Land of no Lincolns

Lincoln is halfway through its six-year plan to triple its annual sales by 2020, and a key part of its journey is a retail space that doesn't sell anything.


Pay us for recalled used cars, dealers say

Federal law requires automakers pay a dealer 1 percent of the value of a new car that is under recall to cover floorplanning, insurance, depreciation and other costs, but there is nothing similar for used vehicles in most states.

Hybrids are better for autonomy, Ford says

Ford countered GM's vision for a large-scale self-driving car deployment in 2019 by detailing plans to launch an autonomous hybrid in 2021 for more diverse commercial uses.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Society won't take limits on freedom

No one doubts the capabilities and levels of modern technology, but I just don’t believe that a free society would be ready for the enactment of air traffic control levels of obedience for stop signs, traffic lights and speed limits.

Toyota looks outside for EV help

Once a dogmatic adherent to in-house development, the world's second biggest automaker is now opening its doors to outside help on electric cars.

BMW's bona fide dud detector

Building a working prototype is expensive, so BMW's advanced research teams construct cheaper 'pretertypes' for new innovations to check they're on the right track. Sometimes the reaction can halt an idea on the spot.

Uber re-focuses on self-driving initiative

After a tumultuous 2017, it was unclear what direction Uber would go under its new CEO. Last week the ride-hailing giant showed it still is charging ahead with plans to deploy autonomous vehicles.

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.

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