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  • Tesla car mangled in fatal crash was on Autopilot and speeding, NTSB says

    Tesla car mangled in fatal crash was on Autopilot and speeding, NTSB says

    The Tesla car involved in a fatal crash in Florida this spring was in Autopilot mode and going about 10 miles faster than the speed limit, according to safety regulators, who also released a picture of the mangled vehicle. Earlier reports had stated the Tesla Model S struck a big rig while traveling...

  • Volkswagen's $15-billion settlement over emissions cheating gets preliminary OK

    Volkswagen's $15-billion settlement over emissions cheating gets preliminary OK

    A $15-billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal cleared a key hurdle Tuesday, with a federal judge in San Francisco giving preliminary approval to a deal that includes an option for owners to have the carmaker buy back their vehicles. Attorneys for Volkswagen owners sought...

  • In Monterey, a battle for historic Laguna Seca raceway

    In Monterey, a battle for historic Laguna Seca raceway

    A bitter fight to take control of one of the world’s most iconic racetracks will come to a head next week when three competing teams of auto sports enthusiasts make their cases to a ruling panel.  At stake is the management of the Laguna Seca racing venue, host for almost 60 years to some of the...

  • Cadillac XT5 is a worthy SUV competitor for BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz

    Cadillac XT5 is a worthy SUV competitor for BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz

    The SUV and compact SUV segments are the hottest in the auto industry, as continuing low gas prices drive more car buyers away from sedans and toward heavier sport vehicles. The luxury side of that business is hot too, as BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Acura, Infiniti and others fight for space...

  • Tesla's stock falls after Elon Musk reveals his 'master plan'

    Tesla's stock falls after Elon Musk reveals his 'master plan'

    After more than a week of teasing about its existence, Elon Musk revealed Part 2 of his “master product plan” for Tesla on Wednesday evening. Or, as he calls it, “part deux.” In a blog post published on the automaker’s website, Musk introduced a multiyear, four-pronged strategy that includes new...

  • Controversy over Tesla 'autopilot' name keeps growing

    Controversy over Tesla 'autopilot' name keeps growing

    What’s in a name? For Tesla’s driver-assist system “autopilot,” plenty of controversy. Some of the most enthusiastic proponents of autonomous vehicles and features are worried that autopilot — not the technology itself, but the very name, which some find misleading — might slow down the evolution...

  • Yamaha, KTM, Harley and Honda take top Cycle World honors

    Yamaha, KTM, Harley and Honda take top Cycle World honors

    Cycle World Magazine has named its favorite motorcycles of the year, and the winner is ... everybody. Cycle World unveiled this year’s winners at its 40th anniversary awards ceremony, held at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.  The 10 winning motorcycles, in 10 categories,...

  • Autonomous cars will get new federal guidelines: 'We want people who start a trip to finish it'

    Autonomous cars will get new federal guidelines: 'We want people who start a trip to finish it'

    Companies working on self-driving cars need to focus on safety — "we want people who start a trip to finish it," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Tuesday, saying his department will issue new guidelines on the vehicles this summer. "Autonomous doesn't mean perfect," he told attendees...

  • Volkswagen CEO knew of emissions trouble 10 years ago, prosecutor says

    Volkswagen CEO knew of emissions trouble 10 years ago, prosecutor says

    New York state, Massachusetts and Maryland are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, alleging that the German automakers defrauded customers by selling diesel vehicles equipped with software enabling them to cheat emissions testing. Prosecutors also...

  • Federal investigation targets Fiat Chrysler sales reports

    Federal investigation targets Fiat Chrysler sales reports

    Federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Fiat Chrysler violated securities laws by getting dealers to falsely report sales in order to inflate the company's numbers.  The company confirmed the investigation Monday in a statement and said it's cooperating fully with the Securities...

  • 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...

  • 2016 Indian Springfield is a flexible flyer

    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...

  • 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...

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