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Turkey preparing national car brand

Annual new-car sales in Turkey come in around one million units, but the country doesn't have a car brand to call its own. That will change very soon. The country's government, under President Tayyip Erdogan, is backing plans for a national car brand, according to a Motor1 report published on Monday. Right now, the project is simply called "Automobile of...

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Service, not protectionism, is why American car brands suffer in Japan

It's something that has bothered numerous U.S. leaders for decades: Why do American automakers struggle to gain a foothold in the world's third-largest auto market, Japan? Recently, President Donald Trump opened up this conversation yet again on his 12-day-long Asia-Pacific trip. He referenced the massive trade deficit the U.S. holds with Japan, which...

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Bob Lutz gives grim prediction for the future of the automobile

Bob Lutz has been a senior figure in the automotive industry for longer than most, so when he speaks about where it's headed there's some authority behind what he has to say. Some zingers include his skepticism of man's effect on climate change, as well as the long-term viability of Tesla. On one of those fronts he may be proven correct in the...

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Delphi buys self-driving startup nuTonomy for $450M

Boston, Massachusetts-based self-driving car startup nuTonomy made headlines in 2016 when it launched the world's first self-driving taxi service. Albeit a trial only, the service, which covered a few streets in Singapore, provided an early look at a likely future where self-driving cars run around town offering rides. nuTonomy says a self-driving...

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Tesla built just 260 Model 3 sedans in Q3 while losing $619M

It appears Tesla CEO Elon Musk wasn't lying when he said in October the company was in "production hell" due to problems concerning production of the Model 3 sedan. The company on Wednesday announced its results for the quarter ending September 30 and some of the numbers released are worrying, to say the least. The big one is the loss of...

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Ex-BMW engineer to oversee development of next-gen platforms at Genesis

Genesis on Tuesday announced it has hired former BMW engineer Fayez Abdul Rahman as Vice President of Genesis Architecture Development. In his new role, Rahman will oversee development of next-generation vehicle platforms for Genesis cars and possibly some at Hyundai and Kia. His first task will be to lead planning for specification and performance of...

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Holden’s secret plan to build a Zeta-based SUV

Before there was the Alpha and Omega, General Motors had a platform for rear-wheel-drive large cars called Zeta. Developed in Australia by GM's local subsidiary Holden, the platform was economical enough to use in non-premium cars but it was also a bit on the heavy side. (It featured in the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro which was often criticized...

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European Union launches battery cell alliance to compete with Asia

Battery cells are poised to become the most important component in future vehicles as the industry moves away from internal-combustion engines and toward battery-electric vehicles. With an increased demand for battery packs, battery cell production will be paramount, and the European Union plans to address its competitive disadvantage. The EU announced a...

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McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray launches own car company

McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray has just launched a car manufacturing outfit. Called Gordon Murray Automotive, the new company is a spinoff of Murray's eponymous design company formed in 2007 and responsible for the iStream production process. Gordon Murray Automotive will look to utilize iStream for low-volume production to be sold under the Gordon...

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Report: Tesla receives approval for Chinese plant

Tesla has been hinting at a Chinese plant since 2014 and now it appears the company has finally received approval for one. Citing people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal on Sunday reported that Tesla has reached an agreement with officials in Shanghai to construct a plant in the city's free-trade zone without partnering with a local...

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