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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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Porsche’s Flying Taxis

Porsche’s Flying Taxis

Porsche might very well be developing a flying passenger vehicle to compete with the future market for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services. The rumor has been confirmed by Porsche’s Chief of Sales, Detlev von Platen, recently during an interview. “That would really make sense. If I drive from (the Porsche plant in) Zuffenhausen to Stuttgart airport, I need at least half an hour, if I’m lucky. Flying would take only three and a half minutes,” von Platen stated in…

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Aurora Raises $90 Million

Aurora Raises $90 Million

The highly-anticipated self-driving car startup, Aurora, has raised $90 million in a Series A round of funding. Both Greylock Partners and Index Ventures are participating firms in the round. This injection of cash will make it possible for the young startup to scale more quickly. Aurora CEO, Chris Urmson, mentioned that the most important part of this deal is having knowledgeable Board Members join the growing team. So who is joining the Aurora board as part of this deal? Former…

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Harley Davidson To Release Electric Motorcycle

Harley Davidson To Release Electric Motorcycle

In an attempt to attract a younger demographic, Harley-Davidson plans to offer its first electric motorcycle. The new bike, which does not have a name quite yet, is expected to be available in mid to late 2019. The historic motorcycle maker first dipped its toes in the EV world by touring the country a few years back with a concept electric motorcycle, the LiveWire, for riders and members of the media to take on test rides. Now they seem poised…

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It’s Storytime!

It’s Storytime!

Allow me to tell you a story about the man that is constantly trying to do too much. For starters, he’s one of those guys that is always on the move. He moves quickly, multi-tasks, and sometimes doesn’t look to see where he is going. This is a man that doesn’t ask for help even though he is noticeably overwhelmed. His peers ask if they can assist him, but he continues to stick to the same routine. He works hard…

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Will We Soon Be Driving Underground?

Will We Soon Be Driving Underground?

If you haven’t seen the news yet, Elon Musk envisions a world with much less traffic. So much less, in fact, that the cars will be taken underground into secret tunnels and transported to their destination. Sounds ambitious, we know. But isn’t that what makes Elon Musk the mad genius he truly is? We checked out The Boring Company’s updated website further to take a deeper glimpse into the project. Here are the main takeaways: Moving to Tunnels To alleviate…

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Mini To Become an EV Brand?

Mini To Become an EV Brand?

BMW is in talks to make its Mini brand all-electric in the U.S. They’re currently talking with other automakers to find partners to lower the cost of electrifying the brand. Would you purchase a Mini if electric was the only option? The PartsMarket team says why not…? This seems like a great move for a large automotive company that already has its powerful hand in the luxury market. Allowing for one powerful electric vehicle logo to lead the way for…

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Will ‘Care By Volvo’ Change the Auto Industry?

Will ‘Care By Volvo’ Change the Auto Industry?

We have to give it up to Volvo. Last week, they unveiled a pretty forward-thinking model for the future of car ownership. We’re calling it CaaS (Car as a service) – and no, it has nothing to do with ride sharing. Introducing Volvo Care Volvo Care is all about access to your Volvo vehicle. You aren’t buying or leasing the latest Volvo. Instead, you’re given the ability to access and drive it when you need it. I know it sounds…

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