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My prediction is that autonomous vehicles will create a paradigm shift in vehicle design, whereby interior design will become the primary brand differentiator in the future. What will drive this paradigm shift is that future autonomous vehicle design will focus primarily on the passenger and not the driver. This will create a tectonic shift in vehicle design with ramifications that will take decades to fully play out.

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Feds Nix 54.5-MPG Target for 2025

Improving gasoline fuel economy and strong demand for trucks and SUVs has led federal regulators to eliminate the 54.5 mpg corporate fuel economy target for 2025.

New Subaru Global Platform Enhances Safety, Dynamics

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) has begun rolling out a new global Subaru platform that will enhance safety and driving dynamics on a flexible platform that will enable electrified powertrains in future Subaru vehicles, the company announced.

GM Details Bolt EV Components

General Motors is partnering with LG Electronics on its battery-electric Chevrolet Bolt by including an array of components from the supplier, including the electric motor, battery pack, and infotainment system.

VW Invests in Battery Startup to Extend EV Range

Volkswagen AG has reportedly purchased a stake in the battery startup company QuantumScape Corp. to develop technology that can increase the range of its electric vehicles by more than threefold, according to a report by Bloomberg.com.

GM to Invest $449M in Next-Gen Electrification

General Motors Corp. will invest $449 million to upgrade manufacturing processes at two Detroit-area automotive assembly plants to support the next-generation Chevrolet Volt battery-electric hybrid, the company has announced.

Westport Consolidates Ford Bi-fuel Upfitting

Westport Innovations is consolidating its production of bi-fuel and dedicated natural gas Ford vehicles at a Dallas production facility, a move not expected to cause ordering delays to fleet purchasers.

BYD Building Electric Bus Manufacturing Facility in California

BYD, a Chinese firm specializing in rechargeable batteries, vehicle manufacturing, and green energy technologies, will build two manufacturing facilities in Lancaster, Calif. One will focus on electric bus manufacturing and the other on iron-phosphate battery manufacturing