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Jeep plans optional soft-top on Scrambler pickup

The Jeep Scrambler — FCA's planned Wrangler-based pickup — will come with an optional droptop, Automotive News has learned.


Key VW shareholder Lower Saxony will keep stake in automaker

VW's second-largest shareholder, Lower Saxony, said it would retain its stake in the automaker despite a call for changes in the way the company is managed.

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Infiniti plays with power

Nissan engineers have succeeded in commercializing variable compression engine technology for the new Infiniti QX50.

Sign of the 'Times'

The New York Times devoted its Nov. 12 Sunday magazine to the future of cars — self-driving cars — and the outsized impact they'll likely have on society.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
What's the effect downstream?

After reading Bob Lutz's prediction of the future of the automotive industry , I started thinking about the downstream impact of fewer drivers and driverless vehicles.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Don't ignore the will of the people

Seriously, dear Mr. Lutz, it's people who buy your products, who elect politicians, who pay taxes. To ignore their fears and needs shows the kind of monumental arrogance and stupidity that should have disappeared long ago.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
'Disruption' isn't right for autos

Regarding “Why are disruptors dangerous? They aren't protecting a business model,” Nov. 6: “Disruption” is inappropriate for the auto industry.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Throwing the 48-volt switch

I have been around long enough to remember when most cars were equipped with 6-volt batteries. They were cumbersome and never turned the engine over fast enough in cold weather.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Connected-car tech is here, so let's use it

I read Keith Crain's “Don't wait with self-driving” and thought it was a great challenge to the automakers and software companies developing autonomous technology.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Get self-driving tech into cars now

I have heard a lot about the features and advantages of autonomous vehicles and how they are being tested on some public roads and highways.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Harvey Lamm
The auto industry’s big mistake

Awd offered significant benefits to drivers and the industry, but it was largely ignored by the industry in the early 1970s. Today, as co-founder of VNG.co, a provider of natural gas fueling for light vehicles within retail gasoline stations, I see the industry making a similar mistake.

UPDATED: 10/5/17 4:23 pm ET - adds closing share price
GM begins to convince some investors of tech chops

A surprising theory is fueling a long-awaited breakthrough for GM shares: that the stuffy century-old automaker may have some technology chops, after all.

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