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Mazda MX-5 Will Determine Company’s Future

According to the ND MX-5 program manager and company’s product ambassador, Nobuhiro Yamamoto, the new Mazda MX-5 will ensure that people enjoy the …

U.S. Regulator Cracks Down On Ads For Poor-Credit Auto Loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reached a $700,000 settlement with a “buy-here, pay-here” dealership earlier this month, part of the CFPB’s ongoing policing of alleged misleading advertising and marketing in auto lending.<p>The CFPB directly regulates financing at buy-here, pay-here …

'Middle-class' Manufacturing Jobs Pay Fast-food Wages

If you open the newspaper to the business section or listen to a politician talking about economic growth in the country, it may seem that manufacturing is booming in America. After all, the U.S. auto industry saw record sales in 2015, selling 17.5 million cars and light trucks. Americans spent an …

Mazda halts sales of CX-5 due to fire risk in crashes

<b>The Basics:</b> Mazda will recall 264,463 examples of the 2014-2016 Mazda CX-5 in the US.<p><b>The Problem:</b> The fuel filler pipe can rupture in a rear collision. This could cause a fuel leak, which is a fire risk.<p><b>Injuries/Deaths:</b> None reported. There are also no reports of fires.<p><b>The Fix:</b> Mazda has not yet …

Scion was slain by Toyota, not the Great Recession

How To Strangle A Brand To Death In 13 Long, Painful Years<p>Scion didn't have to go down like this. Through the magic of hindsight and hubris, it's easier to see what went wrong. And what might have been. What the industry should understand is this: Scion wasn't a losing proposition from the get-go. …

Lotus admits its fancy London shop is a waste of money

Lack Of Spin From Hethel<p>Piccadilly in London is one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world. And right by where they filmed that awesome scene from <i>American Werewolf in London</i>, Lotus has a showroom.<p>I wandered in last week. Handmade suit, posh watch, smart shoes. But the lack of interest …

Toyota and Lexus recall models for inadvertent airbag deployment

<b>The Basics:</b> Toyota will recall 320,000 examples in the US of the 2003-2006 Land Cruiser, 2004-2006 4Runner, 2005-2006 Tundra and Sequoia, 2003-2006 Lexus LX470, and 2004-2006 GX470.<p><b>The Problem:</b> The curtain shield airbags that come down from the roof can inadvertently deploy shortly after vehicle …

OSHA investigating death at GM foundry in Defiance, OH

The death of a worker at General Motors' Defiance, OH iron foundry is being investigated by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The investigation into the death of 50-year-old electrician Terry Bodenbender could take up to six months, <i>The Toledo Blade</i> reports.<p>Bodenbender was killed …

Tesla fights Gov. Rick Snyder with help from conservatives

Elon Musk Has Given $250k To Republican Groups In Past 12 Years<p>Elon Musk appears to be making sure Telsa is covering its political bases as it looks to sway state government towards allowing for direct factory-to-consumer sales, especially in Michigan.<p>Musk and Tesla have joined forces with …

Science flunks experimental font used on interstate signs

Federal Highway Administration Will Return To Using 'Highway Gothic' Font<p>A Holiday Inn every few miles, a McDonald's fry pit off almost every exit and green road signs with white letters. The uniformity of the 46,876 miles that comprise the Interstate Highway System environment is so seamless it's …

Huge spike in traffic deaths is largest since 1940s

Latest Statistics Show A 9.3-Percent Increase In Fatalities On American Roads<p>Traffic fatalities continue to rise at their fastest pace in decades, according to the latest federal data available.<p>Deaths on the nation's roads increased 9.3 percent through the first nine months of 2015 compared to the …

Takata posts profit despite broadening airbag scandal

Despite an international safety scandal that affects millions of vehicles, Takata continues to profit. The parts supplier just reported its quarterly financial results, and the company's net income grew to 8.1 billion yen ($69 million at current rates), compared to 2.8 billion yen ($24 million) in …

Honda recalls Accord to replace airbag control unit

<b>The Basics:</b> Honda will recall 341,444 examples of the 2008-2010 Accord sedan in the US.<p><b>The Problem:</b> Moisture can enter the supplemental restraint system electronic control unit and cause corrosion. Over time, this could cause the part to fail, which might prevent the airbags from deploying in a …

Not even VW knows how much the emissions scandal will cost

Volkswagen needs more time to work out the costs of its diesel emissions scandal, and the extra work will delay the release of the automaker's 2015 financial results. The postponement will also wreak havoc on the company's internal rolodex, pushing back the March 10 annual press conferences and …

Feinberg to offer attractive compensation deals for VW owners

It's A Business Decision, He Says<p>Kenneth Feinberg wants to begin compensating nearly 600,000 VW diesel owners in the US, and he expects practically all of them would accept his proposed settlement. However, the lawyer can't begin the claims process until the German automaker works out a repair with …

VW diesel scandal wrap up: New Jersey sues, report delayed

The Volkswagen diesel scandal is nowhere near finished. Since the news keeps on rolling in, we will from time to time adapt our green news wrap up format to catch you up on what's been going on with the<p><b>VW has delayed the release of a report all about the diesel scandal</b>. The report was supposed to …

FCA's shifter fiasco proves novel gear selectors are a bad idea

And people are getting hurt because of it.<p>What's wrong with PRNDL? Why are automakers trying to overly complicate the simple task of selecting gears? If there's any lesson to learn from the recent news that NHTSA is investigating 853,000 Fiat Chrysler vehicles over its problematic gear selectors, …

Traffic pollution can cause 'facial dark spots'

Also known as lentigenes, these spots are usually benign.<p>To the list of things that we know result from too much automotive exhaust, we can now add "facial dark spots." The technical term for these splotches, according to a report published today in the <i>Journal of Investigative Dermatology</i>, is …

The troubled Alfa Romeo Giulia needs serious help

Alfa Romeo and Maserati might be bigger problems than Roberto Fedeli's genius can solve.<p><i>The safety concerns expressed in the story are false. The all-new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is designed and engineered to meet or exceed all federal safety regulations. The Alfa Romeo Giulia will begin production</i> …

Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and Audi announce Takata recalls

Daimler, Volkswagen, and Audi will recall nearly 1.7 million total vehicles in the US to replace their Takata airbag inflators. The Japanese parts supplier and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced in late January that several automakers would need to fix around five million …

Judge rejects attempt to oust lawyers from GM ignition-switch trials

Push for new counsel after botched proceeding is 'to miss the forest for a single tree.'<p>A federal judge has denied a motion that sought to oust lead counsel for plaintiffs suing General Motors over deaths and injuries caused by faulty ignition switches.<p>In a rebuke to the lawyer who filed the …

Scion FR-S recalled for key interlock problem

<b>The Basics:</b> Scion will recall 26,000 examples of the 2013-2016 Scion FR-S.<p><b>The Problem:</b> Some models with the automatic transmission might not have the connection for the key interlock. On these vehicles, it would be possible for owners to remove the key, even if the gearshift isn't in Park. This …

US fuel-economy average edges up in January

New Cars Were More Efficient Despite Drop In Hybrid, Plug-in Sales<p>The F-Series giveth and the F-Series taketh away. When it came to January's fleetwide fuel economy for new light-duty vehicles sold, sales figures associated with Ford's world-beating truck line may have been a reason why fuel …

'Motor noises' reported from Apple's secret car lab

Apple isn't known as a company that operates out in the open. In fact, Apple is one of the most closed-off, secretive companies in America. And that means all inquisitive people can do is keep their ears to the ground for rumors, and then speculate wildly based on what they hear. In this case, …

BMW recalls 840,000 vehicles to replace Takata airbags

<b>The Basics:</b> BMW will recall about 840,000 vehicles in the US, and they include:<p>2008–2013 1 Series Coupe (incl. 1M)<br>• 2008–2013 1 Series Convertible<br>• 2008–2013 3 Series Sedan (incl. M3)<br>• 2009–2011 335d Sedan<br>• 2006–2012 3 Series Sports Wagon<br>• 2007–2013 3 Series Coupe (incl. M3)<br>• 2007–2013 3 Series Convertible …

Road rage turns into fist fight on California freeway

An enraged driver was filmed stopping on a busy highway in California to beat a fellow motorist this week. Another driver started filming moments before two men went at it in the middle of traffic on the 134 freeway near Glendale, CA. The filmmaker, who didn't want to be named, told <i>CBS Los Angeles</i> …

Americans borrow more money than ever for car purchases

Almost $1 trillion in car loans have boosted record buying spree.<p>Ride-sharing options may be proliferating and the percentage of Americans obtaining drivers licenses may be declining. But for now, reports on the end of the car-ownership model are greatly exaggerated.<p>Americans are still buying cars …

Did BMW really win the luxury car sales race?

As anyone who follows our monthly By The Numbers series already knows, the luxury car sales race in the United States was close all of last year as BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz seesawed up and down for sales supremacy. At the end of the year, it was BMW on top of the standings with 346,023 total …

Takata allegedly hid failed airbag rupture tests in 2000

New evidence suggests Takata engineers knew about the dangers of the supplier's ammonium-nitrate-propelled airbag inflators as early as 2000, but employees hid or even destroyed test results. The allegations came out in a pre-trial hearing in a civil suit from a woman who claims that a forcefully …

CAFE is too slow, let's go for faster gains

Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy<p>In the United States, it takes about a generation to replace all the cars, trucks, and buses running around on the nation's roads. Right now there are 258 million of them. Even if someone invented something today that solved all our emissions and fuel-economy …