They say the wheel is one of man’s oldest inventions. Today, they are still round, and they still roll. It is the technology that stops them that keeps changing. Most automotive braking systems still use friction to stop a vehicle. But friction creates heat, which wastes a good deal of the energy generated. However, new Read on! →


In 2008, the Renault-Nissan Alliance paid $1 billion for a 25 percent share in former General Motors partner AvtoVAZ, Russia’s largest automaker. By 2014, the European-Japanese alliance expects to own a majority share of the Togliatti-based automaker, reports Automotive News. The companies have agreed to pay AvtoVAZ’s Russian stakeholders approximately $750 million over the next Read on! →


Wealthy people can afford to get all kinds of things that the rest of us can only dream about. For instance, Ferrari recently made a custom 458 for none other than rock icon Eric Clapton, and the car has been getting a lot of attention. Maranello does custom work A company like Ferrari makes its Read on! →


Though the Chevrolet Sonic had an early hiccup with a recall just after its release, the car is generating serious buzz. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the compact a five-star crash safety rating. GM king of top safety awards In October of 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced new crash test Read on! →


The Japan earthquake has wiped out production of more than half a million vehicles in the country’s auto industry in the last month. Toyota was hit hardest and warned that the U.S. auto market could see shortages of certain vehicles in the third quarter of 2011. Japan’s auto production disruptions have also affected Ford, which Read on! →


Automakers are in a fervent quest to make their cars ever more fuel efficient and are employing every trick at their disposal to do so. One method is to employ stop-start engine technology, which is going to appear in a growing number of vehicles. Stop start engine technology coming along nicely A big barrier to Read on! →


Tesla Motors is trying to deflect claims made by a blogger that its Tesla Roadster, if simply left attended, will become a “brick.” In electronics, “bricking” means to render a device no longer functional. Tesla says the issue is one of maintenance, not unsound engineering. Replacement battery packs cost $40,000 Blogger Michael Degusta wrote that Read on! →


The government has just given its approval for a greater amount of ethanol fuel to be added to gasoline. Previously, approved mixture was 10 percent ethanol to 90 percent gasoline, called E10. The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the use of a 15 percent ethanol blend, E15, for vehicles from the 2007 model year and Read on! →


Chevrolet’s Impala, a sturdy boat well past its glory-days, has been in need of a reboot for some time. However, the General Motors division is attempting to change all that with its 2014 model. The new Impala, among other changes, may mark the death of the front bench-style car seat. A stodgy reputation The Impala Read on! →


Not long ago, LED headlights were reserved only for high-end cars as standard equipment, though there are certainly plenty of aftermarket suppliers. However, more cars are going to have LED lights as standard equipment. The diode is cast Light bulbs are basically light bulbs, no matter the application. The same basic technology is at work Read on! →