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VW Jetta gets new look, platform in quest to win sedan shoppers

VW believes that much-improved driving dynamics, more technology and a more fuel-efficient gasoline powertrain in a redesigned Jetta that is moving onto the brand's global MQB platform will draw sedan customers to U.S. showrooms.


Audi drops plan to sell Ducati motorcycle brand

Audi has dropped plans to sell Ducati in a sign of confidence that it expects to be able to carry the costs of its strategic overhaul following the emissions scandal at parent VW Group.

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Aptiv preps new tech center in Boston

Aptiv, formerly Delphi Automotive, will open a technology center in Boston next year to expand engineering efforts and advance autonomous-vehicle programs.

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Tesla wins largest Semi truck preorder yet, from PepsiCo

PepsiCo has reserved 100 of Tesla's new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions.

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Only Musk can get away with this

Burning through $1 billion per quarter, or $8,000 per minute? Anyone but Elon Musk would be waving a white flag or contemplating leaving the country (planet).

After split, Delphi looks to the future

Last week, storied auto supplier Delphi split into two separate public entities -- one focused on the headline-grabbing autonomous vehicle phenomenon, the other on the century-old powertrain.

GM-Lyft relationship? It's complicated

General Motors has reaped financial benefits and learnings from its $500 million investment in the ride-hailing company Lyft; however, the long-term parameters of the relationship between the two remain uncertain.

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.

On recalls, Honda goes the extra mile

It took a while for Honda to recognize the scope of its problem with bad Takata airbag inflators, but since it did, the company has led the way in finding affected vehicles and getting their owners to come in for repairs.

GM making big changes to lighten pickups

It would be the largest-scale automotive application of carbon fiber, whose long, labor-intensive production process and high cost relative to steel and aluminum have limited its use mostly to luxury vehicles and sports cars.

Lamborghini bets on power with Urus SUV

Lamborghini's 650-hp, $237,000 Urus is poised to enter at the top of the ultraluxury SUV segment, which already includes the Bentley Bentayga and Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG, with Aston Martin, Ferrari and Rolls-Royce poised to enter the fast-growing sector .

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