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Missing just 1 hour of sleep may double drivers' crash risk

Missing just an hour or two of sleep at night nearly doubles your chances of a car crash the next day, a new report suggests.

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Survival tips for holiday road trips

If you're among the millions of Americans planning to hit the highway over the Thanksgiving holiday, it's important to anticipate bumps in the road, according to a group dedicated to public education and advocacy.

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Chrysler and Cummins are latest companies accused of emissions cheating

Chrysler and engine supplier Cummins were named in a class-action lawsuit alleging the two companies conspired to hide excess emissions from diesel pickup trucks built between 2007 and 2012.

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Now you don't have to buy a fancy new car just to get Android Auto

A major new update for Android Auto, Google's in-car entertainment platform, negates the need for a fancy head unit or new car: supported phones and tablets now run the interface.

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White House making push to rev up charging infrastructure for EVs

The Obama administration has just announced comprehensive support for the shift to electric vehicles (EVs). In a White House press release the administration committed to steps that will reduce the United States’ dependence on oil, increase access to clean energy, and fight climate change by supporting EV deployment and the necessary charging infrastructure.

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IBM Watson coming to GM vehicles to help steer drivers toward specific brands

If you’re not distracted enough already while driving, there’s a new partnership between OnStar and IBM Watson that’s sure to add to the sensory overload. Beginning early next year, Watson will be making its way into your vehicle, and for a rather curious purpose — to help you “connect and interact with [your] favorite brands.” 

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Top 3 mistakes teen drivers make

Speeding is the most common deadly mistake new teen drivers make, and parents don't do enough to help their children drive safely, traffic safety experts say.

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Nissan completes acquisition of 34-percent stake in Mitsubishi

It’s official: Nissan is now the largest shareholder of Mitsubishi Motors, the beleaguered carmaker whose fortunes slid further into the gutter earlier this year when officials admitted that the company cheated on fuel-economy tests in its home country of Japan.

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Apple Car rumor roundup: Here’s all you need to know about ‘Project Titan’

Over the past several months, questions surrounding the so-called Apple Car have switched from “Will they or won’t they?” to “When will it show up?,” “What will it look like?,” and “Who — if anyone — will it be built with?” 

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Texting while parenting: A 21st century trap

Parents, which do you respond to first -- your ring tone or your toddler's crying?

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A Seattle driver just got caught using a Trump cardboard cutout in an HOV lane

If you're going to try to cheat an HOV lane by plunking a fake passenger beside you, it's probably advisable not to use a cardboard cutout of one of the most famous people on the planet.

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Daimler offers up its top 10 reasons to carshare

Car ownership as a status symbol? Fuhgeddaboudit! That’s what Daimler is saying, anyway, as it presents its ten reasons for free-floating carsharing. 

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Thinking of buying a new car? Consider doing it from your smartphone

Looking to avoid car salesmen at all costs? You might consider turning to your smartphone instead. 

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Even in zero emissions mandate states, car dealers make buying electric cars hard

Why do car dealers make it so tough to buy electric cars, even in states with zero emission mandates? There may be several answers to that question. 

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Drowsy driving causes 1 in 5 fatal crashes

Nearly 84 million sleep-deprived Americans take to the roads every day. And, drowsy driving was a factor in crashes that claimed about 5,000 lives last year, a new report shows.

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Do we really need a national self-driving testing facility?

Loud voices are taking sides on self-driving cars, that’s for sure. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) doesn’t want development to stop or even slow down, presumably because overwhelming evidence shows humans are the cause of almost all — 94 percent — fatal crashes.

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Road rage rampant in America

Next time you're ready to make a rude gesture when another driver cuts you off in traffic, take a deep breath.

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Self-driving cars could cost us millions of jobs

Self-driving cars bring a long list of benefits, but they also hold the potential to disrupt our economy and throw millions out of work. The potential ripple effects go far past the immediate benefits of driverless transportation.

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Smart billboards will identify car models and target ads to drivers

Some day in the not-too-distant future ads you see on billboards will be there simply because of the make, model, and year of the vehicle you’re driving.

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Hey drivers: Hands-free cellphones not risk-free

Talking on a hands-free phone while driving may be just as distracting and dangerous as using a hand-held phone, according to a new study.

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GM & Lyft plan fleet of autonomous, electric Chevrolet Bolt taxis

In January, General Motors announced a $500 million partnership with ride-sharing service Lyft. Many wondered what the pairing might do for both companies and when it would begin bearing fruit.  

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U.S. motorcycle deaths up 10 percent in last year

Motorcyclist deaths in the United States topped 5,000 last year -- a 10 percent increase from 2014, according to a new report.

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Do you really need to buy Premium gasoline?

Sales of premium fuel are rising, and are likely to remain high as Americans buy more small-displacement turbocharged cars. But how much do you really know about the fuel you’re putting in your tank?

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Speeders beware: Ford develops stealthy light bar for cop cars

Ford has now made the Explorer Police Interceptor even more enticing for law enforcement agencies around the country thanks to the new “no profile” light bar design.

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Will autonomous cars succeed? It depends on how quickly we upgrade our roads

In writing about autonomous cars, we tend to discuss the advances in (or shortcomings of) self-driving technology. We make assessments based on how well (or how poorly) autonomous vehicles have learned to drive like humans. 

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And the most congested city in the world is...

Traffic congestion wreaks havoc on productivity, the environment, and, of course, travelers.

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FBI & NHTSA say car hacking is real, offer tips to keep you safe

Worried about your car being hacked? The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are, too, and they've published some handy tips to keep you and your ride safe.

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Jerry Seinfeld sells off part of Porsche collection for $22 million

Jerry Seinfeld pocketed enough money to buy more than a few coffee shops, let alone cups of coffee, thanks to the $22 million earned by selling some of his Porsches at an auction.

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Traffic pollution tied to preterm birth risk for asthmatic women

Exposure to high levels of certain traffic air pollutants may increase the risk of preterm birth in pregnant women with asthma, a new study suggests.

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Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for February 2016

Carmakers have a whole new round of incentives for February, designed to get consumers into showrooms. 

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When seniors stop driving, poorer health may be a passenger

Older adults who give up driving may see their mental and physical well-being decline, a new research review finds.

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The worst cities in the world for rush hour traffic

Planet Earth's commuters waste an average of 100 hours each year sitting in their cars during crunch times -- and that's just during the evening rush. More>>

Court rules Uber drivers are employees -- not freelancers

In a landmark ruling, California's Labor Commission ruled that Uber drivers are employees, not independent contractors.

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Electric car charging: The basics you need to know

Each new electric-car driver will have a few things to learn. Check out these tips on how, where, and when to charge up that new plug-in vehicle. More>>

2016 Audi Q7 first drive

Don't worry, America, it's not a wagon. It just drives like one, is as useful as one, and, if you squint at it the right way, kinda looks like one. More>>

2016 Chevrolet Camaro preview, prototype first drive

A new version of the the third member of the classic American muscle-car trio arrives later this year. More>>

Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid: Big battery, more electric range

The plug-in hybrid version of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 large luxury sedan was released at the Shanghai Motor Show.
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2016 Ford Mustang gets minor updates, California Special

The Ford Motor Company has announced a new round of updates for the Mustang's 2016 model year, whose timing no doubt has been purposefully made to coincide with this week's arrival of an all-new Chevrolet Camaro. More>>

The best SUVs for tall drivers

Not all vehicles with the same shape and exterior measurements are created equally. More>>

2016 Cadillac ATS-V first drive video

For a comfortable, capable, high-tech car that's utterly satisfying and massively capable when pushed to the limit, the ATS-V could be the best pick every time. More>>

The lowest-rated cars of 2015

Some cars do extremely well in our evaluation process. Inevitably, there are the cars (including trucks, SUVs and minivans) that fare poorly in our ratings.
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BMW i3 And Mercedes-Benz C-Class make Ward’s 2015 Best Interiors list

There was a time when having a decent interior in your car meant spending the big bucks.
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The best performance cars of 2015

Lurid acceleration, perfect balance, intuitive handling, pine-tar levels of grip--performance means different things to different drivers.
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The safest vehicles of 2015

Safety is no longer a back-burner priority for new-car shoppers. Across most types of vehicle shoppers, it's one of the top concerns. More>>

2015 New York Auto Show

New York City might seem one of the most car-hostile environments on the planet, but it really isn't. Take the city's annual auto show as irrefutable proof of the opposite.
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Interactive map shows how America gets to work

If you read the news each day, you might be under the impression that few people drive to work alone. But you'd be wrong.
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Oregon to test nation's first per-mile road fee in lieu of gas taxes

Oregon is looking to institute the nation's first per-mile road tax, with the help of a data-gathering system, according to Automotive News.

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2016 Audi R8 fully revealed: Live photos, video from Geneva

Known and respected for its ability to blend daily-driver comfort with world-class handling and pace, the first-generation Audi R8 ran from 2007 through 2015 as the brand's halo car. Now, it's fresh once again. More>>

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive

The whole world seems to be going turbo. That's mostly a good thing. In the case of the Mercedes-AMG C63 S, it's a very good thing. More>>

Tesla to offer batteries to consumers for home energy storage

Tesla CEO Elon Musk apparently revealed a new line of business for the company: selling or leasing lithium-ion battery packs for home energy storage.
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Six vehicles with the most eye-catching lighting

Thanks to the additional packaging freedom of LEDs, we're seeing some far more attractive, original, and eye-catching lighting in vehicles—both inside and outside. More>>

Safe set: Nine late-model used vehicles with lowest fatality rate

The chances of dying in a car crash, if you're behind the wheel of a newer vehicle, have dropped dramatically over the past several years.
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The safest vehicles of 2015

Safety is no longer a back-burner priority for new-car shoppers.
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Electric motorcycle gangs: You'll never hear them coming

What's it like riding with a dozen or so electric motorcycles? Well, you can have a conversation at any stoplight.
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2016 Cadillac CTS-V debuts in Detroit

The new CTS-V, which debuted last week at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, will come packing a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 good for 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque.
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Why 'Bolt' is a really terrible name for Chevy's electric car

The concept is called the Chevrolet Bolt. And that's just an incredibly bad name for Chevy to use. More>>

New Ford GT supercar revealed at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

As stunning as it looks, the GT on show in Detroit isn't a concept to be watered down by the time production rolls around but a preview of the car that will be hitting showrooms sometime in 2016. More>>

What the top automotive stories of 2014 mean for you in 2015

What will the major auto changes in 2014 mean for 2015?
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2016 Cadillac CTS-V: 640 horsepower, 0-60 MPH in 3.7 seconds

The new 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will receive its unveiling at the upcoming 2015 Detroit Auto Show on January 12.
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Incredulous cop cites man for using his smartwatch while driving

In many states, using a cellphone while driving is a juridical no-no. But so might be using your smartwatch.  More>>

What's the best electric car to buy for the average consumer?

Automotive journalists often use each other as information sources, or to get reality checks on new material.
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Advocacy group says fuel economy is U.S.'s No. 1 criteria when shopping for new car

When you're looking for a new car, there are lots of factors to consider: how the car looks, how comfortable the ride is, its high-tech amenities, the number of cup-holders. But according to a new study from the American Chemistry Council, the thing at the top of most shopper's must-have list is good fuel-economy. More>>

James Bond to drive new Aston Martin DB10 in upcoming ‘Spectre’ movie

A new James Bond movie is coming next year, and with it a brand new Aston Martin developed exclusively for the world's most famous spy, the Aston Martin DB10. More>>

2015 BMW X5 M, X6 M revealed

When you see either the X5 M or X6 M approaching in your rearview, there's no mistaking their identity. More>>

Rapid charging electric-car batteries: Less damaging than we thought?

DC fast charging makes electric cars considerably more practical, allowing drivers to recharge a car's battery to 80 percent of capacity in half an hour or less.
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2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 packs new V-8, serious track upgrades

If you thought you might have to wait some time before the storied Shelby name gets spliced back into the Mustang narrative, think again.
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2015 Subaru Legacy: The Car Connection's Best Car to Buy 2015

The 2015 Subaru Legacy is feature-packed, polished, secure, and spacious. It's outgrown its niche appeal, while dollar for dollar, it's an irresistible value in today's new-car market. More>>

2015 Volkswagen Golf: Green Car Reports' Best Car to Buy 2015

Sometimes being greener in a car that's otherwise entirely normal can be a good thing. More>>

Honda launches awesome interactive ad for 2015 Civic Type R

Not only are Honda's cars cooler overseas, its ads are too. More>>

Why electric car owners don't want gasoline loaners from their dealers

It's often said by electric-car owners and advocates that once you start driving electric, you never want to go back. More>>

Cross-country electric-car trips: Reality for a few, getting closer for many

The idea of traveling long distances in electric cars that have to be recharged after only 70 or 80 miles--or even 250 miles--may seem absurd to some. More>>

Tesla model S Dual-Motor is quicker, has higher range

How can you add all-wheel drive to an electric car, making it hundreds of pounds heavier -- and still increase its efficiency and range?
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2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat priced from $63,995

The 707-horsepower super sedan from Dodge, the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat, will cost the world just $63,995 (plus $995 destination) including its $1,700 gas guzzler tax, Chrysler announced on Oct. 17.
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2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 is most powerful GM ever

The most powerful car General Motors has ever built will soon hit the streets, packing 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. More>>

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS revealed

The Porsche 911 family has been expanded with new Carrera GTS coupe and Carrera GTS Cabriolet models. More>>

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S: Full details, photos

Mercedes-Benz's latest C63 AMG is finally here, and you can read all the juicy details.
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Don't be fooled: Only three electric cars are sold nationwide today

Three and a half years after modern electric cars entered the mass market, there are now no fewer than 17 models on sale in the U.S. More>>

2015 North American Car and Truck/SUV of the Year: Short list announced

Judges for the North American Car and Truck of the Year have released their list of finalists for the upcoming 2015 awards.
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Some lenders can remotely disable cars when payments are missed

Utilizing a piece of hardware called the starter interrupt device, credit unions and other types of loan companies have started mandating the use of such devices when an auto loan is issued to a customer with bad credit. More>>

2014 Paris Auto Show preview

The first major auto show after the long summer break will be taking place in Paris, kicking off in the City of Light on October 2 and playing host to more than 250 makes from over 18 countries. More>>

2015 Lexus RC F first drive

The RC F is Lexus gone wild, with aero kicks and eight-cylinder barks and electronically controlled everything, as well as a cockpit basically decorated by dropping a box of high-end audio between two seats. More>>

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT, GT S Preview, live photos: Affalterbach’s new super coupe

Sleek, stylish, and chock full of heritage, the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT has arrived. More>>

Gov't agency pushes to lower blood alcohol limits for drivers To 0.05

Traffic fatalities have been on the decline for several decades, but despite such improvements, alcohol has remained a contributing factor in roughly one-third of roadway deaths. More>>

Ford starts testing its first right-hand-drive Mustang

Ford has revealed its first right-hand-drive Mustang, one of a handful of prototype versions that will be used for calibration testing in a handful of markets. More>>

J.D. Power offers proof voice-recognition systems are the worst things in our cars

J.D. Power's Kristin Kolodge told a group of conference-goers that voice-recognition software is the most troublesome technology found on cars today. More>>

And the most-stolen vehicle in America is . . .

The National Insurance Crime Bureau has just released its list of most-stolen vehicles for 2013. All of those in the top ten are big-selling, mass-market models. More>>

Minnesota leads nation, mandates off-peak electric-car charging rates

So far Minnesota is the only state to pass legislation requiring an incentive for home charging. More>>

GM's 200-mile electric car for 2017: What we know so far

The arrival of a moderately-priced battery electric car with a rated range of 200 miles will change the entire market for plug-in vehicles.
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When will electric cars compete in the mainstream market?

Electric-car advocates often take it as an article of faith that electric propulsion will one day compete directly with vehicles powered by fossil fuels. But for battery-electric cars to compete directly, they will need to be as good as -- and probably better than -- their counterparts. More>>

The road to self-driving cars remains a long one

If carmakers are to be believed, autonomous cars are right around the corner. Some like Nissan and Mercedes-Benz have in fact been so bold as to put a 2020 debut date on their first self-driving models. More>>

Mercedes-Benz S600 guard upgrades to new S-Class platform, greater armor capability

If you're a head of state, head of an underground organization, or just extremely paranoid—but you still enjoy the finer things in life—your new ride has arrived: the Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard. More>>

2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG coupe revealed

Mercedes-Benz’s S63 AMG Coupe certainly isn’t lacking in the power department, but the German automaker knows that some of its customers will always seek more. More>>

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