Autos: News

Kurt Busch unexcited by 2019 schedule, wants shake-up

Thursday  21:41,   12 april 2018

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kurt Busch says he is not excited about the 2019 NASCAR Cup series schedule because he feels it needs to be “shaken up”. NASCAR announced its 2019 Cup calendar earlier this month and it proved to be identical to ’18, except[...]

Tesla's new statement on fatal crash doubles down on driver error

Thursday  20:36,   12 april 2018

This is similar to Tesla's response to other, similar crashes involving its semi-autonomous driver aids.After the family of Walter Huang went on a California ABC affiliate to discuss the Tesla Model X crash that took his life, the company sent[...]

BMW Opens Dedicated Autonomous-Driving Lab in Germany

Thursday  20:05,   12 april 2018

The automaker is also experimenting with a new type of workspace. A fatal crash involving an Uber self-driving car has caused some companies to slow down their autonomous-driving programs, but not BMW. Shortly after the crash, the German automaker[...]

Fiat Chrysler And U.S. Government Close To Diesel Settlement

Thursday  19:41,   12 april 2018

Further talks are planned, but the end is in sight. Fiat Chrysler looks set to avoid an unenviable sequel to the Dieselgate saga by agreeing to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The justice department was seeking "substantial" civil[...]

McLaren Has A Corporate Reshuffle

Thursday  12:34,   12 april 2018

Zak Brown is new CEO of McLaren Racing, Mike Flewitt stays in charge of Automotive wing. McLaren has had a corporate reshuffle - literally, with the firm now split into three distinct divisions. Previously, the Woking-based outfit had its sports car [...]

Audi's head of self-driving cars leaves company

Thursday  04:55,   12 april 2018

Alejandro Vukotich has left the automaker following the launch of the Audi A8, the world's first Level 3 production car.Vukotich had been the head of Audi's autonomous efforts since January 2017. The London Business School-educated engineer had[...]

Formula E drivers to face 'unique' challenge in Rome

Thursday  01:12,   12 april 2018

Formula E drivers are set to face a “unique” challenge at the inaugural Rome ePrix, according to NIO driver Luca Filippi. The Circuito Cittadino Dell’EUR track features 21 corners and is the second-longest circuit on the FE calendar, and Filippi[...]

Subaru just sold its 2 millionth Outback

Wednesday  22:50,   11 april 2018

It took 24 years and a whole lot of Crocodile Dundee, but 2 million Outbacks later, we still love the recipe.That was 1996, by the way, and the commercial also featured Donald Gibb, who you may remember as Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds and Ray[...]

Dual-motor Tesla Model 3 possibly coming in July

Wednesday  22:35,   11 april 2018

Can the perpetually optimistic Musk kick out the jams in Model 3 production enough to double down on drivetrains?The announcement came, unsurprisingly, in the form of a tweet, and said production ramp-up for Model 3 would need to hit 5,000 cars per[...]

Unions will get a VW board seat if they agree to Herbert Diess as CEO

Wednesday  22:02,   11 april 2018

Volkswagen will give labor leaders a management board seat.Europe's largest automotive group is poised to replace group chief executive Matthias Mueller this week with Diess, a cost-cutter hired in 2015 from BMW as it seeks fresh impetus for its[...]

Lincoln Throttles Back on Sales to Black Car Services

Wednesday  22:01,   11 april 2018

Lincoln hopes its vehicle owners will feel more special when they don't see their cars being used for hire.The very term "black car" that's ruled the rental, taxi and shuttle industry for decades is based on the legendary Lincoln Towncar, a[...]

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller to Resign

Wednesday  22:01,   11 april 2018
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Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller to Resign Volkswagen AG CEO Matthias Müller, who in his 31 months in the job has slashed budgets and worked to salvage the German automaker’s reputation following the diesel-emissions scandal, is expected to resign as [...]

Vietoris to make racing return with Mercedes in Blancpain

Wednesday  22:01,   11 april 2018

New Mercedes DTM test and reserve driver Christian Vietoris will race for the German manufacturer in this year's Blancpain GT Series with the factory-supported Strakka squad. The German, who has been brought back into the Mercedes DTM fold for[...]

Lincoln cuts back on sales to fleets, hopes to court millennials

Wednesday  16:51,   11 april 2018

Can America's other luxury brand continue its rise from irrelevancy by reducing fleet sales and making cars for individuals?The problem with fleet sales -- and this is something that many domestic automakers have suffered from for a long time[...]

Toyota planning female driver initiative in Australia

Wednesday  06:15,   11 april 2018

Toyota Australia is working on a programme focussed on bringing more female drivers into motorsport through its one-make Toyota 86 series. Increasing female participation is a hot topic in Australian motorsport, with the Dare To Be Different[...]