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US government sells off last remaining shares in GM

According to a report from <i>CNBC</i>, the US government has sold off the last of its remaining shares in General Motors. Secretary Jack Lew reports that $39 billion of the $49.5 billion investment in GM has been recovered, meaning that the investment, on paper, cost taxpayers a total of $10 billion.<p>GM …

Thousands gather for Paul Walker memorial in Santa Clarita

In addition to the <i>Fast & Furious</i> tribute video, which has been seen more than 25 million times, fans around the country have been organizing car cruises as a memorial to Paul Walker and Roger Rodas. A video report on CNN says that more than 1,000 people showed up to the fatal crash site yesterday …

Say goodbye to Jaguar's vestigial oval grille

Jaguar has been on a campaign to replace any and all retro cues with modern ones. Just look at the current XJ and the one it replaced, or the XF and the S-Type that came before it and you'll know what we mean. The one remnant is the XK and its oval grille, in and of itself a throwback to Jags of …

GM, Chrysler bailouts saved 2.6 million jobs

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) has been studying the effects of the General Motors and Chrysler bailouts in 2009. Now that the US Treasury has officially sold off the rest of its stake in GM (and Chrysler has already paid back its loan), CAR has released its study on the effects of the …

Does the new 2015 Ford Mustang have a burnout control system?

Whether it's lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring or automatic emergency braking, most of the electronic systems we see emerging on new vehicles focus on safety. But there are some there just for enthusiasts. We're talking about systems like automatic throttle blipping for perfect …

Mary Barra's ascension to GM CEO draws praise from industry leaders [w/video]

GM Chooses An Engineer Over Beancounters<p>She's known as the person who restored order at GM.<p>As General Motors fought to find its footing following bankruptcy, Mary Barra was tasked with managing the guts of its revival. Now she's known as the person who restored order at GM. In less than three years …

2014 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year finalists announced [w/poll]

The 2014 North American International Auto Show is right around the corner, which means it's high time we find out which cars and trucks have become finalists for the prestigious North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards.<p>The finalists – three in cars and three in three …

GM to shut down Australian manufacturing by 2017

Change is in the air at General Motors. With the company's stock price rising to new highs, the US government is divesting itself from the last of its holdings in GM. The auto giant also recently announced a complete restructuring of its European operations, as well as its Chinese operations, and – …

This woman owns the first Ford Mustang sold in the US

As Ford celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Mustang with the unveiling of the all-new sixth-gen design, one Chicago women can lay claim to a piece of Mustang history. According to <i>CBS Chicago</i>, Gail Wise was the first person in the US to buy a Mustang in 1964, and she did so two days before the …

Jay Leno bangs up his own Toronado in GT6

Ever since <i>Gran Turismo 4,</i> Jay Leno has had at least one of his cars included in the popular racing simulator (starting with the Tank Car), and more of his machines appears in Gran Turismo 6. They include this nose-heavy, front-wheel-drive V8-powered muscle car. Yes, that aptly describes a 1966 …

Toyota fears supplier pressure in Australia with GM pull out

With Ford and General Motors both announcing an end to production in Australia, the country's auto industry is in a bad way. With the exit of two big players, there's increased concern that a third Australian manufacturer, Toyota, will be forced out, as well.<p>"We are saddened to learn of GM Holden's …

Fast and Furious 7 script being rewritten following Paul Walker's death

Following the crash that claimed the lives of <i>Fast and Furious</i> star Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, we reported on the effect that Walker's death may have on the latest installment of the wildly successful (and profitable) movie series.<p>At that time - mere days after the crash - it was unclear how …

Next Ford F-150 delayed for aluminum body panel issues?

The timetable for next-generation Ford F-150 may be in trouble if a report from <i>The Truth About Cars</i> is true. The next F-150 is slated to make extensive use of weight-saving aluminum in its body, but the aluminum alloy provided by suppliers hasn't met Ford's requirements in the earliest phases of …

Willie bus concept turns walls into transparent LCD screens [w/video]

A rather clever mass-transit concept with a silly sounding name, the "Willie" bus by designer Tad Orlowski is intended to "transform city landscapes."<p>With nothing displayed on the side-elevation transparent LCD screens, there's not much differentiating the Willie from a traditional bus - except for …

Chrysler recalls small number of 2013-2014 cars and trucks over engine debris

Chrysler is recalling a small number cars over issues with their 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines. The recall, which affects 522 examples of its 2013 Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200 models, as well as 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot CUVs has to do with potential debris in the balance shaft bearings.<p>The …

Ford reveals automated Fusion Hybrid [w/video]

Autonomous cars may still be in their infancy, but more and more big names in the auto industry are diving in head first. Nissan is already making strides with a semi-autonomous Leaf EV and General Motors is planning to offer semi-autonomous tech by 2020. And then there's Google, doing its thing …

Earnhardt's No. 3 returns to NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2014 [w/poll]

It's been almost 13 years since Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was killed during the 2001 Daytona 500, but the famed No. 3 will be making its return to the sport at that very track next month with NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Austin Dillon behind the wheel. We first heard reports of this back in August, but …

GM to divest 7% stake in PSA Peugeot Citroën, sells equity in Ally Financial

In terms of being a major newsmaker, the last seven days have probably been the biggest for General Motors since its 2009 bankruptcy. Aside from announcing that Mary Barra will be succeeding Dan Akerson as its CEO next year, the automaker also appears to be streamlining its global operations by …

After ending production, GM could turn Holden into Chevrolet arm

There's a fight brewing in the aftermath of General Motors' announcement that Holden, its Australian subsidiary, will soon cease building vehicles. With the end of production for dedicated Australian models coming in 2017, Holden will be limited to selling imported, rebadged models from other GM …

Judge says GM doesn't owe $450M in retiree benefits

General Motors is not obligated to honor a pre-bankruptcy contract between the automaker, its affiliate, Delphi, and the United Auto Workers to cover $450 million in retiree medical benefits, a federal judge says, according to <i>Reuters</i>. The contract in question was enacted two years before GM's June …

Gran Turismo 6

Is The Real Driving Simulator Still The Best?<p>In the car world, there is a segment of the population that believes tried and true trumps what's novel or new most of the time. A car is a machine with a purpose – be it to deliver your kids to school or afford you the best lap time – and machines are …

Take a tour of Paul Walker's car collection

In October of last year, Matt Farah, host of <i>The Smoking Tire,</i> toured a seriously impressive car collection that included a number of Saleen Mustangs, some very rare German sports cars and a few gray-market Japanese imports. At the time, there was no mention of who this extensive and impressive …

EPA says average MPG of new cars sold in 2012 hit record

The US Environmental Protection Agency has released its annual report for fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions trends, and it shows that 2012 was a banner year for both with average fuel economy of 23.6 miles per gallon and average CO2 emissions of 376 grams per mile – both all-time records …

Rolls-Royce bestows Canton Glory Ghost upon Guangzhou

Wonder why Rolls-Royce makes so many special editions for the Chinese market? Probably because China is fast becoming its largest market, with the dealerships in Beijing and Shanghai regularly proving able to move more high-end metal than any other Rolls dealer in the world. Little wonder then …

Ford says 70% of its models to get stop-start by 2017

Ford is following up on a report we posted a few weeks back that the Blue Oval would be adding stop-start technology to its entire model range. Now, the Dearborn-based automaker has announced that the fuel-saving feature would be available on 70 percent of the company's range by 2017.<p>Ford claims …

GM to keep Holden name, import front-drive Commodore from China

With the end of GM's manufacturing in Australia, its Holden brand is destined to become purely a sales and service network, bringing in vehicles (principally Chevrolets) manufactured in other locations and rebadging them as Holdens. That's left some wondering whether it's worthwhile leaving Holden …

GM announces $1.3B in US plant upgrades

Ford isn't the only American automaker making a big investment in its manufacturing business. Fresh and free of its US government loans, General Motors has announced that it will be investing almost $1.3 billion in upgrades for five of its US-based manufacturing plants. The investment will see …

Play with this interactive SLS AMG Black Series POV track video, courtesy of Top Gear

We post a lot of videos on <i>Autoblog</i>, but we aren't sure we've ever posted one quite like this. This is a video of <i>Top Gear</i>'s Stig lapping the Dunsfold test track in a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series. But even for the talented video crews at TG, this isn't everyday fare.<p>A 360-degree, …

First Forza 5 update adds drag racing, will make cars easier to buy

The reviews for <i>Forza Motorsport 5</i> have been just as keen as the few grudges held against it, those gripes chiefly being the paucity of cars and tracks compared to FM4 and the difficulty of purchasing the elite cars. Developer Turn 10 has heard the lamentations, and after making quick, temporary …

Judge halts Toyota unintended acceleration cases, triggers time for settlement negotiations

So far, the lawsuits brought forth against Toyota for unintended acceleration have gone both ways: the automaker was found not at fault in a 2009 California crash and liable for a 2007 crash in Oklahoma. Both cases involved a Camry and resulted in fatalities. With a big chunk of these UA cases …