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California gears up to penalize Volkswagen

9:14 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

California is preparing a major enforcement action against Volkswagen AG after the company violated tailpipe emissions tests. Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, said it was too soon to say what penalties would be levied against the company....
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Used-car dealers in Calif. sue VW over diesel emissions

5:22 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

Independent, used car dealerships sued Volkswagen AG in California on Thursday over losses they say they will incur following revelations that the company fitted some diesel models with software to cheat on U.S. vehicle emissions tests....
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Lawyer seeks to send VW civil suits to federal court in California

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

At least two dozen civil lawsuits accusing Volkswagen of misleading customers by designing some diesel models to cheat on U.S. emissions tests should be sent to California federal court, a lawyer in one such case said in a motion filed today....
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Diesel cars loiter in lots as VW dealers, owners sit and wait

7:28 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

At the VW of Oakland dealership in California, the German company's "clean diesel-" powered cars were a big hit with eco-friendly customers. Now, following VW's admission that it rigged emissions tests of its diesel cars in the United States, a line of 2015 diesel Golf Sportwagens sit unsellable in the lot....
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Honda gets California approval for self-driving cars on roads

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Honda has received a permit from the state of California to drive its autonomous vehicles on public streets, joining companies ranging from Google to Volkswagen in testing the fast-growing technology....
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State-owned China automaker teams with U.S. electric-car startup Atieva

1:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

One of China's largest state-owned automakers said it has opened a technology research center in California's Silicon Valley and is teaming with U.S. electric-car startup Atieva to develop EVs for China and global markets....
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China's BAIC opens r&d center in Silicon Valley

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Chinese automaker BAIC Motor has opened an r&d center in Silicon Valley -- a facility that will help the company develop technology for electric vehicles, batteries and telematics. The center, which BAIC launched as a partnership with the Beijing New Engineering Research Institute, houses 20 employees....
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California lawmakers drop fuel economy provision from climate bill

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

A proposal to slash fuel use by cars and trucks in California over the next 15 years was dropped late Wednesday from an ambitious climate change bill in the California State Assembly....
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Calif. climate bill unnerves automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2015

A California climate-change bill that could see a vote this week in the state Assembly has some automakers worried that it could disrupt the alignment of state and federal regulations on emissions....
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Toyota invests $50 million in artificial intelligence for smarter cars

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Seeking to make cars better at avoiding crashes, Toyota will spend $50 million over five years to set up joint research centers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, the Japanese automaker said today. Toyota has also hired a robotics expert from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a Pentagon r&d division that has played a pivotal role in the development of self-driving cars....
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Tesla will begin deliveries of Model X on Sept. 29

Sept. 3, 2015 11:17 CET

Tesla will begin delivering its Model X electric crossover at the end of the month. The Model X will launch with a premium-priced special version called the Signature series that will cost between $132,000 and $144,000....
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Calif. dealers call Tesla referral deal illegal

1:11 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

A new referral program from Tesla Motors that offers discounts to buyers referred by a Tesla owner is drawing complaints from dealers in the electric-car manufacturer’s home state of California....
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Bosch acquires U.S. electric car battery developer Seeo

9:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

German auto supplier Robert Bosch has bought Seeo, a California-based company that has developed next-generation lithium-ion batteries that could double the range of electric cars....
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Lear buys technology from California automotive app developer

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Lear said today it has acquired the intellectual property and technology of Autonet Mobile, a software and device developer of automotive applications in California....
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Ferraris lead the pack at $390 million Pebble Beach car auctions

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Ferrari led the pack again. The Italian sports cars accounted for seven of the top 10 sales at auctions in California that fetched $390.6 million....
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Pebble Beach culminates auto-mania week

8:06 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

When it began 65 years ago, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was just a one-day affair. Now the day has become a week. It includes road rallies, races, auctions, displays, seminars, exhibitions, parties and, underpinning it all, marketing....
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Shelby to market 50 Daytona re-creations

7:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

Shelby American has re-created the historic U.S. racecar that knocked Ferrari off its pedestal in 1965 -- the Shelby Daytona Cobra coupe -- for a limited run of 50 cars....
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Henrik Fisker designs exotic convertible for Galpin

6:57 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

Luxury designer Henrik Fisker has created a convertible variation of the Ford GT Mustang to be sold by Galpin Auto Sports of Los Angeles....
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Apple eyes proving grounds for self-driving car, report says

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Apple is looking into using a former military base northeast of San Francisco as a high-security proving ground for autonomous vehicles it is developing, according to an online report by The Guardian, a British newspaper....
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Tesla note irks some Model S owners

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Tesla Motors annoyed some owners of its Model S cars with an e-mail requesting that they stop hogging the free fast-charging stations the electric-vehicle maker provides to ease long-distance travel....
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Lexus fine-tunes LX, GS in return to luxury roots

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

Lexus, which has been busy in recent years proving its hipness to millennials, came to this monied coastal enclave Thursday to show that it hasn't forgotten its roots, or its customers, in the old-school luxury market....
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Special edition BMW M4 concept to debut at Pebble Beach

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

BMW is showing a concept version of the first special edition M4 coupe that will be sold in the United States. The Concept M4 GTS debuts this week at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance....
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Mercedes C-class coupe to take on BMW 4 series, Audi A5

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

With the redesigned 2017 C-class coupe, Mercedes-Benz is aiming squarely at picking up sales against the BMW 4 series and the Audi A5. The redesigned coupe, with C300 and C300 4MATIC models, will debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show and go on sale in the U.S. next spring....
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Hyundai shows luxury aims with 'Vision G' coupe

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Hyundai has built its luxury-car lineup around sedans such as the Genesis and Equus. On Tuesday, by unveiling a slinky coupe concept with self-opening doors, Hyundai signaled that a coupe may be next on its agenda....
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TrueCar hit with another dealer lawsuit

3:01 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

A group of 100 auto dealerships that are part of TrueCar's network are suing the online car-buying service for not disclosing to consumers the nature of the fees that dealers pay the company for each sale....
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