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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Audi made defeat device in 1999, scandal-related costs rising fast
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Audi made defeat device in 1999, scandal-related costs rising fast

Last Thursday, Volkswagen surprised more than a few observers by meeting a court-ordered deadline to submit repair plans for 482,000 2.0-liter Audi and VW diesels equipped with defeat devices that help them cheat on emissions tests. That's the good news. The bad news? The recall/buyback plan...Read More»

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Mercedes-Benz & Daimler Test Autonomous 18-Wheeler In Real Highway Traffic

Autonomous cars stir up plenty of emotions in drivers. Some folks lament the fact that their children and grandchildren will never know the joys of driving. (Future children and grandchildren stuck in traffic jams may not feel the same way.) ALSO SEE: Introducing The Car Connection 2016 Driver's...Read More»

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Audi, BMW, Daimler Buy Nokia's Mapping Division For $3.1 Billion To Keep Google Out Of Cars

We are poised at the brink of a revolution. Dramatic as that may sound, it's true: autonomous vehicles are coming, and when they finally arrive, they will upend whole industries, force cities to reevaluate the way they earn money, and of course, bring about radical changes in the way that we get...Read More»

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Smart Kowtows To PETA & Offers A Leather-Free 2016 Fortwo: Can It Save The Brand?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- the activist group that's best known for splattering fur coats with paint and saving Mazda-loving spider colonies from certain doom -- announced a much more modest achievement yesterday. In a blog post, the organization says that it has persuaded...Read More»

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Recalled For Potential Steering Problem

Daimler is recalling more than 10,500 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans from the 2015 model year. According to Detroit News, some of those vehicles may suffer from a flaw that makes them more difficult to steer, increasing the risk of an accident. ALSO SEE: Tesla & Elon Musk Finally Unveil 'The D'...Read More»

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Zipcar & Other Car-Sharing Services Have Killed 500,000 Auto Sales: Study

Car-sharing services like Zipcar and RelayRides are poised to shake up the auto industry. On a macro-level, they represent a huge change in the way that we view and use automobiles. In more practical terms, they reduce the public's need to buy cars. How much of a reduction have they caused?...Read More»

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Maybach Is Back -- Not As A Brand, But As High-End Mercedes-Benz

Maybach was shuttered in 2011, after parent company Daimler AG decided that its decade-long relaunch of the century-old luxury brand wasn't worth the trouble. But don't count the old gal out just yet: according to AutoNews, Daimler plans to raise the dead and revive Maybach -- not as an independent...Read More»

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UAW-Automaker War Heats Up Down South, With Nissan On Defense

In Detroit, the Big Three car companies maintain an uneasy truce with the United Automobile Workers union. Troubles flare up from time to time, but both sides usually manage to work through their differences. Like rival cousins, they've been through a lot together. For foreign automakers doing...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell
Will Your Next Car Run On Hydrogen? Ford, Mercedes, Nissan Partner On Fuel Cell Tech

We live in interesting times. (Which is a good thing, by the way, and not a Chinese curse after all.) We are witnessing the long, slow death of automobiles that run on fossil fuels. It may take decades for those vehicles to cycle out of favor, but there's little doubt that the next big thing is...Read More»

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Trending In Social Media This Week: Another Toyota Recall, Ford And GM

Social Car News has partnered with real-time online buzz tracker OneRiot to bring you a weekly report on what's trending in the automotive social media world. Each week we monitor discussions across all platforms including but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, Digg, MySpace and blogs to bring you...Read More»

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BMW Borrows A Page From Zipcar's Playbook

By now, many Americans are familiar with Zipcar and similar car-sharing services. Unlike their close cousins -- car rental outfits like Hertz and Avis, which thrive on tourists and other travelers -- car-sharing companies target local consumers, typically urbanites who live in cities with strong...Read More»

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Daimler Becomes A Yenta For Carpoolers With Car2gether

Zimride. eRideShare. Match.com. Every few months, it seems like someone new is trying to arrange hook-ups between carpoolers. Now, it's Daimler's turn. Daimler has announced plans to launch a new social media service called Car2gether. Much like those other ride-sharing services, Car2gether relies...Read More»

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Battle Of The Brands: Which European Automakers Bare All On YouTube?

Yesterday, we launched a little friendly competition: a comparison of automakers' YouTube channels. We were curious to see which qualify as must-see web TV and which ought to be canceled ASAP. Monday was devoted to U.S. brands, and today, we're moving across the pond for a look at their "European"...Read More»

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Infiniti M35 Hybrid Due at L.A. Show; Essence M Coupe A No-Show?

It's been promised for the near future, but now the Infiniti M35 Hybrid has a firm launch date for eager U.S. hybrid watchers--this November, at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show, to be precise. Infiniti vice president Ben Poore confirmed the L.A. debut at this week's media drives of the new QX56...Read More»

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DOE, Daimler Keep Tesla CEO Elon Musk On A Short Leash

Earlier this week, our own John Voelcker raised a number of questions about Tesla and its long-term viability. Now Wired -- a high-tech media outlet that often champions the EV automaker -- has revealed some interesting news about Tesla's recent $465 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy...Read More»

2011 BMW 7-Series
Mercedes Vehicles Made In China Just As Good As German-Made

Mercedes-Benz vehicles made in China now place in the top half of all the company's vehicles when ranked for quality. Ulrich Walker, Chairman and CEO of Daimler Northeast Asia, said (rather testily) that those rides are good enough to send to other countries: "Yes, our cars here are exportable...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Production Moving To Alabama

Here at TCC, we've seen some interesting production news over the past few months -- for example, Ford intends to make the U.S. its export base, and Honda will export the American-made 2010 Civic . (Honda might also move Fit production stateside.) Now, Daimler has announced plans to beef up its...Read More»

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Mercedes-Benz May Launch Smaller Cars In U.S. By 2012

Readers of a certain age will recall a time when America's roadways were clogged with Gremlins, Rabbits, and other fuel-efficient minicars. That historical moment was caused by spiking fuel prices in the 1970s (remember when Jimmy Carter told everyone to put on a snappy cardigan?), which rear-ended...Read More»

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Daimler Provides Sharia-Compliant Loans To Mid East Buyers

When Westerners think of Sharia -- the strict code of Islamic law -- we tend to think of...unpleasantness. Stonings, beheadings: that sort of thing. However, Sharia also covers financial issues, including lending practices. Specifically, Sharia prohibits the charging of interest on loans. That's...Read More»

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