Tag: Automobiles

Trump’s Rollback of Auto Pollution Rules Shows Signs of Disarray

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The White House, blindsided by a pact between California and four automakers to oppose President Trump’s auto emissions rollbacks, has mounted an effort to prevent any more from joining the other side. Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors […]

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Sale of Rare Nazi-Era Porsche Sputters After Sotheby’s Auction Blunder

As the curtains parted, the frenzied car aficionados raced to get out their smartphones to capture the moment for posterity. Several of them cheered. They had come to see Lot No. 362, the much-heralded Porsche Type 64, a swooping Nazi-era roadster that was built by the automaker Ferdinand Porsche nine years before he founded his […]

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Commuting Has Always Been Soul-Crushing, but There Are Inspiring Options

As a matter of principle, it shouldn’t be such misery to get somewhere you don’t even want to go. That’s why commuting to work can awaken elemental feelings of dread, powerlessness and rage. You strategize. You wake early. You wedge your body into an obscenely packed subway or inch your car along a planet-killing freeway. […]

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‘First’ Porsche Heads to Auction, and a Record Price Is Expected

The road race was going to speed along Germany’s new Autobahn, into the Austrian Alps and on to Rome, through the new heart of fascist Europe. To maximize the propaganda value of the affair — in part marking the Nazis’ 1938 alliance with Italy and the absorption of Austria — the German entry in the […]

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Carlos Ghosn Hasn’t Seen His Wife in Months. Japan’s Prosecutors Want It That Way.

TOKYO — There is a long list of things that Carlos Ghosn, the embattled former chief of the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi auto alliance, is not allowed to do as he awaits trial in Japan. He cannot leave Tokyo. He cannot use the internet outside his lawyer’s office. He cannot meet friends without informing the court. And he […]

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Rupert Stadler, Ex-Audi Chief, Charged With Fraud in Diesel Scandal

BERLIN — German prosecutors on Wednesday charged Rupert Stadler, the former chief executive of Volkswagen’s luxury car division Audi, with fraud for the company’s role in an diesel emissions cheating scandal. Mr. Stadler, who was arrested in June 2018 and later released, and three others who were not named were accused of developing illegal emissions […]

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Mother of Twins Who Died in Hot Car: ‘I Still Love My Husband’

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Two days after 1-year-old twins died in a hot car in the Bronx, their mother pleaded on Sunday for leniency for her husband after he said he forgot the children in the car. Their mother, Marissa A. Rodriguez, called […]

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When the Polluters Are Cleaner Than the Government

The Trump administration has expected corporations to cheer its efforts to lower environmental safeguards — to permit poisonous pesticides, to gut mine safety protections, to weaken rules on methane leaks in the energy industry. It can be assumed, then, that administration officials thought they were offering the auto industry a gift with their continued pursuit […]

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‘A Few Dirty Tricks’: Documents Show Audi’s Role in the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

Frankfurt — After more than $30 billion in fines, numerous indicted executives and a guilty plea in the United States, you wouldn’t think there was much more to learn about the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Wrong. Nearly four years after Volkswagen confessed to systematically evading pollution rules for a decade, facets of the scandal are still […]

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Automakers, Rejecting Trump Pollution Rule, Strike a Deal With California

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Four of the world’s largest automakers, including the Ford Motor Company, have struck a deal with California to reduce tailpipe pollution, in a blow to the Trump administration as it prepares to roll back national vehicle pollution standards […]

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Nissan Will Cut 12,500 Jobs as Profit Plunges

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan on Thursday said it would cut as many as 12,500 jobs and reported a deep drop in profit, suggesting its problems could be even more serious than it has previously acknowledged. The cuts represent around 9 percent of the company’s global work force of around 139,000 as of March 2018. At […]

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People Are Buying Really Expensive Cars on Instagram

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “It started with a clip of a car pulling out,” RD Whittington said from the head of a table in a private dining room at Mastro’s Steakhouse. Mr. Whittington, a car dealer, was wearing a black T-shirt, chain necklace and sparkly Audemars Piguet watch. He was sitting across from Jamie Foxx, […]

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‘We’re Full,’ Car Dealers Say as Auto Sales Slow After a Long Boom

Over the past decade, the auto industry enjoyed a boom unlike any other in modern history. Sales of new cars and trucks rose steadily from 2009 to 2016, the longest growth streak since at least before the Great Depression. Millions of Americans traded up to bigger and more sophisticated vehicles decked out in leather and […]

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The Robot Apocalypse Has Been Postponed

Like many non-Democrats with an interest in both public policy and supernatural religion, I have two favorite 2020 Democratic candidates: Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang. Williamson is interesting because she helps reveal the spiritual shape of political ideas. Yang is interesting because he’s eager to think well outside the existing policy consensus and propose ideas […]

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Renault and Nissan Need Each Other to Thrive in Future, 2 Leaders Say

A hoped-for merger between Fiat Chrysler and Renault is dead. Long live the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance — or else. That, in essence, was the message that emerged from interviews last week with Jean-Dominique Senard, the chairman of Renault, and Keiko Ihara, an independent Nissan board member, about the future of the troubled partnership between the automakers. […]

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Sorry, You Won’t Be Hovering Over Paris Anytime Soon

Over the weekend, a video of a man gliding over Paris on a tiny platform offered the internet a bit of unifying delight. As President Emmanuel Macron of France applauded alongside other attendees at the Bastille Day parade, the man gracefully soared and dipped, clutching a rifle. Thousands on social media asked: Who was he? […]

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Ford and VW to Share Costs of Self-Driving, Electric Cars

Ford Motor and Volkswagen said Friday they would team up to develop self-driving cars and share electric-car components, significantly broadening an existing alliance and illustrating how automakers are putting aside rivalries to manage the astronomical cost of new technologies. The agreement calls for Volkswagen to purchase a stake in a Ford-backed start-up that is developing […]

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24 Governors Call on Trump to Halt Rollback on Rules for Clean Cars

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. The opposition to one of President Trump’s most consequential regulatory rollbacks — a plan to weaken pollution standards for automobiles nationwide — widened on Tuesday when 24 governors, including three Republicans, urged the president to abandon his plan. The governors’ […]

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