June 2017

German Prosecutors Look Into Porsche, Bosch Over Diesel Emissions

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  While the United States concluded its investigation into Volkswagen Group’s diesel emissions scandal months ago, the wheels of justice turn appear to turn more slowly in Germany. Prosecutors in Stuttgart have launched a preliminary investigation into employees at Porsche to assess whether they were involved in designing any of the company’s emissions-cheating software. Porsche is the latest addition […]

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Survey Suggests Automotive Auctions Remain a Booming Business

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People aren’t buying nearly as many new cars these days, but at least one aspect of the vehicular marketplace is still thriving — auto auctions. Nearly 18 million vehicles were eligible for the auction block in 2016. While not all of those 18 million vehicles were sold, they still pushed the business beyond the $100 billion mark […]

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Study Shows Nearly Nine in 10 Americans Want Better Fuel Economy, But There’s a Problem

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A recent study from Consumers Union — the public policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports — shows continued interest among U.S. residents in seeing automakers improve fuel economy figures, even as gas prices remain fairly low. While this should come as a shock to no one, nearly nine in 10 surveyed consumers agreed automakers should […]

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Get Ready to Hear About the 2020 Ford Mustang All The Time for Three Years

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Ford Motor Company, in a tremendously public product planning moment, revealed at the beginning of 2017 that the automaker would produce an F-150 Hybrid, Transit plug-in hybrid, and a Mustang Hybrid by 2020. Then-CEO Mark Fields said at the time, “Ford is committed to being a leader in providing consumers with a broad range of […]

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As Territory Shrinks, ISIS Draws Inspiration from George Peppard and Joins the Crossover Craze

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If there’s one thing shared by members of ISIS and the Western world, it’s an appreciation for the utility and versatility of high-value crossovers. Yes, even militant, fundamentalist killers have a myriad of needs requiring the likes of a Hyundai Tucson or Kia Sorento. As Iraqi forces continue their push into territory previously seized by […]

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McLaren Automotive Sales and Profits Are Soaring; 2017 Expected to Be Even Better Than 2016

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SUVs aren’t the only means of success in the global auto industry in 2017. Sports cars, supercars even, appear to be a useful means of sourcing profits, even for a relatively young automaker such as McLaren. It’s often said that the one way to make a small fortune racing cars is to start with a large […]

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You’re Still Not Invited to the Blue Oval Fiesta; Ford Subcompact’s Status Still Unknown in North America

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At TTAC, we’ve been doubtful of the Ford Fiesta’s future for many months. It’s not merely the condition of the subcompact market, where sales are down 17 percent so far this year, that causes us to doubt. It’s not only the Fiesta’s relative North American youth — it’s only been on sale since 2010 — that […]

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Ford to Fling Driveshaft Repairs at Transit Owners Until It Figures Out a Solution

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There’s a problem underneath 2015-2017 Ford Transit models and, until the Blue Oval figures out a long-term fix, owners and operators of all Transit variants can expect a new driveshaft flexible coupling every 30,000 miles. The automaker has announced a safety recall for 402,462 Transits sold in North America in order to prevent instances of driveshaft […]

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QOTD: Do You Want a Tesla Model 3 or an Electric BMW 3 Series?

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BMW intends to unveil an all-electric 3 Series at the Munich Auto Show in September, according to German business newspaper Handelsblatt. Will BMW report the intake of hundreds of thousands of $1,000 deposits for an all-electric, next-generation BMW 3 Series? Probably not. But which car are you more likely to purchase: a 3 Series EV from […]

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