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Stanford's Nass, pioneer in autonomous vehicle research, is dead at 55

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Clifford Nass, one of the industry's leading researchers in human interaction with autonomous vehicles, died over the weekend of a heart attack. He was 55.... Read More »

 

Porsche center plays to L.A. enthusiasts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Building a Porsche Experience Center in this car-crazed city makes perfect sense for the sports car maker, says Detlev von Platen, CEO of Porsche Cars North America.... Read More »

 

Porsche's L.A. experience center to open in 2014

Oct. 18, 2013 06:01 CET
Porsche will open its largest Porsche Experience Center next year in Los Angeles to allow Porsche owners and potential customers to test the automaker's sports cars.... Read More »

 

Tesla tops California green-car credit sales in past year

11:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2013
Tesla Motors was the top seller of California zero-emission vehicle credits in the past year as Toyota led hybrid-car credit trades, according to a state tally.... Read More »

 

Porsche's L.A. experience center to open in 2014

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2013
It’s 53 acres of dirt today, but in little more than a year, the Porsche Experience Center here at the collision of the 405 and 110 freeways will have Carreras, Caymans and Cayennes tearing around a custom-built test track made for Porsche owners and prospects.... Read More »

 

Toyota not at fault in fatal crash of Camry, U.S. jury finds

Oct. 11, 2013 06:01 CET
Toyota wasn't at fault in a fatal accident in which a 66-year-old woman crashed her Camry into a tree after it sped out of control in the wrong direction on a one-way road, a U.S. jury said.... Read More »

 

Toyota trims plug-in Prius price to improve sluggish U.S. sales

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2013
Toyota is reducing the price of its 2014 plug-in Prius models in the United States to try to boost sales and meet a California mandate as automakers find that cost is critical to consumers' willingness to buy rechargeable autos.... Read More »

 

Toyota judge says complaint about juror unsubstantiated

7:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2013
A Los Angeles judge said a juror's complaint that a fellow panelist in Toyota's trial over a fatality linked to unintended acceleration wasn't participating in deliberations was unsubstantiated.... Read More »

 

Audi CVT settlement approved, covers 64,000 cars

3:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2013
Volkswagen Group of America’s settlement of a class-action lawsuit over alleged defects in the continuously variable transmissions in thousands of Audi vehicles has received final approval in federal court in Los Angeles.... Read More »

 

Toyota loses bid in U.S. court to get acceleration-injury suit thrown out

8:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Toyota tentatively lost a bid to get a federal court judge to throw out a lawsuit claiming one of its vehicles suddenly accelerated and caused an accident that left a woman severely injured.... Read More »

 

Tesla ad probe sought by California dealers association

4:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2013
The California New Car Dealers Association is seeking a state investigation into Tesla Motors advertising that the group says makes "unsubstantiated and illegal savings claims."... Read More »

 

Cal Worthington, California dealer with loony ads, dies at 92

11:03 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Cal Worthington, the California car dealer whose outlandish commercials, first broadcast in the 1950s, captivated California television viewers and radio listeners for more than 50 years, died on Sunday at his ranch in Orland, Calif.... Read More »

 

Nissan joins Tesla in selling green-car credits to boost revenue

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2013
Nissan, the most prolific electric-car maker, has begun selling green-car credits under California's clean-air rules. The only automaker that had previously disclosed doing so is Tesla. California requires large automakers to sell electric or other zero-emission vehicles in proportion to their share of the largest state market for cars and trucks.... Read More »

 

Lentz testifies on Toyota's brake override questions

12:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2013
Toyota decided not to market its brake-override system as "safe stop" to avoid promising more than the mechanism could deliver for driver safety, the company's top U.S. executive told a California jury.... Read More »

 

Toyota adds discounts for Tesla-powered RAV4 EV

11:21 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Toyota is discounting its all-electric RAV4 through low-cost lease and loan offers to boost demand for the slow-selling compact crossover that's powered by a Tesla Motors battery pack and motor.... Read More »

 

Toyota loses bid to keep Lentz off witness stand in unintended acceleration trial

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Toyota lost a bid to keep North America CEO Jim Lentz from taking the witness stand in the first trial over a fatal crash blamed on unintended acceleration.... Read More »

 

Tesla's Musk outlines vision for futuristic 'Hyperloop' transport system

9:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled plans for a futuristic "Hyperloop" transportation system to whisk passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in under half an hour. Musk said the Hyperloop would cost less than $6 billion in total and could transport 7.4 million people each way annually.... Read More »

 

Toyota knew of danger of stuck pedals, lawyer tells jurors as Calif. trial opens

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2013
Toyota knew of the danger of stuck pedals and failed to install a brake-override system in the 2006 Camry of a woman who died in a crash, a lawyer told jurors in the first fatal sudden-acceleration case to go to trial.... Read More »

 

Tesla seen posting Q2 loss following first-ever profit

9:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Electric-car maker Tesla Motors may have slipped back into the red last quarter, reversing its first-ever profit in the prior period, after revenue declined sequentially on a lease-style financing program.... Read More »

 

Tesla profits could be challenged by Calif. credit-rule change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
A pending rule change by the California Air Resources Board could limit Tesla Motors' ability to earn money by selling zero-emissions credits -- a key factor in the company's first-quarter profit. The agency is evaluating whether to eliminate the "fast-refueling" rule that allows electric vehicles with quick-swap batteries to gain bonus credits under CARB's regulations.... Read More »

 

SEMA opens testing garage for parts makers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
To help its members, the Specialty Equipment Market Association has developed a test-bed garage where companies can build and test prototype parts on cutting-edge equipment for a fraction of the cost of doing it themselves.... Read More »

 

Mercedes leads U.S. in luxury-car theft as criminals target NYC

12:34 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2013
Mercedes-Benz vehicles were the most sought-after luxury brand among car thieves in the United States from 2009 through 2012 as the New York City region had the greatest number of thefts, an insurance-industry group said.... Read More »

 

Automakers take on Silicon Valley in search for tech talent

11:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
Automakers have embarked on an ambitious drive to hire software "codaholics," an effort that is increasingly pitting Detroit against its technology partners in Silicon Valley.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

How to handle an EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
Electric vehicles represent a small, slow-growing market, and nothing will finish off EV demand faster than carmakers' failure to take the segment seriously.... Read More »

 

Toyota's $1.6 billion settlement over sudden-acceleration suits wins court approval

1:49 pm U.S. ET | July 19, 2013
Toyota won final approval of a settlement, valued at as much as $1.63 billion by plaintiff lawyers, with U.S. consumers who claimed that recalls related to sudden, unintended acceleration caused their vehicles to lose value.... Read More »

 

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