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Report: Apple to use VW vans for first self-driving service

Apple and the Volkswagen Group have reportedly forged a deal that will see VW's Transporter van, the modern version of the iconic Microbus, used by Apple for its first self-driving service. The news was reported on Wednesday by The New York Times which cited people familiar with the project. The deal will reportedly see examples of the current T6...

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McLaren names Indy 500 winner as new chief test driver

McLaren's next-generation of sports cars and supercars will first be handed to Kenny Bräck. The British automaker announced Wednesday that the Swedish racing driver is now chief test driver. He replaces long-time tester Chris Goodwin who last year joined Aston Martin. The title comes with major responsibility: climb behind the wheel of numerous McLaren...

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Germany’s second-biggest city to introduce diesel bans on May 31

Hamburg will become Germany's first city to impose a ban on diesel cars. The ban will be introduced on May 31 but only along two major roads in the city center. A number of signs have been erected to warn drivers of the ban and suggest alternative routes. It's not a blanket ban on diesel, as it is only on cars introduced prior to 2009, when Euro 5 emissions...

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FCA looks to retool Italian plans for upscale models

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne is set to unveil a company wide-strategy on June 1, his last such strategy announcement before his retirement next year. According to a report the strategy will outline a major restructuring of FCA's Italian plants to focus on upscale cars. Citing sources familiar with the plan, Bloomberg on Friday reported...

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Compact EV will be first Mercedes sourced from France

Mercedes-Benz on Friday announced plans to add production of a compact electric car at its plant in Hambach, France. The plant is the home of the Smart brand and has more than a decade of experience building electric cars, specifically Smart's EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour (previously Electric Drive). The new model will be branded a Mercedes, marking the first...

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Thousands of more Tesla Supercharger stations coming

In the coming days, we should have an updated map showing exactly where "thousands" of new Tesla Supercharger stations will pop up in the near future, per Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Musk responded to a vehicle owner via Twitter on Wednesday and said the "thousands" of new stations are currently under construction or remain in a permitting stage. The added...

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Fired from Ford, father of GT supercar now president of company building it

The main person behind the modern Ford GT is now one of the people in charge at the company that builds the supercar. Raj Nair, former president of Ford North America, is now president of Canada's Multimatic Motorsports, Road & Track reported Friday. Nair was pushed out of his role at Ford following an investigation into "inappropriate behavior," and...

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Heading abroad: Tesla takes steps to form Chinese operations

Following news China will scrap limited ownership rules for foreign automakers by 2022, Tesla has taken the first steps to form its independent Chinese operation. The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reported Monday that Tesla has filed to set up a Shanghai division as the sole owner called Tesla Shanghai Co. Ltd. Under China's newly announced...

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Volvo ditches diesel

Volvo on Wednesday announced that from 2019 it will no longer launch cars fitted with diesel engines. It follows the automaker's announcement last July that every car it launches from 2019 will feature some form of electrification, whether it be mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure electric power. Volvo's first new model without a diesel option will be the...

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