New study of self-driving cars puts Google at the back of the pack

31 Aug
Who leads the autonomous car patent race? (chart by Statista)Every few months, we learn a bit more about the state of self-driving cars and who's winning the race to bring them to market. Depending on the criteria being used, the rankings can shift pretty dramatically, as we can see in a new report from Germany's Cologne Institute for Economic Research. That report looks at the number of worldwide patents...

Ford recalls 143,000 vehicles in U.S., including F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Focus, Taurus

31 Aug
2017 Ford F-150This morning, Ford Motor Company issued four recalls affecting more than 143,000 late-model Ford vehicles, including the Mustang, Explorer, Focus, Taurus, and F-Series pickups. RECALL #1: 2015-17 Ford F-150 Crew Cab, 2017 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab UNITS AFFECTED: 141,340, including 117,423 in the U.S., 15,715 in Canada, and 8,202 in...

Honda wants you to get your Takata airbag inflator replaced NOW

30 Aug
Honda associates go door-to-door to reach owners of vehicles with recalled Takata airbag inflatorsFor years, car owners have driven to dealerships to have their fatally flawed Takata airbag inflators replaced. But despite the headlines, news stories, and repeated announcements about the biggest recall in automotive history, some people haven't listened. Honda, for one, has had just about enough of it. And it's sending people door-to-door to...

Great news: Denmark is cutting the tax rate on new cars to 100 percent

30 Aug
The flag of DenmarkMaybe you've just graduated from college and you're looking for a Scandinavian adventure. Maybe you're having a mid-life crisis and you want to shake things up a bit. In either case, you might've asked yourself: should I move to Denmark? If so, and if the answer to that question was a resounding "Ja!", we have some great news: the Danish...

Volkswagen CC, Passat, Passat Wagon recalled for stalling risk: 281,000 vehicles affected

29 Aug
2016 Volkswagen CCVolkswagen is recalling a decade's worth of CC, Passat, and Passat Wagon models to fix a problem with their fuel pumps. Nearly 281,000 cars made between model years 2006 and 2016 will need to be taken in for repairs. The faulty fuel pump was manufactured in Germany by Kendrion Kuhnke Automotive. According to documents from the National Highway...

Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen may partner after all–on an SUV

28 Aug
2018 Volkswagen AtlasEveryone knows that Fiat Chrysler's CEO, Sergio Marchionne, has the urge to merge--or maybe even sell off one of FCA's best-performing brands. Everyone also knows that Volkswagen's mass-market VW brand is struggling in the U.S.--not just because of Dieselgate, but also because the company offers very few SUVs for utility-hungry Americans to buy...

Would the U.S. really let Fiat Chrysler sell Jeep to Great Wall?

28 Aug
Jeep Yuntu concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show    [photo: Ronan Glon]A week ago, we learned that Chinese automaker Great Wall is very, very interested in purchasing Jeep from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. If Great Wall were to make a formal offer, there are perfectly good reasons that FCA might accept it (e.g. moolah) or reject it (e.g. more moolah from another company, image problems). But there's another issue to...

Diesel deathwatch: No one wants diesels in Germany, either

25 Aug
2011 Volkswagen Golf TDIGermans have had a long, lusty love affair with diesels. While motorists in some parts of the world have largely ignored diesel vehicles (looking at you, America), in Germany, consumers have snapped them up as quickly as homegrown companies like BMW and Mercedes-Benz could turn them out. But not anymore. New reports indicate that $5.3 billion...

Lane departure and blind spot warnings keep drivers safe, says IIHS

24 Aug
Volvo lane departure warningThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published data from a new report showing that lane departure warning and blind spot warning systems help keep drivers safe on the road. That's not an especially bold or surprising statement--in fact, it's probably the opposite. But the study is important insofar as it provides quantitative stats on...