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Cars Lose the Spare Tire for a Leaner Ride, but It Could Cost You

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Full-size spares gave way to space-saving “doughnuts,” but now carmakers may provide only the tools for a quick, do-it-yourself fix.

By NORMAN MAYERSOHN

The Tech & Design Issue: Life After Driving

How to Make Cars Cooperate

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As giant companies race toward self-driving technology, smaller firms are using vehicle to vehicle technology to work toward a more profound — and in some ways opposing — goal.

The Tech & Design Issue: Life After Driving

Can Ford Turn Itself Into a Tech Company?

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Its very name was synonymous with the 20th-century economy. Now it’s trying to catch up with Silicon Valley on self-driving cars.

Waymo’s Autonomous Cars Cut Out Human Drivers in Road Tests

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The Alphabet unit says it expects to allow passengers to ride in truly driverless cars in its tests within the next few months.

By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI

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Tesla’s Elon Musk Reassures Investors Over Model 3 Delays

The electric-car maker cited record output of its existing models, and its chief said bottlenecks on its first mass-market offering were being resolved.

BMW Recalls Roughly a Million Vehicles at Risk of Catching Fire

The recalls include several 3 Series models and various BMWs with six-cylinder engines.

By CHRISTINA CARON

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Wheels Drive Auto Industry Forward, in Showrooms and Aftermarket Shops

Be they understated and utilitarian or exotic and outrageous, a fresh set of rims can make any car look new — even a new one.

By STEPHEN WILLIAMS

Volkswagen Sales in U.S. Rebound After Diesel Scandal

Two years after the automaker’s cheating on emissions compliance was revealed, its dealers are finding renewed customer interest.

By NEAL E. BOUDETTE

Peter Schutz, Executive Who Saved a Signature Porsche, Dies at 87

Mr. Schutz, whose family had fled the Nazis, returned to Germany to be the only American to lead the sports car maker. He stopped it from killing the 911 model.

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Waymo Enlists AutoNation to Maintain Driverless Test Fleet

The move is a sign that the self-driving unit of Alphabet, Google’s parent, is closer to putting its technology into cars in ride-hailing operations.

By NEAL E. BOUDETTE

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Forgetting a Child in a Back Seat Can Kill. Cars May Soon Warn You.

Lawmakers are weighing whether to force automakers to include a device to alert drivers when a child in the back seat of a car after it has been turned off.

By PAUL STENQUIST

Subaru Admits Inspection Failings, in Another Blow to Japan’s Carmakers

The announcement follows a similar revelation from Nissan and comes as the country’s manufacturing sector faces unusually intense scrutiny.

By JONATHAN SOBLE

Cost of Volkswagen Scandal Could Hurt Company’s Electric Vehicle Push

The carmaker reported an increase in revenue, but said it still had work to do to overcome the damage caused by its diesel emissions cheating.

Automakers Build War Chests to Finance a Self-Driving Future

Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler have revamped their businesses to enhance profitability and lay the foundation to develop high-tech models.



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