Month: May 2020

The annual Geneva auto show was plunged into crisis in March when a late decision by Swiss authorities to prevent the spread of coronavirus forced the cancellation of the 90th event. The show’s organizers, the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) Foundation, initially refused to pay back stand fees to exhibitors, generating anger among automakers that
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The recipe is familiar. Take a front-wheel-drive economy and add some spice. That’s how the Volkswagen Golf GTI reinvented the affordable performance car. With the eighth-generation GTI on the way, VW delved into the car’s origin story. In 1974, a handful of staffers hatched a plan (no pun intended) for a sporty Golf model, with
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DETROIT — In the second week of production after the coronavirus shutdown, the Detroit 3 aimed to find a balance: Keep factory floors from spreading infection while racing to fulfill orders from dealers desperate for inventory. All three companies have had confirmed cases of the virus within their plants since they reopened May 18. But
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Stuffed to its roof racks with baggage, the Range Rover should have been an instant failure when its fat Michelin tires finally rolled onto U.S. soil in March 1987. Instead, a brilliant launch strategy crafted mostly by former Volkswagen, Fiat and Chrysler executives that focused on image, capability and customer service got the Range Rover
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While automakers move heaven and earth to get their manufacturing operations safely up and running and their dealers selling vehicles again, the disruptive COVID-19 pandemic may have also reconfigured the way companies think about recruiting and retaining employees, says the executive who leads Toyota’s manufacturing and human resources in North America. Chris Reynolds, chief administrative
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DETROIT — Before the coronavirus outbreak hit the U.S. in March, General Motors’ North American team had four major initiatives for the year: grow retail share, prepare for an electric vehicle future, improve dealer relations and enhance the customer experience. The crisis led to plunging sales, significant financial losses and a nearly two-month production shutdown.
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Of all the ambitious projects attempted in the short history of self-driving technology, no company has been more audacious than Zoox. Since the startup’s founding nearly six years ago, its executives have pursued an arduous path that involves developing their own autonomous driving system, creating their own vehicle platform from the ground up and building
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The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid, touted by Toyota as its fastest model after the Supra, will start at just under $40,000 — a $12,150 premium over the base gasoline RAV4 and $3,620 over the RAV4 Limited with front-wheel drive. The entry-level RAV4 Prime SE crossover will begin at $39,220 including shipping, the automaker
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The decision to withdraw Datsun from Russia reverses the ambitious global growth plans for the brand envisaged by Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. Reviving the Datsun name, previously used by Nissan for export markets until 1981, was a key strategy of Ghosn, who wanted to expand in emerging markets by using older alliance technology to
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You’d be forgiven for forgetting about the mid-size Acura TLX sedan.  Up against heavyweights from other luxury automakers, the TLX fell behind. Up against best-selling crossovers from Acura, the TLX got lost in the shuffle.  This time around, the 2021 Acura TLX sculpts a daring shape around zesty turbocharged engines and powertrains to jog our
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Uber Technologies Inc. is looking into alternative business opportunities as the COVID-19 pandemic cuts deep into its ridership volume. So far, the efforts haven’t been enough to offset a sharp decline in first-quarter bookings — its first drop in the category for a quarter — and two rounds of layoffs at the ride-hailing company. As
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On this episode of Dirt Every Day Extra, Fred Williams shows us different suspension joints that can be used to build a four-link suspension. We’ve provided this free episode on YouTube to give you a taste of Dirt Every Day Extra so you can decide if you’d like to subscribe for more episodes. https://www.motortrendondemand.com/subscribe/freetrial/?bnr=organic:bnr:yt:dede:ep211_fr_de:link:na:mtod
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Renault is cutting 15,000 jobs worldwide as part of a €2bn (£1.8bn) cost-cutting plan after seeing sales plunge because of the virus pandemic. “This plan is essential,” said chief executive Clotilde Delbos, who announced cuts in production to focus on more profitable car models. Some 4,600 job cuts will be in France, and the firm
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