Tag: auto industry

46 Posts

Waiting room of an auto repair shop
Apr 02, 2018

Your Car, Sir: The Rise of Personal Concierge Services

Jim Motavalli

Pick-up and delivery is just the start: There's also complimentary car washes, fine dining, massage, loaner iPads, shuttle services to the mall, and more.

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Mar 23, 2018

"Do You Come With the Car?"

Jim Motavalli

The #MeToo movement is prompting an evolution for car show spokesmodels--and for scantily clad NFL cheerleaders, too. Now the term is "product specialists" and the gender balance is changing too.

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Tesla Model X
Mar 15, 2018

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Mall

J.C. Howard

Tesla cordially invites you to spill your Slurpee in the fanciest place possible!

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Jeep Rubicon
Mar 06, 2018

Is New York the "Jeep Capital of the World"?

Jim Motavalli

Meet the new Wrangler and the refreshed Cherokee. Not that many SUV owners take their cars off road, but the mean and potholed streets of Manhattan are the next best thing. 

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The Toytoa FCR Concept Minivan
Jan 25, 2018

The Washington Auto Show: DC is All-In on Autonomous Cars

Jim Motavalli

Electric and autonomous cars get a thumbs-up from the Trump administration, and from the DC policy wonks.

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Woman with electric car, ca. 1900
Dec 18, 2017

What We Can Learn From Our Colorful Electric Car History

Jim Motavalli

Everything old is new again, and EVs are once again heading for world domination. But they were already there in 1900, when they also posted an amazing number of historical firsts. 

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Jim Motavalli, blogger for Car Talk, talking about electric cars
Dec 06, 2017

Our Man at the UN: The Car Blogger Talks About Self-Driving Cars

Jim Motavalli

Given a chance to talk at the UN on my favorite subject, I told the diplomats that autonomous vehicles will also be electric, and that it's critical that they be shared--not privately owned.

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Kia Rio interior
Nov 27, 2017

Small is Beautiful: In Praise of Entry-Level Cars

Jim Motavalli

Buyers are shunning them like the plague, but small and subcompact cars really do offer the best combination of price, safety, usable space and reliability.

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Trumpchi I-Space concept at the Quangzhou show
Nov 18, 2017

Are You Ready to Buy Chinese Cars?

Jim Motavalli

After a visit to the Guangzhou International Auto Show and a test-track drive of popular models, I'm convinced that China is getting serious about becoming a global player. A passion for SUVs combines with an equal determination to plug them in. 

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An electric car from BMW at the Web Summit, Lisbon, Portugal
Nov 10, 2017

Self-Driving Cars? They're Here Now. And Lots More Besides.

Jim Motavalli

Bombshells and milestone on the road to autonomy at the Web Summit in Portugal. Oh, and Al Gore, too.

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