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Watch out: Government delays backup camera rule, again Watch out: Government delays backup camera rule, again
A government rule that would require a backup camera to be standard on all new cars has been delayed a fourth time, now pushed to 2015. The announcement came from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a letter to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D, WV). In a statement Rockefeller...
Watch out: Government delays backup camera rule, again »
Pick a road trip car for our engineer Pick a road trip car for our engineer
The mission: Help me pick a car for a road trip to a human factors conference in the Adirondacks. Next week I’m heading to my favorite conference, Driving Assessment 2013. Held biannually, 200 or so researchers get together to present work on how people interact with cars, with talks on topics...
Pick a road trip car for our engineer »
Tesla promises coast-to-coast driving in its electric cars Tesla promises coast-to-coast driving in its electric cars
The Tesla Model S fell short of a perfect score in our testing for one simple reason: You can’t jump in it any time you want, and drive to absolutely any point on the map at a moment’s notice. But, Tesla has just announced a big step in addressing that problem. To that end, the electric-car...
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Impressive car technology that helps keep teen drivers safe Impressive car technology that helps keep teen drivers safe
Any parent will tell you that one of the scariest times of their life is when they first hand the car keys over to their teen, but some automakers are offering a way for parents to monitor and place limits on their teen’s driving behaviors. Car crashes are the number-one killer of teens with...
Impressive car technology that helps keep teen drivers safe »
Cool smart-phone app promises to revolutionize your ride, but beware of subscription fatigue Cool smart-phone app promises to revolutionize your ride, but beware of subscription fatigue
A new service promises the ability for car owners to track their young drivers through a smart phone, receive an alert if preset geographic boundaries are exceeded, conduct maintenance checks, and access an array of convenience features using an Android or Apple device. But, the cool functions come...
Cool smart-phone app promises to revolutionize your ride, but beware of subscription fatigue »
Our favorite cars at the New York Auto Show Our favorite cars at the New York Auto Show
With the media days at the New York International Auto Show behind us, the cars team has had time to reflect on the approximately 1,000 vehicles on display. Many new models made impressions, and some were utterly forgettable. To share our perspective, we’ve named standouts in 10 categories. Best...
Our favorite cars at the New York Auto Show »
2013 Buick Encore 2013 Buick Encore
New crossover utility vehicle delivers luxury in a small package. The 2013 Buick Encore is a new entry-luxury crossover utility vehicle. At first exposure, the Encore is a bit confusing. Viewed from the outside, it is a very compact package that may cause buyers to be skeptical of the small luxury...
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Warning: The Ford Focus ST can be addicting Warning: The Ford Focus ST can be addicting
We’ll remember 2012 as being a banner year for driving enthusiasts. The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins took to the road, closely followed by the Ford Focus ST, a model whose track prowess we recently captured on video. The ST is Ford’s answer to the Volkswagen GTI, a legendary poster...
Warning: The Ford Focus ST can be addicting »
2013 Car Brand Perception Survey: Consumers name their top 20 brands 2013 Car Brand Perception Survey: Consumers name their top 20 brands
When it comes to how people perceive car brands, Toyota, Ford, Honda, and Chevrolet stand above all others, based on the 2013 Car Brand Perception Survey, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. The survey scores reflect how consumers perceive each brand in seven categories: quality,...
2013 Car Brand Perception Survey: Consumers name their top 20 brands »
2013 Detroit: Next BMW 3 Series coupe becomes 4 Series 2013 Detroit: Next BMW 3 Series coupe becomes 4 Series
At the Detroit Auto Show this week BMW showed the next-generation 3 Series-based coupe. Although officially just a concept, this is the car that apart from the door handles, side mirrors and rear apron will replace the 3 Series coupe in late fall 2013. Much as the 6 Series became the coupe/convertible...
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