Cadillac expanding ‘V’ range (probably SUVs) after it kills off CTS-V and ATS-V (sadness)

Cadillac plans to expand its “V” performance range, beginning with a 550-horsepower CT6-V in 2019, after it kills off the CTS-V and ATS-V.

Driver News is very sad about this and will need a day off from work.

The new car, formerly known as the CT6 V-Sport, will put Cadillac’s new 4.2-litre twin-turbo “Blackwing” V8 to good use, channeling its 627 lb-ft of torque through a 10-speed transmission to all four wheels. Read More

GM Recalling 1 Million Pickup Trucks, SUVs For Steering Problems

Power steering assist could momentarily cut out on 2015 model-year full-size vehicles.

General Motors is recalling a whole bunch of pickup trucks and full-size SUVs for another round of potential steering issues. Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a safety recall for just over 1 million GM vehicles over problems with the electric power steering that could lead to a momentary loss of power to the steering system. As you can imagine, losing the power steering on a 2.5-ton Cadillac Escalade – even for just a second or two – could be catastrophic depending on the circumstances. The problem is of particular concern at slow speeds, where steering assist is needed most. Read More

California meets with federal regulators over fuel-economy rollback

Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]

Trump administration officials met with California regulators Wednesday to discuss the EPA and NHTSA’s proposal to freeze fuel economy and emissions standards from 2020 through 2026.

The proposal would rescind scheduled increases planned under the Obama administration, which would have raised vehicles’ average fuel economy to about 39 mpg based on real-world EPA fuel economy stickers. Read More

BMW Brings the Electric HEAT

During a recent visit to BMW’s normally top-secret electric powertrain development center in Munich, we had the chance to take a closer look at the company’s next-generation e-power unit, known internally as the HEAT. It didn’t look particularly radical or exciting, yet this family of modular powertrain units will be at the heart of the company’s dramatic expansion plans for electrification throughout the models spun from its forthcoming fifth-generation architecture. Read More

Ford’s pickup trucks alone would be more profitable than McDonald’s or 3M, Morgan Stanley says

If Ford Motor Co.’s F-Series pickup franchise were one company, it would rake in more profit than giants such as McDonald’s Corp. MCD, -0.15% 3M Co. MMM, +0.01% and United Technologies Corp. UTX, +0.16% analysts at Morgan Stanley said in a note Wednesday.

The “exercise,” as the analysts called it, serves to show how the market underestimates Ford’s pickup business, they said. Read More

BMW’s Magna solid-state lidar deal paves the way to autonomy

Many automakers believe that lidar, light-based mapping, is the key to vehicle autonomy. However, lidar is still pretty darn expensive, which makes mass-market adoption difficult. A new kind of lidar could change that, and BMW is ready to adopt it.

Magna and Innoviz Technologies announced today that the two companies will provide BMW with solid-state lidar technology for its future autonomous vehicles. Magna is a global automotive supplier, while Innoviz specializes in building lidar systems. Its new product, the InnovizOne, will be what ends up in BMW’s vehicles. Read More

Why Ford Killed Its Cars

My colleagues, as well as much of the car enthusiast community, are dealing with a collective freakout upon learning Ford will be killing off all its sedans and hatchbacks and keeping one real car, the Mustang, in North America. Ford is doomed, they say. But I don’t share that perspective—no one wanted to buy those cars anyway, and this came down to just being a cold, hard business decision. Read More

Amazon starts delivering to your car trunk, wherever it’s parked

SAN FRANCISCO — I gave Amazon the keys to my car last week and it went pretty well.

Not that Amazon needed a lift (and the actual key was a digital one.) I was testing a new program, launching Tuesday, that lets Amazon drivers unlock a customer’s vehicle via an app and leave their packages inside it, rather than on their doorstep. Think of it as Amazon turning your car into a locker, only you get to decide where the locker is located — and you can move it around. Read More

The Worst Thing About Tesla’s 123,000-Car Recall? Crummy Timing

THURSDAY EVENING, TENS of thousands of Tesla Model S owners got an email warning them that the power steering on their electric cars might fail. Bolts that hold the system together have been corroding and weakening, particularly when exposed to harsh winter road conditions.

“We have observed excessive corrosion in the power steering bolts, though only in very cold climates, particularly those that frequently use calcium or magnesium road salts, rather than sodium chloride (table salt),” the email read. “Nonetheless, Tesla plans to replace all early Model S power steering bolts in all climates worldwide to account for the possibility that the vehicle may later be used in a highly corrosive environment.” Read More

The new Toyota Corolla will have Apple CarPlay and Amazon’s Alexa

Still no word on Android Auto, though.

The 2019 Toyota Corolla is making its global debut at the New York International Auto Show this week, and it has a few surprises hidden inside its tiny hatchback — most notably Apple’s CarPlay and Amazon’s Alexa.

Toyota first added CarPlay earlier this year in the 2019 Avalon. It was a shift for the Japanese automaker, which famously abstained from adopting either CarPlay or Android Auto in its cars for years. Up until 2015, Toyota was on record as preferring its own in-house proprietary operating system, and even when Toyota eventually switched to another company’s system in 2016, it was to adopt Ford’s SmartDeviceLink app platform, not Apple or Google’s software. Read More

Tesla (TSLA) investors approve Elon Musk’s new multi-billion compensation package

Without any surprise, Tesla confirmed today that shareholders have approved Elon Musk’s new multi-billion CEO compensation package recently proposed by the company’s board.

A Tesla spokesperson confirmed that the proposal went through at a special meeting of shareholders in Fremont today.

Large investors had already backed the initiative – making today’s meeting almost a formality. Read More

Ford recalls 1.3 million Fusions, MKZs: Steering wheels could come off

When driving a car, the steering wheel is only expected to move in a rotational fashion, either clockwise or counter-clockwise. When it moves in some other direction, something is wrong, and when it moves the wrong way enough that it is no longer attached to the steering column, that’s a really, really bad thing. And apparently, according to a recall issued by Ford, there are over 1.3 million Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs that are at risk of this happening. And at least two accidents and one injury have been attributed to the issue. Read More

The American Sedan Is Dying. Long Live the SUV

With lucrative sport utility vehicle and truck sales on the ascent, Detroit automakers are racing to ditch slow-selling cars in favor of the big rigs that mint them money.

Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne started it off by killing the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 to reorient Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV around Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups. The profit boom that’s followed has emboldened Detroit’s other CEOs to consider snuffing out sedans such as the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Impala. Read More

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