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Tesla Announces Charging System, Auto-Steering Feature

March 20, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Company officials said the update’s Range Assurance application would communicate with Tesla Superchargers and other charging stations and automatically calculate when vehicles require a charge.

GM CEO Barra To Be Questioned in Ignition-Switches Lawsuit

March 20, 2015 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be questioned this fall by lawyers suing GM over its defective ignition switches.

Tesla Updating Model S to Ease Range Anxiety, Improve Safety

March 19, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors is updating its Model S electric car to help ease drivers' worries about running out of battery charge

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Test Ride: Mercedes Self-Driving Luxury Car

March 19, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Brian Cooley takes a ride inside Mercedes' F 015 self-driving vehicle and explains why it could be the future of mobility.

Honda Adds 105,000 Vehicles to Driver's Air Bag Recall

March 19, 2015 11:19 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is adding nearly 105,000 vehicles to its growing U.S. recall of driver's side air bag inflators that can explode with too much force.

Ford GT Supercar Will Be Company's Most Expensive Ever

March 18, 2015 3:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ford GT supercar will be Ford Motor Co.'s priciest vehicle ever when it goes on sale next year.

Midsize Truck Myth: Why Chevy's New Urban Pickup is Huge

March 18, 2015 3:07 pm | Videos | Comments

Since the Chevrolet Colorado went on sale last year it's been flying off dealership lots. The truck is important, because it fills a segment that Detroit had been ignoring for years: midsize trucks. 

Ford, Microsoft Announce Cloud-Based System for New Vehicles

March 18, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company and Microsoft on Tuesday announced a partnership to implement a cloud-based system on new Ford models starting later this year. 

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Flying Cars Will Be Available in 2017

March 17, 2015 2:31 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Slovakian company AeroMobil will begin selling a flying car in 2017.

Attorney: GM to Face Further Legal Action Over Ignition Problem

March 17, 2015 1:52 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Motors was spared a potentially lengthy legal battle over faulty ignition switches following a settlement with the family of a Georgia victim last week. The family's attorney, however, said further probes of the company's actions would continue. 

Autonomous Car Prepares For 3,500-Mile U.S. Road Trip

March 16, 2015 2:26 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An autonomous car developed by Michigan-based auto supplier Delphi Automotive will soon be making a 3,500-mile journey across the U.S.

Ford F-150 Still Sees Strong Demand

March 16, 2015 2:13 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Joe Hinrichs, president of the Americas at Ford Motor Co., talks about production and demand for the new F-150 series, the addition of 900 workers at Ford's Kansas City plant, and the impact of a stronger dollar on Ford.

Toyota Wants Price of Hydrogen Vehicle to Match Diesel Cars

March 16, 2015 1:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Toyota's new hydrogen-powered car already costs far less than analysts' original forecasts, but reports suggest the Japanese automaker hopes to make it affordable to most car buyers in the next five to seven years. 

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Top 10 ‘Ugliest’ Cars List

March 13, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Auto industry experts at Cars.com has released its subjective list of the Top 10 ugly cars from the U.S. market over the past 30 years.

GM to Alter Chevrolet, GMC Warranties

March 13, 2015 11:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Motors will make a series of changes to its vehicle warranty and maintenance programs after they failed to generate more interest among car buyers. 

Tesla Announces Job Cuts in China

March 13, 2015 10:34 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

After selling only half of projected vehicle sales, Tesla has reported that it will be cutting jobs in China. 

Kia To Recall Some Soul SUVs

March 13, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kia is recalling nearly 209,000 Soul small SUVs because the gas pedals can bend or break.

Honda Running Ad Campaign to Boost Recall Repairs

March 12, 2015 9:59 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is launching an unprecedented U.S. ad campaign urging owners to get vehicles that have been recalled for safety problems repaired.

Toledo Finalizing Incentives Package to Keep Jeep Plant

March 11, 2015 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toledo officials are finalizing an incentives package this week in an effort to keep Jeep Wrangler production in the northwest Ohio city.

Apple Shareholders Float Tesla Purchase

March 11, 2015 10:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the company's annual shareholders meeting this week amid record sales and a soaring stock price. But that wasn't on the minds of a pair of investors however, instead they inquired about the possibility of the tech giant acquiring electric car manufacturer Tesla. 

Is the Worst Over For GM and Mary Barra?

March 10, 2015 3:31 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

GM shares rise on news of a big stock buyback and are near a 52-week high. The company has bounced back from the worst of its 2014 recall woes.

China's Auto Sales Growth Decelerates in February

March 10, 2015 10:55 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's auto sales growth decelerated in February despite a near doubling in purchases of Chinese-made SUVs, an industry group reported Tuesday.

Goodyear’s Concept Tires to Help Power Electric Cars

March 9, 2015 3:32 pm | News | Comments

Goodyear has announced a new concept tire that can convert heat into energy and, in turn, can power an electric car.

NC Among Southern States Aiming to Lure Big Car Plants, Jobs

March 9, 2015 3:19 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Southern politicians are heating up their recruiting in hopes of landing a big auto manufacturing plant and the potential of thousands of high-paying jobs.

A Look at ELF, the Solar-Powered Bicycle-Car Hybrid

March 9, 2015 3:07 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

It's called the ELF, a solar-powered bike-car hybrid that's turning up in cities across the country. Costing $5,500, the transportation requires no insurance or gasoline. 

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