Toyota reportedly agrees to add Android Auto to vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to add Android Auto to its vehicles, according to a person familiar with the matter, ending years of resistance to the Google infotainment software because of safety and security concerns. For the first time, Toyota will allow Android Auto devices to connect directly to its cars, after announcing compatibility with Apple […]

Seven ways to tell if a used car has flood damage

Many car shoppers don’t realize just how much damage floodwaters do to a vehicle. That represents a problem—not just to the owner of a car or truck that falls victim to a catastrophic flood, but to prospective buyers unaware of the vehicle’s history. The risk of flooded vehicles on the market affects everyone looking for […]

Mazda turns to more virtual engineering to cut prototype costs

Hitomi: Began from necessity TOKYO — Mazda Motor Corp. is cutting its reliance on physical vehicle prototypes and instead turning to virtual engineering in an urgent drive to stay competitive. The strategy, called model-based development, will take the forefront of Mazda’s campaign to cut costs, speed lead times and channel sparse resources where they are […]

Tesla Model 3 receives 5-star rating in NHTSA crash tests

Tesla’s Model 3 electric car, the company’s newest and arguably most important model, achieved a perfect 5-star crash test rating from the federal government’s NHTSA. The compact electric vehicle received top marks in front driver and passenger protection, front and rear side impact, and rollover tests, making it the latest Tesla to receive a 5-star […]

Nissan Altima orange is the new orange

2019 Nissan Altima SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Nicole Fonseca, a 39-year-old Detroiter who studied fashion design at Central Michigan University, was tasked with color and interior design on the redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima. Nissan was clearly pleased with the results — it promoted her into color management for Nissan globally, working from the headquarters in […]

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe earns top marks in latest crash tests

The insurance industry-funded IIHS said Friday that the redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover SUV earned its Top Safety Pick+ award when equipped with optional LED headlights. The headlights are standard on the Santa Fe Limited and Ultimate trim levels. Other Santa Fe trims—SE and SEL—have halogen headlights that the IIHS rated “Marginal,” meaning those […]

Tesla’s head of supply management departs, report says

Another Tesla Inc. vice president is leaving the company, according to people familiar with the matter, as Elon Musk struggles to contain an exodus of senior executives. Liam O’Connor, vice president of global supply management, has resigned from the electric-car maker, said the people, who requested anonymity because the information hadn’t been made public. Tesla […]

Auto supplier ZF turns focus to commercial sector with self-driving delivery vehicle

German auto parts giant ZF announced Wednesday that it is developing an autonomous electric delivery vehicle for “last mile” solutions with a $14 billion investment in the next five years. Even if you’ve never heard of ZF, it’s likely that your car, truck, or SUV uses parts in its drivetrain, specifically whole transmission assemblies and […]

GM ignition switch criminal case dismissed

GM’s world headquarters in Detroit. WASHINGTON — A federal judge in New York on Wednesday dismissed a criminal case brought against General Motors in 2015 over the company’s handling of an ignition-switch defect linked to 124 deaths. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan approved a request filed Monday by federal prosecutors to dismiss the two-count criminal […]

Lyft users reach 1 billion trips in six years, all in US and Canada

In the six years since the ride-sharing company was founded, Lyft has crested one billion rides. According to The Verge, while it took Uber about the same amount of time to reach the mark, Lyft accomplished this feat entirely within the U.S. and Canada, with no overseas operations to bolster numbers. To celebrate, the company […]