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Late yesterday, Volkswagen confirmed it had negotiated a $4.3 billion draft settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, and will plead guilty to criminal misconduct to resolve its diesel emissions cheating. The guilty plea is part of the civil and criminal settlement that enables the German automaker to move forward in the process of restoring it’s […]

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Coming out of the shadows, electric vehicle startup Rivian Automotive completed the purchase of the former 2.4-million square foot Mitsubishi factory in Normal, Illinois. Rivian, founded by MIT graduate R.J. Scaringe as a spin-off of Mainstream Engineering in 2009 in Florida, originally planned to develop a $25,000 mid-engine, rear-drive sports coupe with better-than Toyota Prius […]

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Samsung SDI has unveiled a new battery cell designed to help speed up fast charging in new electric cars with longer range. The Korean battery maker announced Monday at the Detroit auto show that it plans to manufacture a battery cell that can have an 80-percent charge within 20 minutes for electric vehicles capable of […]

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Nissan has unveiled a sharp new concept car at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show that previews what its autonomous driving technology might be like. The Nissan VMotion 2.0 is a concept for a fastback sedan, which seems to be the biggest trend for sedans these days. With its sharp lines and floating roof, the design […]

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Some automakers are facing the dilemma of finding enough lithium-ion batteries for meeting their large-scale electric vehicle production targets. According to a Automotive News, Volkswagen Group is one grappling with the question head-on as it readies for its aggressive target of manufacturing two-to-three million EVs per year by 2025. Several competitor global automakers are facing […]

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Waymo has cut the cost of a key technology for self-driving cars 90 percent, CEO John Krafcik said during a Detroit auto show keynote address on Sunday. The former Google self-driving car project is now offering a hardware suite with long, medium, and short-range Lidar sensors. Production costs have been dropped from $75,000 to 90 […]

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Volkswagen was surprised to find out one of its U.S. executives had been arrested on Saturday on charges of defrauding the U.S. government on diesel car emissions. Oliver Schmidt had headed VW’s regulatory compliance office in the U.S. from 2014 to March 2015. He was arrested in Florida on conspiracy charges for fraudulent reporting of […]

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Audi launched the Q8 plug-in hybrid SUV concept that will quickly go from design to production level. Unveiled today at the North American International Auto Show, Audi is touting the new SUV model for being dynamic, highly efficient, and comfortable – and going to production in 2018. Audi is promoting the utility functionality, performance, and […]

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DETROIT — The price has been set for the upcoming 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance sedan, which marks the newest BMW plug-in hybrid. Announced this morning at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the rear-wheel drive version will start at $51,400 while the all-wheel drive xDrive version will start at $53,700. Neither price […]

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DETROIT — Ford wants consumers to think of it as both an automotive company and a mobility company. To that end, it used its press conference at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to discuss its City of Tomorrow plan, among other news. After confirming the return of the Ranger pickup and […]

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