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Ford Shaking Up Design Ops Again

Ford Shaking Up Design Ops Again

The official word at Ford is that the company is making a smooth shift in management, COO Mark Fields set to replace the retiring Alan Mulally on July 1. But whether or not you call it a shake-up, things are getting pretty busy on the design side of the automaker’s...
Ford Wants Drivers to Turn Less and Move More

Ford Wants Drivers to Turn Less and Move More

Ford is readying a new technology developed in concert with one of its suppliers designed to make vehicles easier to maneuver at low speeds and in tight spaces while making vehicles more agile at higher speeds. Called “Adaptive Steering,” it changes the ratio between...
Solar Roadway Project Sets Fundraising Record

Solar Roadway Project Sets Fundraising Record

Step onto the pavement on a hot day and you might get a sense of the energy that Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to tap into. The Idaho couple hope to pave the country’s roadways with solar cells, rather than asphalt or concrete. It’s an admittedly edgy idea that the...
Death Toll from GM Defect Expected to Rise

Death Toll from GM Defect Expected to Rise

Warnings have already been issued to expect the number of recalls from General Motors to rise this summer. Now, critics are claiming the number of fatalities blamed on an ignition-switch defect that forced General Motors to recall 2.6 million small cars will also rise...
Highway Crashes Cost Country $871 Annually

Highway Crashes Cost Country $871 Annually

Roadway crashes are responsible for more than 30,000 annual deaths – they are, in fact, the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 34. But they also pose a serious economic burden for everyone living in the U.S. A new federal study found that crashes...
Major Shake-up at Automobile Magazine

Major Shake-up at Automobile Magazine

The publishing crunch has caught up with another major automotive magazine, the parent of Michigan-based Automobile ousting its long-time editor-in-chief and moving its headquarters to California as part of a broader shake-up in its troubled media network. Along with...
Push for Record Continues as Ford Recalls 1.4 Million

Push for Record Continues as Ford Recalls 1.4 Million

Automakers in the U.S. are quickly closing in on the record for recalls of 30.4 million vehicles in 2004 with the latest round of actions announced by Ford today for 1.4 million vehicles. The Dearborn, Michigan-based maker is recalling 1.1 million Ford Escapes,...
First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI

First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI

It’s been a frustrating year for Volkswagen fans, the automaker forcing them to watch the roll-out of its all-new, seventh-generation Golf in Europe and much of the rest of the world while waiting for the Golf and GTI models to make the jump across the Atlantic....
S&P Slaps a Junk Rating on Tesla’s $2.9 Billion Debt

S&P Slaps a Junk Rating on Tesla’s $2.9 Billion Debt

It may be the darling of Wall Street investors, but financial ratings agencies are far less smitten with California battery-carmaker Tesla Motors. Standard & Poors gave Tesla’s $2.9 billion debt a rating of B-, which is considered “junk,” based on concerns about...
Autobrake Systems Earn 8 Models Top Safety Ratings

Autobrake Systems Earn 8 Models Top Safety Ratings

While autonomous vehicles may still be years away from production, one of the key technologies that will allow vehicles to drive on their own already has begun to find their way into today’s production vehicles, helping eight 2014 models earn top ratings from the...
Akerson Claims Barra Didn’t Know About Problem

Akerson Claims Barra Didn’t Know About Problem

Former General Motors CEO Dan Akerson came to the defense of his successor, Mary Barra, saying he doesn’t believe she knew about the ignition switch problem that kicked off the recall of more 2.6 million small cars. He also said the company’s board of directors didn’t...