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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - GM may kill Chevy Volt, Sonic and four other cars #FACTS JULY 22, 2017. General Motors has put six of its cars under review, including its once breakthrough Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and is evaluating whether to cancel them in the coming years, according to a report from Reuters.

The news comes as sales of cars continue to plummet in the U.S. and as consumers increasingly turn to SUVs and pickups.

Besides the Chevrolet Volt hybrid, other vehicles believed to be under consideration for elimination iinclude the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Sonic, according to Reuters.
GM spokesman Jim Cain declined to comment on the report. 
UAW President Dennis Williams said Thursday the union is in ongoing discussions with GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler about falling car sales and how to keep the automaker's U.S. plants operating at full capacity.

According to Reuters, GM likely won't phase out any of the models until 2020. That will put pressure on the UAW in 2019 when it is set to renegotiate its contract with all three Detroit automakers.

But Williams stressed the UAW isn't waiting until then. The union already is pressuring GM to make its Buick Envision SUV in the U.S. GM began importing the Envision — a new model — into the U.S. from China last year. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #CADILLACXTS #CADILLAC #CHEVYVOLT #buicklacrosse #autoindustry #IMPALA #chevrolet #CHRYSLER #TOYOTA #caranddriver #autoweek #POPULARMECHANIC #CARLOVERS #CARPORN #INSTACAR #luxurycar #BENZ #FORD #GM #masserati #bugatti #luxurylifestyle #autoindustry #CAR #porsche

GM may kill Chevy Volt, Sonic and four other cars #factsJULY 22, 2017. General Motors has put six of its cars under review, including its once breakthrough Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and is evaluating whether to cancel them in the coming years, according to a report from Reuters. The news comes as sales of cars continue to plummet in the U.S. and as consumers increasingly turn to SUVs and pickups. Besides the Chevrolet Volt hybrid, other vehicles believed to be under consideration for elimination iinclude the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Sonic, according to Reuters. GM spokesman Jim Cain declined to comment on the report. UAW President Dennis Williams said Thursday the union is in ongoing discussions with GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler about falling car sales and how to keep the automaker's U.S. plants operating at full capacity. According to Reuters, GM likely won't phase out any of the models until 2020. That will put pressure on the UAW in 2019 when it is set to renegotiate its contract with all three Detroit automakers. But Williams stressed the UAW isn't waiting until then. The union already is pressuring GM to make its Buick Envision SUV in the U.S. GM began importing the Envision — a new model — into the U.S. from China last year. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #CADILLACXTS #CADILLAC #CHEVYVOLT #buicklacrosse #autoindustry #IMPALA #chevrolet #chrysler #TOYOTA #caranddriver #autoweek #POPULARMECHANIC #CARLOVERS #CARPORN #instacar #luxurycar #BENZ #ford #GM #masserati #bugatti #luxurylifestyle #autoindustry #CAR #porsche

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - Lyft ups ante on Uber, starts self-driving car division #FACTS JULY 21, 2017. Lyft announced Friday that it is building out a self-driving car team that will be staffed by a few hundred engineers by the end of 2018.

The ride-hailing company also will by the end of this year test its self-driving platform aboard a vehicle developed in partnership with nuTonomy, a Cambridge, Mass-based autonomous vehicle software company.

In establishing the new division — which will work from a Palo Alto building called Level 5, after the highest level of autonomy — Lyft is signaling a more aggressive stance toward ensuring its survival in a future where car ownership gradually will be replaced by subscription access to vehicles.
Executives said at a press conference that the inevitability of autonomous vehicles meant that Lyft could not afford to miss the opportunity to add to the quickly evolving hardware and software conversation. "This is too strategic an area for us not to be a player," said Luc Vincent, the Google Street View creator who now serves as Lyft's vice president of autonomony. "We want to take an active role."
But in light of the significant setbacks experienced by its larger rival Uber, Lyft's news brings to mind the Irving Berlin lyric, "Anything you can do, I can do better." Uber's struggles stemming from accusations of harboring a sexist work environment and inquiries by regulators into practices that skirt the law led to the resignation last month of its high-profile co-founder, Travis Kalanick. 
An internal investigation led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder produced a laundry list of recommendations to right Uber's ship, including an overhauling of human resources practices and a review of its board of directors. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #UBER #LYFT #selfdriving #TESLA #ELONMUSK #NUTONOMY #ERICHOLDER #TRAVISKALANICK #LUCVINCENT #GOOGLE #AMAZON #CARS #autoindustry #luxurylifestyle #luxurycar #BENZ #TOYOTA #NISSAN #bentley #NYC #losangeles #FORD #GM #TAXI #NEWS #DAILYNEWS #RIDE

Lyft ups ante on Uber, starts self-driving car division #factsJULY 21, 2017. Lyft announced Friday that it is building out a self-driving car team that will be staffed by a few hundred engineers by the end of 2018. The ride-hailing company also will by the end of this year test its self-driving platform aboard a vehicle developed in partnership with nuTonomy, a Cambridge, Mass-based autonomous vehicle software company. In establishing the new division — which will work from a Palo Alto building called Level 5, after the highest level of autonomy — Lyft is signaling a more aggressive stance toward ensuring its survival in a future where car ownership gradually will be replaced by subscription access to vehicles. Executives said at a press conference that the inevitability of autonomous vehicles meant that Lyft could not afford to miss the opportunity to add to the quickly evolving hardware and software conversation. "This is too strategic an area for us not to be a player," said Luc Vincent, the Google Street View creator who now serves as Lyft's vice president of autonomony. "We want to take an active role." But in light of the significant setbacks experienced by its larger rival Uber, Lyft's news brings to mind the Irving Berlin lyric, "Anything you can do, I can do better." Uber's struggles stemming from accusations of harboring a sexist work environment and inquiries by regulators into practices that skirt the law led to the resignation last month of its high-profile co-founder, Travis Kalanick. An internal investigation led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder produced a laundry list of recommendations to right Uber's ship, including an overhauling of human resources practices and a review of its board of directors. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #UBER #LYFT #selfdriving #TESLA #ELONMUSK #NUTONOMY #ERICHOLDER #traviskalanick #lucvincent #GOOGLE #amazon #CARS #autoindustry #luxurylifestyle #luxurycar #BENZ #TOYOTA #NISSAN #bentley #nyc #losangeles #ford #GM #taxi #NEWS #DAILYNEWS #ride

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - Car companies race to roll out self-driving cars, but the rules aren't ready #FACTS JULY 21, 2017. WASHINGTON -- Car companies are racing to get self-driving cars on U.S. highways. But federal regulators are playing catch-up.

Starting next year, a largely autonomous Audi hits the highways. This fall, students at the University of Michigan will be hopping a driverless bus across campus.

Carmakers are promising mass-market, fully self-driving cars by 2021, and tech companies like Uber and Google could deploy them much sooner. 
California is readying its roads, replacing raised lane markers with six-inch-thick solid lines, because they're easier for self-driving cars to see.

But what's not ready are the rules. "We need definitions, we need the government and the states to set laws that are all united and unified around this, and there needs to be a little bit less PT Barnumism, when everyone's throwing around these terms," said Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America.

Right now, only 23 states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books about self-driving cars, but two senators are hoping to change that. "As this technology gets out on the road we want to make sure it is safe, that it truly is ready for prime time," said Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #selfdriving #CAR #BMW #AUDI #LEXUS #TESLA #ELONMUSK #UBER #google #WAYMO #corvette #autoweek #carporn #CARLOVERS #INSTACARS #luxurycar #luxurylifestyle #POPULARMECHANIC #autoindustry #mercedes #porsche #bentley #toyota #GM #FORD #DODGE

Car companies race to roll out self-driving cars, but the rules aren't ready #factsJULY 21, 2017. WASHINGTON -- Car companies are racing to get self-driving cars on U.S. highways. But federal regulators are playing catch-up. Starting next year, a largely autonomous Audi hits the highways. This fall, students at the University of Michigan will be hopping a driverless bus across campus. Carmakers are promising mass-market, fully self-driving cars by 2021, and tech companies like Uber and Google could deploy them much sooner. California is readying its roads, replacing raised lane markers with six-inch-thick solid lines, because they're easier for self-driving cars to see. But what's not ready are the rules. "We need definitions, we need the government and the states to set laws that are all united and unified around this, and there needs to be a little bit less PT Barnumism, when everyone's throwing around these terms," said Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America. Right now, only 23 states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books about self-driving cars, but two senators are hoping to change that. "As this technology gets out on the road we want to make sure it is safe, that it truly is ready for prime time," said Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #selfdriving #CAR #BMW #audi #LEXUS #TESLA #elonmusk #UBER #google #waymo #corvette #autoweek #carporn #CARLOVERS #INSTACARS #luxurycar #luxurylifestyle #POPULARMECHANIC #autoindustry #mercedes #porsche #bentley #toyota #GM #ford #dodge

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - #TBT THE FIRST SUV CROSSOVER #FACTS JULY 20, 2017. Nowadays SUV’s are very popular all over the world, all major car makes started production of their own all-road luxury cars. The concept behind the SUV is to get comfort of the luxury car but have four wheel drive on big rims so that you can go off the road with the same feeling.

But it seems that in Soviet Russia they had already this ideal car – you can see here a luxury Soviet “Pobeda” (“Victory”) car on the high wheels, and people say it is not a self-made thing but was in production in limited edition at the car factory, so it can be probably not only the first Russian SUV but first SUV ever. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #SUV #RUSSIAN #POBEDA #SOVIET #GAZM72 #carporn #CARS #TESLA #elonmusk #GERMANY #ITALY #SPAIN #FRANCE #CARLOVERS #history #vintage #NATGEO #BUZZFEED #huffpostgram #autoindustry #luxurylifestyle #luxurycar #NATGEO #DISCOVERY

#tbtTHE FIRST SUV CROSSOVER #factsJULY 20, 2017. Nowadays SUV’s are very popular all over the world, all major car makes started production of their own all-road luxury cars. The concept behind the SUV is to get comfort of the luxury car but have four wheel drive on big rims so that you can go off the road with the same feeling. But it seems that in Soviet Russia they had already this ideal car – you can see here a luxury Soviet “Pobeda” (“Victory”) car on the high wheels, and people say it is not a self-made thing but was in production in limited edition at the car factory, so it can be probably not only the first Russian SUV but first SUV ever. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #SUV #russian #POBEDA #SOVIET #GAZM72 #carporn #CARS #TESLA #elonmusk #germany #ITALY #spain #FRANCE #CARLOVERS #history #vintage #NATGEO #BUZZFEED #huffpostgram #autoindustry #luxurylifestyle #luxurycar #NATGEO #DISCOVERY

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - SoftBank, GM and BMW invest $159 million into driverless car start-up Nauto #FACTS JULY 20, 2017. SoftBank and General Motors are among a group of companies that invested $159 million into U.S. driverless car start-up Nauto on Wednesday.
Palo Alto, CA-based Nauto makes cameras that sit inside of the car pointing at the driver, and outside of the vehicle looking at the road. They can track driver behavior in real time, and know if they are distracted. It uses computer vision, which is a form of artificial intelligence, to capture and process all of the data.
All of this data and insight will help the development of self-driving cars.

The $159 million financing round was led by SoftBank and Greylock Partners, a venture capital firm, with other participants including BMW iVentures, General Motors Ventures, Toyota AI Ventures, and the venture arm of insurance group Allianz. Previous investors Playground Global and Draper Nexus were also involved.

Nauto said it would use the money to grow and develop its camera technology and install it into more cars globally. The funds would also help to support the expansion of Nauto's data platform for autonomous vehicle research across "multiple automakers".
As more cars equipped with Nauto's technology drive more miles, the technology will become more precise. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #NAUTO #GM #SOFTBANK #BMW #DRIVERLESSCAR #DRIVERLESS #generalmotors #CAR #autoweek #autoindustry #CARS #luxurylifestyle #LUXURYCAR #POPULARMECHANIC #google #timemagazine #CARPORN #INSTACARS #CARLOVERS #LEXUS #lamborghini #bentley #porsche #ITALY #FRANCE #SPAIN #GERMANY

SoftBank, GM and BMW invest $159 million into driverless car start-up Nauto #factsJULY 20, 2017. SoftBank and General Motors are among a group of companies that invested $159 million into U.S. driverless car start-up Nauto on Wednesday. Palo Alto, CA-based Nauto makes cameras that sit inside of the car pointing at the driver, and outside of the vehicle looking at the road. They can track driver behavior in real time, and know if they are distracted. It uses computer vision, which is a form of artificial intelligence, to capture and process all of the data. All of this data and insight will help the development of self-driving cars. The $159 million financing round was led by SoftBank and Greylock Partners, a venture capital firm, with other participants including BMW iVentures, General Motors Ventures, Toyota AI Ventures, and the venture arm of insurance group Allianz. Previous investors Playground Global and Draper Nexus were also involved. Nauto said it would use the money to grow and develop its camera technology and install it into more cars globally. The funds would also help to support the expansion of Nauto's data platform for autonomous vehicle research across "multiple automakers". As more cars equipped with Nauto's technology drive more miles, the technology will become more precise. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #nauto #GM #SOFTBANK #BMW #DRIVERLESSCAR #DRIVERLESS #generalmotors #CAR #autoweek #autoindustry #CARS #luxurylifestyle #luxurycar #POPULARMECHANIC #google #timemagazine #CARPORN #INSTACARS #CARLOVERS #LEXUS #lamborghini #bentley #porsche #ITALY #FRANCE #spain #germany

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - scuderia cameron glickenhaus granted low volume manufacturer status will now build tens of cars annually #FACTS JULY 19, 2017. James Glickenhaus, he of the semi-eponymous Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG), has made good on his idea to turn his fledgling supercar outfit into a legit automaker. He had floated the concept to C/D at the Geneva auto show in March. After that, he apparently made up his mind quite quickly: SCG filed the necessary paperwork for low-volume manufacturers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in April. The company now says it has been granted low-volume-manufacturer status by NHTSA, which means it can now build up to 325 vehicles annually that needn’t fully conform to emissions and safety regulations. Until now, SCG has dabbled in Nürburgring lap-record runs, taunting other supercar manufacturers, its own race car, and, most recently, getting its roadgoing 003S supercar into the hands of, well, a handful of customers. This NHTSA approval should help SCG sell those cars more easily—depending on whether or not those customers live in the United States—and enable the company to expand to a production cadence of four to six cars next year and eight to 10 in 2019. The cars are currently assembled in Sleepy Hollow, New York, but SCG says it is considering a new manufacturing facility that could produce up to 100 cars annually.

Initially, the automaker’s focus will be on selling the $2 million SCG 003S to U.S. customers. Although its name is more like an internet modem’s serial number, SCG’s 003S is a mid-engined exotic with a 750-hp-plus twin-turbocharged V-8, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, a full carbon-fiber monocoque, and a pushrod-actuated suspension. Buyers can also look forward to the option of the harder-core 003CS as well as the track-only 003C. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #SCUDERIA #glickenhaus #CARS #autoindustry #luxuryrealestate #luxurylifestyle #LUXURYCAR #lamborghini #bugatti #caranddriver #tesla #teslamodel3 #ELONMUSK #POPULARMECHANIC #nascar #exoticcars #porsche #toyota #FORD #GM #SUPERCAR #autoweek #AUTONEWS #CARLOVERS #CARPORN #INSTACAR #NYC

scuderia cameron glickenhaus granted low volume manufacturer status will now build tens of cars annually #factsJULY 19, 2017. James Glickenhaus, he of the semi-eponymous Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG), has made good on his idea to turn his fledgling supercar outfit into a legit automaker. He had floated the concept to C/D at the Geneva auto show in March. After that, he apparently made up his mind quite quickly: SCG filed the necessary paperwork for low-volume manufacturers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in April. The company now says it has been granted low-volume-manufacturer status by NHTSA, which means it can now build up to 325 vehicles annually that needn’t fully conform to emissions and safety regulations. Until now, SCG has dabbled in Nürburgring lap-record runs, taunting other supercar manufacturers, its own race car, and, most recently, getting its roadgoing 003S supercar into the hands of, well, a handful of customers. This NHTSA approval should help SCG sell those cars more easily—depending on whether or not those customers live in the United States—and enable the company to expand to a production cadence of four to six cars next year and eight to 10 in 2019. The cars are currently assembled in Sleepy Hollow, New York, but SCG says it is considering a new manufacturing facility that could produce up to 100 cars annually. Initially, the automaker’s focus will be on selling the $2 million SCG 003S to U.S. customers. Although its name is more like an internet modem’s serial number, SCG’s 003S is a mid-engined exotic with a 750-hp-plus twin-turbocharged V-8, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, a full carbon-fiber monocoque, and a pushrod-actuated suspension. Buyers can also look forward to the option of the harder-core 003CS as well as the track-only 003C. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #scuderia #glickenhaus #CARS #autoindustry #luxuryrealestate #luxurylifestyle #luxurycar #lamborghini #bugatti #caranddriver #tesla #teslamodel3 #ELONMUSK #POPULARMECHANIC #nascar #exoticcars #porsche #toyota #ford #GM #supercar #autoweek #AUTONEWS #CARLOVERS #CARPORN #instacar #nyc

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - Camaro goes nuclear: Chevrolet escalates the muscle car war #FACTS JULY 18, 2017. "X" decals are affixed to the sides of the mammoth rear wing of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. Chevrolet engineers say it's to signify the model as the most extreme interpretation of the sixth-generation pony car. If you're an enthusiast who measures a car by how well it romps around a racetrack, you may agree that those "X" stickers are warranted with a Nürburgring lap time of 7:16.04.

Exactly how good is that time? It's quite good, being 13.56 seconds quicker around the 12.9-mile Nordschleife than the 10-speed automatic ZL1, making the ZL1 1LE the fastest Camaro to lap the famous German track to date.

The aforementioned carbon fiber wing is just one of the elements to the $7,500 ZL1 1LE package, but an important one to help hustle the Camaro around road courses faster with 80 percent more downforce compared to the base ZL1 wing. Developed with the help of GM's road racing partners at Pratt & Miller, the large appendage provides 300 pounds of downforce at 150 mph.

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is hitting dealers now wearing a base price of $71,295, which includes destination costs and a $1,300 gas guzzler tax (14 mpg city, 20 mpg highway). That's a decent premium over the $64,545 2017 Shelby GT350R Mustang, but the Ford is only packing 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque.

However, for most extreme Chevy Camaro yet built, with 650 usable horsepower and wicked track capabilities, the ZL1 1LE's price of admission doesn't seem too far-fetched. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #CAMARO #CHEVROLETCAMARO #PRATT&MILLER #GERMAN #ITALY #FRANCE #THEUNITEDSTATES #USA #GERMANY #LONDON #ENGLAND #AMERICAN #caranddriver #tesla #ELONMUSK #autoweek #INFINITI #FORD #CARPORN #INSTACARS #NURBURGRING #porsche #bentley #luxurycar #luxurylifestyle #luxuryrealestate #MUSCLECAR

Camaro goes nuclear: Chevrolet escalates the muscle car war #factsJULY 18, 2017. "X" decals are affixed to the sides of the mammoth rear wing of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. Chevrolet engineers say it's to signify the model as the most extreme interpretation of the sixth-generation pony car. If you're an enthusiast who measures a car by how well it romps around a racetrack, you may agree that those "X" stickers are warranted with a Nürburgring lap time of 7:16.04. Exactly how good is that time? It's quite good, being 13.56 seconds quicker around the 12.9-mile Nordschleife than the 10-speed automatic ZL1, making the ZL1 1LE the fastest Camaro to lap the famous German track to date. The aforementioned carbon fiber wing is just one of the elements to the $7,500 ZL1 1LE package, but an important one to help hustle the Camaro around road courses faster with 80 percent more downforce compared to the base ZL1 wing. Developed with the help of GM's road racing partners at Pratt & Miller, the large appendage provides 300 pounds of downforce at 150 mph. The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is hitting dealers now wearing a base price of $71,295, which includes destination costs and a $1,300 gas guzzler tax (14 mpg city, 20 mpg highway). That's a decent premium over the $64,545 2017 Shelby GT350R Mustang, but the Ford is only packing 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. However, for most extreme Chevy Camaro yet built, with 650 usable horsepower and wicked track capabilities, the ZL1 1LE's price of admission doesn't seem too far-fetched. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #camaro #CHEVROLETCAMARO #PRATT&MILLER #german #ITALY #FRANCE #THEUNITEDSTATES #usa #germany #LONDON #england #AMERICAN #caranddriver #tesla #ELONMUSK #autoweek #INFINITI #ford #CARPORN #INSTACARS #NURBURGRING #porsche #bentley #luxurycar #luxurylifestyle #luxuryrealestate #MUSCLECAR

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - Tesla autopilot blamed after electric car flips into marsh #FACTS JULY 17, 2017. Officials in central Minnesota say five people were hurt Saturday evening when the autopilot on a Tesla electric car caused it to suddenly accelerate and flip into a marsh, reports CBS Minnesota.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office says deputies found the 2016 Tesla upside-down.

David Clark, 58, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota was traveling east and approaching an intersection when he engaged the autopilot and the car suddenly accelerated, causing it to shoot off the road and flip over, authorities say.

The sheriff's office says Clark and his four passengers suffered minor injuries. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #TESLA #electriccar #ELONMUSK #teslamodel3 #autopilot #autonomous #UBER #CARS #caranddriver #POPULARMECHANIC #autoweek #BENZ #porsche #supercar #luxurycar #luxurylifestyle #luxury #lamborghini #BMW #LEXUS #CARSHOW #CARLOVERS #GULLWING #CARPORN #INSTACARS #FORD #INFINITI

Tesla autopilot blamed after electric car flips into marsh #factsJULY 17, 2017. Officials in central Minnesota say five people were hurt Saturday evening when the autopilot on a Tesla electric car caused it to suddenly accelerate and flip into a marsh, reports CBS Minnesota. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office says deputies found the 2016 Tesla upside-down. David Clark, 58, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota was traveling east and approaching an intersection when he engaged the autopilot and the car suddenly accelerated, causing it to shoot off the road and flip over, authorities say. The sheriff's office says Clark and his four passengers suffered minor injuries. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #TESLA #electriccar #elonmusk #teslamodel3 #autopilot #autonomous #UBER #CARS #caranddriver #POPULARMECHANIC #autoweek #BENZ #porsche #supercar #luxurycar #luxurylifestyle #luxury #lamborghini #BMW #LEXUS #CARSHOW #CARLOVERS #gullwing #CARPORN #INSTACARS #ford #INFINITI

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - Porsche installs its first high-speed electric car chargers #FACTS JULY 17, 2017. Porsche knows that electric vehicles are the future, and it just took a big step to prepare for that future. The performance car brand just opened a new office in Berlin, and the new facility includes the company's first two ultra-fast 800-volt chargers (one is pictured below). They can 'only' charge existing EVs at up to a 150kW charge rate (which is still faster than a 120kW Tesla Supercharger), but they can handle up to 350kW for future cars. For Porsche's upcoming Mission E, that would mean an 80 percent charge in 15 minutes. That's longer than a typical stop at the gas station, but short enough that you don't have to plan your EV trips around charging station visits.

It won't stop there, of course. Another high-speed station is under construction at Porsche's American headquarters in Atlanta, and the firm expects to ramp up installations by the time the Mission E arrives in 2019. In other words, early adopters will have at least some options for topping up quickly.

Porsche won't be alone for long. It's partnering with other car companies on installing 350kW-capable charging stations across Europe, and Tesla vows to compete with even faster chargers. Still, it's a start -- it's laying the groundwork for a time when you'll rarely have to think about where and when to charge an EV. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #porsche #EV #electricforest #autonomous #BERLIN #GERMANY #MISSIONE #TESLA #ELONMUSK #SPACEX #europe #FRANCE #ITALY #unitedstates #SPAIN #RUSSIA #JAPAN #CHINA #autoweek #CAR #caranddriver #POPULARMECHANIC #CARS #CARLOVERS #CARPORN #CARSHOW

Porsche installs its first high-speed electric car chargers #factsJULY 17, 2017. Porsche knows that electric vehicles are the future, and it just took a big step to prepare for that future. The performance car brand just opened a new office in Berlin, and the new facility includes the company's first two ultra-fast 800-volt chargers (one is pictured below). They can 'only' charge existing EVs at up to a 150kW charge rate (which is still faster than a 120kW Tesla Supercharger), but they can handle up to 350kW for future cars. For Porsche's upcoming Mission E, that would mean an 80 percent charge in 15 minutes. That's longer than a typical stop at the gas station, but short enough that you don't have to plan your EV trips around charging station visits. It won't stop there, of course. Another high-speed station is under construction at Porsche's American headquarters in Atlanta, and the firm expects to ramp up installations by the time the Mission E arrives in 2019. In other words, early adopters will have at least some options for topping up quickly. Porsche won't be alone for long. It's partnering with other car companies on installing 350kW-capable charging stations across Europe, and Tesla vows to compete with even faster chargers. Still, it's a start -- it's laying the groundwork for a time when you'll rarely have to think about where and when to charge an EV. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #porsche #ev #electricforest #autonomous #berlin #germany #missione #TESLA #ELONMUSK #SPACEX #europe #FRANCE #ITALY #unitedstates #SPAIN #russia #JAPAN #CHINA #autoweek #CAR #caranddriver #POPULARMECHANIC #CARS #CARLOVERS #CARPORN #CARSHOW

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - You can install Amazon’s Echo Dot in a car for a ‘truly hands-free experience’ #FACTS JULY 16, 2017. Amazon is clearly winning the home speaker war right now, as the Alexa assistant is available on so many popular devices, most of which are part of the Amazon Echo family of gadgets. Alexa also knows a lot more tricks than competing smart speaker assistants. But could you use Amazon’s Alexa, say, inside a car? It appears the answer is yes, and it couldn’t be easier to set up.

The smaller Echo Dot, which saw some great discounts over Amazon’s Prime Day shopping extravaganza and is still discounted if you buy a refurbished model, appears to be a perfect candidate for the job. It’s small and highly portable, and you can easily install it in your car, as Business Insider’s Cork Gaines discovered.

There are a few requirements, of course. You need to power the gadget, which is obviously possible in any car. Then, you need to hook it up to the Internet. You can connect it to your vehicle’s Wi-Fi system, if you have one, or just use your smartphone’s hotspot feature. Finally, if you have a Bluetooth stereo, then you’ll want to connect the Echo Dot to it for better sound.

Once all that is done, you’ll get the same Alexa experience you’re used to. Only it’s in a car. Wait, but you can also use a voice assistant via your smartphone, in a similar car setup. You’ve got Siri on iPhone, and Google Assistant on modern Android devices.

That’s true, yes. But Alexa seems to work a lot better, or at least it did for this blogger. The main advantage of Alexa is that it “just works.” There aren’t any connectivity issues that you’ll experience with phones. One downside, however, is that it takes the Echo Dot 45 seconds to boot, which you’ll have to do every time as the speaker powers on when you get in the car. #VEHICLENINFO #NINFONETWORK #AMAZONECHO #AMAZON #amazonalexa #VOICECOMMAND #ALEXA #CAR #caranddriver #popularmechanic #CARS #AMAZONPRIME #TESLA #ELONMUSK #autonews #autoweek #autoindustry #BENZ #TOYOTA #CARPORN #INSTACAR #CARLOVERS #GM #UBER #NISSAN #bentley #lamborghini #porsche #LEXUS

You can install Amazon’s Echo Dot in a car for a ‘truly hands-free experience’ #factsJULY 16, 2017. Amazon is clearly winning the home speaker war right now, as the Alexa assistant is available on so many popular devices, most of which are part of the Amazon Echo family of gadgets. Alexa also knows a lot more tricks than competing smart speaker assistants. But could you use Amazon’s Alexa, say, inside a car? It appears the answer is yes, and it couldn’t be easier to set up. The smaller Echo Dot, which saw some great discounts over Amazon’s Prime Day shopping extravaganza and is still discounted if you buy a refurbished model, appears to be a perfect candidate for the job. It’s small and highly portable, and you can easily install it in your car, as Business Insider’s Cork Gaines discovered. There are a few requirements, of course. You need to power the gadget, which is obviously possible in any car. Then, you need to hook it up to the Internet. You can connect it to your vehicle’s Wi-Fi system, if you have one, or just use your smartphone’s hotspot feature. Finally, if you have a Bluetooth stereo, then you’ll want to connect the Echo Dot to it for better sound. Once all that is done, you’ll get the same Alexa experience you’re used to. Only it’s in a car. Wait, but you can also use a voice assistant via your smartphone, in a similar car setup. You’ve got Siri on iPhone, and Google Assistant on modern Android devices. That’s true, yes. But Alexa seems to work a lot better, or at least it did for this blogger. The main advantage of Alexa is that it “just works.” There aren’t any connectivity issues that you’ll experience with phones. One downside, however, is that it takes the Echo Dot 45 seconds to boot, which you’ll have to do every time as the speaker powers on when you get in the car. #VEHICLENINFO #ninfonetwork #amazonecho #amazon #amazonalexa #voicecommand #ALEXA #CAR #caranddriver #popularmechanic #CARS #AMAZONPRIME #TESLA #elonmusk #autonews #autoweek #autoindustry #benz #TOYOTA #CARPORN #instacar #CARLOVERS #GM #UBER #NISSAN #bentley #lamborghini #porsche #LEXUS

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - Price-cutting private jet shakes up aircraft market #FACTS JULY 16, 2017. Though the price is still plenty steep for most executives and private pilots, a little jet about the length of two midsize sedans is shaking up the personal aviation market.

An aircraft maker, Cirrus Aircraft, is marketing the Vision SF50 as a plane that dramatically cuts the cost of buying a jet. It comes in with a $2 million pricetag that is billed as substantially less than that of its closest jet-powered competitor, though it's still more expensive than most piston planes.

The Vision Jet competes in the industry's Very Light Jet, or VLJ, category, which includes models like the Eclipse Canada, Cessna Citation M2 and Embraer Phenom 100. These jets generally don't require a professional pilot or a co-pilot and are targeted toward owners who will fly the plane themselves. With a maximum range of approximately 1,300 miles, the Vision Jet is meant for regional travel.
Because of its price, the jet "created its own category,” says Ben Kowalski, a Cirrus vice president. “There’s no one else there.” The Vision Jet is aimed at both the business executive and pleasure pilot. With enormous windows and a spacious cabin that resembles the inside of a large SUV, it was designed to provide a luxury experience that's a far cry from flying a commercial plane.

It arrives in a general-aviation market troubled by a declining numbers of private pilots, creating a sales challenge for plane makers. In addition to private pilots who always dreamed of the speed and convenience of a jet -- the Vision jet has a top speed of 345 miles per hour and ceiling of 28,000 feet -- the plane is also attracting some corporate aircraft operators and charter companies, according to Kowalski. 
The plane was FAA certified in October and made its first shipment in December. Kowalski says that the company currently has a backlog of 600 orders for the jet. Currently, the wait time for delivery for newer customers is about five to six years. #VEHICLENINFO #NINFONETWORK #PLANE #JET #PRIVATEJET #CIRRUS #TESLA #ELONMUSK #SPACEX #THEVISIONSF50 #CIRRUSJET #caranddriver #popularmechanic #JAPAN #USA #switzerland #SPAIN #FRANCE #CAR

Price-cutting private jet shakes up aircraft market #factsJULY 16, 2017. Though the price is still plenty steep for most executives and private pilots, a little jet about the length of two midsize sedans is shaking up the personal aviation market. An aircraft maker, Cirrus Aircraft, is marketing the Vision SF50 as a plane that dramatically cuts the cost of buying a jet. It comes in with a $2 million pricetag that is billed as substantially less than that of its closest jet-powered competitor, though it's still more expensive than most piston planes. The Vision Jet competes in the industry's Very Light Jet, or VLJ, category, which includes models like the Eclipse Canada, Cessna Citation M2 and Embraer Phenom 100. These jets generally don't require a professional pilot or a co-pilot and are targeted toward owners who will fly the plane themselves. With a maximum range of approximately 1,300 miles, the Vision Jet is meant for regional travel. Because of its price, the jet "created its own category,” says Ben Kowalski, a Cirrus vice president. “There’s no one else there.” The Vision Jet is aimed at both the business executive and pleasure pilot. With enormous windows and a spacious cabin that resembles the inside of a large SUV, it was designed to provide a luxury experience that's a far cry from flying a commercial plane. It arrives in a general-aviation market troubled by a declining numbers of private pilots, creating a sales challenge for plane makers. In addition to private pilots who always dreamed of the speed and convenience of a jet -- the Vision jet has a top speed of 345 miles per hour and ceiling of 28,000 feet -- the plane is also attracting some corporate aircraft operators and charter companies, according to Kowalski. The plane was FAA certified in October and made its first shipment in December. Kowalski says that the company currently has a backlog of 600 orders for the jet. Currently, the wait time for delivery for newer customers is about five to six years. #VEHICLENINFO #ninfonetwork #plane #JET #PRIVATEJET #CIRRUS #TESLA #ELONMUSK #spacex #thevisionsf50 #cirrusjet #caranddriver #popularmechanic #japan #usa #switzerland #spain #FRANCE #CAR

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - First-Of-Its-Kind Formula E Race In Red Hook, Brooklyn #FACTS JULY 16, 2017. New York City is playing host to Formula E racing for the first time ever.

The inaugural NYC E-Prix got underway Saturday in Brooklyn and will continue Sunday.

Formula E is the fully electric version of Formula One, and it’s the newest thing in racing. 
The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook was converted into a 1.2 mile, 10-turn race track with room for 10,000 fans. “I think this is an amazing thing that you can experience something like this in the middle of New York City, and it’s truly exciting,” fan Erika Sauer said. “It’s all about being efficient and electric, so it’s cool,” another fan agreed.

One man came from Hempstead, Long Island with his son. “Told my son it’s something new, something different,” he told 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern. “We like racing, and it’s in Brooklyn. Can’t go wrong.” A Babylon woman said she was relieved not to hear the loud roar of typical engines. “Just something new and different to see, exciting,” she told Stern. “I’m definitely for clean energy.” Sam Bird of DS Virgin racing took home the checkered flag Saturday. #VEHICLENINFO #NINFONETWORK #FORMULA1 #FORMULAE #NASCAR #RACING #BROOKLYN #REDHOOK #SAMBIRD #DSVIRGIN #REDBULL #BENZ #HONDA #corvette #lamborghini #SEDAN #RACECAR #GTSPEED #ROGERSTERN #CAR #CARS #AUTO #TESLA #ELONMUSK #daleearnhardt #GRANDPRIX #HONGKONG #buenosaires #JAPAN

First-Of-Its-Kind Formula E Race In Red Hook, Brooklyn #factsJULY 16, 2017. New York City is playing host to Formula E racing for the first time ever. The inaugural NYC E-Prix got underway Saturday in Brooklyn and will continue Sunday. Formula E is the fully electric version of Formula One, and it’s the newest thing in racing. The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook was converted into a 1.2 mile, 10-turn race track with room for 10,000 fans. “I think this is an amazing thing that you can experience something like this in the middle of New York City, and it’s truly exciting,” fan Erika Sauer said. “It’s all about being efficient and electric, so it’s cool,” another fan agreed. One man came from Hempstead, Long Island with his son. “Told my son it’s something new, something different,” he told 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern. “We like racing, and it’s in Brooklyn. Can’t go wrong.” A Babylon woman said she was relieved not to hear the loud roar of typical engines. “Just something new and different to see, exciting,” she told Stern. “I’m definitely for clean energy.” Sam Bird of DS Virgin racing took home the checkered flag Saturday. #VEHICLENINFO #NINFONETWORK #formula1 #formulae #NASCAR #racing #BROOKLYN #REDHOOK #SAMBIRD #dsvirgin #REDBULL #BENZ #honda #corvette #lamborghini #SEDAN #RACECAR #GTSPEED #ROGERSTERN #CAR #CARS #auto #TESLA #ELONMUSK #daleearnhardt #GRANDPRIX #HONGKONG #buenosaires #japan

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - Honda recalls 1.2M Accords; battery sensors can catch fire #FACTS JULY 15, 2017. Honda is recalling 1.2 million Accord midsize cars because a battery sensor can short out and potentially cause a fire.

The recall covers cars from the 2013 through 2016 model years. Honda says it has four reports of engine compartment fires due to the problem but no injuries. All the fires were in states where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.

The company says the sensors on the negative terminal of the battery aren't properly sealed from moisture. Road salt can get in and cause corrosion and an electrical short. A shorted sensor can heat up and possibly catch fire.

Dealers will inspect the sensors. Faulty ones will be replaced. Those without problems will get an adhesive sealant and will be replaced when parts are available. #VEHICLENINFO #NINFONETWORK #HONDA #HONDAACCORD #ACCORD #TOYOTA #autoindustry #CAR #TESLA #ELONMUSK #MOTORSPORTS #GM #NISSAN #mercedes #BENZ #porsche #CARPORN #INSTACAR #popularmechanic #caranddriver #autoweek #autonews #RECALL #NEWS #bentley #CARLOVERS #CARS #SEDAN

Honda recalls 1.2M Accords; battery sensors can catch fire #factsJULY 15, 2017. Honda is recalling 1.2 million Accord midsize cars because a battery sensor can short out and potentially cause a fire. The recall covers cars from the 2013 through 2016 model years. Honda says it has four reports of engine compartment fires due to the problem but no injuries. All the fires were in states where salt is used to clear roads in the winter. The company says the sensors on the negative terminal of the battery aren't properly sealed from moisture. Road salt can get in and cause corrosion and an electrical short. A shorted sensor can heat up and possibly catch fire. Dealers will inspect the sensors. Faulty ones will be replaced. Those without problems will get an adhesive sealant and will be replaced when parts are available. #VEHICLENINFO #ninfonetwork #honda #hondaaccord #accord #TOYOTA #autoindustry #CAR #TESLA #elonmusk #motorsports #GM #NISSAN #mercedes #BENZ #porsche #CARPORN #instacar #popularmechanic #caranddriver #autoweek #autonews #RECALL #NEWS #bentley #CARLOVERS #CARS #SEDAN

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - Honda Civic Type R looks even more badass in touring car form #FACTS JULY 15, 2017. If you like racing series that have a bit more in common with street cars than, say, Formula 1, you're going to love this Civic Type R touring car.

JAS Motorsport is now offering touring-car conversions for the 2017 Honda Civic Type R. It's built to compete in the TCR international touring car series, with races in both Europe and Asia. There are also spots for these cars in the VLN series, which hosts the 24-hour Nürburgring endurance race.

Some of the CTR's modifications are quite obvious. There's a huge splitter up front, along with a larger hood scoop to suck in even more cold air. The fenders are wider, as are the wheels and tires, and the wing is even larger than it was before. JAS Motorsport also swaps out the ECU, and it tweaks the multilink rear suspension and sway bars. There's a regulations-compliant roll cage in there, too.

In the event buyers want to run endurance races, they can opt for a separate endurance package that adds more lights, cooling for the driver and anti-lock brakes. Deliveries begin on the new Type R touring car in December, and 25 should be available before the 2018 racing season kicks off. Expect a price in the six-figure range.

JAS Motorsport offered the previous-generation Civic Type R in TCR form, as well. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 put out 350 horsepower, all of which went to the front wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox. It's unclear how much power the new one makes, but it will probably be somewhere near the current model. #VEHICLENINFO #NINFONETWORK #HONDA #CIVIC #HONDACIVIC #JASMOTORSPORT #TOURING #NASCAR #RACING #TESLA #ELONMUSK #FORD #TOYOTA #GTSPEED #SPEED #autonews #autoweek #caranddriver #popularmechanic #autoindustry #dubai #lamborghini #porsche #bentley #BENZ #mercedes #NISSAN #GM #MOTORSPORTS

Honda Civic Type R looks even more badass in touring car form #factsJULY 15, 2017. If you like racing series that have a bit more in common with street cars than, say, Formula 1, you're going to love this Civic Type R touring car. JAS Motorsport is now offering touring-car conversions for the 2017 Honda Civic Type R. It's built to compete in the TCR international touring car series, with races in both Europe and Asia. There are also spots for these cars in the VLN series, which hosts the 24-hour Nürburgring endurance race. Some of the CTR's modifications are quite obvious. There's a huge splitter up front, along with a larger hood scoop to suck in even more cold air. The fenders are wider, as are the wheels and tires, and the wing is even larger than it was before. JAS Motorsport also swaps out the ECU, and it tweaks the multilink rear suspension and sway bars. There's a regulations-compliant roll cage in there, too. In the event buyers want to run endurance races, they can opt for a separate endurance package that adds more lights, cooling for the driver and anti-lock brakes. Deliveries begin on the new Type R touring car in December, and 25 should be available before the 2018 racing season kicks off. Expect a price in the six-figure range. JAS Motorsport offered the previous-generation Civic Type R in TCR form, as well. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 put out 350 horsepower, all of which went to the front wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox. It's unclear how much power the new one makes, but it will probably be somewhere near the current model. #VEHICLENINFO #ninfonetwork #honda #civic #HONDACIVIC #jasmotorsport #touring #NASCAR #racing #TESLA #ELONMUSK #ford #TOYOTA #GTSPEED #SPEED #autonews #autoweek #caranddriver #popularmechanic #autoindustry #dubai #lamborghini #porsche #bentley #BENZ #mercedes #NISSAN #GM #motorsports

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - 2018 BUGATTI CHIRON #FACTS JULY 14, 2017. The Bugatti Chiron is utterly extraordinary, and not just because it’s faster and more powerful than the car that has been the benchmark for hypercar speed and muscle for more than a decade, the Bugatti Veyron. Or because it costs a cool $2,998,000 (including destination, you’ll be pleased to know). No, the Chiron resets the benchmark because it’s also smoother, more refined and—crucially—more fun to drive than its storied predecessor. The Veyron was a car largely defined by thrust and velocity. The Chiron adds agility and personality to the mix, enhanced by a thoughtful mélange of technology and luxury.

Bugatti engineers say the Chiron will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, to 124 mph in less than 6.5 seconds, to 186 mph in less than 13.6 seconds. From the driver’s seat, riding the military-spec thrust of 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque in conjunction with all-wheel drive and massive tires, it feels every bit that quick. On the road the Chiron’s top speed is electronically limited—limited!—to 261 mph. It will go faster. The Chiron will easily beat the Veyron Super Sport’s 268-mph production car V-max record, insists Bugatti boss Wolfgang Dürheimer, but he won’t say by how much. “We’re keeping that a surprise for you,” he smiles.

There are those who question the relevance of a car this powerful, this fast, this expensive. But that is to ignore the astounding engineering achievement the Bugatti Chiron represents. Dürheimer neatly sums up its place in history. “In terms of combustion engine cars, I think this will be the peak,” he says, subtly acknowledging the fact the Chiron’s replacement will inevitably be a high-performance hybrid. “Thirty years from now, people will look back and say, ‘That’s how they did it back then.’” He’s absolutely right. #VEHICLENINFO #NINFONETWORK #bugatti #CHIRON #bugattiveyron #BUGATTICHIRON #lamborghini #TESLA #ELONMUSK #masserati #bentley #supercar #INSTACAR #CARPORN #autoweek #autonews #FORD #TOYOTA #NISSAN #porsche #GTSPEED #CARLOVERS #popularmechanic #caranddriver #BENZ #GM #CAR #autoindustry

2018 BUGATTI CHIRON #factsJULY 14, 2017. The Bugatti Chiron is utterly extraordinary, and not just because it’s faster and more powerful than the car that has been the benchmark for hypercar speed and muscle for more than a decade, the Bugatti Veyron. Or because it costs a cool $2,998,000 (including destination, you’ll be pleased to know). No, the Chiron resets the benchmark because it’s also smoother, more refined and—crucially—more fun to drive than its storied predecessor. The Veyron was a car largely defined by thrust and velocity. The Chiron adds agility and personality to the mix, enhanced by a thoughtful mélange of technology and luxury. Bugatti engineers say the Chiron will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, to 124 mph in less than 6.5 seconds, to 186 mph in less than 13.6 seconds. From the driver’s seat, riding the military-spec thrust of 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque in conjunction with all-wheel drive and massive tires, it feels every bit that quick. On the road the Chiron’s top speed is electronically limited—limited!—to 261 mph. It will go faster. The Chiron will easily beat the Veyron Super Sport’s 268-mph production car V-max record, insists Bugatti boss Wolfgang Dürheimer, but he won’t say by how much. “We’re keeping that a surprise for you,” he smiles. There are those who question the relevance of a car this powerful, this fast, this expensive. But that is to ignore the astounding engineering achievement the Bugatti Chiron represents. Dürheimer neatly sums up its place in history. “In terms of combustion engine cars, I think this will be the peak,” he says, subtly acknowledging the fact the Chiron’s replacement will inevitably be a high-performance hybrid. “Thirty years from now, people will look back and say, ‘That’s how they did it back then.’” He’s absolutely right. #VEHICLENINFO #ninfonetwork #bugatti #CHIRON #bugattiveyron #BUGATTICHIRON #lamborghini #TESLA #elonmusk #masserati #bentley #supercar #instacar #CARPORN #autoweek #autonews #ford #TOYOTA #NISSAN #porsche #GTSPEED #CARLOVERS #popularmechanic #caranddriver #BENZ #GM #CAR #autoindustry

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - Karamba Is Writing Software to Keep Your Connected Car from Getting Hacked #FACTS JULY 14, 2017.
With cars becoming more connected and autonomous, cybersecurity is a constant worry for automakers. They dread the likelihood of intrusions into the connected car from hackers, terrorists, extortionists, and thieves, not to mention the random 12-year-old with mischief in mind. Apprehensions about automotive cybersecurity came to a head when a pair of white-hat hackers broke into a Jeep Cherokee in 2015, leading to the recall of 1.4 million vehicles by Chrysler Fiat to fix a software bug in the Uconnect infotainment system. Cars represent a fundamentally different sort of security challenge from laptops, servers, or mobile phones, in which corruption or theft of data is the hacker’s objective. A cyber-attack on a moving vehicle may create a deadly safety hazard, and conventional antihacking software could be too slow or ineffective to avert an incident. “Dealing with consumer safety, and not just with data security, requires different security methods to protect our cars, in contrast to technologies that protect servers and enterprise networks,” says David Barzilai, executive chairman and cofounder of Karamba Security, a two-year-old startup based in Hod HaSharon, Israel, with an office in metropolitan Detroit. “Using machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify malware after hackers infiltrate the car is too late,” he says. “The approach must be to prevent an attack when hackers attempt to hack.” The field of automotive cybersecurity is small but expanding rapidly as new threats are discovered to emerging technologies such as vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication. Harman International, maker of the Uconnect system in the hacked Jeep, acquired TowerSec, an Israeli cybersecurity firm, in early 2016. Argus Cyber Security, another Israeli competitor, recently discovered and demonstrated a way to penetrate a car’s electronics with a “dongle,” an innocent-looking piece of hardware resembling a flash drive that operates software via a car’s USB or other port. #VEHICLENINFO #NINFONETWORK #CAR #CARS #FORD #GM #BENZ #CHEVY #TESLA #porsche

Karamba Is Writing Software to Keep Your Connected Car from Getting Hacked #factsJULY 14, 2017. With cars becoming more connected and autonomous, cybersecurity is a constant worry for automakers. They dread the likelihood of intrusions into the connected car from hackers, terrorists, extortionists, and thieves, not to mention the random 12-year-old with mischief in mind. Apprehensions about automotive cybersecurity came to a head when a pair of white-hat hackers broke into a Jeep Cherokee in 2015, leading to the recall of 1.4 million vehicles by Chrysler Fiat to fix a software bug in the Uconnect infotainment system. Cars represent a fundamentally different sort of security challenge from laptops, servers, or mobile phones, in which corruption or theft of data is the hacker’s objective. A cyber-attack on a moving vehicle may create a deadly safety hazard, and conventional antihacking software could be too slow or ineffective to avert an incident. “Dealing with consumer safety, and not just with data security, requires different security methods to protect our cars, in contrast to technologies that protect servers and enterprise networks,” says David Barzilai, executive chairman and cofounder of Karamba Security, a two-year-old startup based in Hod HaSharon, Israel, with an office in metropolitan Detroit. “Using machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify malware after hackers infiltrate the car is too late,” he says. “The approach must be to prevent an attack when hackers attempt to hack.” The field of automotive cybersecurity is small but expanding rapidly as new threats are discovered to emerging technologies such as vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication. Harman International, maker of the Uconnect system in the hacked Jeep, acquired TowerSec, an Israeli cybersecurity firm, in early 2016. Argus Cyber Security, another Israeli competitor, recently discovered and demonstrated a way to penetrate a car’s electronics with a “dongle,” an innocent-looking piece of hardware resembling a flash drive that operates software via a car’s USB or other port. #vehicleninfo #ninfonetwork #car #cars #ford #gm #benz #CHEVY #tesla #porsche

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - BMW basically wants you to live and work in your connected car #FACTS JULY 13, 2017. BMW announced on Wednesday three separate technologies that it hopes will fuel the next generation of connected cars from BMW Group. Connected+ builds upon BMW's current connected-car services. BMW ID brings a new level of personalization to not just one, but all connected BMWs. Finally, there's integration with Microsoft Exchange and Skype, which is the doom-and-gloom I was talking about earlier.

BMW Connected+

BMW calls Connected+ a "new era" of connected services, further strengthening the bridge between smartphones and cars. Basically, these services make driving and getting around more convenient.

The navigation system will be able to check your gasoline levels as you plot a route. It will let you know if you don't have the gas to make it all the way there, and it will suggest gas stations to add to your route, based on the vehicle's estimated range on the current tank. This can be done on the phone and sent over to the nav system wirelessly.

BMW ID

Similar to what Cadillac is doing with the latest version of its CUE infotainment system, BMW intends to bring a serious degree of personalization to not just the owner's car, but whatever BMW Group car he or she commands.

The BMW ID is a vehicle-independent profile that exists in the cloud. It contains personalized vehicle settings -- such as preferred mobility methods, navigation routes and specific settings for the car itself.

Microsoft Exchange and Skype for Business integration

Here's the one you're dreading. Yes, BMW is making it easier for you to do work in the car, whether you like it or not, whether it's distracting or not.

Starting this fall, BMW will offer secure in-car access to Microsoft Exchange email accounts. You'll be able to view and manage your emails and appointments in the car, and you can even compose emails using voice recognition. #VEHICLENINFO #NINFONETWORK #BMW #SEDAN #SUV #X5 #X6 #Z5 #bentley #TESLA #ELONMUSK #autoweek #CARS #CARPORN #GM #microsoft #SKYPE #exoticcars #luxurycar #luxurylifestyle #COUPE #mercedes #corvette #caranddriver #porsche #bugatti #YAHOO #GOOGLE #TOYOTA

BMW basically wants you to live and work in your connected car #factsJULY 13, 2017. BMW announced on Wednesday three separate technologies that it hopes will fuel the next generation of connected cars from BMW Group. Connected+ builds upon BMW's current connected-car services. BMW ID brings a new level of personalization to not just one, but all connected BMWs. Finally, there's integration with Microsoft Exchange and Skype, which is the doom-and-gloom I was talking about earlier. BMW Connected+ BMW calls Connected+ a "new era" of connected services, further strengthening the bridge between smartphones and cars. Basically, these services make driving and getting around more convenient. The navigation system will be able to check your gasoline levels as you plot a route. It will let you know if you don't have the gas to make it all the way there, and it will suggest gas stations to add to your route, based on the vehicle's estimated range on the current tank. This can be done on the phone and sent over to the nav system wirelessly. BMW ID Similar to what Cadillac is doing with the latest version of its CUE infotainment system, BMW intends to bring a serious degree of personalization to not just the owner's car, but whatever BMW Group car he or she commands. The BMW ID is a vehicle-independent profile that exists in the cloud. It contains personalized vehicle settings -- such as preferred mobility methods, navigation routes and specific settings for the car itself. Microsoft Exchange and Skype for Business integration Here's the one you're dreading. Yes, BMW is making it easier for you to do work in the car, whether you like it or not, whether it's distracting or not. Starting this fall, BMW will offer secure in-car access to Microsoft Exchange email accounts. You'll be able to view and manage your emails and appointments in the car, and you can even compose emails using voice recognition. #VEHICLENINFO #ninfonetwork #BMW #SEDAN #SUV #x5 #x6 #Z5 #bentley #TESLA #ELONMUSK #autoweek #CARS #CARPORN #GM #microsoft #SKYPE #exoticcars #luxurycar #luxurylifestyle #COUPE #mercedes #corvette #caranddriver #porsche #bugatti #YAHOO #GOOGLE #TOYOTA

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - #TBT 1966 SUNBEAM #FACTS JULY 13, 2017. During the 1960s, British automaker Sunbeam was known for its cool but modestly powered Alpine sports cars that competed with MGBs and Triumph TR4s. But the Rootes company that owned Sunbeam had higher aspirations for its little roadster, so it called upon the leading expert in shoehorning American V8s into little British sports cars: Carroll Shelby.

Having just shown tremendous success with the Shelby Cobra, which was essentially an AC Ace with a small-block Ford engine under its hood, Shelby and his crew managed to coax a 260cid V8 into the engine compartment of the diminutive Alpine. The resulting Sunbeam Tiger was a roaring success, although the production cars ended up being produced by Jensen.

While Sunbeam Tigers will never have the raw panache of a Shelby Cobra, they are hot performance roadsters done in the age-old  formula of big Detroit engine in a little lightweight car. The Tiger did gain some measure of Hollywood fame during the ’60s by being driven by Don Adams in the TV spy spoof Get Smart.

But no longer can the Tiger be considered “the poor man’s Cobra” because they command strong prices these days, though still a faction of Shelby values. This one is offered at $119,500 for what the seller says is a perfect example.

That still is less than what Hagerty says a No. 1 ’66 Tiger is worth, which the classic car insurance and valuation company’s current price guide says is $135,000. A Tiger in N0. 2 shape is rated at $96,500. Considering the replacement engine, the asking price is probably right on the money. #VEHICLENINFO #NINFONETWORK #CLASSIC #CLASSICCARS #1966SUNBEAMTIGER #1966SUNBEAM #CARANDDRIVER #TESLA #TIMEMAGAZINE #SUPERCAR #BUZZFEED #HUFFPOSTGRAM #GENERALMOTORS #GM #FORD #MUSTANG #BENTLEY #BMW #BUGATTI #MASSERATI #LAMBORGHINI #LUXURYCAR #SHELBYCOBRA #SHELBY #AUTOWEEK #CARFAXS #POPULARMECHANIC #CARPORN

#tbt1966 SUNBEAM #factsJULY 13, 2017. During the 1960s, British automaker Sunbeam was known for its cool but modestly powered Alpine sports cars that competed with MGBs and Triumph TR4s. But the Rootes company that owned Sunbeam had higher aspirations for its little roadster, so it called upon the leading expert in shoehorning American V8s into little British sports cars: Carroll Shelby. Having just shown tremendous success with the Shelby Cobra, which was essentially an AC Ace with a small-block Ford engine under its hood, Shelby and his crew managed to coax a 260cid V8 into the engine compartment of the diminutive Alpine. The resulting Sunbeam Tiger was a roaring success, although the production cars ended up being produced by Jensen. While Sunbeam Tigers will never have the raw panache of a Shelby Cobra, they are hot performance roadsters done in the age-old  formula of big Detroit engine in a little lightweight car. The Tiger did gain some measure of Hollywood fame during the ’60s by being driven by Don Adams in the TV spy spoof Get Smart. But no longer can the Tiger be considered “the poor man’s Cobra” because they command strong prices these days, though still a faction of Shelby values. This one is offered at $119,500 for what the seller says is a perfect example. That still is less than what Hagerty says a No. 1 ’66 Tiger is worth, which the classic car insurance and valuation company’s current price guide says is $135,000. A Tiger in N0. 2 shape is rated at $96,500. Considering the replacement engine, the asking price is probably right on the money. #VEHICLENINFO #ninfonetwork #CLASSIC #CLASSICCARS #1966SUNBEAMTIGER #1966SUNBEAM #CARANDDRIVER #TESLA #TIMEMAGAZINE #supercar #BUZZFEED #huffpostgram #generalmotors #GM #ford #MUSTANG #BENTLEY #BMW #bugatti #masserati #LAMBORGHINI #luxurycar #SHELBYCOBRA #SHELBY #AUTOWEEK #CARFAXS #POPULARMECHANIC #CARPORN

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - A $100,000 electric car trying to take on Tesla hit a top speed of 235 mph #FACTS JULY 10, 2017. Lucid Motors, a startup going after Tesla's grip on the luxury electric car market, said Monday that a prototype of its Lucid Air sedan hit a top speed of 235 mph, crushing the top speed of a Model S (155 mph). That's not exactly a fair comparison considering the Lucid prototype was adjusted to go as fast as possible. An actual production version of the car will be electronically limited to hit a more manageable top speed. It will also be heavier, reducing its overall speed capabilities.

But the test, conducted in Ohio with the Transportation Research Center, shows Lucid Motors' engineers are set on competing with Tesla on speed.

Lucid Motors’ all-electric car was built by the same minds behind the Model S.

Peter Rawlinson, the chief engineer behind the Model S, is the leading force behind the car as Lucid Motors' CTO. But Rawlinson is flanked by other former Model S engineers as well, like Eric Bach, Tesla's former director of engineering #NINFONETWORK #VEHICLENINFO #TESLA #LUCIDMOTORS #LUCIDAIR #TESLAMODELS #MODELS #CARPORN #CARS #popularmechanic #autoindustry #autoweek #mercedes #bentley #BENZ #TOYOTA #NISSAN #PETERRAWLINSON #ERICBACH #ELONMUSK #corvette #INSTACAR #CARLOVERS #CAR #luxurycar #luxurylifestyle #SEDAN #SUV

A $100,000 electric car trying to take on Tesla hit a top speed of 235 mph #factsJULY 10, 2017. Lucid Motors, a startup going after Tesla's grip on the luxury electric car market, said Monday that a prototype of its Lucid Air sedan hit a top speed of 235 mph, crushing the top speed of a Model S (155 mph). That's not exactly a fair comparison considering the Lucid prototype was adjusted to go as fast as possible. An actual production version of the car will be electronically limited to hit a more manageable top speed. It will also be heavier, reducing its overall speed capabilities. But the test, conducted in Ohio with the Transportation Research Center, shows Lucid Motors' engineers are set on competing with Tesla on speed. Lucid Motors’ all-electric car was built by the same minds behind the Model S. Peter Rawlinson, the chief engineer behind the Model S, is the leading force behind the car as Lucid Motors' CTO. But Rawlinson is flanked by other former Model S engineers as well, like Eric Bach, Tesla's former director of engineering #ninfonetwork #VEHICLENINFO #TESLA #LUCIDMOTORS #LUCIDAIR #teslamodels #MODELS #CARPORN #CARS #popularmechanic #autoindustry #autoweek #mercedes #bentley #benz #TOYOTA #NISSAN #PETERRAWLINSON #ERICBACH #elonmusk #corvette #instacar #CARLOVERS #CAR #luxurycar #luxurylifestyle #SEDAN #SUV

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vehicleninfo's Instagram Photo - Tesla sales stopped dead in Hong Kong after a tax break for electric cars was scrapped #FACTS JULY 10, 2017. The Hong Kong government's decision to scrap a tax break for electric vehicles has had a dramatic effect on sales of Tesla cars in the city, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Data analysis from The Journal has shown that zero new Tesla Model S sedans and Model X SUVs were registered with the transport department in April, after the vehicle-registration tax waiver for electrics was discontinued at the start of that month.

Following that, just five privately owned electric cars were registered in May.

The Journal reported a sales surge just before the April 1 rule change, with 2,939 Tesla vehicles registered in March and nearly 3,700 entering the department's books for the first quarter of 2017. The end of the tax break was announced in February.

A Tesla representative said that although the company welcomed government policies making "it easier for more people to buy electric vehicles," the company was not dependent on tax concessions for its livelihood. "In China, for example, we've tripled our revenue from 2015 to 2016 despite a massive tariff and no incentives," the representative said. "At the end of the day, when people love something, they buy it. "Hong Kong remains a significant market for Tesla, and we continue to sell cars there each quarter. When the Hong Kong government reduced the tax exemption for electric vehicles and increased the cost of our cars by nearly 100%, it's to be expected that demand will be impacted in the period immediately following the change, particularly because of the large number who bought just prior to the change being implemented." Tesla's global sales have somewhat mirrored the fluctuation in fortunes in Hong Kong. The first quarter of the year saw the electric-car maker have its best period ever, shipping out 25,000 units and sending its share price rocketing upward to surpass Ford and close in on General Motors in market capitalization. Then for the second quarter, global sales fell to 22,000. #VEHICLENINFO #TESLA #hongkong #electriccar #CARS #MODELX #bentley #autoindustry #FORD #TOYOTA #luxurycar #luxury

Tesla sales stopped dead in Hong Kong after a tax break for electric cars was scrapped #factsJULY 10, 2017. The Hong Kong government's decision to scrap a tax break for electric vehicles has had a dramatic effect on sales of Tesla cars in the city, according to The Wall Street Journal. Data analysis from The Journal has shown that zero new Tesla Model S sedans and Model X SUVs were registered with the transport department in April, after the vehicle-registration tax waiver for electrics was discontinued at the start of that month. Following that, just five privately owned electric cars were registered in May. The Journal reported a sales surge just before the April 1 rule change, with 2,939 Tesla vehicles registered in March and nearly 3,700 entering the department's books for the first quarter of 2017. The end of the tax break was announced in February. A Tesla representative said that although the company welcomed government policies making "it easier for more people to buy electric vehicles," the company was not dependent on tax concessions for its livelihood. "In China, for example, we've tripled our revenue from 2015 to 2016 despite a massive tariff and no incentives," the representative said. "At the end of the day, when people love something, they buy it. "Hong Kong remains a significant market for Tesla, and we continue to sell cars there each quarter. When the Hong Kong government reduced the tax exemption for electric vehicles and increased the cost of our cars by nearly 100%, it's to be expected that demand will be impacted in the period immediately following the change, particularly because of the large number who bought just prior to the change being implemented." Tesla's global sales have somewhat mirrored the fluctuation in fortunes in Hong Kong. The first quarter of the year saw the electric-car maker have its best period ever, shipping out 25,000 units and sending its share price rocketing upward to surpass Ford and close in on General Motors in market capitalization. Then for the second quarter, global sales fell to 22,000. #vehicleninfo #TESLA #hongkong #electriccar #cars #modelx #bentley #autoindustry #ford #TOYOTA #luxurycar #luxury

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