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July 12, 2016

From The Car Connection:

NTSB gets involved in Tesla Autopilot probe

When it comes to auto-related investigations, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is usually the first--and often, only--agency on the scene. Consumers complain about a vehicle's performance, something goes wrong with an important component, and NHTSA fields the call.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica recalled for seatbelt flaw: 3,500 U.S. minivans affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling select 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. More than 3,500 vehicles in America are affected.

Ontario mandated speed limiters for heavy trucks; crashes fell

Here in America, there's been plenty of talk about mandating speed-limiters on big-rigs. Supporters of such regulations point to Ontario, Canada, where, as NPR reports, the benefits of speed-limiters are beginning to pay off.

Miguel Llorente in the abandoned Mercedes 300SL Gullwing in Cuba

Miguel Llorente in the abandoned Mercedes 300SL Gullwing in Cuba

From Motor Authority:

Guy who ‘discovered’ abandoned Mercedes gullwing aims to open UAE car museum

One of the most car-obsessed countries in the world may soon have a new—and rather intriguing—showcase for the automobile if Miguel Llorente gets his way. 

2018 Audi RS 3 spy shots

Audi has just updated its A3 range but noticeably missing is the updated version of the RS 3 Sportback. That’s because Audi is holding off on its updated RS 3 Sportback until development of a new RS 3 sedan is complete.

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S spy shots

A new generation of Aston Martin’s Vanquish supercar is in the offing but before it arrives the British automaker will introduce a more potent version of the current, second-generation model that's been on sale since the 2014 model year.

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX-3

From Green Car Reports:

IIHS small-SUV headlight ratings show how bad most lights actually are

It's something that a lot of auto reviewers know, but maybe haven't focused on: most new-car headlights just aren't that good. Now the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has started to test exactly how well the headlights in new cars actually do at lighting the road ahead.

California may cap ZEV-credit sales; why it matters to Tesla, and for electric cars

Changes to California's zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) rules could soon cut a major source of income for Tesla. California emission rules require high-volume automakers to sell either battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars in proportion to their overall sales.

2017 Honda Clarity spy shots from testing show debut is close

If you're a nascent spy photographer for cars, Detroit is the place to be for the domestic companies. Southern California is the site for many Asian brands, even though Toyota and Nissan have largely decamped for other regions.

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