Tag: Automobiles

Tesla Shines During the Pandemic as Other Automakers Struggle

In early 2019, Tesla seemed to be stuck in a ditch. After a steep drop in sales at the beginning of that year, the company was scrambling to raise cash, slashing costs and closing dealerships. It slowed spending on new models, and even analysts who had once been very bullish about the company’s prospects soured […]

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As Sales Rise, Automakers Ramp Up Production

Just two months ago, the auto industry was bracing for disaster. As the coronavirus spread, automakers shut down plants, and car sales plunged. But the industry is starting to breathe a little easier. Factories are churning out trucks and sport utility vehicles, with many of the plants nearly back to production levels that prevailed before […]

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Cities Should Open Streets to Pedestrians and Cyclists

Since cities came to exist 5,000 years ago, epidemics have shaped their fate. Plagues weakened the Roman Empire and may have helped bring it down. The sewers that cleaned up a filthy London in the 19th century were built in direct response to a cholera outbreak. Many of the great urban parks, including Central Park […]

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‘A Sports Car That You Can Wear Into a Bar’

They’re machines that exemplify precision and design, detailed craftsmanship, advanced technology. Both lean toward the macho, but you needn’t be macho to appreciate either of them. Cars and watches: They have evolved together for the last century or so. Watches, like coveted cars, can be very expensive. A nice version of the Rolex GMT-Master clocks […]

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How to Deal With Public Bathrooms During Coronavirus

Annie Shea Weckesser was in a Target parking lot in Sand City, Calif., waiting for groceries to be loaded into the trunk of her car when her 8-year-old daughter started crying. Weckesser, a mother of three, knew her eldest had to use the bathroom but asked if she could possibly hold it, since they were […]

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Fears for Volvo Expose Sour Turn in Sweden’s Ties With China

GOTHENBURG, Sweden — The 2009 meeting in Shanghai between the Swedish union leader and the “Chinese Henry Ford” started in a minibus ride and ended in one of the financial capital’s most opulent hotels. There, the men struck an unlikely alliance to save the struggling Swedish carmaker Volvo. The president of Geely Auto Group, Li […]

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Overlooked No More: Roberta Cowell, Trans Trailblazer, Pilot and Auto Racer

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. This month we’re adding the stories of important L.G.B.T. figures. At the height of Roberta Cowell’s celebrity status, in 1954, her face adorned the cover of Britain’s popular Picture Post magazine. When her story appeared in […]

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Former U.A.W. President Gary Jones Pleads Guilty

The former president of the United Auto Workers Union, Gary Jones, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to embezzling union funds, becoming the highest-ranking union official to admit wrongdoing in a wide-ranging federal investigation that has involved more than a dozen senior union officials and at least three executives from Fiat Chrysler. Under a cooperation agreement reached […]

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Symbol of N.Y.C. Unrest: A Burning Police Car

On Friday night in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, protesters descended on an unoccupied New York Police Department van, which quickly became the target of all their anger and angst. After chasing officers away, people threw rocks, glass bottles, and “anything and everything” at the van, according to one protester, who would only identify […]

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Can 8 Million Daily Riders Be Lured Back to N.Y. Mass Transit?

As New York City prepares to reopen after enduring one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world, officials are scrambling to avoid a new disaster — the gridlock that could result if many people continue to avoid public transportation and turn to cars instead. Before the crisis, eight million people in the region each […]

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Can 8 Million Daily Riders Be Lured Back to N.Y. Mass Transit?

As New York City prepares to reopen after enduring one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world, officials are scrambling to avoid a new disaster — the gridlock that could result if many people continue to avoid public transportation and turn to cars instead. Before the crisis, eight million people in the region each […]

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How to Disinfect a Police Car in a Pandemic: Make It an Oven

Over the last two months, law-enforcement agencies around the country have increasingly found themselves transporting people infected with the coronavirus, and facing the challenge of how to quickly and effectively sanitize their vehicles. “We’ve been doing it by hand, wiping down the seats and interior with 70 percent alcohol and water,” said Robert Martinez, deputy […]

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Pandemic Forces Car Dealers to Do the Unthinkable: Sell Online

After more than a decade of getting around New York City almost exclusively by subway and bus, Nicole Avallone decided to buy a car in April after watching the rapid spread of the coronavirus. But with dealerships closed in the New York area, Ms. Avallone did something few car buyers are able or willing to […]

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States Sue to Block Trump From Weakening Fuel Economy Rules

Led by California, nearly two dozen states sued the Trump administration on Wednesday over its reversal of fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks, arguing that the move is based on erroneous science, and endangers public health. The lawsuit escalates a standoff between President Trump, who has moved to undo a long list of environmental regulations […]

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Bugatti Chiron: Perfection at a Stratospheric Price

I’ve never piloted the Concorde; but in early March, just before the coronavirus-fueled lockdown, I drove what may be the closest road equivalent to a luxury aircraft: the Bugatti Chiron. At a typical starting price above $3 million, this ultra-sports car is more expensive than even some “entry-level” personal jets — and requires similar care […]

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Aston Martin’s James Bond Car Comes to Life

James Bond is lonely. It’s just 007 and his gadget-laden 1965 Aston Martin DB5 these days. He hasn’t had any company since his last passenger was ejected. His car phone can’t call anyone; for one thing, its inventor didn’t remember to include a dial. His radar-mapping system is frozen on some place in rural Sussex, […]

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Together, Alone: The Car as Shelter in the Pandemic

The role of the automobile has been reinvented in the coronavirus era. Once just a way of getting from one place to another, the car has been turned into a mini-shelter on wheels, safe from contamination, a cocoon that allows its occupants to be inside and outside at the same time. It took a pandemic […]

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Hertz, Car Rental Pioneer, Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Hertz, which started with a fleet of a dozen Ford Model T’s a century ago and became one of the world’s largest car rental companies, filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday after falling victim to its mountain of debt. The coronavirus pandemic has devastated Hertz by grounding business travelers and tourists, making it impossible for […]

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Tesla Owners Try to Make Sense of Elon Musk’s ‘Red Pill’ Moment

Owning a Tesla, the luxurious electric car, is a major liberal status symbol. It signals nothing more than good taste — the perfect balance of wealth with care for fossil fuels. But the man behind the brand is crafting a very different persona online that may now prove to be a challenge for his fans. […]

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Elon Musk’s Latest Gambit

Elon Musk, the chief executive of the carmaker Tesla, is something different to everyone. For having mass-produced cool all-electric vehicles, he has been a hero to coastal environmentalist liberals. Small-government conservatives have lionized him for thumbing his nose at regulators. He has been likened to the superhero Iron Man, and sci-fi aficionados love the billionaire […]

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The Unnervingly Easy Experience of Driving in New York City Right Now

A late morning drive down Fifth Avenue, starting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the lanes are normally choked with inching traffic, now passes by almost impossibly quickly. Glance down at the speedometer, and you might miss Rockefeller Center. The notorious F.D.R. Drive along the East River, prone to random standstills throughout its long […]

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Autoworkers Are Returning as Carmakers Gradually Crank Up Factories

After sheltering at home for nearly two months, tens of thousands of autoworkers have started streaming back into car and truck plants across the South and Midwest, a critical step toward bringing the nation’s largest manufacturing industry back to life. In April, automakers, which were closing plants at various times, produced just 4,840 cars, pickup […]

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Coronavirus Wrecked Tesla’s Momentum and Elon Musk Is Furious

A few months ago, everything seemed to be going Elon Musk’s way, as he presided over an upstart electric car company that was worth more than General Motors, Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler combined. That company, Tesla, had reported profits two quarters in a row, proving that it could earn money even as it grew. […]

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How Elon Musk Won the Fight to Reopen His Tesla Factory

How do you solve a problem like a tweet-storming Elon Musk? Memo to the officials of Alameda County in Northern California: You don’t. Of course, hindsight is 20-20, as the county officials have found in a high-profile tussle this week with Mr. Musk, the famous, and occasionally infamous, entrepreneur known for electric cars, space rockets, […]

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Elon Musk Lashes Out at Officials Keeping Tesla Plant Closed Over Virus

Elon Musk lashed out on Saturday at California health officials who have not yet cleared Tesla, his electric car company, to restart production at its plant in Fremont, saying he would move the company’s headquarters to Texas or Nevada. On Friday, health officials from Alameda County told Tesla it was not yet allowed to resume […]

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Auto Plant Shutdown Spares an Essential: Corvette Parts

As union officials grew concerned about factory safety, the three big U.S. automakers announced in March that they would shutter their North American operations, sending home roughly 150,000 workers. But with a pandemic raging, a handful of General Motors workers have labored on — including several dozen at a plant in Bedford, Ind., that makes […]

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