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Electric Vehicles Are in the Spotlight at Detroit’s 2019 Auto Show

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Just before Thanksgiving, Ken Westerman came close to buying his first fully electric car, a Tesla Model 3.A retired music teacher with an interest in protecting the environment, Mr. Westerman was looking to replace the hybrid car he had been driving for years, a red Toyota Prius, and test-drove a Model 3. He was dazzled by the car but concluded that the limits of its range — 300 miles on a single charge — would complicate his regular trips from Ann Arbor to the East Coast and Arkansas.“Those are six- to eight-hour trips, and if you have to stop to charge up, that…

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Tech Fix: CES 2019: It’s the Year of Virtual Assistants and 5G

LAS VEGAS — The show must go on. That sentiment couldn’t have been stronger this week at CES, the largest consumer electronics convention in the country. The conference, which brought more than 180,000 people to Las Vegas, was a reminder of what the tech industry is best at: being optimistic about itself.ImageCreditJoe Buglewicz for The New York TimesWho cares about the abysmal stock market and growing fears that we are sliding into a recession? Check out these virtual-reality headsets, self-driving cars and big-screen TVs.Filippo Yacob, a tech entrepreneur who attended, was blasé about the state of the market. “The speed of progress and innovation happens at such…

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Wheels: Car Tuneups That Require Audio Engineers

On good days, it’s a concert hall, a news source or a way to entertain the kids. On bad ones, it’s a cranked-to-11 therapy session to the loudest tracks on your Spotify playlist.Factory audio systems in cars were once, at best, an AM-FM radio with a cassette player and a couple of speakers crammed into leftover dashboard space. A turning point came in 1982, when Bose tuned a system to the acoustics inside a 1983 Cadillac Seville. This audio revolution heard around the world featured four speakers. Four.Today, solid midpriced systems pack a dozen. The best are so immersive, your next automobile decision might come down to…

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Tesla Reports Record Output, but Cuts Prices, and Its Shares Plunge

Tesla reported a record quarter on Wednesday, and investors responded with a sell-off.The automaker said it delivered 63,150 Model 3 sedans in the fourth quarter, 13 percent more than in the third quarter. But even that gain fell short of some analysts’ expectations.The growth rate was also well off that of the third quarter, when Model 3 sales more than doubled amid a rush of initial orders as Tesla began high-volume production of the car, on which it has staked its future.And even while the fourth quarter brought overall sales of 90,000 for the first time, the company said Wednesday that it was cutting prices of all…

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G.M.’s President Will Take Over Its Self-Driving Effort

A top General Motors official is taking on a new role that underlines the auto industry’s intense push to develop and commercialize self-driving cars.The official, Dan Ammann, will give up the job of G.M. president and become chief executive of Cruise, the division working on autonomous vehicles, the company said Thursday.The move gives Cruise increased management heft as it prepares to start a driverless-ride service by the end of 2019. G.M. expects the service and other related businesses to expand rapidly, and Mr. Ammann said it could involve “trillions” of self-driving cars in the future.“This is technology that we wanted to develop and deploy in massive scale,…

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Needing Growth, Uber Returns to Germany. This Time on Best Behavior.

DÜSSELDORF, Germany — Guido Goebel stopped driving for Uber three years ago when the company abandoned his hometown, the German city of Düsseldorf, after a battle with regulators.Several weeks ago, the ride-hailing service reached out to him again. Uber told Mr. Goebel that it was returning to Düsseldorf and offered him a bonus of 500 euros, or about $560, if he hit certain driving targets.“It’s good. I’m busy,” Mr. Goebel, who had taken work driving patients to medical appointments, said from behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz C-Class. “People are happy Uber is here.”Düsseldorf is the start of an effort by Uber’s chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, to…

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Honda Putting $2.75 Billion Into G.M.’s Self-Driving Venture

G.M. acquired Cruise, then called Cruise Automation, in 2016 for a reported $1 billion in cash, stock and incentive compensation. It has since added other properties to the effort. A year ago, it bought Strobe, a company that specializes in laser-imaging technology, and folded it into Cruise.Rather than go at it alone, G.M. has brought on partners to help fund the project in hopes of speeding development. Earlier this year SoftBank, the Japanese tech and investment firm, invested $2.25 billion in Cruise. As part of that deal, G.M. said it would put an additional $1.1 billion of its own money into the unit, which is based in…

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Tesla Reports Progress on Model 3 Car Production

Over the last two months, Tesla has faced no shortage of distractions.Elon Musk, its chief executive, announced on Twitter that he was going to take the company private, backed down, seemed to smoke marijuana in a podcast interview and was accused in a lawsuit by the Securities and Exchange Commission of misleading investors, a case he settled over the weekend.But through it all, Tesla managed to produce cars in high volume. On Tuesday, it reported a 50 percent jump in production in the third quarter from the preceding period. Over all, the company made 80,142 cars, of which 53,239 were Model 3 sedans.Model 3 output nearly doubled…

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Betting Against Tesla: Short-Sellers Make Their Case

For the past year, Elon Musk has waged a bitter war of words with short-sellers, the investors who are betting billions of dollars that Tesla will fail.On Twitter and in interviews, he has called them haters and jerks who know little about electric cars. He has accused them of spreading false information and amplifying negative news about Tesla in hopes of dragging down its stock price. Their goal, in Mr. Musk’s view, is nothing less than Tesla’s destruction.George Noble doesn’t fit that description. Manager of his own hedge fund, Noble Capital Advisors, he rarely comments on Tesla in public or on Twitter, and he comes with an…

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The week ahead: U.S.-European Trade Talks Resume, and New Apple Devices Are Unveiled

AdvertisementThe week aheadAlso this week, a Census Bureau report will give a snapshot of median household income, a climate summit is set for San Francisco and the European Central Bank meets.ImageTim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, during the iPhone announcement event last year. The company will announce the latest models on Wednesday.CreditCreditJosh Edelson/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesBy The New York TimesSept. 9, 2018Here’s what to expect in the week ahead:TRADEU.S. and European officials seek a trade pact.Senior trade officials from the United States and the European Union will meet on Monday in Brussels in an effort to avert an all-out trade war. Robert Lighthizer, the United…

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