Category: Automotive News

Auto testing facility to get $45 million grant for expansion

Mark Gillispie sacbee.com CLEVELAND The country’s biggest automotive testing facility outside Columbus will receive a $45 million grant to expand as the state furthers its efforts to become a national leader in advancing autonomous vehicle research and smart road technology, Gov. John Kasich and other officials announced Thursday at Ohio State University in Columbus. The…

Unexpected dangers lurk for drivers as cars go high-tech

Editor’s note: If something isn’t capable of performing its basic intended function what use is it. With that said, how could it be considered “high-tech.” All the creature comforts ought to be optional. If not optional, how about a button on the dash that read “1990s” that disables all the computer controlled override nonsense. As…

GM China to be penalized for monopolistic behavior, reports say

John Ruwitch and Jake Spring autonews.com SHANGHAI/BEIJING — China will soon slap a penalty on General Motors’ China unit for monopolistic behavior, according to media reports out of China today. Initial reports from the China Daily newspaper didn’t name the automaker, but Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, reported that GM China was the…

Electric Car Company to Build $700M Facility in Arizona

Evelina Croitoru cpexecutive.com Lucid Motors’ new manufacturing center will create more than 2,000 new jobs by 2022. Peter Rawlinson Casa Grande, Ariz.—Lucid Motors, a luxury mobility company focusing on innovative engineering, design and technology to create electric vehicles, has announced the ground breaking of a car manufacturing center in Casa Grande, Ariz. The facility is…

The Technology Behind Mazda’s SKYACTIV Automotive Developments

hassangill groundreport.com SKYACTIV technology is a series of developments by Mazda, which were developed to increase engine efficiency while also adding an increase in engine power and torque output. SKYACTIV technology was initially announced as an eventual replacement for all previous existing engines, transmissions, body, and chassis, in Mazda products starting from 2011 onwards. SKYACTIV’s…

The hunt is on for elusive new powertrain technology

Michael Nash automotiveworld.com Almost all of the low-hanging fruit for improving fuel economy and reducing emissions has been plucked. To keep hitting increasingly stringent standards, engineers are faced with identifying solutions that may be completely innovative or unconventional – to continue the analogy, they need to target the fruit higher up the tree and harder…

Auto service techs see strong, constant work stream

Repairing cars – where some are highly technologically advanced – takes training, a strong knowledge of automotive parts and an understanding of engines that rely on computers. Valerie Sweeten chron.com For those with an inclination for working on cars and who are looking for a career that’s hands-on, a position as a vehicle mechanic could…

Pickup truck price war heating up as Ram knocks off Silverado

DETROIT — It’s a good time to buy a truck. Jamie Butters and Keith Naughton autonews.com To hold a slowing market at bay, U.S. automakers are offering the biggest incentives on full-sized pickups since December 2008, when the country was mired in recession and the auto industry was collapsing. Last month, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Ram…

Units in Cars Keep Track of Drivers Habits

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Columbia Gas program fueling safety on the road Tyrel Linkhorn toledoblade.com Columbia Gas of Ohio has cut preventable collisions involving on-the-clock employees by nearly a third since installing an in-vehicle monitoring system that flags bad driving in real time. The companywide initiative uses GPS to give drivers visual and audible warnings for things such as…