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BMW posts flat profits as investments erode automotive margins

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1The rear view of the BMW 5 series BMW posted flat third-quarter operating profit on Friday as investments in new technologies to cut pollution and increase safety ate into profits from sales of its premium cars. BMW said third-quarter earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) was €2.38bn, in line with the €2.37bn consensus estimate in […]

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VW Group ramps up digital initiatives with FAST suppliers

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Volkswagen Group says it has visited selected partners in the FAST (Future Automotive Supply Track) initiative at the International Suppliers Fair (IZB) for intensified work on ‘digitilisation’. The motto of this year’s industry showcase for suppliers was “digitalisation of mobility”. The Volkswagen Group says it is intensifying its efforts to master digital change and the associated transformation […]

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APPLE’S AUTOMOTIVE PROJECT TAKES THE EXIT RAMP

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The rumors regarding Apple’s enigmatic car project might finally be coming to an end. No, the California-based tech giant isn’t buying McLaren, and it’s not teaming up with BMW to build an autonomous car based on the all-electric i3. The latest report claims the company has simply canceled its ballyhooed entry into the automotive industry. […]

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We drove the Aston Martin Vanquish and it’s a $300,000 piece of automotive art

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Hollis Johnson There are cars, and then there are Aston Martins. The boutique British sports car maker doesn’t build transportation —  it is a purveyor of automotive art. And though they may not all be as striking as the Vulcan hypercar or as classically beautiful as the Aston Martin DB5, Aston Martins have always been […]

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Steam cars offer glimpse of automotive history

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John Hopkins lights ignighter fluid on a Stanley steam car. REGGIE LYNCH / DELAWARE PUBLIC MEDIA   These days, buying a car comes down to deciding to buy a gas, hybrid or electric vehicle. 100 years ago there was another option. Here volunteers maintain and drive classic cars. Cars that lack a modern convenience we’re […]

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The family car is in free fall

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In August, the Toyota Camry, shown, trailed the RAV4. Free fall Midsize car sales have declined faster as the year goes on Quarter YOY change 1st -3.40% 2nd -12% 3rd -22% Source: Automotive News Data Center The family sedan is dying, and the usual cure-all prescription — cash on the hood — isn’t working. In […]

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Amazon, expanding automotive business, launches vehicle research portal

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Amazon’s vehicle detail pages have sections that break down “model changes,” “model strengths” and “model value.” UPDATED: 8/25/16 5:07 pm ET – adds detailsAmazon, in its latest move into the automotive space, is getting into the vehicle research business. The online retailer today launched Amazon Vehicles, a car research portal where consumers can view vehicle-detail […]

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Stunning Marble Sculptures Bring Automotive Legends to Your Desk

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There are some seriously outrageous cars coming to Pebble Beach this year. It’s all too much, boggling the mind with priceless Ferraris, Porsche and BMW race cars, and pre-war delights galore. If shrinking things down to a more manageable scale lets you wrap your brain around the excitement a little more easily, feast your peepers […]

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McLaren Automotive Is Becoming A Major Force In The Exotic Car Market

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Browse the performance numbers for any McLaren supercar and you’ll be impressed, but how is the brand performing as a relatively new member in the high-pressure club of exotic automakers? Quite well, actually. McLaren North America just reported its sales for the first half of 2016, and the graph looks much like a horsepower chart […]

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New Mercedes E class signals the future of driving

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The 2017 E class has a 360-degree sensor array that uses radar and forward-facing cameras. CARMEL, Calif. — The redesigned 2017 E-class sedan is a snapshot into the future of driving. Or, rather, not driving. Its driver-assistance technology can practically take over the vehicle in a traffic jam. It can steer, change lanes and stop […]

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