The ultimate guide to compact crossover SUVs

Shopping for a compact crossover SUV is like looking through the menu at most popular chain restaurants: choices abound. The most popular crossover SUVs come in a few flavors that aren’t always easy to directly compare. To help out, we’ve put our shopping shoes on and picked the configurations of some of the most commonly […]

Bill Ford joins list of those canceling visit to Saudi investor conference

Ford Motor did not comment on the reason Bill Ford will not attend the conference. Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford canceled a multistop trip to the Middle East, including a planned appearance at a Saudi investment conference this month, the company said on Sunday, the latest such cancellation after the disappearance of Saudi […]

2019 Toyota C-HR recalled over wheel loss risk

Toyota on Thursday said that it will recall its subcompact crossover SUV over concerns that their rear wheels could come off due to improperly tightened bolts. The recall covers just a handful of 2019 Toyota C-HR vehicles—about 700, Toyota said in a statement. MORE: Read our 2019 Toyota C-HR review At fault are rear axle […]

U.S. luxury auto sales race goes down to the wire

Can BMW repeat the mojo it used to notch a come-from-behind win over Mercedes-Benz in 2012? The two brands were nearly neck-and-neck going into the fourth quarter, with Mercedes eyeing a third consecutive year atop the U.S. luxury market. Luxury race Mercedes-Benz has a narrow lead over BMW in its quest for a 3rd consecutive […]

Fire risk prompts BMW to recall 3,500 electrified cars

BMW announced Friday that it will recall about 3,500 electrified models to inspect charging cables that may lead to shocks or fires. The recall covers a wide range of plug-in hybrid and fully electric 2018 and 2019 BMW and Mini models. In government filings, BMW said that incorrect electrical capacitors in its charging cords may […]

Material prices hammer the auto industry

Four commodities account for the bulk of a vehicle’s raw material cost: steel, aluminum, plastic resin and copper. Photo credit: BLOOMBERG Raw material prices are hovering near a six-year high as automakers wrestle with volatile costs of steel, aluminum, copper and plastics. In August, raw material costs for North American-built vehicles averaged $2,000 a unit […]

US to allow brighter, self-dimming headlights on new cars

With many new cars, trucks, and SUVs failing to meet more stringent headlight safety standards from the federal government and the IIHS, the NHTSA announced Thursday it plans to change regulations to help headlight development. The agency said in its report that it plans to allow development of “adaptive driving beam” headlights on new cars, […]

Arizona plans public, private automated vehicle research hub

An autonomous Volvo, operated by Uber, in Scottsdale, Ariz., in Dec. 2017. Photo credit: REUTERS Arizona wants to solidify its position as a leading site for the testing of self-driving technology. Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order Thursday that established the Institute for Automated Mobility, a public-private partnership that will form a research center […]

Scientific study examines morality of self-driving car maneuvers involving pedestrians

It’s a question asked many times by philosophy professors, autonomous car engineers, and even the former hosts of Top Gear: if a self-driving car is barrelling towards a pedestrian in the road and has the option to swerve and put other pedestrians in danger, which alternative should it choose? The results of a study released […]

Tesla forced employees to ‘renew vows’ after media leaks

A Tesla Inc. confidentiality document that’s facing a legal challenge by the National Labor Relations Board originated as a response to several leaks of internal information to news organizations two years ago, an executive testified Wednesday. “September 2016, we kind of had this bubbling up of many leaks,” Jonathan Chang, Tesla’s legal vice president, said […]