Google’s Waymo to launch driverless taxi service in two months

Waymo, Google and parent company Alphabet’s self-driving car subsidiary, plans to launch its first self-driving taxi service in the next two months. The company’s chief executive officer, John Krafcik, told an audience at the Wall Street Journal’s D.Live conference on Tuesday that the service will first launch in Phoenix, according to a report from the […]

Nissan’s U.S. profit push bogs down as sales slow

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan Motor Co. concedes it waited too long to start its U.S. retail reform. Just as the carmaker tries to break its addiction to incentives and fleet sales, the U.S. slowdown is making it harder as rivals throw more cash on the hood. As a result, Nissan’s push to improve U.S. profits […]

Scooter renter Lime gets into the car-share business

Lime, best known for bicycle and scooter rentals, wants to try its hand at the car-share business. The company will launch a fleet of Fiat 500 models across Seattle in a bid to expand its business. The company announced the car-share service will begin this week with the Fiat 500s spread out across the city. […]

Crash tests show growing safety of new-gen pickups

The biggest proof of the improved safety of pickups is visible in photos documenting the results of the IIHS small overlap crash testing of the 2019 Ram 1500, along with testing of the Ford F-150, Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra. Consumers have a number of reasons to love pickups: unrivaled utility, roominess, their now-extravagant creature […]

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk floor mats recalled

A minor floor mat imperfection could cause the accelerator pedal to become stuck in certain 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk models. Parent automaker Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles issued a recall for the high-performance SUV last month, according to government filings released Thursday. The driver’s side floor mat may not have sufficient clearance between the floor and […]

2020 Toyota Corolla gets more pizazz, faces systemic market headwinds

The new Corolla comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite that includes a precollision system, dynamic radar cruise control on highways that will maintain preset distances between vehicles and lane-departure alert. The revamped 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan will hit the streets on a new platform and with a more powerful engine option and […]

2019 Honda Passport crossover SUV teased ahead of LA revival

After rumors swirled at the start of 2018 over a reborn Honda Passport, the brand has confirmed the nameplate’s revival. Honda teased the forthcoming mid-size crossover SUV on Thursday (#ThrowbackThursday) and announced the model will make its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show. The brand didn’t reveal much about the 2019 Honda […]

Ford dealership in S. Calif. faces backlash over ‘smoking hot’ sales promotion

A Southern California Ford dealership is facing heavy criticism for “smoking hot” promotions on new vehicles launched during what have become the deadliest wildfires in the state’s modern history. The controversy began when Simi Valley Ford sent a promotional email to subscribers on Saturday. “Well, we didn’t catch fire, but these deals are smoking hot, […]

2020 BMW M340i revealed with more sporting aspirations

On Tuesday, BMW expanded its M Performance range with the 2020 M340i sedan. The 2020 BMW M340i features a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 to make 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to either the rear wheels or the brand’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Buyers should note the M340i […]

U.S. holds off on car tariffs — for now

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has until February to deliver his findings to the president. Photo credit: REUTERS WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will hold off for now on imposing new tariffs on automobile imports as top officials weigh revisions to a report on the national security implications, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. […]