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Buying a Car and Safety is the Top Requirement? Skip These!

Mitsubishi Mirage tops list of dangerous vehicles.

by on May.15, 2019

The Mitsubishi Mirage tops the list of dangerous vehicles using U.S. DOT data.

Buying a used vehicle can be an exercise in frustration, especially since the number of factors that go into such a purchase can be astronomical. Fuel economy, color, price, type of vehicle, etc. can create real problems.

However, one factor often leads the pack: safety. Cars, trucks and SUVs produced in the last decade are the safety vehicles ever produced, but there are some that seem to be more dangerous than others, and iSeeCars.com has put together a list of the most dangerous vehicles from 2013-2017.

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Using the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, each is at least two times as likely as the average auto to be involved in a deadly accident, the site noted. (more…)

EU Auto Tariffs Deadline Fast Approaching

European and American automakers alike hope for delay.

by on May.15, 2019

President Donald Trump has until May to either enact new tariffs on EU autos or order a delay.

With one trade war already underway, the White House could kick off another battle this weekend as the May 18 deadline nears for Pres. Donald Trump to decide whether to impose tariffs on European auto imports.

Any move would follow the completion of a Commerce Department study completed last February that concluded auto imports pose a threat to America’s national security. The president has not given a clear indication of how – or whether – he will respond as a 90-day deadline approaches, though he has had harsh words about European automakers in the past, at one point threatening to banish all Mercedes products from the streets of his home city, New York.

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Auto imports from Europe totaled $56.4 billion last year, according to Commerce figures, Germany responsible for the bulk of that. The risk of new tariffs sent shares of German manufacturers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen reeling in recent days. But even U.S. automakers, as well as suppliers and dealers, have been pressing the Trump Administration to hold back on launching a new front in the trade war.

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Mini’s New John Cooper Works Models Ascend to New Levels

New JCW models run 0 to 62 mph in as little as 4.9 seconds.

by on May.15, 2019

For 2019, the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman gets its most powerful engine yet: a 301-horsepower turbocharged four cylinder.

Mini keeps adding more fun to its small, but mighty, line-up through its John Cooper Works specialty brand. The company’s newly updated JCW Clubman and JCW Countryman are the most powerful Mini’s unleashed in 60 years.

The two new entries are powered by a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine putting out 301 horsepower.

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The new powerful engine is mated as standard with a new 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission, including mechanical differential lock on the front axle, an ALL4 all-wheel drive system, a specifically engineered chassis, and additional reinforcement modifications for the body structure, engine connection and chassis fastenings, the company notes. (more…)

Hyundai/Kia Partnering up with Croatia EV Supercar Maker Rimac

Croatian company positions itself as a major supplier of electrification technology and components.

by on May.14, 2019

Rimac founder and CEO Mate Rimac celebrates with Hyundai's Euisun Chung their new alliance.

Alliances and joint ventures are becoming as much the norm as the exception in today’s auto industry, but Hyundai Motor Group just entered a particularly strange-bedfellow sort of relationship, investing nearly $90 million in Rimac, the Croatian manufacturer of battery-electric supercars.

The Korean parent of the Hyundai and Kia brands will not only invest 80 million euros in Rimac Automobili but also establish a technology partnership that will put some high-performance electric vehicles in their future line-ups, as well.

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“Rimac is an innovative company with outstanding capabilities in high-performance electric vehicles,” said Euisun Chung, Executive Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group. “Its startup roots and abundant experience collaborating with automakers combined with technological prowess makes Rimac the ideal partner for us. We look forward to collaborating with Rimac on our road to Clean Mobility.”

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Ride-Hailing Services Don’t Cut Traffic, They Add to It, Study Says

Many users would have simply taken mass transit or walked.

by on May.14, 2019

A new study suggests ride-hailing services, like Uber and Lyft, increased traffic delays in San Francisco by 62%.

Early in their growth, ride-hailing services, like Uber and Lyft, were seen as potential replacements for new vehicles; however, a new study suggests they only add to the number of vehicles on the road.

According to the new study, traffic delays in San Francisco – the test city in the study – during weekdays jumped 62% from 2010 to 2016, which is after transportation network companies, i.e. ride-hailing companies, began to offer services in the city.

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Researchers from the University of Kentucky and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority conducted the study using data from ride-hailing companies and Inrix Inc., a traffic-mapping and connected-car services supplier. (more…)

First Drive: 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Power, handling, performance, new Shelby GT350 has it all.

by on May.14, 2019

Ford's new Mustang Shelby GT350 lives up to the hype with stellar track performance and impressive fo

By this late in May, it should be getting warm in Detroit, but despite the 50-degree chill and a depressingly leaden sky, at least the rain has held off as I strap on a HANS Device and helmet and head out to pit row at Pontiac’s M1 Concourse, where a 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is waiting for me.

On the way, I pass a vintage version of the car, one of just a handful of original 1965 models that survive. It might look dated, but when it made its debut back in 1965 it transformed Ford’s little pony car into a wicked contender. With its tiny tires and live rear axle, it was a handful to drive but nonetheless raised the muscle car bar to new heights.

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Today, the GT350 takes a back seat to the Shelby GT500, an all-new version of the 700--horsepower monster set to roll out later this year. But for those who don’t need to go to the ultimate extremes – or who simply don’t have quite a large enough bank account, the latest update of the GT350 that rolled out in 2016 has plenty to offer. (more…)

Kia Offers First Look at New “Global Small SUV”

Could be called Tusker in U.S. market.

by on May.14, 2019

Kia's teaser images aren't entirely production ready, as the mirrors and large wheels suggest.

At the Seoul Motor Show in March Kia unveiled two concept vehicles hinting at how it plans to bookmark its SUV line-up. Now, it’s offering a pair of renderings that appear to show what the smaller of the two Korean concepts will actually look like in production.

The “new global small SUV” was indeed, “inspired by the 2019 Kia SP Signature Concept,” Kia confirmed in a news release this morning. But it left plenty of other questions unanswered, including the name it will give the new offering and the precise timing of its global roll-out.

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“We have created a car which stands out everywhere, from the city to the countryside,” said Byung Chul Juh, head of styling for the Kia brand, adding that it will offer “a wide range of features and technologies that are universally suited to younger buyers in markets around the world.”

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Elonroad Takes EV Charging Where it Hasn’t Gone Before

Swedish developed system designed to be efficient and safe.

by on May.13, 2019

Why is this man smiling? Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a revolutionary new charging system named after him and he didn't even have to invent it.

The rocketing growth of new electric vehicles produced by automakers has producers of EV charging stations hustling to keep up; however, a new innovation may circumvent the need for the onslaught of stations.

The Swedish city of Lund is conducting a trial of a roadway that charges electric vehicles as they roll down the “tarmac.” Named “Elonroad,” after Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk, the plans call for a 1 kilometer stretch of road to be a test bed for the new technology.

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The purpose is to contribute to increasing knowledge about electricity routes as part of the future fossil-free transport system, says Elvag Syd, the company working with the Swedish Transport Administration, on the project. It´s the first electric road with ground level ing system tested for buses in a city. The project is a test and demonstration project from 2019-2022. (more…)

Uber Stock Keeps Falling After Stumbling Out of Gate

CEO Khoshorashi tells employees to hang tough.

by on May.13, 2019

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi asked employees in an email to hang in the as the stock price fluctuates.

Ride-hailing leader Uber saw its shares, which hit the market last week, continue to fall today into the $37 range after stumbling out of the gate.

Uber priced its initial public offering at the bottom end of the range at $45 per share after watching rival Lyft’s offering decline substantially after its debut earlier this year. The stock fell immediately when it debuted Friday, closing at $39.

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“Pricing a deal is an art not a science,” said CEO Dara Khosrowshahi while interviewed on CNBC.  (more…)

Behind the Scenes: How Toyota and BMW Teamed up to Develop New Z4, Supra

You can't cost-cut your way to a world-class sports car.

by on May.13, 2019

Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer for the 2020 Toyota GR Supra flashes a thumbs-up during the sports car's first media drive.

(This story has been corrected to reflect the proper spelling of Supra Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada.)

The call came as a surprise. The chief engineer overseeing Toyota’s joint venture with Subaru that resulted in the 86 sports car, Tetsuya Tada was attending a media event in Barcelona when he was asked to jump on a flight for Munich seven years ago this month.

“Don’t tell anybody,” his boss said, and didn’t give Tada himself much to go on, beyond advising him there would be a car waiting at the airport. Once he arrived, the Toyota veteran learned he was being driven over to BMW headquarters, putting into motion one of the most unusual alliances in the history of either manufacturer.

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Almost seven years to the day after that first meeting, Tada is sharing a dinner in suburban Washington, D.C. and, for the first time, revealing the back story of what eventually became the 2020 Toyota GR Supra – as well as the new BMW Z4.

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