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Lear to Acquire Seattle Connected Vehicle Tech Firm Xevo For $320M

Lear Corp., a Southfield, MI-based manufacturer of car seats, automotive electrical systems, and other products, announced Tuesday it has agreed to acquire Xevo, a Seattle-based developer of connected vehicle software, for $320 million.Lear (NYSE: LEA) has been in business for over a century, and says its products are used by nearly every major automaker. The company’s sales were $21.1 billion last year. Lear says it has about 169,000 employees across 257 locations in 39 countries.Xevo, in turn...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Cars, Trends, Tech, Software, M&a, Autos, Lea, Seattle, Connected Vehicles, Acquisitions, Southfield, Lear, Lear Corp, John Absmeier


Ford’s electrified vision for Europe includes its Mustang-inspired SUV and a lot of hybrids

Ford of Europe’s vision for electrification includes 16 vehicle models — eight of which will be on the road by the end of this year — the company announced at its Go Further event in Amsterdam. Those plans include a plug-in hybrid variant of its Kuga SUV, its Mustang-inspired crossover, and a commercial transit van. Ford’s European electrification strategy is in line with its plans for North America to focus largely on hybrids. For instance, in a separate event on Tuesday Ford took the wraps off...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, London, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Epa, North America, Environmental Protection Agency, Mustang, Plug-in Hybrid, Valencia Spain, Cologne Germany


Family escapes when Kia suddenly stalls, erupts in fire on 110 Freeway in LA

Jessica Hernandez’s Kia erupted in flames on Saturday, March 30 – the day after the feds decided to investigate such fires. (Courtesy Jessica Hernandez) Jessica Hernandez’s Kia Sound The gallery will resume in seconds The nonprofit Center for Auto Safety beseeched the federal government to probe non-crash fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles. It agreed – but too late to help Jessica Hernandez. (FILE PHOTO: SAM GANGWER, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER) (Courtesy of Riverside Police Depart...
Tags: Transportation, News, La, Government, Cars, Sport, Automotive, Soccer, Hyundai, Kia, Public Safety, Nhtsa, Levine, South Los Angeles, Hernandez, Manhattan Beach


2019 VW Arteon: Tremendous Value But Will It Actually Sell?

The 2019 VW Arteon arrives at dealerships this month. Front-wheel drive models start at $35,845; $37,645 for all-wheel drive. VW says the Arteon combines the space of a sedan with the design of a coupe.  So they’re really making this thing? “This thing” being the 2019 VW Arteon, a top-of-the-line, all bells and whistles halo car VW seems to think everyone wants. Every so often, VW does something like this. They made a Passat with half of a Veyron engine, a W8, 15 years ago. They made this big ...
Tags: Vw, Autos, Bmw, Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Nikki Sixx, TSI, Volkswagen of America Inc, Car News, Tony Borroz, Arteon, VW Arteon, Volkswagen Arteon, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, SE SEL


Hyundai’s virtual cockpit limits distractions on the road, study finds

A new study testing Hyundai's virtual cockpit concept to determine driver safety found that drivers weren't overly distracted while using the dashboard and found it intuitive to use. The post Hyundai’s virtual cockpit limits distractions on the road, study finds appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Study, Cars, Trends, Hyundai, Virtual Cockpit


5G will make cars chattier and smarter, but there’s also a fun side to it

Qualcomm calls 5G "the invention age," and it predicts the benefits of faster download speeds and instantaneous communication will stretch far beyond smartphones. It will make cars safer, smarter, while unlocking new entertainment options. The post 5G will make cars chattier and smarter, but there’s also a fun side to it appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Connected Cars, Qualcomm, 5g, V2v


Ford is bringing an electric Transit van to Europe by 2021

Ford plans to bring an electric Transit commercial van to the European market by 2021, as part of the automaker’s broader plan to electrify its global portfolio. The automaker announced the Transit EV, along with more than a dozen other electrified consumer-facing models that will be part of its European portfolio, at its Go Further event in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Ford didn’t provide many other details on the Transit van. And for now, the EV commercial van is only slated for Europe. Ford’s foc...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Germany, Cars, Tech, Transit, Automotive, United States, Ford Mustang, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Amsterdam, Transport, North America, Environmental Protection Agency, Mustang


Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua at TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10

Mobileye, the Israeli-based automotive sensor company acquired by Intel in 2017for $15.3 billion, is one of the companies at the center of the emerging world of autonomous vehicle technology. We’re excited to announce co-founder, president and CEO of Mobileye Amnon Shashua — who also is a senior vice president at Intel — will participate in TechCrunch’s inaugural TC Sessions: Mobility, a one-day event on July 10, 2019 in San Jose, Calif., that is centered around the future of mobility and tra...
Tags: Transportation, Smart City, Technology, California, Articles, Tech, Intel, Companies, Automotive, Britain, United Kingdom, Machine Learning, San Jose, Bmw, Self-driving Cars, Audi


In Review: 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Hey, if you're going to go off-road, you need to look the part as well as drive it, and my Tacoma TRD Pro certainly fit that bill. Find out more in my review at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Trucks, Jil McIntosh


U.S. Auto Sales, Q1 2019: Plenty of Red, Plus a Few Bright Spots

Talking heads have been warning for days that the auto industry should prepare itself for a rougher than usual ride in 2019, speculating that sales for the first quarter would be softer than what we’ve seen in past years. This proved to be true, as players such as the Detroit Three, Nissan, Toyota, and Mazda […] The post U.S. Auto Sales, Q1 2019: Plenty of Red, Plus a Few Bright Spots appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, America, Autos, Detroit, Numbers, Mazda, Nissan Toyota, News Blog, U.S. auto sales, High Finance, March 2019


2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer and Tracker Prepare for Shanghai

General Motors plans on giving attendees of Auto Shanghai a crossover-themed enema later this month. Buick will introduce the second-generation Encore, as well as its larger GX variant, while Chevrolet focuses on the 2020 Trailblazer and Tracker. While both models have vanished in the United States, replaced with the more tersely named Traverse and Trax, the […] The post 2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer and Tracker Prepare for Shanghai appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Asia, General Motors, United States, Shanghai, Autos, Chevy, Chevrolet, Tracker, Buick, Trax, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Encore, News Blog, Shanghai Auto Show, Trailblazer, Auto Shanghai


Indian Trademarks ‘Indian Challenger’ Name

Could This be Yet Another Indian? Indian Motorcycle recently trademarked the name, Indian Challenger. This comes after a few other trademark name filings in recent months. The name Raven and Renegade were trademarked a while back and now it seems the name Challenger will join, making that three names trademarked for the brand.  It’s unclear exactly what this means, though. Just because the company trademarks the name doesn’t mean it will build a bike for that name. However, it’s an indicator th...
Tags: Motorcycles, Dodge, Challenger, Motorcycle News, Indian Motorcycle, Indian Challenger


Audi AI:me Concept sketches an autonomous pod to debut in Shanghai

Filed under: Design/Style,Green,Audi,Sedan,Concept Cars,Electric,Future,Luxury Here's Audi's take on the compact self-driving car of the future.Continue reading Audi AI:me Concept sketches an autonomous pod to debut in Shanghai Audi AI:me Concept sketches an autonomous pod to debut in Shanghai originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 02 Apr 2019 15:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comm...
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2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI first drive

The Volkswagen Jetta GLI returns for the 2019 model year with a more aggressive design and hot hatch-like power under the hood. It undercuts the GTI by thousands of dollars, but is it as fun? The post 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI first drive appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, GTI, Volkswagen Jetta GLI


Lyft IPO Makes a Splash, Followed By a Flop

Despite playing host to what everyone presumed would be a very hot property, Lyft’s IPO hasn’t panned out as expected. While the company’s Friday stock debut was strong, April 1st was less promising, with Lyft’s share price slipping by nearly 12 percent in a single day. It’s now well beneath the target price, casting doubts about […] The post Lyft IPO Makes a Splash, Followed By a Flop appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Apps, Share Price, Autos, Stocks, Mobility, Ride-sharing, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Tech Firms


General Motors Asks Judge to Dismiss UAW Case

General Motors’ legal team has requested that the lawsuit filed by the United Automobile Workers, which claims that its decision to idle factories is in violation of an existing union agreement, be dismissed by a federal judge. The UAW alleges that GM sidestepped the collective bargaining agreement established in 2015 by closing plants prematurely. But […] The post General Motors Asks Judge to Dismiss UAW Case appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Gm, Lawsuits, Autos, UAW, United Auto Workers, News Blog, United Automobile Workers, Hot Legal Action, Lordstown Assembly


How to Survive (and Prevent) a Carjacking

You’re sitting in your car at an intersection listening to the Blend on Sirius XM. Suddenly your door swings open and a gun is shoved in your face. “Out of the car!” a voice yells. You’re getting carjacked. While rare, carjackings have been on the rise in recent years in cities across the United States (more on why in a bit). So it pays to have a plan for how to avoid becoming the victim of this crime, and what to do if you can’t. To put together both prongs of said plan, I researched this area...
Tags: Life, Cars, Self-defense, United States, New Orleans, Sirius, Mike, Manly Skills, Mike Seeklander, American Warrior Society, Tactical Skills, Chicago Memphis Nashville Baltimore, Honda Civic Cars


Don’t Lose Sleep Waiting for Volkswagen’s Super-cheap EV

As Volkswagen Group embarks on its quest to build and disseminate The People’s Propulsion across the globe, rumblings of an ultra-cheap electric car from the automaker have come into focus. We began hearing of such a vehicle last year, when reports emerged that VW was planning an EV with an MSRP below 20,000 euros (roughly […] The post Don’t Lose Sleep Waiting for Volkswagen’s Super-cheap EV appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, Seat, EVs, Volkswagen Group, VW Group, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning


Rare Rides: A 1977 Datsun F-10 – It’s Sporty Beige Wagon Time

The Rare Rides series has featured just two magnificent Datsuns in prior entries. The first was a 720 King Cab pickup truck, followed recently by the unfortunate looking 200SX coupe. Today’s entry is arguably rarer than either of those, as even local Datsun enthusiast and TTAC contributor Chris Tonn was surprised to see it. Say […] The post Rare Rides: A 1977 Datsun F-10 – It’s Sporty Beige Wagon Time appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, TTAC, Chris Tonn, Sporty Beige Wagon Time


“Somebody Reasonable Would Not Drive So Fast in the Rain,” Inside the Mind of Jacky Ickx

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Tags: Videos, Video, Interview, Autos, Le Mans, Jacky Ickx, Mike Spinelli


Driving The Alpine A110 Cup Racing Car Required A Total Brain Recalibration

A day at the pre-season Alpine A110 Cup shakedown was a daunting but rewarding experience
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We're Endurance Racing This 69bhp Ford Ka For Grass Roots Thrills

Alex Kersten and I will be taking on a full season of the all-new EnduroKa series
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2019 Jetta GLI First Drive – Jetta, Enhanced

Volkswagen’s latest iteration of the Jetta is a well-rounded commuter car, but a tad boring. VW had an easy fix for that in mind – just implant the heart of the GTI hot hatch along with some Golf R bits. Boom, instant sports sedan. There’s been a GLI version of the Jetta since 1984, and […] The post 2019 Jetta GLI First Drive – Jetta, Enhanced appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Car Reviews, New Cars, First Drives, Volkswagen Jetta, Gli, GTI, Compact Sedans, Sport Sedans, Jetta GLI, 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, Jetta GLI First Drive


The AI:me concept previews how Audi could return to the city car segment

Audi has published a trio of teaser sketches to preview a concept car named AI:me. Scheduled to make its debut at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show, the AI:me explores what an electric, autonomous, and connected city car could look like. The post The AI:me concept previews how Audi could return to the city car segment appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Shanghai, Concept Cars, Audi, Electric Cars, City Car, 2019 Shanghai Auto Show


Bling!

Oh yeah baby! Been waiting for this!  Cheap at only a couple of grand eh? Bring on next year! [Author: Andrew Thomson]
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Revealed: 2020 Ford Escape

Ford unveiled the all-new 2020 Escape in dramatic fashion by turning the fabulous Henry Ford Museum’s Greenfield Village into “Escapeville.” The automaker seated members of the media on bleachers, but in a moment of trickery, it turned out said bleachers were mobile (insert Jim Hackett “mobility” joke here), while the Escape drove forward from under […] The post Revealed: 2020 Ford Escape appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, New Cars, Escape, Henry Ford Museum, Jim Hackett, Ford Escape, News Blog, Greenfield Village, 2020 Ford Escape


2020 Ford Escape gets sleeker styling, greener powertrains, more tech

The 2020 Ford Escape gets redesigned for the first time since the 2013 model year. Ford brought back the hybrid powertrain, and is adding a plug-in hybrid option for the first time. The post 2020 Ford Escape gets sleeker styling, greener powertrains, more tech appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Plug-In Hybrids, Ford, Crossovers, Hybrids, Ford Escape


Porsche Cartoon

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2019 Chevy Corvette to pace Indy 500 as rumors of radical redesign continue

A 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport will be the pace car for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. Chevy is rumored to be preparing a radically different mid-engined Corvette to replace the current version. The post 2019 Chevy Corvette to pace Indy 500 as rumors of radical redesign continue appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, General Motors, Indianapolis, Chevy, Chevrolet, Sports Cars, Motorsports, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevy Corvette, Indianapolis 500


Lightning Strike electric motorcycle will travel up to 200 miles per charge

Lightning Motorcycles is taking reservations for the Lightning Strike, an electric motorcycle the company says can travel up to 200 miles in city driving in top trim. Lightning Strike trims range from $13,000 to the $20,000 Strike Carbon Edition. The post Lightning Strike electric motorcycle will travel up to 200 miles per charge appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Electric Motorcycles, Lightning Motorcycles, Lightning Strike



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