Month: November 2021

HAMBURG — Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess, currently under heavy fire from unions over strategy, struck an upbeat tone at a recent manager meeting on talks over the company’s five-year investment plan, including the future of its Wolfsburg plant. According to a copy of his speech from a meeting over the last week, seen by
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Volkswagen Group of America said it will use the sides of Amazon boxes this holiday season to put virtual butts in the virtual seats of its new Taos subcompact crossover, and reward participants with three months of premium music streaming for virtually going along for the ride. The German automaker revealed its new Web-based augmented
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Wells Fargo & Co. has hired Hunter Patton as a managing director in North American corporate and investment banking, focused on industrials. Patton will focus on automotive, automotive technology, capital equipment, and other select capital goods and service areas, according to a memo reviewed by Bloomberg News. Patton joins Wells Fargo from Ford Motor Co.,
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AAA, Consumer Reports, J.D. Power, the National Safety Council, Partners for Automated Vehicle Education and SAE International have come together to offer “common naming” recommendations for advanced driver-assistance systems. Here are the recommended names and definitions of 20 technologies, divided into 5 categories. Blind Spot Warning: Detects vehicles in the blind spot while driving and notifies
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What kind of car is the 2022 Nissan Maxima? What does it compare to? With the Maxima, Nissan upgrades the Altima driving experience with a V-6 engine and more enthusiastic chassis tuning. It’s a competitor for cars like the Acura TLX, the Honda Accord, and the Toyota Camry.  Is the 2022 Nissan Maxima a good
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LOS ANGELES — BMW is expanding its utility vehicle lineup with the first standalone vehicle from its M performance brand since the BMW M1 launched five decades ago. The BMW Concept XM, revealed at a press event here this month, is a preview of the most powerful M vehicle in its lineup, the automaker said.
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The Volkswagen Group has hired two prominent battery specialists from Apple and BMW as it looks to boost its expertise in next-generation cell technologies. Soonho Ahn, former head of global battery developments at Apple, started as chief technical officer at VW Group’s battery division this month, according to his LinkedIn profile. Joerg Hoffmann, the former
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TOKYO – Nissan will invest 2 trillion yen ($17.65 billion) in the next five years to accelerate an electrified vehicle push with 23 new entries worldwide by the end of the decade, along with the breakthrough development of solid-state batteries. Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida outlined the targets on Monday while unveiling the Japanese automaker’s new
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Chinese premium EV maker Nio has denied that it plans to establish a factory in Europe as the company moves to expand its vehicle sales in the region beyond Norway. Reports said Nio is planning a production base in Poland after a recruitment advert appeared on LinkedIn seeking an “EU plant operation manager.” The ad
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The 996-generation 911 that Porsche turned into a swan was certainly no ugly duckling. The German luxury brand is celebrating 20 years in China by taking the car, with an inflatable head and wings, on a tour of art galleries and museums across the country. The idea to turn a 911 into a swan came
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DETROIT — General Motors on Friday said customers who buy vehicles that are built without heated or ventilated seats because of parts shortages can have the features added later, potentially as soon as the middle of next year. GM provided the update a week after informing dealerships that it had to eliminate the features temporarily
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Even Barbie is going electric. Mattel used a prime press conference slot at the Los Angeles Auto Show to unveil a sparkly two-seat convertible built on the chassis of a Fiat 500e. The company will be selling a toy version of the car at Walmart for $30. It will likely be more profitable than the
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The Dodge brand’s path to its electric future is trying to appeal honestly and accurately with two distinct camps: consumers who are excited about the brand’s EV push and naysayers who fear the muscle-car brand is abandoning its identity. Tim Kuniskis, the brand’s CEO, is using digital marketing to appeal to both groups. Dodge’s two-year
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The recent partnership between German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen and Microsoft underscores how the relationship among tech companies, suppliers and automakers is changing in the era of advanced-technology vehicles. Most major suppliers no longer see themselves as simply providers of the hardware and physical components automakers put in their vehicles. Many now see an opportunity to
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