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  • NLRB accuses Volkswagen of unfair practices

    NLRB accuses Volkswagen of unfair practices

    The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday filed an unfair labor relations complaint against Volkswagen for the German automaker's refusal to bargain with the United Auto Workers union at its lone U.S. assembly plant in Tennessee. The UAW was elected to represent workers specializing in the...

  • Mitsubishi Motors falsified gas-mileage tests since 1991

    Mitsubishi Motors falsified gas-mileage tests since 1991

    Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the Japanese automaker that acknowledged last week it had intentionally lied about fuel economy data for some of its models, said an internal investigation found such tampering dated back to 1991. U.S. environmental regulators also told the company that it must do additional...

  • U.S. closes investigation into Honda's failure to report deaths and injuries

    U.S. closes investigation into Honda's failure to report deaths and injuries

    The U.S. government has closed an investigation into Honda's failure to report deaths and injuries, saying that the automaker has met all its obligations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted on its website Monday that Honda paid a $70-million fine and took...

  • Chevrolet executive Shad Balch hopes Bolt will get more drivers to go electric

    Chevrolet executive Shad Balch hopes Bolt will get more drivers to go electric

    The feverish excitement about Tesla's promised Model 3, an all-electric plug-in sedan that will travel 200 miles or more a single charge and cost less than $35,000, has overshadowed Chevrolet's coming Bolt EV, which will have about the same range and price point as the Model 3 but is likely to...

  • Volkswagen to take $18.2-billion hit on emissions scandal

    Volkswagen to take $18.2-billion hit on emissions scandal

    Carmaker Volkswagen on Friday capped two grim days for the German auto industry by revealing that its diesel emissions cheating cost it a chunky $18.2 billion for 2015 alone — and that's likely only a part of the total bill. The revelation last September from U.S. environmental authorities that...

  • Why finding a fix for VW's cheating diesels is taking so long

    Why finding a fix for VW's cheating diesels is taking so long

    It's been seven months since the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal broke, and the affected cars still aren't fixed, although the automaker appears ready to buy back at least some of them. The German manufacturer is still negotiating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California...

  • Fixes for Takata air bags can take months. What to drive in the meantime?

    Fixes for Takata air bags can take months. What to drive in the meantime?

    The Takata Corp. air bag recall has become so massive that vehicle owners might wait months for repairs, which leaves many struggling to figure out how to get around in the meantime. Dealerships are paying for rental cars, but some need to be pushed into offering them, customers complain. And drivers...

  • German automakers who once laughed off Elon Musk are now starting to worry

    German automakers who once laughed off Elon Musk are now starting to worry

    It wasn't long ago when the German car industry was still laughing out loud about Elon Musk and his Tesla Motors electric car company. The proud makers of the world's top-selling luxury brands such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Porsche could not fathom how a small-time, loss-making upstart from California...

  • Harley-Davidson adds Roadster to Sportster line

    Harley-Davidson adds Roadster to Sportster line

    Seeking to capitalize on the urban custom movement sweeping the street bike scene, Harley-Davidson has added a new Sportster-style motorcycle to its lineup. The Roadster, a 1200-cc V-Twin, features new suspension, drag-style handlebars and a chopped rear fender. Harley says this new addition to...

  • Fiat 500e electric vehicle is perky and fun, and it comes with an HOV lane sticker

    Fiat 500e electric vehicle is perky and fun, and it comes with an HOV lane sticker

    Despite the growing appeal of the Tesla Models S and X, and excitement about a coming 200-mile-range Chevy Bolt, plug-in electric vehicles still account for a scant fraction of U.S. auto sales. Though March marked the biggest electric vehicle sales month in history, according to industry publication...

  • L.A. Drives: Galloping off to Agua Dulce in a classic Mustang GT

    L.A. Drives: Galloping off to Agua Dulce in a classic Mustang GT

    The canyon roads between Burbank and Santa Clarita offer some of the region's most enticing driving routes. But which ones make the best L.A. Drive? To find out, we borrowed a customized 1965 Mustang GT 700S from the garage of Bodie Stroud — valued at about $275,000. Stroud is a Sun Valley-based...

  • First Faraday cars rolling out in 2018? Not so fast, warns electric car start-up

    First Faraday cars rolling out in 2018? Not so fast, warns electric car start-up

    When electric car firm Faraday Future Inc. started work on its $1-billion factory in Nevada on Wednesday, it wasn't just the groundbreaking itself that piqued the interest of the auto world. At the ceremony, Faraday reportedly let slip that its first cars would roll out of the factory in 2018 --...

  • 85 million Takata air bag inflators have not been recalled, safety agency warns

    About 85 million Takata Corp. air bag inflators that haven't been recalled are inside cars and trucks now being driven in the U.S. and would have to be replaced if the company can't prove they are safe, the government said Wednesday. The number would be in addition to the 28.8 million inflators...

  • Pre-orders to start for Ford GT Supercar

    Pre-orders to start for Ford GT Supercar

    Perhaps inspired by the recent record-breaking deposits for the Tesla Model 3, Ford said it would take online applications for its planned "ultra-high-performance" Ford GT Supercar. They won't be hitting Tesla-like numbers of 300,000 or more. This Ford GT will be limited to 250 cars a year, and...

  • Tesla issues safety recall for Model X: Back seats could fold forward in a sudden stop

    Tesla issues safety recall for Model X: Back seats could fold forward in a sudden stop

    Only months after delivering the first units of its Model X, Tesla Motors has issued a voluntary safety recall for its heralded "falcon wing" SUV. The third-row seats in the seven-seat vehicle, Tesla said, were built with latches that failed under safety testing. On about 2,700 Model Xs, the seats...

  • Despite Tesla frenzy, electric car sales are far from robust

    Despite Tesla frenzy, electric car sales are far from robust

    The recent hoopla around Tesla's planned Model 3 might lead one to think electric-car sales are surging. They're not. The lines of customers in front of Tesla Motor Inc.'s dealerships March 31 did underline how electric cars have a growing presence in the automotive world. Those customers were...

  • Hyundai recalls 173,000 Sonatas over power-steering problem

    Hyundai recalls 173,000 Sonatas over power-steering problem

    Hyundai is recalling 173,000 Sonata midsize cars in the U.S. because the power steering can fail, making them harder to steer and increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers Sonatas from the 2011 model year when the car was Hyundai's top-selling U.S. vehicle. The company says in government...

  • Car review: Buick's new Cascada convertible is no Skylark, but it'll do just fine

    Car review: Buick's new Cascada convertible is no Skylark, but it'll do just fine

    I used to own a decrepit 1968 Buick Skylark convertible. Though it was a rolling wreck, it reminded me of my childhood — driving with my father in his new Skylark, whizzing down the Pacific Coast Highway with the top down and the heater on. So it was with great pleasure that I took the keys to...

  • Henrik Fisker's next supercar is a boat

    Henrik Fisker's next supercar is a boat

    Acclaimed automotive designer Henrik Fisker, known for creating Aston Martin's DB9 and V8 Vantage, and the forward-looking premium plug-in Fisker Karma, has a new project in the works. But this time it's not a car. It's a yacht. Fisker has teamed with top-drawer Italian boat maker Benetti to create...

  • Honda reports 10th U.S. death from Takata air bags

    Honda reports 10th U.S. death from Takata air bags

    Another person has been killed by an exploding air bag made by Takata Corp. A 17-year-old girl from Texas is the latest victim of the malfunctioning air bag inflators. She was driving a 2002 Honda Civic in Fort Bend County when the car crashed and the air bag activated March 31, according to the...

  • Government subsidies may be gone before most buyers can get a Tesla Model 3

    Government subsidies may be gone before most buyers can get a Tesla Model 3

    Pre-orders for the Tesla Model 3 have topped 276,000, with buyers lured by the electric vehicle's coolness factor, sleek and low profile, $35,000 starting price — and the promise of thousands of dollars in government incentives. But before customers start earmarking those subsidy savings for new...

  • Ford to build factory in Mexico, moving small-car production from U.S.

    Ford to build factory in Mexico, moving small-car production from U.S.

    Ford Motor Co. plans to build a $1.6-billion auto assembly plant in Mexico, creating about 2,800 jobs there and shifting small-car production away from the United States at a time when moving jobs south of the border has become a major issue in the U.S. presidential campaign. The company announced...

  • 'Havana Motor Club' documentary racing to theaters

    'Havana Motor Club' documentary racing to theaters

    With relations normalizing between the United States and Cuba, and with President Obama and the Rolling Stones having just concluded high-profile visits to the island nation, Havana is hot. The timing is fortuitious for the filmmakers behind "Havana Motor Club," a feature-length documentary about...

  • Tesla Model 3 pre-orders reach 276,000

    Tesla Model 3 pre-orders reach 276,000

    Tesla Motors Inc.'s Elon Musk said worldwide pre-orders for the newly announced Model 3 electric car hit 276,000 during the weekend. The chief executive posted the number Sunday on his Twitter feed. He said that if the trend continues, orders will hit 500,000. See the most-read stories this hour...

  • Tesla faces stiff challenges with Model 3

    Tesla faces stiff challenges with Model 3

    Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has come one step closer to realizing his long-held dream of bringing affordable, zero-pollution vehicles to the world's highways. After months of secrecy, he unveiled the prototype for his planned $35,000 Model 3 battery electric car Thursday night to hundreds of...

  • After Tesla Model 3 unveiling, Elon Musk faces big challenges to deliver cars

    After Tesla Model 3 unveiling, Elon Musk faces big challenges to deliver cars

    A day after its glitzy Model 3 unveiling in front of hundreds of fans, Tesla Motors Inc. will now have to turn its attention to its most pressing concern: how to deliver these cars to customers on time. It's a problem Tesla has struggled with before. Its most recent vehicle, the "falcon-wing" Model...

  • U.S. auto sales report big numbers, best month in 10 years

    U.S. auto sales report big numbers, best month in 10 years

    Ford, Nissan and Fiat Chrysler each reported big U.S. sales gains in March as the auto industry appeared to be headed for its best month in more than a decade. Even General Motors, which has been cutting back on sales to rental car companies, saw a slight sales increase and said its retail sales...

  • Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk unveils the Model 3 to huge fanfare

    Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk unveils the Model 3 to huge fanfare

    The wait is over.Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's latest electric vehicle, the sleek Model 3, Thursday night in front of a crowd of 800 people in Hawthorne and an enormous audience online via livestream.Pre-orders for the electric vehicle -- envisioned as Tesla's first affordable electric car for the...

  • With Model 3, it's make or break for Tesla

    With Model 3, it's make or break for Tesla

    On Thursday night, at an invitation-only, Hollywood-style premiere on his SpaceX campus in Hawthorne, Elon Musk and his Tesla team will unveil their latest creation: the Model 3, Musk's long-awaited electric car for the masses. Few details have been revealed so far, but the car is essentially a...

  • GM's bad ignition switch is not to blame in 2014 crash, jury finds

    GM's bad ignition switch is not to blame in 2014 crash, jury finds

    A flawed General Motors ignition switch was not to blame in a 2014 accident on an icy New Orleans bridge, a New York City jury found Wednesday, handing the automaker its second victory in a row in trials meant to help lawyers settle scores of similar claims. The jury in Manhattan federal court...

  • Many cars' headlights work poorly, study finds, with big gap between best and worst

    Many cars' headlights work poorly, study finds, with big gap between best and worst

    There is a reason many people have trouble seeing while driving at night, and it's not necessarily their eyesight. A new rating of the headlights of more than 30 midsized car models gave only one model a grade of "good." Of the rest, about a third were rated "acceptable," a third "marginal" and...

  • FTC sues Volkswagen, alleging 'clean diesel' was false advertising

    FTC sues Volkswagen, alleging 'clean diesel' was false advertising

    A federal consumer watchdog is suing Volkswagen, alleging the company made false claims in commercials promoting its “clean diesel” vehicles as environmentally friendly. The German automaker hastily pulled the ads after admitting last year that it had installed illegal software on its diesel vehicles...

  • Judge gives Volkswagen one month to plan diesel-emissions fix

    Judge gives Volkswagen one month to plan diesel-emissions fix

    A federal judge Thursday gave Volkswagen and environmental regulators another month to devise a plan for fixing or removing nearly 600,000 diesel cars in the United States involved in Volkswagen’s emissions-cheating scandal. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco asked for a proposal...

  • 2016 Chevrolet Camaro turns up the heat during a drive to Death Valley

    2016 Chevrolet Camaro turns up the heat during a drive to Death Valley

    Car companies like to throw a party when they're excited about a new model, and Chevrolet just loves its sixth-generation Camaro. To celebrate the arrival of a new convertible version of the classic American sports car, and a new engine, Chevy hosted a group of auto journalists at Spring Mountain...

  • Automakers agree to make automatic braking a standard feature by 2022

    Automakers agree to make automatic braking a standard feature by 2022

    Nearly every American car would be equipped with automatic emergency braking within six years under an “unprecedented” pact announced Thursday between federal regulators and the auto industry.The agreement was reached between the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance...

  • Automatic braking to be standard by 2022? U.S. and automakers reportedly have a deal

    Major automakers and the U.S. government have reached an agreement to make automatic emergency braking standard on most cars by 2022, two people briefed on the deal said. The agreement will be announced Thursday by automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Automakers will...

  • Now Lyft drivers need not own a car: Lyft and GM start short-term rental program

    Now Lyft drivers need not own a car: Lyft and GM start short-term rental program

    General Motors Co. and ride-hailing service Lyft are launching a short-term car rental program that is expected to eventually evolve into an autonomous vehicle network. The companies said Tuesday that the Express Drive program, aimed at prospective Lyft drivers who don’t have qualifying cars, will...

  • CalPERS and other big investors sue VW for $3.57 billion

    CalPERS and other big investors sue VW for $3.57 billion

    Volkswagen Group's big institutional investors, including California's huge public pension fund, are suing the German automaker for $3.57 billion in damages over its handling of the emissions scandal, which has seen VW's stock price shrivel by a third. Attorney Andreas Tilp said Tuesday that the...

  • Ex-worker says VW destroyed evidence after emissions-cheating accusations

    Ex-worker says VW destroyed evidence after emissions-cheating accusations

    Volkswagen deleted documents and obstructed justice after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused the automaker of cheating on emissions tests, a former employee alleged in a lawsuit. Daniel Donovan says in a whistleblower case that he was wrongfully fired Dec. 6 after refusing to participate...

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