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  • Ducati adds Desert Sled to its winning Scrambler lineup

    Ducati adds Desert Sled to its winning Scrambler lineup

    Ducati introduced its Scrambler line of affordable, entry-level motorcycles in late 2014, marketing them as lifestyle vehicles and hoping to attract new riders to the otherwise pricey line of fine Italian machines. It worked. Ducati sales rose sharply in the U.S. and Europe. During a visit to the...

  • Bad week for Elon Musk's Tesla. Good week for short sellers

    Bad week for Elon Musk's Tesla. Good week for short sellers

    Not long ago, Elon Musk was making fun of short-sellers — investors who bet a company's stock will decline. "Stormy weather in Shortville" he tweeted April 3 as stock prices at his electric car company, Tesla, continued its steep skyward climb. Since June 23, when shares hit a record high of $383.45...

  • Volvo plans to electrify all of its cars. Are the days of the combustion engine numbered?

    Volvo plans to electrify all of its cars. Are the days of the combustion engine numbered?

    When people think of Volvo, they tend to think of safety. For decades, that’s how the once-Swedish company advertised its cars. Now under Chinese ownership, Volvo Cars aims to set itself apart as an aggressive early mover in the electrification of the automobile. On Wednesday, the company said...

  • Auto sales fall again, but buyers flock to SUVs and trucks

    Auto sales fall again, but buyers flock to SUVs and trucks

    Unemployment is down, consumer confidence is up, and gas prices and interest rates are still low. Even so, U.S. auto sales fell 3% last month. It was the sixth straight monthly decline as sales dropped off last year's record pace. For the first six months, car and truck sales fell 2.1%, the first...

  • More factory problems as Elon Musk's Tesla starts producing the Model 3

    More factory problems as Elon Musk's Tesla starts producing the Model 3

    Will Tesla’s Elon Musk revolutionize the auto industry and become the Henry Ford of the 21st century? Or are his bold visions too untethered from the complicated realities of mass-market motor vehicle production, sales, distribution and repair? The answer will be clarified six months from now,...

  • Ford recalls more than 400,000 vehicles over driveshaft problem

    Ford recalls more than 400,000 vehicles over driveshaft problem

    Ford issued a safety recall for more than 400,000 vehicles in North America on Wednesday over a defective driveshaft that could result in loss of power while driving or unexpected movement while parked. The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Ford Transit vans and chassis cabs built in Ford’s Kansas...

  • Takata files for bankruptcy following air bag recalls and lawsuits

    Takata files for bankruptcy following air bag recalls and lawsuits

    Shattered by recall costs and lawsuits, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed Monday for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., saying it was the only way it could keep on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people. The company's bankruptcy...

  • Tesla wants to develop its own music service

    Tesla wants to develop its own music service

    It may not be enough for the electric car company Tesla to take on the giants of Detroit, like General Motors and Ford. The Palo Alto-based automaker is said to be exploring its very own music streaming service too, a move that would pit the company against market leader Spotify, and the aggressive...

  • Free juice! Hyundai reimburses electric charging costs to Ioniq drivers

    Free juice! Hyundai reimburses electric charging costs to Ioniq drivers

    I have made no secret of my affection for electric cars. Seduced by their smooth, strong, silent motors, and the promise of never visiting a gas station again, the battery electric vehicles represent a real promise for a future of petroleum-free motoring. But not everyone agrees with me. Despite...

  • Tesla explores setting up a factory in China

    Tesla explores setting up a factory in China

    Tesla Inc. is working with the city of Shanghai to “explore the possibility” of opening a factory in the area, the maker of electric cars confirmed Thursday. Sales in China generate a hefty chunk of Tesla’s revenue, and moving some manufacturing near those buyers would slash some costs. “While...

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