Automotive

GM Names Marc Whitten as New CEO of its Cruise Robotaxi Service

GM Names Marc Whitten as New CEO of its Cruise Robotaxi Service

General Motors has hired former key Xbox engineer and executive Marc Whitten as the new CEO of Cruise, its robotaxi service, in an aim to recover itself after being suspended of its California license.

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Volkswagen Reveals $5 Billion Investment, Partnership with EV Maker Rivian

Volkswagen Reveals $5 Billion Investment, Partnership with EV Maker Rivian

German automaker Volkswagen announced that it would invest $5 billion in US-based electric vehicle maker Rivian as part of a joint venture to share EV architecture and software.

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CDK Still Reeling from Cyberattack as Dealers Improvise to be Productive

CDK Still Reeling from Cyberattack as Dealers Improvise to be Productive

CDK Global said that it would likely take several days to fix its system after it was hacked last week, urging affected dealerships to use alternative methods to become more productive.

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Auto Dealership Software Service CDK Global Shuts Down After Cyberattack

Auto Dealership Software Service CDK Global Shuts Down After Cyberattack

Car dealership software service CDK Global has been hacked this week, causing massive outages to thousands of dealerships across the United States.

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Toyota Shareholders Re-Elect Akio Toyoda as Chairman Amid Safety Test Scandal, Governance Issues

Toyota Shareholders Re-Elect Akio Toyoda as Chairman Amid Safety Test Scandal, Governance Issues

Toyota shareholders re-elected chairman Akio Toyoda to his post on the board but left him beleaguered due to the company’s governance issues and scandals involving some of its car models.

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Kia Recalls 2020-2024 Telluride SUVs, Tells Drivers to Park Cars Outside due to Fire Risk

Kia Recalls 2020-2024 Telluride SUVs, Tells Drivers to Park Cars Outside due to Fire Risk

Kia America issued a recall of 463,000 of its Telluride vehicles due to an overheat issue involving a stuck slide knob causing overheat in the front power seat motor, which could lead to a fire hazard.

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Ex-Tesla Board Member Criticizes Increase in Elon Musk's Salary

Ex-Tesla Board Member Criticizes Increase in Elon Musk's Salary

Former Tesla board member and clean technology venture capitalist Steve Westly said that he is siding with current board members plotting a coup against the move to increase Elon Musk’s pay package to $56 billion.

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InfluenceMap Ranks Toyota as Worst Car Company in Climate Lobbying

InfluenceMap Ranks Toyota as Worst Car Company in Climate Lobbying

Global climate database thinktank InfluenceMap has ranked Toyota dead last in climate lobbying and third-worst in EV production in its 2024 report.

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Auto Industry Reassesses Strategies Amid Declining EV Hype

Interest in electric vehicles is falling due to several factors, including a lack of charging infrastructure, increasing costs of raw materials, and financing rates.

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Cruise Pedestrian Accident: Inquiry Says Poor Leadership, Cultural Flaws Plague Response Effort

Cultural flaws, incompetence, and poor leadership at Cruise caused regulatory difficulties and cover-up suspicions after an October 2023 pedestrian accident.

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Samsung Gears Up Competition With Apple Through Harman Deal

Just recently, Samsung has announced its plan to purchase the US based Harman International Industries, Inc. through an all-cash deal worth $8 billion.

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Tesla Missed Q1 Deliveries Target Due To Parts Shortages of Model X

Tesla announced parts shortage as the factor that caused the company to miss its initial sales target for the first quarter of 2016. The company, however, retains its guideline for the full year as it already solved the root of the problem accordingly.

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CarDekho's Parent Girnar Software Secured New Funding Round Led by Google Capital, Aims to Expand Services

CarDekho.com and CarBay.com's parent company Girnar Software has received a late-stage funding round led by Google Capital. The new fund will be allocated to further improve the company's car portals' technology as well as expanding services.

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Honda Begins the Sale of the World’s First Five-Seater Fuel Cell Car in Japan

The sales of Honda’s first five-seater fuel cell vehicle has began in Japan, and the Clarity Fuel Cell is planned to enter the European and U.S. market later this year. The new fuel cell car is seeing some performance improvement and only takes three minutes to refuel its compact fuel cell stacks.

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Nissan Leaf Companion App Vulnerabilites Revealed, Led The Car Company to Disable the App

A computer security researcher revealed the vulnerabilities of the Nissan Leaf’s companion app that could allow hackers to control the cars’ heating and cooling as well as access battery status. More than a month after the initial disclosure to Nissan, the company disabled the app while working to find a permanent solution.

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