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  • Elon Musk says Tesla Model 3 remains 'deep in production hell'

    Elon Musk says Tesla Model 3 remains 'deep in production hell'

    In July, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk warned of production hell ahead for the Model 3, the new compact electric car on which the company’s future depends. It’s October, and the heat’s still on. “We are deep in production hell,” Musk posted on Twitter Friday, his tweet punctuated by an orange-and-yellow...

  • RawHyde helps motorcycle riders get ready for rough stuff

    RawHyde helps motorcycle riders get ready for rough stuff

    The adventure bike niche is the fastest-growing segment in the American motorcycle industry. But many people who own the big, adventure-ready machines don’t know where to ride them, don’t know who to ride them with, and, perhaps of greatest concern, don’t know how to ride them off-road. Jim Hyde,...

  • Complex infotainment systems are putting driver lives at risk, AAA says

    Complex infotainment systems are putting driver lives at risk, AAA says

    American drivers are demanding increasingly complex infotainment systems when they shop for new cars. But a new AAA study says they’re putting themselves at risk if they use the systems while driving. The news is worse for luxury car buyers. The infotainment systems that could prove most distracting...

  • New Ford CEO Jim Hackett promises a leaner, smarter company

    New Ford CEO Jim Hackett promises a leaner, smarter company

    Ford Motor Co.’s new CEO said his company needs to be smarter, run leaner and move more quickly into the future to remain profitable. Jim Hackett, who took the car company’s top job in May, told investors in Detroit that Ford must build more SUVs and trucks, move more quickly toward electrification...

  • Judge slams Uber and Waymo lawyers: 'I cannot trust what they say'

    Judge slams Uber and Waymo lawyers: 'I cannot trust what they say'

    The judge overseeing the Waymo-Uber trial over allegations of the theft of trade secrets agreed to postpone the start until Dec. 4 — but not before telling lawyers from both companies he doesn’t trust any of them. “Despite the excellent quality of the lawyers here, I cannot trust what they say,”...

  • Fiat Chrysler recalls more than 700,000 vehicles over improperly installed brake shields

    Fiat Chrysler recalls more than 700,000 vehicles over improperly installed brake shields

    Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 710,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs in North America because an improperly installed brake shield could let water leak in and limit braking ability. The recall covers 2011 to 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos. The company said brake booster shields were added...

  • General Motors, with an eye on China, promises at least 20 all-electric vehicles by 2023

    General Motors, with an eye on China, promises at least 20 all-electric vehicles by 2023

    Auto buyers have yet to show much love for electric cars. Sales of the Tesla Model S and Model X have stalled at around 25,000 per quarter. The company has yet to prove it can make and sell the lower-priced Model 3 in large numbers, saying Monday that it had produced only 260 of the cars through...

  • Tesla's Model 3 has a very bad September: Production falls far short

    Tesla's Model 3 has a very bad September: Production falls far short

    In July, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk warned that “production hell” was ahead for Tesla’s new and long-anticipated Model 3. He wasn’t kidding. On Monday, the company said it had only produced 260 Model 3 cars from the start of production in late July through September 30, far short of the 1,500...

  • You can now 'tap to charge' your electric car with a phone or watch

    You can now 'tap to charge' your electric car with a phone or watch

    The easier it is to charge an electric car, the more people are likely to buy them. So goes the thinking at ChargePoint, the largest car-charging network in the U.S. To that end, ChargePoint on Thursday introduced a “tap to pay” app for the iPhone, the Apple Watch and Android phones. Rather than...

  • Ford and Lyft team up to put driverless cars on the road

    Ford and Lyft team up to put driverless cars on the road

    Ford will begin testing self-driving cars on ride-hailing company Lyft’s network with human drivers at the wheel for backup, the companies said late Tuesday. Ford also plans to test self-driving cars on the Lyft network with no human in the driver’s seat. It said that part will be just a research...

  • Uber CEO apologizes to London, saying his company 'got things wrong'

    Uber CEO apologizes to London, saying his company 'got things wrong'

    In a letter of apology to Londoners on Monday, Uber’s new chief executive moved to repair his company’s reputation after the city’s transport authority said it would scrap the ride-hailing service’s operating license. Dara Khosrowshahi issued a letter to London's Evening Standard newspaper acknowledging...

  • Intel wiped out in mobile. Can this guy help it catch the AI wave?

    Intel wiped out in mobile. Can this guy help it catch the AI wave?

    To get a sense of computer scientist Naveen Rao, just take a look at his hands. The 42-year-old has busted all 10 of his fingers over a lifetime of skiing, skateboarding, bicycling, rollerblading, race-car driving, wrestling and hoops. He’s not a clod; he’s a risk taker who pushes physical and...

  • Proterra claims world record, says its electric bus traveled more than 1,100 miles on a single charge

    Proterra claims world record, says its electric bus traveled more than 1,100 miles on a single charge

    Proterra, the electric bus company based in Burlingame, Calif., with an assembly plant in City of Industry, claimed a world record for electric vehicle range on Tuesday. Its Catalyst E2 all-electric bus traveled 1,101.2 miles over a test track on a single charge, the company said. That bests a...

  • Intel and Waymo expand their self-driving-car collaboration

    Intel and Waymo expand their self-driving-car collaboration

    Intel Corp. says it is expanding its relationship with Google spinoff Waymo in the development of self-driving cars. The world's largest computer chipmaker said Monday that it will take on a more collaborative role with Waymo's new self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Intel will continue to...

  • Self-driving trucks need more scrutiny than self-driving cars, union says. Others disagree

    Self-driving trucks need more scrutiny than self-driving cars, union says. Others disagree

    Trucks could be the first type of vehicle on U.S. roads to be fully automated because their regular highway routes are easier for sensor technology to navigate than more complicated city grids. But as self-driving technology continues to speed through development, key stakeholders disagree about...

  • Driverless cars on public highways? Go for it, Trump administration says

    Driverless cars on public highways? Go for it, Trump administration says

    Go for it! In essence, that’s the Trump administration’s new directive on driverless-car development. Under those guidelines, automakers and technology companies will be asked to voluntarily submit safety assessments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, but they don’t have to do it. And states...

  • China is banning traditional auto engines. Its aim: electric car domination

    China is banning traditional auto engines. Its aim: electric car domination

    China plans to ban new vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel engines. The implications for the global auto industry run deep. The move is spun as an environmental story. But it’s a major economic story as well. China will set a deadline for carmakers to stop selling cars that run exclusively...

  • Mercedes commits to hydrogen fuel with GLC F-Cell hybrid

    Mercedes commits to hydrogen fuel with GLC F-Cell hybrid

    Mercedes-Benz is getting back into the hydrogen fuel cell game. The German auto giant announced at the just-convened Frankfurt International Motor Show that it would begin selling the GLC F-Cell in the U.S. by late 2019. Mercedes, which calls the hybrid SUV “the world’s first electric vehicle with...

  • Tesla is adding charging stations in city centers

    Tesla is adding charging stations in city centers

    Tesla Inc. is building electric charging stations in city centers to attract urban buyers who don't have garages in which to charge their cars. Stations in Boston and Chicago opened Monday. The Chicago station can charge 10 vehicles at a time, and the Boston station can charge eight. A map on Tesla's...

  • Nissan reveals a new Leaf, putting pressure on electric car rivals

    Nissan reveals a new Leaf, putting pressure on electric car rivals

    The battle for control of the small but increasingly competitive electric vehicle market got a little hotter Tuesday night, as Japanese car company Nissan unveiled a new Leaf with a stronger battery and longer range — at a price well below rival electric cars. At a glitzy ceremony in Tokyo, broadcast...

  • Plan to boost electric-vehicle rebates to $3 billion is scrapped in favor of state study

    Plan to boost electric-vehicle rebates to $3 billion is scrapped in favor of state study

    A $3-billion spending bill to boost rebates for electric vehicles was amended in the California Legislature late Friday. The $3 billion was taken out of the bill, AB 1184. No dollar amount was inserted to take its place. Instead, the bill is now a directive to the state Air Resources Board to conduct...

  • $3-billion electric vehicle rebate bill moves to California Legislature for full vote

    $3-billion electric vehicle rebate bill moves to California Legislature for full vote

    Democratic leaders in the California Senate on Friday moved a $3-billion spending plan that would dramatically raise state rebate amounts on electric and plug-in hybrid cars to a full floor vote in the Assembly and the Senate. The action came moments after a representative of the state Department...

  • Labor regulators order Tesla to respond to worker complaints

    Labor regulators order Tesla to respond to worker complaints

    The National Labor Relations Board has ordered electric automobile maker Tesla Inc. to respond to complaints filed by workers alleging unfair labor practices and efforts to hinder unionization. The NLRB order, filed Thursday, consolidates several cases brought by Tesla workers Michael Sanchez,...

  • Hurricane destruction expected to boost auto sales

    Hurricane destruction expected to boost auto sales

    Floodwaters in and around Houston severely damaged or destroyed hundreds of thousands of cars and trucks, most of which will be replaced. Those new and used vehicle sales will benefit automakers and the economy, providing a glint of silver lining amid terrible tragedy. The storm “is the worst in...

  • Cruising California canyons in Jaguar's F-Type SVR

    Cruising California canyons in Jaguar's F-Type SVR

    Jaguar Land Rover, taking a page from the European luxury car playbook, is offering increasingly attractive performance versions of its entry-level sports cars. One of those was on display at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the recent Monterey Car Week, which culminates at Pebble Beach with the...

  • Car Night has been an L.A. institution. But soon it could face the end of the road

    Car Night has been an L.A. institution. But soon it could face the end of the road

    At first, it was just three old friends with three old cars. Creighton Turner had built a new garage, big enough for more cars than he owned, behind his Pasadena house. He invited two buddies to bring their cars around, so they could help each other keep their finicky engines in tune. One of the...

  • Funding for $3-billion electric car rebate bill is up in the air

    Funding for $3-billion electric car rebate bill is up in the air

    The California state Legislature will decide Friday whether to go forward with a $3-billion plan to increase electric vehicle rebates far beyond the current rate of $2,500 per car, even as the source of funding remains in question. The bill, AB-1184, had called for a guaranteed $500 million a year...

  • Uber says it'll stop tracking riders after they're dropped off

    Uber says it'll stop tracking riders after they're dropped off

    Uber will end a controversial policy of tracking some riders for five minutes after their trip ends, the ride-hailing company said Tuesday as it tries to repair its privacy reputation. Uber was criticized by users and privacy advocates when it announced last year that it would collect location...

  • Volkswagen engineer gets prison term and $200,000 fine in emissions-cheating case

    Volkswagen engineer gets prison term and $200,000 fine in emissions-cheating case

    A Volkswagen engineer who had a key role in the company's diesel emissions scandal has been sentenced to more than three years in prison and fined $200,000 — a steeper punishment than prosecutors requested. James Robert Liang, 63, knew the German automaker was cheating and worked to cover it up,...

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