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Feds to Google: Cars Don't Need Drivers
New-Car Dealers Plea: More Trucks, Fewer Cars
Carmakers Retreat From Quirky Designs as Millennials Embrace Mainstream
Ford's LaNeve Stops Short of Confirming Bronco's Expected Return
Trucks Aplenty Take a Bow at the Chicago Auto Show
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Feds to Google: Cars Don't Need Drivers

Until now, self-driving cars being road tested needed to have a steering wheel, a brake pedal and an accelerator as well as a driver who could use those features to take control of the car. But now safety regulators have given Google the go-ahead to build vehicles without any of these standard features. Of course, these cars are still years away from actually going on sale.

Editor's note: John Krafcik, CEO of Google's self-driving car project; Blair Anderson, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and Anne Ferro, president of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, are among the featured speakers and panelists at the NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum in New York City on Tuesday, March 22. Press days at the New York International Auto Show begin on Wednesday, March 23. For the full agenda or to register, visit

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New-Car Dealers Plea: More Trucks, Fewer Cars

Glut of passenger cars triggers big discounts as buyers demand trucks and SUVs

U.S. new-car dealers are telling auto makers to limit production of passenger cars in the face of overwhelming demand for trucks and sport-utility vehicles that is forcing them to offer deep discounts on small cars, coupes and luxury sedans. A continuing shift among American buyers to more capable vehicles has driven up dealer inventories even as there are shortages of certain pickups, SUVs and small crossovers.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Carmakers Retreat From Quirky Designs as Millennials Embrace Mainstream

It was not too long ago that automakers were tripping over themselves in pursuit of younger buyers, offering boxy wagons and small, jellybean-shape city cars. The Scion xB, the Honda Element, the Nissan Cube: All were funky departures for Generation X from the dowdy minivans of their parents. But times and tastes change.
Source: The New York Times

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Ford's LaNeve Stops Short of Confirming Bronco's Expected Return

The Bronco, one of Ford’s storied nameplates, seems likely to be one of the four new utility vehicles coming to the Ford lineup in the next four years. But Mark LaNeve, Ford Motor Co.’s vice president for sales, marketing and service, stopped just short of confirming it [Thursday]. “It’s a great nameplate,” said a smiling LaNeve, when reporters pressed him to confirm the return of Ford’s original, rugged off-roader.
Source: Automotive News

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Trucks Aplenty Take a Bow at the Chicago Auto Show

"Rugged" was perhaps the most popular word [Thursday] at the Chicago Auto Show as automaker's rolled out SUVs and one truck after another. There were trucks that can tackle trails, luxury trucks, all-black trucks, trucks that can haul heavy payloads, trucks that can tow and big SUVs on truck frames that can transport large families. Brands that showed new trucks or SUVs included: Chevrolet, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Ram, and Toyota.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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