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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 »

'It Sucks': Service Member on Bank's Illegal Car Seizures

Wells Fargo now has to pay $24m for taking more than 400 cars from members of military

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren recently called Wells Fargo's CEO "gutless," and members of the US military may soon feel that way about the entire company. CNN reports that the bank will pay out $24 million for illegally repossessing 413 cars from military service members from 2008 to 2015. Each... More »

The 5 Best, Worst Car Brands in US

Can Ford thank Matthew McConaughey?

(Newser) - It's not clear whether Matthew McConaughey's commercials have anything to do with swaying customer opinion, but a nationwide survey of nearly 4,000 people regarding 24 major car brands has found that Americans love their Ford Lincolns the most, 24/7 Wall St. reports. An American Customer Satisfaction Index... More »

Ford Is Moving All Small-Car Production Out of the US

Trump slams Mexico move

(Newser) - Ford Motor Co. says it's moving all of its US small-car production to Mexico. Ford CEO Mark Fields confirmed the long-expected move Wednesday during an event for investors and Wall Street analysts, the AP reports. Ford already makes its Fiesta subcompact in Mexico, but its Focus and C-MAX small... More »

Coming in 2021: a Ford Without Pedals

Fully autonomous vehicle will be used for ride-sharing

(Newser) - A car without pedals or even a steering wheel? The curious and the brave need wait only five years, apparently. Ford announced Tuesday that it will release a fully autonomous vehicle in 2021 that needs no input from the driver. In fact, it needs no driver at all. The car... More »

10 Cities With Highest Speeds in Fatal Crashes

Slow down, California

(Newser) - Tourists may be wary of hailing a speeding cab in Manhattan, but the Big Apple doesn't even fall in the top 20 "fastest" US cities, let alone the top 10, per an Auto Insurance Center examination of speeding deaths across the country. The center looked at more than... More »

Jeep Owners Sue for Flaw That May Have Killed Star Trek Actor

Suit claims Fiat Chrysler should have done more to remedy gear shift issue

(Newser) - First came last year's hefty $105 million fine for recall lapses affecting more than 11 million vehicles. Then came the death Sunday of 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin , whose recalled Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled and pinned him, per Jalopnik . Now Jeep Grand Cherokee owners have lobbed a class-action lawsuit against... More »

Man Covers Car in Signatures —Even Under the Hood

Jeff Janzen says his late son would have loved it

(Newser) - Shawn Janzen was an artist—which is exactly why he'd love what his dad has done to his old beater car. For the last nine months, Jeff Janzen has been adding signatures to the 1994 Ford Crown Victoria, which he purchased in 2010. It's now decorated with more... More »

Your Roof Rack Is Killing Your Fuel Economy

Having one could make your gas bill go up by 25%: researchers

(Newser) - You could argue that having a roof rack on your car makes it easier to stay fit: Throw a bike or skis on top, head over to the park or slopes, and burn off some calories on the trails. You could also say it makes your car less efficient—and... More »

Mitsubishi Admits Cheating Fuel Tests Since 1991

Millions of vehicles in Japan could be affected

(Newser) - The new Volkswagen: Mitsubishi? The car company announced Tuesday it has been cheating fuel tests in Japan for the past 25 years, an admission that caused shares to fall by 10% to a record low, reports CNNMoney . Mitsubishi's market value had already plunged last week with news that engineers... More »

Tesla Racks Up 'Unprecedented' Sales With Model 3

New electric car, not even available until late 2017, has 276K preorders

(Newser) - Electric cars used to be a quaint novelty for a niche demographic. But the throngs trying to nab one of Tesla's new Model 3 sedans are turning a one-time fad into a phenomenon. The Washington Post reports that in two days' time, 276,000 people preordered its latest vehicle,... More »

Worst Cars in 10 Categories

'Consumer Reports' has a worst-of list

(Newser) - Consumer Reports is out with a ranking that no automaker wants to be on: the very worst vehicles in 10 different categories, based on factors including road performance, reliability, customer satisfaction, and safety. The losers, via Yahoo , are:
  • Subcompact: Mitsubishi Mirage
  • Compact: Fiat 500L
  • Midsize sedan: Chrysler 200
  • Compact
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Man Drove 6 Miles With Wife on SUV's Roof: Cops

Why, yes, it happened in Florida

(Newser) - Take my wife, please—off the roof of my car. Cops say a Florida man drove 6 miles with his spouse clinging to the top of his SUV, the Smoking Gun reports. Per a police report , Officer Christopher Ruediger was pulling up to an intersection in Stuart shortly after midnight... More »

Toyota Says Sayonara to Scion

Company will be phasing out brand, folding models into Toyota lineup

(Newser) - Toyota's Scion brand has been "euthanized," as Jalopnik puts it, with the car manufacturer announcing Wednesday the division will be killed, per a Toyota press release . The brand will be phased out, and existing models—including the MY17, FR-S sports car, iA sedan, iM hatchback, and C-HR... More »

DeLoreans Being Made Again for First Time in 35 Years

Texas maker of 'Back to the Future' car gets green light for new models

(Newser) - A car that's been stuck in the past can now go forward into the future, thanks to a government initiative that's allowing new models to be made for the first time in 35 years, KPRC reports. DeLoreans—the vehicle made famous in the Back to the Future movie... More »

Keyless Car Ignitions: Convenient but Deadly?

Critics say popular feature makes it too easy to accidentally leave the engine running

(Newser) - An increasingly common feature that many car manufacturers tout as convenient is actually a very dangerous "defect," according to critics. NBC News —citing stats from a safety group—reports keyless ignitions have caused at least 19 deaths and more than two-dozen "close calls" since 2009. A... More »

Rolls-Royce Issues Impossibly Small Recall

It's for one single car

(Newser) - The only single-vehicle recalls you'll usually see are for trucks, fire engines, and school buses. So the owner of a Rolls-Royce made in England can feel pretty special that his or her sedan is the subject of a rare single-car recall that affects that car alone, the Financial Times ... More »

Legendary Batmobile Creator Dead at 89

George Barris created cars for Hollywood's elite

(Newser) - George Barris, the legendary custom car builder who created television's original Batmobile and helped define California's car culture with colorfully designed vehicles ranging from the stunningly beautiful to the simply outrageous, died Thursday. He was 89. Barris, who had been in declining health, died at his Los Angeles... More »

In-Car Infotainment Distracts You for Up to 27 Seconds

Research finds issuing voice commands can be distracting, deadly

(Newser) - Think it's safe to use a voice-activated in-car system to call your friend Dave or play the new Taylor Swift single? Think again. In two studies published Thursday, researchers found it can take nearly half a minute to regain full focus on the road after giving voice commands to... More »

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