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For many years, I’ve referred to Toyota as a methodical giant as they make calculated moves in making some of the most reliable vehicles around and happen to be one of the largest automakers in the world. Moreover, Toyota has pioneered the hybrid vehicle and recently rolled out yet another iteration of a hybrid but
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There was a time many years ago, just after Dodge introduced the Challenger and Charger Hellcats, that I joked around about the brand putting the 700-plus horsepower Hellcat engine in other vehicles in the brand’s arsenal. Sure, such a joke was laughable at that time but now we’re in an era where Stellantis (Formally FCA)
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There’s a select group of people who like to keep things simple when it comes to their transportation and they often are attracted to vehicles that have older proven tech instead of the sometimes-buggy interfaces of gigantic 12-plus-inch touch screens and the complexities of hybrid drivetrains. Lexus happens to give such people a return of
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In 2019, there was an average of approximately 6 million car accidents in the United States. These motor-vehicle accidents accounted for 4.5 million medically consulted injuries. No matter how careful of a driver you are, you may still, unfortunately, find yourself in this difficult and scary situation. Remember to remain calm. Car accidents happen. What
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If you have been convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you have undoubtedly had to pay fines and attend classes. You have probably had your license suspended as well. The amount of time it will take to get your license back will depend on the number of offenses you have had
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A venture formed by Volkswagen Group, BMW and other automakers is in talks to substantially expand its European electric-car charging network to keep pace with rising sales of battery-powered vehicles. The automakers are considering additional funding for their Ionity consortium, which has been building out fast-charging points along European highways since 2017, emulating Tesla’s Supercharger
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Audi said it has appointed Juergen Rittersberger, a former Porsche executive, its new chief financial officer. Rittersberger succeeds Arno Antlitz, who is moving to become CFO at parent Volkswagen Group. Rittersberger will take over the position starting in April, Audi said in a statement. He moves to Audi from his role as head of strategy
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Porsche will participate in a financing round of Rimac Automobili that will see the electric supercar maker raise 130 million to 150 million euros ($157 million to $181 million), Mate Rimac told Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche. The strategic investment should be completed in two to three months, Rimac, who founded the electric supercar
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Italian supplier Sogefi appointed Frederic Sipahi as its new CEO on Friday after posting a 22 percent drop in 2020 core profits as an uptick in sales in the fourth quarter was not enough to offset the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The Milan-based company, which develops and produces filtration, air management and engine cooling
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Joby Aviation, the 12-year-old electric air taxi startup partnered with Toyota and Uber Technologies, will go public in a $6.6 billion reverse merger with blank check company Reinvent Technology Partners, the companies said. California-based Joby aims to begin a commercial passenger service in 2024, using its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Potential air
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BARCELONA — Volkswagen Group’s Spanish unit, Seat, called on the Spanish government to promote local battery production for electric cars, which the automaker could potentially start manufacturing in Spain in 2025. Seat is in “advanced conversations” with the government on whether to start producing a small electric vehicle at its Martorell plant near Barcelona, Chairman
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Volkswagen’s biggest plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, is struggling to meet strong demand for the Golf model due to shortages of battery cells for hybrid versions and semiconductor components, the company’s labor leader told a German newspaper. VW has orders for 93,000 of the Golf hatchback, which translates into production volume of more than four months,
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Fourth-quarter net income at Canadian supplier Magna International surged 68 percent from a year earlier due in part to better-than-anticipated vehicle production. The company reported net income of $738 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with $440 million during the same quarter in 2019. Revenue rose 12 percent from a year earlier to
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PRAGUE — Czech car production fell 12 percent year-on-year in January to its lowest result for the first month of the year since 2014, at 104,576 vehicles, the country’s Automotive Industry Association (AutoSAP) said on Thursday. The car sector, which makes up almost a tenth of the export-reliant economy, has been hit by sagging European
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LONDON — Bentley began the year with 50 percent more orders than the start of 2020 and built more luxury cars in January than the year before as China boosted demand, Adrian Hallmark, the automaker’s CEO, told Reuters. The Volkswagen-owned brand said it had not faced major disruption from Britain’s exit from the European Union
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HEADLEY DOWN, England — There is nothing quite like the roar of a revving McLaren engine to set a car fan’s pulse pounding, or the full-throated scream as it tears across the tarmac. Yet new gasoline-fueled engines like McLaren’s could be illegal in many countries by 2030. The supercar maker, like all automakers, has to
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BARCELONA — Two companies are interested in converting Nissan’s vehicle factory in Barcelona, Spain, for battery production, media reports said. France’s Schneider Electric and South Korea’s LG Energy Solution have shown potential interest in producing batteries at the factory, the reports said. Nissan plans to close the plant and two associated parts factories in December.
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Apple’s plan to enter the auto industry is “a very logical step” as the iPhone maker combines its expertise in software, batteries and design with enormous resources, according to Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess. “Despite that, we are not scared,” Diess said in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. The car sector is different from
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An outbreak of COVID-19 has forced battery-cell producer Northvolt to reduce staffing at the construction site of its first large-scale factory in Skelleftea, Sweden. The privately-held company, which was founded by two former Tesla executives, will temporarily halve the number of workers at the site to about 500 as a result of the virus, spokesman
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HAMBURG — Volkswagen Group is conducting a feasibility study in China about flying cars, the automaker said on Tuesday, joining a growing number of companies looking into the potential technology. “Beyond autonomous driving the concept of vertical mobility could be a next step to take our mobility approach into the future, especially in the technically
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