fantasy-fueled RM…

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

To Let Self-Driving Cars Go Anywhere, Train Them Everywhere – WIRED

For a moment there, Arizona was the place for autonomous vehicles learning to drive. It’s a logical starting point for experimental tech—still in its wobbly, Bambi legs stage—that likes warm weather, little rain, and wide open roads. It’s easier for their complicated sensors to “see” there, you see. Arizona is, in other words, a lot like California, without the aggressive Department of Motor Vehicles and its pesky regulations. Governor Doug…

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

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

Subaru Let Uncertified Workers Inspect Cars, Source Says – Bloomberg

Subaru Corp. allowed uncertified workers to inspect vehicles before shipment, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter, the latest scandal to hit Japanese manufacturers after a similar issue was found at Nissan Motor Co. An internal investigation found that workers training to be certified were involved in inspections at Subaru’s main factory complex in Gunma prefecture, the person said, asking not to be identified because the information is…

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: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Aston Martin selling Tom Brady Signature Edition cars for $360K – ESPN

3:02 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Luxury brand Aston Martin has begun selling a special Tom Brady Signature Edition car, promising a delivery for early next year. The convertible, which features Brady’s touches on the company’s Vanquish S Volante model, is limited to just 12 total cars and will cost $359,950 each. “We started with a blank canvas and finished with a beautiful car,” the…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 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: Thursday, October 26, 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: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Aston Martin selling 12 Tom Brady Signature Edition cars for $360K – ESPN

2:29 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Luxury brand Aston Martin has begun selling a special Tom Brady Signature Edition car, promising a delivery for early next year. The convertible, which features Brady’s touches on the company’s Vanquish S Volante model, is limited to just 12 total cars and will cost $359,950 each. “We started with a blank canvas and finished with a beautiful car,” the…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Forgetting a Child in a Back Seat Can Kill. Cars May Soon Warn You. – New York Times

This is not the first time that the Auto Alliance has dismissed the need for regulation. In 2011, for example, Robert Strassburger, vice president for vehicle safety at the organization, made a similar argument. “We shouldn’t overemphasize the effectiveness of technology,” he said, adding that a government requirement for warning devices would initially have minimal impact, because the vast majority of cars on the road are years old. The Auto…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Auto and Utility Industries Team Up to Tackle Emissions – Scientific American

Top representatives from vehicle manufacturers and utilities are joining forces to find ways to cut the U.S. transportation system’s energy use in half by 2050. The Alliance to Save Energy, a 40-year-old organization focused on energy efficiency policies, is announcing the new group today and calling it the “50 by 50” Commission. Co-chaired by Audi of America President Scott Keogh and National Grid U.S. President Dean Seavers, the…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 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: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Facebook launches Marketplace for cars with dealers and Blue Book pricing – TechCrunch

Buy a car through Facebook, and the social network could earn a special place in your heart. So Facebook is creating a dedicated section of Marketplace for vehicles. You’ll now be able to use new search filters to find a ride with a specific type, make, model, mileage, transmission, and more from both people and car dealerships like Edmunds, Cars.com, Auction123, CDK Global, and SocialDealer. You can check pricing against…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017