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Nissan sets ambitious door-to-door goal for its self-driving cars
Nissan sets ambitious door-to-door goal for its self-driving cars

Nissan says its ProPilot self-driving technology will be ready to take over the majority of human driving responsibilities by 2020. The automaker demonstrated the ProPilot technology with an Infiniti Q50 equipped with all necessary components. As the video shows, the Q50 was able to navigate not...Read More»

Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehicles
Google's Waymo takes cabbie out of its self-driving taxis

Google-owned Waymo is taking the driver out of self-driving cars with a new ride-hailing service that just launched in suburban Phoenix. About 100 Chrysler Pacificas equipped with Waymo's self-driving technology are now being tested in Chandler, Arizona, company CEO John Krafcik said Tuesday...Read More»

Toyota Concept-i Ride, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
Toyota pumps millions into Israeli robotics firm for artificial intelligence

Although Toyota hasn't been a pioneer in self-driving cars, it's clearly interested in bolstering its use of the technology. As the company looks toward the future, Reuters reported on Sunday its new venture capital arm invested $14 million into an Israeli robotics company, Intuition Robotics...Read More»

Last Holden Commodore to be built in Australia - October 2017
Australia marks the end of an era, exits car-building business

General Motors closed its last Holden factory in Australia last week, officially bringing to an end nearly a century of Australian automotive manufacturing. The move was far from unexpected, and follows similar pull-outs from both Ford and Toyota last year as carmakers seek out more sustainable...Read More»

FCA's Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant
As NAFTA battle lines are drawn, repercussions loom on dealership lots

NAFTA negotiations have reached an impasse in several key areas, chief among them a series of regulations surrounding the automotive sector. While Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland referred to a “series of unconventional proposals” and Mexican Secretary of the Economy...Read More»

2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Porsche races into Netflix-style subscription model

Purchasing and leasing new cars may ultimately become a thing of the past if subscription-based services catch on. Porsche is the latest—and perhaps the greatest—to envision this alternative to traditional car ownership, an on-demand, white glove vehicle service it calls Porsche...Read More»

Jim Hackett (left) and Bill Ford Jr.
New Ford CEO slashes development budgets, plans to focus on trucks and electric vehicles

Ford Motor Company's new CEO isn't ready to abandon the traditional sedan just yet, but the recently minted executive is already on a budget-slicing mission that will focus the automaker on SUVs, trucks, and electric cars in the near future. Jim Hackett, who took the helm at Ford in May after...Read More»

2018 Volvo S60 Polestar
Before it even opens, Volvo nearly doubles investment in US plant

Before its new South Carolina plant slated to open next year even builds its first car, Swedish automaker Volvo is expanding its plans for the factory. CNBC is reporting that the company plans to hire an additional 1,900 employees and up its total investment in the facility to $1 billion. Earlier...Read More»

Ford removable steering wheel and pedals patent
Are self-driving cars the beginning of the end for the steering wheel?

With the dawn of self-driving vehicles emerging on the horizon, many have speculated on the demise of the steering wheel. Some manufacturers, like BMW, vow that their cars will always have a steering wheel. Others, like Ford, openly embrace the idea of cars that could be operated without either a...Read More»

2016 Nissan Altima 2.5SL
The LCD screen on your dashboard is likely to take center stage in NAFTA negotiations

As NAFTA negotiations begin this week, tensions are high over the anticipated showdown between the Trump administration and the automotive industry. Likely to be at the very epicenter of Trump’s vision of incentivizing American manufacturing jobs are the LCD screens that have sprouted on...Read More»

2017 Land Rover Discovery
Diesel fuel is making a comeback

Rumors of diesel's demise have been greatly exaggerated, it turns out. The fuel that has come under so much scrutiny thanks to Volkswagen's admission that it intentionally and systematically cheated federal emissions regulations is actually in the midst of something of a resurgence right now. In...Read More»

2018 Buick Regal Sportback
Buick reworks its image, again

Buick's decades-long makeover from purveyor of land yachts to Euro-inspired value-luxe brand is mostly working. But, as we saw at last week's New York auto show, the brand's long-term strategy has us scratching our heads. It may be a case of too much, too quick—or it may be just what Buick...Read More»

2016 Opel Mokka X
GM sells its European Opel division to French automaker PSA

Just weeks after confirming it was in negotiations with French automaker PSA, the parent company of brands Citroen and Peugeot, General Motors said today that it has reached an agreement to sell its European division, Opel, for about $2.33 billion. PSA's acquisition includes Germany-based Opel and...Read More»

A Honda dealership in Erie, Penn.
If Trump axes NAFTA, new car prices could go up

If the Trump administration renegotiates or even pulls out entirely from the North American Free Trade Agreement, new car buyers may be forced to pay considerably higher prices. Among all the rumors swirling around President Donald Trump's plan to scrap NAFTA and tax products imported into the U.S...Read More»

2017 Toyota Highlander
Toyota pumping $600 million into Indiana SUV/crossover plant

Strong sales for its crossovers and SUVs have prompted Toyota to invest $600 million into a major Midwestern assembly plant. The automaker says that its $600 million investment will create about 400 new jobs in Princeton, Indiana, where it builds its Highlander crossover. The move should boost...Read More»

IIHS crash tests 2016 Ford Mustang
Crash-test results mixed for Mustang, Camaro, Challenger

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) took America's three iconic performance coupes and, instead of hustling them down a curvy road or heading to the drag strip, the crash testing agency smashed them into a wall. The findings may surprise you. CHECK OUT: Ford Mustang Vs. Chevrolet...Read More»

2015 Jeep Cherokee
Jeep, Chrysler, Acura 9-Speed Automatics: Supplier ZF Offers Tips

The arrival of nine-speed automatic transmissions—with some hiccups in tuning—in several mass-market models this past year has led some to wonder whether more speeds is necessarily a step forward. While the better mileage and stronger acceleration that more speeds can allow...Read More»

2015 Hyundai Sonata
2015 Hyundai Sonata to Equal Record Sales Level, Says U.S. CEO

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata has been redesigned, and the company is brimming with confidence about the new mid-size sedan. The automaker's U.S. chief, Dave Zuchowski, says the company expects the 2015 Sonata to reach the record sales levels of the 2011 and 2012 models. The mid-size Sonata is currently...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray first drive
October 2013 Car Sales Survive The Government Shutdown

Car sales rebounded in October from September's lull, despite the government shutdown. Most of the major automakers represented in the U.S. market posted big gains year-over-year in October, though not as strong in some cases as hoped. Among the Big Six automakers, the domestic brands--GM, Ford and...Read More»

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