Automakers

5:46am

Tue July 30, 2013
All Tech Considered

With Smarter Cars, The Doors Are Open To Hacking Dangers

The Toyota Prius, seen here at the New York International Auto Show in March, was one of the cars security experts Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller showed to be susceptible to attacks by hackers.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov

Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller have been hacking into products for a long time. But they don't steal stuff or mess with people; instead, their purpose is to pressure companies into making their products more secure.

This week, they scored big. Their research on hacking cars has captured the attention of millions and has been featured in Forbes and on the Today show.

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7:04am

Mon July 29, 2013
The Two-Way

BMW's Electric Compact May Come With An Optional SUV Backup

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 10:37 am

BMW's electric i3 Concept is presented before the Paris Motor Show last September. The car was officially unveiled Monday; purchasers can reportedly opt for using a gas-powered SUV several weeks each year.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

As it unveils its all-electric i3 compact sedan Monday, BMW also plans to offer buyers the option of booking a gas-powered SUV for a few weeks every year, according to reports. The move is part of BMW's efforts to ease customers' concerns about relying on an electric vehicle year-round, particularly for long family trips.

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3:43pm

Thu July 25, 2013
Business

U.S. Carmakers Are Riding High, But Detroit May Not Feel It

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 5:19 pm

Jeff Caldwell, a chassis assembly line supervisor, checks a vehicle on the assembly line at the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit on May 8.
Paul Sancya AP

The news out of Detroit has been grim of late, but there are some bright spots coming from one corner of the Motor City. On Thursday, General Motors posted its 14th straight profitable quarter since emerging from bankruptcy. Ford announced its 16th consecutive profitable quarter Wednesday, and Chrysler is expected to offer good news soon as well.

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8:42am

Thu July 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Big Coup For One Of The Big Three: Impala Called Best Sedan

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 9:12 am

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala, which Consumer Reports says its better than its foreign rivals.
Justin Lane EPA /Landov

The city of Detroit may be on the skids financially, but one of its traditional "big three" automakers just scored a big win.

For the first time since it began making such comparisons between sedans in 1992, Consumer Reports magazine has given its top rating to a model made by a U.S. automaker — not one made by a European or Japanese company.

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3:31am

Tue July 9, 2013
Monkey See

Pedal Power To Horsepower: Toys Point Toward Future Of Cars

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 9:46 am

Mark Takahashi is now one of the "car people" at Edmunds.com — but at the age of 2, the future automotive editor, like his co-worker Mike MaGrath, was more of a toy-car person.
Courtesy Mark Takahashi

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