Are Volvo’s Best Days Still Ahead?

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Growing up, Legos held a special place in my heart and a special corner in the toy closet. I kept them in one large, white-topped Rubbermaid storage bin (lest my parents find one underfoot at the wrong hour of the morning) and can’t fully fathom how many hours I spent digging through piece after piece to find a color-matching, 2×1-size brick. I took great pride in my creations, but even greater satisfaction in dismantling each, pouring the bricks back into my big rubber container, and starting the process all over again.

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Michigan Blocks Tesla from Selling Cars

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Poor Tesla.

All the company wants to do is change the world with electric cars and sell them in a way that hasn’t been done since the turn of the 20th century.

Turns out some people in the auto industry aren’t big fans of change and are working really hard to try and keep things the way they’ve been for the last hundred years.

The latest example just went down in Michigan, where Tesla’s attempt to sell cars directly to customers has been blocked by the state’s government.

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Car Company to Build One of World’s Biggest Buildings

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A car company is in the early stages of building one of the largest structures the world has ever seen. The structure will have a base that encompasses more than 700 acres, contain more than 3 million square feet, and will require moving enough dirt to fill an entire NFL football stadium.

The building will house a factory capable of producing an untold number of vehicles every year to satisfy demand for… wait… demand for what?

The company building this mega-structure isn’t Tesla. It isn’t Toyota or General Motors or Volkswagen. The company behind this massive project is Faraday Future, which, in its entire existence, has sold a grand total of zero vehicles.

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Chevy Bolt Should Eliminate Range Anxiety

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Range anxiety is about to become a quaint memory from the early days of electric cars.

When EV technology was getting started, just a few short years ago, we were lucky to get 40 miles of range on batteries alone.

The original Chevy Volt couldn’t manage much more than a short daily commute and needed a gas-powered motor in addition to the electric one to give buyers some extra peace of mind.

The first all-electric Nissan Leaf fared much better, with an 84-mile range, but still left motorists stranded after pushing the limits too far. Today’s Leaf can top 107 miles of electric range while the much more expensive Tesla Model S can go more than 250 miles.

Chevrolet is about to change the game and combine Tesla-like range with Nissan-like affordability.

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Two New Tires Bring Fun Driving Year Round

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+


The Autumn Equinox is September 22, but when the kids go back to school, summer is unofficially over. Sure, there are plenty of warm days left, but the nights have started getting cooler, and it’s only a matter of time before the leaves change and the chill of fall and winter will take hold. Now’s the time to start thinking about tires.

Automakers routinely tout all-wheel drive as the best way to deal with challenging conditions, but regardless of which wheels get power, the tires are the only parts of a car that actually touch the road. A good set of winter tires can turn a rear-wheel-drive sports car into a competent winter commuter car, while a set of ultra-high-performance summer tires can render an AWD-equipped car useless in the snow.

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Pleading Guilty: Criminal Charges in Volkswagen Scandal Begin

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Here’s a charge most people hope they never have to face in federal court: Conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.

The first Volkswagen engineer to be formally charged entered a guilty plea Friday for his role in the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal. His plea has uncovered new information regarding ten years of deceit and coverups by the German automaker.

We now know that, since the very beginning of Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” program, the company intentionally developed and installed a “defeat device” on roughly 500,000 cars in the United States so that they could appear to pass U.S. emissions tests. We also know that engineers lied in attempts to cover up the existence of the device once U.S. investigators became suspicious.

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NFL: National Ford League?

Ford F-Series Now Official Truck of the NFL

It’s football time in America!

The official start of the NFL season kicked off last night in Denver. Along with football’s cheering fans, electrifying touchdowns, and controversial replays comes an over-saturation of corporate sponsorships.

Aside from the beer industry, cars are perhaps the products most promoted in association with the NFL.

Last year Hyundai took GM’s spot as an official NFL sponsor, which gave the South Korean automaker the rights to tout that it has the official car, SUV, and luxury car of the NFL. That, however, left open an important space:

The official truck of the NFL.

Ford didn’t let that space sit empty for long. In fact, it seems to be vying for domination of the entire National Football League.

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Camaro Follows Mustang to Europe… Sort Of

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The Ford Mustang, a longtime staple of Americana and an icon of modern muscle cars, is now available in Europe and has received an exceptionally warm welcome so far.

For most of the last 50 years, European drivers could only look across the great pond and wonder what owning a Mustang would be like. Ford has turned that wonder into reality and now delivers right-hand-drive Mustangs, many with the 5.0-liter V8, to European countries.

There has been much rejoicing.

Chevrolet has surely noticed Ford’s European party, but hasn’t made a peep about any Euro Camaro plans.

Until now.

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Samsung and FCA Partnership: Too Little Too Late?

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Apple and Samsung are fierce competitors in the phone-and-tablet businesses. In the automotive world, Apple is taking the lead by not-so-secretly developing a vehicle, which presumably will be self-driving and electric.

Samsung isn’t developing such a vehicle, but could jump-start its involvement in the auto industry by making a major purchase from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Magneti Marelli is a high-tech parts maker headquartered in Italy. The company has been a subsidiary of Fiat since 1967 but could now be sold to the South Korean tech company for $3 billion.

What does this mean for Samsung’s role in the growing world of autonomous cars?

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Audi Boosts Investment in Formula E

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To touch on a subject not normally covered by CarGurus, Audi has announced its expanded involvement in the all-electric Formula E racing series, furthering its support of Team ABT Schaeffler before fielding a full-works team in 2017. Motor racing is an exceptionally expensive business, and with perhaps the exception of Ferrari’s involvement in Formula 1, no manufacturer can simply dabble in the game—there has to be some sort of return on the investment.

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