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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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Four Years After Dodd-Frank, Feds Decide That Auto Lenders Are Like Banks After All & Add Oversight

We all have stories about that one lousy schmuck who ruined things for the rest of us. The guy who took greedy fists full of candy from the Halloween bowl on the neighbor's porch. The student who hid formulas behind her calculator, which meant that on future math tests, everyone had to remember...Read More»

State map showing where Tesla Motors can (blue) and can't (red) sell cars [Mojo Motors, Apr 2015]
Can The FTC Persuade Michigan & Other States To Open Their Doors To Tesla?

Tesla Motors recently won major victories in Maryland and New Jersey, with both states passing laws that allow the automaker to skirt franchise laws and sell its battery-electric vehicles directly to consumers. Now, Tesla and its fans are turning their attention to the west -- specifically, the...Read More»

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Highway Guardrail Design Change Saved $2—At What Cost To Safety?

Is a design change to the ends of guardrails along many of our nation's roadways—a design change that saved two dollars for each installation—to blame for at least five fatalities and 14 injuries? That's part of what lawsuits are now alleging, in light of what happened in several...Read More»

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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 affecting millions of vehicles across the country. Those recalls stemmed from numerous complaints of unintended acceleration in...Read More»

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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 devices, traffic cameras, and other gadgets. But there's an insidious side to big data, too. Businesses of every stripe...Read More»

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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 to estimate that consumer purchasing ground down to a slowdown during the 16-day federal partial shutdown, J.D. Power and...Read More»

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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 category: the military, medical facilities for veterans, and gyms for U.S. Senators and Representatives (but sadly, not their...Read More»

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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 was more talked about than a simple tweet from Oreos, which reminded followers that "You can still dunk in the dark". Such...Read More»

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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 have been paying even more for our cars than we should've, and it's because 20 companies that supply parts for those cars have...Read More»

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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. According to Reuters, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ruled yesterday that U.S. Bank and Dealers' Financial...Read More»

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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 federal government alleges that the answers to both questions are yes; but in a rare, public pushback to the National Highway...Read More»

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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 its auto industry unfair advantages through heavy import tariffs, artificially devalued currency, and $1 billion in shady...Read More»

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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 lights, and other roadway signage are set out in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which is the Federal Highway...Read More»

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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 makes it even more likely you'll find one with significantly higher mpg. The Obama administration and U.S. Environmental...Read More»

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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 technology, like Ford SYNC to monitor your vitals, they are coming under fire from the federal level to minimize gadgetry...Read More»

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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 days, as a Washington, D.C. (read: politically motivated) 'watchdog' group sounded an alert over dealerships that were allegedly...Read More»

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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 project, half funded by the Department of Energy (DOE), Cummins is developing a four-cylinder diesel engine that, according to...Read More»

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, those who identify Republican are nearly as likely to think that we need to put a tighter fuel-efficiency framework in place...Read More»

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