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  • Bolt EV helps boost electric car sales by 91% in California

    Bolt EV helps boost electric car sales by 91% in California

    Some good news for electric-car optimists: Sales of EVs in California rose 91% in the first quarter of 2017 from the same period last year. Pessimists will focus on total units: Only 13,804 pure electrics were sold across California. Sales for all cars and light trucks totaled 506,745, according...

  • Car owners affected by Takata recall would get money under new settlement

    Car owners affected by Takata recall would get money under new settlement

    Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW have reached a proposed settlement that would compensate owners of 15.8 million vehicles for money they lost due to the massive recall of Takata air bags. In documents filed Thursday with a federal court in Miami, the automakers agreed to pay $553 million to compensate...

  • Motorcycle thefts rise nationwide — again — and California is the top state

    Motorcycle thefts rise nationwide — again — and California is the top state

    Motorcycle thefts around the U.S. are still rising, and California, for the second year in a row, is the top state for stolen bikes.

  • Ford is cutting 1,400 white-collar jobs in North America and Asia

    Ford is cutting 1,400 white-collar jobs in North America and Asia

    Ford Motor Co. is getting leaner as it faces an onslaught of challenges, including slowing U.S. sales, high-tech challengers and its own disgruntled shareholders. The 114-year-old automaker said Wednesday that it is cutting 1,400 nonfactory jobs in North America and the Asia Pacific region. The...

  • Electric vehicle sales rise in California

    Electric vehicle sales rise in California

    Sales of new cars and trucks in California inched forward in the first three months of the year, and the electric vehicle market made some healthy improvement. “It’s a credit to all the various factors that are making California’s economy continue to grow,” said Brian Maas, president of the California...

  • Ford reportedly plans to cut 10% of its workers

    Ford reportedly plans to cut 10% of its workers

    Ford Motor Co. is reportedly planning substantial job cuts in order to boost profits and raise its stock price. The Wall Street Journal reported that the cuts would target salaried employees and would reduce Ford's global head count by about 10%. The cuts are said to largely target salaried employees....

  • Driverless cars are the future, and the ugly battle to dominate the field is on

    Driverless cars are the future, and the ugly battle to dominate the field is on

    It’s big. It’s nasty. It’s the fight for dominance in the burgeoning market for driverless cars — and the service they’ll provide. Alliances are forming. Competitors are bulking up. The gloves are coming off. There are accusations of subterfuge. On Monday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup slapped...

  • Court restricts Uber actions in driverless-tech theft case

    Court restricts Uber actions in driverless-tech theft case

    After suggesting the U.S. Department of Justice consider a criminal investigation of Uber in a trade secrets theft case, a federal judge on Monday ordered the ride hailing company to stop the man accused of the theft from work on the technology at issue. The order stems from a lawsuit filed by...

  • Waymo and Lyft team up on technology for driverless cars

    Waymo and Lyft team up on technology for driverless cars

    If the future of transportation is centered on driverless vehicles available to passengers on demand, its first industry powerhouse may have just been hatched. Waymo and Lyft confirmed Sunday they’ve signed a deal to collaborate on autonomous technology through pilot projects and product development....

  • Fiat Chrysler recalls 1 million Ram pickups in North America because of air bag glitch

    Fiat Chrysler recalls 1 million Ram pickups in North America because of air bag glitch

    Fiat Chrysler is recalling approximately 1 million Ram pickup trucks in North America because of a software glitch that could prevent side air bags and seat belts from deploying during a rollover. The company's U.S. division said Friday that it was aware of one death, two injuries and two accidents...

  • VW's emissions-cheating settlement for 3-liter vehicles gets judge's approval

    VW's emissions-cheating settlement for 3-liter vehicles gets judge's approval

    A federal judge in San Francisco has approved a $1.2-billion settlement with owners of 88,500 Volkswagens with 3-liter diesel engines rigged to cheat on emissions tests. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer gave the deal final approval during a hearing Thursday. The deal ends most of the litigation...

  • Toyota to use Nvidia chips for autonomous cars

    Toyota to use Nvidia chips for autonomous cars

    Nvidia, the hot graphics chip company that’s moving quickly into new markets, said Toyota would be using its chips and software in the carmaker’s autonomous vehicles. Tesla already uses Nvidia chips to process the artificial intelligence software that guides its Autopilot technology. Toyota joins...

  • Walt Disney World plans to deploy driverless shuttles in Florida

    Walt Disney World plans to deploy driverless shuttles in Florida

    Walt Disney World in Florida appears poised to launch the highest-profile commercial deployment of driverless passenger vehicles to date, testing a fleet of driverless shuttles that could cart passengers through parking lots and around its theme parks. According to sources with direct knowledge...

  • Honda's 2017 CR-V, now powered by turbo

    Honda's 2017 CR-V, now powered by turbo

    Honda has pumped up its bestselling SUV by turbocharging its engine and adding high-tech electronics to its low-cost crossover.

  • Google to offer rides in self-driving vehicles in Arizona

    Google to offer rides in self-driving vehicles in Arizona

    Google and Fiat Chrysler for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving vehicles they are building under an expanding partnership. The companies announced in spring 2016 that they would build 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans. Those vehicles have been tested...

  • Supreme Court rejects appeal from GM on faulty ignition switches

    Supreme Court rejects appeal from GM on faulty ignition switches

    The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that one plaintiffs' attorney said could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims. The justices without comment left in place a lower...

  • Tesla plans to nearly double its car-charging network

    Tesla plans to nearly double its car-charging network

    Tesla will nearly double its Supercharger electric car charging network this year to 10,000 public charging units globally, up from 5,400, the company said Monday. The company plans to begin producing the mass-market Model 3 later this year, and to expand its current annual vehicle production from...

  • Indian Chieftain Limited motorcycle is a bad urban bagger

    Indian Chieftain Limited motorcycle is a bad urban bagger

    Polaris-owned Indian Motorcycle, pressing its assault on the big bike market, recently added the Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite to its line of Chiefs, Chieftains, Springfields, Roadmasters and Scouts. I had a week on the Limited, and liked it a lot. Like its full-dress Chieftain and Roadmaster...

  • Zero DS: A plug-in electric commuter bike that is a rarity in the two-wheeled world

    Zero DS: A plug-in electric commuter bike that is a rarity in the two-wheeled world

    Battery electric automobiles have broken most of the barriers to ownership, even if they haven’t broken sales records. Tesla overcame the performance and luxury hurdles with its sleek Model S. The Chevrolet Bolt EV smashed previous range limitations. In the two-wheeled electric world, Zero motorcycles...

  • Tesla recalls some Model S and Model X cars for parking brake problem

    Tesla recalls some Model S and Model X cars for parking brake problem

    Because of a parking brake that might stick and render a car immobile, Tesla Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for certain Model S and Model X luxury electric cars. In an email to owners Thursday, first revealed by TechCrunch, Tesla said that no injuries related to the defect have been reported,...

  • A flying car will be available for preorder for more than $1 million

    A flying car will be available for preorder for more than $1 million

    It may not be quite like the Jetsons, but for over a million dollars you too can soon fly around in a car. A Slovakian company called AeroMobil unveiled on Thursday its version of a flying car, a light-framed plane with wings that can fold back like an insect’s, a hybrid engine and rear propeller....

  • GM halts operations in Venezuela after factory is seized

    GM halts operations in Venezuela after factory is seized

    General Motors has stopped doing business in Venezuela after authorities took control of a factory in what GM called an illegal judicial seizure of its assets. The plant was confiscated Wednesday as antigovernment protesters clashed with authorities in a country that is roiling with economic troubles...

  • Dangerous Takata air bag inflators are being installed in used cars

    Dangerous Takata air bag inflators are being installed in used cars

    A Nevada crash that nearly killed a young woman has exposed a hole in the government's efforts to get dangerous Takata air bag inflators off the road: There's nothing preventing the devices from being taken from wrecked cars and reused. Karina Dorado's trachea was punctured by shrapnel from an...

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