A European field study has taken a look at the performance of crash avoidance systems, like crash detection and adaptive cruise control, finding they work. The study looked at several different types of the technology, finding collision risks were reduced 42 percent overall. Safety first Over the past decade, automakers have been including crash avoidance Read on! →


For many years, Mazda was the sole automaker producing a rotary engine, a type of motor normally employed in airplanes. The company was practically defined by it, but the last Mazda rotary engine has rolled off the assembly line for the time being. Out of rotation Mazda has long been known for using the Wankel Read on! →


The management of European automaker Opel is determined to avoid massive job cuts as a response to sagging European auto sales. Opel will reportedly present a plan Thursday that focuses on model strategy via brand positioning and a renewed push in export markets, all the while avoiding what many experts believe are inevitable layoffs. By Read on! →


The German automaker Mercedes-Benz announced last week that it will be voluntarily conducting a medium-scale recall of some of its E-Class station wagons over issues with the rear air-suspension system. Mercedes recall impacts nearly 4,000 vehicles According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the automaker will be calling back 3,613 of its E350 4matic Read on! →


Fiat and Ferrari are both Italian, and both start with an “F,” so they should get along together great, right? However, what the Italian design firm Lazzarini wants to do with them sounds a bit like putting a rocket engine into a Piper Cub. Fiat 550 Italia – A mythic beast The out-of-the-box thinking firm Read on! →


New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who earlier this month proposed fighting obesity by banning sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces, is at it again this time with New York speed cameras targeting speeders. The mayor proposed shaming lead-footed violators caught by speed cameras. Waiting on state lawmakers for New York Speed Cameras The mayor has Read on! →


Bio-fuels have been in vogue for sometime, with fuel alternatives and additives such as biodiesel and ethanol being touted as methods for stemming oil dependence. There is also biogasoline, regular gasoline made from organic materials, which is slowly making it’s way toward the market. Sugar in the tank Ever hear of putting sugar in someone’s Read on! →


Auto repair by state varies, just putting electrical tape over that “check engine light” will not help in the long run. But how much it will cost to turn that light off depends on the state you live in. Many will be surprised to find that Wyoming leads the pack for most costly auto repairs, Read on! →


The federal government has been urging automakers for years to craft alternative drive train vehicles, especially cheaper electric cars. However, they are also cognizant of the high cost, as Steven Chu, the Secretary of Energy, recently gave a speech imploring car makers to come up with cost-effective electric cars. New initiative aimed at conquering opportunity Read on! →