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Amazon invests in electric ute and SUV company

Amazon, along with other investors, has injected another US$700 million ($987 million) into electric ute startup Rivian. According to Rivian, however, it will remain independent in spite of the extra investment...

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Amazon invests in autonomous driving technology company
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Amazon invests in autonomous driving technology company

Aurora, a startup focused solely on self-driving vehicle technology, has secured over US$530 million ($750 million) in Series B funding. This round of funding is led by venture capital firm Sequoia, Amazon, and T Rowe Price Associates, an asset management company. Thanks to this latest round of investment Sequoia gains a seat on Aurora's board...


Amazon unveils Echo Auto
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Amazon unveils Echo Auto

Amazon has unveiled a new in-car device that will enable users to access its Alexa voice assistant, as well as a raft of other advanced infotainment capabilities. Dubbed the Echo Auto, the device will connects to the user’s phone through Bluetooth, and to the car through either Bluetooth or a 3.5mm auxiliary input...


Toyota ranked most valuable automotive brand, again
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Toyota ranked most valuable automotive brand, again

Toyota has been named the most valuable automotive brand in the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands chart, with an estimated worth of US$29,987 million ($39,400 million). Placing 36th on the countdown, the Japanese brand beat fellow automotive manufacturers Mercedes-Benz (46th) and BMW (47th) in the top 50, with Ford (96th) and Honda (97th) just slipping in the top 100...


Volvo and Amazon Prime Now combine to offer test drives
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Volvo and Amazon Prime Now combine to offer test drives

Volvo has teamed up with Amazon to offer tech-savvy potential buyers a test drive, provided they live in a specific part of the UK. Starting in London (June 9/10) and running through Birmingham (16/17 June), Manchester (23/24 June) and Edinburgh (30 June/1 July), the program will allow Amazon Prime Now subscribers to book a test drive of the V40 and have the car delivered to their door...


Toyota cosy on top of brand value list, Ferrari enters Top 100
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Toyota cosy on top of brand value list, Ferrari enters Top 100

Toyota has come out on top of all other automotive marques in the 2017 Interbrand Best Global Brands report, with luxury marques Mercedes-Benz and BMW rounding up the top three car manufacturers. While the Top 100 list is dominated by technology giants Apple, Google and Microsoft, Japan's Toyota managed seventh in the overall rankings...


Ford details next-generation autonomous car, teams up with Amazon
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Ford details next-generation autonomous car, teams up with Amazon

At CES 2016, Ford announced that during 2016 it will triple the size of its autonomous vehicle test fleet from 10 today to 30, at which point it will be "the largest in the automotive industry". Like its existing self-driving cars, the new additions to the fleet will be based on the company's Fusion hybrid sedan...


Top Gear follow-up with Clarkson, Hammond, May coming to Amazon streaming
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Top Gear follow-up with Clarkson, Hammond, May coming to Amazon streaming

Overnight, Amazon Prime Instant Video announced that it had secured the rights to a new a motoring show headed by former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. The online shopping giant has also signed up Andy Wilman, the long time executive producer of Top Gear. The foursome have signed a "landmark global TV deal" that includes a minimum of three seasons...


Amazon, DHL, Audi trial online deliveries straight to your car boot
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Amazon, DHL, Audi trial online deliveries straight to your car boot

Amazon, DHL and Audi will run a limited trial in Germany, where customers can have packages delivered directly to their car boot. The limited pilot programme is open to German members of Amazon Prime, an annual 49 euro ($57) subscription plan that offers free two-day shipping for most products on Amazon's site...