Autos

Skeptical German Reviewer Buys BMW i3 Electric Car: Likes The Car, Dislikes … – Green Car Reports

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

By Antony Ingram 2014 BMW i3 News In Your Inbox If it’s worth saying once, it bears repeating a hundred times: The best way to get people to buy electric cars is to put them behind the wheel. One German journalist has done just that, buying a BMW i3 electric car despite protestations from colleagues that the price, short range and lack of charging stations would be a step too…

Honda expands recall by up to 1 million cars – USA TODAY

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The airbag deployment in a single 2005 Honda Accord like this one added up to 1 million more cars to Honda’s recall(Photo: Honda Wieck) The single shrapnel-spewing deployment of an air bag in an old Accord has led Honda to expand its recall by 500,000 to 1 million vehicles. The expansion is limited to cars in California. Honda, one of eight automakers caught up in the recalls of Takata air…

Audi Joins Mercedes in Narrowing BMW Luxury-Car Sales Gap – Bloomberg

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Audi AG (NSU)’s A3 compact sedan and Mercedes-Benz’s top-of-the-line S-Class model helped the German companies narrow the sales gap with global luxury-car leader Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) in the first half of 2014. Six-month auto sales by BMW’s namesake brand exceeded Audi’s deliveries by 16,997 vehicles compared with a difference of 23,760 a year earlier, according to figures released by the manufacturers this week. BMW’s lead against Mercedes shrank…

A Weekend With The All-Electric BMW i3 – TechCrunch

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I’ve never driven a BMW, or an electric car, so I might have been an odd choice to test drive the new BMW i3, the German car maker’s all-electric hatchback, which packs the equivalent of 170 HP into its electric engine. But an unexpected reviewer might be the perfect candidate for an unexpected car. The car, which was on limited display at CES back in January, is on sale as…

New Volkswagen Passat Will Be Big In China As It Slides In Europe – Forbes

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

POTSDAM, Germany – Volkswagen’s redesigned new Passat sedan is unlikely to stem the slide of its sales in Europe, but success in China will more than make up for this. Sales of big European sedans like the Passat, Ford Mondeo, Opel-Vauxhall Insignia and Peugeot Peugeot 508 have suffered because of the popularity of high-riding, roomy, four-wheel-drive SUVs among private buyers, although the core purchasers of mainly company cars like this…

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Test Drive – Fox News

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible may look like it’s all about having fun in the sun, but it’s also an expert at crisis management. No, not the corporate kind that GM is so familiar with these days, and not your mid-life crisis, either. It’s the one where you’re trying to decide whether to buy the convertible sports car you really want or the coupe version you…

On a roll: Sales of super-expensive Rolls-Royce cars are up 33 percent globally – U.S. News & World Report

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

By GREGORY KATZ and MATTHEW KNIGHT, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — They are rolling symbols of wealth and excess, starting at $263,000 a pop, with many buyers choosing custom options that can easily double the price. And they are more popular than ever before. Rolls-Royce reported a startling rise in demand for their distinctive cars Tuesday. The British-made cars, updated to reflect the technical know-how and marketing might of parent…

Auto-Autonomy: Cars Are Racing Toward Disruption – Re/code

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The auto industry, for much of the 20th century, represented American ideals. The “Big Three” represented millions employed directly, often in jobs that raised standards of living. The leaders of auto companies came to define modern management, from Alfred Sloan to the Whiz Kids. Cars and culture became intertwined. The suburban lifestyle, from malls to minivans, was enabled by cars. Through oil shocks, quality imports, labor challenges, urban sprawl, bankruptcies…

Recall sends some 2014 Nissan Leaf electric cars to the crusher – Fox News

Monday, July 07, 2014

Nissan Just because you own an electric car doesn’t mean it isn’t subject to all the recalls and potential problems that conventional cars experience. Nissan has recalled about six weeks of production of the 2014 Nissan Leaf for missing welds in the front structure that could compromise the car’s structural integrity in a crash. Affected owners are being notified to take their cars back to the dealership for inspection to…

Volkswagen to Add Two Plants in China – Wall Street Journal

Monday, July 07, 2014

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Govt readies Rs 14K cr subsidy for hybrid, electric cars – Times of India

Sunday, July 06, 2014

NEW DELHI: Buying a hybrid or an electric car may soon fetch you a subsidy from the government, which is readying a Rs 14,000-crore scheme to push green vehicles. The subsidy will be a proportion of the difference between the price of a car running on fossil fuel and that of a green vehicle, said sources involved with the discussions. READ ALSO: Govt panel proposes green cess on petrol, vehicles…

Big One followed by Bigger One involving 26 cars at Daytona – FOXSports.com

Sunday, July 06, 2014

As Sunday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway approached the 100-lap mark, an ill-timed bump from Greg Biffle on the back bumper of Kasey Kahne triggered a massive wreck on the backstretch, collecting the majority of the field. When Biffle tried to bump draft Kahne, the cars were not lined up and sent Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet down the track and into the right rear of Joey Logano’s No….

Are ‘American’ cars going extinct? – Fox News

Sunday, July 06, 2014

2014 Ford F-150Ford 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ConvertibleChevrolet 2014 Dodge SRT ViperDodge Want to buy an American car? Better get one while they last. Only 10 vehicles qualified this year for the annual American-Made Index from Cars.com, and just three of them are from domestic brands. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Ford F-150 pickup took the top spot for the second year in a row, while the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray came in…

LAPD: Stolen Tesla Involved in Police Pursuit Crashes Into Cars, Splits in … – KTLA

Sunday, July 06, 2014

A stolen Tesla involved in a fiery crash split into two following a pursuit that ended in West Hollywood early Friday, leaving seven people injured, police said. A Tesla was involved in a bad crash in West Hollywood that left multiple people injured. (Credit: KTLA) The incident began when police received a call from a Tesla dealership stating that an individual was “tampering or messing with” one of the vehicles,…

Are ‘American’ cars going extinct? – Fox News

Sunday, July 06, 2014

2014 Ford F-150Ford 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ConvertibleChevrolet 2014 Dodge SRT ViperDodge Want to buy an American car? Better get one while they last. Only 10 vehicles qualified this year for the annual American-Made Index from Cars.com, and just three of them are from domestic brands. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Ford F-150 pickup took the top spot for the second year in a row, while the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray came in…

Are ‘American’ cars going extinct? – Fox News

Saturday, July 05, 2014

2014 Ford F-150Ford 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ConvertibleChevrolet 2014 Dodge SRT ViperDodge Want to buy an American car? Better get one while they last. Only 10 vehicles qualified this year for the annual American-Made Index from Cars.com, and just three of them are from domestic brands. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Ford F-150 pickup took the top spot for the second year in a row, while the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray came in…

Cars of Summer show cars hold their luster – Worcester Telegram

Saturday, July 05, 2014

‘ WORCESTER — The first day of the Cars of Summer Car Show at Green Hill Park was a washout, leaving organizers optimistic for sunshine and a good turnout for the rest of the holiday weekend. “The first day is typically a shakeout day,” said organizer Roger Steele, a Worcester police captain….

Conservatives Are Purposely Making Their Cars Spew Black Smoke To Protest … – Business Insider

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Facebook Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars.  “Coal Rollers” are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra fuel into the engine causing dark black smoke to pour out of the chimney stacks. These modifications are not new, but as Slate’s Dave Weigel pointed out on Thursday, “rolling coal” has begun to take…

BMW 220d SE Coupe: car review – The Guardian

Saturday, July 05, 2014

I’ve been invited sailing. Or yachting, as I like to call it. Jesus, I’m not sure I’ll even be allowed in the car park, will I? Let alone on the actual yacht. I’m worried about my footwear options – either brown Crocs (I know, I still wear them even though no one else does) or black gardening/festival wellies. Luckily, the yachting expedition coincides with the loan of this sleek new…

Chevrolet Shows Off Cruze’s Available 4G LTE In Latest Ad: Video – GM Authority (blog)

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Earlier today we told you how Chevrolet plans to leverage its unique in-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi in its ad campaigns - now we have the first example of it. Featuring a sharp-dressed man boasting about his “first-of-its-kind” cell phone, he finds himself puzzled by his phone’s offer to connect to the Wi-Fi network “Chevrolet Cruze 4G  LTE.” “Wait, your car has Wi-Fi?” he asks his equally sharp female companion. The ad is…