GM adding 971,000 vehicles to ignition recall


DETROIT — General Motors is boosting by 971,000 the number of small cars being recalled worldwide for a defective ignition switch, saying cars from the model years 2008-2011 may have gotten the part as a replacement. The latest move brings the total number of cars affected to 2.6 million. The questionable handling of the problem, […]

40 years of the Volkswagen Golf


After seven generations and sales of over 30 million, the iconic family hatchback is still going strong and is still setting the benchmark for other carmakers to meet. The Volkswagen Beetle, the ultimate people’s car, was an extremely hard act to follow, but when the original Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed three-door hatchback rolled off the Wolfsburg production […]

New cars in US to have reversing cameras by 2018


True autonomous cars might still be some years away, but thanks to a new law, there is one piece of technological kit that will be standard on all cars sold in the U.S. very soon – the reversing camera. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a final rule requiring rear visibility technology […]

BMW confirms range-topping X7 SUV is going into production


BMW’s new seven-seat off-roader will be built in the US and will be hitting the streets in 2016. The announcement was made during an event to celebrate BMW’s increased investment in its Spartanburg, South Carolina US production plant — a facility where pretty much all of BMW’s existing SUVs — the X3, X5, X5M, X6 […]

2014 Toyota 4Runner keeps rugged charm


Thirty years after its U.S. debut as a utilitarian, four-wheel drive truck with a fiberglass cover on the back, the Toyota 4Runner remains a different kind of family sport utility vehicle. Sure, the 2014 4Runner has seats for up to seven passengers and can be stocked with navigation system, leather-trimmed seats and satellite radio — […]

Tesla to appeal changed New Jersey car regulations

Tesla Fire

Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey’s ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks. The notice, filed last week to the state appellate division, seeks to overturn regulations imposed by the state Motor Vehicle Commission that require […]

Designing the Volkswagen Jetta SEL for a trusted market


It was conceived in Germany. The United States and Canada contributed 11 percent of its parts. Mexico gave 40 percent — including its turbocharged 1.8-liter in-line four-cylinder gasoline engine. Japan sent the six-speed automatic transmission, which also can be operated manually. The whole thing subsequently was assembled in Puebla, Mexico, and shipped to the United […]

Priced out of Porsches, Range Rovers? Try these instead.


One imagines that the people behind WhatsApp, the messaging service bought by Facebook for $19 billion, are doing some new-car shopping. A payday like that promises major automotive upgrades. Throw out the Saturn and bring on the flashy Ferraris. Those of us with no Silicon Valley deal in the works may have to set our […]

Microsoft preps Windows Phone apps for car dashboards


The battle for the technological car dashboard of the future is about to heat up. Following demos from Android and from Apple, Microsoft is also developing a platform — Windows in the Car — that will put the company’s smartphones, content and apps front and center of the driving experience. But hopefully in a way […]

Mercedes boosts horsepower of entry-level roadster

Mercedes-Benz SL 400 (R 231), 2014

Mercedes has unveiled the SL 400, the new model designed to replace the SL 350 in the brand’s line-up. The entry-level roadster, which will have 27 hp more power than its predecessor, will be available in Germany starting at $133,676. The Mercedes SL 400 is equipped with a twin turbo V6 engine with 333 hp, […]