Richard Read, Reporter

Richard Read covers technology, social media, advertising, legal issues, and other auto industry topics for High Gear Media. With a background in marketing and development, he's particularly interested in branding, public relations, and new media, as well as pop culture and, of course, cars. He's written for Gawker, Fodors, and other outlets, both on the web and in print. In his spare time, Richard is a marketing consultant, with a focus on small companies and nonprofits. Born in Laurel, Mississippi, he holds degrees from Millsaps College, Tulane University, and the University of New Orleans. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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ICYMI, Donald Trump talked about infrastructure yesterday, too
ICYMI, Donald Trump talked about infrastructure yesterday, too

U.S. president Donald Trump held a press conference yesterday. You might've heard something about it. Long before Trump stepped away from the microphone, media outlets were busy posting reports about his explicit defense of the white nationalists who'd gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia over the...Read More»

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]
What if the EPA dialed back emissions rules, but only on trucks?

Back in March, Donald Trump authorized a review of current U.S. emissions regulations. Those regulations cover vehicles through the 2025 model year and were hastily finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in the days leading up to Trump's inauguration. The review alarmed environmental...Read More»

The Great Wall of China
Fiat Chrysler may have found a buyer in China, but who?

For nearly three years (and maybe longer), Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has been looking for a pal, a partner to help him improve the FCA lineup and lay a strong foundation for the company's future. After being rebuffed and left-swiped by a handful of potential soulmates, he may have finally...Read More»

2017 Mini Seven Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door
MINI has a car just for students, and it's priced below $20,000

It's that time of year again: time for college students across America to charge their vaporizers, toss their dirty laundry into garbage bags, and head back to campus. This year, however, MINI wants the young'uns to make the journey in a brand new car--one that costs slightly less than $20,000...Read More»

2016 Nissan Titan
2016-2017 Nissan Titan Crew Cab and Titan XD Crew Cab recalled for seatbelt flaw

Nissan has announced a recall of more than 44,000 Titan and Titan XD Crew Cab pickups to fix a problem with the vehicles' seatbelts. Documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the devices may not properly protect occupants during collision. The problem is...Read More»

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013
Otto who? Tesla is ready to test electric, self-driving big rigs in Nevada and California

You can say a lot of things about Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, but you certainly can't call them slackers. They've crafted a plan for world domination that includes electric cars, self-driving technology, solar power, and energy storage, among other things--and they're not done yet. For Tesla's...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
Volkswagen launches cash-for-clunkers program in Germany to get older diesels off the road

In Germany, 2.6 million consumers bought diesel vehicles that were secretly equipped with Volkswagen's defeat devices. Those devices allow vehicles to cheat on emissions tests and may be responsible for 1,200 or more premature deaths across Europe. And yet, unlike the 560,000 owners of similarly...Read More»

2018 Infiniti Q50
2016-2018 Infiniti Q50, 2017 Infiniti Q60 recalled over stalling concerns

Nissan is recalling some 14,192 Infiniti Q50 and Q60 vehicles from the 2016, 2017, and 2018 model years. Documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that, due to a software glitch, those vehicles may be at risk of stalling. The software in question is found on the...Read More»

Artist’s impression of Faraday Future’s proposed plant in Hanford, California
Faraday Future's strange saga continues as the company moves to California plant

It would be easy to look at financially troubled Faraday Future and think that the inmates were running the asylum. Does a new announcement about the electric car start-up's manufacturing plans help or hurt matters? Previously... Faraday has been making people go "hmm" for well over a year. The...Read More»

Mazda and Toyota logos
What does the Toyota-Mazda partnership mean for shoppers?

Last Thursday, we reported on a rumored partnership between Toyota and Mazda involving a shared plant and collaboration on electric vehicles. The following day, Toyota confirmed that the rumors were true and provided additional details about the tie-up, including: 1. Plans for a joint manufacturing...Read More»

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