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Tesla Self-Driving Feature Puts Car in 'Assertive' Mode

It allows vehicle to shorten follow distance, come to 'rolling stops'

(Newser) - A Tesla self-driving feature is drawing backlash for what some are saying could lead to too-aggressive driving. The Verge reports that the company's Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta allows vehicle operators to choose from one of three driving modes that control how the car reacts to road conditions: "Chill,...

This BMW Changes Color at the Touch of a Button

E-ink vehicle wrap works like an e-reader

(Newser) - The future could see you changing the color of your car with the touch of a button. The technology already exists, as BMW showcased Tuesday at CES, the annual consumer technology trade show in Las Vegas. The car maker unveiled an SUV whose exterior can change from white to black...

Tesla's 'Tumultuous Year' Just Got Worse

Automaker ranked almost last for reliability in new Consumer Reports ranking

(Newser) - Lexus will be pleased with the latest Consumer Reports new-car reliability rankings , but one big name won't be. After surveying owners of more than 300,000 vehicles that were 2020 or 2021 models, the consumer group placed Tesla second to last (ahead of only the Lincoln brand owned by...

Ford to Make Its Most 'Dramatic' Investment Ever

Automaker to build assembly plant, 3 factories for EV batteries in South, with hopes of 10.8K jobs

(Newser) - Ford and a partner company say they plan to build three major electric-vehicle battery factories and an auto assembly plant by 2025—a dramatic investment in the future of EV technology that will create an estimated 10,800 jobs and shift the automaker's future manufacturing footprint toward the South....

This Famous 'Murder Car' Can Be Yours for $1.8M

Black BMW that Tupac Shakur was riding in when he was fatally shot in 1996 is for sale

(Newser) - Tupac Shakur was fatally shot 25 years ago yesterday, and the "murder car" the rapper was riding in at the time is now up for grabs. That's what TMZ is calling the black 1996 BMW 750iL that Death Row Records co-founder Suge Night was driving in Las Vegas...

As Tom Cruise Filmed, His BMW Was Boosted

Along with thousands of dollars in luggage stowed inside the X7 in England's Birmingham

(Newser) - Tom Cruise is out a whole lot of luggage, as well as other belongings, after someone boosted the Beemer he was using while filming the next installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise in England, reports Page Six . Sources say Cruise was "hopping mad" after the BMW X7 was stolen...

Biden Sets Ambitious Goal for Electric Cars
Biden Makes His Biggest
Move Yet on Greener Cars
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Biden Makes His Biggest Move Yet on Greener Cars

He wants half of all new vehicles sold by 2030 to be zero-emission models

(Newser) - President Biden is making one of his biggest moves yet toward his pledge to fight climate change, one that involves transportation, the single biggest source of US greenhouse gas emissions, reports Axios . "The future of the auto industry is electric—and made in America," Biden tweeted . Details:
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In This Market, Prepare to Pay Over List Price for That Car

New cars are harder to find and selling for sticker price or more

(Newser) - Workers are turning back into commuters, and many of those workers are going out to buy a new car. But there aren’t a lot of new cars out there, which means the wheels on the lot aren’t cheap. There are shortages related to pandemic shutdowns—a global chip...

After a 25-Year Absence, an Iconic SUV Is 'Out of the Corral'

Ford has started shipping the 2021 Bronco to dealers

(Newser) - One of Ford's most iconic vehicles hasn't left the factory for a quarter-century, but this week, assembly lines are up and running again. "The Broncos are out of the gates, out of the corral," a manager at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne told reporters on...

Average Age of US Cars Hits Record High

It may be a pandemic blip, research firm says

(Newser) - In 2020, the average vehicle on Americans roads was almost a teenager, according to research firm IHS Markit. The company, which produces an annual report on the age of American vehicles, says the average age of cars, light trucks, and SUVs hit a record high of 12.1 years, up...

As the Pandemic Eases, Everyone's Buying Lamborghinis

Well, rich people are—the luxury automaker says it's nearly sold out for 2021

(Newser) - Restaurants and bars are slowly returning to some sense of normalcy, consumers are once more booking vacations, and "the idle rich" are scooping up one luxury car brand in particular, apparently eager to escape the mansions they've been cooped up in for much of the last 15 months,...

Electric F-150 Has Unusual Perk: Ability to Power a Home

Ford says it would keep a house going in a blackout for about 3 days

(Newser) - Ford unveiled its electric version of the popular F-150 pickup on Wednesday, and even outlets that don't typically pay much attention to such things have taken notice. The F-150 has long been the bestselling vehicle in America, and the 2022 Lightning is designed to appeal to "everyday truck...

U-Hauls Suddenly Popular in Hawaii. Not Why You Think
U-Hauls Suddenly Popular
in Hawaii. Not Why You Think
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U-Hauls Suddenly Popular in Hawaii. Not Why You Think

Rental cars are super expensive these days, but moving trucks are not

(Newser) - What do U-Hauls in Hawaii and the semiconductor chip shortage have in common? A pandemic. Now that Americans are getting vaccinated, they’re ready to travel again, and there just aren’t enough rental cars to go around, Hawaii News Now reports. With car rental prices rising as a result,...

Consumer Reports Names 10 Best Vehicles

If you're looking for a sweet new ride, the nonprofit picks the best sedan, SUV, pickup, and more

(Newser) - Not that anyone's leaving the house too much these days, but those who like to cruise around town or even take the occasional road trip may be interested in Consumer Reports' ranking of the best cars for 2021. The nonprofit consumer advocacy group put more than 250 models through...

Tesla Just Turned Its Cars Into Giant Boomboxes

Software update produces such car horn sounds as applause, bleating goats, and, yes, farting

(Newser) - Ever wanted to express your displeasure at fellow drivers by farting at them? If you're the owner of a Tesla, your dream may have just come true. Announced by company CEO Elon Musk on Christmas Day, the newest software update from the electric car manufacturer features "Boombox" mode,...

Some Thought It Was a Terror Attack. Others, a Movie Set

Dozens arrested after vehicles do doughnuts in South Beach, causing fear and gridlock

(Newser) - If you were in Miami Beach Saturday night, you may have been witness to quite a street spectacle. Per NBC News , a group of cars converged on an intersection in the neighborhood of South Beach, then start doing doughnuts, while people who appeared to be part of the group stood...

Surfers' Warning: Don't Use a Lock Box
Surfers' Warning: 
Don't Use a Lock Box
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Surfers' Warning: Don't Use a Lock Box

Thieves can bust into them, as California surfers have learned

(Newser) - California surfers say they're "under attack" by car thieves—and warn that anyone else using a lock box is vulnerable. Surfers often use lock boxes to hide their car keys while surfing at beaches in San Francisco. The problem, as the San Francisco Chronicle reports, is that lock...

Drivers in Canada Get an Unusual Warning
'Do Not Let
Moose Lick
Your Car'
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'Do Not Let Moose Lick Your Car'

Canadian drivers receive an unusual warning

(Newser) - Authorities in rural Jasper, Canada, have put up LED signs warning drivers of a very Canadian road hazard. "Do not let moose lick your car," reads the missive, which you can see here . It's no joke. It seems that moose in Alberta province have figured out they...

Teen YouTuber Totals Dad's $3.4M Roadster

Gage Gillean reportedly hit a tree in Dallas on Tuesday, but he's OK

(Newser) - It's a good thing YouTuber Gage Gillean's father is a billionaire because it may take a few million dollars to replace the rare sports car Gillean just wrecked. The 17-year-old son of private equity firm founder and car collector Tim Gillean was driving his father's custom-made purple...

Another Election Result: Making It Easier to Fix Your Car
One State's New Car-Repair
Law Could Affect Everyone
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One State's New Car-Repair Law Could Affect Everyone

Massachusetts will require automakers to share computer data on vehicles

(Newser) - One of the under-the-radar state ballot items in 2020 has the potential to affect everyone who owns an automobile. In Massachusetts, voters easily approved a measure that will require automakers to share computer data on vehicles with independent shops, reports Reuters . If history repeats, this could become the national norm....

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