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Audi claims first California autonomous driving permit

11:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Volkswagen's Audi unit is the first automaker to receive an autonomous driving permit in California, as new laws in the state governing the process went into effect on Tuesday....
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Toyota FT-1 gets the souped-up 'Gran Turismo' treatment for video game

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Toyota has joined the “Gran Turismo” parade of video game racers with a beefier version of its FT-1 concept. “The design brief of this car was very simple: Take the FT-1 concept car and turn it into the most kickass, badass, super racecar you can imagine,” said Kevin Hunter, president of Toyota's Calty Design Research, during the car's video unveiling....
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U.S. charges former dealership salesman, other man in California with odometer fraud

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Two California men, one a former salesman at a Los Angeles Ford dealership, were charged with rolling back odometers, the Justice Department said today....
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California generates 40% of U.S. plug-in car sales, report says

10:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
California drivers are fueling the sale of rechargeable cars in the United States with more than 100,000 sold in the state in the last four years, representing about 40 percent of the domestic plug-in market....
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AutoNation sales rise 7 percent in August

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
AutoNation said today that its new-vehicle sales in the United States during August were the dealership group's best since 2002....
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Tesla to announce plans for 'gigafactory' in Nevada

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Tesla Motors is expected to announce Thursday that it has selected Nevada to be the site of its "gigafactory," the large-scale lithium ion battery manufacturing plant estimated to cost up to $5 billion to build....
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California lawmakers adjourn without passing Tesla aid

6:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
California lawmakers adjourned for the year without coming up with incentives to entice Tesla Motors to build a $5 billion battery plant in the state....
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BMW joins Cadillac wooing Silicon Valley to combat Tesla

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
BMW scored a coup this month when former Apple executive Tony Fadell became one of the first owners of the new $136,000 i8 plug-in sports car in the United States. Car companies covet Californians, who are seen as trendsetters for the rest of the country. All the better if they can win adherents among executives at companies striving to stay at the cutting edge of technology....
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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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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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