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Detroit Auto Show May Be Celebrating an Era About to End
by NEAL E. BOUDETTE
15 Jan 2018 at 5:27pm
Three years of record sales mask signs that harder times lie ahead: bigger incentives, more fleet purchases and higher used-car values.
G.M. Says Its Driverless Car Could Be in Fleets by Next Year
by NEAL E. BOUDETTE
13 Jan 2018 at 4:09pm
Once federal and state agencies grant approval, the electric vehicle will be ready for production on a standard assembly line, the automaker said.
Chrysler Pacifica Minivans in Recall Over Engine Stalling
by NEAL E. BOUDETTE
12 Jan 2018 at 11:55pm
The action, affecting 154,000 vehicles from the 2017 model year, was announced after owners filed safety complaints or shared concerns through social media.
Wheels: How Car Companies Decide You?ll Ride a Mustang or Catch a Tiguan
by STEPHEN WILLIAMS
11 Jan 2018 at 9:45pm
Newly minted models include the Atlas, the Stinger, the Urus and the Velar. So how do car companies settle on a name? It?s an art mixed with science.
Common Sense: Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Survives, but G.M. and Tesla Aren?t...
by JAMES B. STEWART
11 Jan 2018 at 9:12pm
The manufacturers complain that they will soon be at a disadvantage ? once they hit a sales mark that leaves their buyers without the benefit of a tax credit.
As Electric Cars? Prospects Brighten, Japan Fears Being Left Behind
by JONATHAN SOBLE
9 Jan 2018 at 10:33pm
The country, which missed out on some earlier technological shifts, is now scrambling to catch up as the world warms up to battery-powered vehicles.
Tatsuro Toyoda, Who Led Toyota?s Global Expansion, Dies at 88
by NELLIE BOWLES
7 Jan 2018 at 9:56pm
Mr. Toyoda led Toyota’s first factory in North America, bringing with him a Japanese approach to manufacturing and labor relations.
Competing With the Giants in Race to Build Self-Driving Cars
by CADE METZ
5 Jan 2018 at 5:02pm
Aurora, a start-up founded by the former head of Google?s self-driving project, will feed its technology into car giants Volkswagen and Hyundai.
Tech Fix: The Big Tech Trends to Follow at CES 2018
by BRIAN X. CHEN
4 Jan 2018 at 5:14pm
The stars of next week?s giant electronics show won?t be flashy gadgets. Instead, the focus will be on artificial intelligence and its impact on homes, cities and cars.
New Jersey Is Last State to Insist at Gas Stations: Don’t Touch That Pump
by JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH
6 Jan 2018 at 3:03am
As of Jan. 1, the only other holdout, Oregon, allows people in certain counties to fuel up their cars themselves.
In Norway, Electric and Hybrid Cars Outsell Conventional Models
by AMIE TSANG and HENRIK PRYSER LIBELL
4 Jan 2018 at 10:23pm
The country offers generous benefits to buyers of vehicles that run on new types of fuel, making ownership more affordable.
Car Sales End a 7-Year Upswing, With More Challenges Ahead
by NEAL E. BOUDETTE
4 Jan 2018 at 12:02am
The decline in the American market in 2017 is expected to continue, and may force carmakers to trim production and find new ways to entice customers.
Tesla Reports New Setback for Model 3, With Output Lagging
by NEAL E. BOUDETTE
4 Jan 2018 at 1:45am
Production of the electric-car maker?s mass-market offering was far below forecasts in the fourth quarter. The report sent the company?s shares lower.
China, Moving to Cut Emissions, Halts Production of 500 Car Models
by HIROKO TABUCHI
3 Jan 2018 at 5:41am
The suspensions pointed to Beijing?s growing willingness to test forceful antipollution measures and assume a leading role in the fight against climate change.
Kenichi Yamamoto, Father of Mazda’s Rotary Engine, Is Dead at 95
by RICHARD SANDOMIR
29 Dec 2017 at 11:48pm
He led the engineering team that produced an innovative answer to the conventional piston automotive engine. He later led the company.
Wheels: Sotheby?s Tries Selling New York as a Car Auction Destination
by NORMAN MAYERSOHN
28 Dec 2017 at 10:27pm
After a racecar was sold as a work of contemporary art, a December auction put automotive crossover appeal on display.
Geely Buys Stake in Volvo Trucks, Despite China Restrictions
by SUI-LEE WEE
27 Dec 2017 at 11:07pm
The government in Beijing has unveiled an array of new regulations to temper outbound investment. But Chinese companies are still going global.
Fiat Chrysler to Recall 1.8 Million Ram Trucks Over Rollaways
by NEAL E. BOUDETTE
23 Dec 2017 at 1:32am
The automaker said the vehicle could be shifted out of park without a driver’s foot on the brake. Seven injuries were linked to the defect.
Wheels: Carmakers Try to Keep Waste Out of the Ground as Well as the Air
by STEVE FRIESS
21 Dec 2017 at 4:53pm
Automakers have been trying for years to stop sending anything to landfills. Now they are using other would-be trash to make parts.
Ford Apologizes for Sexual Harassment at Chicago Factories
by SUSAN CHIRA and CATRIN EINHORN
22 Dec 2017 at 1:33am
The company?s chief executive released an apology two days after a New York Times article detailed decades of misconduct.
Wheels: Lamborghini?s Urus Is the Luxury S.U.V. Party?s Most Flamboyant Guest
by GAIA PIANIGIANI
14 Dec 2017 at 6:15pm
The Italian sports car company?s previous S.U.V. predated Porsche?s Cayenne. Its second follows in the Porsche?s footsteps as a beefed-up sports car.
Wheels: List of Safety Picks Dings Some Cars for a Failure to Illuminate
by CHERYL JENSEN
7 Dec 2017 at 10:33pm
New crash and headlight requirements established by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety cut in half the number of vehicles to earn a coveted safety designation.
Wheels: The Technological Race to Find You a Place to Park
by ERIC A. TAUB
1 Dec 2017 at 5:23am
Car companies, app makers and navigation services are trying to fix one of the most persistent headaches for drivers: getting a parking spot.
Trying to Bypass Anxiety on the Road to Driverless Cars
by CHRISTINA ANDERSON and NEAL E. BOUDETTE
12 Dec 2017 at 5:01am
Volvo is putting cameras in vehicles to see people interact with driver-assistance features and will use the data in designing fully autonomous cars.
Ford Chooses a Detroit Base to Take On Silicon Valley
by BILL VLASIC
14 Dec 2017 at 9:31pm
The automaker, long absent from the city proper, will create a hub there for work on self-driving and electric cars.
Ford Will Build Electric Cars in Mexico, Shifting Its Plan
by NEAL E. BOUDETTE
19 Dec 2017 at 7:32pm
The move will take advantage of lower costs and clear the way for a new Michigan plant to make driverless vehicles instead, which Ford said would mean even more jobs.
Southeast Asia?s Ride-Hailing War Is Being Waged on Motorbikes
by RAYMOND ZHONG
9 Dec 2017 at 12:32am
In Indonesia?s traffic-ridden capital, one start-up makes it easy to get around ? or not to have to in the first place.
How to Avoid a White-Knuckle Drive on Black Ice
by CHRISTOPHER MELE
16 Dec 2017 at 6:09pm
The slick roadway condition can be difficult to detect and develops unpredictably. Here?s what you can do to avoid this hazard.
China?s A.I. Advances Help Its Tech Industry, and State Security
by PAUL MOZUR and KEITH BRADSHER
3 Dec 2017 at 11:32pm
Global car brands and Chinese authorities alike embrace iFlyTek?s voice recognition know-how, illustrating the dystopian possibilities behind the technology.
Life Lessons: Fabulous Life Lessons From Gianni Agnelli
by STEVEN KURUTZ
6 Dec 2017 at 9:42pm
In the new documentary “Agnelli,? the head of Fiat, who died in 2003, is revealed as that rare species of man: a fashionable playboy with gravitas.
SUVs Are Main Attraction at L.A. Auto Show
by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
29 Nov 2017 at 10:42pm
The floor at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show will look a lot like America's roads: full of SUVs.
Detroit: The Most Exciting City in America?
by REIF LARSEN
21 Nov 2017 at 5:02pm
How a 21st-century Detroit navigates the dangers of regeneration is a particularly poignant question on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit race riots.
China Will Lead an Electric Car Future, Ford’s Chairman Says
by KEITH BRADSHER
5 Dec 2017 at 3:22pm
Ford Motor said Tuesday that it planned to offer 15 new models in China by 2025 that run at least in part on batteries.
Wheels: The Near Future of Driving: Eyes Forward, but No Hands at 10 and 2
by NEAL E. BOUDETTE
16 Nov 2017 at 7:33pm
The Cadillac Super Cruise system is the latest in semiautonomous driving technology, allowing drivers to keep their hands off the wheel as long as they pay attention to the road.
Indian Automaker?s Plant Is Latest Sign of Detroit Comeback
by BILL VLASIC
21 Nov 2017 at 12:37am
Mahindra will open the area?s first new vehicle assembly factory in 25 years, building off-road vehicles. The move may signal larger ambitions in the American market.
November Mixed for U.S. Sales as Automakers Hike Discounts
by REUTERS
1 Dec 2017 at 9:45pm
Major automakers posted mixed U.S. November new vehicle sales on Friday and predicted a competitive December as they rush to sell vehicles and boost their 2017 numbers before the year comes to an end.
China to Export Trumpchi Cars to U.S., Maybe With a New Name
by KEITH BRADSHER
17 Nov 2017 at 8:20pm
GAC Motor wants to lead an export push as China prepares the rest of its auto industry to go global and, in particular, target the American market.
Chrysler Pacifica Owners Say Minivans Suddenly Shut Off
by NEAL E. BOUDETTE
20 Nov 2017 at 4:05pm
No crashes or injuries have been linked to the issue, but more than 50 complaints have been filed. The automaker sees no sign of a consistent problem.
Tesla Unveils an Electric Rival to Semi Trucks
by NEAL E. BOUDETTE
17 Nov 2017 at 11:15pm
Aiming to remake a multibillion-dollar industry, the automaker said it would have a semi for sale in two years that would be nearly self-driving.
Where Self-Driving Cars Go to Learn
by CECILIA KANG
11 Nov 2017 at 5:53pm
Arizona’s promise to keep the driverless car industry free of regulations has attracted dozens of companies, including Uber, Waymo and Lyft.
Wheels: Cars Lose the Spare Tire for a Leaner Ride, but It Could Cost You
by NORMAN MAYERSOHN
10 Nov 2017 at 3:32pm
Full-size spares gave way to space-saving ?doughnuts,? but now carmakers may provide only the tools for a quick, do-it-yourself fix.
Vocations: When Designing Luxury Cars Is Like Making Jewelry. And Friends.
by As told to PERRY GARFINKEL
10 Nov 2017 at 4:29pm
Earl Lucas, Lincoln Motor Company?s exterior design chief, was inspired by his mother?s aesthetic sense and his early training designing jewelry.
Self-Driving Trucks May Be Closer Than They Appear
by CONOR DOUGHERTY
13 Nov 2017 at 5:01am
With fewer cultural hurdles and more financial incentives than car owners, big-rig operators are charting the route to an autonomous future.
Waymo’s Autonomous Cars Cut Out Human Drivers in Road Tests
by DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI
8 Nov 2017 at 12:04am
The Alphabet unit says it expects to allow passengers to ride in truly driverless cars in its tests within the next few months.
Tesla?s Elon Musk Reassures Investors Over Model 3 Delays
by BILL VLASIC
2 Nov 2017 at 12:21am
The electric-car maker cited record output of its existing models, and its chief said bottlenecks on its first mass-market offering were being resolved.
BMW Recalls Roughly a Million Vehicles at Risk of Catching Fire
by CHRISTINA CARON
4 Nov 2017 at 8:49pm
The recalls include several 3 Series models and various BMWs with six-cylinder engines.

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