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Lyft to Sell Autonomous Vehicle Unit to Toyota in $550 Million Deal

Lyft to Sell Autonomous Vehicle Unit to Toyota in $550 Million Deal

Ride-hailing service Lyft said it plans to sell its autonomous driving division to a unit of Toyota.
The $550 million sale to Woven Planet Holdings, Toyota’s autonomous tech subsidy, will pay Lyft $550 million as part of the deal.  Lyft said it receive an initial payment of $200 million that is …

2 Killed in Tesla Crash in Texas Where ‘No One Was Driving’

2 Killed in Tesla Crash in Texas Where ‘No One Was Driving’

Two men were killed in a crash in Texas after the Tesla they were riding in, with neither behind the wheel, crashed into a tree and burst into flames, local officials said.
The crash took place Saturday night in Spring, Texas.  One person was found in the front passenger seat, and …

Google to Add Support for Routes with a Low-Carbon Footprint in Maps App

Google to Add Support for Routes with a Low-Carbon Footprint in Maps App

Google announced that its Maps will soon default to a route that has the lowest possible carbon footprint, an effort to reduce CO2 emissions and drive sustainability. 
The new eco-friendly route mode will provide the driver with approximately the same estimated time of arrival as a regular route.  In instances …

Jaguar, Land Rover Plan to Offer All-Electric Lineup, Phase Out Conventional Powertrains

Jaguar, Land Rover Plan to Offer All-Electric Lineup, Phase Out Conventional Powertrains

UK automaker Jaguar Land Rover announced a major shift towards electric vehicles.
The company, owned by India’s Tata Motors, said it would invest £3.5 billion  ($4.85 billion) in the move towards the electrification of its lineup. 
Jaguar will offer only electric vehicles as of the 2025 model year, while Land Rover …

General Motors Reports $6.4 Billion Profit Despite Pandemic

General Motors Reports $6.4 Billion Profit Despite Pandemic

General Motors announced financial results for the calendar year 2020.
The nation’s largest automaker reported a profit of $6.4 billion in the period, a small decline from the prior year.  The company said that brisk sales of sport-utility vehicles and light trucks in the second half of the year offset the …

Toyota, Lexus Debut New Tools that Support Online Sales Without a Visit to the Dealership

Toyota, Lexus Debut New Tools that Support Online Sales Without a Visit to the Dealership

As the coronavirus pandemic continues people’s shopping habits, Toyota and Lexus unveiled the next iterations of their respective online retail experiences.
Both are designed to give a car buyer as much control over how much interaction he has with the dealership in the course of selecting and buying a new automobile.
Lexus …

Fiat Chrysler, PSA Group Merge to Form World’s Third Largest Automaker, Stellantis

Fiat Chrysler, PSA Group Merge to Form World’s Third Largest Automaker, Stellantis

Peugeot S.A. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced the completion of their merger, forming a new parent company, Stellantis.
Stellantis, derived from a Latin word meaning “to brighten with stars,” will be the world’s third-largest auto maker by sales, according to 2019 figures.
The move comes some 13 years after Chrysler’s so-called merger …

General Motors to Adopt New Logo, Will Promote its New EV Models

General Motors to Adopt New Logo, Will Promote its New EV Models

General Motors, which held the title of world’s largest automaker from 1931 to 2007, announced it will adopt a new, more modern logo, only the fifth time it will do so in its long history.
The General, which was founded by William C. Duran in 1908, once had a 50% in …

Travel Nightmare’ Cancels Holiday Travel for Thousands

Travel Nightmare’ Cancels Holiday Travel for Thousands

What healthcare officials could not accomplish amidst the coronavirus pandemic was taken care of in part by Mother Nature, who unleashed a storm that made Christmas travel near impossible for hundreds of thousands of people.
One forecaster with the National Weather Service predicted a “travel nightmare.”
Heavy rains and blizzard-like conditions delayed …

Apple May Introduce Autonomous Electric Vehicle with New Battery Tech by 2024

Apple May Introduce Autonomous Electric Vehicle with New Battery Tech by 2024

Apple could bring its own autonomous electric vehicle to market by 2024, using a new battery design that improves range and lowers the cost of the batteries themselves.
The new-car program, which has been on and off since 2014, is internally known as Project Titan.
The move could stem from the return …

Traveling for Thanksgiving? ‘Don’t’ Says the CDC

Traveling for Thanksgiving? ‘Don’t’ Says the CDC

Citing the rise in new cases and deaths from Covid-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The “CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period,” said Dr. Henry Walke, its Covid-19 incident manager. 
There is “no more important time than …

Buick Brings Back Storied ‘Electra’ Nameplate for EV Concept Car

Buick Brings Back Storied ‘Electra’ Nameplate for EV Concept Car

General Motors’ Buick division resurrected the storied Electra nameplate for a concept electric SUV introduced in China this week.
The Electra nameplate was used on a series of full-size petrol- and diesel-powered luxury models from 1959 through 1990.
The concept car, designed in Shanghai at GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center, was …