Tag: auto industry

58 Posts

Trumpchi I-Space concept at the Quangzhou show
Nov 18, 2017

Are You Ready to Buy Chinese Cars?

Jim Motavalli

After a visit to the Guangzhou International Auto Show and a test-track drive of popular models, I'm convinced that China is getting serious about becoming a global player. A passion for SUVs combines with an equal determination to plug them in. 

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An electric car from BMW at the Web Summit, Lisbon, Portugal
Nov 10, 2017

Self-Driving Cars? They're Here Now. And Lots More Besides.

Jim Motavalli

Bombshells and milestone on the road to autonomy at the Web Summit in Portugal. Oh, and Al Gore, too.

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Car wheel with alternative technology to absorb shocks
Oct 30, 2017

Tomorrow's Tech: Quiet Cars with Ultra-Smooth Rides

Jim Motavalli

Here's something that will change how we drive. With QuietMotion engaged, the car's wheels move up and down but the cabin stays flat and stable. Meanwhile, Buicks are getting as quiet as Rolls-Royces.

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Gas-powered range extender, for towing behind an electric car
Oct 25, 2017

Hyperloops, Shared Autonomous Planes, and More in Paris

Jim Motavalli

Tiny urban EVs, shared scooters,car pooling, Uber data online, and lots of other city solutions in France's City of Lights.

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Sep 08, 2017

Reviving the Rust Belt: Detroit Comes Back, With Self-Driving Cars

Jim Motavalli

Autonomous vehicle technology is front and center in Detroit and the Motor City is learning some new tricks.

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Aug 03, 2017

The Tesla Model 3 Arrives, With Elon's Superlatives

Jim Motavalli

The Tesla Model 3, just unveiled, will be the best car in its class by a mile, sport batteries made in the second-largest free-standing structure in the world, and built in a factory that will be pumping out 20,000 cars a month by the end of 2017. Or so says Mr. Musk.

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The Volvo SX90 Plug-In Hybrid
Jul 07, 2017

Volvo’s Bombshell: All-Electric and Plug-In Hybrid by 2019

Jim Motavalli

Volvo is plugging in its entire fleet over the next two years, and France is banning gas/diesel cars by 2040.

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Chevy Bolt at a charging station
Jul 06, 2017

The Big Battery Breakthrough? It's Here (Maybe)

Jim Motavalli

Ninety-four-year-old John Bannister Goodenough, a Texas scientist with an impressive track record, says he's made low-cost solid-state batteries--with five to 10 times the energy storage of today's lithium-ion liquid cells--work in the lab. But is his technology for real?

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Volvo XC60
Jun 08, 2017

Volvo's New XC60 is an Ultra-Safe Luxury Package

Jim Motavalli

Volvo is staying competitive with a brand-new product line--including the refreshed XC60, aimed straight at the luxury crossover buyer.

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Convertibles
Apr 14, 2017

There are Only 27 Convertibles Left in the United States (For Under $85K)

BestRide

Everybody should own a convertible at least once in their life. Only now, they're getting harder and harder to come by unless you're a one-percenter. At no point since the 1970s have convertibles been more rare.

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