Samsung's Note 7 Issues Put A Damper On FCA's Mission To Sell Magneti Marelli

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) just can’t seem to catch a break lately. Rumor has it that negotiations between FCA and Samsung Electronics over the sale of Magneti Marelli have halted as Samsung scrambles to fix issues with its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, once again obstructing FCA’s plans to reduce its debt and raise some much needed capital. That’s the latest from Automotive News, which cites unnamed sources familiar with the deal. Magneti Marelli is an Italian auto parts producer that was founded in 1919 and has been part of Fiat since 1967. Samsung was reportedly on its way to buying some or even all of the company, with some estimates placing the deal at around $3 billion. However, according to Automotive News, Samsung and FCA have yet to agree on…

New Skoda Kodiaq TSI petrol 2016 review The Skoda Kodiaq is an impressive amount of car for the money, and powered by the 1.4 TSI is a smooth performer. For city dwellers or those doing low miles it will be a great fit. However, the torquier, more effortless and considerably more economical diesel is still a better fit for an SUV of this size. Skoda reckons most Kodiaq buyers won’t be put off by the on-going VW Group emissions scandal, and that the bulk of sales will still be the diesel powered models. You can read what we thought of the best-selling diesel here, but now we’re trying one of three petrol engines offered in the Kodiaq. Out of the smaller percentage of buyers expected to choose a petrol Kodiaq, this middling 148bhp...

The Awesome AMX 13 – France’s Post-WWII Tank Design Features An Oscillating Turret ... Following the fall of France in 1940, the country’s development of armored vehicles was suspended for a period that lasted throughout WWII. France probably had the best tank designs in Europe before the War, but it was reduced to the puppet state of Vichy France after occupation by the Germans. As the war ended, the French military felt the need to continue its pre-war tradition of tank designs and immediately started the development of several models. Close view of an oscillating turret.  In 1946 they produced a preliminary drawing of the Char 13t-75 Modèle 51, or what would later be known as the AMX 13 tank. Its name derived from its original weight which was 13 tons. Probably the most innovative part of the tank is its oscillating turret made of ...

2017 Prius Prime PHV Car to Receive PHV Connected Power Service; Will This Make a Greener ... 2017 Prius Prime, a plug-in hybrid vehicle built by Toyota Motor Corporation and slated to be released in 2017, will be the recipient of PHV Connected Power Service offered by Toyota and five other Japanese power companies. The said service was designed to promote plug in hybrid vehicles for a greener and safer environment that is free from pollutants released by diesel and gasoline-fuelled engines. Advertisement The 2017 Prius Prime will be installed with a DCM or data collection module, which would record the amount of electricity, charged at home, the electric vehicle cruising mode, and other pertinent data to be provided by Toyota to the participating companies. These companies will give points to the customers, and these points can be used to pay customers' electricity bills or...

Lauda: German F1 champions Rosberg, Vettel fail to connect with fans Niki Lauda links the demise of the F1 German Grand Prix to how the public interacts with the country's champion drivers Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.In Vienna on Wednesday, the FIA confirmed the drop from 21 to 20 races, with Germany definitively removed from the calendar.F1 legend and Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda made a link between the loss of popularity in Germany and the way the public interacts with its most successful drivers."All the great German world champions had a somewhat strange relationship with the population," he told the newsmagazine Stern. "They are not embraced like footballers are, because somehow this human proximity, this warmth, is missing."And some of the reason for that, Lauda said, is that Vettel, in particular, is not open...

2017 Cadillac CT6 preview When the CT6 went on sale in early 2016, it marked several firsts for Cadillac. The full-size luxury sedan was the first to use the new "CT" (Cadillac Touring) prefix for Cadillac’s car lineup. It was also the first to feature the brand’s new grille treatment, Omega rear-wheel-drive platform and video-streaming rearview mirror. For the 2017 model year, the CT6 marks a couple more firsts for Cadillac. The big news is the addition of the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid to the range. This is the first plug-in hybrid (the ELR was an extended-range electric) for Cadillac and the first of the brand’s models to be sourced from China. Other CT6 models are sourced from Detroit. 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid The plug-...

More details on Mercedes-AMG's F1-derived hypercar Teaser for Mercedes-AMG hypercar, 2016 Paris auto show Mercedes-AMG at the 2016 Paris auto show confirmed development of a hypercar packing the same powertrain as the Mercedes AMG Formula One team’s world championship winners. The car will be revealed in 2017 to celebrate AMG’s 50th anniversary and will start deliveries the following year. With work on a rival model taking place at Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing design centers, understandably AMG is keeping most of its car's details a secret. However, Autocar has managed to learn a few things from AMG boss Tobias Moers at this week’s 2016 Los Angeles auto show. He said the car will deliver about 1,000 horsepower, which is roughly what the powertrain in the current F1 cars delivers. He also said that between 200 and 300 ...

Audi Sport GmbH launches to continue quattro division’s good work Audi’s 33-year-old quattro performance arm has now officially re-branded as Audi Sport, cementing changes that have in fact been in place for sometime now. Already being marketed in Australia for more than a year, the Audi Sport brand will stand for the company’s growing range of RS-badged performance models in the same way that M and AMG do their thing within the BMW and Mercedes-Benz lines. Along with the re-branding, Audi Sport GmbH (‘GmbH’ being the abbreviated German term for a limited liability company) has confirmed it will launch eight new models in the coming 18 months. Details of those new models are still to be revealed, although we can undoubtedly expect a new-generation RS4 to be among them. The company, which...