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Consumer groups call on feds to investigate Tesla's Autopilot
Consumer groups call on feds to investigate Tesla's Autopilot

Consumer groups reignited calls to open a probe into Tesla's Autopilot system and accused the Silicon Valley-based automaker of using deceptive practices to market the system as a fully autonomous. The Center for Auto Safety leads the charge and said Thursday it will press the Federal Trade...Read More»

California state capitol, Sacramento
Automakers cut deal with California in blow to new EPA fuel-economy standards

California and a group of automakers undercut the Trump administration this week with a side deal that largely keeps in place fuel economy and emissions goals the White House aims to relax. Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and BMW joined California in imposing stricter fuel economy standards through 2026;...Read More»

2019 Ford Fiesta
Feds may review possible faulty Ford transmissions

Ford's allegedly flawed transmissions may be in for more scrutiny. The NHTSA said Wednesday it will to review all information involving the potentially faulty transmissions, including customer complaints. The Detroit Free Press reported on the latest action from the government agency after the...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
Wagon woes: VW Golf Alltrack, SportWagen to end production

The end is nigh for two niche Volkswagen models. In a Wednesday announcement, VW said it will end production of the Golf Alltrack and SportWagen models for the U.S. market. Both models are currently made at the automaker's Puebla, Mexico, factory where production of the Beetle ended last week. VW...Read More»

VW MQ281 6-speed manual transmission
Sticking around, VW redesigns 6-speed manual transmission

Volkswagen isn't prepared to say goodbye to the manual transmission and debuted its redesigned 6-speed unit Monday. The brand said the redesigned manual transmission focuses on efficiency and shaving carbon dioxide production while driving. Total, the gearbox will help save up to 5 grams per...Read More»

Lyft, Aptiv to provide rides for blind individals
Lyft, Aptiv will supply rides to blind or visually impaired people

Ridesharing company Lyft and self-driving car startup Aptiv want to make sure that blind or visually impaired people can still get where they need to go. Both companies said this week they have partnered with the National Federation of the Blind to provide rides to blind or visually impaired...Read More»

2017 Hagerty Teen Drive Golden
Drivers ed isn't enough for new drivers, Volvo report finds

Americans agree on one thing: when it comes to driver's education, the system is seriously lagging. The Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Volvo found the majority of Americans believe the standard driver's license test is outdated, at a minimum. More than half of the respondents said they feel the...Read More»

BMW Vision iNext concept
BMW and Daimler announce partnership for self-driving cars

BMW and Daimler joined forces to develop self-driving car technology. The two typical rivals said in separate announcements last week that the partnership is a long-term contract to help bring autonomous vehicle technologies to market quicker. Specifically, the agreement aims to put Level 4...Read More»

Ford-VW partnership
Ford, VW announce multibillion-dollar partnership for self-driving cars and electric cars

Ford and Volkswagen announced Friday a widening partnership between the two automakers and detailed a multibillion-dollar partnership to develop autonomous cars. Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess announced the deal in New York and said VW would invest $2.6 billion in Ford-backed...Read More»

2020 Toyota Highlander
Toyota now plans to build future, new SUV at new Alabama assembly plant

The Mazda-Toyota joint car plant in Huntsville, Alabama, hasn't yet made its first car, but Toyota has already shifted its plans for the new facility. On Wednesday, Toyota said it won't build additional Corolla models at the new plant, and instead, the factory will produce a future SUV. Details on...Read More»

Final Volkswagen Beetle at Puebla, Mexico, assembly plant
Final Volkswagen Beetle leaves assembly plant in Mexico after storied run

The Volkswagen Beetle has met the end of the road. This week, the final Beetle model will roll off the assembly plant in Puebla, Mexico. VW said Wednesday the last 2019 VW Beetle is a coupe finished in Denim Blue and will remain local to Mexico. After celebrations, the car will join the VW Museum...Read More»

Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London
UK aims to make all new cars sold there electric by 2035

The United Kingdom wants the cars on its roads to go electric, and it intends do so five years earlier than previously announced In the signing of legislation ordering the U.K. to reduce its emissions to net-zero come 2050, a proposal to make all new cars sold in region electric by 2035 is now on...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
Average age of a car on US roads hits record 11.8 years old

Americans aren't saying goodbye to their vehicles like they used to. The average age of a car in the U.S. hit a new record, according to the results of a study released Thursday from IHS Markit. The average age of a vehicle is 11.8 years old as of 2018. A few factors have likely contributed to the...Read More»

Lyft car picking up a rider
Hyundai to offer owners Lyft rides while cars are in for service

Hyundai owners many not need a loaner car or wait for the dealership shuttle while their vehicle undergoes service. The automaker's dealer network will soon offer customers Lyft rides to home or work while it handles repairs and other services. The brand said in a Tuesday release that dealers will...Read More»

Drive.AI self-driving car in Arlington, Texas
Apple buys self-driving car startup Drive.ai

Technology giant Apple has purchased self-driving car startup Drive.ai just as it was preparing to close up shop. Apple confirmed with Axios it made the purchase on Tuesday, though it's unclear what the technology company paid for the self-driving car company. Drive.ai had raised around $77 million...Read More»

FCA Uconnect Market
FCA latest to jump on in-car commerce bandwagon

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has embraced in-car commerce with the introduction of its Uconnect Market system. The automaker revealed the latest in-car connectivity feature on Monday, which will allow FCA vehicle owners to shop, pay for fuel, and even reserve a table at a restaurant from their cars...Read More»

Chevrolet GM Marketplace adds Domino's Pizza app
Chevy adds Domino's Pizza ordering to its in-car touchscreen

Chevrolet has made ordering a Domino's Pizza possible from behind the wheel. The brand said on Friday a Domino's Pizza app joins a host of other apps as part of the GM Marketplace system, which is built into most 2017 and newer Chevy vehicles. Marketplace debuted in Dec. 2017 and the automaker...Read More»

Uber
Sick? Uber partners with health-tech startup to drive corporate employees to the doctor for free

For individuals with unreliable transportation to see a doctor, Uber and a health-tech startup that advises major corporations have launched a pilot program to pick them up. There are plenty of catches, Uber said Wednesday as it announced the program with Grand Rounds. The deal currently applies...Read More»

2019 Genesis G80
Korean automakers rank highest in latest JD Power quality survey

Three brands that fall under the Hyundai Group umbrella dominated the latest J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey, the results of which were released Wednesday. The rankings this year placed each Korean auto brand in the same spots as last year: Genesis in first, Kia in second, and Hyundai in third...Read More»

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