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Agency Opens Probe Into Fire Truck Recall

August 20, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall of 156 fire trucks last year was enough to fix a problem with aerial ladders that can unexpectedly fall. The probe covers trucks from the 2000 to 2012 model years made by ...   

Attorney General Sues State Farm Over Auto Repairs

August 19, 2014 3:29 pm | by Melinda Deslatte - Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed a lawsuit Tuesday against State Farm, alleging Louisiana's largest auto insurer is illegally steering customers involved in car accidents to repair shops that use junkyard parts and choose cheap fixes over safety. The lawsuit, filed in state district court in...

America's First Electric Supercar

August 19, 2014 11:26 am | by CNET | Videos | Comments

What looks like a Shelby Daytona Coupé, goes like a 911 Turbo S and uses no traditional fuel? The Renovo Coupe. It's a car bred in Silicon Valley and it's the first American all-electric supercar. After four and a half years of working in secret, the car is ready ...

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U.S. Wants To Make Cars Talk To Each Other

August 19, 2014 10:01 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in ...         

China Accuses Mercedes Of Price Abuses

August 18, 2014 1:30 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government said Monday it has concluded Mercedes-Benz violated anti-monopoly law and charged excessive prices for parts, adding to a growing number of global automakers snared in an investigation of ...       

'62 Ferrari Sold At Auction For $34M

August 18, 2014 1:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A rare 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO once owned by a famed racing driver and Olympic gold medalist has sold for $34.65 million. Thursday's sale at an auction in California during Monterey Car Week is ...          

Engineering Newswire: Marine’s Driverless Jeep Built on a Growler

August 18, 2014 10:44 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re reaching 290 mph with the Hennessey Venom F5, 3d printing on the Stratasys Uprint, and taking a spin in the marine’s new self-driving jeep ...                  

Warranty On Tesla Model S Increased To 8 years

August 18, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it has extended the drive-unit warranty for its Model S sedan to make it good for eight years and unlimited miles. The drive-unit warranty, now matching that for ...         

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Nissan's Clean Car Put To The Test

August 15, 2014 11:51 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Nissan claims it has created the 'cleanest car' in the world with a new innovative paint technology. Watch as it gets put to the test ...                   

84 MPG Car Gets Closer To Production

August 15, 2014 3:31 am | by Dee-ann Durbin - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon. Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but ...        

GM To Build $174M Stamping Facility In Lansing

August 14, 2014 12:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. has announced plans to build a $174 million stamping facility in Lansing. GM says the new facility will create or retain about ...                 

More Potential Problems For The Tesla Model S

August 14, 2014 11:06 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Tesla Model S was once the darling of Consumer Reports, but a recent article states that the car now 'has more than its share of problems.'                  

Jaguar Land Rover Recalling Nearly 41,000 Vehicles

August 13, 2014 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling nearly 41,000 vehicles because the front air bag on the passenger's side might not work properly in a crash. Jaguar Land Rover, owned by India's Tata Motors, is recalling 17,066 LR2s from ...   

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GM Manufacturing Integrates Laser Scanning, Google Glass

August 12, 2014 1:41 pm | by Autoline Network | Videos | Comments

Cathy Clegg, vice president of North American GM Manufacturing, talks to John McElroy about some of the innovative processes GM is using to improve its manufacturing operations.           

Flooding Slows Auto Production In Detroit

August 12, 2014 1:38 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Record-setting rainfall in the Detroit area has slowed vehicle production and closed some facilities, automakers said Tuesday. General Motors closed its Tech Center in the Detroit suburb of Warren on Tuesday because of ...      

On The Road With New Car Tech

August 12, 2014 10:16 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

USA Today shows off some of what a new car will be able to do for you in 2015.                              

GM Gets Claims In 63 Death Cases

August 11, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sixty-three death claims have been filed so far with the lawyer handling payments for those involved in wrecks caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches. A spokeswoman for compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg says he ...   

U.S. Agency Moves Slowly On Investigation Requests

August 11, 2014 1:10 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

People are waiting longer than they should for an answer when they petition the government to open an investigation into what could be serious safety problems. The Associated Press reviewed all 15 petitions filed by ...     

GM Issues 6 More Recalls Covering 312,000 Vehicles

August 11, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is issuing six more recalls totaling more than 312,000 vehicles as the company cleans up past safety issues. The recalls in North America pushed GM's total for the year to ...           

Safety Agency Probes Can-Am Motorcycle Fires

August 8, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating two reports of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles.                           

GM Issues Third Recall For SUVs That Can Catch Fire

August 8, 2014 8:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.            

Toyota: Chinese Regulators Looking At Lexus

August 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Joe McDonald and Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that Chinese anti-monopoly regulators are looking at its Lexus luxury unit in a spreading investigation of foreign automakers.                        

Hyundai Fined $17.35M For Brake Defect

August 8, 2014 7:50 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine for delayed reporting of a brake defect affecting Genesis luxury cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday.              

China Probes Automakers, Technology Firms

August 6, 2014 5:35 pm | by Joe Mcdonald - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China. On Wednesday, a regulator said ...

Trade Gap Narrows To Lowest Level In 5 Months

August 6, 2014 3:50 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell in June to its lowest level since January as imports dropped sharply, led by lower shipments of cellphones, petroleum, and cars.                  

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