What went wrong with the Dodge Dart? Born with fanfare and optimism in June 2012, the compact sedan will die this month in virtual anonymity, a failure that never came close to meeting Fiat Chrysler Automobile's expectations.
The Dart was supposed to signal a fresh start for Fiat Chrysler, the newly created automaker risen from the rubble of ...Read more
Not sure that driverless cars are safer than cars driven by humans?
Consider this: Drivers over the age of 85 represent the fastest-growing segment of American automobile users. Their numbers doubled between 1998 and 2013, to 3.48 million drivers -- the highest number ever on record -- and the number is rising, according to the U.S. Department ...Read more
DETROIT -- Electric automaker Tesla filed a lawsuit Thursday against Michigan officials, escalating its multi-year battle to sell vehicles directly to consumers in the state.
Tesla named Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, and Gov. Rick Snyder in its lawsuit filed in federal court.
The action ...Read more
With autumn's arrival made official by the September equinox on Thursday, we know old man winter will be rearing his ugly head soon enough. And even if you're not ready to pull out your sweaters, coats, hats, gloves and boots, now is the time to ready your ride for the upcoming onslaught.
Here's what should be inspected:
--Tires: Nothing ...Read more
Readers from around the country sent in tips, techniques and recipes for cleaning automotive glass. Here are several of the better ideas.
From Bill Byrnes: "I had issues with my 2001 Sable and 2003 Ranger, especially in the summer when I use one of those reflective shields to keep the interior cooler. What I have been using to get rid of the ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- Hacking into a phone is unlikely to physically hurt the victim. But hacking into a car?
A security research team in China hacked into a Tesla Model S and said they took over the car's brakes from 12 miles away. A video released this week shows members of the research team being thrust forward as the remote hacker slammed the ...Read more
DETROIT -- As our urban transportation landscape becomes automated over the next decade, it could spark an electric car revolution that for some has been overdue.
Spend enough time around these early self-driving vehicles and you notice that nearly all are hybrids or purely electric -- Ford's automated Fusion, the similarly equipped Fusion ...Read more
The U.S. Department of Transportation released long-awaited guidelines Tuesday for the testing and deployment of self-driving vehicles, giving manufacturers and researchers some clarity for the future, but providing only a vague sense of the federal government's exact responsibilities.
At a Tuesday morning news conference, U.S. Transportation ...Read more
The Railroad ManJohn V. Pasquariello
Mike Vincente’s life hit rock bottom after being unjustly drummed out from the New Jersey State Police. Now a railroad cop, he thinks he’s nothing more than a boxcar babysitter. But while he’s on a routine call to roust yet another trespasser from the yard, Laura ...
Research by AAA has found that motorists wasted $2.1 billion in 2015 buying premium gasoline for cars that don't require it.
Using tests designed to evaluate vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions, AAA researchers said they found no benefit to using premium gasoline in a vehicle that only requires regular-grade fuel.
"Drivers see the ...Read more
Q: With our help, our daughter just purchased her first car. It's a bit different than our family car in that it uses a variety of gauges, rather than lights, to display key information. Can you explain the importance of these gauges and what they represent? She understands the tachometer, but I think she'd be more receptive to additional ...Read more
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Ford Motor Co., pushing back against criticism by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for moving work to Mexico, is highlighting its booming business in big trucks after shifting production to an Ohio factory from south of the border.
The Dearborn, Mich.-based company has sold 10,160 of its F-650 and F-750 trucks...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- Lawsuits could delay Tesla Motors' proposed merger with SolarCity.
In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing released Monday, Tesla said the merger is being challenged in four separate lawsuits that were filed in early September.
The main claims: Tesla and SolarCity breached their fiduciary duties to shareholders, and ...Read more
DETROIT -- Ride-hailing giant Uber will open a new research center in metropolitan Detroit by year's end to accommodate increased work with automotive industry suppliers and technology companies involved in autonomous vehicle development.
Sherif Marakby, Uber's vice president for global vehicle development, announced the investment Monday at a ...Read more
Lyft president John Zimmer predicts that his company's ride-hailing fleet of cars will be mostly autonomous within five years, and that "private car ownership will all but end in major U.S. cities" by 2025.
Zimmer also called out fellow transportation disruptor Elon Musk, saying the Tesla CEO is mistaken in thinking the automotive revolution ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- The biggest problem being behind the wheel of a self-driving vehicle is resisting the urge to drive it yourself.
As part of its rollout of self-driving vehicles for its ride-sharing operation, Uber invited members of the media to take rides in its Ford Fusions souped up with lasers, cameras and computers. About halfway through the...Read more
DEARBON, Mich. -- Of all the possibilities that might give pause concerning self-driving cars, here's one you might not have considered: politeness.
At its test center in Dearborn, Mich., earlier this month, experimental white Ford Fusion sedans, their roofs bristling with sensors, drove themselves down curvy streets, obeyed stop signs and ...Read more
The "adventure" segment is one of the fastest-growing in the motorcycle industry, and one of the most competitive, as all of the major manufacturers have built big bikes for this niche market.
BMW has traditionally owned this space, with its GS1200 series, and claims to be the dominant brand today, in the United States and around the world, ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- The free rides in self-driving cars that Uber began offering in Pittsburgh this month wouldn't be allowed in California.
In Michigan, legislators are considering changing a law that requires a safety driver to be behind the wheel of self-driving vehicles to handle unexpected or emergency situations.
A Chicago alderman wants to ...Read more
Mazda makes great cars that are underappreciated in the U.S. market. With the exception of the Miata, cars made by this Japanese also-ran are generally not big winners here.
Is it poor marketing? A weak dealer network? A question of styling? I'm not sure, but it's an unfortunate fact that most buyers will look at Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai,...Read more
Tesla Motors Inc. plans to roll out an update to its Autopilot driver-assistance feature Wednesday, Chief Executive Elon Musk said early Friday morning.
In a tweet, Musk said he was "hoping" to release the software update then "if no last minute issues discovered."
Musk described the pending changes Sunday. The new Autopilot will rely ...Read more