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  • California's proposed DMV rules for driverless cars could change in the wake of federal guidelines

    California's proposed DMV rules for driverless cars could change in the wake of federal guidelines

    For California state officials, the new federal guidelines on testing and deployment of driverless cars come as a bit of a relief. Until this week, the absence of U.S. government guidance had left the state Department of Motor Vehicles — generally in charge of registering vehicles and issuing drivers’ licenses —...

  • Chevy Bolt EV hits dealers this fall. Here's how much it will cost

    Chevy Bolt EV hits dealers this fall. Here's how much it will cost

    Having made good on its promise to bring a long-range battery electric vehicle to market before the end of 2016, Chevrolet has now confirmed the price of its new Bolt EV. The plug-in electric vehicle, which has an EPA-approved range of 238 miles per charge — a distance the Los Angeles Times beat...

  • U.S. to release guidelines on driverless vehicles

    U.S. to release guidelines on driverless vehicles

    Any doubt that driverless cars, trucks and buses are on a fast track to join their human counterparts on the nation’s highways may be knocked aside Tuesday, when the Department of Transportation releases long-awaited guidelines for the development of autonomous cars. The guidelines, which specify...

  • Tesla Watch: Merger with SolarCity is challenged; Autopilot upgrade is panned

    Tesla Watch: Merger with SolarCity is challenged; Autopilot upgrade is panned

    Lawsuits could delay Tesla Motors’ proposed merger with SolarCity. In an SEC filing released Monday, Tesla said the merger is being challenged in four separate lawsuits that were filed in early September. The main claims: Tesla and SolarCity breached their fiduciary duties to shareholders, and...

  • Lyft president predicts a driverless future, says Tesla has it all wrong

    Lyft president predicts a driverless future, says Tesla has it all wrong

    Lyft president John Zimmer predicts that his company’s ride-hailing fleet of cars will be mostly autonomous within five years, and that “private car ownership will all but end in major U.S. cities” by 2025. Zimmer also called out fellow transportation disruptor Elon Musk, saying the Tesla CEO is...

  • L.A. Drives: Up the Angeles Crest on the S1000XR

    L.A. Drives: Up the Angeles Crest on the S1000XR

    The Angeles Crest Highway is one of Southern California’s most scenic mountain roads. Stretching from La Canada-Flintridge to the alpine town of Wrightwood, the Crest is 66 miles of twisty, winding high-elevation driving. The start line is just off the 210 Freeway, where Highway 2 meets Foothill...

  • Mazda has an all-new CX-9. Will anyone notice?

    Mazda has an all-new CX-9. Will anyone notice?

    Mazda makes great cars that are underappreciated in the U.S. market. With the exception of the Miata, cars made by this Japanese also-ran are generally not big winners here. Is it poor marketing? A weak dealer network? A question of styling? I’m not sure, but it’s an unfortunate fact that most...

  • Tesla says jealousy, not Autopilot safety concerns, caused breakup with Mobileye

    Tesla says jealousy, not Autopilot safety concerns, caused breakup with Mobileye

    Tesla Motors and parts supplier Mobileye broke up in July. Now the two sides are dissing each other with wildly different takes on what caused the split. Safety was the issue, according to Mobileye, which makes cameras and video processors for Tesla’s driver-assist system, called Autopilot. Tesla...

  • Driverless cars won't always look this way

    Driverless cars won't always look this way

    Qawiyah Muhammad can see her own future. Literally. An Uber driver in Pittsburgh, she knows that one day her job will be replaced by a robot car. She knows the robot cars are coming because she sometimes spots experimental models driving themselves around town.  “You can tell them apart,” she said,...

  • Ford is moving all its North American small-car production to Mexico

    Ford is moving all its North American small-car production to Mexico

    Ford Motor Co. is shifting all of its North American small-car production to Mexico, Chief Executive Mark Fields said Wednesday. “Over the next two to three years, we will have migrated all of our small-car production to Mexico and out of the United States,” Fields said.  Ford currently makes its...

  • Pittsburgh residents get ready for driverless Uber cars

    Pittsburgh residents get ready for driverless Uber cars

    Very soon, residents of this hilly city will become the first Americans to test out Uber's self-driving car service. It is a historic moment not just for the ride-hailing company, but also for robotic cars in general. For many people, the technology will finally become a reality, one they can touch...

  • Can the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV really go 200-plus miles with no recharge? We try it

    Can the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV really go 200-plus miles with no recharge? We try it

    Chevrolet has announced an EPA-approved range of 238 miles for its all-new, all-electric Bolt EV. But is that 238 test miles, or real miles? To find out, I got into a prototype of the 2017 Bolt EV and attempted to drive from Monterey to Santa Barbara without stopping to recharge — or running out...

  • Ford reveals self-driving cars; politeness may be a problem

    Ford reveals self-driving cars; politeness may be a problem

    Of all the possibilities that might give pause concerning self-driving cars, here’s one you might not have considered: politeness. At its test center in Dearborn, Mich. Monday, experimental white Ford Fusion sedans, their roofs bristling with sensors, drove themselves down curvy streets, obeyed...

  • Chevy Bolt EV range is 238 miles: Prime time for the electric car?

    Chevy Bolt EV range is 238 miles: Prime time for the electric car?

    Crowds formed and money seemed to rain from the sky when Tesla began taking deposits for its 200-mile, $35,000 Model 3 electric sedan in the spring.  It will be more than a year before the Model 3 hits the road — and that’s if Elon Musk makes good on his promise to deliver the car by late 2017....

  • Autopilot changes could boost confidence in Tesla and better adoption of driverless tech, analysts say

    Autopilot changes could boost confidence in Tesla and better adoption of driverless tech, analysts say

    Tesla’s plan to upgrade the controversial Autopilot feature on its electric cars drew positive reviews Monday from some analysts,  who say the changes will be better for safety and for the company’s future.  The improvements, following the fatal crash of a driver using Autopilot this spring, were...

  • Ford moves into crowd-sourced shuttle service and bicycle sharing

    Ford moves into crowd-sourced shuttle service and bicycle sharing

    Pushing forward with its plan to be “both a car company and a mobility company,” Ford on Friday said it’s getting into the crowd-sourced shuttle business and moving into bicycle sharing. The automaker also said it would collaborate more closely with cities around the world to help solve transportation...

  • Nissan recalls more than 120,000 vehicles after fluid leaks cause fires

    Nissan recalls more than 120,000 vehicles after fluid leaks cause fires

    Nissan is recalling more than 120,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. because brake fluid could leak and cause fires.  The company says that in some cases, owners should park their vehicles outside until they are repaired.  The recall covers certain 2015-17 Murano SUVs and 2016-17 Maxima large cars that...

  • ATGATT: All the gear, all the time — even in the dirt

    ATGATT: All the gear, all the time — even in the dirt

    Like other specialized forms of motorcycling, adventure riding has its own particular gear. With every passing year, as the sport has grown, more companies are making clothing, boots, helmets and gloves to protect the adventurer from the fall that might be just around the corner. Bell, Arai, Shoei...

  • Motorcycle adventure riding: Not for the faint of heart

    Motorcycle adventure riding: Not for the faint of heart

    Motorcycling can be a dangerous activity. Adventure riding is a little more so. I should know. After more than 40 years of off-road motorcycling without a serious injury or broken bone, I went down hard in the desert this spring — and couldn’t get up. The fall occurred halfway through an all-day...

  • Catalytic converter thefts are still smoking hot

    Catalytic converter thefts are still smoking hot

    Thefts of automobile catalytic converters are rising in the U.S., and California drivers are the top victims. Thefts of the antipollution devices, which reduce harmful emissions in passenger cars, SUVs and trucks, rose substantially between 2008 and 2015, according to new data from the National...

  • Mercedes 'mothership' will transport robot workers to deliver packages

    Mercedes 'mothership' will transport robot workers to deliver packages

    Robots need rides, too. Enter the Mercedes-Benz “Robovan.” Starship Technologies, maker of squat six-wheeled robots that deliver packages to businesses and homes, said Wednesday it is working with Mercedes to develop a van to transport eight of the robots and release them onto sidewalks to make...

  • Review: The BMW X1 is a happy throwback

    Review: The BMW X1 is a happy throwback

    Almost all of the world’s automobile manufacturers now make SUVs. Today’s car shopper has access to a broad variety of these sturdy, sporty daily drivers, from highly affordable versions sold by the American, Japanese and Korean car companies to the high-end super cruisers built by luxury marques...

  • After SpaceX rocket crisis, Elon Musk also faces Tesla safety and cash-flow issues

    After SpaceX rocket crisis, Elon Musk also faces Tesla safety and cash-flow issues

    On Wednesday, Elon Musk tweeted that a blog post on improvements to Tesla Motors’ Autopilot system was imminent. On Thursday morning, a SpaceX rocket blew up on the launchpad. The Autopilot news would have to wait. Musk is chief executive of both companies. When the rocket crisis passes, he’ll...

  • Tesla Autopilot upgrade is imminent, Elon Musk says

    Tesla Autopilot upgrade is imminent, Elon Musk says

    Tesla Motors Inc. will announce “major improvements” for its Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system Wednesday, according to Chief Executive Elon Musk. The improvements will come “primarily through advanced processing of radar signals,” Musk said in a series of tweets. He promised more details...

  • Make big trucks and buses physically unable to speed, regulators suggest

    Make big trucks and buses physically unable to speed, regulators suggest

    Two safety regulators are seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation's highways. A new proposal Friday would impose a nationwide by using an electronic device to cap speeds of newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Regulators...

  • Talbott Motorcycle Museum opens in Carmel Valley

    Talbott Motorcycle Museum opens in Carmel Valley

    It’s official. Robb Talbott’s motorcycle museum is open. The former wine and necktie magnate’s personal bike collection, housed inside a 5,000-square-foot space in Carmel Valley, received the last of its needed permits and is open to the public. Motorcycle analysts have said the non-profit museum...

  • Cars are ready to talk to one another — unless we use their airwaves for Wi-Fi

    Cars are ready to talk to one another — unless we use their airwaves for Wi-Fi

    Cars that wirelessly talk to one another are finally ready for the road, creating the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self-driving cars and, perhaps, someday help solve traffic jams, automakers and government officials say. But there’s a big catch. The cable...

  • Will Hyundai's eco-friendly Ioniq woo hearts away from Prius?

    Will Hyundai's eco-friendly Ioniq woo hearts away from Prius?

    Hyundai Motors, South Korea’s flagship automaker, transformed itself over the decades from bit player to global dynamo. In 1998, the company sold a mere 90,000 cheap and tinny cars to U.S. customers. But that same year, it bought Kia Motors out of bankruptcy. And last year, the two combined sold...

  • Automaker Karma expands SoCal presence with Irvine office lease

    Automaker Karma expands SoCal presence with Irvine office lease

    The luxury carmaker Karma Automotive, which will soon begin building its hybrid electric Revero sports cars in a massive facility in Moreno Valley, has leased space for its design studios and business offices in Irvine. The company formerly known as Fisker Automotive has agreed to lease 262,000...

  • Even more Ludicrous: Elon Musk says Tesla now has the world's fastest production car

    Even more Ludicrous: Elon Musk says Tesla now has the world's fastest production car

    Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk held a news conference Tuesday to announce that the company had shaved a few tenths of a second off its fastest car. A Tesla Model S P100D equipped with “Ludicrous” mode will now go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds, Musk said. The current model...

  • Harley-Davidson rolls out new Milwaukee Eight engine

    Harley-Davidson rolls out new Milwaukee Eight engine

    Promising more power, more comfort and more control, Harley-Davidson has unveiled a new engine called Milwaukee Eight, plus improvements in its motorcycles’ suspension systems. But don’t worry. The new engine, whose name sounds like a new beer or Tarantino movie, will retain Harley’s traditional...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: Gooding finishes Monterey auction week with record sale

    Pebble Beach 2016: Gooding finishes Monterey auction week with record sale

    Gooding & Co. used the last auction of Monterey Car Week to post strong numbers and set a record — the highest-priced Bugatti ever sold. The Santa Monica-based auction company, from its tent next to the Pebble Beach golf course, captured some of the crowd leaving the just-concluded Sunday afternoon...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: 1936 Lancia takes best of show prize

    Pebble Beach 2016: 1936 Lancia takes best of show prize

    A beautifully restored pre-war Italian sports car once owned by musician Eric Clapton walked away with the best of show award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance automobile exhibition. The 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet, with body by design house Pinin Farina, also took the top prize in its European...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: Dawn patrol on the 18th fairway

    Pebble Beach 2016: Dawn patrol on the 18th fairway

    On the last day of Monterey Car Week, the faithful enthusiasts braved fog and chilly temperatures to stand at sunrise and watch the classic, vintage and antique automobiles roll across the grass at the historic Pebble Beach golf course, to take their places for the highly competitive Concours d’Elegance....

  • Pebble Beach 2016: The Concours d'LeMons celebrates the best of the worst

    Pebble Beach 2016: The Concours d'LeMons celebrates the best of the worst

    Celebrating “the best examples of the worst automobiles or the worst examples of the best automobiles,” the eighth annual Concours d’LeMons was held in Seaside, Calif., to honor the ugliest cars on the Monterey Peninsula. Held the same week that sees the most elegant automobiles ever built competing...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: Saturday night auctions fail to meet 2015 levels

    Pebble Beach 2016: Saturday night auctions fail to meet 2015 levels

    Auction action on the run-up to Pebble Beach was more lively Saturday night, generally the biggest night of the Monterey Car Week sales events, with cumulative totals now at $288 million. That figure was reached largely on the backs of Italian cars. Saturday night’s RM Sotheby’s auction saw a 1939...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: 1953 Ferrari takes Best of Show honors at the Quail

    Pebble Beach 2016: 1953 Ferrari takes Best of Show honors at the Quail

    A 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Spider won Best of Show honors at the 14th annual meeting of the Quail. The all-day Friday affair, which organizers describe as “a very grand garden party” that happens to also include 250 classic cars and a Concours-style competition, took place at the Quail...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: Multimillion-dollar race cars zoom into auction record books

    Pebble Beach 2016: Multimillion-dollar race cars zoom into auction record books

    Two vintage race cars set sales records Friday night as the Monterey Car Week automobile auctions got up to full speed. A 1955 Jaguar D-Type car, a winner at the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans international competition, was sold at an RM Sotheby’s event for $19.8 million ($21.7 million, with auction...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: Around the Quail with race legend Jackie Stewart

    Pebble Beach 2016: Around the Quail with race legend Jackie Stewart

    British racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart was on hand early Friday morning at the Quail, one of Monterey Car Week’s most exclusive gatherings. On the grounds of the Quail Lodge and Golf Club, where some of the world’s most passionate auto enthusiasts had paid $600 to watch some of the world’s wealthiest...

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