Month: January 2020

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla’s (TSLA) Q4 earnings, a lot of Tesla Model Y, our first Porsche Taycan drive, and more. The Electrek Podcast is me, Fred Lambert, editor-in-chief of Electrek, and Seth Weintraub, founder and publisher of Electrek and the 9to5
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FRANKFURT — Mercedes-Benz is killing off its X-class pickup, a model that was supposed to expand the global reach of its commercial vehicles division and reduce the unit’s dependence on the Sprinter large van.   The X class was launched in 2017 as a rival to vehicles such as the Volkswagen Amarok, Ford Ranger and
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Used-vehicle retailer CarMax Inc. is investing $50 million to buy a minority stake in Edmunds, the automotive retail research and vehicle-listing company. CarMax said Wednesday the move is mean to bolster its omnichannel retail strategy designed to meet and interact with shoppers wherever and however they’re shopping, across multiple channels, online and in store. “Edmunds’
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Tesla during its fourth-quarter financial results presentation on Wednesday let slip that the company has already started production of the Model Y small SUV and expects to start deliveries by the end of March. There are currently two models to order, both of them with all-wheel drive. The more affordable option is the Model Y
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The 2020 Toyota Yaris goes far on thrift and short on just about everything else.  The subcompact sedan starts at just $16,605 (including $955 destination) in base L trim. The sedan and hatchback are offered in LE and XLE trim, which tops out at $19,705.  Despite that low starting price, the Yaris is undercut by
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DETROIT — This year’s rollout of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ latest Uconnect connected-vehicle platform will highlight an incongruous dynamic in the automaker’s technology portfolio. While FCA has lagged rivals in areas such as electrification and vehicle autonomy, the company by many accounts has been able to master one of the industry’s most frustrating stumbling blocks: infotainment.
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Struggling luxury UK carmaker Aston Martin has announced plans to raise emergency funding worth £500m. The firm said a consortium led by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll would be putting in £182m. The remaining £318m would come from issuing fresh shares to existing investors. The announcement follows a board meeting held on Thursday night to discuss
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Asbury Automotive Group has named a longtime employee who started as a management trainee as its next senior vice president of operations. Daniel Clara, 40, was appointed to the position effective Jan. 29, the public dealership group said late Thursday in a regulatory filing. Clara replaces John Hartman, a 30-year industry veteran who held the
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By the way of the Q4 financial report, Tesla shared an interesting chart with Tesla Model 3 deliveries by region. As the Model 3 is the world’s best selling all-electric car (and plug-in car in general) with 300,885 units globally in 2019 (448,704 cumulative by the end of 2019) it’s important to know from where
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These days, you can only find a 16-cylinder engine in Bugatti’s multimillion-dollar Chiron and even 12-cylinder engines are falling out of vogue. Earlier in the previous century, cars carrying cylinder-rich engines were more common—but over time, cost, complexity, and ever-more-powerful engines with more normal cylinder counts rendered them fairly unnecessary. Luckily, BMW didn’t get that memo
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FRANKFURT — Opel will build a battery cell factory in Kaiserslautern, CEO Michael Lohscheller said on Thursday. The plant will create 2,000 jobs at a site which currently builds 4-cylinder diesel engines for Opel/Vauxhall, according to Automotive News Europe‘s Guide to Powertrains. “We will build the largest plant for battery cells in Germany in Kaiserslautern.
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The 2020 Audi Q7 takes the stylish Q8’s technology and inserts it in a more spacious, three-row crossover SUV package. The redesigned Q7 is set to go on sale in the U.S. during 2020 with seating for up to seven passengers. Front-seat riders will be treated to a feast of technology on some versions, including
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1st generation (NA): 1990-98 model years The MX-5 hit the U.S. with a modest 116-hp, 1.6-liter engine mated to a 5-speed manual. But its curb weight was a feathery 2,116 pounds. 2nd generation (NB): 1999-2005  Mazda boosted engine power to 140 hp and gave the car a more mature look with fixed headlights instead of
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There’s no more iconic vehicle in the delivery realm than the boxy, brown trucks United Parcel Service uses to distribute packages throughout the world. They’re about to get some company in the fleet. Waymo soon will carry packages for UPS using its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans, the two companies said Wednesday. In a pilot project expected
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