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Alfa’s first crossover takes aim at Germany’s best

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Reid Bigland, the global head of Alfa Romeo, told Autocar UK that the Stelvio will stand above its German competitors because of how it drives. “The reason people will buy our midsized SUV is because they will get blown away by the driving dynamics,” Bigland said. “Every car Alfa makes must stand apart for that […]

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Mitsubishi’s concepts are about to get real

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The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept, shown in Paris, gives a hint at what the next-generation Outlander will look like when it arrives in 2019. PARIS — The Mitsubishi stand at this year’s Paris auto show featured a familiar sight for the brand: a bold crossover concept wrapped around a next-generation plug-in hybrid powertrain. This time, it […]

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Volvo sees Microsoft HoloLens speeding up car development

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TORSLANDA, Sweden — Volvo has given a small group of its engineers “superpowers” that it believes its rivals currently cannot match. The roughly 15 car developers based at Volvo’s global headquarters here near Gothenburg have the ability to see through walls of steel and turn an engine upside down with one finger. This is possible […]

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Volvo to debut car-to-car communication this year

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Volvo’s cloud-based car-to-car communication system will be offered on all of its 90 series cars, including the new V90 Cross Country (shown). Volvo will launch car-to-car communication in its top model line in Europe before the end of the year, joining Mercedes-Benz and Toyota on a shortlist of automakers offering systems that allow vehicles to […]

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Top 5 ‘Blasphemous’ Automotive Trends that People Ended Up Loving

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Things never stop changing in the automotive industry. Evolving market demands and regulations keep automakers playing a constant game of catch up. Automakers, especially the ones that appeal to enthusiasts, have to hit a delicate balance of keeping their products innovative while not alienating or pissing off their faithful customers. Sometimes, automakers come out with […]

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How the automotive industry is uniquely placed to embrace the circular economy

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A new report argues that car parts manufacturers are in a strategic position to adopt circular practices and highlights the Dutch automotive industry as a potential sector leader Changing consumer demands including digital connectivity and new mobility trends such as “car as a service” concepts, are transforming not only cars themselves but the ways in […]

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How Self-Driving Cars Can Gain Public Acceptance

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In February, Google’s self-driving car caused an accident. Although it was a minor fender bender, any issue can erode public trust in the technology, making it that much harder for Google to push through regulatory measures and bring their product to market. This doesn’t mean the game is over, though. Below, seven members of Forbes Technology […]

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Lamborghini sees worldwide sales doubling by 2019 after SUV launch

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A concept version of Lamborghini’s SUV, the Urus, was unveiled at the 2012 Beijing auto show. Photo credit: Lamborghini NEW YORK — Lamborghini expects to at least double production to 7,000 vehicles a year by 2019 once it rolls out its new SUV, but it will not lose its focus on making sports cars, CEO […]

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Porsche drivers fume: Where’s our VW diesel payout?

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Photo credit: Reuters Volkswagen settled its diesel deception involving almost 500,000 U.S. automobiles, paying dearly to satisfy car owners affected by the emissions scandal. What it hasn’t done is make whole its very best customers — those who own its pricier brands, which nevertheless run on smog-spewing engines. Anand Jobalia, a hotel and home developer […]

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Hitachi Automotive to pay $55.5 million fine for role in U.S. price-fixing

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WASHINGTON — Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. agreed to plead guilty to fixing the price of shock absorbers installed in U.S. autos, and to pay a criminal fine of $55.48 million, the Justice Department said in a statement on Tuesday. Hitachi had pleaded guilty in 2013 to fixing the price of starters and other auto parts, […]

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