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  • LA Auto Show: While Detroit hits the gas pedal, Europeans embrace electrification

    LA Auto Show: While Detroit hits the gas pedal, Europeans embrace electrification

    Petroleum products still power nearly all the cars driving the world’s highways, minus a nano-point or two for the rare alternative-fuel vehicle. But something new is stirring. Call it elektrifizierung. That’s German for electrification. While big American companies — and to a large extent, the...

  • At LA Auto Show, take an electric bike for a test ride

    At LA Auto Show, take an electric bike for a test ride

    Beyond the fast cars and shiny SUVs decorating the showroom at the Los Angeles Auto Show, attendees can test drive a different kind of ride: electric bikes, scooters and other two-wheeled modes of transport. At this year’s show, a test ride area offers the opportunity to try an e-bike or see how...

  • LA Auto Show 2017: Arcimoto three-wheeler delivers electric mobility

    LA Auto Show 2017: Arcimoto three-wheeler delivers electric mobility

    Several three-wheeled electric vehicles were being wheeled around the halls of the LA Auto Show in the two days before its Friday public opening. On one side of the main entrance was the Ampere electric “sports car,” a $9,999 battery-operated three-wheeler, to be built in Riverside, that offered...

  • LA Auto Show 2017: Women raise their profile

    LA Auto Show 2017: Women raise their profile

    Verena Mei began her career as a poster model for a tire company. She would pose for the camera in a tank top and tiny shorts and then sign her portrait for fans, most of them men. So when she told friends she wanted to be a race car driver, she said, they would respond: “That’s cute, Verena.” ...

  • Ford uses virtual reality to describe its vision of transportation's future

    Ford uses virtual reality to describe its vision of transportation's future

    The drone dived underneath a bridge and zoomed right behind a vehicle. Then the ride ended — and the participants took off their goggles. For five minutes, attendees of the L.A. Auto Show can experience what Ford calls “the city of tomorrow” through a virtual reality “roller coaster” that showcases...

  • Secret motorcycle industry panel looks for ways to reverse sagging sales

    Secret motorcycle industry panel looks for ways to reverse sagging sales

    Hours before the 2017 Progressive International Motorcycle Show opened its doors at the Long Beach Convention Center, a secret cabal of industry veterans was meeting privately to discuss troubled U.S. motorcycle sales. Organized by power sports consultant Robert Pandya, who until recently helped...

  • Motorcycles bulking up again at Progressive IMS in Long Beach

    Motorcycles bulking up again at Progressive IMS in Long Beach

    Motorcycle sales are flat or falling in almost every segment in almost every North American market. So motorcycle companies, flailing to remain profitable and retain market share, have been trending toward smaller, lighter, more affordable motorcycles in the hopes of attracting buyers who may feel...

  • 2018 Nissan Rogue: A smart SUV with entry-level MSRP

    2018 Nissan Rogue: A smart SUV with entry-level MSRP

    Nissan’s 2018 Rogue is a sprightly, affordable SUV that has the option of the company’s ProPilot Assist driving system. It’s the first Nissan vehicle to offer the program, which will also be available in the 2018 Leaf. That means it’s one of the least expensive SUVs on the market with adaptive...

  • Tesla unveils electric truck with 500-mile range — and teases a new sports car

    Tesla unveils electric truck with 500-mile range — and teases a new sports car

    Elon Musk unveiled the new Tesla Semi on Thursday night — and surprised everybody with a working prototype of a new Roadster sports car whose purpose, he said, is to “give a hard-core smackdown to gasoline cars.” Musk claims the car will rocket zero to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds — the first...

  • 6.3 million Americans are 90 days late on their auto loan payments

    6.3 million Americans are 90 days late on their auto loan payments

    A rising number of Americans are unable to make the monthly payments on their car or truck loans and are in danger of having their vehicles repossessed, according to data released this week by the New York Federal Reserve. There are 6.3 million Americans who are 90 days late — or more — on their...

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