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New Regs Seek 5% Annual Boost In Efficiency Through 2016
New Regs Seek 5% Annual Boost In Efficiency Through 2016

Yesterday, President Obama unveiled the new auto emissions and efficiency standards that we've been expecting since last week. Those regulations, which kick in during the 2012 model year, require an annual boost in fuel efficiency of around 5%, with a target of reaching 35.5 mpg by calendar year...Read More»

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London Cops Steal From Your Car, But It's For Your Own Good

Call us crazy, but if someone took a mobile phone, a briefcase, or a handheld GPS navigation system out of our car--even if it were unlocked--we'd call that theft. The police in London's Richmond neighborhood take a different view. When they see valuables left in plain sight in unlocked cars...Read More»

Volvo's first safety engineer, Nils Bohlin, demonstrates the three-point safety harness in 1959
Celebrating Seat Belt Safety: 50 Years of Saving Lives

As you get into your car today and buckle your belt without a second thought, pause for a moment. Today is the 50th birthday of the three-point safety belt, an invention that has saved hundreds of thousands of lives globally. The safety harness, as it used to be called, was created in 1959 by Nils...Read More»

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Michigan Dealers Bandy Bumping Blue Laws

Blue laws are most commonly used to regulate alcohol sales, but in 13 states, they also ban the selling of automobiles on Sunday. Now, dealers in one of those states -- Michigan -- are pondering the possibility of lifting the restriction that shutters dealers in counties of 130,000+ residents. Some...Read More»

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Cash-For-Clunkers Kicks Off; Dealers Grumble About Registration, Requirements

Today marks the official start of the federal government's cash-for-clunkers program (sometimes referred to as the "Car Allowance Rebate System" and sometimes as the "Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save" program, both of which cleverly spell "CARS"). On Friday, we mentioned that a set of...Read More»

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BREAKING: Feds Release Sneak Peek At Cash-For-Clunkers Rules

In an effort to meet its deadline for releasing the rules of the federal "Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save" initiative (i.e. the official, clunky name of the cash-for-clunkers program), the government has released a 136-page PDF offering more detail than many will want about CARS. However...Read More»

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Natural Gas Sweeping Through Congress

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that oil baron-turned-wind baron T. Boone Pickens was lobbying the Senate for new legislation to fund the development of natural gas-powered vehicles. Today, TB is likely dancing a jig after hearing that the House of Representatives passed a complimentary bill...Read More»

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House Approves Chrysler, GM Dealer-Reinstatement Legislation

From Washington comes potentially bad news for Chrysler Group and General Motors Company: yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would reinstate 789 Chrysler dealers and around 2520 GM dealers to their respective networks. To recap: the dealers in question were cut...Read More»

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Consumer Groups Lobby For Liability Warnings on Chrysler Vehicles

The United States Federal Trade Commission has received a petition from consumer organizations worried about Chrysler vehicles manufactured prior to April 30, 2009, when the company entered bankruptcy court. Specifically the organizations are concerned about Chrysler Group (aka "New Chrysler") and...Read More»

T. Boone Pickens with President Barack Obama
T. Boone Pickens Pushes Natural Gas Boom

Oil baron-turned-clean tech tycoon T. Boone Pickens has been spending lots of time in D.C. these days, pushing for a variety of changes in U.S. energy policy. Yesterday he proved successful on one of those initiatives when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), joined Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT)...Read More»

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Disenfranchised Dealers Battle Chrysler, GM In D.C.

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering not one, but two bills that would provide legal remedies to the 2,100 dealers cut from the Chrysler and GM networks during each company's recent restructuring. Although the text of those bills hasn't filtered into the congressional database just yet...Read More»

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On Capitol Hill: New Bill Aims To Boost DOE Fund For Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Development

Remember those loans we mentioned on Tuesday--the ones that the Department of Energy made to Ford, Nissan, and Tesla for the development of fuel-efficient vehicles? At the time, we said that certain members of congress were interested in doubling the amount of funds available to automakers, from...Read More»

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Making Everyone Happy: Cash-For-Clunkers' Salvage Provision

Many people think cash-for-clunkers is a great idea, but there are holdouts--especially among those who depend on salvaged parts. Well, those folks might feel a little better after skimming the current bill, which permits the "selling any parts of the disposed vehicle other than the engine block...Read More»

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Cash-For-Clunkers: A List Of Cars That Qualify

Cash-for-clunkers has been a hot topic for months, but the legislation's fate on capitol hill has been so uncertain that we haven't talked much about specifics: that is, how the law would affect you. However, now that Representative Betty Sutton's bill has been approved by the House, the...Read More»

Ohio Representative Betty Sutton
Cash-For-Clunkers: Finally, Movement

After many months of maneuvering, debate, and hand-wringing, the U.S. House of Representatives finally took action yesterday on a "cash-for-clunkers" bill presented by Betty Sutton (D-OH) and 59 co-sponsors. H.R.2751 (PDF here) handily passed with a vote of 298 to 119. (How did your representative...Read More»

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Cash-For-Clunkers Causes Confusion, Cantankery

Recently, we mentioned that the cash-for-clunkers legislation everyone's been giddy about would soon become a reality--and we had every reason to believe it. At the time, the measure was included as part of a larger, more divisive package on energy reform, but legislators in both the House and the...Read More»

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Link Love From The Car Connection: Gullwing Replicas, Women Behind The Wheel, And GM Flubs Today, Hopes For Brighter Tomorrow

Beauty in abundance -- There's another Mercedes-Benz SL 300 Gullwing replica on the market. "What's that", you say? "Why do we need two?" Which makes us think you're off your freakin' rocker, because we could live in a world of these. Seriously. [MotorAuthority] Tomorrowland -- GM is looking toward...Read More»

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Nebraska Dealer, Employees Steal 81 Cars, Face Felony Charges

These are the times that try mens'...criminal records. Police arrested Nebraska auto dealer Allen Patch, and employee Rachel Fait, on Wednesday in Utah. The two, plus manager Rick Covello (who turned himself in to authorities today), face felony charges for the theft of 81 vehicles from their...Read More»

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Feds Roll Out Auto Theft, Fraud Prevention Web Site

Today the U.S. Department of Justice rolled out the NMVTIS, or National Motor Vehicle Title Information System. It is designed to protect consumers from auto fraud as well as providing law enforcement professionals with new ways to investigate malfeasance involving automobiles. The service will be...Read More»

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