Mazda's American dealers are in for a makeover. Automotive News reports the company wants some of its dealers to move to new locations, and it wants to strengthen the training process they go through. Mazda stores across the nation will be getting a new look, too. The company hopes the update will help it achieve a two-percent market share.
Mazda has confirmed plans to introduce the next RX-badged concept car next month at the Tokyo Auto Show. "With the Tokyo show we will be introducing a new design concept - you can think of it as an evolution of the theme of the RX Vision," said Mazda's vice president for R&D in Europe in an interview with Auto Express.
Volkswagen's electrification plan doesn't place a big emphasis on battery-powered commercial vehicles. Tesla's electric semi truck will debut next month, but the Wolfsburg-based automaker is intentionally watching from the sidelines before committing to the segment.
BMW has confirmed plans to resurrect the heritage-laced CSL nameplate. "CSL will be the top-of-the-line track tool, made on the track for the track, just with a number plate," BMW M boss Frank Van Meel told Road & Track. The CSL designation will replace the GTS badge.
Waymo is known for developing its self-driving technology in-house, however the company has revealed that processor giant Intel is providing much of the horsepower, TechCrunch reports. Intel isn't the only company in the tech sphere with its toes in the waters of autonomous driving; well-known graphics firm Nvidia has a much-publicized partnership with Volvo. http://tcrn.ch/2fg3Bf6
Immediately after Hurricane Harvey, the former Texas Motor Speedway site was designated as a receiving area for flooded cars and trucks. Today, the property is quickly filling up with the four-wheeled detritus of one of America's most costly tropical storms, Jalopnik reports. http://bit.ly/2fhn0w5
Kia's hot wagon concept from Frankfurt may become reality if public feedback is positive, company reps told CarBuzz. http://bit.ly/2xrnlCY
Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton secured his lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel after the Singapore Grand Prix. He's in first with 263 points, while Vettel has earned just 235 points. AMG's Valtteri Bottas is in third with 212 points. Mercedes-AMG is also leading the constructor standings with 475 points. Ferrari and Red Bull are in second and third with 373 and 230, respectively.