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Sep 18, 2014
Sep 18, 2014

Exclusive: China’s Wanxiang to relaunch Fisker Karma car with 2012 design – sources

BEIJING/DETROIT (Reuters) – Chinese auto parts producer Wanxiang Group, which bought stylish electric car pioneer Fisker Automotive from bankruptcy, is accelerating the relaunch of Fisker’s Karma hybrid luxury car by using a design from the company’s last year of production, people close to the companies said.

Wanxiang aims to reintroduce by next year Fisker’s electric cars, which enjoyed a cult following for their streamlined design among early fans including actor Leonardo DiCaprio and pop star Justin Bieber before the company’s demise in 2013.

Sep 18, 2014

China’s Wanxiang to relaunch Fisker Karma car with 2012 design -sources

BEIJING/DETROIT, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Chinese auto parts
producer Wanxiang Group, which bought stylish electric car
pioneer Fisker Automotive from bankruptcy, is accelerating the
relaunch of Fisker’s Karma hybrid luxury car by using a design
from the company’s last year of production, people close to the
companies said.

Wanxiang aims to reintroduce by next year Fisker’s electric
cars, which enjoyed a cult following for their streamlined
design among early fans including actor Leonardo DiCaprio and
pop star Justin Bieber before the company’s demise in 2013.

Sep 13, 2014
Sep 13, 2014

Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

DETROIT, Sept 13 (Reuters) – An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated
an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were
not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following
instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology
that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster
than many expected.

Systems that enable vehicles to communicate with each other
have been developed in recent years in parallel with features
that enable cars to drive themselves. Manufacturers and
suppliers now are putting the two together in novel ways, with
broad implications for vehicle safety and convenience.

Sep 8, 2014

Carmakers must respect drivers who are leery of new tech features: Bill Ford

DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co Executive Chairman Bill Ford said new technologies that allow cars to talk to each other and drive themselves may scare some people, so the industry will need to allow consumers to opt out of such features.

“A lot of this really cool technology … kind of freaks some people out,” he said on Monday at an “intelligent transportation” conference here.

Sep 8, 2014
Sep 8, 2014
Sep 7, 2014

GM to offer connected car, automated driving technology in 2016

DETROIT, Sept 7 (Reuters) – General Motors Co will
introduce in two years its first car that can communicate with
other vehicles to help avoid accidents and ease traffic
congestion, Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Sunday.

In the same time frame, GM also will introduce more advanced
technology allowing hands-free driving in some cases, she said.

Sep 3, 2014
    • About Ben

      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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