Month: November 2019

FRANKFURT — Daimler will cut at least 10,000 jobs worldwide over the next three years, following others in the industry as they cut costs to invest in electric vehicles while grappling with weakening sales. Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, revealed the 3 percent cut in its workforce on Friday after reaching an agreement on its plans
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The all-new mid-engine C8 Corvette’s impressive $59,995 starting price is only good for the first year, as we reported back in August, and unless it goes up by $20,000, Chevrolet will continue to lose money on low-trim cars, a senior GM source tells MotorTrend. We had a feeling the $59,995 starting price was too good
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Many in the automotive industry are talking about the need to consolidate to overcome the challenges of emissions regulations and autonomous cars, but Carlos Tavares is doing something about it. In 2017, PSA acquired Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors and within 18 months the money-losing German/British brands were recording 5 percent operating margins. This year, Tavares
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The 2006 Lamborghini Concept S previously offered at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Monterey Car Week auction is going up for sale yet again at the auction house’s annual Abu Dhabi event later this month.  Lamborghini’s Concept S was the design brainchild of former Bentley, Lamborghini and Audi design director Luc Donckerwolke. Before departing to work for
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The 2020 X3 offers thrilling performance in top trims, but even the base car is noteworthy.  Starting from an average score of 5, the 2020 X3 gets points above average for a good ride and powertrains that range from very good to excellent. It’s an 8 out of 10.  The base engine is a 248-hp
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DETROIT — Perched at the top of McLaren Automotive’s product lineup is the Ultimate Series, an elite group of hypercars built in scarce production runs with prices that start in the high six figures. That’s far out of reach for most of the North American vehicle market, but McLaren is expanding the segment rapidly —
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We pit the brand new 2011 Ford Mustang GT against its V-8 powered rivals from Chevrolet and Dodge in the ultimate battle for muscle car supremacy. Read the full story here: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/112_1006_2011_mustang_gt_2010_camaro_ss_2010_challenger_srt8_comparison/index.html Shot by: Mike Suggett, Jim Gleason and Duane Sempson Edited by: Mike Suggett
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PARIS — Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi plan to appoint a general secretary at the helm of their partnership to boost cooperation and reboot joint operations after the departure of former alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn. Renault is trying to repair relations with its Japanese partners after they were shaken by Ghosn’s arrest in Tokyo a year
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The 2020 Lexus IS is polished and poised, but ultimately short on compelling qualities. The 2020 Lexus IS was once a gym rat, but its consistent routine means its predominantly European competition has bypassed this once-compelling four-door compact sedan. The allure of a decent value and the option of a strong, smooth V-6 engine don’t
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Cue the Benny Hill music. The amusing story of the week, month and probably year comes from Russia and it involves a BMW X6 engulfed in flames and a sewage truck that might have wanted to join the fire department during its younger years. Now, we’ll go into specifics in a moment, after catching our
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50 with Toyota Jessica Joseph, general manager of Don Joseph Toyota in Kent, Ohio, and Jeff Joseph, third from left, dealer principal, receive a 50-year award from Toyota Motor North America’s Cincinnati office representatives John Beaumont, left, assistant general manager, and Shane Sizemore, general manager. 25 with Acura Juliana Curran Terian, CEO of Rallye Motor
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HAMBURG — BMW management and labor have reached an agreement on measures to reduce costs that avoids “drastic measures,” the automaker said on Wednesday. The agreement involves reducing bonuses for workers based on company profits, as well changes to Christmas and other bonuses for some workers. The measures are effective starting 2020. BMW had been
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MT senior editor Ron Kiino and the Motor Trend staff take the updated 2011 Ford Mustang GT out for some testing including the dyno to see how Ford’s potent new 5.0-liter V-8 really is under the hood. Read the full story here: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/112_1003_2011_ford_mustang_gt_premium_test/index.html Shot by: Jim Gleason Edited by: Jim GLeason
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