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Report: 288,000 U.S. jobs could be affected if EPA efficiency rules change
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»

Real-world fuel economy & CAFE for new vehicles (International Council on Clean Transportation)
Report: Achieving the EPA's 2025 emissions goals could be 40 percent cheaper than expected

If you follow car news at all, you know that U.S. president Donald Trump has announced a review of the auto emissions regulations approved by the Environmental Protection Agency during the final days of the Obama administration. That news had many automakers cheering. They believe that the cost of...Read More»

J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Customer Service Index Study
Buick, Lexus top service satisfaction study, while Fiat, Land Rover bring up the rear

Another month, another survey from J.D. Power. The firm's 2017 U.S. Customer Service Index examined how satisfied (or unsatisfied) vehicle owners and lessees were after taking their cars in for service. The brand-by-brand rankings probably won't surprise you, but let's take a look anyway. To gather...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
MIT: Volkswagen Dieselgate emissions will cause 1,200 (or more!) premature deaths in Europe

The ongoing Dieselgate crisis has been a major headache for Volkswagen employees, investors, vehicle owners, dealers, and diesel fans for nearly a year and a half. Though the scandal appears to be winding down--at least in the U.S.--a new study suggests that Volkswagen's troubles could be far from...Read More»

2018 Audi RS 3 Sportback
Audi, Porsche top Consumer Reports scorecard; Fiat, Jeep, not so much

Consumer Reports has issued its annual Brand Report Card, and as interesting as it is, there aren't many surprises to be found. To issue its 2017 rankings, the magazine compiled data on 31 brands. That data came from a variety of sources, including Consumer Reports' own road test scores, predicted...Read More»

Elizabeth Taylor
Drop in driving and car ownership suggests that America's love affair with cars may be over

With lots of wide-open spaces and a sprawling (though crumbling) system of roads, America has been an ideal country for cars. But a new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute suggests that our long, national love affair with automobiles may be coming to an end. It...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
Survey: People plan to read, work, have sex, and pray in self-driving cars

Like washing machines, typewriters, sporks, and other technological marvels, self-driving cars are supposed to make life easier for us poor, beleaguered human beings. They promise to cut traffic accidents and fatalities, offer independence to the elderly and disabled, dial down travel times...Read More»

Police officer with radar gun
Survey: White men get out of traffic tickets most often. Black women, not so much.

In the U.S., racial tensions have been on the rise the past several years--particularly tensions between African American communities and police officers. The tensions have been fueled by shocking videos of alleged police brutality against black suspects and equally shocking reports of police...Read More»

2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package
Why do people buy SUVs, and why do 76% of shoppers avoid them?

Here's an interesting irony: according to J.D. Power's 2017 Auto Avoider Study, just 24 percent of U.S. consumers shopped for SUVs last year, and yet SUVs accounted for 42 percent of all vehicles sold, up from 34 percent in 2012. Why are SUVs so popular now? And why have 76 percent of consumers...Read More»

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