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Diesel and gas engines essentially the same

Diesel and gas engines essentially the same

A study by the German Transport Ministry says that new diesels are no better than gasoline engines, as they emit the same amount of CO2. “It’s a myth that diesel helps protect the climate,” said Stephan Kuehn, a transport expert for Germany’s Greens party. “Diesel motors squander the theoretical advantages […]

 
 

Ford shuts down plants for lagging car sales

Ford shuts down plants for lagging car sales

Ford will temporarily close five North American assembly plants for three weeks to get rid of slow selling models. The automaker is shutting down two plants in Mexico that produces the Focus sedan/hatchback and the Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans. The other U.S plants in Michigan and one in Texas […]

 
 

FCA recalls 48,000 minivans for seatbelt defect

FCA recalls 48,000 minivans for seatbelt defect

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall nearly 48,000 minivans because a seatbelt defect could increase the risk of injury during a collision. The recall affects 2017-2018 models with eight-passenger seating. “During testing, it was observed that an outboard seat belt buckle in the second row could become inadvertently unlatched when the […]

 
 

Alphabet’s Waymo unit sues Uber for $2.6 billion

Alphabet’s Waymo unit sues Uber for $2.6 billion

Alphabet’s autonomous car development unit Waymo is seeking a hefty $2.6 billion in damages from Uber for allegedly stealing a trade secret. The company believes Uber stole a technology that was brought on board by former Google employee Anthony Levandowski, who went on to create a self-driving truck startup. Uber […]

 
 

Tesla teams up with AMD for self-driving chip

Tesla teams up with AMD for self-driving chip

Tesla has teamed up with Advanced Micro Devices to help refine an A.I. chip meant for its self-driving cars. The automaker will build on top of AMD’s current work to create a power-efficient chip that will manage autonomous driving tasks in its vehicles, according to a CNBC news report. The […]

 
 

GM Canada workers on strike for lost jobs

GM Canada workers on strike for lost jobs

Auto workers at a General Motors plant in Ingersoll, Ont. went on strike on Sunday for the first time in over a decade to protest jobs lost to Mexico. The strike is expected to affect the automaker’s top-selling and newly redesigned SUV: the Chevrolet Equinox. Unifor, a union that represents […]

 
 

Trucks & SUVs dominate new vehicle sales

Trucks & SUVs dominate new vehicle sales

Trucks and SUVs are incredibly popular this year as they account for 63 per cent of new vehicles sales in North America. They also represent 18 of the 29 finalists for the 2018 North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year — with nine models coming from the […]

 
 

Ford fortifies position in India with Mahindra

Ford fortifies position in India with Mahindra

Ford has agreed to explore a strategic alliance with India’s Mahindra Group to help strengthen its distribution in the south asian country. The two companies could work together for up to three years on connected and electric vehicle, mobility and product development projects. Ford exports a significant amount of cars […]

 
 

Tesla’s Gigafactory takes on more batteries

Tesla’s Gigafactory takes on more batteries

Tesla is ramping up battery production at its Nevada-based Gigafactory in order to meet the demand for its Model 3 vehicles. With half a million backorders, the company wants its semi-complete factory to pump out 50 gigawatt hours worth of batteries for the cars in 2018. Tesla is aiming to […]

 
 

Honda bets on new Accord as sedan sales slip

Honda bets on new Accord as sedan sales slip

Honda will hire 300 workers at its Ohio plant in anticipation of a redesigned Accord despite lagging sedan sales in the U.S. Mid-size sedan sales have dropped more than 15 per cent through August, compared to the same period in 2016. The Japanese automaker is hoping its relatively affordable, efficient […]