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Cup cars vs the world: Forza’s new expansion is a brave move for NASCAR – Ars Technica

Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2016

A grid full of stock cars at the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is familiar ground for NASCAR. A grid full of stock cars at the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is familiar ground for NASCAR. The same can’t be said here—a mixed grid of GTs and stock cars at Catalunya, home to the Spanish Grand Prix. As far as I’m concerned the highlight of NASCAR’s season is when the…

Takata airbag inflator recall expands to include 12 million more cars – CNET

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

Fiat Chrysler: 2004-2008 Ram 1500, 2004-2009 Dodge Durango, 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum, 2005-2009 Ram 2500, 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota, 2006-2012 Dodge Charger, 2009 Ram 3500, 2005-2012 Chrysler 300, 2007-2009 Chrysler Aspen, 2007-2010 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis, 2007-2012 Jeep Wrangler, 2008-2010 Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis, 2008-2012 Dodge Challenger Ferrari: 2009-2011 California, 2010-2011 458 Italia Honda: 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey, 2003-2006 Acura MDX, 2003-2008 Honda Pilot, 2003-2011 Element, 2005-2006 Honda CR-V, 2005-2011 Acura RL, 2006-2011…

Cup cars vs the world: Forza’s new expansion is a brave move for NASCAR – Ars Technica

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

A grid full of stock cars at the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is familiar ground for NASCAR. A grid full of stock cars at the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is familiar ground for NASCAR. The same can’t be said here—a mixed grid of GTs and stock cars at Catalunya, home to the Spanish Grand Prix. As far as I’m concerned the highlight of NASCAR’s season is when the…

Human drivers are still way better than self-driving cars – Yahoo Finance

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

We speed, tailgate, blow red lights and drift between lanes while juggling cellphones and spilling coffee. Yet the deeply flawed human driver is still superior to a computerized one. Self-driving cars piloted by software are clearly on the way, and once perfected, they could dramatically improve auto safety and transform other elements of transportation. But they’re further off than a lot of breathless headlines suggest. “We don’t have any autonomous…

How Do You Sell Your Old Cars? – Jalopnik

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

Hello humans and welcome to the latest round of Letters to Doug, your favorite weekly column wherein you send me letters and I scoff at them while tilting back a nice jug of brandy. If you’d like to participate in Letters to Doug, you can! Just send me a message on my Facebook page or e-mail me at Letters2Doug@gmail.com, and I will be happy to read your letter very thoroughly,…

Buick to drop Verano after short 2017 run – Automotive News

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

DETROIT — The Buick Verano will stay in production for an abbreviated 2017 model year before being phased out this fall. General Motors, in a statement Thursday, said Verano output at its Lake Orion plant in suburban Detroit would wind down in October. Automotive News reported this month that GM had decided to end the compact sedan’s run in the United States, even though the nameplate will live on…

First Drive: 2016 Mazda CX-9 – Digital Trends

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

Mazda has always been known as a driver-oriented automaker. But in order to be a driver’s automaker, Mazda has to be a design and engineering company first. That’s key to understanding the new 2016 Mazda CX-9 mid-size SUV. Yes, you’re going to get the best-driving SUV in its class and price range, but it’s the underlying design and engineering work that really sets the CX-9 apart from its competition. With…

Largest-ever US auto recall gets bigger: 12 million more vehicles with Takata air bags ordered back – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

Eight automakers are recalling more than 12 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators.  Documents detailing recalls by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Ferrari and Mitsubishi were posted Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  They’re part of a massive expansion of Takata air bag recalls announced earlier this month. Seventeen automakers are adding 35 million to 40 million inflators to…

GM to End Production of Buick Verano Before End of Year – Fortune

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

After weeks of speculation, General Motors has confirmed it is ending production of the Buick Verano, a compact sedan made at the Orion assembly plant in Orion Township, Michigan. The Buick Verano, which was introduced in late 2011, will be phased out in North America in October following a short production run of the 2017 model year, GM spokesman Stuart Fowle said in an email. Changing consumer tastes and growing…

Japan Recalls 7 Million More Cars With Takata Airbags – New York Times

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

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GM Boosts Revolving Credit Lines to Total $14.5 Billion – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

General Motors Co. has increased the capacity of its revolving credit lines by $2 billion, padding its liquidity position as it shifts substantial excess cash to shareholders, expansion and investments in future technology. The company on Thursday said it has replaced a $12.5 billion facility with a pair of credit lines totaling $14.5 billion that will gradually expire between 2019 and 2021. Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens said…

Car Dealer Reportedly Sold BMW With Duct Tape Covering Check Engine Light – Jalopnik

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016

A man in Washington state bought a used BMW that he thought was in good working order, only to have the engine completely fail on him three days later. Turns out he never saw the check engine light because that was covered up with duct tape. According to local NBC affiliate King5.com, John Thomas purchased a 2000 BMW 5 Series from a dealer called Car Craft Auto Sales for $4,500….

Faraday Future seeks approval to build electric cars in California – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Faraday Future, the Gardena-based electric car company, is eager to begin building its battery-electric vehicles in California. Having broken ground only a month ago on a $1-billion car factory in Nevada, Faraday could add a Vallejo facility to its production plans. Pending the outcome of a city council vote Tuesday, the car company could take over a 157-acre parcel on the area’s Mare Island and begin building cars within two…

Coming soon: buses that drive over cars – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016

“The TEB has the same functions as the subway while its cost of construction is less than one fifth that of the subway,” said Bai Zhiming, engineer in charge of the TEB project. “Its construction can be finished in one year.” A trial TEB service is scheduled to kick off in the second half of this year on the roads around Qinhuangdao City, north China’s Hebei Province. “The biggest advantage…

Self-driving cars: who’s building them and how do they work? – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016

From self-driving cars to robot lorries, autonomous vehicles are the future of road transportation. But who’s in pole position, who’s stuck in the pit lane and how far away is the starting grid? How far along are we? Autonomous vehicles are already on our roads. At the cutting edge there are self-driving cars being tested in pilot programmes, and they are proving perfectly capable of motoring alongside human drivers. But…

Self-driving cars: who’s building them and how do they work? – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016

From self-driving cars to robot lorries, autonomous vehicles are the future of road transportation. But who’s in pole position, who’s stuck in the pit lane and how far away is the starting grid? How far along are we? Autonomous vehicles are already on our roads. At the cutting edge there are self-driving cars being tested in pilot programmes, and they are proving perfectly capable of motoring alongside human drivers. But…

Alonso gets upgraded Honda power unit in Monaco – Formula 1

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016

The move means Alonso will be on the third of his five permitted internal combustion engines (ICE) for the season, but Honda say this one will have modifications to enhance reliability. Though team mate Jenson Button will stick with the same ICE he used at the last round in Spain, both he and Alonso will also have revised electronics and new batteries after the latter’s car switched itself off in…

Business Day|Volkswagen Challenges US Jurisdiction in Emissions Scandal – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016

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Self-driving cars: who’s building them and how do they work? – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016

From self-driving cars to robot lorries, autonomous vehicles are the future of road transportation. But who’s in pole position, who’s stuck in the pit lane and how far away is the starting grid? How far along are we? Autonomous vehicles are already on our roads. At the cutting edge there are self-driving cars being tested in pilot programmes, and they are proving perfectly capable of motoring alongside human drivers. But…