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Michigan governor signs bill allowing self-driving cars on public roads

Automakers and tech companies will be able to develop, test and sell autonomous vehicles in Michigan, per legislation Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law today.

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Ex-Ford boss Mulally in mix for secretary of state, Trump adviser says

President-elect Donald Trump's short list for secretary of state has grown, with ...

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Mulally met with Trump

President-elect Donald Trump met with former Ford CEO Alan Mulally on Thursday ...

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Ford leads automakers in patents for first time

Ford received more patents this year than any other automaker, a first for the Blue ...

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Michigan governor signs bill allowing self-driving cars on public roads

Automakers and tech companies will be able to develop, test and sell autonomous vehicles in Michigan, per legislation Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law today.

VW's lost, destroyed phones justify more scrutiny, FTC says

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to further question VW Group's U.S. officials about whether evidence including mobile phones was destroyed amid the probe of diesel vehicles rigged to cheat

Ford leads automakers in patents for first time

Ford received more patents this year than any other automaker, a first for the Blue Oval as it increases the technology in vehicles and dabbles in alternative forms of transportation.

Daimler will become 2016's biggest luxury automaker, Zetsche says

Daimler will become the biggest and most profitable luxury carmaker this year, CEO Dieter Zetsche said. Achieving the target would put Mercedes back on top for the first time since 2005 when it lost

First Shift: Lost VW phones are a 'red flag,' FTC warns

Lost, destroyed VW phones are a 'red flag,' FTC warns; Mercedes to be No. 1 in '16, Zetsche says; FCA's quiet Detroit stand; Mulally, Trump meet; Auto industry tops in ad spending.

Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One team principal in a 110-million-pound bid to win the America's Cup, the world's most prestigious

Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer

Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief technical officer. He succeeds Ian Minards, who moved to consumer electronics manufacturer Dyson.

Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One team principal in a $138 million bid to win the America's Cup, the world's most prestigious sailing

Ex-Ford boss Mulally in mix for secretary of state, Trump adviser says

President-elect Donald Trump's short list for secretary of state has grown, with former Ford CEO Alan Mulally now under consideration for the job as the nation's top diplomat, a top adviser said

Nissan to focus on cost, technology with emphasis on what it can control

Nissan, the Japanese automaker that's become symbolic of what it means to be a truly global manufacturer, has a simple plan to navigate an unprecedented level of uncertainty around policy and

VW's Porsche focus of widened German car emissions probe

German regulators are investigating whether Porsche illegally manipulated fuel economy data on its vehicles, potentially opening a new front in parent Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal.

Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real

Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. Confused? So was I until I strapped a $5,000 computer on my head and entered into the world of augmented

AutoNews Now: Mulally meeting with Trump

Mulally meeting with Trump; Audi gets connected in Vegas; Ford tech remembers to put car in 'park'; Germany probes Porsche; BMW-Magna deal.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia priced in U.S. starting at $38,990

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said pricing for the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan will start at $38,990, including shipping.

Trump picks foe of Obama climate agenda to run 'out-of-control' EPA

President-elect Donald Trump officially announced his intent to tap Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator, saying Pruitt will “reverse” the agency's “out-of-

Behind the wheel of the Lexus LC

Before we dine on the main course of what it's like to drive the 2018 Lexus LC coupe, let's set the table: The LC is not the LFA.

New headlight criteria mean fewer vehicles get highest IIHS safety rating

Headlights that failed to measure up led to fewer new vehicles earning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top accolades in the latest batch of group's coveted safety evaluations.

Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real

Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. Confused? So was I until I strapped a $5,000 computer on my head and entered into the world of augmented

First Shift: Safest vehicles on U.S. roads

Safest vehicles on U.S. roads: Nine Toyota products awarded, headlights hold back some contenders; Trump's pick to head EPA; Used-car prices fall; Honda confirms China plant; Beepi merger.

Mulally met with Trump

President-elect Donald Trump met with former Ford CEO Alan Mulally on Thursday afternoon, according to a spokesman for Trump's transition team.

BMW selects Magna to replace Lear for X5, X6 seating business in S.C.

Magna International will replace Lear as the seat supplier to the BMW X5 and X6 with seats manufactured in its new Spartanburg, S.C., seating plant.

FCA picks CES over Detroit show for press reveal

Fiat Chrysler will not hold a press reveal of a new or refreshed vehicle at the Detroit auto show in January for the first time since 2010, choosing instead to hold a press conference at the Consumer

Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars

Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. He fears a so-called “digital divide” between cities and rural areas

AutoNews Now: Opening the door to car theft

'Mystery' device opens door to car theft; Dodge plans AWD Challenger; BMW's 'Valley of Tears'; More tests for '17 F-150; Extended-cab Nissan Titan spied; 'Cars 3' at car show.

Global automaker group seeks to block EPA from finalizing mpg rules

Trade groups representing nearly all automakers in the U.S. market have now asked the EPA to refrain from finalizing a rule to slash tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions through 2025 until after

Dodge adds all-wheel-drive Challenger GT

An all-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger is now reality -- just in time for winter. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Tuesday that Dodge will add the awd 2017 Challenger GT to the muscle car's already vast

Incentives, excess new-car inventory, put a drag on used vehicle values

An increase in new-car incentives and “channel stuffing” -- excess new-vehicle inventory on dealers' lots -- caused used-vehicle prices to slip 1 percent in November, according to one

First Shift: From better eyesight to better EVs

Using contact-lens tech to recharge EVs; Failure to block EPA?; Judge tosses M-B suit; Volvo picks head of R&D; Ed Welburn's Oscar-worthy auto prize.

Beepi merges with mobile car-buying platform co-founded by Scott Painter

Beepi Inc., an online used-vehicle marketplace, has merged with Fair.com, an upcoming mobile car-buying platform founded by former TrueCar CEO Scott Painter and two other industry veterans.

Samsung SDI to supply batteries for startup Lucid Motors' EVs

Lucid Motors, a California-based, EV startup, said it will partner with Samsung SDI as a major supplier for the lithium ion battery cells in its sedan set to debut next week.

CFPB future grows cloudy under Trump appointments

The future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is becoming more complicated. Along with the U.S. Court of Appeals' call to restructure the agency, President-elect Donald Trump's recent

'Mystery device' helps thieves steal cars with push-button ignitions, report says

The National Insurance Crime Bureau today said it obtained and tested a so-called “mystery device” that can allow a thief to break into a vehicle without leaving behind any of the

Volvo picks fast-rising Henrik Green to lead r&d

Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in three years. Green replaces Peter Mertens, who is moving to Audi to head technical development at

S. Korea to slap VW with record fine, pursue execs over emissions ads

South Korea will file criminal complaints against five former and current executives at VW Group's local unit and fine the automaker a record $32 million for false advertising on vehicle emissions.

Nissan leads Twitter engagement among auto brands for second consecutive month

For the second month in a row, Nissan took first place in the Twitter engagement race for automotive brands, wielding the power of the GTR in its most popular November tweet, according to ListenFirst

Renault-Nissan names veteran exec Philippe Brunet as new powertrain chief

Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace the top executive in charge of engines and transmissions. The change comes as tightening emissions regulations expose the slow pace

Tesla recalls 7,000 charging adapters after 2 overheat

Tesla Motors Inc. said it is voluntarily recalling about 7,000 adapters for electric-vehicle charging after two reports of overheating that resulted in melted plastic on the plugs. The rarely used

Ford's futurist foreshadows consumer trends to watch in 2017

As the in-house futurist at Ford, Sheryl Connelly's job is to predict the future -- not necessarily about driving or cars, but about how consumer behavior is changing. Connelly's findings, however,

Trump to pick foe of Obama climate agenda to run EPA, report says

President-elect Donald Trump will pick an ardent opponent of President Barack Obama's measures to stem climate change to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a Trump transition team source told

Knorr-Bremse seals victory in Haldex takeover battle

German supplier Knorr-Bremse has won the first stage of its battle to take over Sweden's Haldex by obtaining 86.1 percent of the brake systems company's shares before its offer expired Monday.

Chevrolet midsize crossover spotted

GM has been spotted testing a vehicle that could be Chevrolet’s upcoming midsize crossover planned to slot between the Equinox and Traverse. The vehicle, expected to be called the Blazer, would

What's holding back the Jeep Grand Wagoneer?

Auto manufacturing remains a particularly expensive undertaking, even more so when a company actually has to develop new products.

Mexico auto exports, output rise in November

Mexican auto exports rose 9.6 percent in November compared with the same month a year earlier, while production increased 7.4 percent, the country's auto industry group AMIA said.

Toyota will expand development of hybrid technology

Toyota will expand the development of its gasoline-hybrid technology to speed up the introduction of lower-emission engines. The automaker will increase staffing of its hybrid tech team by 30 percent

GM 's Maven vehicle-sharing service coming to Kitchener, Ontario

General Motors is poised to make Kitchener, Ont., the first Canadian city to host its vehicle-sharing service Maven.

First Shift: Automakers try to halt EPA move

Automakers try to halt EPA's mpg move; Ford taps debt markets; Toyota hybrid expansion; Hyundai exec grilled in S. Korea political scandal; Honda: CR-V won't surpass Civic, Accord.

Infiniti global sales on track for record year, chief says

Infiniti will likely end 2016 with record sales well beyond the 215,000 vehicles it sold worldwide last year, the Japanese brand's global chief said.

GM expands rear-seat reminder technology to 20 models

In an effort to prevent child heatstroke deaths, General Motors' new Rear Seat Reminder technology -- which made its debut in the GMC Acadia this year -- will become standard on more than 20 models

2018 Audi Q5

Looks can be deceiving. The redesigned Q5's subtle sheet-metal changes obscure a near-total overhaul of the brand's top-selling U.S. nameplate.

Contact lens tech could revolutionize electric vehicles

A plastic based on soft contact-lens technology may solve some of the biggest challenges facing electric vehicles by letting them recharge in seconds and travel from London to Edinburgh without

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