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One thing Steve Rowley said he noticed when he joined the auto industry last summer after more than three decades in telecommunications was how similar the two industries are. New technology is creating innovation, he said. The industry is competitive. And it’s in growth mode. Rowley, 55, will draw on skill sets developed in the
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For a few moments, John Krafcik sounded more like a philosophy professor than the CEO of Waymo. In an appearance during the Automotive News Shift Mobility Forum held in conjunction with CES last week, he offered an explanation for the company’s decision to stop using the phrase “self-driving” to describe autonomous-driving technology. “What is the
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LOS ANGELES — Fans of the beloved rotary engine, rejoice. While it won’t be slotted in a nifty sports car, Mazda plans to bring its first electric vehicle, the MX-30 crossover, to the U.S. with a rotary engine as a range-extending option. Prior to Mazda’s confirmation of the plans this month, the MX-30 was expected
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I have a love-hate relationship with CES. Well, to be fair, let’s call it a love-kinda like relationship. For years, every time I departed the giant tech show, I would head home vowing never to throw myself into that tumult again. But months later, when it came time to sign up for the next CES,
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Here are some of the 2021 CES Innovation Awards for vehicle intelligence and transportation. IBM/Mayflower autonomous ship IBM provided artificial intelligence and computing technology for the Mayflower Autonomous Ship. It’s due to sail from Plymouth, England, to Plymouth, Mass., this spring. A “Best of Innovation” winner. Waymo 5th-Generation Driver Waymo rolled out its latest autonomous
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Instead of flashy in-vehicle demonstrations and massive displays inside the Las Vegas Convention Center or at other hotels, automakers, suppliers and mobility startups must get creative with virtual unveils and digital news conferences for CES this year. Some major technology suppliers that have been star attractions at past shows will not be participating this year.
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The outcome of the pair of tight Georgia Senate runoff elections last week gives the Democratic Party control of the upper chamber by the narrowest of margins for at least the next two years, likely aiding President-elect Joe Biden’s ambitious policy plans and fast-tracking progress on legislation affecting the auto industry. Biden will take office
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DETROIT — Sales of the Chevrolet Bolt doubled in the fourth quarter as General Motors ramped up promotional efforts for the only electric vehicle it currently sells in the U.S. in preparation for the wave of EVs it has coming. Chevrolet officials said an expansion into new markets, additional training and advertising, and increased dealer
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The preferred ride of James Bond’s superior appears poised to take on a new mission. Gerry McGovern wants to modernize the design of Jaguar cars and make the sports-car brand “wonderful again.” After leading Land Rover design since 2006, McGovern has been promoted to Jaguar Land Rover’s chief creative officer, overseeing Jaguar design boss Julian
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Israel has emerged as a hotbed of innovation in the automotive and mobility worlds as well as the broader business of making things. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Startup Nation in 2018 contributed 4.94 percent of its gross domestic product to R&D — more than any other member country. Automakers
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Unprecedented. Trying times. The new normal. These words have been used by many to describe 2020. For so many of us, 2021 cannot come soon enough. Yet, especially now, it’s more important than ever to reflect — looking through the lens of lessons learned in our economy, manufacturing and the automotive industry ecosystem — and
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“If we see this continued level of uptake in electric vehicles, then we anticipate that sales of new EVs and plug-in hybrids will overtake diesel cars in 2021,” said Ian Plummer, commercial director of motoring website Auto Trader. “Then, pure EVs will overtake those of their internal combustion engine counterparts in 2026.”
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Before last spring, Sellers Buick-GMC performed pickup and drop-off services only when requested by a customer — and it didn’t happen often. Employees would drive together in a dealership vehicle, retrieve a car for service and drive back separately to the dealership in Farmington Hills, Mich. Vehicle sales finalized in customer driveways weren’t very common,
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Durrell Smylie’s journey to Internet fame started by popping out of the hatch of a Honda CR-V. The Honda salesman’s impromptu rap got stuck in the heads of millions of people who watched the video he made to attract customers during the pandemic. In the weeks since, he has filed to trademark his signature phrase
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LOS ANGELES — Kia Motors America has big plans for the coming new year, including five new or significantly redesigned vehicles as part of a yearslong product blitz. It also has a new COO and advertising lead to get those vehicles onto Americans’ driveways. In mid-December, the Korean automaker began preparations for the next phase
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Hindsight is 20/20, the old saying goes. At this point, I’m just glad to put 2020 in the past. It was an unusually grim trip around the sun. In recent years, it’s been frustrating to see persistently high numbers of traffic deaths in the U.S. — then a new virus comes along and kills about
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A month into 2020, Ford Motor Co. teased the new Mustang Mach-E with a video of exuberant millennials devouring chicken wings and cocktail shrimp directly out of its front trunk, in the space where an engine otherwise would have been. At the time, who would have guessed that the most unrealistic part of the scenario
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COVID-19 disrupted but didn’t cancel some of 2020’s biggest product debuts and tech advances, but we did detect one major shift — changes and updates seem to be coming faster inside, under the hood, even in the drivetrain, than outside. We’ve rounded up some of the year’s breakout hits, as well as a few misses.
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