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Amazon's Alexa rides shotgun through new Echo Auto device
Danielle Szatkowski |

Amazon's latest aftermarket product, Echo Auto, allows drivers to bring the power of Alexa with them on the road.

GM restructures global strategy, EV executives
Michael Wayland | @MikeWayland |

General Motors is restructuring the leadership of its global strategy and EV units as it begins to deploy at least 20 battery-electric and fuel-cell powered vehicles globally by 2023.

Longtime Ford finance whiz Schloss to retire
Michael Martinez | @MikeMartinez_AN |

Neil Schloss, the treasurer who helped Ford steer through the Great Recession without going into bankruptcy, will retire at the end of the year after 36 years with the company.

ZF plans $14 billion autonomous vehicle push, concept van
Elisabeth Behrmann and Christoph Rauwald |

German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen said it is developing its own self-driving vehicle technology in the latest sign of how technology shifts are upending traditional roles in the auto industry.

First Shift: AutoNation seeks next CEO; Jackson to become executive chair
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AutoNation seeks next CEO, Jackson to become executive chair; Tesla confirms DOJ probe; European auto sales surge; A bad-weather remedy for AVs?; Thieves still loyal to Honda.

Diamler concept does double duty
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Daimler is developing an autonomous electric vehicle that can switch between being a people carrier and a delivery van, as the automaker seeks an edge over rivals such as Alphabet's Waymo and Deutsche Post in shaping the...

BMW drives to cut battery costs, share costs on autonomous vehicles
Joseph White |

BMW plans more deals with mining companies to secure electric vehicle battery materials, and is open to forming alliances to share the costs of developing AV systems, the automaker's r&d chief said.

BMW's Vision iNext concept serves as tech 'incubator'
Urvaksh Karkaria | @urvaksh |

The all-electric Vision iNext, a semi-autonomous crossover, is more of an "incubator" than an early glimpse of a production-ready car. But the vehicle reveals the technologies being developed by BMW.

VW seeks industry alliance for self-driving technology
Christiaan Hetzner | https://twitter.com/christiaanhtznr |

VW wants to team up with other automakers to create an industry standard for self-driving technology. Such a move would give companies better legal protection following accidents involving AVs.

Uber to spend $150 million in Toronto on engineering, self-driving cars
Heather Somerville |

Uber is spending $150 million to open an engineering hub and expand self-driving car operations in Toronto, underscoring the company's commitment to autonomous vehicle development despite setbacks.

Daimler buys 20% stake in VW's Heycar used-car platform
Jan Schwartz |

Daimler will buy a 20 percent stake in Heycar, a used-car portal launched last year by rival VW.

AutoNews Now: Volkswagen to end Beetle production in '19
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VW to end Beetle production in '19; GM recalls 1.2 million vehicles to fix steering; Ford's new battleground; Adient names CEO; Uber's Toronto AV push; Driverless Volvo truck.

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