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BMW Talking with Great Wall about EV Deal in China

German maker works with Brilliance in China.

by on Oct.11, 2017

BMW is looking to expand its presence in China to build EVs, potentially with Great Wall Motors.

BMW is the latest automaker looking to make inroads quickly into the electric vehicle market in China through a deal with a local partner: Great Wall Motors.

Actually the deal will be BMW’s second partnership in the country as it’s already working with Brilliance China Holdings in Shenyang. The new venture will be based in Changshu, according to Reuters. The plant will produce electric vehicles exclusively.

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“We are in discussions with Great Wall about setting up a joint venture to produce cars in Changshu,” said a BMW executive told Reuters. (more…)

Hyundai Gives Buyers Assurance with New Car Sales Process

New plan allows buyers to return car after three days.

by on Oct.10, 2017

Hyundai unveiled its new Shopper Assurance program designed to eliminate the frustration of buying a new car from its dealers.

Hyundai Motors unveiled its plan to become the latest automaker to attempt to streamline and improve the customer experience with auto dealers through its new “Shopper Assurance” program.

The new program focuses on four pillars: transparent pricing, flexible test drives, streamlined purchasing and a three-day money-back guarantee. If these concepts sound vaguely familiar, they should as most of them have been attempted before by other automakers.

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“For nearly a decade, the word ‘Assurance’ has been synonymous with Hyundai and represents our efforts in redefining the car ownership experience,” said Dean Evans, chief marketing officer, Hyundai Motor America. (more…)

GM Buys Lidar Firm to Accelerate Autonomous Car Development

Acquisition will improve speed, reduce costs.

by on Oct.09, 2017

Cruise Automation introduced its third-gen automated vehicle. The new vehicles will be part of its San Francisco-based test fleet.

General Motors is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to being a leader in autonomous vehicle technology, announcing today it was acquiring Lidar technology company Strobe Inc.

Strobe, based in Pasadena, California, will be taken under the wing of GM’s Cruise Automation team to develop next-generation Lidar for the company’s self-driving vehicles. The parties did not reveal the financials of the agreement.

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The company’s developed a new microchip Lidar system would significantly enhance the capabilities of the self-driving cars GM was developing, Vogt said during conference call with reporters.  (more…)

U.S. Traffic Fatalities Rise Again

Distracted driving issues offset improved vehicle safety.

by on Oct.09, 2017

Traffic fatalities in the U.S. rose in 2016 compared with 2015 numbers. The second year in a row the number has spiked.

More Americans died on U.S. roadways last year than in 2015 and the numbers hit a nine-year high, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Car accidents claimed the lives of 37,461 people in 2016, up 5.6% from the previous year. The agency pointed to the usual reasons for the fatalities: speeding and failing to wear seat belts. NHTSA also tagged the increase to a 5.1% jump in motorcycle deaths.

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The increase is the second year in a row that deaths have ticked upward. Prior to that, they had decreased six out of seven years between 2007 and 2014. The lowest tally recorded was 32,744 in 2014. The last year in which crash deaths were higher was 2007, when 41,259 were killed. (more…)

Automakers Supporting Revision of Fuel Efficiency Standards

Move comes despite public support for tougher mandates.

by on Oct.09, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt reopened the review of tougher CAFE standards going into effect for 2025.

Automakers want federal regulators to revise fuel efficiency mandates because meeting the standard for 2025 of 54.5 mpg would be cost prohibitive and, perhaps more importantly, U.S. consumers do not care about the mandate anyway, according to two trade association groups representing automakers.

The revelation, which comes two months after automakers said they were onboard with the tougher rules, was unveiled in testimony submitted in advance of meetings being held by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the topic.

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen and other companies, also points out that EPA understated the costs of technologies needed to meet the 2025 requirements. (more…)

GM Talking With US Army about Developing New Fuel-Cell Vehicle

SURUS program offers commercial applications.

by on Oct.06, 2017

SURUS was designed to form a foundation for a family of commercial vehicle solutions that leverages a single propulsion system integrated into a common chassis.

General Motors may expand its fuel-cell research and development program with the U.S. Army, including the company’s new Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure platform, also known as SURUS.

The Army has been testing the fuel cell-powered Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 on U.S. bases for the past six months to determine the viability of hydrogen-powered vehicles in military-mission tactical environments.

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Now the two sides are in talks to add the SURUS to that evaluation program. The SURUS is flexible fuel cell-powered, four-wheel concept with autonomous capabilities. It is based on a heavy-duty truck frame and designed as a “foundation” for a new generation of commercial vehicles that leverages a single propulsion system integrated into a common chassis, according to GM officials. (more…)

Toyota Gives Century a New Look for a New … Century?

Uber-luxury ride gets first makeover in two decades.

by on Oct.05, 2017

The new 2018 Toyota Century gets its first makeover in two decades in time for the Tokyo Motor Show.

Automakers tend to update or change the exterior designs of vehicles every three or four years; however, there are some exceptions to the rule. Chevrolet dragged its heels on a major update of the C4 Corvette, but Toyota takes top prize with its Century luxury car.

Until this year’s refresh, the Japanese maker hadn’t made any changes in two decades. The car was originally introduced the vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1967 and the third-generation model will be unveiled at the same show later this month.

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“The intricately glamorous and chic exterior is highlighted by traditional Japanese design elements used throughout the car including the grille and black trim on the rear combination lamps,” the company notes. (more…)

Infotainment Systems on Par With Cell Phones for Distracted Driving

Study reveals cars already have plenty of things to distract drivers.

by on Oct.05, 2017

Newer infotainment systems often require drivers to avert their eyes from the roads, leading to more dangerous driving.

For so long, researchers have focused on how cellular phones facilitate a variety of distracted driving behaviors, such as texting and driving. A new study now shows that vehicles themselves can be a distraction.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report suggesting that the latest infotainment systems in new vehicle promote distracted driving behaviors and on a scale greater than cell phones.

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Fatal crashes are on the rise in the U.S., and distracted driving is a major reason for the increase, the foundation believes. Deaths involving distracted driving jumped 8.8% to 3,477 in 2015, the latest year in which statistics were available, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (more…)

Honda Shutting Japanese Plant, Focusing on EV Production

Automaker looking to cut capacity by 25% in Japan.

by on Oct.04, 2017

Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo said the company would focus its manufacturing efforts on electric vehicles.

Japanese automaker Honda is shuttering its Sayama plant, north of Tokyo, in 2022 as the company shifts its focus to the production of electric vehicles.

CEO Takahiro Hachigo outlined the company’s plans today saying that due to sluggish auto sales in Japan, the company needed to reduce production levels and refocus on EV manufacturing to meet the ever-toughening demands of different markets around the globe.

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The closure of Sayama pushes the company toward its goal of cutting capacity by 24% in Japan. It will shift the plant’s output to its site in nearby Yorii, as well as most of the employees. The Sayama plant was capable of producing more than 250,000 vehicles annually, as is the Yorii site. (more…)

FCA Recalling 700K Utes for Brake Problem

FCA making second attempt to resolve problem.

by on Oct.03, 2017

The 2011 Dodge Durango is part of the recall of FCA SUVs due to a brake problem.

Fiat Chrysler announced it is recalling more than 700,000 Jeep and Dodge sport-utility vehicles to resolve a potential problem with the vehicles’ brakes that can make it difficult to stop.

The action affects Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos from model years 2011–14 with about 646,000 of those vehicles in the U.S. The remainder are in Canada and Mexico.

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The company said a mistake installing the brake-booster shields may allow water intrusion, which can cause corrosion and freezing, impacting the functionality of the brakes. Signs of a problem include excessive brake-pedal firmness, activations of the anti-lock brakes and illumination of a warning light. (more…)