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VW CEO Rejects FCA Merger Suggestion

by on 8 March 2017 in Audi News Fourtitude News Industry News

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Keen eyed newsies may be aware that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne yesterday told the media that he had no doubts “that at the relevant time VW may show up and have a chat” for a merger. Well, VW’s CEO ain’t got time Marchionne’s nonsense. Matthias Mueller, speaking to Reuters today, rejected the suggestion. “We are not […] More…

The Longest Racetrack in the World is Being Built in America

by on 27 February 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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John Morris has big plans for Spring Mountain Resort & Country Club. Located in Pahrump, Nevada, Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch is slowly becoming the destination for racing enthusiasts. Its owner, John Morris, acquired it in 2004 when it was just a 2.2-mile racetrack. Since then, Morris has transformed it into a luxurious resort that one […] More…

Traffic Fatalities in US Reach Highest Level Since 2007

by on 17 February 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Cars may be getting more advanced safety features, but U.S. traffic-related deaths are on the rise. According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 40,200 deaths occurred last year on the road, a rise of 6 percent. It’s the first time since 2007 there were more than 40,000 fatalities. The increase likely comes from the fact that Americans […] More…

Could Facial Tracking Reduce Distracted Driving?

by on 15 February 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Israeli firm eyeSight Technologies just announced a new sensing system that aims to reduce in-vehicle distraction by monitoring drivers. This company’s latest human-machine interface aims to improve safety by keeping tabs on whoever’s behind the wheel. In addition to this, the technology offers several other benefits. Powered by an infrared monochrome sensor that works in a […] More…

Top 12 Car Features that Sound New but Actually Aren’t

by on 7 February 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Automotive engineers are constantly working to bring cutting-edge features from testing laboratories to dealership showrooms. In recent years, the pace of automotive innovation has accelerated as more and more high-tech gadgets make their way to even entry-level vehicles. Today, things like navigation systems, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking and even adaptive cruise control are available […] More…

New Study Says EVs Actually Create Pollution in the Midwest

by on 27 January 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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A new study says that electric vehicles are causing pollution in the Midwest. The study, published in American Economic Review, asserts that because the Midwest relies heavily on coal for electricity, the region sees higher pollution due to the increased presence of EVs. This is so, it says, at least when compared with other regions, […] More…

Walmart Set to Begin Selling Cars

by on 25 January 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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With the exception of funeral services and stylish clothing, practically anything can be purchased at your local Walmart. That list now includes automobiles. North America’s largest retailer is edging is way into automotive sales with the help of the nation’s largest new-car dealership franchise, AutoNation. Launching in April, Walmart’s CarSaver program will make it the […] More…

Netflix Forgets About Jeremy Clarkson, Lands Jerry Seinfeld

by on 18 January 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News Video

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Netflix is getting its own car show. With Amazon Prime outbidding Netflix for Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May’s The Grand Tour, it seems Netflix turned its attention towards comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. After spending nine years on Crackle, Seinfeld will debut a new season of his show late this year with […] More…

Automakers Struggling To Find Enough Batteries for Growing EV Demand

by on 13 January 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Some automakers are facing the dilemma of finding enough lithium-ion batteries for meeting their large-scale electric vehicle production targets. According to a Automotive News, Volkswagen Group is one grappling with the question head-on as it readies for its aggressive target of manufacturing two-to-three million EVs per year by 2025. Several competitor global automakers are facing […] More…

Bosch Reportedly Settling its Role in TDI Emissions Scandal for $300 Million

by on 20 December 2016 in Audi News Fourtitude News Industry News

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German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH has been silent about its role in Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating, but may be settling a lawsuit for more than $300 million with U.S. owners. The disclosure comes from a reportedly informed confidential source, as the outcome of a 2015 suit by VW owners claiming it helped design VW’s […] More…

Paris, Athens, Madrid, and Mexico City to Ban Diesel

by on 2 December 2016 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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The diesel engine again came under fire this week, as the mayors of four major cities announced that they had pledged to ban diesel vehicles from their cities by 2025. The mayors of Paris, Athens, Madrid, and Mexico City announced the pledge at the 2016 C40 Mayors Summit, a meeting of more than 80 mayors […] More…

The Average Road-going Vehicle is Now Older Than Ever

by on 23 November 2016 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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The life expectancy of the average automobile was only 6.75 years in 1930. It is almost double that now and shows no signs of stopping. As cars and trucks have continued to become longer lived, the number of operational vehicles in the United States hit a record high this year. Despite the automotive genocide that […] More…