The North American International Auto Show's press and industry preview week is winding down, but the show is far from over.
The North American International Auto Show's press and industry preview week is winding down, but the show is far from over.
Not to be left out by rivals, BMW and Mercedes-Benz appear to be joining the world of automotive subscription models that cover all of the fees required with car ownership or leasing under one payment.
A Mustang and an Explorer wheel into a Detroit factory. This is not, tragically, the beginning of a joke. Rather, it’s a new (and weirdly ‘80s themed?) Ford promo video.
THE most distractingly unrealistic feature of most science fiction—by some margin—is how the great soaring cities of the future never seem to struggle with traffic. Whatever dystopias lie ahead, futurists seem confident we can sort out congestion.
As cars become more reliant on software, it's critical for automakers to make sure their code is as secure as possible. It's somewhat surprising, though, for a company like BlackBerry to come out with a potential solution.
2018 may be so new that you're still complaining about how rough 2017 was, but these early weeks have already changed the course of the auto industry, or at least revealed the path forward.
DETROIT — Automakers have reason to celebrate as they gather this week at the Detroit auto show to unveil the new range of brawny trucks, high-tech cars and rugged sport-utility vehicles that will arrive in showrooms in the months ahead.
Last year, the company that arguably made the biggest splash at the North American International Auto Show wasn’t even a company that made cars.
Developing technologies like electrification, self-driving software and ride-sharing will alter consumers’ car-buying decisions within six or seven years, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV chief executive said in an interview.
Now is a great time to buy a used car, but getting a quality pre-owned model can be a daunting process compared to shopping for a new one. There are a lot more factors to consider to get the right car at the right price. Here are some of the most common mistakes used car shoppers make.
Volvo Cars on Wednesday became the first mainstream automaker to sound the death knell of the internal combustion engine, saying that all the models it introduces starting in 2019 will be either hybrids or powered solely by batteries.
I’m so sorry, but I’m a Cars truther now. It’s been fairly well-documented at this point that I and James Whitbrook have a few questions about the world of Cars. Okay, we have a lot of questions. We’re basically Daleks yelling “EXPLAIN” with every new movie.
Car enthusiasts: if we want automakers to keep making great cars like this, you need to start buying them now! Yes, Mazda sold more than a handful of these, but considering that it's unequivocally the best car in its class, why is it only the 10th best selling?
The 2017 Ford GT is, without question, a tremendous marvel of an exotic supercar, pushing the envelope in technology, performance, appearance, engineering, and cool features. It also shares its engine block with the Ford F-150 EcoBoost.
In October, Tesla announced that all of its new cars would be outfitted with equipment that would allow them to drive on their own, and released a video showing off the technology.
Tesla Motors probably shouldn't exist. The last successful American car startup was founded 111 years ago. It's called Ford.
Jaguar engineers finally are finishing a job the venerable company started more than 50 years ago when it built 12 lightweight, race-ready versions of its famed E-Type sports car. The company planned to make 18, but never got around to building the last six. Until now.
SAN FRANCISCO — By now, seeing one of Google’s experimental, driverless cars zipping down Silicon Valley’s Highway 101, or parking itself on a San Francisco street, is not all that unusual.
There is a freedom in driving a car for a long time after it’s been paid off. But not every vehicle can go the distance. If you’re the type to keep your car for a long time, have a look at this survey breaking down the most popular models that owners tend to keep for 15 years.
Millions of Americans are wrestling with the impossibility of a traditional middle-class existence. In homes across the country, kitchen tables are strewn with unpaid bills. Lights burn late into the night. The same calculations get performed again and again, through exhaustion and sometimes tears.
The expected shift to battery-powered vehicles that drive themselves will have repercussions that extend far beyond U.S. roadways — altering industries as varied as real estate, oil, auto repair and retail. Here are seven of his boldest and most interesting predictions.
Most of us spend at least some part of our day driving a motor vehicle and unless you’re reading this from your apartment in NYC, I’ll say nearly all of us do.
At first meeting, the Lamborghini Huracán Performante resembles a giant automotive frown, its eyes squinted, ready for combat. This is, after all, the supercar that a few months ago demolished the lap time record at Germany’s devilish Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.
CARS are set to change more in the next couple of decades than in the 130 years since Karl Benz fitted a small four-stroke engine to a large tricycle.
With the long-awaited Model 3 finally rolling out of a bustling factory and Tesla poised to take its place among mainstream automakers, perhaps the time has come for Elon Musk to step aside from the day-today of building cars.
Hackney, London.Begins with fabulous shots of model cars and trucks on a moving conveyor belt. Looks like a surreal motorway with brightly coloured cars moving along it. Traffic a go-go!Matchbox Cars factory. Shots of men at their drawing boards designing Matchbox models. C/Us of prototypes bein
I’m in Sweden this week for the launch of a new car brand. The location: Gothenburg’s Lindholmen Science Park, a cluster of high-tech engineering talent and equipment nestled in a picturesque forested landscape.
Audi and Volvo are making a very public commitment to Google after pledging to build Android Auto into their next generation of cars. Rather than simply enabling your smartphone to interact with the vehicle, Google's software will form the backbone of these car's infotainment units.
Thanks to a new throwback livery, Ford has taken the GT, perhaps the sickest car the company has ever made, and made it even better.
If you’re like any other semi-narcissistic person out there, you probably enjoy owning something desirable and expensive, if only for the virtue of its exclusivity. And if you’re a cheap-ass like me, you’ll enjoy that feeling even more if you don’t go broke chasing it.
Sometimes good judgment can compel us to act illegally. Should a self-driving vehicle get to make that same decision? If a small tree branch pokes out onto a highway and there’s no incoming traffic, we’d simply drift a little into the opposite lane and drive around it.
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When the futuristic, wedge-shaped cars we lusted after in the ’80s and ’90s went out of style, they went all the way out of style. But a new generation of auto freaks has revived these vintage beauties. Nobody laughs or calls them ugly anymore. And prices are skyrocketing.
"All of those cars were really purchased by one person for himself and for one friend of his," Canepa says. "The gentleman that bought them was from Macau and the other gentleman was from Hong Kong." Canepa is very familiar with the collector who bought them as well as the cars themselves.
For the best value, you want a car that lasts. But not all cars make it to the ten-year mark. iSeeCars.com, an automotive research firm, ranked the most durable vehicles that owners keep for ten years or more. The firm analyzed over 2.5 million cars sold in 2016 with model years from 1981-2006.
As you may be aware, I’m very interested in the rich, complex world Pixar has created for the Cars series of movies. Maybe a little too interested.
Safety is often celebrated as the biggest benefit of a world full of driverless cars, but two other presumed social improvements follow closely behind. One is that the technology could reduce traffic congestion, since shorter gaps between cars means more cars per lane.
There seems to be widespread confusion about the value of hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius. Are they worth the extra cost? Are they reliable? Do they explode when they crash or actually have a higher environmental footprint than a Hummer?
Once again, a company, built around the hottest tech in the industry, stole the spotlight at CES. This time, though , the product was not a smartphone, and the company was not Apple. For my money the most interesting news of last week came from a most surprising source: General Motors.
Want to know how all the complex systems work in your car? Turn to these fantastic videos made by the carmakers themselves. Chevrolet produced many of these great instructional films in the 1930s. This one explains how drum brakes work with fantastic visual aids.
How it could play out: It could start with 'platooning:' One entry point to significant truck automation could be to have a second, autonomous truck travel behind a lead truck driven by a human — a concept known as platooning.
In 2015, Sphero convinced you to fork over $200 for a tiny BB-8 that was—even for adults—pretty entertaining. Now it hopes you’ll pay $299 for an app-controlled version of Lightning McQueen, the hero of the Pixar franchise Cars.
Mention autonomous vehicles, and people conjure two visions of the future. The rosy picture features a world in which cars zip around by themselves, allowing commuters to while away their time checking email as they benefit from technology expected to save 600,000 lives by 2045.
People have dreamed about flying cars for decades, but the technology has always seemed far out of reach. Airplanes have long been too big, expensive, dangerous, loud, and complex for personal aviation to be more than a hobby for rich people. But that might be about to change.
Cars 2 is widely regarded as one of the worst movies to ever come out of Pixar’s studio. So bad, in fact, that even Pixar has trouble remembering it.
Tesla is now building cars equipped for full self-driving. The cars aren't smart enough yet to use this new technology, but Tesla says they will learn fast. Software capable of using all the new equipment will be added a little at a time over the coming months.
VAIL, Colo.—It’s 8am in mid-September, and the air in the Rocky Mountains is cold and crisp and still.
According to IHS Automotive, a quarter of all new-car buyers lease their vehicles, and the number goes up for luxury shoppers. For example, more than half of all retail buyers chasing a new BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Lexus drive off in a leased vehicle.
If dropping a few million dollars on a brand new supercar isn’t enough to get you going, maybe it’s time you considered a classic. Like, say, the 1957 Jaguar XKSS going up for sale next month. Just be sure to warn your accountant ahead of time, because auction house Gooding & Co.
ATLANTA — BUYING a new car is special. Buying a new sports car is very, very special. Buying a new sports car together with your adult son and then driving on a racetrack is an experience that lacks enough adjectives.
Most of us drive cars but share the road with large trucks. These behemoths of the road can pose a significant safety risk when we're careless. Redditor and truck driver stbb shares his experiences and explains why you should never drive alongside a large transport vehicle.
If you're a beginning driver or have only driven cars with automatic transmissions, the idea of driving a manual transmission may seem daunting at first. Luckily, learning the basic concepts of starting and shifting through the gears is a manageable process for just about anyone.
The most expensive thing most Americans own, after their house, is their car. On average, Americans spend 5% of their income on purchasing a car. Another 5% goes towards ongoing maintenance and insurance costs. But not every car costs the same to keep it running.
As you may be aware, in addition to blogging hot takes about cars and giving you car buying advice, I run a consulting business where I actually help people buy cars. Sometimes, folks will come to me with a certain car in mind and I convince them to go in another direction.
The baffling (and increasingly disturbing) Cars 3 is all about an intergenerational rivalry between the upstart Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) and the old star Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson).
Last week, I “explained” how Google was set to become the Microsoft of Self Driving (SD) cars. Machine learning leadership, sophisticated simulations and a Central Valley test site, immense computational and financial resources…the Google/Waymo endeavor has secured an insuperable advantage.
What’s made you feel optimistic lately? A bunch of things. It’s honestly hard to not be an optimist in this job, because we get 2,000 founders a year who come in here, sit in that chair right there, and they just tell us everything.
If you're looking for a reasonably priced car that's safe and reliable for yourself or your newly-licensed teenager, Consumer Reports suggests these models are some of the best out there.
Tesla announced today that hardware installed on all its new vehicles will make them capable of full autonomy, but the electric-car company won’t activate that functionality until the software has been road-tested and regulators give the green light.
My very first car was a 1997 Subaru Forester and all it came with was a simple turn key that both started the car and unlocked the door. But keys have come a long way since even my early driving days.