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Production

Tesla Picks Texas for New Plant Site, Files Lawsuit Against Rivian

There’s never a dull moment for the EV giant  

Business

Aurora Aims Big with Autonomous Testing in Texas

Startup targets commercial truck applications

Navistar, TuSimple Aim to Launch Self-Driving Trucks in 2024

Partnership includes equity investment

Economics

Amazon to Buy Zoox Robo-Car Startup

Focus is automated ride-hailing, package delivery services

PLM

Siemens Goes to the Cloud

. . .and offers PLM as software-as-a-service

Hybrid

GM to Join EV Delivery Van Race?

New niche lacks a market leader

Business

A New Normal for Autonomous Startups: Discount M&A Pricing?

Amazon could land Zoox for $1.1 billion, well under the company’s previous valuation

Business

Ford Shares Sensor Test Data for Autonomous Vehicles

Before being set loose on roads, self-driving vehicles need a comprehensive view of what they could encounter

Hybrid

Lincoln Pulls the Plug on Rivian-Based EV

COVID-19 continues to take its toll on vehicle programs

Hybrid

Rivian Delays EV Launches Until 2021

Coronavirus pushes plans back for Rivian’s electric pickup and SUV

Autonomous Vehicles

TuSimple, ZF Partner on Autonomous Big Rigs

Supplier giant delivers automotive knowhow to help commercialize self-driving tech

Batteries

Bollinger Goes Commercial with Electric Chassis

Flexible architecture can support various body styles and applications with up to a 5,000-lb payload

Interiors & Electronics

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium

The 4Runner is built to take it—with it being something substantially more demanding than a Costco run—though it can do that, too

Business

Mike Bell Departs Rivian as CTO

Long-time Apple tech guru Mike Bell leaves EV startup after 9 months

Hybrid

Hyundai Turns to California Startup for EV Platform

Canoo to provide “skateboard” architecture for a range of future Hyundai/Kia models

Marketing

World’s Top Auto Brands Defend Their Rankings

Brands are forever jockeying for superiority over their rivals.

Batteries

Amazon Expands EV Plans…with Rickshaws in India

10,000 units due to hit the streets by 2025

Electronics

FCA’s 5th-Gen Infotainment Tech Hits the Mark

Highly rated Uconnect system gets better

Hybrid

Rivian Confirms Platform for Ford EV

Electric-truck startup Rivian Automotive confirms it will supply the “skateboard” chassis to carry a premium-level electric vehicle developed by Ford.

Connectivity

A New Term to Get Used to: “Disownership”

The way people are going to get transportation is changing the world over. Get ready for it.

Propulsion

600-hp Volvo Sells at Record Price for Charitable Cause

SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund gets $150K from an amazing Volvo Amazon

Hybrid

EV Startup Rivian Gets $1.3 Billion in New Funding

Electric car startups are still attracting major funding from hopeful investors. The latest example: $1.3 billion landed by Michigan-based Rivian Automotive.

Design

AWS and Formula 1: Designing Better Vehicles

In 2021 Formula 1 car design will change—thanks, in part, to Amazon. Yes, Amazon.

Interiors & Electronics

Ford and Electric Vehicles—And, Yes, the Mustang Mach-E

Yes, the Mustang Mach-E. But there is a rich history here.