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Can Volvo's Polestar capture that Tesla magic?

The spinoff of Polestar could help the new performance brand escape Volvo's reputation for practicality.

Tesla driver in fatal crash wasn't watching video, witness tells investigators

A witness said the driver involved in a fatal crash while using Tesla's Autopilot function was not playing a video in his car, a government report said.

'CSI' teams help automakers spot trouble

Volvo has analyzed 40,000 car accidents since the 1970s, underscoring how Volvo and other automakers gather voluminous data to make future vehicles safer.

At Waymo, it's lights out for 'Firefly'

Waymo is trading in the pod car for more practical wheels.

Bringing clarity to Ford's mobility strategy

Throughout her career, Marcy Klevorn has helped bring Ford into the digital era, cutting costs along the way.

The exodus at Uber

Since the start of the year, 13 high-profile executives have departed, and Uber has not filled many of those roles.

Tesla's real capacity problem: Too many people

In its Fremont plant, a temple of lean manufacturing, Tesla uses far more workers than NUMMI did, to build far fewer cars.

Uber memo surfaces with CEO setting sex guidelines for employees

In a staff-wide email sent in 2013, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick laid out rules for employees should they decide to have sex on a company outing.

Bosch, TomTom developing high-res mapping system

Robert Bosch and mapmaker TomTom are developing a high-resolution mapping system using the supplier's radar sensors.

Lyft, NuTonomy partner to offer autonomous rides in Boston

Ride-hailing company Lyft will soon begin picking up customers in self-driving cars in Boston, when it begins working through a research partnership with autonomous vehicle startup NuTonomy.

Uber's troubles just keep piling up

UPDATED: 6/9/17 11:30 am ET - corrected

The ride-hailing company lost another two top executives last week, and posted a $708 million loss.

Globetrotter builds Volvo's international footprint

Katarina Fjording has traveled the world to create cars and plants for Volvo. Now she's overseeing construction of the automaker’s first U.S. factory.

Tesla owners should pay more for insurance, AAA says

Data shows Tesla owners report more claims than average, and those claims cost more, a major insurance group said. Tesla disputes the data analysis.

Uber fires Levandowski for failing to cooperate with Waymo lawsuit

Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski, the self-driving car engineer at the center of its legal battle with Waymo. The company said he was unable to cooperate on the Waymo litigation.

Volvo preps dressed-down interior for XC40

Spy photos of the small crossover show a simpler cabin without the wood trim that's included in the large XC90 and midsize XC60.

Bringing clarity to Ford's mobility strategy

Throughout her career, Marcy Klevorn has helped bring Ford into the digital era, cutting costs along the way.

Turning auto plants into WALL-E worlds

While Elon Musk has laid out a futuristic vision of car factories staffed by robots, the legacy auto industry is quietly putting a version of that vision into motion.

Volvo loads midsize crossover with tech

Volvo expects strong demand for the XC60's optional air suspension, which lets the driver raise the vehicle for off-roading

Tesla names new HR head amid worker allegations

UPDATED: 5/24/ 7:33 pm ET - adds Tesla statement

Tesla replaced Arnnon Geshuri, vice president of human resources, with Gaby Toledano, a former executive at video game company Electronic Arts, amid employee claims of a harsh work environment at the EV maker's California...

Study says drivers don't trust ride-hailing firms to build self-driving cars

Consumers are less likely to view ride-hailing companies as reliable autonomous-vehicle manufacturers, according to a global study published by Inrix.

Volvo preps dressed-down interior for XC40

New spy shots show the Volvo XC40 compact crossover may have a more dressed-down interior than its bigger XC90 and XC60 siblings.

Driverless cars will redefine racing

In the early days of racing, it was questionable if a car could even cross the finish line. Vehicle engineering was still a new science, and completing a race in one piece was half the battle.

Volvo prices redesigned XC60 from $42,495

Pricing in the U.S. for the redesigned Volvo XC60 will begin at $42,495. The retooled XC60 went into production in April and is to arrive at dealerships in August.

Volvo, Google team up for Android-based infotainment system

Volvo Cars is partnering with Google to develop an Android-based infotainment system.

Dealership tweaks Yelp, online strategy

Focusing too much effort on one website can backfire. Stevens Creek Subaru learned this the hard way.