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BMW shows off Virgin Hyperloop passenger capsule

A handful of companies are battling to bring the first production Hyperloop to life, and Virgin Hyperloop One continues to appear as the frontrunner. The company partnered with BMW's Designworks studio to develop a conceptual Hyperloop passenger capsule. BMW and Designworks debuted the passenger capsule on Thursday after working with Virgin Hyperloop One...

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Ford will prune passenger car lineup to just 2 models in US

Get ready to say goodbye to beloved nameplates such as the Fusion and Taurus, as well as the Fiesta, as Ford has confirmed that its passenger car lineup will be pruned to just two models by around 2020: the Mustang and Focus Active (a soft-roader version of the redesigned 2020 Focus.) The move is only for North America where Ford sees the shift toward...

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Ford says no thanks to GM’s 9-speed automatic

After General Motors and Ford committed to co-developing new 9- and 10-speed automatic transmissions, Ford has passed on the former. Per the agreement, Ford took on work for the 10-speed automatic, used for rear-wheel-drive vehicles, and GM undertook the 9-speed automatic for front-wheel-drive applications. Ford's reason for rejecting GM's transmission? The...

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Cars to be banned from New York’s Central Park

The scenery of Central Park will soon be car-free after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the changes coming in a few months. In the process, Central Park, one of New York City's largest green spaces for urban dwellers, will transform to become a place simply for pedestrians. The New York Times reported on Friday that traffic will cease to flow through the...

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Amazon will now deliver packages to your car

Select Amazon shoppers now have a new option for delivery of their purchases: the trunk of their car. Amazon announced the new service on Tuesday and it will roll out for owners of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, and Volvo vehicles. The process is relatively straightforward and requires an active OnStar or Volvo On Call account. Users must then link the...

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Porsche plans for network of fast chargers for Mission E in US

Porsche will come out next year with an electric car based on its Mission E concept from the 2015 Frankfurt auto show. The automaker doesn't want potential owners to worry about a lack of charging infrastructure so its dealers will install 189 fast-chargers across the country to charge its electric cars. Potential plans with other charging providers may...

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Report: Porsche powertrain boss arrested in relation to diesel scandal

Jörg Kerner, who was promoted to the head of powertrains at Porsche in 2011, was arrested in relation to the Volkswagen Group's diesel scandal, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday. German prosecutors confirmed that a person was remanded because of flight risk and that a probe was opened against the person last July. The arrest...

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Volkswagen to install 2,000 fast chargers across US by end of 2019

Volkswagen and its Electrify America unit announced plans to install 2,000 fast chargers at 500 stations across the country by the end of 2019. VW's announcement on Wednesday included news that it also plans to install numerous chargers at 100 Walmarts in the U.S. The plan is part of VW's agreement to spend $2 billion nationwide after its diesel-cheating...

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Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen departs brand

A major executive shuffle played out on Wednesday as General Motors announced Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen is leaving the brand, effective immediately. Replacing the now-ex Cadillac boss is Steven K. Carlisle, who was most recently managing director and President of GM Canada. De Nysschen has been an integral figure at Cadillac since his appointment...

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China will scrap ownership limits on foreign automakers by 2022

Since 1994, China has mandated foreign automakers to create joint-ventures with domestic companies to regulate ownership limits. The foreign companies have been limited to no more than 50 percent ownership. It's led to numerous tie-ups between established Western automakers and budding Chinese companies. Such regulations will soon enter a sunset period, and...

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