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Tesla Opens Up Patents to Promote Electric Vehicles – Re/code

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In a corporate blog post on Thursday, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk effectively opened up the company’s patents in an effort to accelerate the development of the electric vehicle sector. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based maker of the popular Model S sedan said it will “not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” It’s an admirable policy that might also make a lot of business sense. In…

Audi’ A3 Mixes Luxury Touches With Cost Compromises – Bloomberg

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Volkswagen AG (VOW) is supposed to be the German car company for the masses, but even its premium brother, Audi, is looking to gain market share by going slightly down market. The latest A3 ostensibly starts at $29,900, a magic price point when it comes to a marquee with a luxury name like Audi. The A3 nameplate has been around for years, but this generation arrives in the U.S. as…

Lawyers Race GM to Find Black Boxes – Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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With Uber, Less Reason to Own a Car – New York Times

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Toyota re-recalls 766300 for Takata airbag shrapnel – USA TODAY

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

This 2003 Toyota Corolla is among hundreds of thousands of cars Toyota is re-recalling for airbag risk because even after Toyota thought they were fixed in recall last year, airbag supplier Takata incorrectly listed the models that might have a problem.(Photo: Toyota) Toyota is, in effect, re-recalling 766,300 cars and trucks in the U.S. for continued risk of shrapnel blasting out of the front passenger airbag. Toyota thought it fixed…

All-New 2015 Golf Represents the Future of Volkswagen in the U.S. – Forbes

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A casual glance at Volkswagen’s U.S. sales over the past two years would suggest the automaker is in trouble. As the new car market has recovered, with sales up 8 percent in 2013 and 5 percent so far in 2014, Volkswagen’s sales have fallen (7 percent in 2013 and 11.5 percent so far in 2014). While those numbers are telling, they don’t tell the whole story. Volkswagen has spent the…

Alfa Romeo roars back to US at these 82 dealers – USA TODAY

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Last SlideNext Slide Product Specialist Chelsea Duda of Rochester Hills, Michigan, stands next to the Alfa Romeo 4C on display during Wednesday’s press preview day at New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.(Photo: Eileen Blass, USA TODAY) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles took a big step Tuesday in bringing back a famous premium car brand to the U.S. by naming the first 82 dealers…

Cars Shed Pounds In Race To Meet Fuel-Efficiency Goals – NPR

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

i i hide captionFord says it cut the weight of its concept Fusion (left) by nearly 25 percent, matching the weight of a Ford Fiesta (right). Ford Ford says it cut the weight of its concept Fusion (left) by nearly 25 percent, matching the weight of a Ford Fiesta (right). Ford The car industry is required to raise the average fuel efficiency of its vehicles to 54.5 miles a gallon…

GM Chief Says Death Tally Could Rise in Ignition Flaw – New York Times

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Fiat Chrysler names first 86 Alfa Romeo dealers in North America – Reuters

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

DETROIT (Reuters) – The first 86 dealerships to relaunch the sporty Alfa Romeo brand in North America, most of them now selling Fiat cars, were announced on Tuesday by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FIA.MI). The 83 Fiat dealerships and three Maserati dealerships will be the first to sell the limited-edition Alfa Romeo 4C sports car later this year. It is the first time new Alfa models will be sold in North…

GM ignition-switch protesters expected at annual meeting – Automotive News

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Fresh Models Should Spell Market Share Gains for Ford, Honda – Forbes

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A strong pipeline of new vehicles will boost the U.S. market share of Ford Motor Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Honda Motor Co. by a half-point apiece by 2017, according to the latest annual “Car Wars” report from Bank of America Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Ford and Honda every year will renew models that account for more than one-quarter of their sales volume, enabling them to capture market…

Two GM lawyers, quality control executive among those pushed out over switch – Reuters

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

DETROIT (Reuters) – Two product litigation attorneys and a quality control executive are among the 15 employees who have been forced out by General Motors Co (GM.N) over the company’s poor handling of a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths, according to two people familiar with the decisions. Attorneys Jaclyn Palmer and Ronald Porter, who had settled several of the cases involving Chevrolet Cobalt cars involved in…

BMW Holds Off Audi as Race for Luxury-Car Lead Tightens – Bloomberg

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) held onto the lead in global luxury-car sales as demand for 5-Series sedans and X5 sport-utility vehicles helped edge out Audi AG. BMW delivered about 1,000 more vehicles than Volkswagen AG (VOW)’s Audi in May as the race for the top spot tightened, according to figures from the carmakers. Through the first five months of 2014, Audi’s sales climbed 12 percent, outpacing BMW’s 11 percent…

The ‘Safest’ 2014 Cars And Crossovers – Forbes

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

13 ‘Safest’ Cars For 2014 Auto safety remains a top consideration among new-car shoppers and with good reason. Though the number of traffic fatalities dropped by 2.1 percent last year and remain at historic lows, motor vehicle collisions still claimed 32,850 lives according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). To be sure, today’s cars are safer than ever, but as ongoing crash testing conducted by NHTSA and the…

MUST SEE: Volkswagen PSA shows dangers of texting and driving – fox6now.com

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

HONG KONG (WITI) — Volkswagen created a powerful PSA that shows what happens when you use your phone behind the wheel. The car manufacturer teamed up with a movie theater in Hong Kong in an effort to discourage people from texting and driving. The message, “Mobile use is now the leading cause of death behind the wheel” appears on the screen before changing to, “A reminder to keep your eyes…

The ‘Safest’ 2014 Cars And Crossovers – Forbes

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

13 ‘Safest’ Cars For 2014 Auto safety remains a top consideration among new-car shoppers and with good reason. Though the number of traffic fatalities dropped by 2.1 percent last year and remain at historic lows, motor vehicle collisions still claimed 32,850 lives according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). To be sure, today’s cars are safer than ever, but as ongoing crash testing conducted by NHTSA and the…

The ‘Safest’ 2014 Cars And Crossovers – Forbes

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

13 ‘Safest’ Cars For 2014 Auto safety remains a top consideration among new-car shoppers and with good reason. Though the number of traffic fatalities dropped by 2.1 percent last year and remain at historic lows, motor vehicle collisions still claimed 32,850 lives according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). To be sure, today’s cars are safer than ever, but as ongoing crash testing conducted by NHTSA and the…

Grand Theft Auto 5 coming to PS4 this fall [Update: Xbox One, PC too] – Joystiq

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Today we’re proud to announce that the critically-acclaimed and record-breaking ​​Grand Theft Auto V is coming this fall to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Grand Theft Auto V will take full advantage of the power of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC with across-the-board graphical and technical improvements to deliver a stunning new level of detail. Increased draw distances, finer texture details, denser traffic, and enhanced resolutions all…