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Automobile traffic backs-up as it travels north from San Diego to Los Angeles along Interstate Highway 5 in California December 10, 2013.

U.S. News Announces the 2016 Best Cars for the Money

Covering 23 automotive categories, the awards highlight a single vehicle in each class that provides consumers with the best combination of quality and value.

February 10, 2016

Farewell, My Unlovely

The main difference between the rusty, underpowered, cramped, and funny-looking Bugs I drove, and the Volkswagens of today is that the old Bugs were honest.

September 24, 2015

More New Vehicles Get Forward-Crash Prevention Systems

More cars are coming equipped with robotic functions that protect drivers from front-end crashes with other vehicles or objects, which could result in fewer crashes and lower insurance rates for drivers.

August 31, 2015
Old and new transportation modes cross paths in San Bernardino, Calif. (John Reinan/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

A Trip Down Route 66 With A Boatload Of Old Cars, Busload Of Gearheads

But if you ever see what looks like a middle-aged mechanic strolling around Minneapolis in a weird jumpsuit, say hello. He can’t fix your car, but he’s got some good stories to tell.

August 28, 2015
Drivers can improve fuel economy by traveling at steady speeds, anticipating stops and making sure tires are properly inflated. (Photo courtesy Fotolia/TNS)

High Gas Prices Driving You Crazy? Do These Simple Things To Slash Your Gasoline Bill

You can’t control the price of gas, but you can minimize the damage to your wallet.

July 24, 2015
Google is testing Tesla's Model S as an autonomous vehicle. via Flickr

Are Insurers Prepared For Self-Driving Cars?

Auto insurers are unprepared for the changes self-driving vehicles will create for their business and most don’t think the technology will have a significant impact for at least a decade, according to a study released Wednesday by consulting firm KPMG.

June 17, 2015
Google driverless car

Shorter Road Ahead For Driverless Cars

Friends keep orating that driverless cars are something in the far-ahead future. Apparently, they’re not. That future is near.

June 9, 2015
After a test driving cars in a nearby parking lot, students in the Minddrive program, including Anett Amaya, 17, return to headquarters, on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. Students in the program spend about 30 weeks designing, building and testing their projects, including these electric cars. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Automotive Program Drives Students To Higher Learning

Many students not known for being scholarly have fallen in love with automotive engineering.

May 29, 2015

Tally Of Deaths Tied To Defective GM Ignition Switches Rise To 84

An independent investigation by former federal prosecutor Anton Valukas found that some GM engineers knew about the problem as early as 2003.

April 14, 2015

California Begins Offering Licenses To Immigrants In U.S. Illegally

Undocumented immigrants can now drive in the Golden State without breaking the law.

January 2, 2015

Bailed-Out GM Needs To Step Up To The Emissions Plate

Taxpayers didn’t bail out GM to see it dodge efforts to protect the environment.

December 1, 2014

Why Millennials Don’t Drive So Much

Find out why young Americans are hanging up the car keys.

October 16, 2014

Tesla Chief Says Self-driving Cars Just Around Corner

Tokyo (AFP) — U.S. electric car maker Tesla is developing technology that could see vehicles run on “full auto pilot” in as little as five or six years, according to its chief executive Elon Musk. The colorful entrepreneur said his firm was stepping on the accelerator in the race against rivals such as Google and […]

September 9, 2014

Auto Export Gains Narrow U.S. Trade Deficit In July

Washington (AFP) — The U.S. trade deficit shrank for the third straight month in July helped by gains in exports especially from the automotive sector, Commerce Department data showed Thursday. The monthly trade balance came in at a negative $40.5 billion, down from a $40.8 billion deficit in June. Exports rose $1.8 billion to $198.0 […]

September 4, 2014

NASCAR’s Stewart Skips Race After Hitting, Killing Driver

New York (AFP) — Tony Stewart missed Sunday’s NASCAR event after striking and killing a sprint car driver who left his damaged vehicle mid-race to confront the motorsport veteran. Stewart, one of the most popular drivers in American stock car racing, ploughed into 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr during a race in upstate New York on […]

August 11, 2014

Americans Alarmed As Heatstroke Kills Kids In Cars

Washington (AFP) — Leaving children in parked cars in the blazing heat of summer: it’s so obviously wrong, yet it happens with astonishing regularity, with tragic results. From 1998 through 2013 in the United States, officials say, an average of 38 children a year have died of heatstroke in cars — the overwhelming majority of […]

July 25, 2014

1964 Mercury Brings One-Of-A-Kind Glamour To The Concours d’Elegance

By Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press Since restoring their 1964 Mercury Park Lane two years ago, the Jedryczka family has entered the car in several auto shows, but Sunday will be the first time it appears in the Concours d’Elegance of America, an annual show in Plymouth, Mich., now in its 36th year. The palomino-colored […]

July 25, 2014

Wiring Problem Spurs Chrysler Recall Of 895,000 Jeep And Dodge SUVs

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times Chrysler Group is recalling about 895,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango sport-utility vehicles because of a wiring problem that could start a fire. The automaker said if one of these vehicles needs a repair that includes servicing the vanity mirror and/or headliner, the wiring — located inside the […]

July 11, 2014

General Motors Recalls Three Million More Cars Worldwide

New York (AFP) – General Motors announced a new round of recalls Thursday, totaling nearly three million vehicles worldwide, as the U.S. automaker works to speed up its response to safety issues. GM said that five recalls affected 2.99 million vehicles, with most of them — 2.71 million — in the United States. The company […]

May 15, 2014

Nissan Recalls 990,000 Cars In North America Over Airbag Issue

New York (AFP) – Japanese automaker Nissan is recalling nearly a million of its vehicles in North America over a defect that could cause the front passenger airbag not to deploy in an accident. The company did not indicate whether the defect was involved in any reported accidents in the letter it sent to the […]

March 26, 2014