Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Scrambling to turn out its first mass-market electric car, the automaker set up multiple assembly lines and is changing production processes on the fly. Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, sees the success of the Model 3 as a crucial step on the way to offering a broad range of models and leading the transition to emissions-free transportation. Credit Christie Hemm Klok for The New York Times Supported by ByNeal E. Boudette June 30, 2018 FREMONT, Calif. — Just outside the north wing of Tesla’s sprawling electric-car plant here, an unusual structure has taken shape in the last few weeks: a tent, about 50 feet high and several hundred feet long, its taut gray canvas membrane supported by aluminum columns. Its purpose is as notable as its hasty construction. The semi-permanent structure houses a third assembly line — part of a desperate effort … [Read more...] about Can Elon Musk and Tesla Reinvent the Way Cars Are Made?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by By renovating a symbol of the city’s decline, the company hopes to create a magnet for the talent needed to prevail in the next automotive era. ByNeal E. Boudette June 17, 2018 DETROIT — For the past year, Ford Motor has been working on a plan to reinvigorate its operations and jump-start profit growth. Now, as that strategy is just being put into place, the automaker is taking on another big renovation project: the city of Detroit and the hulking remains of its dilapidated train station. Ford has purchased the Ford sees the move as part of the race for supremacy in the next automotive era. “To me this is about inventing the future,” William C. Ford Jr., the company’s chairman and a great-grandson of the automaker’s founder, said in an interview. The company expects the … [Read more...] about Ford Aims to Revive a Detroit Train Station, and Itself
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Wheels ByRobert C. Yeager June 14, 2018 Dave Marek knows exactly what he wants to hear from potential buyers. “It’s my 10 second rule,” said Mr. Marek, who as Acura’s executive creative director oversees the carmaker’s designs around the world. “I want them to walk around our car and say: ‘Wow! I want to ride in that!’” But what happens to that passion when the driver’s only role is to sit passively as an autonomous car glides through traffic and zips down highways? “Whether they’re autonomous or not, we will always want our creations to evoke emotion,” said Mr. Marek, also a part-time professor of transportation design at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Not everyone shares his optimism. Cars have long been more than … [Read more...] about When Cars Do the Driving, Who Will Feel the Joy?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New Cars Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Wheels ByTom Voelk June 6, 2018 MALIBU, Calif. — The stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway that slices through Malibu is America’s premier automotive fashion catwalk. Gaggles of exotics — Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys — regularly strut this pavement. Now, electric cars have become a new kind of status symbol on the highway. Few on this car-crazed strip seemed to realize the white Porsche motoring silently between two Los Angeles County Sheriff cruisers last week. Maybe it’s because 911s outnumber palm trees here, or wary drivers were focused on law enforcement. Pity. There’s only one of its kind on the planet. To see the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept driving in the wild is the equivalent of catching Bigfoot riding a unicorn at an In-N-Out Burger drive-through. … [Read more...] about Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Review: ‘Silence Is the New Power’
Today, Genesis officially introduced the 2019 G70 luxury performance sedan to the U.S. market at the New York International Auto Show. G70 is the brand’s opening salvo in the highly competitive entry-level luxury segment, designed and engineered to offer driver-focused performance, refined luxury, advanced technology, and a world-class ownership experience. “The G70’s U.S. debut is a very important milestone for Genesis,” said Manfred Fitzgerald, Global Head of the Genesis Brand. “The G70 is all about the driver’s experience. We look forward to how our youngest and most dynamic sedan will connect with our clientele through refined performance and athletic elegant design.” G70 rounds out the Genesis brand’s sedan lineup, joining the G80, G80 Sport, and flagship G90, and the brand will continue to expand its product portfolio to all echelons of the luxury auto market. The performance-focused G70 has been tested in some of the … [Read more...] about Genesis Unveils 2019 G70 At NYIAS
Hyundai today unveiled the U.S.-market version of its convention-breaking Kona Electric crossover at the New York Auto Show. Kona Electric rides on an all-new CUV platform and is Hyundai’s first compact electric crossover for the U.S. market, appealing to consumers with active, eco-focused lifestyles of all kinds. Kona Electric’s exterior styling features voluminous, aggressive body styling complemented by a low and wide stance for great looks and confident handling in a variety of urban and adventure-oriented driving environments. It joins Hyundai’s successful new Kona, Tucson and Santa Fe in a full line-up of Hyundai crossovers for the U.S. market. 2019 Kona Electric models will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and available in the fourth quarter of 2018, with initial availability in California and subsequently in the ZEV-focused states in the western and northeastern regions of the U.S. market. “Our new Kona Electric crossover is a stylish and efficient compact … [Read more...] about US-Spec Hyundai 2019 Kona EV Launched at New York
The day after all the motor journalists left the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Dodge dropped a delicious little tidbit on the internet. It was a brand-new pop-up website—ifyouknowyouknow.com—leading to a teaser video hinting at something high performance and evil: The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below UPDATE, APRIL 11TH: It's here! We've got all the specs and info live from Dodge's official unveiling of the SRT Demon. Read all about it right here!Since then, Dodge has released one tidbit, and one teaser video, every week, revealing tasty details about the drag-racing-optimized Challenger. Each week when that happens, we'll update this post with the latest, all leading up to the official debut of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in April at the New York International Auto Show.This Week's News, April 6:Yep, it's official! The Demon gets a dedicated High Octane mode to take advantage of 100+ octane unleaded race … [Read more...] about 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Everything We Think We Know