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  • A key Tesla supplier cuts growth plans, raising red flags over demand for the Model 3

    A key Tesla supplier cuts growth plans, raising red flags over demand for the Model 3

    Panasonic is freezing plans to expand its role as Tesla’s electric car battery supplier, a move that raises new questions about demand for Tesla’s Model 3 — and the company’s future. “The Panasonic news is a gut punch. This fans the flames on overall demand worries and profitability concerns going...

  • Are we over cars? Not so fast.

    Are we over cars? Not so fast.

    WASHINGTON - The first thing you see when you enter the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for this year's auto show is a four-door Dodge Ram truck as black and shiny as a pool of Texas crude. Lined up beyond that is a cheerful-looking driverless bus called an Ollie. And then you come to a...

  • The crowd-sourced, social media swarm that is betting Tesla will crash and burn

    The crowd-sourced, social media swarm that is betting Tesla will crash and burn

    It’s a sunny day in March and “Machine Planet” is flying a single-engine Cessna over Northern California. He’s cruising at 1,500 feet toward a massive lot leased by electric-car maker Tesla. His mission: to burst the Tesla bubble. And make some money doing it. What he sees today makes his eyes...

  • Highly anticipated Jeep Gladiator sells out in one day

    Highly anticipated Jeep Gladiator sells out in one day

    That's what happened last week. The entire run of 4,190 Gladiator Launch Edition pickups sold out Thursday, according to the automaker. The Toledo-built Gladiator is FCA's highly anticipated midsize truck revealed at last year's Los Angeles Auto Show. If you were unaware that Thursday was some...

  • Your 'domestic' vehicle may not be made in America: Here's where they're built

    Your 'domestic' vehicle may not be made in America: Here's where they're built

    The Detroit Three carmakers for years have built some vehicles in other countries that they sell in the United States. With President Donald Trump having run against the nation's trade deficit and vowing to rebuild American manufacturing jobs, the practice has faced renewed criticism. That was...

  • As New York City moves closer to congestion pricing, effort in Los Angeles gets another nudge

    As New York City moves closer to congestion pricing, effort in Los Angeles gets another nudge

    The idea that Los Angeles should tax drivers to enter certain neighborhoods got a boost Thursday as a group of local governments unveiled a new study suggesting that a $4 fee would help reduce congestion and speed commutes on the city's west side around Santa Monica. The Southern California Association...

  • Amid three crashes, revolutionary Tesla remains a work in progress

    Amid three crashes, revolutionary Tesla remains a work in progress

    We are all Tesla's beta testers. Several of Tesla's vaunted automated navigation features are labeled on its cars' touchscreens and owner's manuals as being in “beta” phase, including “Autosteer” “Navigate on Autopilot,” and “Traffic Aware Cruise Control.” In other words, Tesla — the focus of three...

  • Driving strategies to improve gas mileage

    Driving strategies to improve gas mileage

    Small yet significant changes in your driving habits can help you cut a few bucks off your monthly gas expenses. Many drivers have come to realize that subtle alterations to their driving strategies become second nature in a matter of weeks. Here are a few things you can do to increase your gas...

  • Volvo says in-car cameras will monitor drivers, take action to prevent distracted or impaired driving

    Volvo says in-car cameras will monitor drivers, take action to prevent distracted or impaired driving

    Volvo on Wednesday announced plans to install in-car cameras in its vehicles that will monitor drivers for signs of distracted or impaired driving and take action if it appears that the driver's behavior becomes dangerous. The Swedish automaker, which recently announced that it would also limit...

  • Auto review: 2019 Mercedes AMG S63: Refreshed, still in a class of its own

    Auto review: 2019 Mercedes AMG S63: Refreshed, still in a class of its own

    The 2019 S-Class from Mercedes has undergone a midlife "refresh," we're told, but a closer examination reveals it's more refreshing than one might think. Take the AMG S63 Cabriolet: At first glance, one sees the same elegant front fascia, muscular hood and smooth profile. But it also has some striking...

  • Cars are regulated for safety — why not information technology?

    Cars are regulated for safety — why not information technology?

    As the computing industry grapples with its role in society, many people, both in the field and outside it, are talking about a crisis of ethics. There is a massive rush to hire chief ethics officers, retool codes of professional ethics and teach ethics to students. But as a scholar of computing...

  • The American public is still very afraid of self-driving cars, survey finds

    The American public is still very afraid of self-driving cars, survey finds

    Seven in 10 Americans don’t want to go anywhere near self-driving cars. The portion of Americans who fear autonomous vehicles — 71% in the American Automobile Assn.’s latest survey — is virtually unchanged from a year ago and up eight percentage points from 2017. Although public skepticism isn’t...

  • How Cadillac is remaking itself in Detroit

    How Cadillac is remaking itself in Detroit

    Cadillac's New York offices are on the road literally. The brand emptied the final contents of its Cadillac House in the upscale SoHo neighborhood in Manhattan for good and is shipping them to Michigan now, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle said this week. "We moved out of New York last week and...

  • Advocates pressing for more electric car charging stations

    Advocates pressing for more electric car charging stations

    BOSTON (AP) — Environmental advocates are pressing for an increase in the infrastructure needed to support electric vehicles in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Sierra Club credited state building regulators this week for adopting new provisions in the state building code that will require at least...

  • Will Tesla fans mob the Model Y, or have they been repelled by the chaos?

    Will Tesla fans mob the Model Y, or have they been repelled by the chaos?

    Three years ago, Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk unveiled to much fanfare the long-awaited Model 3 sedan, the vehicle that was supposed to turn the luxury electric-car maker into a mass-market contender. Then came “production hell,” followed by “delivery logistics hell.” The Palo Alto company...

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