Connected Cars Serve Up a Feast of Consumer Data, But Who Will Benefit?

Carmakers are lining up to devour a buffet of data cooked up by consumers using their sensor-laden vehicles. Some connected-car data is already being monetized, or bought and sold, but according to an October 2017 report by market-research firm Frost & Sullivan, only about 15 percent of the connected car’s potential “use cases” are being harvested. There […]

Insurers Could See “Windfall Profit” from Tax Cut but Argue against Lower Rates

Insurance companies in the United States are expected to benefit from a reduced corporate tax rate, which fell to 21 percent from 35 percent on January 1, but that doesn’t mean you should expect a break on car-insurance premiums anytime soon. Like other big businesses, insurers applauded when tax-reform legislation was signed into law near the […]

Ford Says Certain Ranger Pickups Should Stop Being Driven Immediately after Second Airbag-Related Death

After confirming a second death related to a ruptured Takata airbag in a 2006 Ranger, Ford is telling owners of 2902 affected pickup trucks to stop driving them immediately. The automaker said Thursday that parts are available now for fixes, and it’s contacting the vehicles’ owners. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Ford […]

How Severe Cold Affects Your Car (And What to Do about It)

In much of the eastern and midwestern United States, it’s that time of year when it is so bitterly freezing that even a 30-degree day can feel like a balmy respite. Temperatures plummet into the single digits, wind chills are painful and dangerous, and talk of polar vortexes and bomb cyclones fill the media. It’s […]

How Severe Cold Affects Your Car (And What to Do about It)

In much of the eastern and midwestern United States, it’s that time of year when it is so bitterly freezing that even a 30-degree day can feel like a balmy respite. Temperatures plummet into the single digits, wind chills are painful and dangerous, and talk of polar vortexes and bomb cyclones fill the media. It’s […]

Headlights and Small-Overlap Front Crash Tests Shorten List of 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award Winners

New standards for headlights and front-end crashes are making it harder for new cars and trucks to receive an insurance-industry-backed group’s highest safety rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave just 15 vehicles its highest rating of Top Safety Pick+ for 2018, compared with 38 for 2017 and 48 for 2016. For the […]

Kian, the AI-Powered Bot, Is Here to Tell You All about Kias

Would you want to glean information from an artificially intelligent bot online as you mull your next car purchase? Apparently, plenty of people have done so: Kia said its NiroBot has helped broker the sales of more than 22,000 Niro crossovers. So successful is this Niro-specific bot that Kia has launched a brand-wide AI-powered shopping […]

BMW Issues Stop-Sale Order and Recall of All i3 EVs in U.S.

BMW has issued a stop-sale order and recall of all of its i3 electric vehicles in the United States as it resolves what it said is “a compliance issue” with federal regulators. The move affects 30,542 cars across the 2014 through 2018 model years. It comes after the BMW i3 failed a National Highway Traffic Safety […]

Honda Recalls 900,000 Odyssey Minivans for Second-Row Seats That Come Loose

Honda said it’s recalling about 900,000 Odyssey minivans from the 2011 through 2017 model years in North America because second-row seats can come loose in “moderate to heavy braking.” Some 800,000 of those are in the United States. The issue relates to the second-row seating system’s ability to move from side to side. The system […]