Month: August 2020

BMW will make work force cuts in the U.S. to adjust for a business slowdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. A spokesman declined to disclose the number of jobs being axed but noted the cuts do not affect the automaker’s large assembly plant in Spartanburg, S.C. “The effects of COVID-19 are far-reaching,” BMW
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DETROIT — Ford’s broad investment in electrification includes money for a slew of hybrids, plug-ins and battery-electric vehicles, but nothing in one area where its biggest rivals are spending billions: battery production. Even with the Mustang Mach-E coming this year and the F-150 EV and Transit EV expected in 2022, Ford executives say they are
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It’s been a while since we last heard from Dutch sports car marque Spyker, but we’re glad to report the latest update from the company is a positive one. Spyker last week announced a considerable new investment from Russian businessmen Boris Rotenberg and Michail Pessis. Rotenberg is the co-founder of Russia’s SMP Bank, and also
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The 2021 Toyota Tundra works hard to pull its weight in the full-size pickup class, but despite a muscular V-8 engine it falls behind the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 in our rankings. It’s light on luxury, lower on towing and hauling ratings, and in gas mileage too.  We’d still buy one if we put
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TOYOTA CITY, Japan — In its quest to build ever-better cars, Toyota says it also needs ever-better factories. That is the thinking behind the newly christened GR Factory that celebrated its first vehicle line-off last week here near Toyota Motor Corp.’s global headquarters. The boutique workshop occupies a corner of Toyota’s Motomachi assembly plant campus
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TOKYO — Mitsubishi Motors’ former Chairman, Osamu Masuko, died from “cardiac insufficiency” on Aug. 27, the Japanese automaker said in a statement on Monday. He was 71. Masuko, a veteran of the Mitsubishi conglomerate, had just weeks after he resigned as chairman, citing health reasons for his decision to step down. Masuko joined Mitsubishi Motors
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REE Automotive and Mahindra & Mahindra signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore a strategic collaboration on all-electric commercial vehicles for global markets. The idea is to jointly develop and manufacture EVs, utilizing REE’s corner module (in-wheel motors) and modular platform (including powertrain, suspension and steering components in the arch of a vehicle wheel), as well
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Volkswagen of America executives are still working with their German counterparts to lock up sufficient allocation of the ID4 — VW’s new Tiguan-size battery-electric crossover — from the single German plant supplying Europe and North America. Some 99 percent of Volkswagen’s 650 U.S. dealers have signed up to sell the ID4 when it goes on
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With the unveiling of the Citigoᵉ iV last year, Skoda’s tiny hatchback range has gone all-electric. The new model, which is also the Volkswagen Group’s most afforfable battery-electric vehicle, starts at £20,455 ($26,770) in the UK, excluding the £3,000 ($3,926) Government Plug-in Car Grant, undercutting its Seat Mii Electric and VW e-Up! brethren by £2,345
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Porsche’s second-generation Panamera came in for its mid-cycle update this week, with some new powertrains on the list and the styling and chassis receiving revisions, too. The Panamera is a seriously quick car for its size. In fact, one variant has lapped the Nürburgring faster than a C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. 2023 Porsche 911 GT3
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The 2021 Legacy costs just $23,820 in base trim. With its standard all-wheel drive, twin 7.0-inch infotainment and vehicle-function screens, active safety features, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, it’s a great bargain and very well-equipped, without spending a dime more. The Legacy’s warranty and options aren’t anything dramatic, but its larger available infotainment
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The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the pivotal vehicle in McLaren Automotive’s transition to a 100 percent electrified portfolio, but the British exotic automaker’s future product plans are now coming into clearer focus. Last week, McLaren released details of its newest vehicle architecture, which, in a different direction for the brand, has been specifically developed to
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NAGOYA, Japan — If things had gone according to plan, a cavalcade of Toyota vehicles would have rumbled into Tokyo this month, heralding the 2020 Summer Olympics and wrapping up an unprecedented seven-year, five-continent endurance drive by the country’s flagship automaker. Instead, the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, forcing the cancellation not only of the Summer Games
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