June 2016

NHTSA Investigating Tesla Model S Following Fatal ‘Autopilot’ Crash

June 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

A recent fatal crash of a 2015 Tesla Model S operating in “Autopilot” mode prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open a preliminary investigation into the model, Reuters is reporting. Because the crash occurred when the vehicle was under the control of an autonomous driving system, the NHTSA said it is planning “an examination […]

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Volkswagen is Pretty Sure it Can Fix Those 3.0-Liter Diesels

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Good news, owners of Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche models powered by a 3.0-liter TDI engine — your heavily polluting diesel probably won’t have to be bought back and scrapped. A lawyer for the automaker said in court today that Volkswagen believes the 85,000 vehicles can be cleaned up with a not-too-complicated fix, Reuters reports. If true, […]

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U.S. Fuel Economy Targets too Difficult and Costly to Meet: Automakers

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A group of automakers wants Big MPG to know they’re out of touch when it comes to fuel efficiency targets, and would really like it if they stopped paying so much attention to California. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers — a Washington lobbying group made up of General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Volkswagen and Toyota — […]

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BREAKING: NHTSA Issues Emergency Notice for Certain Takata Airbag-Equipped Vehicles; Rupture Rate is 50 Percent

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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration broke from its orderly recall of potentially dangerous Takata airbags today to warn drivers of certain 2001–2003 Honda and Acura models. New tests show a certain subset of the faulty airbags, linked to 14 deaths worldwide, have a much higher risk of exploding in the event of an […]

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After the Fall: New Vehicle Sales Predicted to Dip Next Year, Bottom Out in 2019

June 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

After riding the sales roller coaster to dizzying, record-breaking heights, it’s only natural that consumers will bring automakers back down to reality. This year will be a high water mark for new vehicle sales in the U.S., according to a new study by consulting firm AlixPartners (via Automotive News). Sales are forecasted to hit 17.8 […]

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Your Bought-Back Volkswagen has a Miserable (and Short) Life Ahead of It

June 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

It’s like the Rapture, but for polluting German vehicles. Starting this fall, owners of the 466,000 defeat device-equipped Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter TDI models still left on the road will head to their dealer, hand over their keys, sign a mountain of paperwork, and walk away with a fat check issued by the bean counters […]

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Subaru SiriusXM Censorship Uncensored – Think of the Children, Alright?

June 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

An article entitled “Subaru to SiriusXM Subscribers: Stop Listening to Comedy” from a website called automotiveitnews.org has been making the rounds on social media lately. It talks about an oddity with Subaru-vehicle satellite radios, where they sometimes default to Channel 001, the preview channel, upon starting the car, even when the subscription is paid up. […]

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2016 Lexus RC 350 F Sport Review – Slower Than It Looks, Better Than It Looks

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The quickest Nürburgring lap times make no difference to me when I’m driving across town for a Monday afternoon dental appointment. In fact, the best Nürburgring lap times will likely result in a car that shakes my fillings loose before I get to the dentist. A spec sheet that lists competitor-besting horsepower and torque figures […]

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