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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 »

Car Auctions Off for Record-Breaking $34M

Ferrari 250 GTO was once owned by Olympic gold medalist

(Newser) - A rare 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO once owned by a famed racing driver and Olympic gold medalist has sold for $34.65 million. Yesterday's sale at an auction in California during Monterey Car Week is believed to be a record public auction price for a classic car, topping the... More »

Fisker: Doomed to Be the Next DeLorean?

Obama may have seen it coming

(Newser) - Fisker: It's the sexy electric sedan that Justin Bieber was busted speeding in and which scored a $529 million loan from the Obama administration. Now it's hurtling toward bankruptcy. So what went wrong? asks the Wall Street Journal . Faulty software, suppliers going bust, delayed releases, and car recalls... More »

GM, Ford Join Forces to Build Better Transmission

But they say collaboration won't compromise the 'DNA' of either brand

(Newser) - Ford and GM are setting aside their rivalry to jointly develop a new generation of more fuel-efficient transmissions, the companies revealed today. The companies have actually been working on the technology in secret for a while, the Detroit Free Press reports, but they've now decided to make it public.... More »

How the Internet Will Transform Our Cars

Huge changes are coming to auto industry: Thilo Koslowski

(Newser) - When the Internet combined with the telephone to create the smartphone, it fundamentally changed our world. Now the Internet is in the process of combining with our automobiles, and it promises even bigger transformations, writes Thilo Koslowski in Wired . Apple, Sprint, and Intel have all made moves recently into the... More »

'Tough' New Car Designed for Sale ... in Africa

Mobius Two can fit eight people and haul large cargo

(Newser) - Africa, meet the $6,000 car. Mobius Motors plans to sell Africa a new vehicle, the Mobius Two, even though the entire continent has just a $15 billion market (about $485 billion lower than America's). But the Mobius Two could revolutionize the economy in a land where hundreds of... More »

20 Worst Used Cars

Compiled by Consumer Reports

(Newser) - The only thing worse than buying a lemon is buying a used lemon. Here's a list of 2012's worst used cars compiled by Consumer Reports and courtesy of ABC News . More »

DeLorean Going Electric

Company expects to begin selling them made-to-order in 2013

(Newser) - The DeLorean, one of the most iconic sports cars of all time and the vehicle that Marty McFly and Doc Brown zipped through time with in Back to the Future, is slated for a new release—this time as an electric car, reports ABC News . Built-to-order electric DeLoreans, priced at... More »

Truck Driver Uses Feet for Brakes

... and it doesn't turn out so well for him

(Newser) - Instead of using his head and calling for a tow when his brakes went out, a Michigan man decided to use his feet—to stop his truck. After discovering his brakes weren't working, the 24-year-old continued to drive home, reports the Macomb Daily . While he did manage to stop... More »

Hybrids' New Rival: Ye Olde Gas Engine

Conventional cars are giving hybrids a run for their money

(Newser) - Hybrids are gas-sipping wonders, and electric cars may be the green wave of the future, but oil-addicted America's best hope may be ... the conventional gasoline engine, reports the Washington Post . GM, Ford, and Hyundai are now selling cars with conventional engines that get 40mpg or better on the highway, and... More »

10 Most Dangerous Cars Ever

Smart car? Maybe not so smart

(Newser) - Some of us lovingly referred to our first car variously as "the jalopy," "the tin can on wheels," or "the death trap." And some of us were right. Here, as per Autoshippers, are the most dangerous cars of all time:
  • 1967-1971 Ford Pinto: Had
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Toyota Teams Up With Tesla on Electric Car

$50M buy-in on 'affordable' Tesla model due in 2012

(Newser) - Toyota is teaming up with Tesla Motors to develop and build electric cars at a recently shuttered auto plant in the San Francisco Bay area. Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda said yesterday the world's largest automaker will invest $50 million in Tesla when the company goes public, and Tesla CEO Elon... More »

Toyota Stalled US Recall

Treated safety flaws differently in Europe, Canada

(Newser) - Toyota stalled on US recall pledges and treated the same safety problem differently in the US than in Europe and Canada, new documents released by the automaker show. “The time to hide on this one is over. We need to come clean,” an American Toyota executive urged the... More »

Feds: NY Prius Crash Driver Never Stepped on Brake

Local officials say data are inconclusive

(Newser) - Computer data from a Toyota Prius that crashed in New York shows that at the time of the accident the driver was not applying the brakes, safety officials say. But local police say the evidence is inconclusive and driver error has not been established. "For any agency to release... More »

Fired Worker Hacks System, Disables 100 Cars Remotely

Ex-employee allegedly abused no-start system

(Newser) - More than 100 Texas drivers got an unexpected surprise late last month when their cars started honking inexplicably or simply stopped working. The hacker charged with causing the problems was arrested yesterday, Wired reports. Omar Ramos-Lopez used to work at the auto center that sold the cars—which were armed... More »

Here's Hoping Apple Tablet Is Like a Car

Computers should be as easy to use as vehicles, appliances

(Newser) - Computers can do amazing things, but as anyone with a technophobic parent knows, they’re still way too complicated. That’s why Farhad Manjoo is hoping Apple’s new tablet will be “the first fully powered PC that is as simple to use as a kitchen appliance.” Sure,... More »

This Is a $1M Car—in a Lagoon

Cellphone and pelican conspire against Texas driver

(Newser) - A Texas driver distracted by a low-flying pelican took an unexpected detour—into 3 feet of water. Andy House, 34, drove a Bugatti Veyron EB, worth about $1 million, into a saltwater lagoon near Galveston. "He was calm,” the driver of the wrecker that took away the waterlogged... More »

950 Tries Later, Woman Passes Driving Test

Now all South Korean has to do is pass the physical test

(Newser) - A 68-year-old South Korean woman has finally been granted the chance to take her actual, physical driving test after completing the written exam—on her 950th try. Cha Sa-soon took the test and failed almost daily since April 2005 before recently squeaking through with the minimum score of 60%. At... More »

Nissan Leaf Wins Name Game

Not dirty, sexy, or violent, brand is 'a minor miracle'

(Newser) - Nissan already had its work cut out in designing a hybrid—whatever it made had to measure up to Toyota’s hugely successful Prius. Then it needed a name, which came at the end of a process blending business, culture, and the law. Possibilities must be cleared in hundreds of... More »

Brazilian Teen's Ride: Pink, Sporty, Bulletproof

In Sao Paulo, armoring a car is as much about status as protection

(Newser) - Sao Paulo, Brazil, is known as the armored car capital of the world, and for good reason, the Wall Street Journal reports. Brazil's murder rate is 5 times the rate in the US, and the wealthy are historically at risk for kidnapping. Add to that a recent influx of wealth,... More »

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