• Auto Tech
    Watch Jay Leno Drive a Vintage 1961 California Cop Car As He Stole It

    Which is what makes this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage particularly special. Police cars are perhaps the most unloved of any vehicle. The folks who drive them put them through incredibly severe use, and the rest of us dread the sight of them. They’re used hard, stripped down, and auctioned off like the unromantic work […]

  • Auto Tech
    Japan Shares Close Little Changed as Crude Oil Rises

    The Topix finished at 1,342.87 in Tokyo, erasing earlier gains of as much as 1.1 percent as about nine shares advanced for every eight that fell. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average climbed less than 0.1 percent to 16,772.46. The yen added 0.4 percent to 109.74 a dollar, while Brent crude traded at the highest level […]

  • Auto Tech
    Google Planed Self-Driving Car Development Center Near Detroit

    The company said Wednesday it will open a self-driving technology development center in Novi, Michigan, a city about 30 miles from downtown Detroit. Google is expanding efforts to make autonomous cars at a time startups such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Comma.ai, as well as established companies like General Motors Co. are investing in the […]

  • Auto Tech
    The Longest Recall – Takata

    Like tens of millions of American cars, his is equipped with a potentially deadly Takata air bag, one that won’t be fixed anytime soon because parts aren’t available. The vehicle is parked in his driveway. “I tell my wife and kids the same thing we’re telling everyone else: For all the frustration, make sure you’re […]

  • Automotive News
    Vroom actually Is Elbowing Out the Used-Car Salesman

    It was a reminder that the two-year-old Web startup faces some of the same challenges as a brick-and-mortar retailer. About a year ago, violent storms hit the Houston area. When the floodwaters receded, Vroom, an online seller of used cars, discovered it had lost more than 100 vehicles, equal to about $3 million in sales. […]

  • Auto Tech
    Headlight Maintenance 101 – National Car Care Month

    When is the last time you changed your headlights? Not only does April mark the end of winter, but it’s also National Car Care Month. While many focus on oil changes, brake pads and tire pressure checks, there’s one safety element that’s critical yet often overlooked – vehicle headlight maintenance. April is the perfect time […]

  • Auto Tech
    Takata’s Cash Burns as Air-Bag Maker Searches for a Savior now

    That compares with the company’s market capitalization of about $312 million, which has shrunk by almost 80 percent since the crisis began in April 2013. The auto-parts maker has estimated cash and equivalents may drop another 24 percent to 49.7 billion yen ($456 million) by the end of March 2017 if recalls continue at the current pace, […]

  • Auto Tech
    Actually Takata Puts Worst-Case Airbag Recall Costs at $24 Billion

    The worst-case recall scenario would involve 287.5 million airbag inflators, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the company’s deliberations are private. Takata and the automakers still have to determine how the costs are shared, the person said. Takata Corp., the supplier behind the auto industry’s biggest recall ever, estimated a comprehensive callback […]

  • Auto Tech
    Actually What Will Faulty Ignition Switches Cost GM?

    The car didn’t stop, and its power steering failed, she said. Spain rear-ended the vehicle in front of her, scraping the bridge’s inside rail. The accident left her with back and neck injuries. A passenger, Lawrence Barthelemy, was also hurt. Dionne Spain was driving her 2007 Saturn Sky over the Crescent City Connection bridge in […]