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  • Tesla expands its service operations as Model 3 starts rolling out

    Tesla expands its service operations as Model 3 starts rolling out

    Electric car maker Tesla Inc. is expanding its service operations and hiring more than 1,000 technicians to meet expected demand for its new Model 3 sedan. Deliveries of the Model 3, which is cheaper than Tesla's existing cars, are expected to start this month. The car is expected to attract hundreds...

  • At $1.34 billion, Tesla's Elon Musk was last year's best paid auto executive

    At $1.34 billion, Tesla's Elon Musk was last year's best paid auto executive

    Prospects for electric car and energy company Tesla may be uncertain, but Chief Executive Elon Musk certainly had a great year financially in 2016. Automotive News reported Monday that Musk exercised stock options worth $1.34 billion last year. The options were due to expire in 2016. Stock options...

  • Takata air bag inflator ruptures during a car repair, killing a man

    Takata air bag inflator ruptures during a car repair, killing a man

    Another person has been killed by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, but this death wasn't the result of a crash. Honda said a man died in June 2016 in Hialeah, Fla., when an inflator ruptured while he was working inside a 2001 Honda Accord using a hammer. Honda said the car's ignition switch...

  • Desperate for cash, Tesla competitor Faraday Future scales back plans yet again

    Desperate for cash, Tesla competitor Faraday Future scales back plans yet again

    Faraday Future’s future continues to fade. The Chinese-funded, Gardena-based electric-car start-up said Monday that it is scaling back its already scaled-back plans. The potential Tesla competitor had abandoned plans to build a 3-million-square-foot factory in North Las Vegas, and said it would...

  • Ducati adds Desert Sled to its winning Scrambler lineup

    Ducati adds Desert Sled to its winning Scrambler lineup

    Ducati introduced its Scrambler line of affordable, entry-level motorcycles in late 2014, marketing them as lifestyle vehicles and hoping to attract new riders to the otherwise pricey line of fine Italian machines. It worked. Ducati sales rose sharply in the U.S. and Europe. During a visit to the...

  • Bad week for Elon Musk's Tesla. Good week for short sellers

    Bad week for Elon Musk's Tesla. Good week for short sellers

    Not long ago, Elon Musk was making fun of short-sellers — investors who bet a company's stock will decline. "Stormy weather in Shortville" he tweeted April 3 as stock prices at his electric car company, Tesla, continued its steep skyward climb. Since June 23, when shares hit a record high of $383.45...

  • Volvo plans to electrify all of its cars. Are the days of the combustion engine numbered?

    Volvo plans to electrify all of its cars. Are the days of the combustion engine numbered?

    When people think of Volvo, they tend to think of safety. For decades, that’s how the once-Swedish company advertised its cars. Now under Chinese ownership, Volvo Cars aims to set itself apart as an aggressive early mover in the electrification of the automobile. On Wednesday, the company said...

  • Auto sales fall again, but buyers flock to SUVs and trucks

    Auto sales fall again, but buyers flock to SUVs and trucks

    Unemployment is down, consumer confidence is up, and gas prices and interest rates are still low. Even so, U.S. auto sales fell 3% last month. It was the sixth straight monthly decline as sales dropped off last year's record pace. For the first six months, car and truck sales fell 2.1%, the first...

  • More factory problems as Elon Musk's Tesla starts producing the Model 3

    More factory problems as Elon Musk's Tesla starts producing the Model 3

    Will Tesla’s Elon Musk revolutionize the auto industry and become the Henry Ford of the 21st century? Or are his bold visions too untethered from the complicated realities of mass-market motor vehicle production, sales, distribution and repair? The answer will be clarified six months from now,...

  • Mazda recalls more than 225,000 cars after saying parking brake may not hold

    Mazda recalls more than 225,000 cars after saying parking brake may not hold

    Mazda is recalling nearly 228,000 cars in the U.S. because the parking brake may not fully release or could fail to hold the cars, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers certain Mazda 6 cars from the 2014 and 2015 model years and the Mazda 3 from 2014 through 2016. The company says water...

  • California lawmaker pushing bill to jolt electric car market with $3 billion in subsidies

    California lawmaker pushing bill to jolt electric car market with $3 billion in subsidies

    California’s electric car rebate program needs a recharge to meet the state’s clean air goals, said Democrat Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco. His bill to provide $3 billion in subsidies for electric car buyers over 12 years is wending its way through the Legislature. On Wednesday, Ting held...

  • Ford recalls more than 400,000 vehicles over driveshaft problem

    Ford recalls more than 400,000 vehicles over driveshaft problem

    Ford issued a safety recall for more than 400,000 vehicles in North America on Wednesday over a defective driveshaft that could result in loss of power while driving or unexpected movement while parked. The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Ford Transit vans and chassis cabs built in Ford’s Kansas...

  • Takata files for bankruptcy following air bag recalls and lawsuits

    Takata files for bankruptcy following air bag recalls and lawsuits

    Shattered by recall costs and lawsuits, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed Monday for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., saying it was the only way it could keep on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people. The company's bankruptcy...

  • Tesla wants to develop its own music service

    Tesla wants to develop its own music service

    It may not be enough for the electric car company Tesla to take on the giants of Detroit, like General Motors and Ford. The Palo Alto-based automaker is said to be exploring its very own music streaming service too, a move that would pit the company against market leader Spotify, and the aggressive...

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