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Pressured to meet global escalating government fuel economy and emissions standards, auto manufacturers increasingly are adding engine stop-start systems across their lineups. At its most basic level, a stop-start system automatically shuts the engine off every time the vehicle stops, such as at a traffic signal, and restarts it instantly when the brake pedal is […]

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Ford and India’s Tata Motors, parent of Jaguar Land Rover, are testing cars in Britain that can “talk” to one another, drive themselves, skip red lights and even help locate a parking space. The system, named Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory, has been engineered to minimize emissions and maximize fuel efficiency. Both auto manufacturers are […]

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The rush toward self-driving cars just accelerated as California issued permits to privately held Wheego and Valeo North America last week, bringing the total to 17 companies with testing permits. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles said the two new companies now have approval to run tests with a single vehicle each, operated by up […]

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Major automakers are ramping up their fight and exerting pressure to delay or seek adjustments to the Obama administration’s aggressive fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission targets by 2025. In a prepared statement made public on Wednesday, Mitch Bainwol, head of the industry trade group Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said that low gasoline prices and […]

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As it looks to its 113-year history, Ford Motor Company is aggressively preparing for a fast ride into a future projected to see as much change over the next five years as there has been in the previous 50. On Sept. 12 and 13, to herald all it is generally up to, the company held […]

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Have you heard of the Ford GT? It’s a sleek, mid-engined supercar that went racing and won its class in the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Maybe you’ve heard of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 or the Ford Focus RS? All these cars have high-horsepower motors and a focus on driver engagement […]

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As part of its push to leverage the company’s autonomous vehicle research, Ford could be plotting to remove the driver from delivery trucks. The news comes on the heels of our report last week that the automaker plans to produce a fully self-driving cars in just five years from now. In a report by Trucks.com, […]

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Ford has plans to produce a “family” of Model E vehicles with various levels of electrification according to a future-product guide published by industry trade journal Automotive News. The strategy is similar to that of the Hyundai Ioniq: Use the same vehicle platform for a pure electric, plug-in hybrid and gasoline-electric hybrid models. The Model […]

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Automakers are racing to achieve full-self driving autonomy and it looks like Ford wants to be the leader of the pack. To claim the top spot – and cars including those with no steering wheels or pedals by 2021 – it announced a $75 million investment in Velodyne, a leading light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors […]

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Last March, Jaguar’s design head Ian Callum said that within two years the company would have something not powered by a gasoline engine available in the lineup. Now, according to Automobile magazine, the Tata-owned British automaker will have two of those somethings in the lineup: a battery-electric large luxury sedan and an all-electric small crossover […]

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