Trump may be targeting German automakers with new import tax

Either someone’s off his meds, or he’s found Roseanne’s stash of Ambien. CNBC reports: Citing several unnamed U.S. and European diplomats, the weekly business magazine reported that Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron last month he would maintain his trade policy with…

What’s with all these Tesla Autopilot crashes?

Yesterday, as many of you were making the Home Alone face at a WTF tweetstorm from conspiracy theorist/actress Roseanne Barr, a Tesla Model S plowed into a parked police car in California: The driver, a 65-year-old from Laguna Niguel, Calif.,…

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Someone put a real engine in a Barbie car, and it’s hungry for blood

Remember Barbie Jeep Girl? She only wishes that she had this whip: a goddess-forsaken mashup of a Barbie Power Wheels Ford Mustang, a dirt bike engine, and lots of sticky pedals. It’s apparently a death trap, and loads of fun….

Uber’s no-good, very-bad week in Arizona

Uber’s long, long list of problems got a little longer this week. First, the National Transportation Safety Board investigation of the fatal crash involving a self-driving Uber and a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona confirmed what we already knew: the software…

Elon Musk freaks out following unflattering Tesla headlines

I get it, I get it: creating things is hard work. And after you’ve spent hours or weeks or years building something from nothing–whether that something is an electric car or an oversized ego–it’s frustrating to watch other people criticize…

Automakers tell Trump “climate change is real” (but do they believe it?)

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the auto industry’s uncanny ability to speak from both sides of its mouth when talking about emissions regulations. To the public, automakers proudly state that they’re doing everything they can to develop…

Consumer Reports snubs “difficult-to-use” Tesla Model 3

…but surprisingly, Elon Musk didn’t throw a fit about it. Hmmm, I never thought Grimes would be a calming influence. Strange braking patterns were a major problem during tests, but the Model 3’s in-car controls were nothing to write home…

On the eve of new driving law, Saudi officials label women “traitors” for promoting gender equality

After years of being denied driver’s licenses for all kinds of crazy reasons, Saudi Arabian women will finally be allowed to get behind the wheels of their cars next month. Many women in the country are ecstatic, but the government…

How many self-driving car crashes is too many?

So, we have bad news, good news, bad news, and worse news. Bad news: late last week, another Tesla Model S crashed while Autopilot was (allegedly) engaged. Good news: the driver wasn’t seriously hurt, even though the car was traveling 60…

Automakers claim to believe in climate change, but they don’t really want to address it

So, you know how car companies brag about how much they’re doing to improve the environment and slow climate change? Funny thing is, that’s a bunch of bull. Or at least it is when those same automakers are behind closed…