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! →


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed Thursday that brake override systems be made mandatory in all new vehicles. The proposal comes as a fallout to large-scale Toyota recalls in 2009 and 2010 for deadly, unintended accelerations. Override braking system required Under the NHTSA proposal, all cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. would Read on! →


Ford announced a party piece for the new Escape crossover SUV, a “kick-to-open” tailgate that uses a proximity sensor to trigger a powered rear tailgate. The option is proving popular, as a number of people ordering a new Escape have been electing for it. Kuga town Ford announced some time ago that the company was Read on! →


You can’t be an industry leader in automotive sales if you don’t have cars in the game. Hyundai understands this, which is why the South Korean automaker is making a big push to increase public inventory in the U.S. market. According to CEO John Krafcik of Hyundai North America, the automaker will provide U.S. dealers Read on! →


Distracted driving is a killer, leading to thousands of accidents and deaths every year. A British study asserts the worst thing one can do is eating behind the wheel, which can interfere with drivers more than cell phones or driving drunk. Reaction time hampered most by sandwich Numerous campaigns are aimed at reducing “distracted driving.” Read on! →


In order to make weight in the Environmental Protection Agency’s CAFE standards race for fuel economy, automakers look to go with lighter, yet still durable materials. That’s why Ford Motor Co. is partnering with Dow Chemical Co.’s automotive division to develop cost-effective uses of carbon fiber in high-volume car and truck production, reports Reuters. Carbon Read on! →


A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has concluded that only about one in five cars are easy to install a car seat in. The survey, carried out in conjunction with the University of Michigan, found most car makers don’t install the LATCH anchor system very well. Mandated yet frustrating In 2002, according Read on! →


In a rare, regionally targeted recall campaign, General Motors Company is asking the owners of some of its crossover SUVs from various divisions to bring in their vehicles and have the windshield wipers looked at. Only owners who live in the northern states are affected. Recall targets colder regions The problem stems from a nut Read on! →