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  • 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...

  • Volkswagen pleads guilty in U.S. diesel emissions scandal

    Volkswagen pleads guilty in U.S. diesel emissions scandal

    Volkswagen pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy and obstruction of justice and agreed to pay a $4.3-billion penalty for a brazen scheme to program nearly 600,000 vehicles to cheat on U.S. emissions tests. The criminal and civil penalty, if approved by a federal judge, would be the largest ever...

  • Robot cars — with no human driver — could hit California roads next year

    Robot cars — with no human driver — could hit California roads next year

    California is back on the map as a state that’s serious about welcoming driverless cars. Truly driverless cars — vehicles with no human behind the wheel, and perhaps no steering wheel at all — are headed toward California streets and highways starting in 2018. After months of criticism, state regulators...

  • If you like cars, not trucks, it's a good time to buy

    If you like cars, not trucks, it's a good time to buy

    Big deals are coming on new vehicles in spring and summer as automakers try to shave bloated inventories. Dealers will be offering rich incentives such as low monthly leases, cash back and generous financing -- especially on traditional cars, which continue to plummet in popularity. That was the...

  • Harley-Davidson adds a new 'Rod' to its Street lineup

    Harley-Davidson adds a new 'Rod' to its Street lineup

    Harley-Davidson has added a third model to its lineup of popular, affordable Street 750 and Street 500 motorcycles. The Street Rod starts as a Street 750, but gets an upgraded engine, revised chassis and new styling for higher performance and a look the company calls "tough and aggressive." Powered...

  • Uber self-driving cars are coming back to California

    Uber self-driving cars are coming back to California

    Uber's self-driving cars will return to California's streets. But the company doesn't plan to pick up passengers in them, at least for now. The California Department of Motor Vehicles said Wednesday that it has granted Uber permission to run two Volvo SUVs on public roads. Agency spokeswoman Jessica...

  • Steve McQueen's lost 'Bullitt' car reportedly has been found and restored

    Steve McQueen's lost 'Bullitt' car reportedly has been found and restored

    There are few cars more iconic than the 1968 Mustang GT that Steve McQueen drove in “Bullitt.” But that car disappeared shortly after filming for the 1968 movie was completed and, despite the late actor’s attempts to locate and purchase it for his private collection, hasn’t been seen since. Now...

  • GM sells its European business in $2.33-billion deal

    GM sells its European business in $2.33-billion deal

    By shedding the bulk of its European operations, General Motors Co. is getting rid of a perennial money drain and gaining cash that it can use to reward shareholders and invest in technology such as electric cars and ride hailing. The Detroit automaker also indicated that it may pull out of more...

  • L.A. Drives: Glamorous Bentley convertible deserves cushy cruise along Mulholland

    L.A. Drives: Glamorous Bentley convertible deserves cushy cruise along Mulholland

    The controversial engineer William Mulholland designed the Los Angeles Aqueduct, brought water south from the Owens Valley and turned a desert into a garden. His legacy gave us the plot of the movie “Chinatown,” a beautiful fountain in Los Feliz and a highway that runs across the ridge separating...

  • Google spinoff Waymo accuses Uber of self-driving car theft

    Google spinoff Waymo accuses Uber of self-driving car theft

    Waymo, a self-driving car company founded by Google, is colliding with ride-hailing service Uber in a court battle revolving around allegations of betrayal, high-tech espionage and greed. The brewing showdown emerged late Thursday in a lawsuit filed in a San Francisco federal court by Waymo, a...

  • Tesla reports fourth-quarter and full-year results, says Model 3 on track

    Tesla reports fourth-quarter and full-year results, says Model 3 on track

    In a closely watched earnings report Wednesday, Tesla Inc. reported fourth-quarter and full-year results and assured investors that it is on schedule to produce its long-awaited mid-market Model 3 electric car.  For the three months ended Dec. 31, the company lost $219.4 million, or 78 cents a...

  • Lexus and Porsche tie in J.D. Power reliability study

    Lexus and Porsche tie in J.D. Power reliability study

    Lexus and Porsche tied for the top spot in auto information company J.D. Power’s annual vehicle reliability study. But other Japanese, German, South Korean and American brands also scored extremely well. The study targeted 35,000 owners of model year 2014 vehicles who have driven their vehicles...

  • Head of U.S. Honda to leave air bags behind, turn to gin and vodka

    Head of U.S. Honda to leave air bags behind, turn to gin and vodka

    The U.S. head of Honda is retiring to make gin and vodka with his sons. John Mendel, 62, executive vice president for the Japanese carmaker at American Honda Motor Co. in Torrance, told a group of dealers Monday night that he’s retiring. He goes out on a high note: Honda sales in the U.S. last...

  • Tesla earnings preview: Analysts want details on Model 3 and Gigafactory

    Tesla earnings preview: Analysts want details on Model 3 and Gigafactory

    Tesla bull or Tesla bear, it doesn’t matter.  When the company reports earnings Wednesday, hard-core investors and analysts of all persuasions are likely to shrug off the specific results. “The numbers mean nothing right now,” said Trip Chowdry, managing director at Global Equities Research and...

  • Some VW customers are still waiting for their buybacks, 4 months after court approval

    Some VW customers are still waiting for their buybacks, 4 months after court approval

    Some Volkswagen owners say they’re still waiting to complete their buybacks, almost four months after a judge approved a settlement for 2-liter diesel vehicles that were part of the automaker’s emissions scandal. Many problems with the buyback program have been ironed out over the last few months,...

  • McLaren 570GT: Laughing all the way through the bank account

    McLaren 570GT: Laughing all the way through the bank account

    McLaren decided a while back that it wanted to increase sales by offering a more affordable sports car. It worked — at least for people who think a base price of $200,000 is affordable. The addition of the 570 “sports” series to its 670 “super” series and P1 "ultimate” series vehicles doubled McLaren...

  • Want a new car at a low price? Here's how to get the best deals

    Want a new car at a low price? Here's how to get the best deals

    If you do your homework, now is the time to practically steal a new sedan from your car dealer. For more than a year, sales of cars have been tanking because Americans have gone nuts over SUVs and trucks. As stockpiles of sedans such as the Chevrolet Malibu and Chrysler 200 stretch across car lots,...

  • L.A., meet EV: New partnership will enable Angelenos to borrow Bolt EV electric cars

    L.A., meet EV: New partnership will enable Angelenos to borrow Bolt EV electric cars

    General Motors’ Maven ride-sharing service has partnered with the city of Los Angeles to enable Angelenos and tourists to borrow Bolt EV electric cars to get around town.  The partnership, announced Thursday morning at a Union Station ceremony, will put 100 of GM’s Bolt EV all-electric sedans into...

  • Elon Musk has a lot riding on Tesla's Model 3 — what will a unionization effort in California mean?

    Elon Musk has a lot riding on Tesla's Model 3 — what will a unionization effort in California mean?

    What happens inside Tesla’s electric car factory in Fremont, Calif., this year will torque Tesla toward a sustainable future or send it on a road to ruin. Everything at Tesla depends on the success of the Model 3, a mid-priced electric car the company plans to churn out by the hundreds of thousands...

  • Rare Jaguar XKSS to be offered at Amelia Island

    Rare Jaguar XKSS to be offered at Amelia Island

    If you like British sports cars, and you are going to Amelia Island, Fla., for the upcoming car auctions, bring a big wallet. Santa Monica auction house Gooding & Co. will be offering an extremely rare 1957 Jaguar XKSS, one of only 16 known to exist, and the first one to appear at public auction...

  • Senators try to speed up deployment of self-driving cars

    Senators try to speed up deployment of self-driving cars

    Two senators said Monday that they're launching a bipartisan effort to help to speed up the deployment of self-driving cars on the nation's roads. It’s the first major congressional attempt to address the advent of the vehicles. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), the chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science...

  • Ford Motor Co. strikes unusual deal with driverless car start-up Argo AI

    Ford Motor Co. strikes unusual deal with driverless car start-up Argo AI

    Ford Motor Co. has bought a majority share in a small artificial intelligence start-up that will help the automaker get driverless vehicles on the road, Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields announced Friday. Argo AI, based in Pittsburgh, will provide the “brains” for virtual driving systems. Argo becomes...

  • Ducati zooms into adventure bike market with Mighty Multistrada Enduro

    Ducati zooms into adventure bike market with Mighty Multistrada Enduro

    It has been my good fortune to ride a number of modern Ducati motorcycles. They’re all terrific. I really like Monsters. I like the Scramblers. I’m dangerously attracted to the hooligan Hyperstradas. I even grudgingly admire the Diavel — even though the sleek, sophisticated cruiser isn’t a bike...

  • Porsche's new Panamera Turbo delivers plush power

    Porsche's new Panamera Turbo delivers plush power

    Porsche's restyled Panamera is either the world’s sportiest luxury car or the world’s most luxurious sports car. Does it matter which? The German automotive firm has retooled the larger, wider sports sedan to more closely resemble its smaller, sleeker 911 sports cars. The roof line is lower, and...

  • Tension high as Tesla prepares to begin production of the Model 3

    Tension high as Tesla prepares to begin production of the Model 3

    Tesla will shut down its Fremont, Calif., factory for a week in February to prepare the assembly line for its highly anticipated mid-market electric car, the Model 3. “This will allow Tesla to begin Model 3 production later this year as planned and enable us to start the ramp towards 500,000 vehicles...

  • Harley-Davidson Road King Special: a new look for an old standard

    Harley-Davidson Road King Special: a new look for an old standard

    Seeking to broaden its appeal while maintaining its heritage, Harley-Davidson will offer its traditional Road King motorcycle in new, nontraditional livery. The Road King Special, which will start appearing soon in H-D dealerships, features new styling and design elements wrapped around the motorcycle...

  • Tesla can't supply all the world's batteries. Here comes Romeo Power.

    Tesla can't supply all the world's batteries. Here comes Romeo Power.

    Michael Patterson holds out his right arm, crooks it, flexes it like he’s shooting up dope. “They’re all going on the lithium!” he says, pretending to thumb-pump a syringe, drawing a big laugh from his executive staff. By “they” he means buyers of high-tech batteries to power electric vehicles...

  • Ford F-150 Raptor, an off-road beast, is headed to China

    Ford F-150 Raptor, an off-road beast, is headed to China

    The Ford F-150 Raptor is built for aggressive off-road action. YouTube carries plenty of videos of the Raptor at play, from the Mojave Desert to the dunes of Dubai. It won’t be long before you see some footage from the Gobi Desert too. On Thursday, Ford Motor Co. announced it will start shipping...

  • Tesla’s newest X is a crazy amazing SUV

    Tesla’s newest X is a crazy amazing SUV

    Tesla’s Model X P100D is the safest, quickest and most sophisticated SUV ever built. It’s equipped with an Autopilot system that allows the car to essentially drive itself — with a driver behind the wheel. It features an air-filtration system that will protect the occupants in the event of a bio-chemical...

  • Self-driving car prototypes need less human help, data show

    Self-driving car prototypes need less human help, data show

    Self-driving car prototypes appear to be getting better at negotiating California streets and highways without a human backup driver intervening, according to data made public Wednesday by California transportation regulators. The data reflect safety-related incidents reported by 11 companies that...

  • Mecum auction moves $13.7 million in motorcycles

    Mecum auction moves $13.7 million in motorcycles

    The world's largest vintage and antique motorcycle auction scored $13.7 million in sales during its the recent four-day Las Vegas event. The Mecum auction house said it sold 868 of the 949 motorcycles that came across its South Point Arena stage, for a 92% sell-through rate. That’s up 53% over...

  • VW agrees to pay U.S. owners of 3-liter diesels that cheat on emissions tests

    VW agrees to pay U.S. owners of 3-liter diesels that cheat on emissions tests

    Volkswagen has agreed to pay at least $1.2 billion in buybacks and compensation to settle claims from U.S. owners of cars with larger diesel engines that the company rigged to cheat on emissions tests. And the German automaker could pay even more — as much as $4 billion — if it can't repair many...

  • An electric car-buying guide, custom-made for L.A.

    An electric car-buying guide, custom-made for L.A.

    Most people don’t know much about electric cars. The knowledge gap prompted the creation of a new L.A.-focused website, ElectroMotiveLA. “People tell me not only do they not know about electric cars, they don’t even know where to start,” said Stefanie Garden, co-creator of ElectroMotiveLA, which...

  • GM and Honda team up on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

    GM and Honda team up on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

    Auto giants General Motors and Honda have announced a joint venture to build hydrogen fuel cell systems to power electric automobiles. The partnership will lead to mass production of fuel cell systems, starting in 2020 at a factory in Michigan, the two companies said. They said that they will make...

  • German prosecutors widen Volkswagen emissions-cheating investigation

    German prosecutors widen Volkswagen emissions-cheating investigation

    Prosecutors in Germany are expanding their probe into Volkswagen's scandal over diesel cars that cheated on emissions tests, increasing the number of suspects and saying they have evidence former Volkswagen Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn may have known of the cheating earlier than he has claimed. ...

  • California's biggest car show gets bigger

    California's biggest car show gets bigger

    The longest-running indoor car show in the world, and the biggest car show in California, returns to the Fairplex fairgrounds in Pomona for its 68th annual gathering. The show, which runs Friday to Sunday, features seven exhibition halls filled with 650 roadsters, hot rods, custom cars, pin-striped...

  • California regulations for driverless cars stall as other states speed ahead

    California regulations for driverless cars stall as other states speed ahead

    This doesn’t look good, Jerry Hill remembers thinking. He saw the photos online: Uber cars being loaded onto trucks in San Francisco, bound for Arizona. They were new Volvos, test cars bristling with driverless technology.  The robot cars required state permits to operate in California, but Uber...

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