Automakers

7:57am

Mon December 17, 2012
All Tech Considered

New Car Features May Keep Older Drivers Out Of The Big Yellow Taxi

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 2:08 pm

Former British politician Ann Widdecombe tests Ford's active park assist feature in the U.K. in July 2011.
Ford Motor Co.

In some of the most potent cultural images we have of cool cars, they are being driven by young men — Ron Howard cruising in American Graffiti, cousins Bo and Luke from The Dukes of Hazzard sliding over the hood of the General Lee, James Dean behind the wheel of his Porsche.

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4:28am

Sat December 1, 2012
Planet Money

Sorry, Mom: The Toyota Avalon Is The Most American Car Made Today

Originally published on Sat December 1, 2012 1:26 pm

Mark Lennihan AP

I grew up in a car family. Not car enthusiasts; car makers. My grandfather worked for General Motors in Detroit on the assembly line beginning in the 1940s. My mother was a middle manager at Ford's Chicago assembly plant in the '70s. I worked at the same plant during summers in the '90s. Today, one of my cousins works for Chrysler and another works for an auto supplier.

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2:47am

Fri November 16, 2012
Business

Honda Begins Production Of Business Jet

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 5:30 am

Honda, which has long aspired to launch off the road and into the skies, is one step closer to that goal. It has started production on its HondaJet. It's a twin jet engine aircraft, being assembled in North Carolina, aimed at the business market. Industry insiders call it the "Honda Civic of the skies."

10:14am

Tue November 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Motor Trend Names Tesla S Car Of The Year, First Electric Car To Receive Honor

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 10:40 am

Model S Alpha, in black, and the Telsa Roadster behind it.
James Lipman Telsa

Motor Trend named Tesla's Model S as its Car of the Year. It is the first time in the award's 64-year history the honor goes to a car without an internal combustion engine.

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1:21am

Fri November 9, 2012
Business

Car Dealers Sue Tesla, Citing State Franchise Laws

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 10:46 am

A Tesla Motors showroom in San Jose, Calif. Car dealers in New York and Massachusetts have filed a lawsuit that seeks to block Tesla from selling its vehicles in those states.
Paul Sakuma AP

Tesla Motors usually makes headlines for its technology. Its new Model S is the first entirely electric vehicle to be named car of the year by Automobile Magazine.

Friday's news is less flattering: A judge in New York will take up a lawsuit against the company about how Tesla sells its cars.

When Mark Seeger bought a Tesla in Seattle, he was actually just looking for a pair of shoes.

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