Volvo begins production of all-new XC40
Volvo has official commenced production of its compact XC40 premium crossover. Built in Belgium, the new XC40 will make it across the ocean to showrooms on these shores in early 2018.
Toyota unveils new T-HR3 robot
Toyota is hopeful that it's humanoid robot will be able to one day help mankind. Let's just hope its Terminator-like name isn't a bad omen. http://bit.ly/2hWlmBB
Bentley building 19 Mulsanne-based convertibles
Bentley will build a Mulsanne-based convertible in strictly limited numbers. Just 19 examples of the car -- which is called Grand Convertible -- will be built. No two examples will be the same, according to Motor Authority. Pricing information hasn't been released yet.
Toyota tells KY employees it's cheaper to build the Camry in Japan
Toyota warned employees at its Kentucky factory that it's cheaper to build the Camry in Japan than in America. It stressed the plant needs to cut costs, Bloomberg reports. "I'm not sharing this to scare you, but to heighten your awareness of the current risk we now have," said the plant manager.
Chrysler Pacifica owners report power loss
Several Chrysler Pacifica owners have reported a loss of power while driving. Chrysler is aware of the problem but it hasn't been able to determine what's causing it yet. http://bit.ly/2jM1uSf
Uber admits it concealed data breach
Uber had admitted to concealing an immense data beach that affected 57 million users. Instead of telling the public and officials about it, the company paid hackers $100,000 to delete the stolen data and remain silent. Uber's new CEO stresses he only learned about the ordeal recently.
Bosch announces iDisc
One of Bosch's subsidiaries has introduced a next-generation brake disc named iDisc. It emits less pollution than a standard disc thanks to a tungsten carbide coating. It also lasts longer, never rusts, and keeps rims cleaner. The first car equipped with the iDisc is the 2019 Porsche Cayenne. http://bit.ly/2jM3GZT
Renault: no plans to return to America
Renault has no plans to return to the United States in the near- or medium-term future. "No, I'm not thinking about that. There is no opportunity for it in this midterm plan," CEO Carlos Ghosn told Automotive News. "Going to the U.S. and selling a few cars is easy. You need to have a real strategy of products and marketing. The U.S. is a very competitive market," he added.