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Tesla posts account of driver involved in latest fire: 'I would buy another one in a heartbeat'

After a Model S involved in a collision with road debris in Tennessee caught fire earlier this week, the third such incident in just over a month, Tesla was faced with growing concern — particularly from investors, who sent the stock tumbling on Thursday — that a bigger problem was affecting the …

Elon Musk's No-Joke Investment in Tesla Motors

It's no secret that <b>Tesla Motors</b> CEO Elon Musk has a large stake in the electric-car company. But just how significant is his bet? Spoiler alert: It's …

Five tax breaks for the self-employed

<i>Tim Cestnick is president of</i> WaterStreet Family Offices<i>, and author of several tax and personal finance books.</i> tcestnick@waterstreet.ca<p>It can be tough being self-employed. Just ask my good friend, Claudio.<p>"Tim, I've learned that there are some drawbacks to self-employment," he explained. "First, …

2014 Audi R8 4.2 V-8 Manual

Eight sensational cylinders, one fabulous gated shifter.<p>It hits you like a smack upside the head as you upshift through the six gears of the Audi R8’s manual gearbox. Despite the serious look of the brushed aluminum shift gate, the stirring 4.2-liter V-8 residing directly behind you, and the …

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

This is America's track star.<p>“I told ’em on the radio that I was pulling over a Z/28, and they said they don’t make them no more,” the cop says with a drawl straight off the pages of Faulkner. “I told ’em, ‘Whatever it is, this is a bad-ass car.’ ”<p>This member of Alabama’s finest claims that Dick …

Fast & Furious 7 to Use CGI, Body Doubles for Paul Walker Role

The show must go on, and in the case of <i>Fast & Furious 7</i>, it will do so <i>with</i> Paul Walker, who was killed in a car accident on November 30, 2013. At the time of his death, Walker had already begin filming the seventh installment in the career-defining franchise. You may recall that co-star Vin Diesel …

Movies

1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Chevrolet challenges Ferrari.<p>From the May 1970 Issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>The world's menu of powerful GT cars contains a few selections of uncom­mon merit. Almost invariably they are European, frequently Italian in descent, few in numbers and high in price—the precious gems of the car builder's art. …

Chevrolet Camaro

Deep Dive: GM’s New Small Engine Family

With fuel-economy standards in the middle of a historic escalation in most of the world’s car markets, small engines are more important than ever. And they’re no longer confined to tiny cars and trucks, as smaller powerplants, in turbocharged form, are finding homes in mainstream vehicles.<p>GM has …

Engines

Hybrid Sports Car from BMW and Toyota Possible, Not Likely

BMW and Toyota are teaming up to jointly develop a sports car, but much information past that has been hard to come by. At this year’s Detroit auto show, we learned that Toyota’s FT-1 concept is the likely precursor of the Japanese brand’s fruit borne from the relationship, and that a production …

Sports Cars

Volvo Concept Estate previews new V90

<i>Auto Bild</i> says this new model will be designated V90, a short-lived moniker that adorned Volvo’s top wagon in the 1997 and 1998 model years. The magazine says the V90, supposedly built off the next XC90 chassis, will debut in 2015 as the successor to the V70, the Volvo wagon without “XC” body …

Volvo

24 Hours of LeMons Sears Pointless: The Winners

Longtime LeMons fans were pleased by the large number of amazing new race cars that debuted at the fifth annual Sears Pointless 24 Hours of LeMons, and the 167-entry field gave us some tense battles within the three race classes. When the dust settled on Sunday night, we had Porsche, Volkswagen, …

Marin County

Fatal Paul Walker Crash: Blame Assigned to "Unsafe" Speed

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has released its findings in the investigation into the cause of the violent, fiery crash that took actor Paul Walker‘s life and that of his friend, racing driver Roger Rodas. The conclusion? Pretty much what everyone expected: the Porsche Carrera GT the pair …

Los Angeles County

Volvo finishes testing of fuel-saving KERS technology

Volvo has announced a successful end to four years of studying a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) for use in its future passenger cars. Volvo claims that the system can add up to 80 horsepower under acceleration while cutting overall fuel consumption by 25 percent. The system has been tested …

Volvo

1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT

This 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT (chassis 6J26S512013) is described as a very original former California car that’s been in Washington state for …