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New ‘People Officer’ Arrives at Tumultuous Time for Tesla

For some reason, the term “Chief People Officer” is at the same time cringe-inducing and rational. That’s what Tesla calls its head of HR. “Human Resources,” of course, is another cringe-inducing term that could only have come from the mid-century expansion of the federal public service. Show More Summary

Roominess at the Top: BMW 8 Series Debuts in Concept Form

  If your 7 Series has friends and club patrons pretending not to know you, BMW has the answer: its upcoming, resurrected 8 Series. Once again, BMW has decided to carve out some space at the top of its model range, this time to rebuff...Show More Summary

Consumer Reports Restores Half of Tesla’s Missing Points After Braking Update

Tesla Motors has won back some of Consumer Reports’ respect after being criticised for failing to include automatic emergency braking in recently built vehicles. The absence of the safety system really irked CR, resulting in a points deduction on all of the brand’s existing models. Show More Summary

Nissan Will Kill Off Juke in North America, Get Its Kicks Elsewhere

When you burst out guns blazing from the get-go, it’s sometimes difficult to follow up with an impressive sequel. Such is the case with the Juke, which will have no second generation — at least not in North America. According to twoShow More Summary

Lawsuit Accuses GM of Using Defeat Devices in Duramax Diesel Pickups

Suing automakers over diesel emissions violations is quickly on its way to becoming passé. Since Volkswagen admitted to installing software that circumvented pollution laws, regulators have been on the hunt for their next big target....Show More Summary

Former Product Chief Nair to Head Ford North America; Armstrong Moves Up

After Monday’s corporate shakeup at Ford Motor Company, which saw former CEO Mark Fields replaced with Jim Hackett and the elevation of Joe Hinrichs and Jim Farley up company ranks, the automaker has announced more appointments. To fill...Show More Summary

Overseas Demand Boosts Ford Mustang as Domestic Sales Wane

The Ford Mustang, a nameplate actually deserving of the word “iconic,” is no less vulnerable to the whims of the market than any other model. As domestic light vehicle demand in North America cools off, so have Mustang sales. Fortunately...Show More Summary

Faraday Future Says LeEco’s U.S. Layoffs Won’t Affect Day-to-day Operations

This week, China’s LeEco canned the majority of its North American workforce and we assumed the layoffs spelled trouble for its business interests at Faraday Future. Not so, claims the automotive startup. In an emailed response to our earlier article, Faraday says LeEco’s decision to massively scale back its U.S. Show More Summary

Another New Volkswagen 2.0T Debuts in 2018 Tiguan, Prepares to Replace 1.8T in Passat and Beetle

Complete with an alternate Miller Cycle that Volkswagen is calling the “Budack Cycle,” the German automaker has evolved its ubiquitous EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for installation in the second-generation 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. Show More Summary

Here’s Some Evidence At Least One Rival Automaker Approved Of Volkswagen USA’s Post-Emissions Scandal Handling

Vinay Shahani, a former decade-long Nissan employee, has just been poached from Volkswagen of America by Toyota. Shahani was Volkswagen’s U.S. vice president in charge of marketing, responsible for cementing a cohesive product message after the eruption of the now infamous diesel emissions scandal that broke in September 2015. Show More Summary

QOTD: Is Subaru Now A Mainstream Automaker? And If So, Is That A Good Thing?

A band is only cool until everybody knows it’s cool. Subaru, long a niche automaker with unique product offerings and limited geographic appeal, has tripled its U.S. market share over the last decade. Subaru will likely sell more than 650,000 new vehicles in the U.S. Show More Summary

Ask Jack: Just Once, Can’t We Figure Out What We Keep Doing Wrong?

It’s time to refill the hopper on the questions that keep you awake at night. Send them to askjack@calamarco.com. Help me help you. If you’ve sent me a question and you don’t yet have an answer, feel free to send it again or just remind me to look for your email. Show More Summary

Workhorse is Now Taking Reservations on a Consumer Version of Its Electric Pickup

Earlier this month, we covered Workhorse’s finalization of the W-15 electric pickup for sale to fleet buyers and wondered if there would be any consumer demand for such a vehicle. Apparently, the Ohio-based Workhorse Group was also curious...Show More Summary

Class Action Lawsuit Targets Nasty Mercedes-Benz HVAC Systems

A lawsuit filed by two Georgia Mercedes-Benz owners accuses the automaker of failing to rectify a long-standing HVAC problem and stiffing customers with the bill. Sunil Amin and Trushar Patel claim the heating, ventilation and air conditioning...Show More Summary

Uber to Repay Millions After Stiffing NYC Drivers for Years

Uber has messed up — again. The ride-hailing company admitted to shortchanging New York City drivers to the tune of tens of millions of dollars due to miscalculated payments. It’s the second time Uber has been caught mishandling payroll, with the latest fiasco resembling Richard Pryor’s banking scheme from Superman III. Show More Summary

Changes Afoot for the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali

Some details aren’t likely to spur readers into dropping what they’re doing and taking the rest of the day off to plan their next big purchase, but one change planned for the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali does sweeten the pot. Large, V8-powered...Show More Summary

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Review – By No Means Perfect, But Largely Free From Imperfection

Automobile manufacturers send a new car to my driveway every week. Last week, the manufacturer was Kia. The vehicle, an Optima Hybrid. Spending a full week with a vehicle should expose a vehicle’s positive attributes, not only the most...Show More Summary

China’s Geely Purchases Lotus, Plans to Restore the Brand’s Lost Luster

China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company has decided to purchase a 49.9 percent stake in Proton from Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom and a majority share of the United Kingdom’s Lotus Cars. Geely seems to have an affinity for other...Show More Summary

New Four-Cylinders on the Way from Mercedes-Benz

Like Steve Austin’s doctors, Mercedes-Benz engineers realized they had the technology to make the brand’s four-cylinder engines better than they were before. Better, stronger…smaller. As the automaker prepares to expand its lineup of compact, front-wheel-drive offerings to eight models, new powerplants are the order of the day. Show More Summary

Confirmed: Mazda CX-8 Will Not Come To America; Mazda CX-4 Still Won’t, Either

Spotted recently on the streets of Chicago was a Japanese crossover that will never — not in final production form — actually make it to the streets of Chicago. Nor to the streets of any other American city, for that matter. WearingShow More Summary

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