Feds loosen safety guidance that impedes self-driving car development

The U.S. Department of Transportation released an 80-page update of NHTSA guidance dubbed “Automated Vehicles 3.0” on Thursday in an effort to make self-driving car development easier. Currently, NHTSA regulations require automakers to meet nearly 75 different safety standards, all of which were drafted with the assumption that a driver will always be in control […]

Musk mocks SEC less than a week after settling with agency

In a settlement with the SEC, Elon Musk, 47, agreed to step down as Tesla chairman within 45 days and be replaced with an independent board director. He will remain CEO of the company he co-founded. Elon Musk insulted the Securities and Exchange Commission five days after settling a fraud lawsuit brought by the agency, […]

Half of U.S. Uber drivers make less than $10 per hour

A publication focused on the ride-sharing industry found that median hourly wage for nearly half of the Uber drivers in the U.S. is just $9.73 after driving costs. While average hourly pay was $14.73 after tip, nearly $5 in vehicle costs per hour for things like gas, insurance, and maintenance cut that figure by over […]

New Honda ad campaign focuses on crossovers, minority consumers

Honda now sells more light trucks in the U.S. than sedans. Honda Motor Co.’s latest ad campaign emphasizes three key crossovers as it looks to tap into growth opportunities with minority consumers. The campaign, composed of five 30-second ads, includes direct appeals to African-American and Hispanic buyers in two of the spots, “Para Para” and […]

2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback does well in latest crash tests

The redesigned hatchback version of Toyota’s compact car has earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).   The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback, which shares a name but little else with the Corolla sedan, missed out on the Top Safety Pick+ award because of headlights that earned “Marginal” and “Acceptable” […]

Ford F-series snaps 16-month positive streak

Through the first nine months of the year, Ford Motor’s sales are down 2.4 percent from 2017. Photo credit: DAVID PHILLIPS Ford Motor Co.’s U.S. light-vehicle sales sank 11 percent to 196,496 in September. The automaker cited a tough year-over-year comparison because of strong demand a year ago in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and […]

California dealer bill vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown over warranty payment formula

California Gov. Jerry Brown: “I see no reason to adopt the rather complicated formula authorized in this bill.” California Gov. Jerry Brown, in a surprise move, vetoed a wide-ranging bill backed by the California New Car Dealers Association over his concerns regarding a formula automakers would have had to use to pay dealers for warranty […]

Here’s what you get for $24,645 to start

When the 2019 Nissan Altima goes on sale next month, the new mid-size sedan will have a handful of new features to tempt shoppers. It’ll also feature one of its old trademarks too. On Friday, Nissan announced that the base Altima will cost $24,645 to start, including mandatory destination charges. The Altima is priced between […]

SEC forces Tesla board into overdue moves to dampen Musk’s dominance

Tesla’s settlement with the SEC is a shakeup that’s long overdue to many investors, proxy advisers and academics who’ve blasted the company’s board for being rife with conflicts and serving as an inadequate check on the CEO and co-founder, Elon Musk. Photo credit: BLOOMBERG A run-in with the Securities and Exchange Commission may prove to […]

2019 Fiat 500 1957 Edition revived as $995 retro look

The 2019 Fiat 500 1957 Edition unveiled Thursday channels the small-car builder’s past in a big way—at least as big as one of the smallest new cars can. The 1957 Edition package cost $995 and adds color-matched 16-inch alloy wheels designed to look like dog-dish hubcaps, vintage-style Fiat badges, white exterior accents, and additional grille […]