Daimler has taken a "reality check" on self-driving "robotaxis", acknowledging that making them safe is proving harder than first thought amid questions over their future earnings potential. Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius told journalists on Thursday Daimler would "rightsize" its spending level on robotaxis and that self-driving technology would more likely be applied to commercial vehicles for freight companies on long haul routes. Carmakers raced to develop self-driving vehicles after Google presented a prototype car in 2012, leading Daimler to develop an autonomous Mercedes. The idea of fleets of robotaxis picking up and ferrying customers around cities gained traction, driven by the stellar growth of ride services such as Uber and of delivery services firms. However, costs and regulatory hurdles have spiralled, leading to a reassessment of the business potential. "There has been a reality check setting in here," Kaellenius said. Ensuring that self-driving cars are 100% safe in … [Read more...] about Daimler Takes ‘Reality Check’ On Robotaxis
It's a Z06 coupe previously sold for $2.7 million for a noble cause. Ladies and gentlemen, the front-engined Corvette has left the building. After seven generations and 66 years of production, Chevy is phasing out the ‘Vette with the engine mounted in the front as the very last car to feature the traditional layout has been assembled at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. Rather than making a big deal out of it with a full press release and gallery, Chevy only shared this image attached to the following post on Twitter. The final C7 is a black coupe in the hot Z06 specification and the 3LZ trim level, but you can’t have it. That’s because Chevy and Barrett-Jackson sold it for an impressive $2.7 million a few months ago to benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation – a charity that provides support to first responders as well as injured service members. Some would be tempted to say this C7 is the most expensive Corvette ever sold at … [Read more...] about End Of An Era As Chevy Has Built The Last Front-Engined Corvette
The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be built at the same factory where the pickup is assembled. The document released by FCA about its third-quarter results on the same day of the big announcement regarding a 50:50 merger with PSA has been quite revealing. It includes plans to cut back on additional Alfa Romeo models to just two new crossovers – killing the 8C and GTV in the process – and updating Maserati’s product roadmap. Digging deeper, we also found some news about Ram and Jeep concerning the Warren Truck Assembly Plant. Gallery: Jeep Grand Wagoneer Test Mule Spy Shots 6 Photos It’s where the 1500 Classic in Quad Cab and Crew Cab body styles is assembled, which will soldier on for the time being as a more affordable alternative (it starts at $27,295 MSRP) to the new-generation 1500. The Classic model is even getting an update courtesy of a recently announced Mojave Sand Package, but you might want to know production will be … [Read more...] about Ram 1500 Classic Production Downtime Linked To Jeep Wagoneer
The wagon will be built in Germany at the Emden plant. Rumors of an Arteon Shooting Brake have been swirling around the Internet since the end of 2016, and now Volkswagen might have finally confirmed the model’s existence. In a German-only press release talking about the future of the Emden plant, VW talks about its plans to retool the factory and get it ready for the MEB-based electric vehicles scheduled to enter production towards the end of 2021. Meanwhile, assembly of the Passat Sedan, Passat Variant, Passat Alltrack, and the Arteon will continue. Some of the buildings at the factory located to the west of Bremen will be expanded while others will be built from scratch, with VW saying the Passat versions, the sleeker Arteon, and the mysterious shooting brake will be built in the old halls for several years. All About The Arteon: 2019 VW Arteon Already Being Sold With $2,500 Discount 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 4Motion First Drive: Arty In The U.S.A. VW … [Read more...] about VW Shooting Brake Announced, Is It Based On The Arteon?
The brand now offers no hybrids, and the only electric option is the Bolt subcompact. Chalk up another sedan death in the U.S. market, and it’s a hybrid model to boot. A report from Green Car Reports says Chevrolet is dropping the Malibu Hybrid for the 2020 model year, something the automaker indeed confirmed to us in an email. With the passing of the sedan, Chevrolet now has exactly zero hybrid offerings in its lineup. If you want a bow tie badge with electrification, your only new option is the all-electric Bolt subcompact. Sayonara Sedans: Last Chevy Cruze Built Bought By Owner Of Fiat-Chrysler Dealership GM Extends Production At Detroit-Hamtramck Plant Through 2020 As you can probably guess, lack of demand is the reason for the decision. It’s no secret that sedan sales in general have slumped big time in the North American market, and the Malibu certainly isn’t immune to the changing tides. We don’t have specific sales figures … [Read more...] about Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Officially Killed For 2020