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Google X's newest hire suggests it is trying to jump-start its self-driving car business

Airbnb’s Shaun Stewart moves to the Alphabet plex.<p>Google’s self-driving car project has hired another senior leader in a sign that, just maybe, it is inching its way to becoming a stand-alone company and an actual real-world thing.<p>Shaun Stewart, Airbnb’s global head of vacation rentals since 2014, …

Autonomous Cars

Ford Recalls More Than 88,000 Vehicles for Stall Risk

Automaker announces two new recalls<p>Ford is recalling around 88,000 late-model vehicles in North America for a problem that could lead to stalling. The recall affects certain Ford Flex, Taurus, and Police Interceptor sedans, as well as Lincoln MKS and MKT vehicles, from the 2013-2015 model years.<p><b>The</b> …

Engines

2017 Kia Optima hybrid (Euro-spec) Photo Gallery

Kia Motors

Report: Mazda Approves Rotary-Powered RX-9 for Launch in 2020

The second coming of the rotary engine<p>If you’ve been waiting on that new car purchase in hope of a new rotary-powered sports car from Mazda, it looks like you might just get your chance in a few years. According to a report from <i>Motoring</i>, Mazda bigwigs “formally” approved both the production and …

Mazda

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4MATIC

The new E-class escalates the automation race.<p>If you truly want to drive on the bleeding edge of technology, you’ve probably already bought a Tesla—or at least forked over a deposit for one. The Silicon Valley carmaker’s two-fisted embrace of electrons and autonomy is an audacious, at times even …

Report: VW will Pay Dealers $1.2 Billion for Lost Franchise Value

Deal expected to be finalized by late September<p>In a statement today, Volkswagen said it will compensate dealers for the lost franchise value they may have suffered from the emissions cheating scandal. And while VW isn’t revealing how much money it will cough up, a report from <i>Reuters</i> claims the …

Volkswagen

2017 Audi A4 Photo Gallery

2017 Jaguar F-Pace S Photo Gallery

2017 Kia Cadenza Photo Gallery

Kia Motors

New Honda Patent Reveals Transmission With Three Clutches, 11 Gears

Insider confirms patent, but says there are no plans for production<p>Apparently Honda isn’t done pushing the boundaries when it comes to transmission technology. The automaker already has a unique eight-speed dual-clutch automatic with a torque converter and a new nine-speed auto (albeit sourced from …

Automotive Industry

20 Tough Questions About the Auto Industry in 2017

Think of us as your wizened uncle, but without the boozy breath and unpredictable nap schedule. So pull up a chair as we provide the answers.<p>From the September 2016 issue<p>1) What's Up?<p>Calling this our "new cars issue" is a little redundant. Every month, <i>Car and Driver</i> is a new cars issue. We rarely …

Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Toyota RAV4

Unique or more of the same?<p>The Toyota RAV4 has evolved quite a bit in the past decade, losing its rear-hinged spare tire and becoming softer and sleeker with each passing year. For 2016, the small crossover gained fluid body lines and a higher-quality interior. But is the new design enough to deem …

Toyota RAV4

Researchers Finally Figure Out How to Reuse Carbon Fiber

And it's surprisingly simple.<p>Carbon fiber is both strong and light, making it ideal for use in performance cars. Unfortunately, it's also expensive, and (until now) difficult to reuse or recycle. But while companies are still working hard to bring down the cost, the recycling issue may have just …

Ford Recalls Basically Every Cop Car It Built in the Past Few Years

A fuel pump issue affects nearly 90,000 cars, including police interceptors built between 2013 and 2015.<p>It appears that Ford Police Interceptors have a problem. And it's not a little problem, either. They reportedly like to shut off randomly, and if they do, there's no way to restart them. But Ford …

Thieves Steal $250,000 Worth of Wheels From a Chevrolet Dealer

Off with their wheels.<p>Even behind a locked gate, it appears cars aren't entirely safe. Unfortunately, Peltier Chevrolet in Tyler, Texas found that out the hard way when thieves stole the wheels and tires off of 48 cars on its lot.<p><i>Automotive News</i> reports that security cameras at the dealership show …

Feds Propose Limiting All Big Rigs to 68 Mph

The DOT and NHTSA say limiting the top speed of trucks over 26,000 lbs. would reduce traffic fatalities, fuel consumption, and emissions.<p>Big trucks and buses are often involved in many fatal traffic accidents every year in the U.S. In 23 percent of all truck crashes, speed has been shown to be a …