Parking tickets are a real pain in the rear and some parking enforcement officials, though just doing a job, are rather stingy. Ordinarily, showing them a sign of one’s displeasure is frowned upon, but a recent Michigan court ruling holds that yelling at parking enforcement is free speech. University rule preventing yelling at parking enforcement Read on! →


“He was for it before he was against it” is a particularly annoying form of political theater that we’ve heard way too many times in recent years. For Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the catchphrase definitely applies. According to the congressional record, Ryan voted in 2008 to support the auto bailouts Read on! →


The Chicago Auto Show has traditionally been considered more of a consumer show than an industry one. As such, it attracts fewer debuts and industry buzz than the Detroit show. However, it has steadily grown in attendance and, consequently, more automakers are taking the opportunity to show consumers new vehicles. Largest attendance, largest venue The show Read on! →


Among other car makers, Smart is taking a new model to the Detroit Auto Show in January 2012. The microcar maker is unveiling a truck model. Useful when hauling small stuff Daimler’s microcar division, Smart, is unveiling a new model in January at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, according to CNN. The new Smart is Read on! →


Irving Gordon, a retired school teacher in New York state, has become famous for an automotive feat rivaled by few. Gordon almost has a 3 million mile car, a Volvo P1800 coupe, which he has fastidiously maintained since buying the car in 1966. The 3 million mile car has only 34,000 miles left Irving Gordon Read on! →


Major automakers mostly produce vehicles for consumer use, as a daily driver is what a lot of people are looking for when they buy a new car. However, major auto firms also produce a lot of vehicles for fleet applications. Rental cars must be made, as well as vans and trucks for transportation purposes. Among Read on! →


Mercedes has had enough of its underperforming uber-luxury brand Maybach. Maybach has been making big, expensive cars that haven’t been selling at all, leading to the decision to pull the plug. Mercedes to focus on upcoming S series Car magazine AutoWeek confirmed with an executive at Mercedes-Benz that Maybach is going to cease production and Read on! →


New York-based lithium-ion automotive battery maker Ener1 Inc. has filed for bankruptcy protection, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. The company, which was granted a $118 million U.S. Energy Department grant to make batteries for electric vehicles, defaulted on its bond debt. Competition from Asian battery makers is also believed to have contributed to Ener1’s financial woes. China, 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! →


How would you feel about driving down a southern highway and seeing a sign saying that section of asphalt has been adopted by a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan? Is it a case of free speech, or of promoting hated? Such speculation may be put to the test, if one group has its way. Read on! →