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The Best SUV, Car, and Truck of the Year

Volvo XC60, Honda Accord, and Lincoln Navigator take the honors at Detroit auto show

(Newser) - The annual Detroit auto show is underway, and a marquee moment is out of the way: The 2018 honorees for best car, SUV, and truck of the year in North America have been named, reports the Detroit Free Press . The winners, and other trends and developments from the show:
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He Was Set to Sell His DeLorean for $70K. Then, a Suspicious Fire

Company alleges arson destroyed rare 1981 car owned by 22-year-old Daryl Kemsley

(Newser) - Where there's smoke, there's usually fire—a phrase that may apply doubly to a strange story out of Utah. Daryl Kemsley, a 22-year-old YouTuber and car aficionado, tells Fox 13 that his dream car, a 1981 DeLorean driven just 8,100 miles, began to smoke after it was... More »

Don't Leave These 5 Things in a Cold Car

One might actually explode

(Newser) - The record-breaking cold continues—even penguins in Canada are taking shelter, per People —so it's a good time to share what not to leave in a cold car. A list compiled by the Detroit Free Press includes the obvious—people, for one—but also several items you might... More »

Why This Scene May Cease to Exist in California After 2040

Assemblyman wants to ban sales of cars fueled by gas, diesel by that deadline

(Newser) - If Phil Ting has his way, California girls will soon be cruising down Highway One and never having to stop for gas. When the state Legislature returns at the start of 2018, the Dem assemblyman says he'll introduce a bill that would ban the sale of new cars fueled... More »

Woman Picks Up Surprise Passenger on Her Commute

Georgie Knox had no clue there was a coyote in her car's grille

(Newser) - Wile E. Coyote may be accustomed to vehicular chaos , but it was one of his cousins in the Great White North that took a wild ride last week. Canada's Georgie Knox says she was on her way to her job in Calgary early one morning when a coyote ran... More »

Car Designers Still Need Clay to Perfect Their Model

All the major automakers still rely on the decades-old process

(Newser) - Carmakers may be on the cutting edge of digital technology, but they still turn to clay when it comes time to test their latest designs. And that's true for every major company, including Mercedes, Tesla, and Toyota, reports the AP . They use the ancient, flexible, forgiving material to sculpt... More »

Volkswagen Has Been Kicked Out of No. 1 Auto Sales Spot

Renault-Nissan is the new king of the cars

(Newser) - Results are in for the first six months of worldwide car sales, and Volkswagen has been, as CNNMoney notes, "dethroned." The German carmaker came in with about 5,155,600 vehicles sold in the first half of the year, followed by Toyota at 5,129,000. But it... More »

UK Unveils Big Move in Quest for Cleaner Air

It plans to ban new gas, diesel cars by 2040

(Newser) - Just weeks after France unveiled a plan to ban sales of gas and diesel cars by 2040, its neighbor to the north is following suit. Britain's government on Wednesday unveiled a nearly $4 billion plan to improve air quality that would see sales of new gas and diesel cars... More »

5 Most Stolen Cars in America

It's the Honda Accord—though thieves prefer older models overall, not newer ones

(Newser) - Hide that Honda Accord under lock and key, because it was the most stolen car in America last year, reports 24/7 Wall St. , which details the National Insurance Crime Bureau's annual "Hot Wheels Report" of the country's most swiped vehicles. There were 50,427 Accords stolen in... More »

10 Cars That Sit Longest on Dealer Lots

Fiat 500L gets the unwanted distinction

(Newser) - Some cars fly off dealers' lots and some, well, linger. Using data from Kelley Blue Book, 24/7 Wall St looked at which cars sat the longest at dealerships before selling in 2016. The worst performers, along with the average number of days the models hung around:
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Buyer, Beware: 5 Deadliest Cars in America

Also, the 5 safest cars in America

(Newser) - Just how safe is that car you're driving? 24/7 Wall St. investigated to come up with a ranking of the safest and least safe car models sold in the US. The cars you'll want to drive, and those you won't, based on driver death rates: More »

10 Vehicles Most Likely to Hit 200K Miles

Ford Expedition among trucks and SUVs, Toyota Avalon among cars

(Newser) - Hoping your car makes it to 200,000 miles? An analysis at iSeeCars.com finds that the odds are steep. Any vehicle can make it with proper maintenance, notes the site, but it looked at all the models on the road and found that the industry average is just 1.... More »

'Damn Near Everybody' Uses Phones While Driving

Zendrive shares concerning numbers in largest distracted-driving analysis yet

(Newser) - An eyebrow-raising new study assesses the extent of distracted driving, with stats revealing just how many people use their cellphones while behind the wheel. "Damn near everybody … damn near all the time," Wired concludes after reviewing the Zendrive report, which the driving analytics company says is the... More »

Behold, the World's 'Fastest Production Car'

Dodge's 2018 Challenger SRT Demon is 'a freak in the sheets'

(Newser) - "A lady in the streets, but a freak in the sheets." That's how Dodge is describing its 2018 Challenger SRT Demon. While there are more than a few who'd grin at the double entendre, Dodge says that "sheets" in this case is actually in reference... More »

Man Who Says He's Sick of Being Honked at Files Suit

Ohio's Garrick Krlich says city workers have honked at his home for decade to harass him

(Newser) - Friends driving by your house and honking a friendly hello: cool. City and county officials and employees honking for almost 10 years as they drive by to get back at you for placing a bid on a house: not so cool. Per Courthouse News Service , that's the claim of... More »

When Car Salesmen Don't Lie: Oldsmobile Ad Goes Viral

'This car will last you at least ALL SPRING '17'

(Newser) - Car buyers who fear getting fooled into purchasing a lemon, take solace: There is at least one honest car salesman out there. An ad posted on Facebook Wednesday for a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero has gone viral, and the first line gives a taste as to why: "Nothing special or... More »

5 Cities Where You Don't Want a Car

Mass transit, baby—or hoof it

(Newser) - In some cities, it's a joy to own a set of wheels to cruise around in; in others, you're better off hawking your car on Craigslist and taking the bus, per CBS News . A SmartAsset analysis examined seven driving-related factors (including non-driving options, hours that commuters spend in... More »

Sweden Debuts 'How to Give Birth in a Car 101'

Swedish maternity ward is closing, so midwives take preemptive measure

(Newser) - While expectant American couples taking Lamaze classes prepare for labor with breathing exercises and relaxation techniques, midwives in Sweden are busy prepping soon-to-be parents on worst-case scenarios. "Car accidents, the car could break down, you maybe drive off the road. You have to be ready," Stina Naslund tells... More »

Finally, a Traffic Light That Makes Driving Better

Artificial intelligence could be coming to a block near you

(Newser) - If you've ever called a traffic light "dumb," well, you're technically correct. Amidst the proliferation of smart devices, traffic lights have largely remained conventional, their colors changing based on preprogrammed timing that can go years without being adjusted. But there's a noteworthy exception, and it'... More »

New-Car Smell? Chinese Drivers Can't Stand It

Consumers in that country associate the smell with air pollution

(Newser) - Although many US consumers claim to love the smell of a new car, that same unmistakable odor is raising eyebrows and turning noses in China, Bloomberg reports. Odd or unpleasant odors have been the top complaint from new car buyers in China, according to JD Power's annual initial quality... More »

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