Month: June 2020

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles scored a coup to mark its reopening after a three-month shutdown. It’s hosting the first public display of Tesla’s Cybertruck since the dystopian-styled pickup made its infamous debut last fall. The Cybertruck exhibit, set up front and center in the lobby, was originally scheduled to last through Friday,
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Mercedes-Benz will end its Collection car subscription program in the United States this summer. The program was started two years ago as a trial but demand never picked up to the level needed to justify expanding it, Adam Chamberlain, vice president of sales at Mercedes-Benz USA, told Automotive News (subscription required) in an interview last
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The 2020 Toyota Sienna balances impressive power and available all-wheel drive with unimpressive crash-test scores. The 2020 Toyota Sienna minivan is an older design that hasn’t changed much in a decade, but it remains a good choice for its value and its optional all-wheel drive. This year we’ve scored the 2020 Sienna at 5.5 out
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As COVID-19-induced shut-downs threatened development of automated driving technology, auto companies and suppliers were forced to adapt to keep the wheel spinning. Many autonomous vehicle developers — including Waymo, Aurora Innovation, Ford partner Argo AI and General Motors’ Cruise — temporarily halted in-person test driving of their vehicles, which typically requires two safety drivers to
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SAN FRANCISCO — Uber Technologies Inc. is in talks to purchase Postmates Inc., said a person familiar with the discussions, seeking to expand food delivery services in the U.S. and capitalize on a surge in orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Postmates is alternatively exploring various paths to go public, said the person, who asked not
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VIENNA — Austria will boost financial incentives for buying battery-powered cars and bicycles, and triple grants for charging points from July in its efforts to fight global warming. Electric car buyers will get 5,000 euros ($5,640) in support from Wednesday, up from 3,000 euros, Economy Minister Leonore Gewessler told a news conference on Monday. The
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Chrysler is continuing its series of ads for the Pacifica minivan with actress Kathryn Hahn, but with the added complication of social distancing. The latest campaign, which the brand is using on social media and other websites, is called “Pacifica Mom on Quarantine.” The confessional-style ads were shot via iPhone with just two crew members
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Last week’s announcement that professional baseball will return this year, at least in a limited format, was cause for celebration for fans who have been sports-starved since the rise of the coronavirus pandemic. Equally hopeful are automakers that have been missing out on one of their key marketing platforms — live sports. But physical distancing
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Car dealership Lookers has agreed to correct its accounts after auditors found it overstated profitability by a total of £19m over several years. Auditors Grant Thornton have been investigating potential fraud at the Altrincham-based firm. Their draft report found some “fraudulent expense claims” and “several areas” where financial controls “require strengthening”. Earlier this month, Lookers
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. launched a debt relief program Monday that allows buyers of a new or used vehicle financed through the automaker’s lending arm to return it if they lose their job within a year. The automaker joins a list of several other brands offering various levels of support during the coronavirus pandemic
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TOKYO — Nissan’s e-Power hybrid system is finally getting an international run that foreshadows the automaker’s plan to introduce the technology globally. Nissan is deploying the electrified powertrain in a version of the Kicks subcompact crossover that it will sell in Thailand and Japan. Nissan hasn’t confirmed U.S. launch plans for e-Power or said whether
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