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CUVs' Sudden Impact Surprised Industry
Mazda Refuses to Give Up on Internal Combustion, Develops Engine It Says Is 20% More Efficient
BMW, Nissan Dangle $20,000 Incentives to Spur San Diego EV Sales
Firm Rides High on Dealer We’ll-Come-to-You VIP Trend
Mobileye, Intel Plan to Build 100 Level 4 Autonomous Test Cars
As Robots Take the Wheel, Driving Skills Begin to Hit the Skids
Top Stories
CUVs' Sudden Impact Surprised Industry

Most problems in the automotive industry today are attributable to the market’s sudden switch from cars to CUVs, Toyota’s U.S. sales chief says. WardsAuto data shows U.S. market share for CUVs grew from 24.5% of light-vehicle sales in 2010 to 32.2% in 2016, while cars declined from 48.8% to 39.4%. That trend is accelerating this year, with CUVs approaching 34% while cars have slipped under 37%.
Source: WardsAuto

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Mazda Refuses to Give Up on Internal Combustion, Develops Engine It Says Is 20% More Efficient

Last week at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars, Mazda SVP Robert Davis stood in front of the attendees to make the case for flexibility in how we achieve reductions in energy consumption and emissions.
Source: Forbes

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BMW, Nissan Dangle $20,000 Incentives to Spur San Diego EV Sales

BMW AG and Nissan Motor Co. are offering big discounts in the San Diego area that can knock $20,000 off the cost of a new electric car when combined with state and federal incentives. In a promotion with San Diego Gas & Electric, the brands are dangling a $10,000 discount, on top of a federal tax credit worth as much as $7,500 and a state rebate worth $2,500. When combined, those cut the cost of a base BMW i3 nearly in half and slash the price of a Nissan Leaf by almost two thirds.
Source: Bloomberg

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Firm Rides High on Dealer We’ll-Come-to-You VIP Trend

When Lincoln launched a chauffeur service for dealership customers, it turned to RedCap Automotive Technology to oversee the program and provide the drivers. The firm is riding high on a growing trend among automotive luxury brands and their dealers: providing customers with assorted VIP transportation amenities.
Source: WardsAuto

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Mobileye, Intel Plan to Build 100 Level 4 Autonomous Test Cars

Mobileye and its new corporate parent, Intel Corp., said they plan to build a fleet of 100 self-driving vehicles for road tests in the U.S., Israel and Europe. Intel, which completed the $15.3 billion purchase of Mobileye on Tuesday, wants to showcase its processors and software in vehicles with Level 4 automated vehicles -- that is, cars and trucks that can accelerate, brake and steer themselves for extended trips.
Source: Automotive News

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As Robots Take the Wheel, Driving Skills Begin to Hit the Skids

If your car can hit the brakes in an emergency and check your blind spots, will that make you a worse driver? Increasingly, automakers are worrying it may. Driver-assist technology that keeps cars in their lanes, maintains a safe distance from other vehicles, warns of unseen traffic and slams the brakes to avoid rear-end crashes are rapidly spreading from luxury cars to everyday Hondas, Nissans and Chevys. But these automated aids aimed at improving safety are having an unintended consequence: They’re degrading driving skills.
Source: Bloomberg

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Quotable
"This was the harshest move in consumer preference the industry has ever seen."

    -- Bob Carter, executive vice president-sales, Toyota Motor North America, commenting on the market’s sudden switch from cars to CUVs, WardsAuto, August 10


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