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  • These car features could prevent your next crash

    These car features could prevent your next crash

    Traffic accidents are down, and with them vehicle damage and presumably injuries, thanks to driver assistance systems that are increasingly common on new cars and trucks. That’s the conclusion by a variety of experts. Companies like Volvo and General Motors have gone public with goals of a world...

  • Ford opens Israel tech lab in move toward driverless cars

    Ford opens Israel tech lab in move toward driverless cars

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Ford has opened a research center in Israel, joining a legion of major automakers racing to develop new technologies for the world of driverless cars. Chairman William Ford met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday as part of his visit, where he called Israel "ground...

  • Saving the planet with electric cars means strangling this Chilean desert

    Saving the planet with electric cars means strangling this Chilean desert

    The oases that once interrupted the dusty slopes of the Atacama desert in northern Chile allowed humans and animals to survive for thousands of years in the world's driest climate. That was before the mining started. Sara Plaza, 67 years old, can still remember guiding her family's sheep along...

  • 'Airbnb for cars’ is here, and renting will never be the same

    'Airbnb for cars’ is here, and renting will never be the same

    Under the radar, peer-to-peer car-sharing services have emerged as alternatives to traditional car rentals and even to ride-share apps such as Uber and Lyft. Customers can download smartphone apps and rent privately owned cars, usually parked a short walk away in urban areas or residential neighborhoods....

  • Driverless cars are going to disrupt the airline industry

    Driverless cars are going to disrupt the airline industry

    As driverless cars become more capable and more common, they will change people’s travel habits not only around their own communities but across much larger distances. Our research has revealed just how much people’s travel preferences could shift, and found a new potential challenge to the airline...

  • GM to test airless, puncture-proof tires on Michigan roads

    GM to test airless, puncture-proof tires on Michigan roads

    General Motors plans to give car buyers an airless tire on vehicles starting in 2024. The automaker is teaming with Michelin and this week introduced the Michelin Uptis prototype at the Movin' On Summit for sustainability in Montreal. Uptis stands for Unique Puncture-proof Tire System, GM said....

  • Car buyers' best cost-saving move — shop for a loan first

    Car buyers' best cost-saving move — shop for a loan first

    With the cost to own a new vehicle rising, it's more important than ever to consider what you'll pay for a car loan and to shop for the best interest rate. The average new car loan interest rate reached 5.5% in 2018, up about one percentage point from the previous year, according to Ben Bartosch,...

  • Discontinued cars offer value but should you buy?

    Discontinued cars offer value but should you buy?

    For 2019, it's the end of the line for some notable Ford and General Motors sedans. And as a result, dealers will be slashing prices to try to move these discontinued models out of their inventory. Savvy consumers can take advantage and get one of these overlooked cars at significant savings. Going...

  • Volvo launches complimentary tow for life

    Volvo launches complimentary tow for life

    No matter what vintage Volvo you may drive, roadside towing is now available free of charge. Volvo Car USA is expanding the suite of complementary services available to Volvo owners with “Tow for Life”. This service works alongside the recently launched Volvo Car Accident Advisor and the Volvo...

  • Average new-car prices up nearly 4 percent year-over-year for May 2019

    Average new-car prices up nearly 4 percent year-over-year for May 2019

    The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $37,185 in May 2019. New-vehicle prices increased $1,320 (up 3.7 percent) from May 2018, while decreasing $208 (down 0.6 percent) from last month. "Although...

  • Uber will reduce promotions after losing $1 billion in a quarter

    Uber will reduce promotions after losing $1 billion in a quarter

    Uber Technologies Inc., in its first financial report as a public company, posted first-quarter sales near the high end of its previously disclosed preliminary results. The company also reported a $1.01 billion quarterly loss, among the largest of any public company. Nelson Chai, the chief financial...

  • OBJ will ride into Cleveland with customized orange Rolls

    OBJ will ride into Cleveland with customized orange Rolls

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr.'s got a new team and a new ride. The star wide receiver has purchased a tricked-out, orange Rolls Royce complete with a pop-up hood ornament that features a miniaturized model of him in a Browns uniform making one of the one-handed catches he became known for...

  • Electric car batteries can catch fire days after an accident

    Electric car batteries can catch fire days after an accident

    When a Tesla Model S crashed into a palm tree and caught ablaze just outside of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last February, firefighters struggled to extinguish the flames and the car reportedly re-ignited multiple times. Similar stories of electric vehicles bursting into stubborn flames have cropped...

  • Fiat proposes merger with Renault in latest auto industry jolt

    Fiat proposes merger with Renault in latest auto industry jolt

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is proposing a merger with French automaker Renault that would create the world’s third-biggest carmaker as manufacturers scramble for scale to tackle an expensive shift to electrification and autonomous driving. The transaction would be structured as a 50-50 ownership...

  • Tesla's automatic lane-changing feature is 'far less competent' than a human driver, Consumer Reports says

    Tesla's automatic lane-changing feature is 'far less competent' than a human driver, Consumer Reports says

    The latest version of Tesla's automatic lane changing feature may actually be less safe than a human driver, according to Consumer Reports. An April update to Tesla's autopilot software allows automatic lane changes on certain roads as part of what the company dubbed a more "seamless" experience....

  • Edmunds: This summer's best car deals are used cars

    Edmunds: This summer's best car deals are used cars

    Although summer doesn't officially begin until late June, many people see Memorial Day weekend as the de facto start of summer. That's certainly true of car dealers, who take the opportunity to kick off summer car shopping with plenty of promotions and American flags. Most of the advertising hubbub...

  • Could Tesla merge with SpaceX? A Morgan Stanley analyst raises the possibility

    Could Tesla merge with SpaceX? A Morgan Stanley analyst raises the possibility

    Morgan Stanley stock analyst Adam Jonas told clients Wednesday that if Tesla’s troubles continue, it’s unlikely to be acquired by a tech company, an auto company, or someone from China. But it could end up merging with SpaceX, another Elon Musk company. A recording of the 55-minute conference call...

  • Motormouth: Adding stuff to windshield washer fluid: Good idea or not?

    Motormouth: Adding stuff to windshield washer fluid: Good idea or not?

    Q: In some cars that I have used, borrowed or rented, the windshield washer fluid seems slightly sudsy. Do you know of a difference in windshield washer formulation that would cause this? It seems to me that this fluid works a little better. Can I add a small amount of ammonia to the windshield...

  • Under the Hood: Troubleshooting speedometer problem

    Under the Hood: Troubleshooting speedometer problem

    Q: I'm having a problem with intermittent reading on the speedometer of my 2000 Nissan Frontier. Sometimes it reads correctly or jumps around to different readings or no reading. There are no code readings stating bad speed sensor. Should I just replace speed sensor or check other things first?...

  • Auto review: Lexus GX 460 rolls on for 2019, capable of hauling the family on or off the road

    Auto review: Lexus GX 460 rolls on for 2019, capable of hauling the family on or off the road

    Now in its second generation, the seven-passenger Lexus GX 460 full-size sport utility returns for 2019 with a starting price of $52,355 (plus $1,025 freight) for the base model, $54,925 for the midlevel Premium, and $63,755 for the top-of-the-line Luxury version, which we tested for this report....

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