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  • Flying cars may be poised to take off, but survey shows Americans want a parachute

    Flying cars may be poised to take off, but survey shows Americans want a parachute

    Flying cars are beginning to look less like science fiction these days, with big companies and small start-ups developing working prototypes. Nothing’s commercially available yet, but experts say highway vehicles with wings are possible over the next five to 10 years. What do consumers think? Michael...

  • Tesla Model X wins AAA Green Vehicle Awards' top honor

    Tesla Model X wins AAA Green Vehicle Awards' top honor

    Tesla's Model X has received the top Green Vehicle nod from the AAA, sharing the honors with electric vehicles made by Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Ford and Lexus. The battery electric luxury SUV won the “overall” and “SUV” categories in the annual awards, given out by the AAA in recognition of vehicles...

  • Apple receives permit to test self-driving cars in California

    Apple receives permit to test self-driving cars in California

    Apple became the world’s most valuable tech company by changing the way we communicate. Now it’s looking at changing the way we get around. The Cupertino firm received a permit on Friday from the state Department of Motor Vehicles to test self-driving vehicles on public streets in California. Though...

  • GM to hire 1,100 workers in California to bolster self-driving car program; gets $8 million tax break

    GM to hire 1,100 workers in California to bolster self-driving car program; gets $8 million tax break

    A state economic development board on Thursday approved an $8 million tax credit for General Motors as the company looks to expand its autonomous vehicle division with more than 1,100 hires in California. The GM tax credit was among more than $91 million in California Competes incentives for 114...

  • Uber accused of using a secret program called Hell to track Lyft drivers

    Uber accused of using a secret program called Hell to track Lyft drivers

    A new report says Uber used a secret software program dubbed Hell to track Lyft drivers to see if they were driving for both ride-hailing services — information that could be used to stifle competition. The tool allowed Uber to monitor its competitor’s rates and steer additional fares toward drivers...

  • New York International Auto Show: Genesis' hydrogen fuel cell concept car

    New York International Auto Show: Genesis' hydrogen fuel cell concept car

    Genesis, the luxury division of Hyundai Motor Co., is using the platform of the New York International Auto Show to showcase the GV80, a hydrogen fuel cell concept SUV. Images for the new machine, which seem almost Photoshopped, depict an elegant, four-door SUV that looks like a pumped-up Genesis...

  • New York International Auto Show: Toyota returns to FJ Cruiser territory with the FT-4X

    New York International Auto Show: Toyota returns to FJ Cruiser territory with the FT-4X

    Toyota discontinued U.S. sales of the FJ Cruiser in 2014. Now it could be signalling a return to the sporty SUV category with the FT-4X concept vehicle. Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, the cute-ute is “a modern 4x4 toolbox for the most intrepid urbanites,” Toyota said in showing...

  • New York International Auto Show: Lincoln unveils a new Navigator

    New York International Auto Show: Lincoln unveils a new Navigator

    We’re not at the New York International Auto Show this week, but Lincoln is, and they’ve brought something big — a new Navigator. The refreshed version of the luxury car company’s flagship is more like a battleship. Powered by a 3.5-liter twin turbo engine that makes an estimated 450 horsepower...

  • LAPD could begin using the world's first 'pursuit-rated' hybrid patrol car

    LAPD could begin using the world's first 'pursuit-rated' hybrid patrol car

    Ford Motor Co. has unveiled the world’s first “pursuit-rated” hybrid police car and the Los Angeles Police Department may be among the first agencies to have one. The company introduced the vehicle at police headquarters in Los Angeles, accompanied by LAPD representatives. The Ford Police Responder...

  • Uber says it didn't use secrets smuggled from Waymo

    Uber says it didn't use secrets smuggled from Waymo

    Uber told a federal judge Friday that it didn’t use stolen trade secrets for its driverless car project, and therefore the court shouldn’t force the company to cease that work. Waymo, the driverless car arm of Google, sued Uber in February, accusing it of using trade secrets that had been smuggled...

  • Hyundai, Kia recall 1.4 million vehicles; engines can fail

    Hyundai, Kia recall 1.4 million vehicles; engines can fail

    Hyundai and Kia are recalling 1.4 million cars and SUVs in the U.S., Canada and South Korea because the engines can fail and stall, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers some of the Korean automakers' most popular models in the U.S. and Canada, including 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa...

  • L.A. to host 2017 World Police & Fire Games

    L.A. to host 2017 World Police & Fire Games

    Los Angeles has won the right to host the World Police & Fire Games, a sports competition held every other year that draws roughly 10,000 participants from more than 70 countries. The 10-day Olympics-style competition, which will see representatives from world police and fire agencies compete in...

  • One reason for fading sedan sales: low wage growth

    One reason for fading sedan sales: low wage growth

    Americans are shunning new cars. They prefer to buy light trucks – crossovers, SUVs and pickups – especially when gas prices are low. That’s the conventional wisdom, and it’s true. But it’s apparently not the only reason car sales fell 9.6% last year, and declined 11.5% in March compared with the...

  • First Look: Cadillac's plug-in CT6 luxury sedan

    First Look: Cadillac's plug-in CT6 luxury sedan

    Cadillac has stolen a march on the upcoming New York auto show and used an L.A. garage to premiere a brand new plug-in hybrid. Executives came west with a fleet of shiny CT6 plug-ins for an intimate, informal event held at West Los Angeles’ Smog Shoppe, giving the local driving press the world’s...

  • Tesla and Uber lag in driverless progress, study says; Ford is tops

    Tesla and Uber lag in driverless progress, study says; Ford is tops

    Tesla topped Ford Motor in stock market value Monday, but a new study claims that Tesla is eating Ford’s dust in the race toward driverless cars. Uber is puttering way back of the pack, according to the study’s rankings. The study by Navigant Consulting, a Chicago firm with deep roots in the auto...

  • First look: Indian Motorcycle reveals two new Chieftains

    First look: Indian Motorcycle reveals two new Chieftains

    Indian Motorcycle has been teasing the two-wheel press about new bikes coming this year and next. The first of them are a pair of Chieftain variants, the Chieftain Elite and the Chieftain Limited, shown here for the first time. The two machines differ more stylistically than mechanically from their...

  • Tesla stock value overtakes Ford as Elon Musk disses short sellers

    Tesla stock value overtakes Ford as Elon Musk disses short sellers

    Elon Musk is gloating. “Stormy weather in Shortville…” the chief executive officer of Tesla tweeted Monday, as the company’s stock price reached a record high and topped Ford Motor in market value. Musk was poking at short sellers, who make money when stock prices go down — but lose big when their...

  • Tesla reports a record number of car deliveries in the 1st quarter

    Tesla reports a record number of car deliveries in the 1st quarter

    Electric carmaker Tesla Inc. says it delivered a record 25,000 vehicles in the first quarter, up 69% from the same period last year. Tesla said Sunday that it delivered about 13,450 Model S cars and about 11,550 Model X SUVs. Tesla says an additional 4,650 vehicles were being sent to customers...

  • Finally, a way to keep a cool head on a motorcycle

    Finally, a way to keep a cool head on a motorcycle

    Motorcycle helmet companies have tried for decades to invent a helmet that could keep the rider’s head cool in hot weather. Now a local entrepreneur appears to have done it. Steve Feher has been thinking about beating the heat for a long time. In the early 1960s, in his native Honolulu, the future...

  • Toyota teams up with universities to research electric-vehicle batteries

    Toyota teams up with universities to research electric-vehicle batteries

    Toyota plans to spend $35 million on partnerships with several universities, including Stanford, to study ways to make better batteries for electric vehicles. The Japanese automaker said the universities will use artificial intelligence to test different battery chemistry combinations and to explore...

  • The art of lowriding, born in L.A.'s Eastside, gets supercharged

    The art of lowriding, born in L.A.'s Eastside, gets supercharged

    Competitive low rider cars used to be all about riding low, and slow, to show off their custom paint and pin striping jobs. Today's competitive show cars now feature massive motors, too.

  • Next step toward driverless cars: Tesla updates Autopilot

    Next step toward driverless cars: Tesla updates Autopilot

    Speed caps are being raised for the autopilot function in newer Tesla cars, from 55 mph to 80 mph, in the form of new software that the company has started streaming into its vehicles. The software update, called Autopilot 8.1, lets the cars pretty much drive themselves on highways up to the posted...

  • Bob Lutz, the auto industry's 85-year-old bad boy, goes off on Elon Musk and President Trump

    Bob Lutz, the auto industry's 85-year-old bad boy, goes off on Elon Musk and President Trump

    If you’re into cars, you’ve certainly heard of Bob Lutz, no matter what your age. Lutz, now 85 and only semi-retired, is an auto industry legend. He’s one of a still-too-rare species of Detroit executive known as a “car guy,” an enthusiast who puts the product first and then figures out how “the...

  • Chinese tech giant Tencent buys 5% stake in Tesla

    Chinese tech giant Tencent buys 5% stake in Tesla

    Chinese technology giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. has bought a 5% stake in electric car and solar firm Tesla Inc., according to a regulatory filing submitted Tuesday. The $1.8-billion investment gives one of China’s most valuable companies another foothold in a growing industry and provides Elon Musk’s...

  • Elon Musk's Neuralink brain chips might someday fight the robot uprising

    Elon Musk's Neuralink brain chips might someday fight the robot uprising

    Elon Musk is starting yet another company, this time to create implantable brain chips to treat neurological disorders and one day, perhaps, protect us from evil robot overlords. In a tweet Monday night, Musk confirmed a Wall Street Journal article on the new company, called Neuralink. “Long Neuralink...

  • Faraday Future scraps plans for California auto assembly plant

    Faraday Future scraps plans for California auto assembly plant

    Troubled electric car maker Faraday Future continues to slim down its grand plans. The Gardena-based company plans to build a technology-loaded luxury electric sedan called the FF 91. But cash flow has been a big problem. The company said Monday that it’s ending negotiations with the Bay Area city...

  • The Porsche Macan proves to be a sure-footed beast in the snow

    The Porsche Macan proves to be a sure-footed beast in the snow

    I rarely succumb to envy. On a journalist’s salary, it’s better not to. I lust not for the Range Rovers, the BMW X5s or the Audi Q5s driven by parents at my fifth-grader’s fancy pants private school. When my daughter, my wife and I drive up to Lake Tahoe from Berkeley — as we do nearly every weekend...

  • Elon Musk tweets Model 3 teaser and clears up misconceptions about Tesla's latest electric car

    Elon Musk tweets Model 3 teaser and clears up misconceptions about Tesla's latest electric car

    Elon Musk tweeted a teaser video of a freshly manufactured Tesla Model 3, the mass-market electric sedan due for sale in limited numbers later this year. For Tesla, the Model 3 is a make-or-break proposition. The renewable energy company has enjoyed much success with its luxury-priced Model S and...

  • Tesla to drop cheapest Model S, the 60 and 60D, from lineup

    Tesla to drop cheapest Model S, the 60 and 60D, from lineup

    Tesla is dropping the low end of its luxury Model S product lineup, months before the planned introduction of the less expensive Model 3. The electric-powered Model S sedan ranges in price from $64,000 to $128,000. The higher the price, the more powerful the battery pack. The soon-to-be discontinued...

  • Kia Niro: Good things come in small packages

    Kia Niro: Good things come in small packages

    A good time to be buying an automobile in America just got better. So many choices. Such good cars. Just pick a style and a price point and go. Kia Motors has added to the affordable SUV mix with its 2017 Niro — a name the company says is a mixture of "hero” and “near zero,” in reference to the...

  • L.A. auto dealer group will pay $3.6 million to customers in 'yo-yo' settlement with FTC

    L.A. auto dealer group will pay $3.6 million to customers in 'yo-yo' settlement with FTC

    Accused of deceiving customers with so-called yo-yo tactics, a big Los Angeles-area car dealer has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. Sage Auto Group admitted no wrongdoing, but did agree to pay $3.6 million to customers who said they were victims of a scheme that preys on...

  • Do car companies want Trump to trash emission standards? Maybe not.

    Do car companies want Trump to trash emission standards? Maybe not.

    President Trump talked tough in Detroit on Wednesday, confirming that his administration will open up Obama-era auto emissions standards for review, and change them if they threaten auto jobs. Environmentalists went ballistic, pumping out news releases that said any rollback would harm the environment,...

  • Lyft has gained customers during Uber's run of bad publicity

    Lyft has gained customers during Uber's run of bad publicity

    Uber's recent stumbles could be giving Lyft a chance to gain ground in the ride-hailing market as customers shift allegiance, new market data suggest. The study comes as Uber has been dealing with a run of bad news. Lyft's customer base has grown 7% since Jan. 29, when the company tried to capitalize...

  • What to expect when Trump takes on fuel economy and clean air regulations Wednesday

    What to expect when Trump takes on fuel economy and clean air regulations Wednesday

    The Trump administration is expected to announce a review of fuel economy and emissions regulations Wednesday morning that could lead to an overhaul of the standards set in place by the Obama administration. Current emissions rules were put in place in January, when President Obama’s Environmental...

  • Lincoln to build luxury SUVs in China for fast-growing Chinese market

    Lincoln to build luxury SUVs in China for fast-growing Chinese market

    Ford’s luxury division Lincoln Motor Company will begin building upscale SUVs in China, after seeing sales in that country triple between 2015 and 2016. The company, which claims to be China’s fastest-growing luxury automobile brand, will build the vehicles in partnership with local manufacturer...

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