Dealers in Florida and Georgia rebuild after Hurricane Michael

Panama City Toyota in Florida is one of the dealerships hit hard by Hurricane Michael, which packed winds up to 155 mph. More than 100 vehicles were damaged, and the battered store was forced to close as it awaited repairs.

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Cox to shed staff as it restructures

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Cox Automotive plans to cut more jobs as the company restructures its priorities in a shifting industry landscape.

The new layoffs, after a round last year, come as Cox digests several acquisitions made over the past decade. The company is also reorganizing business units to improve efficiencies and pursue new markets, such as ride-hailing.

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Navya’s small plant houses big plans

In addition to its shuttle buses, Navya plans to build industrial tractors and robotaxis.

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SALINE, Mich. — Navya, the French maker of autonomous shuttle buses, has opened a small assembly plant in this town about 40 miles west of Detroit with plans to add an industrial tractor and a robotaxi to its lineup.

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China poses challenge for Nissan-Google partnership

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YOKOHAMA, Japan — The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is accelerating its global push for connectivity and mobility services through a partnership with Google covering mapping, navigation and infotainment. But there’s one big stumbling block on the way: China.

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Fiat Chrysler agrees to sell Marelli to KKR’s Calsonic Kansei

October 22, 2018 08:03 CET

MILAN — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles agreed to sell its high-tech car-parts unit, Magneti Marelli, to KKR & Co.’s Calsonic Kansei in a 6.2 billion-euro ($7.1 billion) transaction marking the first major deal for the automaker under new CEO Mike Manley.

The new company will be called Magneti Marelli CK Holdings, the companies said Monday in a statement

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Should The Electric Car Market Be Boosted?

An influential group of MPs has wholeheartedly supported the BVRLA’s call for the Government to boost the electric vehicle market by providing more support in the form of preferential tax rates, plug-in vehicle incentives and improved charging infrastructure.

The 66-page report, Electric Vehicles: Driving the transition, urges the Government to adopt a more ambitious target for zero-emission motoring by following Scotland, Ireland, China, Norway and the Netherlands in banning the sale of Continue reading “Should The Electric Car Market Be Boosted?”

Audi’s electric SUV faces four-week delay because of software bug

October 21, 2018 14:14 CET

FRANKFURT — Audi’s first electric SUV will hit showrooms four weeks later than planned because of a software development issue, a spokesman for the brand said on Sunday.

The e-tron midsize SUV is delayed because the carmaker needs new regulatory clearance for a piece of software that was modified during the development process, the spokesman said.

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AvtoVAZ CEO aims to calm conflicts on path to profits

October 20, 2018 06:01 CET

Yves Caracatzanis took over one of the toughest jobs in the auto industry in June when he was picked to lead Russia’s AvtoVAZ, the money-losing, Renault-owned parent company of the Lada brand. Past heads include Swede Bo Andersson, who was pushed out after one too many conflicts with unions and suppliers in the struggle to turn around the ex-Soviet giant. A longtime Renault employee, Caracatzanis previously worked in Russia managing the French automaker’s supply Continue reading “AvtoVAZ CEO aims to calm conflicts on path to profits”

MA updates signs to allow electric-vehicle parking: reader success story

Massachusetts updates green-car parking signs at Logan Airport [CREDIT: JOHN BRIGGS]

Bureaucracies have some funny ways of saying they were wrong and you were right. Even if they can’t tell you they made a mistake, it’s nice to see them fix a problem they created.

The latest bureaucracy to demonstrate this is Massport, which operates the parking garages at Boston’s Logan International Airport. Their mistake was issuing me a citation for parking my fully electric 2015 Nissan Leaf in one of Continue reading “MA updates signs to allow electric-vehicle parking: reader success story”

For Hyundai and Kia, risk goes beyond fire

The 2014 Kia Soul is among the vehicles the Center for Auto Safety wants recalled.

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Hyundai and Kia have soared to the top of J.D. Power’s quality rankings in recent years and earned respectable marks from Consumer Reports.

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