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  • House passes bill to help self-driving cars hit the road sooner

    House passes bill to help self-driving cars hit the road sooner

    The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to speed the introduction of self-driving cars by giving the federal government authority to exempt automakers from safety standards not applicable to the technology, and to permit deployment of up to 100,000 of the vehicles annually over the next several...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • For lovers of vintage cars, DriveShare is the new place to rent (or rent out) your ride

    For lovers of vintage cars, DriveShare is the new place to rent (or rent out) your ride

    Want to drive a 1937 Packard this weekend? A 1973 VW van? A 1931 Model A? DriveShare has your car. The new company, modeling itself as the “Airbnb of vintage cars,” is now offering a peer-to-peer rental service. Using a database of more than 1 million vehicles insured by parent company Hagerty,...

  • How a dangerous Takata air bag made its way into a used car

    How a dangerous Takata air bag made its way into a used car

    A dangerous Takata air bag should have been recalled before going from a wrecked car to a salvage yard, eventually ending up in a 2002 Honda Accord and nearly killing a Las Vegas woman, a lawsuit alleges. The Accord was fixed up and sold in March 2016 to the family of Karina Dorado, a 19-year-old...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Final automobile auction numbers down from 2016

    Pebble Beach 2017: Final automobile auction numbers down from 2016

    A new record was set for a British car sale, a new record was set for a McLaren car sale, and a new auction house joined the action during the just-concluded Monterey Car Week, but the total auction sales figure was down slightly from 2016. RM Sotheby broke existing British car records when it...

  • China's Great Wall Motors considers bid for Fiat Chrysler's Jeep unit 

    China's Great Wall Motors considers bid for Fiat Chrysler's Jeep unit 

    Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors is considering making a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler's Jeep unit, spokespeople for the Chinese company said Monday, in a possible ambitious new step onto the global stage for one of China's fast-growing auto brands. Great Wall has yet to formally declare its interest...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Guts, glory and glamour at Concours d'Elegance

    Pebble Beach 2017: Guts, glory and glamour at Concours d'Elegance

    Dawn broke over the Monterey Peninsula and found the 18th fairway at historic Pebble Beach Golf Links decorated with a sampling of the most beautiful motor cars ever made. The annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which caps the Monterey Car Week, attracts only automotive superlatives. Entrants...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Petersen to partner with Porsche on new exhibit

    Pebble Beach 2017: Petersen to partner with Porsche on new exhibit

    The Petersen Automotive Museum will transform its Mullin Grand Salon into a Porsche platform, starting early next year. The Wilshire Boulevard car museum has entered into an agreement with Porsche Cars North America to convene a yearlong exhibit of what its officers call “one of the most comprehensive...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: The VW van is back — but this time it's electric

    Pebble Beach 2017: The VW van is back — but this time it's electric

    Barely in time for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, Volkswagen has announced it will bring back the most iconic vehicle of the 1960s. The VW van will return sometime in the next two years, as the I.D. Buzz. But this time around, it’s not a four-cylinder, water-cooled gas burner. The...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Elegant ATS 2500 named Best of Show winner at The Quail

    Pebble Beach 2017: Elegant ATS 2500 named Best of Show winner at The Quail

    The Sunday in Monterey Car Week belongs to Pebble Beach, and its Concours D’Elegance. But Friday increasingly belongs to Carmel Valley, and its The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. And the exclusive all-day affair — where luxury lifestyle manufacturers of everything including fine wines, custom...

  • Uber's Travis Kalanick punches back against the Benchmark lawsuit targeting him

    Uber's Travis Kalanick punches back against the Benchmark lawsuit targeting him

    Uber’s co-founder and former chief executive, Travis Kalanick, has struck back at venture capital firm Benchmark. In seeking to dismiss a fraud lawsuit Benchmark filed against him, he called the suit a “smear campaign” and characterized the firm’s partners as ruthless opportunists who staged an...

  • Honda Clarity Electric: A plug-in BEV with mid-size sedan style

    Honda Clarity Electric: A plug-in BEV with mid-size sedan style

    Honda showed up early for the hydrogen fuel cell party, getting to market before Toyota’s Mirai and Hyundai’s Tuscon with an early version of its current Clarity sedan. Now the company is increasing its visibility on the EV scene with an all-electric Clarity — but arriving too late, critics will...

  • Pebble Beach car show boasts of greater diversity

    Pebble Beach car show boasts of greater diversity

    Organizers of the upcoming 67th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance say there will be something new on the storied 18th green this year: diversity. The glamorous automotive beauty contest, held Sunday and capping a weeklong cavalcade of car shows, auctions and rallies, attracts the world’s wealthiest...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: BMW brings new Z4, M8 to the concept lawn

    Pebble Beach 2017: BMW brings new Z4, M8 to the concept lawn

    German car company BMW is taking advantage of a captive audience of auto fans and journalists assembled for the annual Monterey Car Week to unveil a pair of concept vehicles on the lawn at Pebble Beach. The two concept cars, which the company says precede production cars that will be revealed some...

  • Infiniti introduces 'heritage-inspired' prototype race car

    Infiniti introduces 'heritage-inspired' prototype race car

    In what may be an automotive first, the Japanese car company Infiniti has built a “heritage-inspired” prototype of a race car that never existed. The Prototype 9, to get its official unveiling at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, is a single-seat electric “retro-roadster” designed...

  • A new all-electric delivery truck is on the way, and it's not from Tesla

    A new all-electric delivery truck is on the way, and it's not from Tesla

    Chanje’s vision sounds a lot like Tesla’s: electric vehicles recharged via clean rooftop solar power. But the new company has no interest in the automobile market. Instead, it’s entering what it believes to be a lucrative niche in medium-duty electric trucks. Few such trucks exist. Most medium-duty...

  • Maven Gig, GM's weekly car rental service, is now available in L.A.

    Maven Gig, GM's weekly car rental service, is now available in L.A.

    Maven Gig, the GM-based weekly car rental service, has come to Los Angeles. Starting Thursday, ride-hailing drivers for services such as Uber and Lyft and delivery drivers for companies such as GrubHub and Roadie will have access to flat-rate weekly deals on GM cars. The deals, designed in part...

  • Travis Kalanick won't return as CEO of Uber, co-founder Garrett Camp says

    Travis Kalanick won't return as CEO of Uber, co-founder Garrett Camp says

    Rumors have been circulating that Uber’s former chief executive, Travis Kalanick, is angling for a return to the helm of the ride-hailing company. Now, it seems, Uber co-founder and board member Garrett Camp wants to lay those rumors to rest. “Our CEO search is the board’s top priority,” Camp wrote...

  • Tesla starts raising cash to help it get Model 3 to the masses

    Tesla starts raising cash to help it get Model 3 to the masses

    Tesla Inc. is raising $1.5 billion as it ramps up production of the Model 3 sedan, its first mass-market electric car. The company said Monday that it plans to offer senior notes due in 2025 and would use the offering's proceeds to further strengthen its balance sheet during rapid scaling of the...

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