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Teens not the only ones using cellphones while driving

Teenagers aren't the only ones prone to texting and talking while driving: A new survey finds that the vast majority of adults use their cellphones behind the wheel. More>>

10 most & least expensive ZIP codes for car insurance

Are your neighbors driving up your insurance rates? More>>

Hackers can kill your engine, lock your doors, and cut your brakes with Uconnect

A duo of security software engineers has revealed an exploit in FCA’s Uconnect service that allows frightening access to vehicles, including the ability to kill the engine, lock the doors and cut the brakes. More>>

The worst cities in the world for rush hour traffic

Planet Earth's commuters waste an average of 100 hours each year sitting in their cars during crunch times -- and that's just during the evening rush. More>>

'Novice driver' car decals don't cut crash rates

Adding decals to the license plates of drivers with learner permits doesn't reduce their rate of crashes, a new study finds. More>>

Used electric cars: About to get big, what you need to know

Think electric-car ownership is priced out of your league? It's simply not.


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Insurer: Braking style 'highly predictive' of accident risk

Progressive is gathering data on driving style and when you drive. And it's seeing some trends -- most notably, perhaps that a habit of hard braking is a leading indicator that you're more likely to be in an accident.


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Court rules Uber drivers are employees -- not freelancers

In a landmark ruling, California's Labor Commission ruled that Uber drivers are employees, not independent contractors.

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Electric car charging: The basics you need to know

Each new electric-car driver will have a few things to learn. Check out these tips on how, where, and when to charge up that new plug-in vehicle. More>>

Summer motorcycle season is here, stay safe

More motorcyclists are taking to U.S. roads, increasing the need for safety precautions, experts say. More>>

Like Tesla and BMW, Ford is sharing electric car technology with rivals

In June of 2014, Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk did something highly unusual: he unlocked Tesla's patent box and offered to share the company's electric car technology with other automakers.
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Volkswagen Beetle Dune Hybrid Concept: Quick drive

New York City passers-by who looked approvingly at our shiny bronze Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept car didn't know it, but the butcher-looking Beetle was running on a hybrid system not currently offered in the Beetle.


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2016 Dodge Viper ACR pricing, photos

The new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is coming at you hard and fast. More>>

2016 Audi Q7 first drive

Don't worry, America, it's not a wagon. It just drives like one, is as useful as one, and, if you squint at it the right way, kinda looks like one. More>>

2016 Dodge Viper ACR street-legal racer revealed

We have a new Viper ACR to lust over, which Dodge is introducing for the 2016 model year. More>>

2016 Chevrolet Camaro preview, prototype first drive

A new version of the the third member of the classic American muscle-car trio arrives later this year. More>>

Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid: Big battery, more electric range

The plug-in hybrid version of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 large luxury sedan was released at the Shanghai Motor Show.
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2016 Ford Mustang gets minor updates, California Special

The Ford Motor Company has announced a new round of updates for the Mustang's 2016 model year, whose timing no doubt has been purposefully made to coincide with this week's arrival of an all-new Chevrolet Camaro. More>>

Self-driving cars will still need limits for teens

Many Americans want the self-driving cars of the future to also have features that limit the behavior of teen drivers, a new survey finds. More>>

The best SUVs for tall drivers

Not all vehicles with the same shape and exterior measurements are created equally. More>>

2016 Cadillac ATS-V first drive video

For a comfortable, capable, high-tech car that's utterly satisfying and massively capable when pushed to the limit, the ATS-V could be the best pick every time. More>>

The lowest-rated cars of 2015

Some cars do extremely well in our evaluation process. Inevitably, there are the cars (including trucks, SUVs and minivans) that fare poorly in our ratings.
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BMW i3 And Mercedes-Benz C-Class make Ward’s 2015 Best Interiors list

There was a time when having a decent interior in your car meant spending the big bucks.
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2016 Acura RLX gets AcuraWatch driver aids, chassis tuning

For the 2016 model year, Acura has implemented a few tweaks to improve the overall package. 
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The best performance cars of 2015

Lurid acceleration, perfect balance, intuitive handling, pine-tar levels of grip--performance means different things to different drivers.
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The 10 most expensive (and least expensive) new cars to insure

You've finally done it: you've researched, you've asked around, you've test driven, and at long last, you've chosen your next car. It's a great feeling, isn't it? But that moment of exhilaration could be brief if you haven't inquired about insurance. More>>

The safest vehicles of 2015

Safety is no longer a back-burner priority for new-car shoppers. Across most types of vehicle shoppers, it's one of the top concerns. More>>

Lincoln Continental Concept debuts at 2015 New York Auto Show

Wearing the brand's new face and promising great things for the future, the Continental concept is a huge gamble for the Lincoln brand. More>>

2015 New York Auto Show preview

The action for the 2015 New York Auto Show all unfolds April 1, and you can bet there will be a few surprises in store.
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Top 10 cities for electric cars: San Francisco leads, but it's not all California

So what's the best place in the U.S. for electric cars right now?
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Many may be OK to drive 2 weeks after getting new hip

Many people who've had hip replacement surgery might safely be able to drive as soon as two weeks after the procedure, a new small study finds. More>>

2015 New York Auto Show

New York City might seem one of the most car-hostile environments on the planet, but it really isn't. Take the city's annual auto show as irrefutable proof of the opposite.
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Interactive map shows how America gets to work

If you read the news each day, you might be under the impression that few people drive to work alone. But you'd be wrong.
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Bentleys, Bugattis selling much faster than Hondas, Hyundais

As quickly as mass-market vehicles from Chrysler, GM, and Toyota may be selling, they're not moving nearly as fast as ultra-luxury rides.
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Oregon to test nation's first per-mile road fee in lieu of gas taxes

Oregon is looking to institute the nation's first per-mile road tax, with the help of a data-gathering system, according to Automotive News.

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Will Tesla fail as a company?

The Model S is an excellent car, but there's still plenty wrong with Tesla, according to one writer. More>>

2016 Audi R8 fully revealed: Live photos, video from Geneva

Known and respected for its ability to blend daily-driver comfort with world-class handling and pace, the first-generation Audi R8 ran from 2007 through 2015 as the brand's halo car. Now, it's fresh once again. More>>

The most deadly (and least deadly) cars in America

Your chance of dying behind the wheel of a late-model vehicle fell more than 40 percent in just three years. More>>

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive

The whole world seems to be going turbo. That's mostly a good thing. In the case of the Mercedes-AMG C63 S, it's a very good thing. More>>

Is the 2016 Chevy Volt GM's future hybrid system in disguise?

The technology in the new Volt may turn out to hold some secrets. More>>

Tesla to offer batteries to consumers for home energy storage

Tesla CEO Elon Musk apparently revealed a new line of business for the company: selling or leasing lithium-ion battery packs for home energy storage.
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Six vehicles with the most eye-catching lighting

Thanks to the additional packaging freedom of LEDs, we're seeing some far more attractive, original, and eye-catching lighting in vehicles—both inside and outside. More>>

Tesla Model X caught on video in acceleration, cornering tests

Thank heavens for the Interwebs, which have now surfaced a video of a Tesla Model X electric SUV being tested in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Safe set: Nine late-model used vehicles with lowest fatality rate

The chances of dying in a car crash, if you're behind the wheel of a newer vehicle, have dropped dramatically over the past several years.
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2016 Toyota Mirai: First drive of hydrogen fuel-cell sedan

The 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car will get a huge amount of promotion and attention from its maker. But what's it actually like to drive, as a car? More>>

The safest vehicles of 2015

Safety is no longer a back-burner priority for new-car shoppers.
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Many parents too quick to switch child car seats, study finds

Nearly three-quarters of American parents place their children in forward-facing car seats before it's safe to do so, a new study reveals. More>>

Electric motorcycle gangs: You'll never hear them coming

What's it like riding with a dozen or so electric motorcycles? Well, you can have a conversation at any stoplight.
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2016 Cadillac CTS-V debuts in Detroit

The new CTS-V, which debuted last week at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, will come packing a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 good for 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque.
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Why 'Bolt' is a really terrible name for Chevy's electric car

The concept is called the Chevrolet Bolt. And that's just an incredibly bad name for Chevy to use. More>>

New Ford GT supercar revealed at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

As stunning as it looks, the GT on show in Detroit isn't a concept to be watered down by the time production rolls around but a preview of the car that will be hitting showrooms sometime in 2016. More>>

What the top automotive stories of 2014 mean for you in 2015

What will the major auto changes in 2014 mean for 2015?
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Eight vehicles that cost less to own as hybrids

A hybrid could save you money -- if you pick the right one. More>>

Reliability survey: Hondas have fewer issues, Mazdas cost less to fix

Your car was running just fine yesterday. Yet today it greeted you with a bright orange check-engine light. Depending on the vehicle you choose, there's quite a range in the incidence of these issues and in the cost of the repair that follows.
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2016 Cadillac CTS-V: 640 horsepower, 0-60 MPH in 3.7 seconds

The new 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will receive its unveiling at the upcoming 2015 Detroit Auto Show on January 12.
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2015 Audi RS 3 Sportback revealed, U.S. launch still pending

Audi's new RS 3 Sportback, the ultimate A3, has been revealed as the most powerful compact car in production, managing to edge out Mercedes-Benz's A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG by a nose. More>>

Incredulous cop cites man for using his smartwatch while driving

In many states, using a cellphone while driving is a juridical no-no. But so might be using your smartwatch.  More>>

What's the best electric car to buy for the average consumer?

Automotive journalists often use each other as information sources, or to get reality checks on new material.
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Advocacy group says fuel economy is U.S.'s No. 1 criteria when shopping for new car

When you're looking for a new car, there are lots of factors to consider: how the car looks, how comfortable the ride is, its high-tech amenities, the number of cup-holders. But according to a new study from the American Chemistry Council, the thing at the top of most shopper's must-have list is good fuel-economy. More>>

James Bond to drive new Aston Martin DB10 in upcoming ‘Spectre’ movie

A new James Bond movie is coming next year, and with it a brand new Aston Martin developed exclusively for the world's most famous spy, the Aston Martin DB10. More>>

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: First fuel economy figures released

Buyers of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 are probably more interested in 0-60 times and grip levels than fuel economy, but those numbers are now available for the curious. More>>

2015 Pickup truck fuel economy: Ford vs. Ram vs. Chevy, who's best?

Check out these official figures to see which 2015 pickup is the most efficient full-size truck on the road.
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Out of their league: 6 vehicles with shocking sticker prices

If you're not headed to the dealership intending to buy a brand-new Toyota Land Cruiser, you might find it quite shocking to see that it costs more than most of the Lexus lineup.


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2015 BMW X5 M, X6 M revealed

When you see either the X5 M or X6 M approaching in your rearview, there's no mistaking their identity. More>>

Rapid charging electric-car batteries: Less damaging than we thought?

DC fast charging makes electric cars considerably more practical, allowing drivers to recharge a car's battery to 80 percent of capacity in half an hour or less.
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2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 packs new V-8, serious track upgrades

If you thought you might have to wait some time before the storied Shelby name gets spliced back into the Mustang narrative, think again.
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2015 Subaru Legacy: The Car Connection's Best Car to Buy 2015

The 2015 Subaru Legacy is feature-packed, polished, secure, and spacious. It's outgrown its niche appeal, while dollar for dollar, it's an irresistible value in today's new-car market. More>>

2015 Volkswagen Golf: Green Car Reports' Best Car to Buy 2015

Sometimes being greener in a car that's otherwise entirely normal can be a good thing. More>>

2015 BMW M3 / M4 First Drive

Coupe-like crossovers, carbon-bodied sportscars, urban-mode city hatchbacks -- BMW can build them all, but when it gets placed in the balances and judged by its hardcore enthusiast audience, the only BMW that matters is the M3.
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Honda launches awesome interactive ad for 2015 Civic Type R

Not only are Honda's cars cooler overseas, its ads are too. More>>

End-of-year car buying tips

Score a new set of wheels with less hassle. More>>

Why electric car owners don't want gasoline loaners from their dealers

It's often said by electric-car owners and advocates that once you start driving electric, you never want to go back. More>>

Universal helmet laws may help save young motorcyclists

A new study suggests that state laws requiring "universal" motorcycle helmet use -- instead of helmet laws just for certain ages -- may lower the rates of traumatic brain injuries in young riders. More>>

Cross-country electric-car trips: Reality for a few, getting closer for many

The idea of traveling long distances in electric cars that have to be recharged after only 70 or 80 miles--or even 250 miles--may seem absurd to some. More>>

Tesla model S Dual-Motor is quicker, has higher range

How can you add all-wheel drive to an electric car, making it hundreds of pounds heavier -- and still increase its efficiency and range?
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2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat priced from $63,995

The 707-horsepower super sedan from Dodge, the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat, will cost the world just $63,995 (plus $995 destination) including its $1,700 gas guzzler tax, Chrysler announced on Oct. 17.
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2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 is most powerful GM ever

The most powerful car General Motors has ever built will soon hit the streets, packing 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. More>>

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS revealed

The Porsche 911 family has been expanded with new Carrera GTS coupe and Carrera GTS Cabriolet models. More>>

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S: Full details, photos

Mercedes-Benz's latest C63 AMG is finally here, and you can read all the juicy details.
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Those little gas spills when you fill up may harm the environment

Routine small fuel spills at gas stations could cause long-term harm to communities as the gas leaks into the soil and groundwater, a new study suggests. More>>

U.S. traffic accidents send 2.5 million to ERs each year

Road crash injuries sent more than 2.5 million Americans to emergency rooms in 2012. And, nearly 200,000 were hospitalized due to motor vehicle collisions, a new federal government report says. More>>

Don't be fooled: Only three electric cars are sold nationwide today

Three and a half years after modern electric cars entered the mass market, there are now no fewer than 17 models on sale in the U.S. More>>

2015 North American Car and Truck/SUV of the Year: Short list announced

Judges for the North American Car and Truck of the Year have released their list of finalists for the upcoming 2015 awards.
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Some lenders can remotely disable cars when payments are missed

Utilizing a piece of hardware called the starter interrupt device, credit unions and other types of loan companies have started mandating the use of such devices when an auto loan is issued to a customer with bad credit. More>>

2014 Paris Auto Show preview

The first major auto show after the long summer break will be taking place in Paris, kicking off in the City of Light on October 2 and playing host to more than 250 makes from over 18 countries. More>>

2015 Lexus RC F first drive

The RC F is Lexus gone wild, with aero kicks and eight-cylinder barks and electronically controlled everything, as well as a cockpit basically decorated by dropping a box of high-end audio between two seats. More>>

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT, GT S Preview, live photos: Affalterbach’s new super coupe

Sleek, stylish, and chock full of heritage, the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT has arrived. More>>

First look at 2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak

Dodge has given drag racing fans an early look at the 2015 Challenger Drag Pak by unveiling a prototype version at the 60th annual National Hot Rod Association U.S. Nationals meet in Indianapolis. More>>

Gov't agency pushes to lower blood alcohol limits for drivers To 0.05

Traffic fatalities have been on the decline for several decades, but despite such improvements, alcohol has remained a contributing factor in roughly one-third of roadway deaths. More>>

Ford starts testing its first right-hand-drive Mustang

Ford has revealed its first right-hand-drive Mustang, one of a handful of prototype versions that will be used for calibration testing in a handful of markets. More>>

J.D. Power offers proof voice-recognition systems are the worst things in our cars

J.D. Power's Kristin Kolodge told a group of conference-goers that voice-recognition software is the most troublesome technology found on cars today. More>>

And the most-stolen vehicle in America is . . .

The National Insurance Crime Bureau has just released its list of most-stolen vehicles for 2013. All of those in the top ten are big-selling, mass-market models. More>>

Minnesota leads nation, mandates off-peak electric-car charging rates

So far Minnesota is the only state to pass legislation requiring an incentive for home charging. More>>

GM's 200-mile electric car for 2017: What we know so far

The arrival of a moderately-priced battery electric car with a rated range of 200 miles will change the entire market for plug-in vehicles.
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When will electric cars compete in the mainstream market?

Electric-car advocates often take it as an article of faith that electric propulsion will one day compete directly with vehicles powered by fossil fuels. But for battery-electric cars to compete directly, they will need to be as good as -- and probably better than -- their counterparts. More>>

The road to self-driving cars remains a long one

If carmakers are to be believed, autonomous cars are right around the corner. Some like Nissan and Mercedes-Benz have in fact been so bold as to put a 2020 debut date on their first self-driving models. More>>

Mercedes-Benz S600 guard upgrades to new S-Class platform, greater armor capability

If you're a head of state, head of an underground organization, or just extremely paranoid—but you still enjoy the finer things in life—your new ride has arrived: the Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard. More>>

2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG coupe revealed

Mercedes-Benz’s S63 AMG Coupe certainly isn’t lacking in the power department, but the German automaker knows that some of its customers will always seek more. More>>

This Ferrari 250 GTO could become the world's most expensive car

Ferrari seems to have a monopoly on the world's most expensive cars.
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Decoding Toyota's electric-car disdain: A role for fuel cells

While unveiling its fuel-cell vehicle last month–priced to undercut the Tesla Model S ever so slightly–Toyota's Global R&D Chief Mitsuhisa Kato offered some dismissive thoughts on battery-electric vehicles.
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Tesla's important not only for electric cars but for Silicon Valley

The Tesla Model S is undoubtedly an excellent car. It's quick, efficient, looks good to most eyes and can compete with most fossil-fueled equivalents on even footing.
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SUVs, crossovers outsell sedans for the first time ever

Sales of SUVs and crossovers have never quite managed to outpace those of the reliable sedan. Until now.
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Linux gets automotive grade release for open source cars

Updated: Jul 08, 2014 11:09 AM

Information and entertainment systems are very important parts of the modern car. They're how we interact with everything except the actual driving controls.
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Towing with your crossover SUV: The basics

Most of today's car-like crossover utility vehicles can handle a fair amount of towing -- whether it's jet skis, a small boat, or a small moving trailer. More>>

RIP Car washes: Nissan debuts 'self-cleaning' car

If you enjoy spending Saturdays in the driveway, hosing down your favorite ride, we have some bad news.
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2015 Hyundai Genesis: Five-star scores, safest car on market?

Updated: Jul 08, 2014 10:41 AM

The federal government has crash-tested the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan and released a full set of NCAP ratings—and the Genesis Sedan has a flush of five-star ratings. More>>

Expert offers motorcycle safety tips

For many people, a long holiday weekend means a chance for a long motorcycle ride. But, do you know all you need to know about motorcycle safety? More>>

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman to be world’s most expensive sedan

The most expensive title currently belongs to the Rolls-Royce Phantom, which starts at just above $400k. According to Bloomberg, the new S-Class Pullman will cost as much as double that figure. More>>

Do you still have to "break in" a new car?

As recently as a decade ago, manufacturers recommended new drivers follow certain driving patterns to "break in" a new car. The old lessons don't quite hold true today, though. More>>

2015 Audi A7, S7 get new tweaks

Audi's A7 and S7 get a facelift.
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Traveling in Canada? Don't park with your windows down

Vaguely written laws sometimes remain on the books for years, and can be enforced, if an officer feels so inclined. More>>

How long do hybrid cars last: Which will make 150,000 miles?

According to a new mileage data analysis there's one hybrid that stands head and shoulders above the rest -- and it's not the Toyota Prius.
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When will plug-in electric SUVs, crossovers go on sale?

Have patience, all you SUV and crossover fans who desperately want one that plugs in and runs electrically.
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The most popular used vehicles of 2014 (so far)

Understanding which are the most popular used cars could help you haggle and boost (or diminish) the resale value of your vehicle. More>>

Your next vehicle is more likely to have a CVT -- here's why

Like it or not, nearly every new vehicle has an automatic transmission of some sort. What might not be so apparent to new-car shoppers is that the portion of vehicles with automatic transmissions -- or at least automatics as you know them -- is falling. More>>

How to kill your car

As vehicles have become more reliable, it's become less a chore to maintain them. But that doesn't mean they're invulnerable to neglect or operator error.
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New 2017 Nissan Leaf: More details on new styling, range

The Nissan Leaf is by far the highest-volume electric car ever built, with 110,000-plus on the roads now. And three and a half years after its launch, Nissan is pushing hard to boost its sales all over the world. More>>

Largest auto-industry employer in Calif.: Electric-car maker Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors is one of the youngest U.S. automakers, but has made a disproportionately large impact in the automotive media's headlines over the last few years. More>>

Audi hints at new RS 3 with A3 clubsport quattro concept

Behold the new A3 clubsport quattro concept, a hotted-up version of the 2015 Audi A3 sedan. More>>

Why European gas-mileage ratings are so high and often wrong

Year after year, European car sales figures have shown a bias towards higher average fuel economy and lower fleet-wide CO2 emissions. More>>

Dodge to become performance brand, integrate SRT

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is currently in the process of announcing a new five-year strategy that will see much of its vehicle lineup renewed between now and 2018. More>>

Half of U.S. drivers don't recognize tire-pressure warning light

Driving with properly inflated tires makes cars safer and more efficient, and tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are designed to help alert drivers to underinflated tires. More>>

2015 BMW i8 is an eye-catcher

The 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid is an eye-catcher.
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Worst thing about an electric car? Better half drives it more

There's less-reported issue with electric vehicles: They're so good to drive, your other half keeps taking the keys and leaving you with the "other" car. More>>

Six car styling cliches of 2014

Automotive styling tastes can be more fickle than fashion; and it only takes a quick look at how cars are seen as extended fashion statement here in the U.S. to understand why. More>>

Are wagons the next collector cars?

As unpredictable as collector car trends are, these and other wagons may become high-dollar haulers.
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