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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

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

Review: BMW gets it right with 540i xDrive – USA TODAY

x Embed x Share CLOSE Sport sedan’s appeal rests on room, comfort and convenient tech. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press The 540i xDrive competes with cars like the Acura TLX, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS AWD, Genesis G80 3.3T AWD, Infiniti Q70L,(Photo: Chris Tedesco) My relationship with BMW’s cars is becoming increasingly like my high school crushes: I’m not sure if I like them because of what they are, or what I…

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

As electric vehicles make a move to the mainstream, utilities are … – 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

Stormont cars: Civil servants use of ministerial cars criticised – BBC News

Image copyright Reuters Image caption About 600 journeys were made in six months in ministerial cars by civil servants The use of ministerial cars by civil servants in the absence of a Northern Ireland executive has been criticised. BBC News NI has obtained details of how ministerial cars are being used while the executive is not functioning. About 600 journeys were made in six months – four of those were…

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

reader comments 56 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

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

BMW to make limited self-driving available in 2021 – 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: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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

reader comments 41 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: Wednesday, October 25, 2017