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VW runs afoul of the United Auto Workers union in Tennessee

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“Both sides have a lot to lose in this case.”

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Mexican auto exports to US up 20 percent ahead of NAFTA renegotiation

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Mexico accounts for a fifth of North American auto production.

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Mexican auto exports to US up 20 percent ahead of NAFTA renegotiation originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 09 May 2017 09:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Autoblog Editors Choice: Best of the 2017 New York Auto Show

We select the five best reveals of the 2017 New York Auto Show, with vehicles from Honda, Lincoln, Jeep, Toyota, and Dodge.

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Autoblog Editors Choice: Best of the 2017 New York Auto Show

We select the five best reveals of the 2017 New York Auto Show, with vehicles from Honda, Lincoln, Jeep, Toyota, and Dodge.

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Lego’s full-sized Batmobile is one of the coolest cars at the Detroit Auto Show

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The sheer size is amazing.

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America was the unexpected theme at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show thanks to Trump

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It felt a lot less like an international auto show, despite the many foreign companies in attendance.

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America was the unexpected theme at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show thanks to Trump originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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All of 2017 Detroit Auto Show live photo galleries

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If it happened live in Detroit, we have a gallery of it.

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All of 2017 Detroit Auto Show live photo galleries originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Volkswagen microbus-like MEB concept coming to the Detroit Auto Show

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Maybe this one will finally make it to production.

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Volkswagen microbus-like MEB concept coming to the Detroit Auto Show originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 22 Dec 2016 02:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Auto Design Notes on the Acura NSX

The long-awaited successor to the original NSX, launched in 1990. An impossible act to follow for many, due to Ayrton Senna’s involvement in the car’s development and because the 1990 car was technically ground-breaking in so many respects.

1) Aggressive lower spoiler accelerates dramatically to the headlamps and really adds movement to the front face, bringing much-needed excitement to the surfacing.

2) Chrome finisher just under the hood feels a little like an afterthought, and the NSX is mid-engined, like the original: Does it need the grille?

3) Color-break theme around the NSX’s nose continues with a separation around the base of the windshield, resulting in a floating A-pillar and an elegant, slender header over the side glass.

4) The header flows into a ‘flying buttress,’ floating away from the side glass. Cleverly blended into the rear wheel-arch panel, this carries a clear message; aerodynamic muscle. 

5) Wheel design has an intricate graphic and a deep offset that reflects the NSX’s image of technical precision.

6) Profile of the lower sill is an example of how difficult it is to resolve these surfaces in an automotive form. Exposed corners jar a little against the otherwise well-resolved surrounding forms, although they do add tension and drama.

Result

The NSX has a difficult brief: to recreate the drama of the original car, but in a very different and crowded market. It’s a technical tour-de-force and has a compact, muscular presence that embodies Honda’s precision engineering approach as well. Some of the detailing perhaps doesn’t stack up against the competition from the likes of McLaren and Porsche, but it’s a dramatic statement from a confident company.


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Riding along in the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 at the LA Auto Show

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The Multimatic shocks are impressive on paper, and as it turns out, in action too.

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Auto Design Notes on the Tesla X SUV

This is the first in a series bi-weekly posts dedicated to examining design details in new vehicles.

Tesla’s march into new segments continues. The model X follows the S with larger than typical proportions, and takes a high ground-clearance package of an SUV, and combines it with a sedan / hatch profile. 

1) Second outing for Tesla’s new corporate nose. The smaller intake graphic reflects the lack of traditional radiator requirement with the electric powertrain and raises the question of how we expect to recognise brands. 

2) Aerodynamic function drive the design language: a softly curved cabin profile, calm surfacing – everything says “smooth.”

3) There are three rows of seats here, and the sloping roofline means that the cabin space has to come from somewhere – in this case the bodyside surfacing is deep, and fives the X a ‘big-boned’ volume. 

4) Falcon-wing doors are unique, solving the challenge of accessing row-3 seating along with parking lot squeezes. European garage heights might be an issue…

5) Black lower-body cladding, the favourite trick of the crossover, is seen here, primarily to disguise the bukl of the body above the wheels, but also adds an air of ruggedness.

Result
An unusual proportion for a car of unusual ability, the X enters a market inhabited by BMW’s X6, Mercedes GLE, and latterly Infiniti’s FX. The design of the X is unique among its peers with a soft yet precise feel, and a calming character, that goes against the grain of the more aggressive competition.


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Auto Design Notes on the Tesla X SUV

This is the first in a series bi-weekly posts dedicated to examining design details in new vehicles.

Tesla’s march into new segments continues. The model X follows the S with larger than typical proportions, and takes a high ground-clearance package of an SUV, and combines it with a sedan / hatch profile. 

1) Second outing for Tesla’s new corporate nose. The smaller intake graphic reflects the lack of traditional radiator requirement with the electric powertrain and raises the question of how we expect to recognise brands. 

2) Aerodynamic function drive the design language: a softly curved cabin profile, calm surfacing – everything says “smooth.”

3) There are three rows of seats here, and the sloping roofline means that the cabin space has to come from somewhere – in this case the bodyside surfacing is deep, and fives the X a ‘big-boned’ volume. 

4) Falcon-wing doors are unique, solving the challenge of accessing row-3 seating along with parking lot squeezes. European garage heights might be an issue…

5) Black lower-body cladding, the favourite trick of the crossover, is seen here, primarily to disguise the bukl of the body above the wheels, but also adds an air of ruggedness.

Result
An unusual proportion for a car of unusual ability, the X enters a market inhabited by BMW’s X6, Mercedes GLE, and latterly Infiniti’s FX. The design of the X is unique among its peers with a soft yet precise feel, and a calming character, that goes against the grain of the more aggressive competition.


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Beautifully Designed Fabric Fills Delhi’s Auto Rickshaw Interior With Vibrant Original Artwork

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According to artist Nasheet Shadani: “In collaboration with Taxi Fabric, here is Delhi’s first designer auto rickshaw. Standing magnificently amidst the starry night is Humayun’s Tomb. Drawing inspiration from Delhi’s rich history and Mughal heritage, I believe that it encompasses the true spirit of Delhi.”

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Is This New Tesla Model a Game Changer for the Auto Industry? 

This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! Some Core77 readers got excited about the announcement of Tesla’s new Model 3 recently being revealed and wanted to see what our community of auto-heads had to say about it. Coffee87 asks: 

“So its unveiled now, the Model 3! Starting at $ 35,000.
What do you all think about it? 
Possible “game changer” for the auto industry?”

The responses, as always, have been mixed in the car world. Some people seem to be weirded out by the grill-less facade. “I don’t want a fake grill in front, but I would like… something… there,” says Scott Bennett, “the surfacing suggests a grill, which makes it looks like it’s missing. And it’s going to look pants with a front license plate.” (Editors Note: in case you weren’t aware, “pants” is essentially hilarious British slang for “terrible”

Coffee87 retorts, saying, “I absolutely love the front end design with the sports car style nose, a hint for but lack of a grill and the headlights. I think that by leaving design cues for where a grill should be but not actually including it works great. It creates this intrigue and statement ‘I`m electric’.”

What do you think? Is this new model sleek or a total blunder—and why? Share your thoughts with us in the comment feed below!

(Also feel free to check out the original post and contribute on our discussion board!)


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The Lexus LC 500h has a four-speed auto and that’s a good thing

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Lexus’s new Multi Stage Hybrid System combines gas-electric newness with old transmission tech in search of a more connected driving experience.

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Weekly Recap: Obama reflects on the auto bailout’s legacy

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We curate the week’s events with a focus on the auto bailout of 2008-09. Plus, news and analysis on the industry.

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Weekly Recap: Obama reflects on the auto bailout’s legacy originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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