Month: July 2020

Recovering from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic just got a little harder for some automakers. Ford Motor Co., Honda North America Inc. and Volkswagen Group of America all vowed last month to drop paid Facebook advertisements for about 30 days, voluntarily giving up a key piece of their digital ad strategies as they
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Volvo Cars and Swedish supplier Veoneer have completed the split of their automotive software joint venture Zenuity, the companies said Thursday. Under the agreement, Volvo will set up a new wholly owned company to take over Zenuity’s current development and commercialization of unsupervised autonomous driving software. As part of the agreement, Zenuity’s operations and people
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The 2020 GMC Sierra HD is meant for work. It tows, it hauls, it carries passengers and cargo from one destination to the other, and it does it with a combination of brutish strength and upscale luxury. Redesigned for 2020, the Sierra HD is bigger than ever, more opulent than ever, and can haul more
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As in-lane bidders return to wholesale auto auctions amid the coronavirus pandemic, one thing is clear: Used-vehicle buyers want both physical and digital sales. In-lane buyers at Manheim returned last week for the first time in three months at a handful of auctions while rival ADESA was allowing in-person buyers at more than two dozen
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At last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan debuted a sleek electric crossover called the Ariya. Despite the way it looks, the crossover was already close to production-ready at the time. Now, we’ll see the final product on July 15. Check out the teaser in the video below. When it debuted last October, the Ariya concept stood
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DETROIT — Lincoln Motor Co. confirmed Wednesday it will end production of the Continental at the end of 2020 as the luxury brand abandons sedans. U.S. sales of the Continental, reintroduced in 2016, slowed in recent years as customers shifted to the brand’s growing crossover lineup. Lincoln announced this year that it would end production
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BERLIN — Tesla is scaling back plans for its first European car factory, which will no longer assemble batteries, according to revised planning documents for the site near Berlin. The changes include eliminating facilities for battery-pack production and plastic components, local authorities said Wednesday, citing documents filed by the U.S. maker of electric cars to
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The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles scored a coup to mark its reopening after a three-month shutdown. It’s hosting the first public display of Tesla’s Cybertruck since the dystopian-styled pickup made its infamous debut last fall. The Cybertruck exhibit, set up front and center in the lobby, was originally scheduled to last through Friday,
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Toyota has injected more flair into the Corolla’s power and its ride and handling. By no means is it woke, but the 2020 Corolla’s awake, at long last, and it earns some enthusiast stripes with its manual gearbox and its smartly balanced road manners. We think it’s a 5 overall, but the Corolla family has
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Optimistically gloomy” is how George Augustaitis, the director of industry analytics at CarGurus, recently described American consumers. And that about sums up my attitude about the car business these days. His point was that Americans are very down about the state of the economy, but they are hopeful that things will get better quickly. I’m
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