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The real cost of owning a vehicle in America
The real cost of owning a vehicle in America

Owning a car can be a pain in the wallet. To prove it, AAA has conducted a study that reveals just how much the average American pays for the privilege of having a car (or truck, or SUV, or minivan) in her driveway. There's good news and bad news to be found in the study. Let's get the bad out of...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model X
Report: The electric car revolution will happen faster than expected

Much of today's auto world is obsessed with a very important question: when will electric cars really take off? A new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance has an answer: sooner than anyone thinks. BNEF closely tracks electrification trends among today's automakers. In 2016, the firm predicted...Read More»

Bumper sticker demographics (via cheapcarinsurance.net)
Southern women most likely to have bumper stickers; gun stickers are least popular

Some car owners are minimalists. They eschew anything that detracts from their vehicle's appearance, foregoing car lashes, truck nuts, and the dreaded "Baby on Board" signs. Others see their cars as opportunities to express themselves--roving billboards to declare their love of god, country...Read More»

SUV sales linked to chilly temps (metro sales chart from Carjojo)
SUV sales soar where temperatures sink

SUV sales are soaring like the mercury in our thermometers. Ironically, though, a new study suggests that utility vehicles are hottest where the temperatures are cool. That study was carried out by the website with the name we love to loathe, Carjojo. Analysts pored over a year's worth of sales...Read More»

2017 BrandZ Top 100 Global Brands
Study: Top global brands include plenty of tech firms and no automakers

If you watch the news regularly, you often hear about companies merging--often after one of the companies has been bought for a very hefty sum. But what goes into determining the value of a company? It's not just a dull calculation of cash and physical assets, or even annual revenue. Part of a...Read More»

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
Study: Jeep, Ram diesels emit up to 20 times the legal limit of pollutants

Remember West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions (CAFEE), home to the team of researchers who first told the world that Volkswagen diesels were designed to cheat on emissions tests? Well, they recently conducted similar tests on diesels from Fiat...Read More»

Uber driver (photo by Uber)
Auto industry nightmare: consumers are giving up cars for good

Unprecedented changes are taking place in today's auto industry. Companies old (e.g. Ford, Toyota) and new (e.g. Tesla, Waymo) are working overtime to make cars that run on battery power, drive themselves, and function as taxis. They're doing all that to prepare for a future 10 or 20 years down the...Read More»

Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016
Report: Electric cars will be cheaper than gas models by 2025

It's clear that an electric car revolution is brewing and that it's going to shake up the auto industry. Beyond that, however, details about the revolution are hard to come by. For example, how will the auto industry deal with the issue of range anxiety: better batteries? Faster charging?...Read More»

From Supplying Ingenuity II: U.S. Suppliers of Key Clean, Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies
Report: 288,000 U.S. jobs could be affected if EPA efficiency rules change

In March, U.S. president Donald Trump authorized a review of a controversial decision made by the Environmental Protection Agency during the final days of the Obama administration. The decision tightened emissions regulations for U.S. automobiles through model year 2025. Environmental groups have...Read More»

From the INRIX Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Consumer Survey
Study: People don't trust self-driving cars from Uber or Lyft

Last September, we reported on a study showing that consumers would be interested in vehicles made by tech firms like Apple and Google. The gist was that decades-old car companies like Ford, General Motors, and Toyota could soon face stiff competition from auto industry newbies. Now, there's...Read More»

Woman with smog mask (pic by Nicolò Lazzati on Flickr)
Study: Diesel emissions are higher than expected (and cause 38,000 more deaths each year)

Diesel emissions are a serious problem--as serious as a heart attack (literally). As if that weren't bad enough, this week, a team of researchers from the U.S. and the U.K. published a study showing that emissions from diesel vehicles are far, far worse than official estimates suggest. By the...Read More»

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (a caricature by Flickr user DonkeyHotey)
Study: Trump states sell fewer green cars than Clinton states

It's Thursday, and if you're anything like us, you're probably a bit antsy for the weekend to start. Why not liven up things up with a recap of a clickbait-y study conducted by a website you've never heard of? You in? Great. The study comes from the curiously named Carjojo, which we believe is a...Read More»

Aspiring drivers weigh in on electric and self-driving cars (via Driving-Tests.org)
Study: Younger drivers don't want electric cars

Another day, another study showing that drivers are totally into electric cars. Except this time, the study says exactly the opposite. Today's study was carried out by the folks at Driving-Tests.org, which helps aspiring motorists study for their written driving exams. Not surprisingly, the site's...Read More»

Distracted driving
Everyone is awful: new study shows that 88 percent of us use our phones while driving

The history of humankind has been fraught with tension--not tension between tribes or fiefdoms or nation-states, but between our desire to avoid death and our innate urge to scream, "Look, ma, no hands!" Case in point: texting and driving. It's dumb. It's dangerous. It's deadly. We all know that...Read More»

Blind driver Steve Mahan in Google's Self-Driving Toyota Prius, March 2012
J.D. Power: Consumers wary of self-driving cars but totally okay with semi-autonomous technology

Once upon a time, self-driving cars seemed like a dream--a pipe dream, maybe, but a dream nonetheless. People thought, "Oh, wouldn't that be nice to have a car to chauffeur you around town?" Then, they'd look wistfully at their Crystal Pepsi and go back to reading the latest issue of Spy magazine...Read More»

Via Motors Vtrux extended-range electric pickup.
AAA: Interest in electric cars rivals interest in pickups

For months, the auto industry has been urging the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider new, high emissions benchmarks for 2025 model-year vehicles. Automakers say that they don't want to roll back the regulations, they just want more time to implement them because today's low fuel prices...Read More»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Study: Within 15 years, 25 percent of travel will be in shared, electric, self-driving cars

If you follow car news at all, you've heard plenty about electrification, self-driving software, and shared vehicles. The three are on a collision course that could upend the auto industry and dramatically affect the way we get around in the near future. In fact, analysts at the Boston Consulting...Read More»

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Report: Auto insurers charge higher premiums in minority neighborhoods

A new report suggests that auto insurers are charging car owners in minority neighborhoods higher premiums than folks in predominantly white neighborhoods. Sadly, that might not sound like big news. After all, insurers often set rates based on a vehicle owner's ZIP code, and it's not uncommon for...Read More»

Gary Pittam performs recall service on a Chevrolet Cobalt Thursday, April 17, 2014
Why don't people get their recalled cars fixed?

When you receive a recall notice from your car's manufacturer, do you immediately make plans to take it in for repairs? That question lies at the heart of "Consumer Preferences Regarding Vehicle-Related Safety Recalls", a new paper written by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle from the University...Read More»

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