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U.S. Traffic Deaths Rise for a Second Straight Year

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:44:10 GMT

Last year, traffic deaths increased 6 percent, to 40,200, according to estimates released on Wednesday by the National Safety Council. The two-year increase — 14 percent — is the largest in more than a half a century.For the first time since 2007, more than 40,000 were killed in crashes last year, a safety group estimated, pointing to lax law enforcement as a factor.


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Driven: Video Review: The Honda Civic Is Back as a Hatchback

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:02:40 GMT

In 2005, Honda dropped the body style that defined the original Civic in the United States in the ’70s. What is old is new again.



Wheels: Headlights Get New Attention as More Than a Car Design Flourish

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:09:28 GMT

A deer, literally in the headlights in downtown Eastport, Me., last October.Shifting safety warnings and evaluations focus on how vehicles light up the roadways. At the same time, manufacturers are poised to roll out new headlamp technology.


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General Motors, Considering Exiting Europe, Talks About Selling Opel

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:30:48 GMT

Opel’s offices in Rüsselsheim, Germany. An acquisition of the Opel and Vauxhall brands could bolster the fortunes of PSA Group in Europe.A potential deal, with PSA Group of France, would create a European rival to Volkswagen and free G.M. to concentrate on new technologies.


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Your Money Adviser: Accident Not Your Fault? Your Insurance May Still Go Up, Report Says

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:10:28 GMT

Motorists in New York and Baltimore tended to pay the most after being involved in accidents they did not cause, a consumer group found.



Profitable Pickups May Be in Cross Hairs of Trump Border Tax

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:00:26 GMT

A General Motors pickup truck assembly line in Flint, Mich. The company builds a large percentage of its pickups in Mexico.Trucks from General Motors and Chrysler rely heavily on Mexican labor and parts. If a tariff wall goes up, Ford could benefit at their expense.


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Trump Wants More American Cars in Japan. Japan’s Drivers Don’t.

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:56:18 GMT

Yoshihiro Masui has a Ford hot-rod. His love of American cars is unusual in Japan.Even Japanese fans of cars from the United States point to company missteps that make American vehicles unappealing there.


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German Automakers Step Up to Silicon Valley Challenge

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 05:00:14 GMT

Ole Harms on the last day in his old office in Wolfsburg, Germany, in December. Mr. Harms, chief executive at MOIA, a Volkswagen-backed ride-hailing start-up, moved to Berlin, which has a growing tech scene.BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen are striving with increasing urgency to ride the digital wave sweeping the industry, before it rolls over them.


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Wheels: With a Saw and a Big Budget, Owners Transform Cars Into Convertibles

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 20:08:57 GMT

Jeff Moran, the owner of Drop Top Customs in High Springs, Fla., said his company converted 60 to 65 cars to convertibles last year.Automakers have pulled many convertible models, leaving lovers of top-down driving to find their own solutions.


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Supplier’s Role Shows Breadth of VW’s Deceit

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 18:28:13 GMT

The Bosch plant in Hatvan, Hungary, in August. Bosch was accused of altering the engine software inside Volkswagen diesels to help the vehicles evade emissions standards.The German company Bosch will pay $327.5 million to vehicle owners in the United States over claims that it helped devise software to cheat on tests.


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What Volkswagen Settlements Mean for Vehicle Owners

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:19:06 GMT

Owners of more than 580,000 Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel cars from the 2009-2016 model years can take part in the settlement program.The company’s various deals include an offer to buy back or fix faulty diesels — and either way, additional cash compensation of up to $17,500.


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U.S. Car, Truck Sales Downshift in January; Toyota Falls 11 Percent

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:54:30 GMT

U.S. car and light truck sales slipped 1.8 percent in January as automakers pulled back on bulk sales to rental, government and business fleets and concentrated on more profitable retail sales to individual consumers.



Tesla S Falls Short of Luxury Rivals on Tougher Safety Test

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:01:18 GMT

A Tesla Model S electric vehicle in a showroom in San Francisco. The car received only an “acceptable” rating on a test intended to simulate a crash with another vehicle, a tree or a utility pole at 40 miles per hour.The Model S electric sedan did not receive either of the two safety awards given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


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Uber Partners With Daimler in a Step Toward a Driverless Future

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:00:14 GMT

An Uber self-driving vehicle during a test in San Francisco. The company announced on Tuesday a partnership with Daimler, under which the automaker planned to build autonomous vehicles that would operate on Uber’s transportation network.The move marks the first time a major automaker will provide its own self-driving vehicles specifically to operate on the ride-hailing company’s network.


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Tesla Gives the California Power Grid a Battery Boost

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:00:24 GMT

An installation of Tesla batteries is connected to distribution circuits at Southern California Edison’s Mira Loma substation in Ontario, Calif., about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.A whirlwind three-month project is helping the luxury carmaker transform itself into a multifaceted clean energy company.


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Ex-Volkswagen Chief Investigated by Germany in Emissions Cheating Scandal

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:26:28 GMT

The fraud inquiry against Martin Winterkorn comes after the automaker pleaded guilty in the United States to violating the Clean Air Act.



Driven: Video Review: Porsche Panamera Now Has Looks to Match Its Speed and Luxury

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:03:39 GMT

Although the car is dressed in luxury livery, even inexperienced drivers will sense the sports car in its bones.



Your Money: How to Buy a Used Car in an Age of Widespread Recalls

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:22:52 GMT

Earl Stewart, a Toyota dealer, at one of his lots in West Palm Beach, Fla. He refuses to sell used cars with open recalls, but he does not turn away buyers trading in cars whose airbags have not yet been fixed, like the ones at this lot.Dealers are scrambling every which way amid a recall of over 60 million Takata airbags, and consumers need to ask some very pointed questions.


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Common Sense: Elon Musk Has Trump’s Ear, and Wall Street Takes Note

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:39:56 GMT

The entrepreneur Elon Musk last month. In the run-up to the presidential election, Mr. Musk openly criticized Donald J. Trump’s candidacy, but he has since joined an advisory council of the president.The political tide might seem unfavorable for electric cars and solar panels, but the new president may see them as part of a job-producing future.


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Wheels: China’s Answer to Tesla Is Hopeful Entrant to Global Car Market

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:43:51 GMT

Lu Qun, chairman of Qiantu Motor, in Beijing in December.Electric vehicles offer a new chance to Chinese car-making efforts that have floundered in the past. But lavish state aid could be as much bane as boon.


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Wheels: A Whiff of a New-Car Smell, Just a Page Flip Away

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 23:05:53 GMT

Steve Hayes in his Manhattan apartment with some of the 13,500 automobile sales brochures he has collected.For Steve Hayes, a childhood hobby turned into a collection of 13,500 automotive marketing brochures. Most of them will soon be up for sale.


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By Announcing New Jobs, Corporations Help Themselves Too

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:36:25 GMT

Mary T. Barra, the chief executive of General Motors, at a news conference in Detroit in December. The company said on Tuesday that new investments would add or retain a combination of 1,500 jobs at plants it did not identify.In promoting plans to add jobs, some of which have long been in the works, companies help position themselves favorably with the Trump administration.


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Wheels: Coming From Automakers: Voice Control That Understands You Better

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 21:29:04 GMT

Ford Motor’s Sync 3 entertainment and navigation system being demonstrated at CES in Las Vegas. Ford said it would integrate Amazon’s Alexa voice-recognition system into Sync.Ford Motor is announcing it will incorporate Amazon’s Alexa into its vehicles, one of many efforts by automakers to improve voice-recognition systems.


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Texas Journal: Rodeo Offers a 90-M.P.H. Glimpse of Texans’ Truck Mania

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:00:23 GMT

Nick Cappa, a RAM representative, inspects one of their trucks before Texas Auto Writers Association members arrive to test drive them as part of the Texas Truck Rodeo.Because no other state has a bigger influence on the American truck world, the title of Truck of Texas can bring an automaker to tears.


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Wheels: Would-Be Carmakers Tap the Wisdom, and Dollars, of Crowds

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:20:37 GMT

A prototype of the three-wheeled, gasoline-powered vehicle that Elio Motors wants to build. The company’s founder says it would get 84 miles per gallon and have a $7,300 starting price.Start-up vehicle companies, often using quirky designs, are turning to crowdfunding to finance their challenges to the established automakers.


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Wheels: Driving Down Memory Lane in the Original Minivan

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:57:12 GMT

The writer at the wheel of a 1984 Chrysler minivan at the Historical Vehicle Association in Allentown, Pa., last week.An appreciative turn behind the wheel of a 1984 Dodge Caravan, the car that made the station wagon obsolete and paved the way for the S.U.V.


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Wheels: Out of Africa, an All-Road Honda Motorcycle

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:19:45 GMT

David Thorpe, right, a former World Motocross Champion, on a Honda Africa Twin motorcycle while competing at the HydroGarden Weston Beach Race in October in England.The arrival of a new Africa Twin is well timed to a surge of interest in bikes suited to long-distance treks, pavement optional.


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