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'Gran Turismo Sport' Super Bundle comes with a real Mazda Miata

But you may want to assemble the bundle yourself.<p><i>"Gran Turismo Sport"</i> is now on sale (stay tuned for a full review in the near future), and as with most video games now, there are basic versions and those that come with a few extras. For instance, in the United States there's a Limited Edition …

Gran Turismo Sport

Watch a fleet of remote-controlled Mercedes-Benz airport snowplows

The robots are here to shovel your snow.<p>In the future, robot trucks will plow your snow. Mercedes-Benz is testing remote-controlled, automated snowplows on a historic World War II airfield in Germany as a potential boon to productivity — or the latest way that driverless vehicles will cannibalize …

Daimler AG

Mitsubishi reportedly plans to spend billions to get back in the game

Plans include electrification and a move into China and Indonesia.<p>Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors reportedly plans to inject more than 600 billion yen ($5.35 billion) in capital spending and research and development over the next three years through fiscal 2019 in a bid to turn around its …

Mitsubishi Motors

U.S. Justice Department investigating Kobe Steel

Company may have faked data for decades on a widespread basis.<p>TOKYO — When cheating becomes habitual, the consequences could be costly.<p>Embattled Kobe Steel Ltd said on Tuesday the U.S. Justice Department is asking the steelmaker to provide documents related to its data falsification scandal.<p>That …

Japan

How Polestar plans to take on the likes of Tesla and AMG

Owners will never need to step foot in a Volvo dealership.<p>SHANGHAI, China — Three years ago, Volvo's renaissance began with the release of the new XC90 SUV. It was made possible by a multi-billion dollar infusion of cash by Geely, the Chinese company that acquired Volvo from Ford. That's was …

Trucks

Polestar 1 First Look | The 600 Horsepower Hybrid Scandinavian

Plus: Details on the next two Polestar models coming soon.<p>SHANGHAI, China - The new Polestar 1 is almost, but not quite, a 600 horsepower Volvo. Introduced today at the launch of Volvo's new Polestar brand here in Shanghai, the Polestar 1 has a lot of Volvo DNA, but has been turned up to 11 by the …

Trucks

Zap&Go's nanocarbon batteries could hit the market 'within a few years'

DETROIT - In an auto industry race to develop electric vehicle batteries that charge faster and are cheaper and safer than lithium-ion cells, startup Zap&Go will do all that with its carbon-ion alternative 'within a few years', a company executive said. Oxford, England-based Zap&Go will begin …

Electric Vehicles

This never-registered 1997 McLaren F1 is for sale, if you have the cash

This is the automotive equivalent of being mint in the package.<p>As many of you readers may know, when it comes to Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, they're always worth more over time if they remain in their protective packaging – especially rare or unusual models. Clearly the person that ordered this …

McLaren F1

Mitsubishi Electric unveils Emirai 4 autonomous EV concept for Tokyo

It switches between human and robot driving.<p>Mitsubishi Electric – a separate arm from Mitsubishi Motors ­– specializes in electronics. That includes things like air conditioning and refrigerators, but also covers a number of automotive systems and parts ranging from engine control units to power …

Transportation

‘Tesla tax’ could hit Norway, the world’s top EV market

A Model X could cost an additional $8,850.<p>Norway, which has emerged as the world's leading market for zero-emission electric vehicles despite also leaning heavily on revenue from oil extraction, may be on the verge of enacting steep cutbacks to some of the tax breaks for Teslas and other EVs.<p>The …

Electric Vehicles

More than 1 million Mercedes vehicles recalled for airbag fix

BERLIN — Daimler AG is recalling more than 1 million Mercedes-Benz cars and sport utility vehicles worldwide to address potential unintended airbag deployments, the German automaker said on Monday.<p>The safety recall covers 495,000 vehicles in the United States, 400,000 in Britain, 76,000 in Canada …

Trucks

Teaching autonomous vehicles to drive like (some) humans

Please don't allow self-driving cars to drive like people in the Pacific Northwest<p>While I love driving, I can't wait for fully autonomous vehicles. I have no doubt they'll reduce car accidents, 94 percent of which are caused by human error, leading to more than 37,000 road deaths in the U.S. last …

Transportation

More about Toyota AI: 2 smaller vehicles will join Concept-i car from CES

2-seater with gull wing doors, and a 3-wheel Segway-type scooter.<p>Toyota is expanding its Concept-i series of semi-autonomous personal mobility electric vehicle concepts beyond the four-wheeler first revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January by adding a universal small …

Transportation

Mazda's rotary engine may live on as a range extender

Think Mazda2 RE Range Extender<p>It may be time for rotary fans to start getting their hopes up a little for a return of the spinning triangle engine. <i>Automotive News</i> spoke with Mitsuo Hitomi, the man in charge of Mazda powertrains, who said there's a very good chance the next implementation of the …

Trucks

Toyota to test self-driving, talking Concept-i car by about 2020

180-mile range, and the car would read your emotions.<p>TOKYO — Toyota on Monday said it would begin testing self-driving electric cars around 2020, which will use artificial intelligence (AI) to engage with drivers, as the company competes with tech firms to develop new vehicles.<p>The car, whose …

Transportation

GM exec calls Elon Musk 'full of crap' on autonomy claims

Tesla founder's claim of Level 5 driving without lidar 'is not physically possible'<p>The sideshow around self-driving cars has become such that anyone make any claim, anyone else can refute that claim, none of it makes sense without context, and nothing changes. Once the sparring concludes, we, car …

Elon Musk

2018 Jeep Wrangler owner’s manuals leaked, and they tell us much — but not all

Power sliding top and 4WD Auto mode are on offer.<p>If you're looking for some light reading to start your week, we have a suggestion for you. The "Owner's Manual" <i>and</i> the "User Guide" for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler have leaked, and have been posted on the JL Wrangler Forums. They appear to be the real …

Trucks

Kobe Steel shares hit 5-year lows over cheating scandal

Even bullet trains have Kobe metals, but no safety problems have surfaced so far.<p>TOKYO — A week out from revelations of a cheating scandal that plunged Kobe Steel Ltd. in crisis and ensnared hundreds of firms, the embattled steelmaker's shares skidded to five-year lows on Monday as investors …

Markets

Louisiana sheriff calls for boycott of Ford over NFL national anthem protests

Bossier Parish, La., Sheriff Julian C. Whittington (above left) isn't happy with Ford Motor Company's position on NFL players protesting during the national anthem. Sheriff Whittington wrote a letter to Hixson Ford in Alexandria, La., to inform them that "recent events surrounding the NFL, its …

Policing

Sunday Drive: Appreciating the finer things in life

They say the best things in life are free. And, while we don't quite know who "they" are, we're not going to argue. Still, there are lots of things in life that are both expensive and very, very desirable. Take the Rolls-Royce Phantom, for example. It's about as far from free as you can get, and …

Trucks

Polestar 1 coming together before reveal at Shanghai Auto Show

Until July 2017 Polestar served as Volvo's in-house performance brand. That month, the Swedish mothership spun off its cyan-hued subsidiary into a distinct division billed as "a new separately-branded electrified global high performance car company." On September 25, Polestar uploaded a black …

Trucks

Dubai police reveal new Scorpion hoverbike at GITEX

Last week's Gulf Information Technology Exposition (GITEX) showcased <i>The Rise of the Machines</i>, one machine rising above them all: a new hoverbike for the Dubai police force. Developed with Russian company Hoversurf using that company's recently released, battery-powered Scorpion-3 model as a base, …

Drones

470,000 Jeep Liberty, Chrysler 200, and Dodge Avenger models recalled for restraint defect

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday it is recalling 470,000 vehicles worldwide to replace a component that may inhibit deployment of the vehicles' active head restraints in the event of a crash. Around 414,000 of those vehicles were sold in the United States.<p>Apparently, "a component common to …

Trucks

Tesla fired hundreds of employees this past week

Luxury electric vehicle maker Tesla fired about 400 employees this week, including associates, team leaders and supervisors, a former employee told <i>Reuters</i> on Friday. The dismissals were a result of a company-wide annual review, Tesla said in an emailed statement, without confirming the number of …

Oath Inc.

Everything You Need To Know About Gran Turismo Sport

Gran Turismo Sport launches October 17th. Get caught up on what you can do for this next long running racing series.

Gran Turismo Sport

GM creates new EV VP role, appoints Chevy Bolt boss Pam Fletcher

She'll oversee the launch of more than 23 EVs by 2023.<p>General Motors is finding some success with the Chevy Bolt EV, which was launched under the guidance of Pamela Fletcher as the company's Chief Engineer of Electrified Vehicles. In fact, the Bolt has outsold the Chevy Volt for three months in a …

Electric Vehicles

China’s Great Wall looking to partner with BMW to sell cars in the West

FCA wasn't willing to give up Jeep, so it's looking elsewhere<p>The Chinese automaker Great Wall seems to have moved on from courting Fiat Chrysler. According to <i>Reuters</i>, the company announced in a stock exchange filing that it's looking to collaborate with BMW's Mini brand in some way. <i>Reuters</i> also …

Fiat Chrysler

Shell buys NewMotion charging network in first electric vehicle deal

Shell expects around a quarter of the world’s car fleet to be electric by 2040.<p>AMSTERDAM - Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to buy Dutch-based NewMotion, the owner of one of Europe's largest electric vehicle charging networks, marking the company's first deal in electric mobility as demand for cleaner …

Electric Vehicles

Junkyard Gem: 1985 Toyota Tercel Liftback

The incredibly cheap, incredibly reliable 1980s Toyota econobox.<p>During the middle 1980s, if you wanted a penny-pinching little transportation appliance to get you to work and back, the Toyota Tercel was hard to beat. Sure, such miserable machines as the flaky Subaru Justy or shoddy Hyundai Excel …

Trucks

Ford offers free repairs to prevent exhaust leaks in 1.4 million Explorers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Friday it will offer free repairs to North American owners of more than 1.4 million Explorer sport utility vehicles to help ensure that carbon monoxide and other exhaust gases cannot get into the vehicles, following the U.S. government's decision to …

Carbon Monoxide