Tag: auto industry

29 Posts

Lady Norah Docker's Golden Daimler
Feb 28, 2017

Lady Norah Docker of Daimler: The Car World's Own Marie Antoinette

Jim Motavalli

How one flamboyant, free-spending couple managed to destroy a staid old auto company.

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Mcity: A test track for self-driving cars
Jan 18, 2017

Appearances Are Deceiving at Michigan's Self-Driving Car Test Tracks

Jim Motavalli

Remember the Truman Show? Michigan's fake towns serve a purpose--testing autonomous and connected vehicles, without having to be on public roads. Global automakers are paying attention. 

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FCA's diesel fraud charge
Jan 13, 2017

What does The Donald think about FCA and the EPA's diesel fraud charge?

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

What does The Donald think about FCA and the EPA's diesel fraud charge?
 

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Will fuel economy regulations change
Dec 01, 2016

CAFE Regs Upheld; Cue the Whining

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

The EPA announced yesterday that it would hold firm on its 54.5 mile per gallon corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) requirement for 2025. 

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are there any good small trucks left
Nov 22, 2016

Where Have the Small Pickups Gone?

Dear Car Talk

Gary needs a truck that's not a behemoth. He asks if smaller, more basic trucks are even made anymore?

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Five auto innovations
Oct 25, 2016

Five Car Milestones: Does Innovation Pay Off?

Jim Motavalli

For the most part, going first with new auto inventions failed to pay off. The cautious companies gave the people what they were used to, and made the money. 

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Features that didn't used to be standard in cars
Oct 19, 2016

Hardly Worth Mentioning: Features We Take for Granted

Jim Motavalli

Once upon a time, a radio and heater were exciting car options. In today's highly equipped auto market, we don't get excited about air conditioning, automatics, power windows and doors or cruise control.

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Indian auto industry
Oct 11, 2016

Will Americans Buy Cars From India?

Jim Motavalli

Indian carmaker Mahindra & Mahindra is planning a beachhead in America. Don't laugh--India's Tata is already selling us Jaguars and Land Rovers.

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Pros and cons of self driving cars
Oct 13, 2016

Build First, Ask Questions Later

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

Autonomous cars will change the way we live. So why is industry getting to call our shot into the future?

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Factors influencing dip in car sales
Sep 02, 2016

Car Sales Are Down--And Here's Why

Jim Motavalli

It's simple: our old cars are lasting longer, there's less meaningful choice, and the prices are high.

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