President Barack Obama took to the Detroit auto show today for a victory lap around the industry his administration saved — but that might not reflect his influence for long.
An explosive racketeering lawsuit by a car-dealer chain accuses Fiat Chrysler of paying dealers to fake new-vehicle sales—accusations which roiled stock markets overseas and brought a rapid rebuttal from the automaker.
On Monday, federal regulators set out new targets for how much ethanol should be mixed into gasoline through 2016—and the goals are aggressive enough to push the emergence of fuels that many automakers don’t approve of in their new vehicles.
Despite generating plenty of buzz with an earlier commercial for the Italian brand, Fiat has decided to put in the “drawer” a commercial it was putting together for the new Fiat 124 Spider that featured legendary Hollywood “bad boy” Charlie Sheen. A still-incomplete video featuring Sheen driving wildly in the new roadster was played for several dozen reporters during a sneak preview of the new Fiat 124 Spider at parent Fiat Chrysler’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan on November 3rd.
Hustling to bring cars that drive themselves to a road near you, Google finds itself somewhere that has frustrated many before: Waiting on the Department of Motor Vehicles. Before granting that permission, California regulators want Google to prove these cars of the future already drive as safely as people. The Department of Motor Vehicles was supposed to write precedent-setting rules of the road by last Jan. 1. Google says no on both.
Federal regulators said today they had found 10,000 additional diesel engines in Volkswagen Group vehicles—including Audi sedans and Porsche SUVs—that fake their emissions under testing through software, adding another layer to the scandal engulfing the German automaker. If upheld, the test results would belie VW’s statements six weeks ago that a software program which could sense whether a vehicle was being tested by authorities was only installed in four-cylinder turbodiesels. VW has said 11 million vehicles worldwide were affected by that software, and has pledged to spend billions of dollars bringing them into compliance. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said its testing uncovered similar software in seven new models equipped with 3-liter V-6 diesels: the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg, 2015 models of the Porsche Cayenne and 2016 models of the Audi A6 Quattro, Audi A7 Quattro, Audi A8 and Audi Q5.
When Joyce Kingsley heard “kaboom” while at her Michigan home, she immediately thought about extreme weather. The 83-year-old needed to look up: A Ford Mustang was parked on the roof of her home after the driver had a medical problem Monday and lost control on Interstate 69 in Shiawassee County. State police said the Mustang went through several bushes, trees and a fence before stopping on the roof. In this photo provided by the Michigan State Police, a Ford Mustang is stopped on a roof of a house in Woodhull Township, Mich. State police say the driver had a medical problem and lost control of his car on Interstate 69 in Shiawassee County.
Prior to today’s decision by the Librarian of Congress, car manufacturers, the most vocal being General Motors, had attempted to block an exemption, the proposed Class 21 in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that would allow anyone to play with the code that ran on vehicles they’d bought. GM claimed the exemption “could introduce safety and security issues as well as facilitate violation of various laws designed specifically to regulate the modern car, including emissions, fuel economy, and vehicle safety regulations”. Companies like GM opposed an exemption that would allow owners to tinker with its cars’ code (Chevrolet Silverado photo courtesy of AP) Supporters of Class 21, however, argued that researchers needed access to vehicles’ code to uncover potential vulnerabilities and that anyone who paid for a product should be able to alter it how they wished.
On the eve of the day when the fictional Marty McFly went back to the future in “Back to the Future II,” Stanford University’s automotive lab unveiled its own MARTY, a heavily modified DeLorean car capable of drifting – maintaining sideways motion while traveling in a circle – without a driver. MARTY, which stands for “Multiple Actuator Research Test bed for Yaw control,” was unveiled at Stanford Tuesday evening, with a panel featuring the project’s collaborators and hosted by Jamie Hyneman of “Mythbusters.” After airing a video (embedded below), MARTY rolled out of its trailer amid lights and fog. Hyneman appeared on stage with Stanford professor Chris Gerdes, students John Goh and Shannon McClintock, and Chris Heiser of Renovo Motors, the company that supplied the electric drive components for the project. Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman appears on stage with the Stanford team responsible for MARTY.
If any car in the world is meant to be convertible, it’s the Mini Cooper. With enough room for four humans and an undeniably extroverted persona, the Cooper’s sunny disposition goes with retractable roofs like coconut and rum. Here’s the first official look at the 2016 Mini Cooper Convertible.
About 2.4 million Volkswagen diesels sold in Germany over the last seven years will be recalled under an order issued by the Berlin government Thursday. The move marks the first official recall of vehicles that VW surreptitiously outfitted with software designed to meet emissions tests, even though those diesels would go on to produce far higher pollution levels in real world operation. VW has said it produced about 11 million such vehicles using its EA 189 engine. The scam was revealed last month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Peering into the rearview mirror you catch that dreaded red, white and blue flashing as if you’re front row at a Bruce Springsteen concert—the thought of which sounds awesome, the reality of which is not. We’ve all been there: our hearts racing; our minds flustered, desperately seeking a believable excuse: “My wife is having a baby!” or “In Germany ve call zis ze autobahn.” Officer Tenover gives you a ticket regardless.
A glitch in the new app Uber created for its drivers accidentally exposed tons of confidential, sensitive personal information — like drivers’ licenses and financial documents — to other Uber drivers across the country, the company confirmed. The Uber Partner app, introduced earlier on Tuesday, is the ride-hailing startup’s new tool for drivers to manage their accounts and track their rides. It’s also how new Uber drivers get brought onto the system, including entering their personal information and uploading stuff like their tax forms so they can get paid.
By Paul A. Eisenstein Even as Volkswagen struggles to deal with its diesel emissions scandal, new data raise questions about whether the automaker has properly reported death and injury claims to U.S. regulators over the past decade. A study by the financial advisory firm Stout Risius Ross Inc, found that Volkswagen of America reported nine times fewer deaths and injuries than the average of the 11 largest automakers operating in the U.S. market. Significantly, VW reported less than half as many incidents as either Fiat Chrysler or Honda, both of which have been fined for underreporting their own death and injury data. The Volkswagen figures stand in sharp contrast to the results of an earlier study of U.S. highway death data for 2010 to 2013 conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Massive German automaker vows a new line of electric vehicles—including an EV version of its full-size Phaeton—after scandal over rigged diesel tests. Volkswagen will cut investment plans at its biggest division by $1.1 billion a year and step up development of electric vehicles, it said on Tuesday, as it battles to cope with the fallout from its cheating of diesel emissions tests. The German company also said it would speed up cost cutting at the VW division, its largest by revenues, and put only the latest and “best environmental technology” in diesel vehicles. Europe’s largest carmaker is battling the biggest business crisis in its 78-year history after admitting last month it installed software in diesel vehicles to deceive U.S. regulators about the true level of their toxic emissions.
Cash for Clunkers—the $3 billion U.S. government program from 2009 designed to boost the auto industry by spurring sales of fuel-efficient vehicles—spent $20.6 million helping buyers of Volkswagen diesel cars and wagons now under fire for software that faked their emission tests. A Yahoo Autos analysis of the 690,114 vehicle sales covered by the program found that the U.S. government provided $4,500 rebates on 4,599 VW Jettas and Jetta Sportswagens now under recall. The program, launched as the industry struggled in the midst of soaring gas prices and the great recession, allowed owners of older gas-guzzlers to trade into more fuel-efficient models as long as the old car was destroyed, with a $3,500 or $4,500 credit on the new purchase depending on its fuel efficiency.
I have a car that meets their standards for my area and I’ve just been notified that I’ve passed their background check. Is it really worth it though? Driving for Uber, the get-a-ride service that’s giving the traditional taxi industry a run for its money, is probably one of the most popular side hustles in the country. So, to help you decide if joining the world of Uber is worth your while, we went straight to the source for advice: current and former Uber drivers. “I decided to do Uber because I thought it would be a good break away from sitting in front of a computer all day,” says Peris Meeks, a Los Angeles-based freelance web developer who’s been driving for Uber for about two months. “I also needed an extra form of income, and I thought it would be a good, flexible alternative to a 9-5 (job).” Flexibility is perhaps one of the biggest draws to becoming an Uber driver.
The lawsuit by Paul Walker’s daughter against Porsche over its role in the actor’s 2013 death was the latest in a decades-long battle between the German sports car maker and U.S. lawyers claiming its vehicles can be too dangerous for many drivers—and who’ve had some success in getting American juries to agree. In 1980, Cynthia Files borrowed her husband’s Porsche 930 Turbo.
Meadow Walker, the16-year-old daughter of the late Paul Walker who died in a car crash almost two years ago, has instructed lawyers to file a suit against Porsche on her behalf, alleging that the automaker’s 605-horsepower Carrera GT supercar was in essence dangerous and unsafe. Porsche has now responded to these accusations, once again denying liability. “As we have said before, we are very sad whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly establish that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed,” the German automaker said in a statement. According to law enforcement, that speed was determined as being between 80 and 93 mph. The imposed speed limit where the incident occurred was 45 mph. Walker’s lawyer, Jeff Milam, says in the lawsuit that in fact Roger Rodas, who was driving the car, was traveling between 63 and 71 mph, and it was the lack of a stability control system and insufficient side- and roll-over impact protection that are the reasons why both Rodas and Walker are not with us today.
Meadow Walker is the 16-year-old daughter of the late Paul Walker, and she is filing a lawsuit against Porsche. A 2005 Carrera GT driven by Paul’s friend Roger Rodas is at the center of the suit, as it was the car in which Rodas and Walker died after Rodas lost control and crashed on November 30, 2013. Meadow Walker’s lawsuit alleges that Porsche produced a car with serious defects affecting its safety, and that these defects resulted in the untimely death of her father. ALSO SEE: God Has Forsaken America: Pope Leaves, Three More Fast And Furious Movies Are Happening Per Meadow Walker’s complaint, the Porsche Carrera GT has a history of instability and the automaker took no steps to correct the issue.
Volkswagen will fire three top executives on Friday, a senior source told Reuters, as the German carmaker tries to recover from a scandal over its rigging of U.S. vehicle emissions tests.
In an unprecedented admission, Volkswagen said early Tuesday that its practice of fitting diesel cars with software designed to fake pollution tests was installed on 11 million vehicles worldwide—and that the company was setting aside nearly $7.3 billion to address the issue. The news came just hours after Volkswagen’s U.S. chief offered his own apologies for the scandal uncovered by U.S. researchers, which found that four-cylinder diesels in 482,000 VWs and Audis sold since 2009 emitted up to 40 times more of the smog-causing pollutant nitrogen oxide than allowed by law. The cars’ engine software was designed by VW to restrict pollution only when it sensed it was being tested for it—and run more lax controls at all other times.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California officials say some 482,000 Volkswagen and Audi diesels were engineered to falsify their emissions for federal tests—a violation that opens the German automaker to a theoretical fine totaling $18 billion. The EPA and California Air Resources Board say the affected models had software in its computer engine controls that could sense exactly when it was being tested for emissions quality.
The story of the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 911 GT3 that were caught on camera speeding through a Beverly Hills neighborhood, ignoring stop signs and narrowly avoiding pedestrians, has taken another turn for the weird. According to Jalopnik, who has spoken to the Beverly Hills police department, the owner of the LaFerrari — who is rumored to be part of Qatar’s royal family — does not have diplomatic immunity at all, and has cleared his $10 million rented home and disappeared.