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Ford details how and why it will revitalize Detroit train station

Auto Blog News Feed - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 21:21

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Hub of transportation's past will help create transportation's future.

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First Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Rolls off the Line

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 21:00

Tesla has begun production on the dual-motor Tesla Model 3. It only took 3 weeks to produce the all-new assembly line for the Model 3, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Musk announced the news on Twitter earlier this week.

Amazing work by Tesla team. Built entire new general assembly line in 3 weeks w minimal resources. Love u guys so much! Pic of 1st Model 3 dual motor performance coming off the line … pic.twitter.com/Xr55P3fmGd

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 16, 2018

The higher-performance version of the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3 will hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, the automaker says. Another variant, however, will take 4.5 seconds to reach 60 mph. It will also have a top speed of 140 mph, whereas the new performance version will reach 155 mph. Both versions will boast a range of 310 miles per charge.

Tesla has now cut 9 percent of its workforce; however, production of the Model 3 will not be affected. Musk wrote in a company email revealed earlier this month, “We have made the difficult decision to let go of approximately 9% of our colleagues across the company.”

Tesla failed to hit its production goals for the Model 3 by the end of the first quarter. Now, Tesla is trying to hit a weekly Model 3 production rate of 5,000 cars by the end of this month.

Source: Tesla

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Toyota says it will make a hypercar for the streets

Auto Blog News Feed - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:34

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The TS050 Hybrid race car will spawn a production version.

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Entrepreneur: Why Phil Mickelson Just Invested in Frozen Yogurt-Making Robots

Business Now Mag - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:30
The five-time major champion and his business partner has just signed on to open 30 Reis & Irvy's locations in San Diego.
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Entrepreneur: 5 Tips to Successfully Manage 'Friends and Family' Hires

Business Now Mag - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:30
Yes, the labor market is tough. But be careful about hiring someone you know. That move could lead to a long-term damaged relationship.
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Apple nabs ex-Google Waymo engineer to boost its self-driving car efforts

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:04
Self-driving car development in Silicon Valley is starting to feel like a game of autonomous musical chairs. The Information reported Friday that Apple hired Jaime Waydo, senior self-driving car engineer away from Google’s Waymo unit. The news comes not long after news that Apple and VW will collaborate on a self-driving van set to transport...
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2020 Rivian Pickup and SUV First Look: Elec-Trucks

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:00

Earlier this month, Angus MacKenzie’s story “Tesla Killers: Rise of the E-Machines” detailed the headwinds that will face Elon Musk’s enterprise as mainstream automakers ready some 50-plus new battery-electric vehicles for production by 2025. Not mentioned in that piece are the startup EV disrupters we’ve covered that also hope to muscle in on the long-distance EV space—companies like Lucid Motors, Faraday Future, NIO, and Byton. Most of these have made loud noises about ambitious launch plans in the U.S., and some have clearly gotten out a bit over their skis. A fifth such startup is Rivian Automotive LLC, an American company that’s made almost no noise whatsoever to date, despite having toiled quietly for nine years toward a scheduled launch of two battery-electric trucks in mid-2020: a pickup and a three-row SUV that will deliver “the acceleration of a Ferrari with the off-road capability of a Rover or Jeep.”

The company was founded in 2009 by RJ Scaringe, who holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT, where he was a researcher in the Sloan Automotive Laboratory, a green transportation incubator. His original plan was to bring a high-performance electric coupe to market, and that plan looked viable enough to get buy-in from some early investors that included retired Chrysler design boss and Motor Trend Car of the Year judge Tom Gale. This initial round of capital funded construction of a running prototype by 2011; but by then the automotive landscape had changed enough to prompt a rethink of the product and business plan to include the aforementioned trucks, which will mostly share a running skateboard chassis design. Along with this shift in focus came the current name of the company—Rivian, which is simply a mashup of syllables from Indian River, after the Florida Intracoastal Waterway along which Scaringe grew up.

The new and improved business case helped Rivian secure significant funding from fellow MIT alumnus Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel. He currently serves as chairman and president of Abdul Latif Jameel Company Ltd—a Saudi conglomerate that owns several renewable energy subsidiaries around the world and has a large automotive footprint in the Middle East (at times claiming the distinction of being the world’s largest independent Toyota/Lexus distributor). This funding source has helped Rivian expand to an enterprise that employs 350 people in four locations: A large, open and airy sleekly modern R&D center and headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan, a western suburb of Detroit; two locations in California—Irvine, where the battery and control systems are developed, and San Jose, which is responsible for connectivity and autonomy; and a 2.6-million-square-foot assembly plant in Normal, Illinois. The plant formerly built the beloved Mitsubishi Eclipse and came with equipment for stamping, injection molding, body shop, paint, and final assembly of 250,000 vehicles per year.

Few specific details about the products themselves have been revealed as of yet, but Scaringe grabbed a dry-erase marker and drew me a picture of where he’s aiming to place his electric trucks in a crowding marketplace that he expects to gradually transition from an ownership model to one in which travelers pay for usage. His whiteboard talk starts with a single axis showing commodity transportation at left and aspirational brands at right. Today’s ownership setup causes sales to distribute along a bell curve: low on the Mitsubishi Mirage left end, high in the loaded-Camry middle, and low again on the Mercedes-Benz right end. He reckons the use-based economy will rearrange that distribution, with high demand for low-end, cheap vehicles on short trips (think Uber X), reduced interest in today’s median mainstreamers, and rising demand at the aspirational end of the spectrum for vacations, longer journeys, and more predictable trips. Because no new startup can reasonably hope to succeed on both ends of that distribution, Rivian will leave the commodity end to the established players and focus instead on the aspirational end.

Next he adds a vertical axis where the up direction represents “comfortable/inviting” and down represents “impressive/showy.” Scaringe sees the Tesla Model X fitting squarely in the lower right quadrant along with most European high-performance SUVs. These emphasize splashy styling and impressive performance at the expense of practicality, with function following form. The Rivian products will aim for the upper right quadrant—still aspirational and high-performing but considerably more practical, inviting, and casual. Think of a Patagonia jacket versus a Hugo Boss twill overcoat.

Will Rivian’s funding dry up before it gets to production as Faraday Future’s seems to have done? Can a second American startup tap into the Apple-like buyer devotion and mania Tesla enjoys? Keep it tuned here to find out as we approach an anticipated official unveiling this November.

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Entrepreneur: 4 Tasks Successful Leaders Should Delegate

Business Now Mag - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:00
As a business owner, you can't possibly do everything -- and you need to not only accept that fact but embrace it.
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Game Informer News Feed - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:48

Sega has announced that the anticipated sequel to the Valkyria Chronicles series will be arriving on a multitude of platforms on September 25.

The title is the first new Valkyria game to hit western shores since Valkyria Chronicles II on PSP in 2010. The third game in the series never arrived in America and Sega had more or less shut down the series until Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, a HD update of the original PlayStation 3 game, beat expectations on PC and PlayStation 4. 

We recently got hands-on with Valkyria Chronicles 4 and our impressions of the game were fairly glowing. Check out our latest preview here.

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Entrepreneur: $0 to $1,000 in a Day: The Traffic Secret to Turn Your Visitors Into Customers

Business Now Mag - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:45
Here is how to cash in on your first 1,000 true fans.
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Junkyard Gem: 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

Auto Blog News Feed - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:39

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Pontiac's supercharged hot rod from the turn of the century.

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Entrepreneur: Sales Not Where You Want Them to Be? Consider Video Marketing.

Business Now Mag - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:30
Ben Angel shows you the steps to use video marketing to the fullest advantage.
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Entrepreneur: The Use of Digital Recruitment Tools Is on the Rise. Here's What You Need to Know.

Business Now Mag - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:30
Recruiters are becoming more and more like marketers in the tools and methods they use.
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Entrepreneur: In the Era of #MeToo, Telling Women to 'Lean In' Does More Harm Than Good

Business Now Mag - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:00
Why should women try to fit into a world created by and for men?
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The Royal Family Is Officially Planning the First Gay Royal Wedding

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:54
<p>Meghan Markle may have made history a few weeks ago as a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-royal-wedding-dress" target="_blank">biracial and American royal bride</a>, but soon another member of the royal family will enter the wedding history books.</p><p>Lord Ivar Mountbatten, the Queen's cousin, will soon become the first gay royal family member to marry his partner.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/official-harry-meghan-royal-wedding-photos" target="_blank">No One Looks Happier Than Prince George in Harry and Meghan's Official Wedding Portraits</a></p><p>According to <em><a href="https://www.eonline.com/news/944734/queen-elizabeth-ii-s-cousin-to-become-first-in-royal-family-to-have-gay-wedding" target="_blank">E! News</a></em>, Lord Mountbatten came out in 2016, becoming the first member of the royal family to do so. As <em>E! </em>also noted, Lord Mountbatten was married to a woman, Penny, prior to coming out. The pair share three daughters, Ella, 22, Alix, 20, and Luli, 15. He reportedly told Penny before their engagement that he was bisexual.</p><p>Now, Lord Mountbatten will wed James Coyle in a lavish royal ceremony — and his ex-wife is incredibly supportive. In fact, she will be there to walk him down the aisle.</p><p>"It was the girls' idea," Penny told the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5849971/Royal-familys-gay-wedding-story-Queens-cousin-Lord-Ivar-Mountbatten.html" target="_blank"><i>Daily Mail</i></a>. "It makes me feel quite emotional. I'm really very touched."</p><p>As for how her ex-husband has changed since coming out, Penny said he’s softened in a way she couldn’t imagine.</p><p>“Ivar is so much more relaxed these days. He's so much kinder. He's become a great cook. I now call him Fanny Cradock,” she said. “He probably wasn't even aware that by keeping his sexuality a secret it was really quite tormenting him. Now it's 'out' he's a completely different person. Everybody says they've never seen him happier.”</p><p>James told the <i>Daily Mail</i> that the wedding will be a smaller affair, with about 120 guests in attendance. The ceremony will be held at a private chapel on his own country estate in Devon.</p><p>"For me, what's interesting is I don't need to get married because I've been there, done that and have my wonderful children; but I'm pushing it because I think it's important for him," Lord Mountbatten said. "James hasn't had the stable life I have. I want to be able to give [him] that."</p><p>The one thing you likely won’t see at this wedding is two miniature grooms adorning the top of a wedding cake. “We’ll probably have cheese instead of cake,” Lord Mountbatten said.</p>
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Honda Civic Type R Sets New Record at Spa-Francorchamps

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:50

The Honda Civic Type R has been breaking lap records left and right. This time, the hot hatch clocked a time of 2 minutes, 53.72 seconds at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, a new record for a production car with front-wheel drive.

The new time chips away at the record set by the previous generation Type R. Back in 2016, the old Type R completed the course in 2 minutes, 56.91 seconds.

The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is a long track measuring around 4.35 miles. Along with very fast straights and high-speed corners, it also features elevation changes and difficult low-speed sections. Piloting the hatch through this tough track was Bertrand Baguette, former FIA WEC LMP2 class world champion. He now drives the Honda NSX-GT in the Super GT series with Nakajima Racing.

The new generation Type R has set two other lap records around the world. In 2017, a production development car went around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes, 43.8 seconds, the fastest time for any front-wheel-drive production car. The car also set a front-wheel-drive record time of 2 minutes, 1.51 seconds at the Magny-Cours GP circuit in France.

The Civic Type R packs a 2.0-liter inline-four with 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed through a six-speed manual transmission. In our tests, we clocked the hatch hitting 60 mph from a standstill in as little as 5.0 seconds.

Through the summer, the Type R will attempt to break records at Silverstone, Estoril, and the Hungaroring. Check out the video below to watch the Honda Civic Type R set a new record at Spa-Francorchamps.

Source: Honda

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Fiat Panda Waze special edition revealed

Auto Express News Feed - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:31
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Fiat launches a special edition Panda co-branded with popular Waze navigation app

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Entrepreneur: Facebook Bans Gun-Accessory Ads for Readers Below Age 18

Business Now Mag - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:30
The social media giant's move is one of many from the corporate world in the wake of the Parkland shootings.
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