Rivian Unviels R1T Electric Adventure Truck

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After nine years of design and development, automotive startup Rivian unveiled not one but two new electric vehicles (each with Level 3 autonomy) at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show on Tuesday. The R1T is a pickup built specifically for off-road adventuring while the swanky R1S looks to compete with Range Rover’s line of upscale SUVs in both looks and amenities. Both …

BMW Q3 Profit Falls 27%

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BMW reported a 27 percent drop in third-quarter operating profit to 1.75 billion euros ($2 billion) amid currency headwinds, trade tensions and higher research and development expenses. Earnings were hit by higher raw material prices, currency effects, higher provisions for goodwill and warranty measures, tariffs between China and the U.S. and a price war in Europe. Despite a slight rise …

Porsche introduces new programs for short-term rentals

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Porsche is introducing two new pilot programs to follow up Porsche Passport, the subscription service announced a year ago. Passport was launched with a fairly simple plan: For $2,000 a month Atlanta-based customers can access eight different Porsche cars depending on needs; for $3,000 the choice widened to 22 cars. Passport cars are available monthly. Now, there are two new programs called …

Audi drops manual transmissions from 2019 US-lineup

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Fans of three pedals should shift their attention away from Audi showrooms for the 2019 model year. The automaker issued a statement on Friday that in response to weak demand it will no longer offer a manual transmission model in its U.S.-market lineup beginning next year. Audi also confirmed that it will pull the no-cost 6-speed manual option from its A4 …

Volkswagen’s Latest Pop-Top Camper Van Has Everything, including the Kitchen Sink

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For those avid voyagers who think that the regular Volkswagen California camper van isn’t enough for their needs, there’s a new, even bigger VW pop-top called the Grand California. Based on the larger Crafter commercial van rather than the smaller Transporter, this bigger van is for those who want to live a larger van life. Bigger inside in nearly every dimension, the …

VW and Renault promise electric car sharing services

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Automaker-run EV sharing services are still novelties now, but they could be plentiful before long. Both Volkswagen and Renault have announced plans for electric car sharing services in a bid to promote sustainable mobility. Volvo and Porsche already have subscription services available. BMW and Mercedes also work with outside companies to provide car sharing services in select cities. VW’s We platform will offer on-demand EVs …

Now California’s DMV can allow fully driverless car testing

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Automakers can now start testing fully driverless cars on California’s roads, despite recent crashes in California and Arizona involving autonomous driving technology. According to the state DMV’s new regulations that became effective on April 2nd, it can now issue three types of autonomous vehicle testing permits. The first kind is the original one it approved years ago, which needs a driver behind the wheel, …

BMW Store Design Competition Stirs Interest in Accessories

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Patrick Womack, the general manager of a BMW dealership in suburban Chicago, has long been a fan of the BMW Art Cars painted by celebrated artists such as Andy Warhol. So when a dealer friend approached him about entering a BMW aftersales contest, he decided to get creative. Laurel BMW of Westmont’s M2 Art Wrap design competition was born. The …

How Self-Driving and Electric Cars Will Solve Some Annoying Problems

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Electric cars, robo taxis and self-driving trucks are coming and possibly sooner than you think. Limited tests of driverless cars are already happening today and they could be in use everywhere within six years. A change on that scale would reach far beyond the automotive industry to upend businesses, transform our daily lifestyles and reshape cities around the world. Even if the …

Ventura County Old Car Buyback Program Renewed for 2018

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The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District has renewed its Old Car Buy Back Program that will pay county residents to scrap their 1997 or older vehicles to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases in the area. The program is sponsored by your local Air Quality Management District or Air Pollution Control District. This Voluntary Accelerated Vehicle Retirement (VAVR) Program is …