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The Mercedes-Benz EQS full-electric sedan is so packed with technology that much of the automaker’s 70-page press release on the car is devoted to explaining it. But there is one feature that the EQS surprisingly doesn’t have: A rear-view camera system that replaces traditional mirrors. To solve the problem of blind spots – made worse
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With the Q4 e-tron, Audi is aiming at buyers in the upper end of the compact segment for full-electric cars. The Q4 e-tron, which was unveiled on Wednesday, adds an entry-level EV to the brand’s expanding lineup of battery-powered cars. It’s the first Audi based on parent Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric-only platform that also underpins
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South Korean battery makers LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation said on Sunday they have agreed to settle a trade secrets dispute over electric vehicle battery technologies, avoiding a potential setback for U.S. EV ambitions. The last-minute settlement ends a bitter U.S. trade dispute, sparing President Joe Biden from choosing between undermining intellectual property rights
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Volvo Cars has promoted its head of Europe, Bjorn Annwall, to chief financial officer. Annwall, 45, who joined the automaker’s executive management team in 2015, will succeed Carla De Geyseleer effective April 19. De Geyseleer, who has served as CFO since 2019, will step down for personal reasons, the automaker said. Annwall has been Volvo’s
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Panasonic is betting that close to a century of experience making car batteries has prepared it to manufacture a difficult-to-produce next-generation battery championed by Tesla as the key to unlocking cheaper and more ubiquitous electric vehicles. Tesla CEO Elon Musk first unveiled the 4680 battery at Tesla’s Battery Day in September as a “massive breakthrough”
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BERLIN — Germany’s auto industry picked up speed in March, a survey published by the Ifo economic institute showed on Tuesday, although automotive executives also become less optimistic about the outlook for the coming months. The survey’s indicator for the current business situation rose to 7.9 points in March from minus 0.4 in February, as
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LOS ANGELES — When Hyundai unveiled its angular “45” concept vehicle at the Frankfurt auto show in fall 2019, its mix of futuristic styling cues and 1970s nostalgia struck observers as a daring design exercise rather than an upcoming production model. But 18 months later, the Ioniq 5 compact crossover is headed into production with
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Tesla posted record deliveries for the January to March quarter, beating Wall Street estimates, as solid demand offset the impact of a global shortage of parts. “We are encouraged by the strong reception of the Model Y in China and are quickly progressing to full production capacity,” Tesla said in a statement on Friday. “The
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PARIS — Peugeot said it will offer a full-electric version of the 308 compact hatchback by 2023, a previously unannounced powertrain configuration that could compete with the Volkswagen ID3. The new-generation Astra from sister brand Opel/Vauxhall will also have a full-electric version, according to news reports.  The new 308 was introduced earlier this month, with sales set to
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Seeking to bolster its electrification, advanced driver-assistance systems and electronics businesses, Marelli is making four appointments to its leadership team, all effective April 1. The Japanese-Italian powertrain and electronics supplier said Friday that Joachim Fetzer will be appointed to the new position of chief technology and innovation officer. Fetzer most recently was executive vice president,
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BEIJING — China’s Great Wall Motor will launch a new standalone brand for its off-road vehicles, chairman Wei Jianjun said, as automakers pursue new segments when sales in the world’s biggest car market pick up. Wei said Great Wall, the country’s top pickup maker, plans to launch the “Tank” brand during the Shanghai auto show in
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MG Motor plans to double the number of its dealerships in mainland Europe to more than 200 this year as the brand looks to increase its presence in the region on the back of new electric model launches. The brand will be selling its cars in 13 European countries besides its UK main market, by
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Tata Motors said former Daimler manager Marc Llistosella will not be joining the company as its next CEO as previously announced because he is unable to relocate to India for “personal reasons.” Guenter Butschek will continue as CEO and managing director of Tata Motors, the parent company of Jaguar Land Rover, until June 30, Tata
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STOCKHOLM — Volvo Cars will temporarily stop or adjust production in China and the United States for parts of March due to a global shortage of semiconductor chips. “We expect the situation to become critical during the second quarter and have therefore decided to take measures to minimize the impact on production while working daily
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