February 2017

Audi Returns to Top of Consumer Reports Brand Ranking, FCA Returns to the Bottom

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The automaker that can’t seem to catch a break in overall quality rankings — or more comprehensive ones — doesn’t get a reprieve in Consumer Reports‘ latest brand ranking. In its 2017 list of the best and worst brands, which combines scores for predicted reliability, road testing, safety and owner satisfaction, a familiar German brand […]

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$1 Billion Apology: Takata Pleads Guilty as CFO Explains Its ‘Deeply Inappropriate’ Behavior

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It’s been a long road to this point, but Takata’s CFO, Yoichiro Nomura, finally had the opportunity to plead guilty on behalf of the company to fraud. The company accepted a $1 billion settlement with the U.S. government yesterday as Nomura condemned Takata’s actions as “deeply inappropriate.” U.S. District Court Judge George Steeh confirmed the previously agreed-to settlement against […]

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As Its Automotive and Robotic Programs Languish, Honda Tries to Rekindle the Spirit of Innovation

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Honda wants to up its software game and encourage creative uses for ones and zeros at its new research and development center. With ASIMO — the company’s adorable robot mascot — almost old enough to smoke, Honda hasn’t developed a super-high-profile gizmo in nearly 17 years. Recently, the company took a distinctive back-to-basics approach to address slipping […]

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Lawsuit Claims Ferrari Approved Odometer Rollbacks

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Former Ferrari salesman Robert “Bud” Root is suing Ferrari of Palm Beach for wrongful dismissal, alleging the dealer fired him after he discovered that a Ferrari DEIS tool was being used to roll back odometers. He also claims discrimination due to his old age. Root’s claim states that Ferrari’s Italian headquarters has been producing and […]

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Hindustan Ambassador Only Part of PSA’s Push in India

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The Hindustan Ambassador, in production from 1958 to 2014, is an iconic vehicle. Iconic enough that news of Peugeot SA’s acquisition of the Ambassador brand from the C.K. Birla group’s Hindustan Motors got a fair amount attention despite most of the automotive news media being focused on Peugeot parent PSA’s proposed purchase of Opel and Vauxhall from General […]

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As Trade Battle Looms, Mexico Has a Few Tricks up Its Sleeve

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In the international poker game of NAFTA re-negotiations, U.S. President Donald Trump should not assume his Mexican opponent will be playing with a losing hand, an auto industry expert says. “I’m going to be surprised if we see a heck of a lot changed,” said John Holmes, researcher at the Automotive Policy Research Centre at […]

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Last Ride: Tupac Shakur’s Death Car is For Sale Right Now

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In case you’re a particularly macabre automotive collector, Tupac Shakur’s murder car is currently available for purchase. California’s chotchkie dealer, Moments in Time, is listing Death Row co-founder Suge Knight’s black 1996 BMW 750iL on its website for a cool $1.5 million. That’s roughly $1.49 million over the estimated private party value of an E38 Bimmer […]

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Peugeot Starts Its Return to the United States Market on April 1

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A report released by PSA Groupe, maker of Citroën and Peugeot vehicles, details the first part of a 10-year plan to reintroduce PSA brands into the North American market, starting in the United States this week! So, how do you feel about mobility solutions? PSA has partnered with French-based insurer MAIF to bring PSA’s TravelCar program to […]

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Ready to Attract (or Repel) Compact CUV Buyers

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Ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Mitsubishi has lifted the curtain on a new compact crossover with a familiar — but now confusing — name. Yes, the 2018 Eclipse Cross bastardizes the memory of that sporty coupe your 18-year-old co-worker once owned, but the name is the least of anyone’s concerns right […]

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QOTD: Would You Buy A 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio If It’s Best-In-Class But Breaks Down?

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Although there are plans in the works, we have not yet tested the new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia. Not in base, Ti, or Quadrifoglio guise. But in a four-car comparison test recently conducted by Car And Driver, the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio finished on top, besting the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S (yes, it’s a Mercedes-AMG, apparently […]

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