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Business

GM and Ford Have a Lot of Loyalty

2019 customers show solid support for OEMs with Automotive Loyalty Awards

Regulations

Toyota Recalls 3.2 Million Sketchy Fuel Pumps Worldwide

Expanded campaign targets 7 years of production

Car/Ride Sharing

Toyota Invests in Self-Driving Tech Startup

Pony.ai lands $462 million in latest funding round and expands tests programs in California

Marketing

Porsche Jumps to Top of CR Best-Car Ratings

Another year of surprising ups and downs

Business

Mazda, Subaru, Hyundai Group Top IIHS Safety Ratings

Tougher headlight criteria reduce number of Top Safety Pick+ winners

Marketing

World’s Top Auto Brands Defend Their Rankings

Brands are forever jockeying for superiority over their rivals.

Design

Spacebreaking Designs

Lexus envisions lunar travel

Propulsion

Caddy ICE Age Coming to an End?

The bulk of Cadillac’s lineup—and perhaps all of it—will consist of electric vehicles by 2030, the company says.

Mobility

Car Dealer Touts Multi-Brand Subscriptions

 Ohio car dealer Bernie Moreno is betting on a multi-brand luxury subscription service.

Business

Mercedes to Skip New York Auto Show

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit has decided not to participate in next April’s New York auto show.

Materials & Lightweighting

Engineering the 2020 Lincoln Corsair

These are the elements that make up both a promise and a bill of materials.

Interiors & Electronics

2020 Acura RDX A-Spec

Too much about racing. Not enough about driving.

Business

Japanese Brands Lead CR Reliability Ratings

Lexus, Mazda and Toyota captured the top three spots in this year’s Consumer Reports Auto Reliability Survey rankings.

Hybrid

Lexus to Reveal First EV This Month

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus unit will take the wraps off its first series production electric car later this month at the Guangzhou auto show in China.

Car/Ride Sharing

The Impending Transformation

According to an IBM study, “48% of consumers say the vehicle brand wouldn’t matter to them in an autonomous, mobility-as-a-service paradigm, but cost and convenience would.”

Production

Starting in 2020 new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles will include Alexa integration as a feature in the infotainment system.

Starting in 2020 new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles will include Alexa integration as a feature in the infotainment system.

Toyota’s Progressive Approach to Driver Assist

  Toyota is taking a step-by-step approach to advanced driver assist features, says Wayne Powell, vice president of R&D for Toyota Motor North America.

Autonomous Vehicles

TRI to Provide Autonomous Rides in Tokyo Next Year

The folks at TRI have been hard at work trying to develop autonomous driving technology and comparatively keeping under the radar, metaphorically speaking. But in Tokyo next year they’re going to be showing what the P4 can do.

Regulations

Toyota in “Final Phase” of U.S. Airbag Recalls

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 928,000 vehicles in the U.S. under the final phase of its multi-year effort to replace Takata Corp. airbag inflators that can degrade and then explode in a crash.

Propulsion

Toyota/Lexus to Launch 3 EVs by 2021

Toyota Motor Corp. says it will launch three electric vehicles between its namesake and Lexus brands within the next two years.

Former Audi Exec to Head Genesis N. America

Hyundai Motor Co.’s Genesis unit has appointed Mark Del Rosso CEO of the luxury marque’s operations in North America, effective Oct. 21.   

Luxury Models Dominate 10-Best “UX” List

Six models named to Wardsauto.com’s 10 Best User Experience (UX) list are luxury vehicles, including four German brands.

Business

GM Names Global Chief Marketing Officer

General Motors Co. has promoted Deborah Wahl, previously head of marketing for the Cadillac brand, to be GM’s first global chief marketing officer since 2012.

Mobility

Toyota, Chinese Startup Partner on Autonomy

Toyota Motor Corp. is partnering with Chinese startup Pony.ai to develop and deploy self-driving vehicles in China.