Falsehoods on insurance forms may save driver money, but don’t always go undetected by insurers.
Would you lie to save money on car insurance? More than a third of drivers do, according to a survey from CarInsurance.com that found that 34 percent of drivers “have omitted information or supplied false information to their car insurance providers.”
It also revealed that men are more likely than women to fudge the facts about their driving and car ownership: 42 percent vs. 27 percent. And drivers under the age 30 are three times more likely to lie on their car insurance forms than drivers over 50, since younger people pay more for car insurance.
CarInsurance.com’s surveyed 2,000 licensed drivers online last October, and respondents were evenly divided by sex, age groups 18 to 65 and by geographic regions.
So what are the most common lies drivers tell to get an insurance discount? And that’s plural because many of the people surveyed reported telling more than one fib.
Swedish university claims new HCCI process could halve fuel consumption in big rigs and could come to future cars.
With President Obama's recent proposal to increase efficiency standards for tractor trailers, a Swedish university may have the technical solution to help truck manufacturers improve their numbers.
Lund University has built an experimental engine that's a modified version of a homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI) engine that promises to reduce fuel consumption and emissions beyond anything we've seen today.
HCCI engines combine elements of charge spark ignition and charge compression ignition. Fuel is brought into the cylinder, mixed with an oxidizer (usually air), but rather than being ignited by a electric discharge (say, from a spark plug) the mixture is brought up to temperature by compression, reaching the point where it combusts on its own.
General Motors is frontrunner since bid restricts vendors to domestic automakers with U.S. headquarters.
The Department of Homeland Security is shopping for a new presidential limousine when the next chief executive enters office in 2017.
The current Cadillac limousine that made its debut just before President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, nicknamed "The Beast,” replaced the 2006 Cadillac DTS limo that President George W. Bush had used since his second inauguration in 2005.
President Obama typically rides in the Beast for official business while stateside. When he travels aboard, it’s in an armored Chevrolet Suburban.
The bid restricts the vendor to major domestic automobile manufacturers with headquarters in the United States. So this means that bidders will likely include veteran presidential limo builders General Motors and Ford. GM has built the Cadillac presidential limousine for more than 30 years, while Ford built presidential Lincoln limousines decades earlier. The Detroit News reported that a Ford spokeswoman didn’t comment on whether the Dearborn automaker planned to bid on the project.
Research finds median-income households can afford the average-priced new car in only one in 25 U.S. metropolitan areas.
See all those people driving around in new vehicles? It may compel you to splurge on a new car. Or perhaps your neighbor just bought a cool new ride and now you want to keep up with the Joneses.
But before you sign on the dotted line and enjoy that new-car smell -- and get stuck with a payment that sucks up a big chunk of your monthly income -- you should consider whether you’re buying more car than you can afford, advises Interest.com. Its 2014 Car Affordability Study, in fact, found that median-income families in only one major city -- Washington, D.C. -- can afford the average-priced new car or light truck.
“Too many families are spending way too much on new cars and trucks,” Mike Sante, managing editor of Interest.com, said in a statement. “Just because you can manage the monthly payment doesn't mean you should let a $30,000 or $40,000 ride gobble up such a huge share of your paycheck.”
U.S. attorney's office in New York searching for criminal wrongdoing in leadup to recall of 1.62 million cars
After recalling 1.62 million cars worldwide last month and admitting to federal regulators that it had known about a major defect for the past 10 years, General Motors is now facing a federal criminal investigation that could drag on for years.
The U.S. attorney's office in the Southern District of New York is preparing a case against GM, according to people speaking with Reuters.
While there is no formal charge or casework published yet, GM is also facing separate investigations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee and GM's own internal consultants.
China's Wanxiang Group plans to restart production of the Karma and develop Atlantic sedan.
The assets of Fisker might now belong to China's auto parts giant Wanxiang, but reports of the brand's demise have been greatly exaggerated. It was believed that Wanxiang would be taking on the technology and the debt, but they wouldn't get the Fisker brand name itself.
After all, in the relatively short history of struggling western automotive brands that have been bought up by Chinese automakers, brand names haven't always been part of the deal. The company itself was founded by ex-Aston Martin designer Henrik Fisker seven years ago. But it seems the Fisker name will live on.
The company is now called The New Fisker, and a new website is up, promising... quite a lot actually.
Tests include embedding small ferrite magnets in the roadway and sensors on a vehicle.
If you liked to play with cars as a kid, one of your first experiences with self-driving vehicles may have been with an HO-scale electric racing set. The tiny vehicles — or “slot cars,” as they're called — are held to the track via the engine's magnets and guided by a pin beneath the chassis that fits into a slot in each lane.
Volvo is testing a similar concept to keep life-sized autonomous cars in their lane, but by using magnets embedded in the roadway rather than slots and guide pins to help keep a self-driving vehicle on track.
“The magnets create an invisible 'railway' that literally paves the way for a positioning inaccuracy of [about 4 inches],” Jonas Ekmark, preventive safety leader for Volvo Car Group, said in a statement. According to Volvo, the benefits of magnet guidance allow self-driving vehicles to be unaffected by poor weather conditions and physical obstacles that can make GPS and camera technologies vulnerable to failure.
And besides making the path of self-driving cars more accurate, guiding a wide range of vehicles via magnets has other advantages.
F-Type to stand as lone sporting model — for now.
Though some will undoubtedly be saddened by the move, the phaseout of the XK, announced in the UK's Autocar, makes sense to us.
The uplevel F-Type models overlap in price with the XK, and the styling is beginning to show its age. The Tata-owned automaker's upcoming XE 3 Series fighter and its resultant ute variant hold broader appeal and more mass-market potential.
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Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Raised in Volvos, he has grown to love fast, irresponsible vehicles of all kinds. He is the senior news editor at MSN Autos and also reports for Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Boston Globe and other publications.
In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5
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