Friday morning car news roundup, September 5, 2014

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  • RPT-Ford says Aug China auto sales rise 9 pct y/y – Reuters: Ford Motor Co and its Chinese joint ventures sold 77,506 vehicles in China in August, up 9 percent from a year earlier, outpacing industry growth of 6.7 percent for the same month in the world’s biggest auto market.
  • Planning for the real future: Self-driving cars – Via Google News: Google is working on the prototype for a self-driving car. Its vision is that the vehicles will go on the market by 2020, leading to a new transportation…
  • Can sporty RC be the new face of Lexus? – Automotive News: Lexus is counting on its new 2015 RC 350 sports coupe to take on BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz in a segment dominated by the German luxury brands. And that may be the easy part of the car’s mission.
  • Tesla Confirms Nevada for Factory – WSJ: Nevada officials estimated that a proposed Tesla Motors’ advanced battery factory near Reno would have a $100 million economic impact over 20 years, lifting a state largely know for its tourism industry.
  • Why does the new Lexus RC F weigh so much? – Autocar: At 1840kg, the new Lexus RC F is a full quarter tonne heavier than a BMW M3I’m sitting at a table, talking to the chief engineer for the new Lexus RC F – a gently spoken Japanese gentleman called Yukihiko Yaguchi – having just manhandled his new car around a private race track just outside New York. And, to be honest, I’ve not had that great a time in the car. In fact, I’ve been curiously disappointed by how cumbersome it had felt when trying to stop and change direction for, and remain composed…
  • Fiat may sell up to $1.04B in stock with U.S. listing – DetN: Fiat SpA may sell as much as $1.04 billion in shares to reduce debt and gain local investors after the carmaker formed from merging with Chrysler Group LLC lists stock in the U.S., according to Bloomberg News calculations.

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