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Solar-Bodied Cars

Solar-Bodied Cars

A German startup by the name of Sono is innovating a car in a way that we haven’t been hearing much about. While Elon Musk leads companies that focus on electric cars and solar panels, he has yet to combine the two into the aesthetic of the cars themselves. Sono has one upped him on this front with their new car named Sion. If you think about it, having a solar panel car in the summer would mean that you’d…

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Driving in Cars Without Steering Wheels

Driving in Cars Without Steering Wheels

Announced this week, German automotive company, Schaeffler, is acquiring a new technology called Space Drive. Space Drive is from Paravan GmbH, which is positioned to play a key role in the future of self-driving cars. Space Drive was initially developed by Paravan to help people with physical disabilities. The technology allows for vehicles to be controlled remotely, like via a mobile app. This eliminates the need for a steering wheel. I bet you never thought about the reality of that…

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Ford Goes All In On Autonomous Vehicles

Ford Goes All In On Autonomous Vehicles

For keeps coming out with big and exciting news. Well, at least for them. They can’t seem to get off our blog. This time, they have more announcements surrounding autonomous vehicles. Apparently, Ford Motor Company plans to spend $4 billion through 2023 in a newly created LLC dedicated to building out that business. The automaker announced that it has created Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, which will house the company’s self-driving systems integration, autonomous-vehicle research, and advanced engineering, AV transportation-as-a-service network…

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What is the Pininfarina?

What is the Pininfarina?

It’s not a rational or responsible desire to dream of expensive looking sports cars. But still, the 20th century image of a curvaceous four-wheeled form continues to foster a culture of envy. The high price tag attached to these cars that made them a symbol of aspiration, greed, and everything in between, has endured, as the performance numbers and prices on supercar reach astronomical seven-figure levels. What has been lacking in the rare European supercar category are cars powered by…

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GM To Launch Peer Cars

GM To Launch Peer Cars

General Motors is launching a new service in three nearby markets. Those markets are Chicago, Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan. The core service, which is called Maven, will let owners rent out their personal GM vehicles through the new car sharing platform. Similar to Turo and Getaround, the peer-to-peer rental service isn’t a new model, but it is quite a departure for GM. Maven first launched in January of 2016, but has since experienced some hiccups along the way. This…

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The Ford Fusion Gets Reincarnated

The Ford Fusion Gets Reincarnated

As you are probably aware by now, the Ford Fusion, much like all of the Ford sedans that were previously available are retiring. We already know that the Ford Focus is being downsized into a crossover-type vehicle. It turns out that we now know what’s happening with the Fusion models. You’ll have to read the information below to find out. As it turns out, the Fusion is being reimagined as a small wagon-sized SUV. In about two years, the model…

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The New Jaguar I-Paces Teased by Waymo

The New Jaguar I-Paces Teased by Waymo

Waymo, the company behind Alphabet’s (AKA Google) autonomous vehicle project, released its first set of images. What are we looking at?Well, it’s the new Jaguar I-Pace. Details on this reveal can be found in the article below… Waymo announced that it has three Jaguar I-Paces ready to go. They will be driving around the Bay Area collecting design requirement data and developing durability tests. Unfortunately, they aren’t equipped with any sort of impressive software just yet. They’re actually being driven…

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GM Wants You To Share Your Car

GM Wants You To Share Your Car

General Motors plans to start a pilot program this summer that will enable car owners to rent out their vehicles when they aren’t using them. Initial tests will begin this summer. What are they calling it? The service is called Maven. Through Maven’s app, GM vehicle owners will be able to put their cars on Maven’s platform for other drivers to rent and share the revenue with the automaker. The pilot, which GM will try to grow into a full-fledged…

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What the Tariffs Mean for Auto Manufacturing

What the Tariffs Mean for Auto Manufacturing

“I want to bring the steel industry back into our country,” declared President Trump last month. “Maybe [things] will cost a little bit more, but we’ll have jobs.” While Trump makes the above statements, many have argued that what may be good for steel won’t be good for other industries. Research has estimated that an average car requires 2.4 tons of steel to build. Given that tariffs tend to increase import prices, which determine domestic prices, by at least as…

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Toyota’s Impressive Powertrain Overhaul

Toyota’s Impressive Powertrain Overhaul

The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform encompasses many of the new Toyota and Lexus vehicles – including the Prius to the Camry to the Lexus LC. After which, it’s slated to get even better with a upgraded powertrain features. Toyota recently announced a new slate of transmissions, engines and drivetrain parts for the TNGA platform. Some of the announcements were as minor as improved packaging, while others focused on overall efficiency. One engine in particular claims it’s the most…

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