Government, Business, Equipment

Auto Prices Finally Begin to Creep Down From Inflated Highs

While prices on new and used vehicles remain 30% to 50% above where they were when the pandemic erupted, signs are pointing to many vehicles becoming slightly more affordable.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
October 27, 2022
Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

11 More Crash Deaths Are Linked to Automated-Tech Vehicles

Eleven additional people were killed in U.S. crashes involving vehicles that were using automated driving systems during a four-month period earlier in 2022, according to newly released government data.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
October 18, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

NTSB Wants All New Vehicles to Check Drivers for Alcohol Use

DETROIT — The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that all new vehicles in the U.S. be equipped with blood alcohol monitoring systems that can stop an intoxicated person from driving.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
September 21, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Gas-Powered Muscle Cars to Turn Electric

PONTIAC, Mich. — Thundering gas-powered muscle cars, for decades a fixture of American culture, will be closing in on their final Saturday-night cruises in the coming years as automakers begin replacing them with super-fast cars that run on batteries.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
August 18, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

Most EVs Won’t Qualify for Federal Tax Credit

DETROIT — A tax credit of up to $7,500 could be used to defray the cost of an electric vehicle under the Inflation Reduction Act now moving toward final approval in Congress. But the auto industry is warning that the vast majority of EV purchases won’t qualify for a tax credit that large.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
August 9, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

NHTSA Probes Tesla Crashes That Killed Two Motorcyclists

DETROIT — Two crashes involving Teslas apparently running on Autopilot are drawing scrutiny from federal regulators and point to a potential new hazard on U.S. freeways: The partially automated vehicles may not stop for motorcycles.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
August 5, 2022
Business, Equipment

Ford Q2 Profit Up 19% on Strong Prices, Sales Increase

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co.’s net income rose 19% in the second quarter as the company pulled together enough computer chips to boost factory output and sales.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
July 27, 2022
Business, Technology

UAW Head Ray Curry Says EV Battery Plants Must Be Union

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — United Auto Workers President Ray Curry says if the union can’t organize workers at new electric vehicle battery factories that will supply Detroit’s three automakers, the union’s future would be in serious doubt.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
July 25, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

GM’s Mary Barra Stands By Ambitious EV Pledge

NEW YORK — The economy is a bit wobbly, but General Motors CEO Mary Barra isn’t backing off of an audacious prediction: By the middle of this decade, her company will sell more electric vehicles in the U.S. than Tesla, the global sales leader.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
July 18, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

NHTSA’s Steven Cliff Says Agency to Scrutinize Auto-Driver Technology

WASHINGTON — The new head of the government’s road safety agency says it will intensify efforts to understand the risks posed by automated vehicle technology, so it can decide what regulations may be necessary to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
June 29, 2022