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Polestar has reversed course on the Precept sedan, deciding to turn what was originally billed as a “vision” of the brand’s future into a production model. It will take three years to complete development of the brand’s future flagship grand tourer, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath told Automotive News Europe. The production car will be underpinned
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BEIJING — When 32-year-old photographer Jaco Xu needed a run-around car for work in the eastern city of Hangzhou, the price tag on the latest micro EV from General Motors’ China joint venture overcame his qualms about electric vehicles. Xu paid 38,800 yuan ($5,735) for his tiny two-door Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV, while the
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YOKOHAMA, Japan — Infiniti is previewing more athletic, commanding styling for the next-generation QX60 three-row crossover, promising it will elevate the brand’s premium image. The sleek, platinum-hued QX60 Monograph debuted late Thursday in an online unveiling from the global headquarters of the Infiniti brand’s parent, Nissan Motor Co. The vehicle is a close-to-market design study
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Record-breaking Florida car dealer and philanthropist Rick Case, CEO of Rick Case Automotive Group, died Monday at his home in Fort Lauderdale from complications of cancer. He was 77. In 1962 at age 19, Case opened his first dealership, a used-car lot named Moxie Motors, in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. In 1966, he opened
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DETROIT — The dawning electric-vehicle era is likely to mark the end of the road for some low-volume, rural Cadillac dealerships. The luxury brand is requiring U.S. dealers who want to keep their franchises after 2022 to spend at least $200,000 installing chargers, buying special tooling and training employees to handle a lineup that’s planned
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Editor’s note: This story is part of the ongoing Automotive News “Future Product Pipeline” series. A new age for Jeep is taking shape. By the end of next year, Jeep will have a varied powertrain portfolio that plays in the electrified and diesel spaces, in addition to new three-row options and a redesigned Grand Cherokee.
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Zoox Inc. on Friday received a permit from California state authorities to test its self-driving vehicles without an in-car backup driver, marking a win for Amazon.com Inc., which acquired the startup in June. The new permit allows Zoox to test two autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel on specified streets near its Foster
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Dale Willey, who was chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association in 2007, died Aug. 14. He was 79. Willey started his automotive retail career at his father’s Chevrolet-Oldsmobile dealership in Lee’s Summit, Mo., in 1961. After his father’s death in 1965, his family sold the store and Willey went to work as a salesperson
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Manager Magazin reported that Volkswagen Group is discussing the sale of Bugatti to Croatia’s Rimac. VW aims to complete the sale this year, the magazine said, citing VW sources. Bugatti would become an all-electric brand under Rimac, Car magazine reported. VW Group and Bugatti spokespeople separately declined to comment on the reports. A Rimac spokeswoman
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WASHINGTON — Three senior Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday asked government auditors to study why U.S. auto safety regulators have failed to write dozens of new auto safety regulations. The delayed rules include rear belt warnings, revisions to vehicle defect reporting requirements, child restraint side impact tests, requirements for automakers to
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General Motors is set to announce plans on Wednesday to put into production an interchangeable “family” of electric vehicle drive systems and motors, boosting manufacturing efficiencies as it transitions to a fully electric lineup. The move, which follows earlier GM initiatives on next-generation batteries, comes as the automaker looks to build a vertically integrated electric
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The safety driver operating an Uber self-driving test vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian in March 2018 has been charged with negligent homicide. A grand jury returned the charge against Rafael Stuart Vasquez, 46, in late August, officials with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. Vasquez, also known as Rafaela, pled not guilty
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The Securities and Exchange Commission is examining Nikola Corp. to assess the merits of a short-seller’s allegations that the electric truck maker deceived investors about its business prospects, according to people familiar with the matter. In a Sept. 10 report that has captured Wall Street’s attention, Hindenburg Research called Nikola an “intricate fraud” that, among
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BEIJING — Chinese automakers have announced plans to increase sales of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, a niche segment in the world’s biggest auto market, and the government is expected to announce supportive new policies, possibly as early as this month . SAIC Motor, China’s biggest automaker which has partnerships with Volkswagen Group and General Motors,
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TOKYO — Nissan’s indicted former boss Carlos Ghosn has fled, but the American lieutenant he left behind in Japan — Greg Kelly, accused of being his accomplice — finally heads to court in Tokyo this week in a closely watched case that will bring some measure of closure to the corporate saga. Kelly’s financial misconduct
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McLaren Group is considering a sale of its global headquarters as part of a refinancing strategy the company announced earlier this year. The U.K. supercar maker has also appointed banks to advise on a debt restructuring and equity raise to buttress its balance sheet, it said in a statement Thursday. McLaren’s headquarters are in Woking,
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