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  • Trump’s car import move is getting panned

    Trump’s car import move is getting panned

    WASHINGTON — The White House announcement Friday that President Donald Trump has set a 180-day clock ticking on possible trade action against imports of cars and car parts from Japan and Europe brought strong pushback from the private sector. The president's implied threat to use Section 232 authorities...

  • Mock car crash emphasizes consequences of unsafe driving

    Mock car crash emphasizes consequences of unsafe driving

    Aidan Crowley was shaking as he prepared to stumble from a ruined car onto the Bloomington High School South lawn. He knew the blood on his face, and on his friends’ faces, was fake. And he knew that the car crash aftermath they were about to act out for their peers was just part of a performance....

  • Ask Angie’s List: How should I prepare my car for summer?

    Ask Angie’s List: How should I prepare my car for summer?

    Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer holiday season, and with that, you may be putting plenty of miles on your car. However, nothing ruins a fun vacation faster than a car stalled out on the side of the road. By taking some basic maintenance steps, you can improve the odds your vehicle...

  • Auto safety regulator scraps its proposal to prevent unintended acceleration

    Auto safety regulator scraps its proposal to prevent unintended acceleration

    The U.S. government is withdrawing a proposal to require all passenger vehicles to have safety systems to prevent unintended acceleration. The government said Monday the rule isn't needed because the auto industry has installed systems voluntarily. The industry opposed the rule, which was proposed...

  • Lawmaker proposes higher gas tax, car fees for road projects

    Lawmaker proposes higher gas tax, car fees for road projects

    The state gasoline tax would increase by 25 cents per gallon, and car license and registration fees also would increase under a bill to provide an ongoing funding source for state transportation projects. Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago, said the plan will produce $2.4 billion a year for roads,...

  • Lawmakers consider fines for failure to clear snow off cars

    Lawmakers consider fines for failure to clear snow off cars

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would require drivers to clear ice and snow off their cars before hitting the road. The proposal would prohibit people from driving at 40 mph or faster on a public road with "solid precipitation" on the vehicle. The fine would be...

  • Google spinoff, Lyft team up to offer self-driving car rides

    Google spinoff, Lyft team up to offer self-driving car rides

    Google's self-driving car spinoff Waymo is teaming up with Lyft in Arizona to attempt to lure passengers away from ride-hailing market leader Uber . The alliance announced Tuesday will allow anyone with the Lyft app in the Phoenix area to summon one of the 10 self-driving Waymo cars that will join...

  • Strike by Uber and Lyft drivers has potential to disrupt travel for thousands

    Strike by Uber and Lyft drivers has potential to disrupt travel for thousands

    WASHINGTON - Getting an Uber or a Lyft may be impossible - or take longer and cost more - Wednesday when drivers for both companies plan to strike in major U.S. cities to protest what they say are unfair wages and poor working conditions. Thousands of drivers in at least eight cities - including...

  • Why reducing carbon emissions from cars and trucks will be so hard

    Why reducing carbon emissions from cars and trucks will be so hard

    (THE CONVERSATION) A growing number of cities, states and countries aim to dramatically reduce or even eliminate carbon emissions to avert catastrophic levels of climate change. Ideas about how to get this done as soon as possible, including those Democratic lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez...

  • A Bug's lifespan: A look back at the famous Beetle, as VW discontinues production

    A Bug's lifespan: A look back at the famous Beetle, as VW discontinues production

    Conceived as a populist vehicle to enable mass transport on German dictator Hitler's new Autobahns, the Volkswagen Beetle evolved through three generations over 80 years to become a beloved automotive icon. The same car that put Germany on wheels carried American college kids to their first classes...

  • Car-sharing apps' rising US popularity fuels tax debate

    Car-sharing apps' rising US popularity fuels tax debate

    When Chris Williamson was in the market for a new family car, a timely ad and conversations with a co-worker convinced him to try something out of the ordinary. He bought a BMW 3 Series convertible and covers the payments by renting it to strangers on a peer-to-peer car sharing app called Turo....

  • Tesla Model 3 remains the most popular electric vehicle in the U.S. — by far

    Tesla Model 3 remains the most popular electric vehicle in the U.S. — by far

    The Tesla Model 3 remained the bestselling electric car in the United States last month by far, according to estimates from website Inside EVs. Tesla sold 10,050 Model 3s in April, the website said; the runner-up, the Toyota Prius Prime, notched only 1,399 sales. But Model 3 sales were flat compared...

  • Say goodbye to smart cars, America

    Say goodbye to smart cars, America

    Say farewell to the smart car, the tiny two-seater Americans never really understood. Daimler, the German auto giant, said it will stop selling the battery-operated Fortwo model in the U.S. and Canada after this model year. The decision was spurred by "a declining microcar market," said Robert...

  • Cybersecurity is significant concern as cars become more automated, auto industry says

    Cybersecurity is significant concern as cars become more automated, auto industry says

    The auto industry is downplaying the immediate risk of car hacking after a report about a cyberintruder's use of GPS trackers that allowed him to monitor the location of thousands of vehicles in commercial fleets and turn off their engines. "Hacking is not like you see it on TV," said Gloria Bergquist,...

  • Tesla lessees help pay for company's robotaxis whether they like it or not

    Tesla lessees help pay for company's robotaxis whether they like it or not

    SAN FRANCISCO - Daniel Rey was excited to finally make good on the reservation he made for a Tesla Model 3 sedan three years ago. But he was caught off guard when he read the terms of the leasing agreement this month. Leasing the car - which Tesla began offering this month for the first time on...

  • Ford under federal investigation over emissions certification

    Ford under federal investigation over emissions certification

    WASHINGTON - Ford Motor Co. is under criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department over its emissions certification practices, the auto giant disclosed Friday in a regulatory filing. The inquiry is focused on Ford's analytical modeling and resistance testing practices, the company said...

  • Rear seats of cars need better safety equipment, study says

    Rear seats of cars need better safety equipment, study says

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says in a new report that safer restraint systems are needed for the back seats of cars. The study finds that rear-seat safety has not kept pace with front-seat safety and it has been to the detriment of belted passengers in the back seat. The study looked...

  • Motormouth: Still a good idea to cool off a turbocharged engine

    Motormouth: Still a good idea to cool off a turbocharged engine

    Q: I now own a vehicle equipped with a turbocharger. I did a thorough reading of the owner's manual and could find nothing telling me to allow the turbo to slow and cool down before shutting off the engine. In fact, the car shuts down automatically after a stop. I recall that back in the day when...

  • U.S. expands investigation into air bag failures to 12.3 million vehicles

    U.S. expands investigation into air bag failures to 12.3 million vehicles

    U.S. auto safety regulators have expanded an investigation into malfunctioning air bag controls to include 12.3 million vehicles because the bags may not inflate in a crash. The problem could be responsible for as many as eight deaths. Vehicles made by Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and...

  • Elon Musk claims a million Teslas will drive themselves in a year. Safety advocates have concerns

    Elon Musk claims a million Teslas will drive themselves in a year. Safety advocates have concerns

    Tesla, under pressure to show it can generate profits on its main business of making electric cars, on Monday trumpeted a custom-designed computer chip to let its vehicles drive themselves. Even with the new chip — which comes with all new vehicles and can be installed in older ones — Teslas still...

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