Automakers Expanding in China May Soon Face Weakening Demand

This post was originally published on this site By KEITH BRADSHER March 28, 2016 SHANGHAI — The new $1.3 billion Cadillac factory on the outskirts of Shanghai is a shrine to modern manufacturing, the kind of facility that automakers all over the world dream of building but can seldom afford. Hundreds of […]

This Life: Teenage Drivers? Be Very Afraid

This post was originally published on this site March 19, 2016 By BRUCE FEILER Spend enough time having parenting conversations, as I’ve done personally and professionally for the last dozen years, and certain patterns emerge. In nine out of 10 cases, if you’re talking about highly motivated parents, the message […]

Carmakers Agree to Make Automatic Braking Standard Without a Rule

This post was originally published on this site By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March 17, 2016 WASHINGTON — Automatic braking will be standard in most cars and light trucks within six years, and on heavier sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks within eight years, under an agreement that transportation officials and representatives from 20 […]

Video Review: The BMW 750i xDrive, Tranquillity With a Touch of Vegas

This post was originally published on this site March 10, 2016 By TOM VOELK A case could be made that modern automobiles are the most impressive consumer products created. Sophisticated cars contain more than 100 million lines of computer code (apparently all of Facebook comes in at about 60 million), […]

Investigation Opened Into Ford F-150 After Brake Failure Reports

This post was originally published on this site By CHRISTOPHER JENSEN March 4, 2016 Federal regulators are investigating reports of brake failure that may affect about 420,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a report on its website that it had received 33 consumer complaints, including […]

Do You Really Need Car Rental Insurance? 8 Things to Know

This post was originally published on this site If something happens to your rental car, even a flat tire (or two), you are responsible for the damage. March 1, 2016 Lucas Peterson FRUGAL TRAVELER With every car rental transaction comes the slightly uncomfortable moment when the agent behind the counter […]

Audit Finds Lapses at Safety Auto Regulator

This post was originally published on this site Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has pledged to improve data analysis. By STACY COWLEY February 25, 2016 Five years after an internal audit revealed serious shortcomings at the nation’s top auto safety regulator, the agency has failed to follow […]

Wheels: Technology Problems Top a List of Car Complaints

This post was originally published on this site Craig Sakowitz with his son Zachary in their vintage Volkswagen bus in San Francisco. When he recently rented a car, Mr. Sakowitz had problems with the Bluetooth system. February 25, 2016 By CHERYL JENSEN Craig Sakowitz could be considered a technologically adept […]

Takata Faked Test Data a Year After Airbag Recalls, Report Says

This post was originally published on this site A recalled Takata airbag inflater. Takata has recalled about 28 million airbag inflaters in about 24 million vehicles, and millions of cars with potentially defective inflaters remain on the road. By STACY COWLEY February 23, 2016 More than a year after defective Takata airbags […]

Volkswagen Memos Suggest Company Misled U.S. Regulators

This post was originally published on this site Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen’s former chief executive, has said he did not learn of a device used to cheat on emissions tests until shortly before the company’s public admission. By JACK EWING February 18, 2016 FRANKFURT — Volkswagen internal memos and emails suggest that company […]

Wheels: A Brassy Concept Car Comes Back From the Dead

This post was originally published on this site The Exemplar I, hand-built by the now-defunct Bridgeport Brass Company in 1967, replaced chrome trim with extensive brass and bronze trim. February 18, 2016 By JIM MOTAVALLI Automotive history is littered with the noble failures of ventures whose ambitions never quite matched […]

Driven: Video Review: The 2016 MKX Aims Lincoln in the Right Direction

This post was originally published on this site Video Ford is attempting to revive its Lincoln brand, and the new MKX is a big improvement from the previous model. Handsome, muscular and discreet, the crossover is spacious, quick and the interior has rich details. February 18, 2016 By TOM VOELK […]

Takata’s Faulty Airbags Still Exact Toll as Recalls Lag

This post was originally published on this site Ann Knight and her stepson, Jason Knight. By HIROKO TABUCHI and DANIELLE IVORY January 30, 2016 ROCK HILL, S.C. — The shrapnel from the Ford Ranger airbag punctured Joel Knight’s neck with so much force that investigators initially did not rule out a fatal shooting. Mr. […]

Ex-Porsche Executives’ Trial Sheds Light on a Family’s Rise at Volkswagen

This post was originally published on this site Wendelin Wiedeking, right, former chief executive of Porsche SE, and his lawyer Hanns Feigen arriving at the Stuttgart regional court last October. By JACK EWING February 14, 2016 FRANKFURT — A criminal trial in Germany has shed new light on how a billionaire family […]

The Commute of the Future? Ford Is Working on It

This post was originally published on this site Ideo’s offices in Chicago. Ford has worked with the company since 2005, on software for its hybrids and on the Ford Fusion’s console. Ford has now tapped Ideo to develop products not focused solely on driving. By DAVID GELLES February 13, 2016 On a […]

Takata Discarded Evidence of Airbag Ruptures as Early as 2000

This post was originally published on this site A former Takata engineer testified that the company’s airbags began rupturing in internal testing as many as 16 years ago. By HIROKO TABUCHI and DANIELLE IVORY February 12, 2016 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As the safety crisis surrounding Takata’s airbags that are prone to rupture has mushroomed, […]

Driven: Video Review: With the RC F, Lexus Abandons Its Beige Image

This post was originally published on this site Video Lexus has made its name as a luxury brand, but it also makes some performance cars, like the RC F. The coupe is powered by a sonorous V8 that propels it to 60 miles an hour from a standstill in 4.4 […]

Wheels: Carmakers Retreat From Quirky Designs as Millennials Embrace Mainstream

This post was originally published on this site Noel Barnum, of Long Beach, Calif., with his Scion FR-S coupe. Scion, he said, “could release these weird-looking cars that looked like toasters, and do really well with them.” February 11, 2016 By JONATHAN SCHULTZ It was not too long ago that […]

Your Money Adviser: Some Auto Insurance Premiums Penalize Home Renters, Study Finds

This post was originally published on this site February 10, 2016 Your Money Adviser By ANN CARRNS What does owning a home have to do with car insurance? Quite a bit, when it comes to the rates consumers pay for auto coverage, a new analysis finds. Consumers pay about 7 […]

Lawyer for Plaintiffs Suing G.M. Steps Up Criticism of Another

This post was originally published on this site By BARRY MEIER February 7, 2016 The infighting among lawyers for the plaintiffs suing General Motors over a flawed ignition switch intensified after one who helped uncover the defect sharpened his attacks against another who is heading the case. In a court filing on […]

No Matter the Brand, Europe’s Diesels Flunked a Pollution Test

This post was originally published on this site European policy makers developed a plan to require mandatory tests with portable devices to measure emissions on the road. By DANNY HAKIM February 7, 2016 London — European officials knew that Volkswagen diesels fell short of pollution limits years before the company became engulfed […]

Federal Inquiry Widens Over Fiat Chrysler Transmission

This post was originally published on this site By CHRISTOPHER JENSEN February 7, 2016 Federal regulators said late Saturday that they had intensified an investigation into about 856,000 Fiat Chrysler models, citing a concern that the vehicles could roll away when drivers think the automatic transmission is set on “park.” According to […]

Dodges Recalled Because of Risks in Changing Tires

This post was originally published on this site By CHRISTOPHER JENSEN February 6, 2016 Automobiles is recalling almost 505,000 2011-16 Dodge Chargers, including about 442,000 in the United States, because the vehicle might fall off the jack when a tire is being changed, according to a report by the automaker posted on […]

Lawyers Suing G.M. Over Defect Are Now Fighting Each Other

This post was originally published on this site Lance Cooper, a plaintiffs’ lawyer in Marietta, Ga., helped uncover the G.M. ignition switch problem. By BARRY MEIER February 5, 2016 The plaintiffs’ lawyers suing General Motors over its faulty ignition switch have been fighting to hold the carmaker accountable for the defect. But […]

Volkswagen, Reeling From Emissions Scandal, to Delay Earnings Report

This post was originally published on this site A carnival parade float this week in Mainz, Germany, was called “Pollution Car,” poking fun at VW’s scandal. By JACK EWING February 5, 2016 FRANKFURT — Volkswagen said on Friday that it would delay reporting its annual earnings and move back the date of […]

G.M. Posts Record Profit of $9.7 Billion for 2015

This post was originally published on this site Mary T. Barra, chief of G.M., at the unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt last month in Las Vegas. By BILL VLASIC February 3, 2016 DETROIT — With American consumers buying new vehicles in record numbers, General Motors is raking in big profits and promising […]

Yet Another Airbag Recall Will Affect Five Million

This post was originally published on this site The 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan is among autos being recalled for a defective part made by Continental Automotive Systems. By HIROKO TABUCHI and CHRISTOPHER JENSEN February 4, 2016 In a case that echoes the Takata airbag recalls, automakers including Honda and Fiat Chrysler will recall about […]

Driven: Video Review: The BMW X5 xDrive40e, a Hybrid for the Future

This post was originally published on this site Video BMW’s big S.U.V. now is offered as a plug-in hybrid, with 14 miles of battery-only range and a 4-cylinder engine that pitches in, for a combined 308 horsepower. February 4, 2016 By TOM VOELK INEXPENSIVE gasoline has fueled sales of the […]

Wheels: End of the Road May Be Near for Side Mirrors

This post was originally published on this site Continental, a big auto parts supplier, has a system it calls digital mirrors, eliminating cars’ Mickey Mouse ears. February 4, 2016 By JOHN R. QUAIN BEFORE engineers dreamed of eliminating drivers in cars, they imagined eliminating the side mirrors. The protuberances are […]