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Recent articles
'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. ...


Tesla is all smiles on 'gigafactory' progress
3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 6
For most car companies, a construction delay is an annoyance. But for Tesla, which is betting the company on a $5 billion “gigafactory” for lithium ion batter ...


Hyundai-Kia ride Sonata, Genesis to 7% gain
4:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3
Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia, which combined are the seventh-largest seller of cars in the U.S., posted a 7 percent sales increase in February, giving the group a bett ...


Kia to roll out 1.0-liter turbo engine in Cee'd GT
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
This week at the Geneva auto show, Kia plans to unveil the Cee'd GT, the first Kia model to use Hyundai Motor Group's new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine. ...


Automakers and tech companies work to perfect seamless home to vehicle transition
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
Automakers and suppliers, imagining a day when vehicles and homes are connected over a so-called Internet of Things, are beginning to write software to make the transitio ...


Thirst for power fuels Nvidia's surge
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
Nvidia Corp., best known for graphics cards for video gaming systems, boosted automotive revenue more than 80 percent in 2014 by capitalizing on car companies' hunger for ...


Connected car's connector: Ethernet
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
Across the auto industry, a transition is underway to Ethernet, the networking system widely used to connect PCs to the Internet and one another. ...


For Apple, an opportunity to revolutionize the automobile, without ever selling one
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22
What could Apple do for the auto industry? With its $178 billion cash pile, probably anything it wants. ...


'Patent trolls' target automakers, and Ford Motor is fighting back
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Ford Motor Co. was sued for patent infringement more than a dozen times between 2012 and 2014, but not by jilted suppliers or rival automakers. It was the "patent trolls. ...


Postal Service's next-gen van carries a $6 billion prize
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14
Faced with rising maintenance costs for its aging fleet and needing extra cargo space to satisfy the desires of online shoppers, the US Postal Service is asking automaker ...


Kia showcases electric awd with Trail'ster concept
10:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12
Kia is out to prove that fuel economy does not have to be sacrificed by all-wheel drive with the Trail'ster concept unveiled Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show. ...


U.S. Postal Service to seek bids on next delivery vehicle
6:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12
Faced with rising maintenance costs for its aging fleet and needing extra cargo space to satisfy the desires of online shoppers, the Postal Service is asking automakers t ...


Tesla meets Model S production goal, but losses widen
5:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11 | UPDATED: 2/11/15 9:16 pm ET - adds details
Tesla's fourth-quarter net losses widened to $108 million from $16 million as the EV maker approached the final stages of development for its Model X crossover. ...


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