Month: March 2020

KARMA AUTOMOTIVE DEVELOPS E-FLEX PLATFORM SOLUTION TO REVOLUTIONIZE ELECTRIC MOBILITY Karma E-Flex Platform Offers Fast-to-Market Electric Vehicle Conversions with Ease In Coming Weeks, Additional Configurations Will Emphasize Capabilities/Benefits Open Platform Partnerships Allow Manufacturers to Reduce EV Development Costs Through Use of Karma’s Innovations Irvine, Calif. (March 31, 2020) – Karma Automotive today announced the introduction
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Volkswagen and Audi have temporarily tweaked their logos to help spread the message about the importance of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. In short videos posted on social media and their websites, the German brands urge people to follow the prevailing advice from medical experts to avoid spreading the virus. Audi shows the four
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If you want to travel back 30 years, you don’t need a time machine, you just need to give Lamborghini Montreal a call. The Canadian dealership is selling a 1990 Lamborghini Countach with just 135 kilometers (83 miles) on the odometer. The listing doesn’t include much information on the Countach, let alone how it has
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For years, Mercedes-Benz GLC crossover buyers have talked about their luxury ride. This year, the 2020 GLC-Class talks back. With the new GLC, Mercedes-Benz adds its latest infotainment system and a slightly more powerful engine. Like last year, the GLC-Class is available as a crossover “coupe” with a racier roofline and hatchback glass, or as
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Leaders get tested by crises, especially big ones such as what the world is facing now. In the auto industry, we’re seeing reactions that include shutting down or dramatically reducing operations and in other cases, special discounts for customers. Several manufacturers are pivoting their expertise and resources to helping produce medical equipment the country’s health
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Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, the U.K.-based operation that develops and builds the high-tech hybrid powertrains for the six-time world champion Mercedes F1 team, has helped get a breathing aid for seriously ill COVID-19 patients ready for production in just 13 days. Mercedes-AMG HPP worked with engineers at University College of London and doctors at University
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FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group expects vehicle sales in China to quadruple in March, the head of its China operations said, pointing to a recovery following the coronavirus pandemic. “We are cautiously optimistic that the worst effects of the crisis will be behind us in two to three months,” said Stephan Woellenstein, head of VW Group’s
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Micromobility services have begun to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as it rips through every aspect of the global auto industry. One such example: e-scooter company Bird, which is reducing company headcounts as it braces for financial instability heightened by COVID-19. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company is laying off about 30 percent of
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Acura has named a new advertising executive as it plans to introduce new products, including Type S performance variants. Sage Marie, 44, will become assistant vice president of Acura advertising, effective April 1. He is currently assistant vice president, public relations at American Honda, and has been with the company since 1998. Acura head Jon
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Mini has launched many retro special editions, but the 2021 Cooper S convertible Sidewalk Edition convertible references a model of a somewhat newer vintage. The Sidewalk Edition was originally launched in 2007 and, like that model, the 2021 version features mostly cosmetic changes. Starting at $39,250, the Mini Cooper S convertible Sidewalk Edition is the
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As concerns over the novel coronavirus sink vehicle sales and prompt retailers nationwide to cut employee hours and close their doors, Mastria Auto Group CEO Ruddy Brito can’t help but marvel at the group’s timing in launching its fully digital process. Late last year, the Massachusetts-based group launched an end-to-end digital retailing process after a
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Morgan managed to squeeze out only four copies of the Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition before shutting down its U.K. factory over mounting coronavirus concerns. A total of 20 vehicles will eventually be made, all featuring special badges, a gold-painted chassis, and slick Platinum metallic paint—a nod to the 70-years-young Plus 4 nameplate’s platinum anniversary. The
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TOKYO — The auto industries of Japan and South Korea have remained out of step with the pandemic-beleaguered worlds of North America and Europe in recent days. As vehicle assembly plants and dealerships shut down in rapid succession from Madrid to Wolfsburg to Detroit, those in Japan and South Korea have been able to continue
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With factories and dealerships closed by the coronavirus crisis, European auto sales could fall by up to 20 percent this year, representing millions of vehicles, industry analysts and financial ratings services say. “The global auto industry is expected to witness an unprecedented and almost instant stalling of demand in 2020,” said IHS Markit, whose forecasts
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