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Delphi Inks Partnership Deal with Israeli Tech Start-Up

Auto supplier will use Innoviz lidar in its autonomous vehicle package.

by on Aug.21, 2017

Delphi's a leader in autonomous vehicle technology, and just inked a deal with Innoviz, an Israeli technology firm, for lidar development.

Delphi Automotive has signed a commercial partnership agreement with Innoviz Technologies, an Israeli technology firm developing Lidar systems for autonomous vehicles.

In addition to the agreement, Delphi has taken a minority stake in Innoviz, although the size of that ownership share was not revealed.

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Innoviz’s proprietary Lidar sensing solutions, one of the key building blocks needed for self-driving vehicles, will be integrated into Delphi’s systems to provide makers of autonomous cars and trucks with a comprehensive portfolio of autonomous driving technologies.  (more…)

Ex-UAW Official Indicted in FCA-UAW Corruption Probe

Long-time UAW employee received designer shoes and clothes.

by on Aug.21, 2017

Virdell King, a former assistant director of the union’s Chrysler Department, allegedly accepted money and gifts from Fiat Chrysler.

A former official from the United Auto Workers has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit for criminal violations of federal labor statutes for taking bribes from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Virdell King, 65, of Detroit, Michigan, a former assistant director of the union’s Chrysler Department, was charged Friday with taking part in a multiyear conspiracy for UAW officials to accept money and things of value from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice said in court documents filed in Detroit.

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The money came from a UAW-FCA training fund controlled by the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles labor relations staff and violated the Federal Labor Management Relations Act – Landrum Griffin – of 1958, which was drafted to prevent union officials from taking money and gifts from third parties outside the union. (more…)

Dream Cruise Muscles Up on the Fun Factor

Not everything rolling down Woodward Avenue is classic car.

by on Aug.20, 2017

Not a fresh accident on Woodward, but an upside down van driving backwards looking to do yard work. (Photo credit: Brendan Strong)

Annually more than 1 million motor heads, car nuts, nostalgic souls and simple car fans descend upon the Motor City to take part in the Dream Cruise.

The cruise, which features America’s classic muscle cars — and future classics — rumbling up and down Woodward Avenue, which is one of metro Detroit’s primary thoroughfares, for all the enjoy.

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However, what appears to qualify as a “classic muscle car” is different from person to person. And while that may ruffle the feathers of a few purists, most don’t seem to mind too much taking it all in stride. (more…)

Hippies Rejoice: VW Putting I.D. Buzz Electric Microbus Into Production

Both passenger and commercial versions of long-range EV van planned.

by on Aug.19, 2017

Volkswagen confirmed the rumors that it's bringing the I.D. Buzz, better known as the Microbus EV, to market.

The Volkswagen Microbus was an icon of the Hippie era. Could the German maker score again in an age when the youth generation is focused on environmental issues? It’s certainly hoping so, as it confirmed widespread rumors that it will put a modern version of the Microbus, the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz, into production.

First shown at the January 2017 North American International Auto Show, the I.D. Buzz Concept picked up on many of the classic microvan’s design cues, starting with the relatively blunt nose and flat roof. But instead of the rear-mounted engine of the classic Microbus, the I.D. Buzz will rely on a pure battery-electric drivetrain.

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“After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, ‘please build this car,’” Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said at a presentation today, ahead of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The location, he added, made sense, since “The Microbus has long been part of the California lifestyle. Now we’re bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle.” (more…)

What a Vision! Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet is a Retro-Futuristic Show-Stopper

It may also offer some hints as to ultra-luxury products to come.

by on Aug.19, 2017

Mercedes continues to push boundaries with the new Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet.

Think you know what an electric vehicle looks like? Then the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet is likely to leave you scratching your head.

The successor to the Vision 6 Coupe, the extreme luxury wing of Mercedes-Benz revealed last year, defies the logic that says tomorrow’s battery-cars are going to have small exterior footprints with large cabins inside, thanks to burying the driveline under the load floor. While there is plenty of interior space, the Maybach concept measures nearly 20 feet, nose to tail, with extra storage space, rather than a powertrain, hidden under that impossibly long hood.

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“The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet takes modern luxury into the realms of the ultimate in luxury and is the perfect embodiment of our design strategy. Breathtaking proportions combined with a luxurious “haute couture” interior help to create the ultimate experience,” explains Daimler AG’s design chief, Gorden Wagener. (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Moves Excite Speculation

Automaker attracting interest from Chinese companies.

by on Aug.18, 2017

Sergio Marchionne's continuing search for a partner for Fiat Chrysler has attracted interest from potential buyers and investors.

(CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect an error regarding the financial status of Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors. The country’s largest producer of SUVs and light trucks has not undergone a reorganization or a Chapter 11-style filing, as we originally reported. We apologize for that error.)

Even when he fails to consummate a transaction, as he did two years ago, Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne still enjoys a reputation as an astute deal maker.

So it’s not exactly a surprise that shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. climbed to a record high following reports that FCA was dickering with Chinese companies about a possible deal. Fiat Chrysler’s U.S.-listed shares surged 8.5% to $12.60, the highest close since trading began in October 2014. The stock has risen 38% this year.

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In an e-mail, FCA declined to comment on the rampant speculation of a potential alliance or sale of the company. (more…)

Nine Automakers Sitting Out Frankfurt Motor Show

Companies focusing on smaller shows.

by on Aug.18, 2017

Despite strong attendance at the Frankfurt Motor Show, some automakers are electing to skip the show next month.

Automakers are still looking for ways to get the most bang for their buck. Between new partnerships with suppliers and each other to share costs, saving money is still on the agenda despite relatively healthy sales.

Now comes news that at least nine car companies elected to skip next month’s massive Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Jeep, Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Nissan, Infiniti, Mitsubishi and Volvo declined to attend. Volvo’s absence was expected as it announced a while back it wouldn’t be attending shows anymore. However, there are some surprises on the list. (more…)

China’s Chery Set for Big Introduction in Frankfurt

Automaker appears ready to expand European presence.

by on Aug.18, 2017

Chery plans to unveil its new M31T sport-ute at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Chery, one of China’s most aggressive automobile companies, is preparing to unveil a new sport-utility vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month as a prelude to entering the intensely competitive market in Western Europe, company officials said this week.

The SUV model, known as M31T, is the first of Chery’s all-new 3.0 product matrix. By debuting this SUV model in Europe market, “Chery hopes to make its first step of entering Europe and America market while showing its Global Strategy has reached a new height,” the company said in the announcement laying out its plans for Frankfurt Show.

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Chery noted the Frankfurt show, which has a long history, is known as “the Olympics” in the world automobile industry. It is one of world’s “A-level” auto shows, and offers Chery the opportunity to show of its technology and brand in front of a critical audience. (more…)

BMW Rips Back Covers on Z4 Roadster Concept and M8 Sports Car

Pebble Beach show cars soon to be followed by production models.

by on Aug.17, 2017

BMW taking the wraps off the Z4 Concept that is taking the place of the outgoing Z4 model.

The world’s most exclusive classic car show has also become one of the biggest new car events of the year, and BMW is just one of the many manufacturers using the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as a place to preview some exciting new concepts and production vehicles.

While we’ve previously gotten a sneak peek at the M8 sports car concept, it’s the first time the Bavarian maker has done more than offer a teaser image of the Z4 Roadster Concept that it now confirms will eventually morph into a replacement for the Z4 model just going out of production.

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The two-door show car offers a first glimpse at what appears to be a much more dramatic, sharply creased design direction for BMW. It also lets us finally get a look at the results from an ongoing joint venture with Toyota that will soon yield the rebirth of the Japanese maker’s Supra model. (more…)

GM Escapes $1B Stock Handover in Lawuit Settlement

Automaker pays trust's legal fees to fight lawsuits.

by on Aug.17, 2017

General Motors avoided giving up $1 billion in stock by paying its bankruptcy trust to fight lawsuits related to its faulty ignition switches.

General Motors escaped handing over $1 billion in stock by reaching an agreement with the automaker’s bankruptcy trust to litigate hundreds of personal injury cases and a class-action lawsuit related to its faulty ignition switches.

Last week, it appeared that the trust and plaintiffs had reached a $15 million settlement that would have had the trust accepting $10 billion in previously disputed claims, which would have pushed total approved claims in the case past $35 billion.

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The company cried foul in a letter to U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, claiming the two sides had engaged in secret talks. (more…)