<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - auto]]> http://gazette.com/rss/auto Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:17:53 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Uber self-driving car exec steps aside during Google lawsuit]]> http://gazette.com/uber-self-driving-car-exec-steps-aside-during-google-lawsuit/article/feed/456218?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uber-self-driving-car-exec-steps-aside-during-google-lawsuit/article/feed/456218?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The executive running Uber's self-driving car division is stepping aside while the company defends itself against charges that he provided the project with technology stolen from a Google spinoff.

Anthony Levandowski, an autonomous vehicle expert who defected from Google last year, notified Uber's staff of his decision in a Thursday email. The change was made in tandem with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, according to the email.

Although Levandowski will remain at Uber, he won't be overseeing a crucial autonomous-car project while the ride-hailing service is locked in a legal showdown with Waymo, a rival started by Google eight years ago.

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]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:37:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Mazda MX-5 Miata RF: Open-air driving with structure]]> http://gazette.com/mazda-mx-5-miata-rf-open-air-driving-with-structure/article/feed/455914?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mazda-mx-5-miata-rf-open-air-driving-with-structure/article/feed/455914?custom_click=rss

Car shoppers looking for a Mazda Miata coupe have a new choice for 2017: the new Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, with a targa-looking, power hard top.

The 2017 MX-5 RF — for Retractable Fastback — is the closest Mazda has come to a coupe version of its long-selling Miata roadster. It's also the first Miata with beefy buttresses aft of the rear window. The new styling makes the car look like it's in motion even when it's parked. The MX-5 RF also is quieter inside than a soft-top Miata, at least when the metal roof is on. When the roof is lowered, some riders can notice a bit of wind buffeting from the buttresses area.

The Miata remains a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine, which lists predicted reliability as above average.

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]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:11:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Ford 1Q profit down on recalls, lower sales, but tops Street]]> http://gazette.com/ford-1q-profit-down-on-recalls-lower-sales-but-tops-street/article/feed/456040?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ford-1q-profit-down-on-recalls-lower-sales-but-tops-street/article/feed/456040?custom_click=rss

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Costly product recalls and lower sales took a bite out of Ford's first-quarter profit.

Ford Motor Co.'s net income fell 35 percent to $1.6 billion, or 40 cents per share, in the first quarter.

The Dearborn-based automaker had warned investors and analysts to expect weaker results in the January-March period. Ford earned a record pretax profit in the first quarter of 2016.

Without one-time items, including a gain from canceling a planned plant in Mexico, Ford earned 39 cents per share. That beat Wall Street's forecasts. Analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of 35 cents per share.

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]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:53:11 -0600 <![CDATA[European automakers warn of Brexit dislocation]]> http://gazette.com/european-automakers-warn-of-brexit-dislocation/article/feed/456066?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/european-automakers-warn-of-brexit-dislocation/article/feed/456066?custom_click=rss LONDON (AP) — European automakers and suppliers are warning about the damage that Britain's departure from the European Union could mean to the industry.

The comments come just days before the European Union will hold a summit with the other 27 EU nations to agree on guidelines for talks on the exit, or Brexit.

The auto association is underscoring the damage that Brexit could bring to an industry that employs 12.2 million people.

The sector is complicated and integrated. A single vehicle part may pass through 15 countries before being finished. A single vehicle consists of around 30,000 parts.

The lobbyists say 90 percent of commercial vehicles built in the U.K. last year were purchased in Europe, and seven out

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]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:45:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Kia to invest $1.1 billion to build its first India factory]]> http://gazette.com/kia-to-invest-1.1-billion-to-build-its-first-india-factory/article/feed/456031?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kia-to-invest-1.1-billion-to-build-its-first-india-factory/article/feed/456031?custom_click=rss SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kia Motors Co. plans to invest $1.1 billion in India to build its first plant in the world's fifth-largest auto market.

Kia's new factory in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India's southeast will be completed by late 2019 and produce up to 300,000 vehicles per year, the company said Thursday in a statement.

The maker of Optima sedan is considering making small cars and SUVs for the Indian market.

Kia and its larger affiliate Hyundai Motor Group are the world's fifth-largest auto company. Hyundai makes 650,000 vehicles in India a year, but without its own production line, Kia could not enter the market due to steep tariffs on imported cars.

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]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:31:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Old car, new tricks: Adding safety tech to an older car]]> http://gazette.com/old-car-new-tricks-adding-safety-tech-to-an-older-car/article/feed/455878?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/old-car-new-tricks-adding-safety-tech-to-an-older-car/article/feed/455878?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — Old cars can learn new tricks.

For a few hundred dollars, drivers can add new safety technology — like forward collision warning systems or backup cameras — to older cars.

Cars are lasting longer than ever thanks to improving quality. The average U.S. vehicle is now 11.6 years old, according to the consulting firm IHS Markit.

But that means millions of car owners are missing out on technology that could potentially save their lives. Forward collision warning systems, for example, can reduce the risk of a crash by 27 percent, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Consumers have to do the math to decide whether it's better to add aftermarket systems to an older car or save up

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]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:29:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Fact sheet: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata-Box]]> http://gazette.com/fact-sheet-2017-mazda-mx-5-miata-box/article/feed/455913?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fact-sheet-2017-mazda-mx-5-miata-box/article/feed/455913?custom_click=rss 2017 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring RF

BASE PRICE: $24,915 for Sport manual; $26,395 for Sport automatic; $28,800 for Club manual; $29,530 for Club automatic; $30,065 for Grand Touring manual; $31,270 for Grand Touring automatic; 31,555 for Club RF manual; $32,285 for Club RF automatic; $32,620 for Grand Touring RF manual.

AS TESTED: $33,925.

TYPE: Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, two-passenger, hardtop convertible.

ENGINE: 2-liter, double overhead cam, direct fuel injection, SkyActiv-G four cylinder with VVT.

MILEAGE: 26 mpg (city), 33 mpg (highway).

TOP SPEED: 135 mph.

LENGTH: 154.1 inches.

WHEELBASE: 90.9 inches.

CURB WEIGHT: 2,445 pounds.

BUILT AT: Japan.

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]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:13:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Fiat Chrysler profit up more than a third as Europe improves]]> http://gazette.com/fiat-chrysler-profit-up-more-than-a-third-as-europe-improves/article/feed/455849?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fiat-chrysler-profit-up-more-than-a-third-as-europe-improves/article/feed/455849?custom_click=rss

MILAN (AP) — Carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported Wednesday that its first-quarter earnings rose by more than a third, with all regions contributing except Latin America, which posted losses.

The Italian-American carmaker made a net profit of 641 million euros ($700 million) in the first three months of 2017, up 34 percent from 478 million euros in the same period last year.

The carmaker, formed from the 2014 merger of Fiat and Chrysler, confirmed its 2017 targets, including net profit of 3 billion euros on revenues of 115 billion-120 billion euros. Shares in the company closed up 9 percent to 10.60 euros in Milan trading.

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]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:03:15 -0600 <![CDATA[As Dubai focuses on future, cybersecurity a growing concern]]> http://gazette.com/as-dubai-focuses-on-future-cybersecurity-a-growing-concern/article/feed/455826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/as-dubai-focuses-on-future-cybersecurity-a-growing-concern/article/feed/455826?custom_click=rss

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As Dubai races toward a future of self-driving cars and drones filling up its high-rise-studded skyline, cybersecurity is becoming a growing concern in a region replete with examples of cyberattacks.

The sheikhdom is hosting a cybersecurity conference this week and at it, a Dubai official involved in protecting the emirate from hacking and other electronic maliciousness offered a rare interview Wednesday describing its efforts.

"It's relentless," said Amer Sharaf, the director of compliance at the Dubai Electronic Security Center. "You always have to be up and ahead of the game."

The center, created by decree in 2014, has some 60 employees and hopes to hire another 30 this year, Shar

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]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:58:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Daimler profits double on sales of Mercedes E-class, SUVs]]> http://gazette.com/daimler-profits-double-on-sales-of-mercedes-e-class-suvs/article/feed/455812?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/daimler-profits-double-on-sales-of-mercedes-e-class-suvs/article/feed/455812?custom_click=rss FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Daimler AG says net profit doubled in the first three months of the year as the new version of the company's Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and its SUV lineup boosted sales.

The Stuttgart-based company raised its profit outlook for the year, with CEO Dieter Zetsche saying in a statement Wednesday that earnings and sales would "significantly increase." The earlier prediction was for a slight increase.

Net profit rose to 2.80 billion euros ($3 billion) from 1.40 billion euros in the year-earlier quarter. Revenue rose 11 percent to 38.77 billion euros.

The net profit figure beat expectations for 2.4 billion euros as compiled by financial information provider FactSet.

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]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:53:28 -0600 <![CDATA[US missile system claims another victim: Hyundai Motor]]> http://gazette.com/us-missile-system-claims-another-victim-hyundai-motor/article/feed/455809?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-missile-system-claims-another-victim-hyundai-motor/article/feed/455809?custom_click=rss SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. reported Wednesday more than a 20 percent drop in its first quarter profit as the anti-Korean sentiment in China sparked by the deployment of the U.S. missile defense system battered the Korean carmakers' sales in its biggest auto market.

The company said its January-March net profit was 1.3 trillion won ($1.2 billion), down 21 percent from 1.7 trillion won a year earlier.

Its profit slide was smaller than what analysts expected. FactSet, a financial data provider, said the market consensus was 1.22 trillion won.

Sales rose 5 percent to 23.4 trillion won ($20.8 billion). Operating profit fell 7 percent to 1.3 trillion won.

The biggest drag in earnings was the U.S.

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]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:19:22 -0600 <![CDATA[FCA, Google begin offering rides in self-driving cars]]> http://gazette.com/fca-google-begin-offering-rides-in-self-driving-cars/article/feed/455660?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fca-google-begin-offering-rides-in-self-driving-cars/article/feed/455660?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving vehicles they are building under an expanding partnership.

Waymo, Google's self-driving car project, said Tuesday it's adding 500 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans to its self-driving vehicle fleet. It will allow hundreds of people in the Phoenix area to take rides in the vehicles so it can get feedback on the experience.

Phoenix-area residents could apply on Waymo's website starting Tuesday. The vehicles will also pick up riders in Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert, Waymo said. All of the vehicles will have Waymo backup drivers who can take over in an emergency.

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]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:13:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Asia tracks French election rally; weak yen lifts Tokyo]]> http://gazette.com/asia-tracks-french-election-rally-weak-yen-lifts-tokyo/article/feed/455538?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asia-tracks-french-election-rally-weak-yen-lifts-tokyo/article/feed/455538?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Shares are higher in Asia, tracking the rally sparked by the outcome of France's vote. Hopes for U.S. tax reform and a compromise on the U.S. budget deadline also lifted sentiment. Japan's benchmark gained as the dollar remained near the 110 yen level, helping shares of exporters.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index climbed 0.9 percent to 19,053.80 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong jumped 1.1 percent to 24,400.22. South Korea's Kospi added 0.8 percent to 2,189.66 and the Shanghai Composite index was up 0.4 percent at 3,142.07. Shares were higher in Taiwan and mixed in Southeast Asia. The Australian and New Zealand markets were closed for Anzac Day.

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]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:34:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Clarification: China-Auto Show-GM story]]> http://gazette.com/clarification-china-auto-show-gm-story/article/feed/455213?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clarification-china-auto-show-gm-story/article/feed/455213?custom_click=rss SHANGHAI (AP) — In a story April 22, The Associated Press reported that General Motors Co. expects annual sales of electric vehicles to reach 150,000 by 2020 and possibly surpass 500,000 by 2025. Those figures include GM's Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet brands but not the Baojun brand made by its SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile joint venture, for which it says a forecast will be announced later.

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<![CDATA[GM appeal of ignition switch ruling rejected by high court]]> http://gazette.com/gm-appeal-of-ignition-switch-ruling-rejected-by-high-court/article/feed/455529?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gm-appeal-of-ignition-switch-ruling-rejected-by-high-court/article/feed/455529?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that one plaintiffs' attorney said could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims.

The justices without comment left in place a lower court ruling that said the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy did not shield it from liability in the cases.

An attorney representing hundreds of plaintiffs who are suing the company said it exposes GM to around 1,000 additional lawsuits and $5 billion to $10 billion in liabilities. GM said the cases will have to be tried on individual merits.

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