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SEC Investigating Tesla for Failing to Notify Investors of Fatal Crash

Was the fatal May crash of a Tesla Model S driving in Autopilot mode significant enough for the automaker to inform its shareholders? The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to find out. The federal agency recently opened an investigation...Show More Summary

Piston Slap: Taken Outback & Ripped off by the Dealership?

Nigel writes: I own a 2011 Subaru Outback that just reached 107,000 miles. The past four bills I’ve received for it have cost anywhere from $300-580 a pop (two were for maintenance, plus the timing belt and new brakes up front). Should...Show More Summary

Defunct Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid’s Powertrain Reappears in the Murano

When the Pathfinder Hybrid quietly ended production early last year, it didn’t spell the end of Nissan’s electrified crossover plans in the U.S. The powertrain has now been resurrected in another model, but there’ll be slim pickings for U.S. Show More Summary

Volkswagen Hasn’t Started the Process to Resume U.S. Diesel Sales; Germany Readies a Big Fine

With no approved U.S. diesel fix in its grasp, Volkswagen hasn’t even bothered asking the Environmental Protection Agency for permission to resume selling its maligned TDI models, Automotive News reports. Sales of all new and certified pre-owned TDIs were frozen last September after the diesel emissions scandal became public. Show More Summary

New Jersey Road Projects Shut Down as State Spins its Wheels on Gas Tax

The Garden State remains the cheapest place to fill up in the Northeast, and you can thank government indecision for it. Lawmakers in New Jersey can’t decide on what to do about their state’s bone-dry transportation fund, and residents are equally divided on how to pay for future road projects. Show More Summary

Elon Musk Promises to Publish his World Domination Plans Soon

Lately, it seems the only headlines written about Tesla Motors are brimming with controversy, so wonderCEO Elon Musk decided to change the channel the best way he knew how — by generating 100 megawatts of hype. As he’s known to do, Musk took to Twitter last night to tease something big. Show More Summary

Ford’s Second-Generation 3.5-Liter EcoBoost is More Powerful Than We Thought

Ford clearly lowballed its power figures when it issued a sneak peak of the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 back in May. The newly massaged engine, which will gets its debut in the 2017 F-150, was thought to gain 30 pounds-feet of torque. Show More Summary

Jeep and Ram Owners in Houston Targeted by Laptop-Wielding Thieves

It looks like car thieves in Houston have found a way to break into (and make off with) Jeep and Ram vehicles without using a slim jim, crowbar or screwdriver. Surveillance video from a Houston garage shows a Jeep Wrangler being methodically commandeered by a man using a laptop and tablet. Show More Summary

Mazda Partners With Isuzu for Pickups, Ditches Ford, Continues to Avoid North America

Mazda is closing the door on its relationship with Ford and opting to partner with Isuzu for its next-generation pickup trucks. The automaker announced a new agreement today that will see Isuzu build its next pickup model, bound for everywhere but North America. Show More Summary

Huge F-Series Sales Are Propelling Ford’s Market Share Higher as Every Ford Car Fades

Even with an all-time first-half U.S. sales record, Ford’s SUVs and crossovers huge year-over-year gains weren’t enough to counteract the significant losses in Ford’s car lineup. And that’s where the Ford F-Series steps in. Overall Ford Motor Company sales rose 4.4 percent in the first half of 2016. Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 1994 BMW 530i

Because BMWs of the last quarter-century tend to be complex machines, intolerant of owners who flake on maintenance and expensive to fix once all those deferred problems result in a major failure, American self-service junkyards are full of Bavarian machinery. Show More Summary

Do Automated Safety Aids Make Drivers Complacent? The NTSB Wants to Know

The National Transportation Safety Board plans to investigate the fatal May 7 Tesla crash to see if the trend of increased automation in driving functions has a dark side, Bloomberg reports. Already, the National Highway Traffic Safety...Show More Summary

Columbus Wins Federal ‘Smart City’ Grant, Meaning More EVs in a State Without Much Green Power

Columbus, Ohio was chosen as the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Smart City Challenge,” beating out six other mid-size cities for the $40 million federal grant. With that grant and $100 million pledged from philanthropic...Show More Summary

Mazda’s 2.5-Liter Turbo Fits in Smaller Vehicles, More Powerful Mazda6 Likely, No Speed3

Our own Timothy Cain was smitten after spending a week with the midsize Mazda6. It’s a hard vehicle to hate. With its sexy, sculpted sheetmetal, it’s one of those cars you turn back to look at after you park it. But the Mazda6, evenShow More Summary

You Missed Your Chance to Score Really Cheap Gas and Dream of a Less Regulated Life

California is typically painted a scorching red on Gasbuddy’s heat map, but some drivers got a break from high pump prices in Beverly Hills this morning. You needed a classic car to make the cut, and you needed to be at the historicShow More Summary

Volkswagen’s Diesel Fix Actually Makes Emissions Worse, Consumer Group Claims

A software fix designed to bring sidelined 2.0-liter diesel Volkswagen models into compliance just made the vehicle dirtier, a European consumer group claims. According to Reuters, the Italian consumer group Altroconsumo tested an Audi...Show More Summary

Consumer Watchdog Slams Elon Musk, Demands Tesla Pull the Plug on Autopilot

America’s highest profile consumer advocacy group is calling out Tesla CEO Elon Musk for waiting a month to disclose the potential risk posed to owners by the company’s Autopilot technology. In a letter to Musk, Consumer Watchdog demands...Show More Summary

Camaro vs. Mustang June Update: Camaro Crumbles, Mustang Mopes

After TTAC delved into the details of the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro’s gradual decline last month, General Motors reported the worst sales month for the Camaro since November 2014. June 2016 sales of the Chevrolet Camaro fell to a 19-month low. Show More Summary

No Fixed Abode: Instrument (Panels) Of Torture

This is the story. Brother Bark and I knew a fellow. At one point, he’d been kind of a big deal in the Columbus, Ohio music scene; he called himself, and the others like him, Franklin County Municipal Rock Stars. At the age of thirty,...Show More Summary

Audi is Probably Done Designing New V8s: Report

Audi’s commitment to building a green, electrified nirvana likely means future V8s will have to die, a source within the company claims. The source told Autocar that development of future V8 families is unlikely, given Audi’s plan to have 25 to 35 percent of its rolling stock go all-electric by 2025. Show More Summary

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