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Tesla Could Be Poised For Big Win: FTC To Hear Pros & Cons Of Franchise Laws

Tesla Could Be Poised For Big Win: FTC To Hear Pros & Cons Of Franchise Laws

Tesla Motors has had trouble making inroads in some states due to stringent franchise laws and the powerful dealer lobbies that keep those laws in place. But change could be looming around the corner -- change effected not by individual states, but by the Federal Trade Commission. On Tuesday... read more

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Gavel. Image: Brian Turner

Toyota Recall Fiasco Finally Nearing An End As Company Agrees To $1 Billion Settlement

In 2010, Toyota was on the tip of everyone's tongue -- not because of some stellar new products or sky-high safety ratings, but because of massive Toyota and Lexus recalls... read more February 11, 2014 by


 
Toyota Prius navigation screen

Carmakers Know Where You Go -- And You Can't Get Them To Delete The Data

Big data is a very big deal. To be sure, it has plenty of useful applications, like helping us navigate traffic jams and tracking down criminals, all thanks to the aid of GPS... read more January 8, 2014 by


 
money

Fed Shutdown Slowed Auto Sales, Especially On The East Coast

People don't like buying cars during economic uncertainty—or when they're not getting a paycheck. Although we'd argue that it didn't take any massive number-crunching... read more October 28, 2013 by


 
Vince and Larry, the crash-test dummies

NHTSA's Safety Tests & Other Programs On Hold During Shutdown

Well into week two of the federal government shutdown, we're noticing some inconsistencies in what's truly been shut down and what's still up and running. In the latter... read more October 10, 2013 by


 
Money and car keys

Nissan & Hyundai Use Government Shutdown As Selling Tool

Remember the Super Bowl blackout? Of course you do. But you probably don't recall its effect on gameplay so much as the comments it inspired in the media. And of those, none... read more October 7, 2013 by


 
Gavel. Image: Brian Turner

20 Parts-Makers Fined $1.6 Billion For Fixing Prices & Making Cars Pricey

No doubt about it: cars are expensive. Along with your home and your education, a car is one of the most expensive investments you'll ever make. Unfortunately, some of us... read more September 27, 2013 by


 
Gavel. Image: Brian Turner

Feds Order U.S. Bank To Refund $6.5 Million From Deceptive Car Loans

After all the crashes, mergers, and investigations that bankers have endured the past few years, you'd think they might've learned a thing or two. Apparently, you'd be wrong... read more June 28, 2013 by 3


 
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

Feds Request A Recall Of 2.7M Jeep Vehicles, Chrysler Pushes Back

Do some model years of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty pose a higher fire risk to their occupants in a crash? And is it because of a safety-related defect? The... read more June 4, 2013 by 1


 
Barack Obama

U.S. Accuses China Of Illegal Auto & Parts Subsidies

China's auto industry is booming: car sales are strong, and the country's suppliers are doing bang-up business on the export front. But the U.S. claims that China has given... read more September 17, 2012 by 1


 
Moose warning sign

LaHood Says Communities Can Upgrade Signs At Their Own Pace

Ever wondered why road signs are made the way they are? How the government manages to ensure that they're consistent? Most of the standards for directional signs, traffic... read more August 30, 2011 by 0


 
Barack Obama

Obama Announces New Standards To Double Vehicle MPG By 2025

Will your next vehicle get much better gas mileage than your current one? Ask most car shoppers and it's a priority. A new mandate formally announced this morning arguably... read more July 29, 2011 by 5


 
Texting while driving

Will Facebook In Cars Become Illegal?

The government is flexing its regulatory muscle again, and this time it's against social media on the road. While car manufacturers are looking for more ways to integrate... read more June 7, 2011 by 0


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt Z-Spec

Chevy Volt Tiff Exposes Potential Abuse Of EV Tax Credit?

The federal government's $7,500 tax credit—applying to the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla Model S—has become a hot topic over the past couple of... read more June 1, 2011 by 2


 
2010 Nissan Titan

Report: 30-MPG, Fed-Funded Clean Diesel Could Power Nissan Titan

Thanks to a federal-government grant, the Nissan Titan could shed its guzzler status and become one of the most fuel-efficient full-size trucks. As part of the $30 million... read more May 18, 2011 by 3


 
Toyota Prius at US Capitol, by Flickr user Izik

Survey: Most Republicans In Favor Of Higher MPG Requirements

Democrats and Republicans might disagree on a lot of things, but it appears that fuel economy regulation doesn't need to be one of them. According to a new nationwide study... read more May 16, 2011 by 3


 

 
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