Gabe Nelson

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Recent articles
Why the auto industry should root for Tesla's battery play
3:20 pm U.S. ET | April 22
Tesla's plan to sell batteries for homes and businesses could create a new market for automakers' battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology. ...


BMW Group, inspired by Google Glass, tests experimental driving goggles
12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 19
BMW Group, which thinks computerized headsets such as Google Glass could be the next big thing, has unveiled a prototype of goggles that turn the world into a digital dis ...


Kia's new bosses have a tough act to follow
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
The departure of Kia's top U.S. executive, Byung Mo Ahn, marks a pivotal moment for a brand that has enjoyed unprecedented growth and stability. ...


Tesla replaces base Model S with more powerful, longer range 70D
7:00 am U.S. ET | April 8 | UPDATED: 4/9/15 9:05 pm ET - adds horsepower figure
Tesla unveiled a new version of the Model S called the 70D with more power, a longer range and an extra $5,000 on the price tag. ...


Mitsubishi reopens wallet for '16 Outlander
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, with its black-and-chrome “Dynamic Shield” grille and other refinerments, sends a message that Mitsubishi is investing again. ...


Mitsubishi reworks Outlander for loud looks, quiet ride
11:30 am U.S. ET | April 2
Mitsubishi unveiled a heavily reworked 2016 Outlander with a racy black-and-chrome grille, plus a skid plate effect in the rear, and metallic body cladding beneath the do ...


Mazda plans online orders to smooth Miata launch
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 1
Before the redesigned Mazda MX-5 Miata arrives on U.S. shores this summer, fans of the diminutive Japanese sports car will be able to preorder a car in any color they lik ...


Hyundai turbocharges Tucson to boost U.S. crossover sales
4:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1
Hyundai, seeking to capitalize on a red-hot market for small crossovers, unveiled the turbocharged, family-friendly U.S. version of its redesigned 2016 Tucson. ...


Rough month for Accord hampers Honda
2:46 pm U.S. ET | April 1
Between the coming introduction of the HR-V and redesign of the Pilot, Honda has no shortage of fresh crossovers on the horizon. ...


Toyota defies March doldrums on Corolla, RAV4 deals
2:36 pm U.S. ET | April 1
Toyota offered big discounts in March for its spring promotion, helping it reach a 4.9 percent increase in U.S. sales from the year-earlier level, even as rivals General ...


Kia fine-tunes Optima with slight design changes, new tech
1:30 pm U.S. ET | April 1
The 2016 Optima looks fairly similar from the outside, aside from athletic-looking creases on the hood and more angular headlight assemblies. In crafting the fourth-gener ...


Honda, like Mercedes, to test self-driving cars at Calif. military base
12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 31 | UPDATED: 3/31/15 12:14 pm ET - adds link
Honda said today it plans to join Mercedes-Benz in testing its self-driving cars at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, a retired military base northeast of San Francisco. ...


'Apple way' inspires Seattle dealer
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30
Brad Miller, who owns Honda and Toyota stores in booming downtown Seattle, knows the traditional way of selling cars. And he knows he doesn't like it. ...


Calif. considers a plea for plug-in hybrids
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28
Ford, Honda, GM and Toyota fear they’ll need to offer large incentives to meet California’s mandate for zero-emission vehicles. ...


Tesla Model X spotted on Calif. roads
4:00 pm U.S. ET | March 24
Tesla has begun testing the Model X crossover on public roads, suggesting the automaker has reached the final testing phase before the electric vehicle's launch this summ ...


Remote updates speed Tesla's Autopilot push
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
Tesla doesn't have the r&d budget of rivals such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. But the Palo Alto, Calif. ...


An Audi obstacle, and a lesson in creating self-driving cars
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
The tale of an Audi prototype and a piece of desert tumbleweed illustrates one of the most daunting challenges in designing self-driving cars: teaching them to deal with ...


Automakers see Apple Watch as chance to widen acceptance of connected-car features
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
Smartwatches are in their early days, but automakers see the rollout of the Apple Watch as a seminal moment. ...


In era of streaming music, radio rocks on
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22
Radio has proved incredibly resilient, and the auto industry has taken notice, investing in digital radio even as CD players disappear from the dash. This year in the U.S ...


Tesla reprograms Model S to plan charging stops, ease range anxiety
3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 19
Tesla plans a software upgrade that adds two features -- Range Assurance and Trip Planner -- that automatically plan charging stops and warn a Model S driver if a road tr ...


Kia's redesigned Optima retains racy, sleek profile
9:30 pm U.S. ET | March 18 | UPDATED: 3/25/15 10:20 pm ET - adds details
With the redesigned 2016 Optima, Kia hopes to build on the recent success of the midsize sedan, which now leads the funky Soul hatchback as Kia's best-selling model in th ...


Ford taps Microsoft to handle wireless software updates
9:00 am U.S. ET | March 17
Ford, seeking to beam down wireless software updates to its next generation of cars, has assigned the task to an old, familiar friend: Microsoft. ...


Self-driving cars will prove safer than humans, Musk says
2:54 pm U.S. ET | March 17 | UPDATED: 3/17/15 6:19 pm ET - adds details
It may become illegal for humans to take the wheel once self-driving cars have proven themselves, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said. ...


Let the car-hacking lawsuits begin
3:29 pm U.S. ET | March 11
Fear often outpaces reality, and the issue of car hacking is no exception. But if you ask experts if any ordinary car has ever been hacked, they'll tell you no. ...


Chipmakers bulk up for auto challenges
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
For the connected, automated cars of the future, choosing the right silicon may be as important as choosing the right steel. ...


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