Audi hopes to beat Tesla in Chinese electric car market

Audi is planning a major push into the Chinese electric car market in an effort to gain an advantage over Tesla. The German luxury automobile maker has announced its plans to produce five new electric vehicles for the Chinese market over the next five years, starting with the A6L e-tron sedan.

The L denotes a long wheelbase version of a car. Rear seat roominess is highly prized by Chinese customers, so manufacturers offer stretched variants of their regular models to lure Chinese customers. It will be manufactured in China in cooperation with

... read more at:

Insane Trucks of the Future Will Soon Hit the Highways

Whether you call them trucks, big rigs, semis, 18-wheelers, or the actually correct “tractor-trailers,” these behemoths of the road are among the most under-appreciated vehicles in existence.

Unless you’re entirely self-sufficient (and if you’re reading this, you’re not), you depend on tractor-trailers for a whole lot more than you probably realize — which is why advances in trucking technology will impact you far more than any fancy high-tech developments coming to your car. Best part is, you don’t have to do a single thing to reap the benefits, ranging

... read more at:

Map: Best-selling vehicle in every US state – BI – Business Insider

America is a land of great diversity and that extends to the cars we drive. Even though the Ford F-Series has been the country’s best-selling vehicle for the past four decades, Business Insider’s team was curious to see if this was the case in every state across the country.

To find out, we asked Kelley Blue Book to pull the latest full-year retail sales data for each state. As expected, the F-Series proved to be a dominant force as the top dog in 22 states. However, major victories by the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, and Subaru Outback are indicative of the surging popularity of car-based crossovers.

Here’s the full map of auto sales in the US.

... read more at:

Uber gives drivers color-coded windshield LEDs to help riders find the right vehicle

Spot-blogUber wants to make it easier for riders to find their drivers.

The ride-hailing giant today announced Uber SPOT, a new feature rolling out this month in Seattle that utilizes LED lights on driver windshields to help customers locate the right vehicle.

uberspot11A small group of drivers in Seattle will test Uber SPOT this month. After hailing an Uber ride with one of these drivers, a customer will select one of six colors in the app while waiting. When the driver arrives, the LED light will glow in the same color. Riders can also press and hold the color on their app to make their phone screen light up, thus helping the driver see them.

The idea is to help drivers and riders find each other more efficiently. Customers can already see the license plate number, a photo of

... read more at:

Most and least expensive states for car insurance

(MoneyWatch) Pity Michigan drivers. Whether driving a 1967 Pontiac or a brand-new Porsche, car owners in the state pay a higher percentage of their income for auto insurance than any other drivers in the nation.

The reason? Michigan law requires that every auto insurance policy provides unlimited personal injury protection, says John Egan of So if you get in an accident and are injured, the auto insurer may have to pay for your physical therapy for the rest of your life. As a result, the average Michigan driver spends 8 percent of his or her income on auto insurance each year.

On the other end of the spectrum, residents of Massachusetts devote the smallest chunk of their income to buying car insurance, although Egan notes that’s largely because median income is higher there. North Carolina residents pay the second-smallest percentage of income for auto insurance, with the state far more

... read more at:

Ford Escape Energi PHEV Spied | GM Authority

It’s one area that has been largely ignored by mainstream automakers: plug-in crossover vehicles. Kia stepped foot into the realm with the Niro plug-in crossover, and Toyota produced the RAV4 EV for a short while, but other automakers have shied away.

As Ford buckles down after a serious executive shake-up, it looks like it will be the first U.S. automaker to roll out its own plug-in crossover. Ford Authority reports a Ford Escape PHEV, which will likely wear the “Energi” badge, has been spotted testing. It’s not a shocking move—crossover sales have exploded in recent years to outpace traditional sedan sales.

GM, meanwhile, has placed focus on diesel offerings and the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Bolt EV is the first relatively affordable electric vehicle with a livable estimated range at 238 miles. Ford is also reportedly readying its answer to the Bolt EV as well, potentially

... read more at:

Takata air bags recall expands to 3.3 million vehicles

DETROIT — Japanese air bag maker Takata is recalling an additional 3.3 million faulty air bag inflators as it expands the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the phased recalls began in May 2016 stemming from previous Takata air bag incidents, and will continue through December 2019.

The latest recalls cover frontal air bags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tesla. Automakers will provide specific models in paperwork that will be filed later this month with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Notices of the expanded recalls were posted Saturday on the agency’s website.

Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and fill air bags quickly in a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate when exposed

... read more at:

Ore. shop sues GEICO, claims DRP creating antitrust conditions …

A Portland, Ore-area collision repairer sued GEICO Tuesday on Sherman Antitrust Act grounds, alleging the carrier is conspiring with its Auto Damage Xpress direct repair program auto body shops to fix prices and boycott the plaintiff.

Leif’s Auto Collision Centers v. GEICO is similar to litigation the auto body shop filed in 2014 against that insurer and many others as part of the multi-state litigation pitting dozens of shops nationwide against carriers on steering and antitrust grounds. Leif’s dropped many smaller carriers as defendants in 2015, but left GEICO and some of the other major players named in the case.

Middle District of Florida Judge Gregory Presnell closed the case in late 2015 after Leif’s failed to amend its initial lawsuit in response to an earlier dismissal without prejudice. However, Leif’s v. State Farm et al and similar cases dismissed by Presnell could

... read more at:

Hairspray can explodes in hot car, smashes windshield

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Vancouver woman received quite a shock when she walked out to her car after work Tuesday.

Karmen Ayres’ windshield was severely cracked and something was protruding from the glass.

On closer inspection, she noticed it was a can of hairspray lodged in her cracked windshield. She said she had left the can in her car on the back passenger side seat.

PHOTOS: Hairspray can explodes in hot car

... read more at: