Insurers don’t penalize texting while driving as much as other moving violations

2 May
ZF's distracted driver technologyAuto insurance companies are less apt to penalize drivers financially for texting while driving than many other moving violations, a new study shows. Auto insurance quote comparison site Zebra found that the average insurance premium rate hike applied to a driver who received a ticket for distracted driving—the typical charge of using a...

Mercedes-Benz to launch its own new car subscription program

5 Apr
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class CoupeMercedes-Benz plans to jump into the subscription game with pilot programs in two cities, the automaker said at a dealer conference. The company confirmed the plan to Automotive News, but it was first discussed at the NADA dealers’ meeting Las Vegas at the end of March. Details are scarce; the program's name, pricing, which vehicles it...

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport gains standard automatic emergency braking safety tech

27 Mar
2018 Nissan Rogue SportNissan has quietly rolled out automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors as standard equipment on all 2018 Rogue Sport crossover SUVs. The safety tech was previously optional. Evidence of the change was uncovered in order guides by CarsDirect, which reports that Nissan markets the updated Rogue Sports as 2018.5 model year vehicles. MORE...

Traffic lights in Washington, D.C., can now talk to cars

15 Mar
Audi Traffic Light Information System, Las VegasWashington, D.C., is the latest city to link its traffic system to cars equipped with vehicle-to-infrastructure, or V2I, communication, Audi said today. Audi is the first automaker to include V2I technology on some of its vehicles, a critical step toward self-driving cars. Right now, the benefits are not huge. On cars equipped with V2I, a display...

Highly acclaimed 2018 Honda Accord sees demand soften in favor of crossover SUVs

14 Mar
2018 Honda AccordThe 2018 Honda Accord sedan has been hailed by critics as handsome, athletic and with charisma to spare, but shoppers are walking right by it in favor of crossovers and SUVs. Dealers’ efforts to move the Accord have floundered, leaving a hefty inventory taking up space. As Automotive News reports, some dealers “have resorted to turning...

Buick to drop its own name from future cars

13 Mar
2019 Buick EnvisionBeginning next year, Buick won't put its signature on its cars. Instead, the only identifying mark to notify onlookers that they are behind a Buick will be the red, silver and blue “trishield” emblem. The only words to appear on the rear will be the model name, like Regal or Enclave. The trend was picked up by GM Authority, which first...

FCA ups destination charge on Alfa Romeo, Chrysler Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram new cars

10 Mar
2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn EditionIt will cost consumers $250 more to buy some FCA cars, trucks, and SUVs, even if the advertised price looks the same. The Italian-American automaker discretely raised its mandatory destination charges across all its brands. The destination charge is a number not normally included in a vehicle's advertised price, but rather tacked onto the...

VW CEO sees a diesel “renaissance”

8 Mar
Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencapDespite single handedly turning much of the world against diesel engines with an emissions cheating scandal that was revealed in 2015, Volkswagen is doubling down on them. Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller told Bloomberg that diesel could come back stronger than ever. "Diesel will see a renaissance in the not-too-distant future because people...

Automakers respond to Trump’s proposed steel, aluminum import tariff increases

6 Mar
Factory worker assembles a Jeep in Belvidere, IllinoisLast week, President Donald Trump announced a plan to place tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Some car companies that assemble vehicles in the U.S. have responded negatively to the proposal—which sent automaker stocks tumbling on its own. Trump’s plan would impose a 25 percent tariff on imports of steel and a 10 percent tariff on...