Suzuki Motor Corporation is slashing its marketing budget in light of diminished sales and a shrinking number of Suzuki dealers. Automotive News reports that despite a 13 percent increase in sales across the global automotive industry through the first quarter of 2012, Suzuki dropped 2 percent to just 6,561 sales. Suzuki opts out Suzuki has Read on! →


Eight months into an ongoing investigation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that 16 crashes and five injuries were related to a transmission issue in some BMW models. According to the NHTSA, the problem can lead to a parked vehicle rolling away. Under investigation since August The federal regulation agency has been looking Read on! →


There are only so many ways to get out of a traffic ticket, but a physics professor at the University of California San Diego used science. Dmitri Krioukov published a four-page paper demonstrating his innocence with physics. Fighting The Man with science According to the Daily Mail, a San Diego physics professor recently used his Read on! →


Every driver has multiple blind spots; it’s impossible to see everything on the roadway at once. Since 2008, blind-spot radar that can help drivers avoid accidents has been introduced in consumer vehicles to help deal with this safety issue. As Steve Rode, president of Swedish blind-spot radar manufacturer Autoliv Electronics, notes business is booming. Sales Read on! →


According to a pair of bulletins from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week, German automaker BMW is recalling a wide variety of  recent models for an overheating, faulty auxiliary water pump. The recall also extends to one model made by the BMW ultra-luxury division, Rolls-Royce. Auto enthusiasts with good memories may remember the Read on! →


Common tools used by automakers to boost sales of vehicles that aren’t selling well are cash rebates and related vehicle incentives. Rebate amounts are generally small, no more than a few thousand dollars for even the most expensive vehicles. Sometimes, however, an automaker like Maybach goes for broke. The ultra-luxury automaker is offering a massive Read on! →


We are coming to the end of Robotics Week. That’s right, a week dedicated to all things robot. To celebrate, Ford has dug up some old pictures and press releases about an old friend. Freddie Ford was a talking promotional robot used at events in the late 1960s. Made almost entirely out of auto parts Read on! →


A fatal explosion March 31 at a chemical plant in Germany has created a problem for the global automotive industry. According to Bloomberg, the accident has created a “severe” shortage of a plastic resin used in the production of fuel and brake components. This may hinder automotive production over the next few weeks, Michigan-based global Read on! →


Ever the social media maven among automakers, Ford has done it again. The Detroit Free Press reports that Ford has produced an application for Facebook entitled Plug N Play in Electric City with the 2012 Focus Electric. The app allows consumers to take a virtual trip in a Focus Electric, with the hope that it Read on! →


A study, commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has found older women are the usual suspects in accidents involving unintended acceleration. The study asserts that the usual cause of the phenomenon is mistakenly pressing the accelerator pedal. Driver error After the recall and investigation into unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles, the phenomenon of Read on! →