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Big switch: Electric cars put China on automobile map

The rise of electric cars heralds not only a major technology switch but also promises massive disruption to today’s auto giants as Tesla and a group of powerful Chinese rivals take over the fast lane. The diesel scandal in 2015 in which Volkswagen admitted manipulating 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide to fool pollution tests only […]

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Daimler struggling with European emissions standards

The chief executive of Daimler said Monday at the Detroit auto show that his company cannot currently guarantee it can meet tougher European CO2 emissions standards taking effect in several years. Dieter Zetsche, CEO of the maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicles, told reporters he “can’t guarantee” to meet tightening emission standards in 2021. “It’s a […]

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At Detroit auto show, trucks and SUVs are king

Car makers appealed to Americans’ deep love of SUVs and trucks on Monday at the Detroit Auto Show, unveiling a host of choices from luxurious to utilitarian, while also beefing up the humble sedan. From European car makers to American icons, there were dozens of new offerings for the North American market. While sedans and […]

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Honda, Volvo, Ford scoop awards at Detroit auto show

The Detroit auto show handed out its self-proclaimed “Oscars of the auto industry” on Monday, rewarding Honda, Volvo and Ford amid a crowded slate of new truck, SUV and crossover unveilings. The awards are adjudicated by a panel of 60 auto journalists. The winners are chosen from dozens of new vehicles, offering bragging rights and […]

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With pricey electric car, Fisker eyes comeback


Henrik Fisker unveiled his $129,000 electric luxury car Tuesday, in a rebooted effort by the renowned auto designer to take on Tesla and others.

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Bucking trend, Hyundai bets on hydrogen fuel cell for new car

Hyundai said it plans to sell the Nexo in California later this year, in a bet on hydrogen even as many rivals turn to battery power.

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Toyota launches ‘e-Palette’ vehicle concept

Self-driving buses aren’t new, but Toyota’s concept vehicle unveiled Monday aims to be more than just that: a mobile platform for e-commerce, ridesharing and medical services, for a start.

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Volkswagen boss urges end to diesel tax breaks

Volkswagen leads the initiative to further transition into green automotive technologies.

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Mumbai’s adored Padmini taxis nearing the end of the road

The compact black-and-yellow cabs, based on an Italian Fiat and often boasting elaborately patterned interiors, were once ubiquitous across the congested roads of India’s financial capital and have featured in countless Bollywood movies.

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‘Dinosaur’ Philippine jeepneys face uncertain future

Peter Dallos shouts above the rumble of his smoke-belching engine urging passengers to clamber quickly on to his dilapidated red jeepney. Such scenes may soon disappear from Manila’s gridlocked streets as authorities move to phase out the Philippines’ iconic World War II-era minibuses, citing pollution and safety concerns. Dubbed ‘jeepneys’ and once hailed as the ‘King […]

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Mar 14, 2018

While I generally like cars to go fast, because they are more fun, I’m a huge fan of Shell

Mar 07, 2018

A reader recently asked why we weren’t going deep into the technical as much lately. He was referring to

Mar 07, 2018

Quick question: What would you do if some attacked you in your car? Would you just cower and try