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Volkswagen’s first battery-electric crossover, the ID4, will bring with it a whole new powertrain for the brand in North America. But it’s likely to be the compact crossover’s interior that wins over buying customers — or sends them running back toward something more familiar. Inside, the ID4 is unlike any previous Volkswagen. Staff Reporter Larry
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Even before the pandemic struck, Gautam Narang says, the self-driving truck company he co-founded three years ago had gained momentum with customers. But since COVID-19 arrived, stretched supply chains and accelerated growth of delivery trends with consumers, Narang, CEO of Gatik, says interest in autonomous goods-hauling has mushroomed. The pandemic “changed everything,” he said. “We
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Nearly two years ago, Charlie Gilchrist, then president of the National Automobile Dealers Association, warned that the biggest threat facing the industry was a shortage of qualified body shop technicians. Even before Gilchrist sounded the alarm bells, Barton Ford in Suffolk, Va., was doing something about it. The dealership has been teaming up with nearby
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This time, dealers are better prepared. With coronavirus cases rising across the country, retailers are guarding against outbreaks among their own staffs and bracing for new restrictions, which have been issued from California to Minnesota to New York. After their experiences in the spring shutdown — lobbying to be classified as essential, expanding digital processes,
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Three years ago, Intel and Mobileye introduced the responsibility-sensitive safety, or RSS, model to encourage the automated-vehicle industry to collaborate and align on what it means for an AV to drive safely. For an industry that normally competes on safety, the suggestion was met with mixed response. Some players readily agreed, while others felt strongly
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Jeep is adding more power and capability to the Wrangler, addressing a top wish of customers and dealers, and just in time as the SUV prepares to take on the new Ford Bronco. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 packs a V-8 engine (392 cubic inches) that will deliver 470 hp and 470 pound-feet of torque, while
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As America heads into Thanksgiving week and comes to the end of this roller-coaster year of COVID-19 disruption, ALG — the forecaster of residual values across the auto industry — took a look back at 2020 and what shape the business is in going forward. ALG’s analysis may surprise many. The industry proved its resilience,
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As Infiniti reinvents its product portfolio and brand strategy, the Japanese automaker’s latest model returns to a market segment it helped invent. The QX55 coupe-style crossover, scheduled to arrive in U.S. stores next spring as a 2022 model, positions Infiniti in the high-margin sporty crossover segment now dominated by Germans brands. The new crossover hints
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The COVID-19 crisis has caused shortages of a variety of goods: From cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer to toilet paper and meat, consumers have been stocking up. People also have been buying and renting more bikes and scooters. As the pandemic drones on and consumers shy away from public transportation and shared rides, many are
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Calling the kidney grille on BMW’s newly unveiled electric crossover, the iX, “big” might be an understatement. It’s “the largest and arguably most distracting grille in car design history,” wrote Alex Harrington of GrandTourNation.com. For all of the advanced technology and luxurious features packed into the iX, many reviewers and social media users had a
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BMW is seeking electric redemption with the launch of the iX crossover in early 2022. The X5-sized utility vehicle, built on BMW’s Cluster Architecture platform, delivers 500 hp and a projected EPA driving range of 300 miles. The new model, part of BMW’s ambitious target to have 25 electrified models by 2023, is the company’s
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If auto suppliers want to see the harsh reality that will underpin some of the biggest decisions they’ll face in the coming months, they need only look at dealer lots across the country. In short, they’re sparse — vehicle inventory is tight. With consumers wary of mass transit and ride-sharing services such as Uber, auto
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Graham Holdings, the public conglomerate that used to own the Washington Post and in early 2019 entered automotive retail by buying two Sonic Automotive Inc. stores, plans to add to its dealership count after partnering with Chris Ourisman, president of Ourisman Automotive Group. The companies, through Graham Ourisman Automotive, were awarded an open point for
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The city of Orlando hopes to have an airborne alternative to Uber and Lyft operational by 2025. City officials last week announced a partnership with Lilium, a German aviation company, to build what amounts to the first flying-car hub in the U.S. They said electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a top speed of
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With production of its first customer vehicles scheduled to begin in about seven months, Rivian is moving quickly to establish it parts and service operations. The company also has taken its first steps toward building a nationwide network of body shops to handle accident repairs. Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe told Automotive News that the company
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Bentley will phase out its famed internal-combustion engines by 2030 and switch to full-electric vehicles as part of long-term plans to dramatically cut or eliminate emissions. The Volkswagen Group ultraluxury brand said last week it will add two plug-in hybrids next year and its first full-electric vehicle in 2025. The EV will be the first
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The death of George Floyd this summer while in Minneapolis police custody sparked a resurgence of civil rights demonstrations across the country. It also shined a spotlight on how large corporations and organizations foster diversity and inclusion while also examining whether they create safe and equitable work environments for all employees. The automotive finance sector
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Most dealerships so far are unaffected by new government-mandated shutdowns as U.S. coronavirus cases rise sharply this fall. But not Plaza Motors in Brooklyn. The five-franchise dealership group was forced to shift to remote and appointment-only sales last month after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo designated its neighborhood a red zone because of soaring COVID-19
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Five: That’s how many lists of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry that Automotive News has published. Twenty: That’s the number of years this project has spanned. Three hundred seventy-two: That’s how many executives those lists have celebrated. In 2000, when we compiled the first list, Publisher Keith Crain wrote, “Let’s hope
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BMW is offering an early-warning system that alerts drivers to the use of speed detection devices and traffic speed and red-light cameras on their route. The new factory feature is an automated version of a similar service offered by the Google-owned Waze navigation app, which relies on drivers to self-report speed traps and the presence
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DETROIT — A friendly competition designed to spark innovation at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as employees work from home produced a smartphone app that the company is now releasing to help customers learn about their vehicles. FCA’s “Pitch Night” event during the summer led to the submission of more than 500 ideas related to connectivity and
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This week, voters in the U.S. will decide on a number of Senate seats, the entire House of Representatives and who will lead the country for the next four years. The two major parties have different views and those views often become policies. An administration’s policies can have a significant impact on the automotive industry
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Leading interiors supplier Yanfeng has repeatedly gotten the same question from automakers since debuting its futuristic Experience in Motion 2020 (XiM20) concept last year: “What does this have that we can put into our next-generation models?” The answer is inside the recently launched version, XiM21, which has production-ready features such as zero-gravity seats and its
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