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Hyundai looks to make car buying easier via transparent pricing, full refunds

Buying a car should be fun but for many the process can be tedious and in some cases harrowing. The process usually involves trekking to a number of dealerships and hoping there's someone available to serve you and arrange a test drive if necessary. Then there's the completely unnecessary process of negotiating a price. As we've seen in...

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FCA CEO Marchionne says Tesla, electric cars not viable

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE: FCAU] CEO Sergio Marchionne hasn't exactly been an ally to electric cars. This is the same executive who urged consumers to not buy the Fiat 500e electric car since FCA lost thousands of dollars with each one sold. Marchionne once again cast doubt on the viability of electric vehicles as a whole and said there isn't a...

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iPhone, Galaxy…911? Porsche joins the car-subscription race

In an effort to embrace the ever-changing automotive industry, Porsche announced today its own vehicle subscription service: Porsche Passport. The service offers on-demand access and white-glove delivery to its entire lineup of vehicles for a monthly fee. Just like your smartphone, it will be easier than ever to jump from model-to-model in Porsche's vehicle...

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SURUS: GM’s modular platform for silent, self-driving trucks

While some automakers look to electrify conventional trucks, General Motors has taken a much more radical approach in its development of next-generation commercial vehicles. Meet the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, or SURUS for short. Unveiled on Friday ahead of the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army, where it will be...

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Audi Sport lineup to grow to 16 cars by 2020

Things are about to get a lot busier at Audi Sport in the coming years as the official motorsport and performance arm of the brand with the four rings launches a barrage of new models to catch up with BMW M and Mercedes-AMG. Audi Sport models include all the RS cars as well as the R8 supercar and number 11 at present when you count all the body styles and...

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VW introduces 6-year/70,000-mile warranty

Volkswagen doesn't quite have the same reputation for dependability as some of its rivals, an issue only worsened by the diesel scandal. The automaker is keen to change perceptions, though. That's why it announced on Friday a new 6-year/72,000-mile (whichever comes first) People First Warranty. The bumper-to-bumper warranty, which is twice as...

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Volkswagen Group low-cost brand back on the table?

The VW Group for years has been mulling whether to launch a low-cost brand to challenge the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance's successful Dacia brand as well as some popular emerging market brands such as India's Tata and several offerings from China. The biggest hurdle remains manufacturing low-cost cars profitably. The VW Group has looked to...

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Mercedes tests the waters with on-demand drone delivery service

Automakers often tout "mobility services" as a potential source of future growth. It's easy to see car- and ride-sharing services fitting in with the portfolio of mobility services but there are many more possibilities. Mercedes-Benz, or more specifically Mercedes-Benz Vans, is testing the waters with an on-demand delivery service where...

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China’s Geely completes acquisition of Lotus

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group in May agreed to purchase 51 percent of Lotus, giving the Chinese automaker a sports car brand to sit alongside its other brands which include the likes of Volvo, Lynk & Co. and Geely. Geely Holding on Friday closed the deal which sees the remaining 49 percent of Lotus go to Malaysian supplier Etika Automotive. Lotus CEO...

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