Auto Industry

General Motors : The List
Just two years after its federal bailout, General Motors regained its ranking as the world's number-one automaker with $7.6 billion profit in 2011.

G.M.'s record-smashing profits: 6 talking points

The 103-year-old automaker just had its best year ever. So why is it acting like a "company on the rocks"?

Driving in America : Controversy
Drivers are 163 times more likely to get in an accident when they're distracted by texts, emails, or a phone call, according to one study.

Should America ban cell phones for drivers?

An influentional national advisory board wants all 50 states to prohibit cell phone use by drivers — even with hands-free headsets

General Motors : Opinion Brief
Chevy Volts in a General Motors factory: In three instances, the much-hyped electric car has caught fire days or weeks after crash tests.

Chevy Volts' potentially flammable batteries: Are the cars still safe?

GM's green-energy star hits a speed bump — with some Volts catching fire weeks after being damaged in government crash tests

General Motors : The List
Chrysler's sales jumped 27 percent in September 2011 (compared to the previous September), and some analysts believe it's a sign that consumers are getting used to big buys even in a bad economy.

The auto industry's 'surprisingly' good September: 6 theories

GM, Chrysler, and Ford all enjoy a spike in vehicle sales. What caused it?

Driving in America : Analysis
There are no age restrictions or skill tests for Amish buggy driving, but after a deadly crash in Indiana, critics say there ought to be.

Time for Amish buggy driving tests?

A deadly Labor Day accident raises questions about the safety of letting children take horse-drawn carts into traffic

Driving in America : Opinion Brief
Worried about that weather? A battery-operated device now allows drivers to communicate their feelings with a range of emoticons.

'Drivemocion': Emoticons for your car

Looking for a cuter way to express your road rage? This gadget offers 16 light-up messages to send your fellow drivers

Driving in America : Opinion Brief
Ford's new concept car, the Evos, is a hybrid that connects to the cloud to manage your schedule and music library.

Ford's 'sexy' Evos: Can this car run your social life?

A new concept car promises to manage your schedule, turn off the lights in your house, and set your alarm clock

Driving in America : Burning Question
Top executives from Ford and Toyota shake hands during a news conference Monday, after announcing the car makers' collaboration on SUV hybrids.

Will SUVs finally become fuel-efficient?

An unlikely partnership between Ford and Toyota could revolutionize hybrid engines for SUVs and pickup trucks

General Motors : Best Video
Cadillac's proposed Ciel convertible may be big, but it's also more efficient than the brand's "luxury barges" of the past, thanks to a hybrid system and lithium-ion battery.

Could the big, 'bold' Ciel make Cadillac great again?

The promise of a hulking new convertible has car aficionados buzzing about the luxury brand's potential comeback

General Motors : Opinion Brief
GM's Segway-like electric car, which is expected to be released around 2020, uses GPS signals to steer itself where a passenger tells it to go.

GM's new self-driving pod car

The hands-free two-wheeler will be able to park itself, and come when you call it by smartphone

Driving in America : The List
A stretch of Interstate 405 stood vacant over the weekend, so workers could demolish an overpass as part of a $1 billion project to widen the California freeway.

4 reasons 'Carmageddon' didn't cripple L.A.

Though America's most auto-obsessed city was dreading a two-day closure on I-405, it turned out to be no biggie for most Angelenos

Driving in America : Forecast
Terrafugia's Transition vehicle lands after its first flight in 2009: The first few Transition "roadable aircraft" could be available as soon as 2012.

How soon will we have flying cars?

Terrafugia, a company that manufactures "roadable aircrafts," scores government approval to make vehicles of the future a reality

Driving in America : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: The folly of doubling down on electric cars

So-called green vehicles are expensive and tough to dispose of, and may actually increase America's dependence on foreign resources

Driving in America : Opinion Brief
Ford is developing voice-controlled apps that will help drivers manage health issues, including allergies and blood sugar levels.

Ford's health-monitoring cars: Too intrusive?

Ford is putting a medical twist on car design, with apps that help you soothe your allergies or avoid slipping into a diabetic stupor

Driving in America : Fact Sheet
The driver's seat of a Ford S-MAX: The American carmaker is teaming with Google to try to predict drivers' habits, and help them save fuel.

Googling your way to better fuel economy

Ford is teaming with Google to develop a high-tech system that could predict driver behavior — and adjust a car's energy use in response

Driving in America : Opinion Brief
A Jaguar C-X75 was unveiled in Los Angeles last year: 250 more of the super-expensive hybrid cars will ship in late 2013.

Jaguar's $1.5 million hybrid 'supercar'

The luxury carmaker is building 250 electric hybrids that can go from zero to 60 in three seconds. Will millionaires buy them just as quickly?

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