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Thursday 19 September 2019

BMW to phase out i3

BMW will not develop a successor to the i3 electric hatchback, the automaker's marketing director Pieter Nota told the Financial Times.

The i3 will be phased out slowly because BMW will focus on battery and plug-in technology with other models, while also launching new full EVs.

«There is no concrete plan for an i3 successor. We are now bringing electrification more into the mainstream» Nota said.

BMW wants to market its best-selling models as plug-in hybrids so that they can run on emissions-free electric power in the city, but ...

Thursday 19 September 2019

Toyota injects $391 million new investment in its San Antonio assembly plant

Through its commitment to build vehicles where they are sold, Toyota is investing $391 million at its San Antonio truck assembly plant to better serve customers. Once complete, the plant's total investment will exceed $3 billion.

The announcement comes as part of a broader commitment from Toyota to invest $13 billion in its U.S. operations over five years through 2021. This new investment also comes with a commitment by Toyota Texas to continue funding local workforce development, a community need the company has long championed.

As part of ...

Thursday 19 September 2019

Schaeffler Xtronic control unit as a basis for autonomous driving

Remote monitoring and control are especially important for autonomous vehicles. However, such functions have thus far only been available in isolated systems or else have been dependent on specific platforms.

The Xtronic Control Unit on the other hand combines safety, monitoring, operating, and comfort functions in a single system. The innovative system also makes a convincing case thanks to its wide range of interlinked, integrated components – from entertainment systems through to condition monitoring for vehicle components. The reliable interlinking of innovative driver assistance systems together with radar, lidar, ultrasound, and ...

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Goodyear and Brabham Automotive announce global partnership

Goodyear and Brabham Automotive have announced their partnership to collaborate across racing and road car developments, reigniting a winning partnership that began in 1965.

The partnership coincides with the racing return of the iconic Brabham marque. The Brabham BT62 will make its racing debut at Brands Hatch on the 9th/10th November in the Britcar ‘Into the Night’ race. This event gives a flavour of Le Mans-style endurance racing and appropriately Brands Hatch is the very circuit where Jack Brabham took his Brabham-Repco BT19 to British Grand Prix glory 53 ...

Wednesday 18 September 2019

The Ferrari Cavalcade Classiche to parade through Rome from 20 to 22 of September

Over 80 vintage Ferraris are expected in Rome from 20 to 22 September for the third edition of Cavalcade Classiche, the first in the city.

With this event Ferrari offers its international clientele experiences whilst driving cars that have made the history of motoring.

Thanks to the cooperation of Rome City Council and other institutions, the Cavalcade will pass through towns some of which have never before been part of a major motoring event. In homage to Rome’s history, for example, the journey will trace the ancient consular roads ...

Wednesday 18 September 2019

LA auto show - Audi e-tron Sportback world debut

Having revealed the e-tron Sportback concept at Geneva Motor Show in March and Auto Shanghai in April, Audi now says the production version will be a world premiere at the Los Angeles auto show in November.

Audi e-tron Sportback: production version of the X17 BEV Coupé project is due on sale from early 2020 after this world premiere.

The car should have the same three-motor powertrain as the e-tron 55: one on the front axle and two on the rear, powering all four wheels. The concept's total output was ...

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Opel: Lohscheller awarded “Eurostar 2019” as brand Ceo of the Year

Opel Ceo Michael Lohscheller has been honoured as brand Ceo of the Year with the “Eurostar 2019”.

With the award Automotive News Europe honours the comeback of the Opel brand under the leadership of Lohscheller, who is the first Opel Ceo in history to receive the “Eurostar” award.

Lohscheller has been Opel Ceo since June 2017. Previously, since September 2012, he was Chief Financial Officer. Michal Lohscheller has more than 20 years of experience in various companies in the automotive industry, where he worked in several areas.

Lohscheller has accepted ...

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Rolls-Royce expands dealership footprint to Denver

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas has opened a new location in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

This marks the automaker's 38th dealership in the U.S. and 45th in the Americas region, which also includes Canada, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. The Americas region is the brand's largest globally.

The new location is a member of the Classics of Colorado group, which also has Ferrari, Bentley and Lotus in its brand portfolio.

Initially, Rolls-Royce will share space with the other brands under one roof but construction of a ...