United Kingdom

60 years of the Mini celebrated at Silverstone Classic 2019

The Telegraph | Mar 23, 2019 at 6:03 AM
  • It was once as much a part of the British motoring landscape as individual parking meters or Regent petrol pumps, a car designed to be small, practical and economical yet which also went on to become a serial giant-killer on the world’s racing circuits and rally stages.
  • As an automotive cause worthy of celebration, it has few peers – and its diamond jubilee will be one of the central motifs at this year’s Silverstone Classic (July 26-28), the world’s largest historic motor racing festival.
  • It provides owners with a pair of adult tickets (for Friday or the full three-day weekend), a vehicle pass giving access to the Mini Celebration display area, plus entry into the Mini Celebration parade (around the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit) at lunchtime on Friday.

United States

Your Volvo Will Soon Call The Cops On You If It Thinks You’ve Been Drinking

Zero Hedge | Mar 23, 2019 at 3:05 AM
  • Now, the Swedish automaker is taking drastic steps to push the borders between “safety” and “big brother” with proactive safety systems in its vehicles.
  • If a driver is deemed impaired, the vehicle’s autonomous safety systems will intervene on various levels and also “call the authorities”.
  • If the vehicle senses a distracted or impaired driver, it could limit the car’s speed and even bring the car to a stop in a safe manner autonomously.

China

Auto giants to invest in ride-sharing industry

China Economic Net | Mar 23, 2019 at 12:00 AM
  • The investment arm of retail conglomerate Suning Holdings Group Ltd will become the biggest shareholder with a 17.42 percent stake, whereas car manufacturers Changan, Dongfeng Motor Co Ltd and China FAW Group Corp will each own 16.39 percent.
  • The joint venture will invest in the ride-sharing industry with a focus on new energy vehicles.
  • And by 2025 the figure is set to total some 2.5 million new cars.

China

Auto giants to invest in ride-sharing industry

China Daily (Europe) | Mar 23, 2019 at 12:00 AM
  • The investment arm of retail conglomerate Suning Holdings Group Ltd will become the biggest shareholder with a 17.42 percent stake, whereas car manufacturers Changan, Dongfeng Motor Co Ltd and China FAW Group Corp will each own 16.39 percent.
  • The joint venture will invest in the ride-sharing industry with a focus on new energy vehicles.
  • And by 2025 the figure is set to total some 2.5 million new cars.

China

GM to invest 300 mln USD in U.S. plant to produce new EV

Xinhua News Agency | Mar 22, 2019 at 11:52 PM
  • General Motors (GM) plans to invest 300 million U.S. dollars at its Orion assembly plant in the U.S. state of Michigan to produce a new Chevrolet electric vehicle (EV).
  • The decision to bring it to Orion will add 400 new jobs there.
  • The announcement came days after U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at GM and pressured the auto giant to reopen the Ohio plant, whose close has put 1,700 people out of work.

United States

Musk’s lawyers call tweet in U.S. SEC’s contempt bid ‘not material’

Reuters | Mar 22, 2019 at 11:00 PM
  • Elon Musk’s lawyers said that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission failed to satisfy its heavy burden of showing that the Tesla Inc chief executive should be held in contempt, and the tweet prompting its contempt motion was both proper and “not material”.
  • The October settlement required Musk to step down as Tesla’s chairman.
  • The case is SEC v Musk, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No.

China

Tesla Sues Chinese Rival’s Employee for Alleged Trade Secret Theft

Caixin Global | Mar 22, 2019 at 10:35 PM
  • Electric car maker Tesla Inc. has sued a former engineer who left the company to join a rival Chinese startup, accusing him of stealing trade secrets, including source code.
  • Tesla filed the lawsuit a day after suing four other employees and a company over similar allegations, highlighting the importance it places on key proprietary technologies like those used for self-driving cars.
  • Tesla’s lawsuit against Cao came just a day after it filed a similar lawsuit against Silicon Valley startup Zoox and four former employees who worked in its warehouse and distribution center.

United States

Trump faces Mueller report in Mar-a-Lago bubble

Politico (USA) | Mar 22, 2019 at 9:11 PM
  • When the news finally broke that Robert Mueller had completed his investigation, President Donald Trump was cloistered in the safe space of his private club here, surrounded by senior aides and the diehard supporters who pay big bucks to catch a glimpse of him.
  • On Friday night, just feet from where Trump and his family were having dinner, local Republicans were holding a fundraising dinner.
  • On Friday afternoon, a person helping to organize the dinner predicted Trump would attend, especially given that the event was held just feet from the room where Trump huddled with the Caribbean leaders.