Four straight years of losses have devastated Mazda Motor Corp., reports Automotive News. As a result of it hemorrhaging cash, the Japanese automaker plans to offer voluntary buyout packages to scores of U.S. workers. Additional Mazda layoffs may also result, as the automaker seeks to slash operating costs. Mazda struggles to uncover cost improvements Jim Read on! →


Contrary to a report published Friday in the German magazine Der Spiegel, Audi claims it is not planning to build its new North American assembly plant in Mexico. According to Automotive News, Audi leadership has denied that parent company Volkswagen AG has already selected Mexico to produce its premium brand of automobiles, including the 2013 Read on! →


Buying an electric vehicle often involves legwork and getting on waiting lists. However, that may all be changing as the EV continues to gain acceptance among American motorists. Online auction giant eBay recently launched a new site devoted entirely to green vehicles. A growing acceptance Last week, the green car site Plugincars said it is Read on! →


In a move to improve the safety of its vehicles, Ford engineers and scientists from China’s Tianjin University of Science and Technology are developing digital crash test dummies for simulated tests as part of a one-year agreement. The computerized human models are intended to increase automotive designers’ knowledge of how human anatomy responds to the Read on! →


The U.S. Department of Energy today disputed a new report by the oil industry’s Coordinating Research Council, which concludes that E15 fuel — a gasoline, ethanol mix — can damage some engines. Contains 15 percent ethanol E15 contains 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. It is the highest ratio of ethanol to gas recommended Read on! →


General Motors, along with most other companies, does engage in a bit of charity work and recently was found to be doing quite the novel thing with leftover car parts. Leftover car insulation from older cars was put to use as a liner material for coats that are being distributed to the homeless. Good use Read on! →


The new season of “The Walking Dead” began this week and Halloween is right around the corner. That makes it a great time to revisit Robert Kirkman’s Hyundai Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine. Never mind that it was unveiled over the summer. Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine unveiled A Hyundai Elantra may not seem at Read on! →


Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has an ax to grind regarding the way the Obama administration handled the automotive bailout, Automotive News reports. The former Pennsylvania senator told a Detroit, Mich., audience that he wouldn’t have floated taxpayer money to General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC because he believes “too big to fail” means Read on! →


The headlight assembly on most vehicles usually includes a lamp, a reflector and a lens. The lens, which faces dirt, grime and bugs on a daily basis, needs to be cleaned in order to stay safe. When headlights go bad Headlights that are especially dim or difficult to focus could be an indicator that the Read on! →