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The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Bugatti unveiled the Chiron coupe in at the 2016 Geneva auto show. Bugatti buyers typically own 64 cars.
Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, according to a man who has direct contact with both.
Bentley owners are usually successful executives who own their own businesses. They fly business class, stay in the best rooms at five-star hotels and if they attend a soccer game they will watch it from their own suite at the stadium. On average, ...
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The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Volkswagen's I.D. Buzz is a take on the classic VW Microbus of the '50s and '60s.
The 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and eye-popping concepts. In fact, so many brands either didn't show up or didn't have formal press events (Porsche, Tesla, Fiat Chrysler, Land Rover, Jaguar, Mini and Mitsubishi among them) that you might wonder about the future of this annual event.
That said, a few vehicles in the show are important ...
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In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Faraday says the FF 91 will be the world's fastest electric car and it showed footage of the model outracing rivals. (Bloomberg)
Faraday Future has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up certainly has aggressive communication.
In unveiling the FF 91, its first production model, Faraday not only showed footage of how the electric SUV can go from 0 to 60 mph (97 kph) on a race track faster than selected competitors, but it also gave a live demonstration.
Faraday had on stage a wh ...
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Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears
Posted 5:57 am U.S. ET, Jan. 5
Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq, shown, uses lidar technology fitted behind the front bumper rather than on the roof, retaining the car's sleek design.
I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car as soon as I can, but many others are skeptical. One reason is they want to be sure that the artificial intelligence in control of their vehicle knows exactly what’s happening on the road around the car.
To overcome those fears Hyundai made available autonomous Ioniq models to visitors of this week’ ...
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London's new taxi blends tradition and tech
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 4
London Taxi Company's next-generation Black Cab will be based on the TX5 concept (shown). The vehicle will have room for 6 passengers and be wired for Wi-Fi, but a former London mayor made sure the iconic vehicle's look would remain the same.
The fifth generation of London's iconic Black Cab that will debut later this year will have 21st century upgrades that make it greener, roomier and more connected, but its design will stay firmly planted in the 1950s.
Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, who is now Britain's foreign secretary, made sure of that.
"He was adamant. He wanted it to look just like a London taxi and asked us not to chan ...
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VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform
Posted 5:55 am U.S. ET, Dec. 15 2016
Some VW managers refer to the automaker's Wolfsburg home as "the navel of the world," only half-sarcastically.
The first time I heard it spoken at a Volkswagen event was ironically in Hanover of all places – where the purest form of German is spoken. Andreas Renschler, head of the VW Group's newly created commercial vehicles holding, began addressing guests in a foreign language: English.
This was strange because senior executives at VW, that most German of all companies, never hosted a big event at ...
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Land Rover sets sail on epic quest
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Dec. 9 2016
New America's Cup sailboats have less than 1 percent of their surface in the water and are powered by a big wing rather than by a mainsail. Like in car racing, success is based on aerodynamics, which is why Land Rover's engineering team is involved.
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 (126 million euro) bid to win the world’s most prestigious sailing trophy: the America's Cup. The race, originally known as the 100 Pound Cup, was first held in 1851. The intention of the competition, a race around the Isle of Wight, was to show Queen Vict ...
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Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Dec. 8 2016
Using Microsoft's HoloLens augmented-reality goggles allows Volvo engineers to see a component in 3-D detail. They can twist and turn the part and even go inside it to see how it is constructed (inset).
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC
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 reality (AR).
Volvo's initial step using Microsoft's HoloLens, the world's first fully untethered holographic computer, was at dealerships and auto shows to give customers a 3-D experience with its end ...
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Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Dec. 7 2016
| Douglas A. Bolduc is managing editor at Automotive News Europe.|
Brexit and U.S. president-elect Donald Trump's rise to power should be wake up calls to proponents of autonomous driving, said a top researcher from a London-based think tank that has analyzed the potential effects of self-driving cars on the European economy.
"If I was a politician looking at the recent election results in the U.S. and UK, it would be clear that it is very important to reach out ...
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Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Dec. 5 2016
Porsche won the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year with its 919 Hybrid.
By capturing first and second place in Bahrain during the final competition of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) season, Audi's works team celebrated a bittersweet victory to end 18 years of Le Mans Prototype endurance racing on a high note.
Audi said last month that it will no longer race in WEC events, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans to focus on the all-electric Formula E racing series. ...
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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. Willcox shared one rival's scathing comments when we met this week in Barcelona.
"Seven or eight years ago I attended a conference in the UK and an engineer from a very well-known German group was pouring a huge amount of scorn ...