Month: February 2020

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday will convene its second hearing on a fatal crash involving Tesla Inc.’s automated driver-assist technology even though the automaker hasn’t filed formal responses to recommendations stemming from the first one more than two years ago. The NTSB in 2017 recommended that automakers including Tesla make their driver-assist systems
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Bentley’s latest Continental GT variant, the GT Mulliner convertible, has taken ultraluxury design up a notch with special attention to its interior. Bentley calculates that there are approximately 400,000 stitches in a diamond pattern in the cabin, among the four seats, the door panels and the tonneau cover. The diamond theme extends to the exterior,
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If you can find a better Italianate mansion, buy it. But the real estate agents listing the Lee Iacocca estate in the tony Bel Air section of Los Angeles hope you’ll find this one to your liking. That is, if you are looking for a nearly 11,000-square-foot Tuscan-style home with four bedrooms, five fireplaces, a
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Audi halted output of its e-tron crossover to resolve production issues including battery-supply bottlenecks as it prepares to flank the model with a sportier variant, underscoring the struggles traditional automakers face to boost electric cars. Manufacturing at Audi’s factory in Brussels stopped on Thursday and the plant will remain idle until Tuesday, a company spokeswoman said
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Those familiar with Toyota have surely seen its TRD branding on myriad vehicles. That initialism stands for Toyota Racing Development, the company’s longstanding tuning and racing arm that takes run-of-the-mill models and turns them into proper off-roaders and, more recently, better-handling versions of cars like the Camry and Avalon. But the Toyota Supra, the brand’s
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Volkswagen Group faces a new reckoning over its diesel-emissions scandal — its first U.S. jury trial. The world’s largest automaker says it’s paid plenty to right wrongs, but hundreds of car owners who declined to join a $10 billion settlement contend it hasn’t repented enough. A trial set to begin Monday in San Francisco federal court
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By Simon Alvarez Posted on February 23, 2020 As it turns out, Elon Musk’s tunneling startup, The Boring Company, has just completed and perhaps even deployed its custom-designed tunnel boring machine. The new digger features several innovations, and it could very well accelerate Musk’s vision of ultra-high-speed tunnels transporting vehicles and people through a vast
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MILAN — Maserati will call its upcoming supercar the MC20. The MC20 will have an advanced electric powertrain,  Maserati said in a news release without giving further details. The MC20 is expected to go on sale in 2021 as a rival to Ferrari F8 Tributo and Lamborghini Huracan models. The MC20 name underlines the sporting
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The 2021 Kia Seltos expands a family of crossover SUVs that now includes the Sportage, Sorento, and Telluride. It’s the smallest of the bunch, roughly the size of the Hyundai Kona, but the 2021 Seltos has a few features and touches to call its own. Kia will sell the 2021 Seltos from early 2020, in
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LAS VEGAS — The long-awaited mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette will reach dealerships in the coming weeks. Chevy’s next challenge? Getting them to dealers eager to capitalize on the hype, and to the tens of thousands of customers who are waiting for the car. “We’ve educated people about how great the car is,” said Steve Majoros, Chevy’s
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Honda Civic Type R project leader Hideki Kakinuma passionately believes the company should continue to build high-performance cars, even as it switches its focus to more environmentally friendly powertrains. Does that mean there might one day be an electric-powered Honda Type R? Kakinuma smiles, then answers the question: “Yes, of course an electric Type R
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Henio Arcangeli Jr. was something of a surprise choice two and a half years ago to run the automobile division of American Honda Motor Co. The U.S. arm, as well as global parent Honda Motor Co., are known for their insular culture and strong preference for promoting internally. And Arcangeli was an outsider, both to
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Wells Fargo & Co. will pay $3 billion to settle U.S. investigations into more than a decade of widespread consumer abuses under a deal that lets the scandal-ridden bank avoid criminal charges. The deferred-prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice spares the company a potential conviction that can create serious complications for banks, if it
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PARIS — After watching a stream of top executives follow Carlos Tavares to PSA Group in the past several years, Renault scored a big win when it landed Gilles Le Borgne as executive vice president of engineering.  Renault’s interim CEO, Clothilde Delbos wasted no time showcasing Le Borgne at the automaker’s 2019 financial results presentation on Feb.
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The Lotus Evija electric hypercar is a step closer to reality. Lotus has set up a manufacturing facility for the car at its home base in Hethel, United Kingdom. The facility is currently building prototype cars, but series production and the first customer deliveries will begin this summer, Lotus said. Work on the Evija production
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