Auto Cutting Edge

U.S. Automakers Get Serious About Lighter Materials

Hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, but the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials.


Tesla May Get Reprieve in N.J.

The New Jersey Assembly's Consumer Affairs Committee has approved a bill that would allow Tesla Motors to sell its cars at four locations in the Garden State.


Musk to Stay as Tesla CEO for 4-5 Years

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk assured shareholders Tuesday that he'll stay on as CEO for at least four or five years, through volume production of Tesla's mass market car that will sell for about $35,000.


Google May Build Self-Driving Car in the Motor City

Google could tap Detroit specialty automotive company Roush Industries to build 100 prototypes of its two-seater driverless car.


Honda Hybrid Falls Short of Mileage Claims

Consumer Reports says the Honda Accord hybrid mileage claims don't add up to the 47 mpg listed on the sticker, but that the car remains the best among midsize sedans.


Chevy Malibu: Diesel Hybrid Muscle Car

For the past three years, a team of University of Washington students has rebuilt, rewired and re-engineered a Chevy Malibu to give it the oomph of a muscle car.


Self-Driving Cars in Sin City

If your self-driving car suffers a glitch - like your laptop just last week - and runs down a load of schoolchildren, who is responsible?


Fisker Bidding War Heats Up

Hybrid Technology, a group led by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, said Monday it would offer $55 million for Fisker Automotive.


What's Hot at Detroit Auto Show

The North American International Auto Show begins this week in Detroit with media and industry previews. Meanwhile, here are some of the new cars and concept vehicles unveiled at the show.


Ford Unveils Lighter F-150 at Auto Show

Ford introduced a new F-150 made with an aluminum alloy body that saves about 700 pounds and improves fuel economy.


Ford to Unveil Solar Hybrid at CES

Ford plans to unveil at this month's International CES gadget show a solar-powered concept car that offers the same performance as a plug-in hybrid but without the need for a plug.


Corvette Tops 200 mph on Texas Toll Road

An upgraded C7 Corvette from Hennessey Performance reached 200.6 mph on a stretch of the Grand Parkway west of Houston, as verified by Texas state troopers armed with radar guns.


Japanese Ultracompacts Zip Into the Future

Ultracompact cars are seen as the future of private transportation in Japan, where gas is expensive and most car trips are six miles or less.


Nissan Road Tests Self-Driving Car

Nissan has tested a self-driving vehicle on a public expressway in Japan, with a view to marketing such vehicles by 2020.


L.A. Auto Show Puts the Vroom in the Room

The L.A. Auto Show is the usual high-horsepower pony show of hot models, high tech, and never-before-seen shiny cars. Vroom vroom!


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