Month: April 2020

Every car in the 2011 Motor Trend Best Drivers Car competition was lapped around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by hot shoe Randy Pobst. Our next competitor, the Ferrari 458 Italia. For more on the 458 Italia’s lap around Laguna Seca, including Randy Pobst’s track notes, click here: https://www.motortrend.com/features/performance/1108_2010_ferrari_458_italia_best_drivers_car_contender/ Also find Motor Trend on: Tweets by
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The German auto industry is readying proposals for a new scrappage program to counter a sales slump that risks choking off production restarts at factories across Europe’s biggest economy. The state premiers of Lower Saxony, Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg, home to Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler, are expected to consult this week on a joint strategy ahead
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Some consumers in suburban Chicago received large brown envelopes promising “COVID-19 stimulus assistance” right about the time they were expecting payments from the federal government’s $2 trillion economic assistance package. “Time-sensitive mail: Open immediately,” the envelope read. “Confidential information enclosed.” But there were no checks inside. The envelopes contained ads for the eight-day “Break the
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TOKYO — Luc Donckerwolke, the cosmopolitan Belgian designer who overhauled styling at Hyundai, Kia and Genesis, is leaving the Hyundai Motor Group for personal reasons. Donckerwolke’s resignation is effective April 29, according to an internal note obtained by Automotive News. His next career moves were unclear. Donckerwolke joined South Korea’s biggest automaker from Volkswagen Group
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LJUBLJANA — Revoz, Renault’s Slovenian arm, has resumed production after a suspension of activities since March 17 due to the coronavirus crisis. Production restarted on Tuesday with a single daily shift, which is expected to be expanded into two shifts next week and into full production from May 11. Revoz, one of Slovenia’s largest exporters,
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The auto industry has reached consensus on a proposal to the Federal Communications Commission outlining how it would use a spectrum band long assigned to automakers for vehicle safety. In a letter sent Tuesday to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation outlined the industry’s plan for how the 5.9 GHz safety
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General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are targeting May 18 to resume some production at their U.S. factories after shutting down plants in March due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Wall Street Journal reported. Executives from the companies in recent days tentatively settled on the timeline following talks with UAW leaders and Michigan
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FRANKFURT — Continental said the disruption to business from the coronavirus pandemic meant it was unable to provide financial guidance for this year, even as its first-quarter earnings came in higher than expected. “The environment continues to be characterized by substantial uncertainty regarding the duration and severity of the disruptions and it remains difficult to
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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) has upsized the engine for its 007, which will compete in the LMP1-replacing Hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. First reported by Autoblog and subsequently confirmed to Motor Authority Monday, SCG will replace the previously discussed twin-turbocharged V-6 for a custom-designed twin-turbo
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In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the daunting challenges of reviving the North American auto industry, it’s understandable that the industry’s focus isn’t on clean energy and slowing global warming. Some 26 million Americans losing their jobs creates more urgent economic problems than cheap gasoline eroding already-limited demand for zero-emission vehicles. If anything,
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General Motors said Monday it has suspended its quarterly cash dividend on its common stock and its share buybacks to save cash in the face of the coronavirus crisis. The company has also expanded its cash options by extending a three-year revolving credit agreement for $3.6 billion to April 2022. Earlier this month GM and GM Financial,
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The head of the nation’s largest U.S. dealership group says “retail has changed forever” because of the coronavirus and that robust safety processes for AutoNation Inc.’s employees and customers will be necessary. AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson told shareholders last week that the company has implemented numerous safety measures in its stores from spacing markers for
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