Category: Automotive Issues

2016 VEHICLE HEADLIGHT TEST FROM IIHS

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Toyota Prius v is the only midsize car out of 31 evaluated to earn a good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s first-ever headlight ratings. The best available headlights on 11 cars earn an…
FORD AUTONOMOUS RESEARCH VEHICLE CAN NAVIGATE IN WINTER

DEARBORN, Mich., March 10, 2016 – Driving in snow can be a slippery challenge, with the potential for one blizzardy gust to white-out your field of view – a situation faced by the majority of people in the United States.…
Keeping Our Kids Safe Around Cars

You place your children’s safety at the top of your priority list. You shopped for the safest car when you started a family. You read up on car seats for kids and figured out which one worked best for you…
Determining the Age of a Tire and Tire Information

Determining the Age of a Tire When it comes to determining the age of a tire, it is easy to identify when a tire was manufactured by reading its Tire Identification Number (often referred to as the tire’s serial number).…
2016 J.D. POWER VEHICLE DEPENDABILITY STUDY

Lexus Ranks Highest in Vehicle Dependability for Fifth Consecutive Year; General Motors Receives Eight Segment Awards; Toyota Motor Corporation Receives Six TROY, Mich.: 24 February 2016 — Problems with technology continue to affect vehicle reliability according to the J.D. Power…
IIHS STUDY: VOLVO’S CITY SAFETY REDUCES REAR-END CRASHES

ROCKLEIGH, NJ (January 28, 2016) The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing highway crash deaths and injuries, completed an academic study on Volvo’s City Safety system that is standard on all Volvo vehicles.…
BIG NEWS ON AUTOMATED VEHICLES

There is nothing like the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit. With all of the latest vehicles and automotive technologies on display, it’s true hotbed of innovation. Which makes it a good place for me to announce some…
FORD CONDUCTS INDUSTRY-FIRST SNOW TESTS OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Ford is the first automaker to test fully autonomous vehicles in winter weather, including snow – a major step toward fully autonomous driving Ford’s fully autonomous vehicle strategy uses high-resolution 3D mapping and LiDAR for localization to facilitate driving when…
KIA MOTORS GRANTED NEVADA AUTONOMOUS DRIVING LICENCE

US state of Nevada grants Korean manufacturer permission to test autonomous driving technologies on public roads Soul EV’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems tested in Beatty, Nevada   Kia to introduce partially-autonomous driving technologies by 2020, with arrival of fully-autonomous vehicles…
Pininfarina Acquired By Mahindra

Pininfarina becomes the latest jewel in Tech Mahindra crown Legendary styling brand behind Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot and others to propel Tech Mahindra into the future of styling High-end styling and Engineering Services to complement existing engineering capability of Tech…
LOW-VOLUME CAR MANUFACTURERS EXEMPTION FROM VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS

Washington, DC (December 7, 2015) – It’s a new era for the kit car industry.  President Obama signed into law legislation that will permit low volume car manufacturers to produce turn-key replica vehicles for customers nationwide.  The SEMA-supported provision is part…
VOLVO CARS DEBUTS AN AUTONOMOUS DRIVE CONCEPT

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 18, 2015) Volvo Cars unveiled Volvo Concept 26, an interior design concept and innovation platform for autonomous driving vehicles at the 2015 Los Angeles Motor Show. Volvo Concept 26 represents a new way of thinking about…
2015 NORTH AMERICAN RENTAL CAR SATISFACTION STUDY

Millennials Drive Surge in Rental Car Customer Satisfaction Enterprise Ranks Highest for Second Consecutive Year In 20th Anniversary J.D. Power North America Rental Car Satisfaction Study WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: 11 November 2015 — Millennials are driving a surge in rental…
NISSAN ROAD TEST OF VEHICLE FEATURING PILOTED DRIVE

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan has begun testing its first prototype vehicle that demonstrates piloted drive on both highway and city/urban roads. Nissan maintains two corporate visions of a sustainable mobile society: “Zero Emission” and “Zero Fatality.” For Zero Emission, the…
2015 U.S. AUTO CLAIMS SATISFACTION STUDY

Understanding Channel Preference and User Experience Key Drivers of Success; Gen Y Satisfaction with Auto Insurance Claims Still Low, but Improving Auto-Owners Insurance Ranks Highest in Auto Claims Satisfaction WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: 26 October 2015 — While satisfaction with the…
PET TRAVEL SEATS DO NOT PROVIDE EFFECTIVE PROTECTION

SUBARU OF AMERICA AND CENTER FOR PET SAFETY LATEST PILOT STUDY TESTING REVEALS COMMONLY AVAILABLE PET TRAVEL SEATS DO NOT PROVIDE EFFECTIVE CRASH PROTECTION Four years of testing leads to overall recommendation of best travel safety products for pets. Study says…

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, Paris The FIA held its latest World Motor Sport Council meeting today in Paris. During the Council meeting, the following decisions were taken: FIA Formula One World Championship The updated provisional calendar for the 2016 FIA…
VOLKSWAGEN EPA INVESTIGATION

EPA, California Notify Volkswagen of Clean Air Act Violations Carmaker allegedly used software that circumvents emissions testing for certain air pollutants Washington – Today, EPA is issuing a notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen…
U.S. ON PACE FOR DEADLIEST DRIVING YEAR

Traffic deaths and serious injuries substantially higher in first six months of 2015. ​Monday, August 17, 2015. Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council estimates traffic deaths are 14 percent higher through the first six months of 2015 than they…

Technology is Creating Problems for Vehicle Owners   MUNICH: 7 August 2015 — Škoda ranks highest in vehicle dependability among all nameplates in the United Kingdom, according to the inaugural J.D. Power 2015 UK Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) released today. The…
AUDI FUTURE OF PILOTED DRIVING

THE FUTURE OF PILOTED DRIVING New initiatives for standards in highly-automated driving Audi is involved as a partner in all subject areas Piloted driving with the next generation of the Audi A8 in series production August 06, 2015 | INGOLSTADT,…

Automaker admits failures and agrees to federal oversight, buy backs and record penalty Sunday, July 26, 2015. WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has acknowledged violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act’s requirements…