Concerned that dashboard access to web browsers, texting, social media, navigation interfaces and the like could lead to escalated incidents of distracted driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked the nation’s automakers to find ways of limiting driver access to these functions while vehicles are in motion. Recommendation issued Thursday Transportation Secretary Ray Read on! →


The Toyota Motor Company cannot catch a break; it has announced a recall of more than 80,000 Highlander hybrid and Lexus RX400h SUVs. The hybrid utility vehicles have a problem in the drive system that can cause components to burn out and shut the vehicle down. Transistors can cause vehicle shutdown Toyota has announced a Read on! →


As America shifts increasingly toward electric vehicles and efficiency standards that require that all vehicles to achieve 35 mpg or better, there may be a hidden peril lurking for the Interstate Highway System. As Keith Crain points out in a recent op-ed piece for Automotive News, the funding mechanism for building and maintaining the IHS Read on! →


The Volkswagen Beetle Fender edition, first revealed in a concept version at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, will hit the U.S. showrooms this coming fall. No, it does not feature an exaggerated wheel-guard section. Instead, it is inspired by the iconic electric guitar maker, whose instruments were made famous by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Read on! →


Painting your car is a nice DIY project that can be done at home, but many people tend to avoid it because of excessive cost and the degree of prep-work involved. A spray gun, the right air compressor, clear coat, the right kind of primer, buffing compound, rust converter and more are all things that Read on! →


Taking into consideration what each auto brand has earned, what it is expected to earn, as well as a host of other factors, the marketing firm Millward Brown says it has determined which brands are the most “valuable” in the automotive world today. Data and market research The seventh-annual 2012 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Read on! →


A Consumer Reports road test involving the Fisker Karma, the plug-in hybrid luxury sedan, has become a sensation for all the wrong reasons. The Karma is continually breaking down, malfunctioning and damaging the reputation of the fledgling car company. Karma looking more like a dogma Fledgling “green” luxury car maker Fisker Automotive is facing numerous Read on! →


There are millions of vehicles on the road in America. Some cars, at some points, do malfunction and break down. If you experience a breakdown or malfunction that could be the result of a safety defect in your vehicle, it is important to report it. You should also report any safety issues with tires, non-original Read on! →


For more than a decade, Volkswagen has been working on a “1-liter car,” a car that can go 100 kilometers on 1 liter of fuel. The car, called the XL1, is in development and will hit showrooms next year. The 1-liter car Engineers at Volkswagen, according to Popular Mechanics, have been working for more than Read on! →