California

Continental lures Google self-driving exec in Silicon Valley push

1:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
German supplier Continental AG is growing its Silicon Valley presence to help car companies roll out autonomous driving and other “intelligent” features over the coming years -- and it has hired one of Google's self-driving car executives to lead the effort....
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Saleen, bullish on EVs, reinvents Tesla Model S

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
Saleen Automotive pushed in a new direction with the unveiling of its first electric car, the 4Sixteen, based on the Tesla Model S. And the company's founder and CEO, Steve Saleen, says it has him sold on electric cars....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Why Americans are rediscovering Italian cars

8:52 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2014
Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Pagani, Zagato -- those luminary Italian brands barely add up to a percent of a percentage point worth of sales in America. But oh, the mystique....
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BMW hanging on to 30th anniversary M5

11:21 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
For all the BMW collectors who might want to add a limited-edition 30th Anniversary M5 to the portfolio, good luck. Just one model remains unsold in the United States as of today, and BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch says the automaker is in no hurry to let go of it....
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Startup Renovo unveils $529,000 EV supercar after years of secrecy

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
When they started their company four years ago, the founders of the Silicon Valley startup Renovo Motors saw a hole in the market for a pure electric supercar. Today they revealed their first product: the $529,000 Renovo Coupe, scheduled to launch in the United States next year....
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Ferrari coupe may race to record $75 million at auction

8:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
A Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta owned by the scion of a wealthy Italian family for 49 years may race off as the world's most expensive car when it's auctioned for as much as $75 million....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Toyota, supporter of Korean culture

12:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Would you do a double-take if Volvo were the sponsor of the Country Music Awards? How about if BMW were the primary sponsor, and the only automotive sponsor, of a museum exhibit of Japanese samurai swords?...
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

California prepares for hydrogen fuel stations

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Now that Toyota and other automakers are preparing to introduce fuel-cell vehicles in California, entrepreneurs are starting to build a network of hydrogen fuel stations....
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Toyota to name fuel cell vehicle Mirai, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Toyota will name its $69,000 fuel cell car Mirai, the Japanese word for future, a source told Bloomberg....
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JIM HENRY

Calif. ballot proposal misses cut for November vote

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
A California consumer advocacy group’s ballot initiative that would have outlawed dealer reserve in the state won’t make it on the November ballot this year....
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JAMIE LaREAU

Another hole-in-one gives California dealer a second chance

2:41 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
For eight years, Folsom Lake Kia and Folsom Lake Ford near Sacramento have sponsored charity golf tournaments without anyone ever hitting a hole-in-one. Yet for the second time this year, a golfer has put it in the cup, winning a new car....
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Toyota plans to name $69,000 fuel-cell vehicle Mirai, report says

9:59 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Toyota is planning to name its $69,000 fuel-cell car Mirai, the Japanese word for future, a person familiar with the decision told Bloomberg....
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Honda expands giant airbag recall to include California

9:36 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
Honda expanded a U.S. regional recall of vehicles over potentially explosive airbags to include California after a complaint that said a driver was injured in an accident in the state....
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SAIC chairman pledges to boost brand in China, invest in Silicon Valley

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
SAIC, the Chinese manufacturing partner of GM and VW, plans to to increase spending to build up its own car brands while it contemplates investing in a venture capital unit in Silicon Valley....
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Hyundai delivers hydrogen Tucson to first U.S. customer

7:24 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
Hyundai has started retail leasing of its hydrogen-powered Tucson crossover as the South Korean carmaker and competitors look to expand the market for alternative zero-emission electric vehicles....
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KEITH CRAIN

States meddle in car sales again

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
It wasn't long ago that California adopted a zero-emission vehicle policy that cost a lot of money and didn't do a thing. Now states are demanding that 15 percent of vehicle sales within their borders be ZEVs by 2025. You can't push technology faster than consumers are willing to adopt....
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California lawmakers propose incentives for Tesla battery factory

6:27 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
California lawmakers proposed financial incentives for electric car maker Tesla Motors on Thursday in a bid to entice the company to build a large battery factory in the state....
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M-B breaks ground on new West Coast sales, training center

3:15 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Mercedes-Benz USA began construction today on a new home for its West Coast operations that will consolidate a vehicle preparation center, a learning and performance center and a regional sales office....
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States vow to juice ZEV demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Eight states, in a coalition including California and New York, have signaled that they're willing to meet automakers part way in an effort to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on their roads by 2025. The eight states represent about one-quarter of total U.S. vehicle sales and have adopted rules requiring that about 15 percent of new vehicles sold by 2025 be ZEVs....
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8 states push to get 3.3 million ZEVs on road by 2025

8:06 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
Eight states, including California and New York, announced today major incentives to place a cumulative 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025....
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KEITH CRAIN

Scattered around the nation

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
I have always wondered whether having General Motors, Ford and Chrysler clustered in Detroit is a good thing. I am not sure that having the three companies in the same area is good for creativity and innovation....
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Tesla edges out Toyota as California's top auto employer

1:15 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2014
As quietly as one of its electric cars, Tesla Motors has become the biggest auto-industry employer in California. And it is the rare company doubling down on making products in the nation's most populous state....
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Toyota move could generate $7.2 billion in 10 years for Texas economy, analysis finds

7:28 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2014
Toyota's relocation of its United States headquarters to Plano, Texas, may bring $7.2 billion of economic activity to the area over 10 years, according to an analysis for the city....
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Porsche sued over 'Fast and Furious' actor Paul Walker's fatal crash

11:23 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2014
Kristine Rodas, the widow of Roger Rodas -- who in November 2013 was killed along with “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker in a Porsche Carrera GT crash -- filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles against the automaker....
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Toyota move yields political fallout in Calif.

4:03 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2014
Toyota's decision to move its North American headquarters to Texas is causing political fallout in California. A representative on the California Economic Development Commission criticized officials in Torrance for “having lost the world's largest automotive company,” the city's newspaper reported Wednesday....
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