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  • Feds applaud automakers on fuel economy standards

    Feds applaud automakers on fuel economy standards

    In a move that caught some analysts by surprise, the federal government has given the auto industry a pat on the head for its advances in meeting fuel efficiency standards. The U.S. Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board made the...

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    2016 Indian Springfield is a flexible flyer

    Polaris Industries-owned Indian Motorcycle has taken a bite out of the traditional big bike market, and taken some sales away from market leader Harley-Davidson, by fielding good-looking retro-style motorcycles built to include modern technology. The Springfield is the latest in a line that began...

  • Elon Musk says Tesla's autopilot feature was not on in Pennsylvania crash

    Elon Musk says Tesla's autopilot feature was not on in Pennsylvania crash

    Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk is disputing reports that a Model X’s autopilot feature was involved in a nonfatal crash in Pennsylvania this month. Musk tweeted Thursday afternoon that the onboard vehicle logs show that the semi-autonomous driving feature was turned off in the crash....

  • Ford Fusion Energi is a platinum-grade plug-in

    Ford Fusion Energi is a platinum-grade plug-in

    Ford Motor Co. has added another plug-in hybrid passenger car to its growing fleet of alternative fuel vehicles. It’s a Fusion Platinum Energi, which joins Ford’s Fusion, C-Max and Focus family of fully or partly electrified vehicles. Taking the company's hybrid effort to a new level of luxury,...

  • Consumer Reports to Tesla: Disable automatic steering and quit calling it Autopilot

    Consumer Reports to Tesla: Disable automatic steering and quit calling it Autopilot

    Consumer Reports called on Tesla Motors Inc. on Thursday to disable automatic-steering capabilities in its electric cars and stop using the name Autopilot for its semi-autonomous driving technology. Tesla declined. The technology is under intense scrutiny following the May 7 death of a driver who...

  • California rejects Volkswagen recall for 3-liter diesel cars

    California rejects Volkswagen recall for 3-liter diesel cars

    The California Air Resources Board is rejecting a Volkswagen plan to recall certain diesel passenger cars, calling the proposal incomplete and deficient. The German automaker has agreed to spend up to $15.3 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that its diesel cars cheated...

  • Tesla stops guaranteeing its cars' resale value in North America

    Tesla stops guaranteeing its cars' resale value in North America

    Tesla Motors Inc. has ended its resale guarantee program in North America. The program, which began in 2013, guaranteed that Tesla vehicles would have a higher resale value after three years than premium sedans from manufacturers such as BMW and Mercedes. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk personally...

  • Tesla Motors cuts starting price of Model X SUV to $74,000

    Tesla Motors cuts starting price of Model X SUV to $74,000

    Tesla Motors Inc. on Wednesday cut the starting price of its Model X to $74,000 for a more limited-range version of its sport utility vehicle as the electric carmaker tries to boost sales. The new Model X 60D has a range of 200 miles, compared with 237 miles for its prior entry-level version, the...

  • Recall of dangerous Takata air bags affects 1 in 8 vehicles, report says

    Recall of dangerous Takata air bags affects 1 in 8 vehicles, report says

    Recalls of cars with potentially deadly Takata air bags affect about 1 in 8 vehicles nationwide, but a lot of people don’t know whether they are personally at risk, according to a report by Kelley Blue Book. So far, the recall includes more than 32 million vehicles in the U.S. from about three...

  • How does Tesla's autopilot feature react to crossing traffic? Feds want to know

    How does Tesla's autopilot feature react to crossing traffic? Feds want to know

    Federal investigators looking into Tesla Motors Inc.'s autopilot system after a fatal crash in Florida are zeroing in on the limitations of the feature and how it reacts when obstacles cross its path. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday posted a nine-page letter seeking...

  • Tesla is said to be under investigation by the SEC for failing to disclose a fatal crash

    Tesla is said to be under investigation by the SEC for failing to disclose a fatal crash

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly investigating Tesla Motor Co. for possibly breaking securities law by failing to disclose that one of its drivers had died while using the company’s Autopilot semi-autonomous software. After the May 7 death of driver Joshua Brown, who was behind...

  • Harley-Davidson motorcycles investigated after brake-failure complaints

    Harley-Davidson motorcycles investigated after brake-failure complaints

    The U.S. government is investigating complaints from Harley-Davidson riders who say their motorcycle brakes failed without warning.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the investigation covers 430,000 motorcycles with model years between 2008 and 2011. The investigation covers...

  • Tesla stock slides after the automaker's deliveries disappoint

    Tesla stock slides after the automaker's deliveries disappoint

    Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. slipped Tuesday morning after the electric car company said over the weekend that it delivered fewer vehicles last quarter than expected. Tesla stock was down 3.5% at $208.82 shortly before 9:30 a.m. PST. The Palo Alto automaker, led by Elon Musk, said its second-quarter...

  • In wake of fatal Tesla crash, BMW is in slow lane to roll out self-driving vehicles

    In wake of fatal Tesla crash, BMW is in slow lane to roll out self-driving vehicles

    A day after the disclosure of the first death in a crash involving a self-driving vehicle, BMW on Friday announced plans to release a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles by 2021. In a partnership with Intel and Mobileye, the German automaker said its planned iNEXT model won’t require a human in...

  • Traffic deaths surged in 2015 as driving hit new record

    Traffic deaths surged in 2015 as driving hit new record

    Traffic deaths surged last year as drivers racked up more miles behind the wheel than ever before, a result of an improved economy and lower gas prices, according to preliminary government data released Friday.  Fatalities rose 7.7% to 35,200 in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

  • U.S. auto sales expected to hit record in first 6 months

    U.S. auto sales expected to hit record in first 6 months

    U.S. auto sales may be slowing, but they're still expected to set a record in the first six months of this year.  Sales through June were expected to be up 2% over last year, to 8.66 million vehicles, according to Kelley Blue Book.  That was partly due to a strong June, which saw sales rebound...

  • Many Tesla drivers are happy to help company test its 'beta' autopilot feature

    Many Tesla drivers are happy to help company test its 'beta' autopilot feature

    Jason Fudenberg is a willing test pilot for Tesla Motors Inc.’s self-driving car technology. As such, Fudenberg, 45, has had some issues with the autopilot feature on his Model X SUV. Once he was approaching a shredded tire while using the vehicle’s autopilot mode and had to manually switch lanes...

  • Don't drive these Hondas and Acuras unless dangerous air bags are fixed, government warns

    Don't drive these Hondas and Acuras unless dangerous air bags are fixed, government warns

    The U.S. government is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that it has data showing that chances...

  • Volkswagen settlement: What you need to know

    Volkswagen settlement: What you need to know

    Nine months after state and federal regulators said Volkswagen had equipped its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles with “defeat devices” to cheat emissions tests, the automaker has agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion in a slew of settlements. The proposed settlements, which are still subject to court approval,...

  • VW settles emissions-cheating cases for $14.7 billion and agrees to buy back cars

    VW settles emissions-cheating cases for $14.7 billion and agrees to buy back cars

    Volkswagen has agreed to pay  up to $14.7 billion to settle government allegations in the U.S. linked to its cheating on emissions tests and to buy back or terminate the leases of nearly half a million of its cars. As part of sweeping settlements announced Tuesday, the German automaker is to spend...

  • Volkswagen reaches $14.7-billion emissions settlement

    Volkswagen reaches $14.7-billion emissions settlement

    Volkswagen would repair or buy back polluting diesel vehicles and pay each owner as much as $10,000 under a $14.7-billion deal the automaker has reached to settle lawsuits stemming from its emissions cheating scandal, a person briefed on the settlement talks said Monday. The figure would be the...

  • Faraday Future driverless cars to hit California highways

    Faraday Future driverless cars to hit California highways

    Faraday Future said it will test driverless cars on California highways, having secured permission from the state. Whether early tests deploy prototypes that look more like Google car-pods than the exotic, aggressive specimens shown in photos of Faraday concept cars is yet uncertain. The former...

  • Volkswagen's former CEO is being investigated over emissions scandal

    Volkswagen's former CEO is being investigated over emissions scandal

    German prosecutors are investigating former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and an unnamed executive over allegations they didn't inform investors soon enough about the company's scandal over cars rigged to cheat on U.S. diesel emissions tests. The Braunschweig prosecutor's spokesman, Matthias...

  • Self-driving cars could flip the auto insurance industry on its head

    Self-driving cars could flip the auto insurance industry on its head

    As the driverless car gets closer to reality, so too does the dilemma of how to insure the car and its owner. The auto insurance industry faces upheaval in the next 25 years as the migration to autonomous safety features — and ultimately a self-driving car — shifts more of a car’s accident risk...

  • Motorcycle lane-splitting bill moves forward in California

    Motorcycle lane-splitting bill moves forward in California

    A state Assembly bill that would allow motorcycle lane-splitting in California has moved closer to a vote. California’s AB 51, sponsored by Assembly member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), intends to create guidelines for safe lane-splitting, a practice the proposed legislation describes as a motorcyclist...

  • Karma comes around again: California's newest car factory aims to rival Tesla

    Karma comes around again: California's newest car factory aims to rival Tesla

    A premium luxury sedan born from the ashes of the Fisker Karma – a Tesla rival that wowed the automotive world before collapsing into bankruptcy three years ago – will soon begin rolling off a production line at California's newest car factory.  When it is up and running, the Karma Automotive factory...

  • After emissions cheating scandal, Volkswagen steers toward electric vehicles

    After emissions cheating scandal, Volkswagen steers toward electric vehicles

    Here’s one way to atone for the biggest emissions cheating scandal in automobile history: Go all out on zero-emission vehicles. Volkswagen announced Thursday that it would spend $11.2 billion to create more than 30 electric car models by 2025, develop autonomous vehicles and move into the ride-hailing...

  • Tesla opening gallery within the Nordstrom store at the Grove

    Tesla opening gallery within the Nordstrom store at the Grove

    Shoppers can soon browse Tesla Motors' cars while they're at the Grove’s Nordstrom store.  A Tesla Gallery opens Saturday within the upscale department store. The collaboration is the first of its kind for Palo Alto-based Tesla, which operates its own stores and doesn't sell through a traditional...

  • Volkswagen announces an $11.3-million investment in California

    Volkswagen announces an $11.3-million investment in California

    Volkswagen has announced an $11.3-million investment in California as the automaker works to recover from its emissions cheating scandal.  On Tuesday, VW said it would spend $4.5 million on a new training center in Eastvale, a small city near Riverside. It also announced that a new $6.8-million...

  • L.A. Drives: On a beer run with 'Community' man Joel McHale

    L.A. Drives: On a beer run with 'Community' man Joel McHale

    Former "Community" and "The Soup" star Joel McHale likes his brew -- but not just any brew will do. It has to be Pliny the Elder. On a recent weekday morning we joined the actor for a beer run, covering half the city in search of the elusive Pliny, a brand of Russian River suds that is only sold...

  • Side-by-sides, golf carts on steroids, are booming

    Side-by-sides, golf carts on steroids, are booming

    Four-wheeled off-road vehicles known as "side-by-sides" represent the fastest-growing segment of the powersports industry. Once principally a dull but practical work tool used by farmers and ranchers, the rugged machines have become a leisure activity for families and outdoor enthusiasts. They...

  • Tesla introduces a cheaper Model S — starting at $66,000

    Tesla introduces a cheaper Model S — starting at $66,000

    Elon Musk and his Tesla Motors Inc. have long promised the world a more affordable version of their much-admired battery-electric Model S supercar. Now it's here, but it isn't the Model 3 — and it isn't all that affordable. Tesla will begin selling a new Model S 60, a slower version of the four-door...

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