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North American International Auto Show in Detroit – WTOP

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Here are some highlights from this year’s annual auto show which runs until January 26th. Presented by Jiffy Lube

China’s pollution crisis threatens car sales – CNN

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pollution controls could put a damper on auto sales growth in China. China’s booming car sales could take a hit this year as the government steps up its battle against pollution. The Chinese government is limiting the number of new vehicle registrations in many major cities this year in hopes of clearing the country’s thick, smoggy air. Sales in the largest cities could be limited to 300,000, while a limited…

Toyota may rethink Thai investment plans if crisis lingers – Reuters

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) may reconsider investing up to 20 billion baht ($609 million) in Thailand, and could even cut production, if political unrest drags on, the head of the Japanese automaker’s local unit said on Monday. Toyota is the largest car manufacturer in Thailand, producing 800,000 vehicles a year. Plans to increase its annual capacity by 200,000 vehicles a year over the next three to four…

China’s pollution crisis threatens car sales – CNN

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pollution controls could put a damper on auto sales growth in China. China’s booming car sales could take a hit this year as the government steps up its battle against pollution. The Chinese government is limiting the number of new vehicle registrations in many major cities this year in hopes of clearing the country’s thick, smoggy air. Sales in the largest cities could be limited to 300,000, while a limited…

How low can they go? Entry-level luxe cars heat up – CNBC.com

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nonetheless, Sullivan said, it’s a little odd and unexpected to see the Germans get so competitive in this crowded market. In some ways they’re reversing roles with the Japanese, whose luxury brands originally debuted in the 1980s as bargain alternatives. The lowest-priced Lexus, the IS250, now goes for $35,950. Only Honda‘s entry-level Acura ILX, at a suggested retail price of $26,900, comes in at a lower price than the new…

‘Charge rage’: Too many electric cars, not enough workplace chargers – San Jose Mercury News

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Eager to reduce energy use, German software company SAP installed 16 electric vehicle charging ports in 2010 at its Palo Alto campus for the handful of employees who owned electric vehicles. Just three years later, SAP faces a problem that is increasingly common at Silicon Valley companies — far more electric cars than chargers. Sixty-one of the roughly 1,800 employees on the campus now drive a plug-in vehicle, overwhelming the…

Global Auto Makers Need To Spend $3 trillion In 10 Years – McKinsey – Forbes

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ford F-150 The automotive industry is in pretty good short-term shape, judged by the new cars being paraded at the Detroit car show, but lift your eyes to the medium and long-term horizon and prospects are a bit more complicated. The only cloud on the U.S. horizon now is the fear that as sales growth slows this year, manufacturers might feel forced to cut prices and splurge on discounts to…

How Toyota raced the clock to create the FT-1 sports car – Automotive News

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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BMW M235i review – Telegraph.co.uk

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The new 2-series is a lovely looking car with the M version getting a bit more aero (front lower air intakes and a lip on the boot) than the standard model. Karim Habib, BMW’s design director, claims there are cribs from the 2002 range, but I don’t see it. What is so much more assured and elegant in this new car, which is 72mm longer, 26mm wider and 15mm lower…

‘Charge rage’: Too many electric cars, not enough workplace chargers – San Jose Mercury News

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Eager to reduce energy use, German software company SAP installed 16 electric vehicle charging ports in 2010 at its Palo Alto campus for the handful of employees who owned electric vehicles. Just three years later, SAP faces a problem that is increasingly common at Silicon Valley companies — far more electric cars than chargers. Sixty-one of the roughly 1,800 employees on the campus now drive a plug-in vehicle, overwhelming the…

BMW i3 has SF flair – and can be orange and black – San Francisco Chronicle

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BMW’s first electric car is best suited for driving in a city like San Francisco – and the German automaker worked hard to make sure it will fit right in. The i3′s dash boasts wood paneling harvested from renewable open-pore eucalyptus, and other interior details are made with recycled water bottles. If there’s traffic, its navigation system urges motorists to park and take public transportation or walk. It comes…

BMW M2 Likely: Lighter, More Powerful, Even More Fun – Motor Authority

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

By Nelson Ireson Follow Nelson Add to circle 2014 BMW M235i live photos, 2014 Detroit Auto Show Sign up for our Daily Newsletter Get daily news, spy shots and more! The BMW 2-Series is just falling into the hands of journalists from around the world (stay tuned for our first drive review shortly), but already, BMW is looking ahead to other possibilities for the car–including an M2. Talking with BMW…

VIDEO: Auto Show Opens Strong, Wows Crowds! – CBS Local

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

To fuel your love of cars, visit the Autos section.   DETROIT (WWJ) – The Martin Luther King holiday, combined with dry weather, brought large crowds to the North American International Auto Show for the third consecutive day. And, for the most part, people liked what they saw. “As you walk in, the displays are so bright, you just get it full with excitement and anticipation,” said…

Ford’s Master Of Disguise Keeps Latest Models Undercover – NPR

Monday, January 20, 2014

i i hide captionAl Wilkinson, who created the disguise for the 2015 Ford Mustang, says the extra layers don’t affect the car’s aerodynamics. Brenda Priddy/Brenda Priddy & Company Al Wilkinson, who created the disguise for the 2015 Ford Mustang, says the extra layers don’t affect the car’s aerodynamics. Brenda Priddy/Brenda Priddy & Company For months, the 50th anniversary 2015 Ford Mustang was cloaked in secrecy. But an upcoming car can’t…

Ford’s Master Of Disguise Keeps Latest Models Undercover – NPR

Monday, January 20, 2014

i i hide captionAl Wilkinson, who created the disguise for the 2015 Ford Mustang, says the extra layers don’t affect the car’s aerodynamics. Brenda Priddy/Brenda Priddy & Company Al Wilkinson, who created the disguise for the 2015 Ford Mustang, says the extra layers don’t affect the car’s aerodynamics. Brenda Priddy/Brenda Priddy & Company For months, the 50th anniversary 2015 Ford Mustang was cloaked in secrecy. But an upcoming car can’t…

2014 Detroit auto show provides thousands glimpse into industry’s present and … – The Flint Journal – MLive.com

Monday, January 20, 2014

  DETROIT, MI — The 2014 North American International Auto Show officially opened to the general public at Detroit’s newly renovated Cobo Center Saturday morning. A shifting gauntlet of people, many families, filled the concourse; even more swarmed the shiny, new vehicles, some never before seen publicly, inside the show room. Thirteen- and 11-year-old brothers Miles and Anthony Kimling of Chelsea, first-time Detroit Auto Show attendees, sat together in the…

Too many electric cars, not enough workplace chargers creating tension on … – San Jose Mercury News

Monday, January 20, 2014

Eager to reduce energy use, German software company SAP installed 16 electric vehicle charging ports in 2010 at its Palo Alto campus for the handful of employees who owned electric vehicles. Just three years later, SAP faces a problem that is increasingly common at Silicon Valley companies — far more electric cars than chargers. Sixty-one of the roughly 1,800 employees on the campus now drive a plug-in vehicle, overwhelming the…

Chrysler hand paints its Viper sports cars – USA TODAY

Monday, January 20, 2014

Last SlideNext Slide Dan Leija prepares the hood of an SRV Viper for racing stripes at the Prefix Coatings facility in Auburn Hills, Mich.(Photo: Chris Woodyard/USA TODAY) Story Highlights Chrysler’s SRT Viper supercar is painted by hand The process at a supplier is contrast to how other cars are painted by robots Officials say the process pays off in show-quality finishes AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Ask Jennifer Trathen about why…

Ford’s Master Of Disguise Keeps Latest Models Undercover – NPR

Monday, January 20, 2014

i i hide captionAl Wilkinson, who created the disguise for the 2015 Ford Mustang, says the extra layers don’t affect the car’s aerodynamics. Brenda Priddy/Brenda Priddy & Company Al Wilkinson, who created the disguise for the 2015 Ford Mustang, says the extra layers don’t affect the car’s aerodynamics. Brenda Priddy/Brenda Priddy & Company For months, the 50th anniversary 2015 Ford Mustang was cloaked in secrecy. But an upcoming car can’t…

New Ford F-150 at Detroit Auto Show reveals 10 Ford mistakes – Newsday

Monday, January 20, 2014

Tweet Google Pin It Originally published: January 18, 2014 1:45 PM Updated: January 19, 2014 3:45 PM By MARK WILLIAMS  Cars.com Photo credit: Ford | Ford unveiled its all-new F-150 at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Videos Aluminum revolution: Ford introduces new…