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Volvo and Uber reveal production self-driving XC90
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13th Jun 2019
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Volvo and Uber reveal production self-driving XC90

Volvo and Uber have whipped the covers off their production XC90 self-driving car, as the ride-sharing giant ramps up its efforts to remove human drivers from its fleet. The two companies have been working together since 2016, putting XC90 prototypes through their paces in Arizona and California. It was an Uber XC90 that struck and killed Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona during testing.
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Scott Collie
Bill Ford discussed merger with Fiat Chrysler
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12th Jun 2019
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Bill Ford discussed merger with Fiat Chrysler

Bill Ford, chairman of Ford, has revealed he had discussions with Sergio Marchionne, then-CEO of Fiat Chrysler (FCA), about merging the two companies. At the EcoMobility conference in Tel Aviv, Ford revealed to journalists, including those from Automotive News Europe, he had a "number of dinners together [with Marchionne] talking about ... whether Ford and FCA would be a good fit". Saying "the timing certainly wasn't ideal", the discussions didn't end in a deal.
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Derek Fung
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB35 hits the 'Ring
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12th Jun 2019
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2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB35 hits the 'Ring

The upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLB35 has been spied during performance testing at the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany, just days after the standard version was revealed to the public. Despite the heavy camouflage and some false body cladding, we have a pretty good idea of what the GLB35 will look like – take the boxy dimensions of the standard GLB and put an AMG bodykit and wheels on, basically.
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James Wong
Former Ford boss pumps the brakes on electric cars
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12th Jun 2019
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Former Ford boss pumps the brakes on electric cars

The former boss of Ford globally, Mark Fields, has warned the car industry needs to moderate its sales expectations of electric cars and brace for a period of higher investment and lower profits. Automotive News USA has reported that Mr Fields – who increased investment in electric cars during his tenure at Ford – voiced his concerns in the EcoMotion conference in Israel on Tuesday.
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Joshua Dowling
Toyota slips, but remains most valuable automotive brand
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11th Jun 2019
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Toyota slips, but remains most valuable automotive brand

Toyota was once again rated the world's most valuable car brand in the annual Brandz Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands list. It's the 12th time in the last 14 years Toyota has taken out the top automotive honour, with its reign during this period only interrupted by BMW in 2012 and 2013. Valued at US$39.2 billion ($56.8 billion), Toyota has shed 3% of its value and slipped five places to 41st overall.
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Derek Fung