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Google, Chrysler to build autnomous minivan fleet – Fox News

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

 (Chrysler) Google is becoming a soccer mom. The tech giant is teaming up with Chrysler to build a fleet of around 100 autonomous minivans. The vehicles will be based on the all-new 2017 Pacifica Hybrid. “The opportunity to work closely with FCA engineers will accelerate our efforts to develop a fully self-driving car that will make our roads safer and bring everyday destinations within reach for those who cannot drive,”…

Porsche’s R&D Chief Quits Volkswagen After Seven Month Dieselgate Suspension – Jalopnik

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Photo credit AP Good Morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: Screw This Job Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche’s Executive Vice President for Research and Development (pictured above at left), was one of several Volkswagen Group senior managers suspended since Dieselgate came to light in September. I…

Chevrolet, the ‘Heartbeat of America,’ not coming to Iran – Fox News

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates –  Chevrolet, the U.S. car brand once advertised as the “Heartbeat of America,” won’t be rolling new models through the streets of Iran anytime soon despite the recent lifting of sanctions under a nuclear deal with world powers. Models from the General Motors Co. division have been struck off a list of allowed brands for the Iranian market after a speech last week by Supreme…

Everyone Is Best Friends In Fast Cars In Top Gear’s Second Trailer – Jalopnik

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

We’ve already seen Top Gear’s first trailer. It was okay, mostly because it had Sabine Schmitz in it, and she’s a badass. A new trailer came out today, and though it is devoid of Schmitz, that doesn’t mean it’s no good. What do you think? http://jalopnik.com/the-first-trai… The First Trailer For New Top Gear Brings The Drifting And The Puking The First Trailer For New Top Gear Brings The Drifting And The Puking The First…

Auto Sales Hit April Record on Trucks and SUVs – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

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Google to Get Fiat Chrysler Minivans for Self-Driving Tests – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

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How Electric Cars Could Induce The Inevitable Oil Collapse Sooner Than You Think – Jalopnik

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The oil economy will come to an end at some point. This, we know. We don’t know too much about the details of that inevitability, such as when it could happen, or what would cause it. Up until now, most figured it’d be from running out. But according to this video explanation from Bloomberg, the electric car could kill – or at least severely damage – the oil industry sooner…

BMW Warns of Tough Trading Conditions; Shares Fall – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

ENLARGE MUNICH— BMW AG BMW -1.79 % warned of a tough business outlook for the rest of the year, citing difficulty in reversing declining sales in the U.S. on top of uncertainty in China and Europe. The sober outlook sent the luxury-auto maker’s stock price down more than 4% despite BMW’s reporting a rise in first-quarter profit. The year’s challenges include moderating growth in China, political turmoil in Europe and…

Expensive car owners will rush to buy self-driving cars, says Volvo chief – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

About one in four owners of premium cars would buy a self-driving vehicle, according to Volvo’s chief executive, who has vowed to make the technology affordable. Håkan Samuelsson said Volvo had had a deluge of interest in its “Drive me” trial in London next year, when 100 drivers will test its new autonomous driving technology on motorways and major roads. The Swedish carmaker plans to start selling vehicles equipped with…

Iran Has Banned the Import of Chevrolets – Fortune

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Iran has banned the import of Chevrolet cars, a week after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized imports of U.S. autos and asked the government to support domestic production. The semi-official Mehr news agency quoted an unnamed official in the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade as saying on Tuesday that an order of 200 Chevrolet cars, worth $7 million, should be cancelled. Chevrolets are made by General Motors gm…

Auto sales have a record-high April as buyers flock to SUVs and trucks – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

America’s love of trucks and SUVs helped push the auto industry to its best April ever, with most automakers reporting healthy increases. U.S. consumers bought just over 1.5 million vehicles in April, nudging out the old record set in April 2005, according to Kelley Blue Book. This time, it was consumer demand that was driving sales. In 2005, automakers offered wildly generous discounts and lease deals to keep their factories…

US auto sales back on track in April – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Car orders have been among the bright spots of demand for long-lasting durable goods since 2014.(Photo: John Bazemore, AP) The U.S. auto industry bounced back from a surprisingly slower March to post strong sales in April, although rising discounts suggest automakers are getting increasingly aggressive in their battle for market share. U.S. new-vehicle sales rose 4% in April to 1.51 million units, compared with the same period a year earlier, according to…

Google, Fiat ink deal to make 100 self-driving minivans – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Chrysler engineers will be modifying 100 2017 Pacifica Hybrid minivans for Google, which will install its self-driving tech and put the car on roads for further autonomous vehicle testing.(Photo: Scott Olson, Getty Images) x Embed x Share A self-driving Lexus SUV owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet struck a bus February 14 while it was testing on the streets of Mountain View, Calif. Wochit SAN FRANCISCO – Google will collaborate…

Toyota sales rise as big vehicles soar – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

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New mom asks Honda for new car after backseat birth – Fox News

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

A New York mom’s plea for a new car after unexpectedly giving birth to her daughter in the backseat of her Honda is going viral. Fox 29 reported that Beth Newell, an editor for Reductress, a feminist website, tweeted a photo of her newborn, Maeven, on Sunday with the message “.@Honda, earlier today I gave birth to my daughter in the back of a Honda Fit. It is a…

Alphabet, Fiat Chrysler in Self-Driving Cars Deal – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

ENLARGE Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV agreed to incorporate Alphabet’s self-driving technology into 100 Chrysler minivans, significantly expanding the tech giant’s test fleet of driverless vehicles and marking its first partnership with a major auto maker. Alphabet and Fiat Chrysler engineers will collaborate in Michigan to redesign the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid minivan to integrate Alphabet’s computers, sensors and software, the companies said. The minivans, like Alphabet’s…

April autos sell at a pace of 17.4M – CNBC

Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Wall Street analysts say the U.S. auto market is close to a cyclical peak and that more production cuts, which hurt profits, could be needed to keep inventories of vehicles from ballooning later in the year. “We continue to believe sales growth will be muted this year,” Joseph Spak of RBC Capital said in a note to investors. Inventory data issued early on Tuesday, pointed to some possible “risk to…

GM down 3.5%; FCA, Ford report modest gains – The Detroit News

Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Buy Photo Seven vehicles for Fiat Chrysler Automobilesset records in the month of April, including the Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass, each posting their best monthly sales ever.(Photo: David Guralnick / The Detroit News)Buy Photo Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday reported their best April sales in a decade or more, while General Motors Co. reported a slight decline as it cuts back on its daily…

Chevrolet’s 2016 Cruze sells what young people value most: Lots of mpg, free GBs – Ars Technica

Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2016

NASHVILLE, TN—For the last several years, GM’s Chevrolet has remade itself deftly, rising from the ashes of bankruptcy to deliver cars that perform well, stretch for fuel economy, and judiciously incorporate new tech. The first Chevy Cruze was one of those cars. It hit car lots in 2009 and saw respectable sales—as of 2014, the Cruze line sold more than 900,000 vehicles in the US alone. Now Chevy is introducing…