Month: April 2020

LONDON — Nissan will resume vehicle production at its UK plant in early June, the automaker said in a statement. The plant is the largest car factory in the UK and Nissan’s largest in Europe. The Qashqai and Juke SUVs, and the Leaf electric car, are built at the facility in Sunderland, northeast England. Production
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Porsche is bringing 21st-century tech into last century’s models. The German sports car maker is delivering smartphone connectivity to classic Porsches via an aftermarket infotainment system. The Porsche Classic Communication Management unit offers modern-day conveniences such as Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, satellite radio and Apple CarPlay. The system is available for several Porsche models, including 911
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Cockpit electronics supplier Visteon Corp. said Thursday it was able to post a near break-even first quarter with the COVID-19 pandemic looming for much of the period. First-quarter earnings before interest, taxes and other adjustments dropped nearly 20 percent to $33 million. The company posted a net loss of $35 million compared with a $14
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Every car in the 2011 Motor Trend Best Drivers Car competition was lapped around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by hot shoe Randy Pobst. Our next competitor, the Ferrari 458 Italia. For more on the 458 Italia’s lap around Laguna Seca, including Randy Pobst’s track notes, click here: http://www.motortrend.com/features/performance/1108_2010_ferrari_458_italia_best_drivers_car_contender/ Also find Motor Trend on: Tweets by
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The German auto industry is readying proposals for a new scrappage program to counter a sales slump that risks choking off production restarts at factories across Europe’s biggest economy. The state premiers of Lower Saxony, Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg, home to Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler, are expected to consult this week on a joint strategy ahead
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KT-KMC via Amazon offers a 3-pack of Wi-Fi Smart Plugs with Energy Monitoring for $18.45 Prime shipped when promo code 8XPB89MP is applied during checkout. Regularly $35 or more, today’s deal is the best we’ve tracked. Aside from smart home functionality with Alexa and Assistant support, these plugs offer energy monitoring functionality. This makes it easy
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TOKYO — Luc Donckerwolke, the cosmopolitan Belgian designer who overhauled styling at Hyundai, Kia and Genesis, is leaving the Hyundai Motor Group for personal reasons. Donckerwolke’s resignation is effective April 29, according to an internal note obtained by Automotive News. His next career moves were unclear. Donckerwolke joined South Korea’s biggest automaker from Volkswagen Group
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The Tesla Model X 100D Performance isn’t exactly a track car. Even with the so-called “Raven” update that arrived in 2019 and saw it and its Model S stablemate receive more powerful, more efficient motors, adaptive suspension, and silicon carbide (SiC) power electronics, among other things.  Sure, it’s quicker than the non-Performance version around a closed circuit,
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LJUBLJANA — Revoz, Renault’s Slovenian arm, has resumed production after a suspension of activities since March 17 due to the coronavirus crisis. Production restarted on Tuesday with a single daily shift, which is expected to be expanded into two shifts next week and into full production from May 11. Revoz, one of Slovenia’s largest exporters,
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The COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting impact on the economy are going to leave a number of dealers in crisis. The most stable of dealerships may be left vulnerable and — absent a definitive plan to create, protect and preserve liquidity — the dealer pool may be considerably culled. Unlike other industries, the auto industry
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