Korea Takes Top Three Spots in Initial Quality Study: J.D. Power

This wouldn’t have happened in the late ’80s, that’s for sure. J.D. Power’s 2018 Initial Quality rankings, amassed from problems reported by owners over the first 90 days of vehicle ownership, shows the area south of the 38th pa…

Take a Look at 2011-2014 Kia and Hyundai Fires, Safety Group Tells NHTSA

Almost all models occasionally burst into flames for one reason or another, but there’s too many older Kia and Hyundai models catching fire to write it off as a statistical inevitability, the Center for Auto Safety says. In a letter sent to the N…

Fires, a Paint Plunge, and Rework Aplenty: Report on the Goings-on at Tesla’s Assembly Plant Won’t Have Elon Musk Smiling

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is a man with a knack for envisioning new and elaborate ways of accomplishing simple tasks, but his factory in Fremont, California — home to three revolutionary electric car models — could use a dose of the Old World. By that, we me…

Image Makeover Won’t be Easy, Says Mitsubishi’s North American Boss, but at Least People Are Buying Its Cars

Mitsubishi North America CEO Fred Diaz knows people think of his company as a purveyor of vehicles with a singular appeal: their affordability. The flip side of the coin is that people think the brand’s lineup is cheap, in the negative sense. Som…

Consumer Reports About-face Brings ‘Recommended’ Label to Tesla’s Model 3

The Consumer Reports review that criticized the Tesla Model 3’s stopping distance and all-consuming touchscreen seems to have sparked CEO Elon Musk’s recent spat with the media, but a change of heart at CR might cause Musk to think twice ab…