Toyota Officially Avoids Prosecution With $1.2 Billion Payout To Feds

As the U.S. Department of Justice sets its sights on General Motors, they're closing the book on an investigation into another major auto manufacturer — and it will be an expensive one. Toyota will settle with the Justice Department to the tune of $1.2 billion. » 3/19/14 10:12am 3/19/14 10:12am

Did GM Sandbag Its New CEO With The Cobalt Recall?

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:30 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 3/19/14 9:30am 3/19/14 9:30am

What's The Worst Beater You've Ever Had?

Y'know, I have a hard time thinking of Raphael's car as a hunk of crap. Yeah, it's old, smelly and breaks in amusing ways, but it's at least an awesome aircooled Volkswagen. Those are easy to fix! That's not even fair. I had a deceptively shiny car that sucked at being a car. Get off my lawn. » 1/24/14 4:20pm 1/24/14 4:20pm

Toyota Out $3 Million After Losing First Acceleration Lawsuit Ever

Toyota has been dogged with lawsuits for years over claims of unintended acceleration in their cars, but they've never actually lost a case that went to a jury — until yesterday. An Oklahoma jury ruled the automaker must pay $3 million for two claims over an injury and a death related to unintended acceleration. » 10/25/13 10:45am 10/25/13 10:45am

Jury Finds Old Person, Not Toyota Liable For Woman's Death

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:30 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 10/11/13 9:37am 10/11/13 9:37am

Lincoln To Attempt Non-Terrible Advertising Campaign

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:30 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 10/09/13 9:30am 10/09/13 9:30am

The All-Electric BMW i3 Is Cheaper Than You'd Think

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:00 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 7/22/13 9:11am 7/22/13 9:11am

Bad News: A Brief History Of Media Controversies And The Auto Industry

“Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.” That ages-old slur against the news media was used quite a bit this week after the New York Times’ failed drive of the Tesla Model S, and Tesla’s subsequent response to it. People have a right to be skeptical of the Times’ drive: after all, media coverage of… » 2/16/13 2:30pm 2/16/13 2:30pm

The $1.3 Billion Toyota Settlement Is Good For Lawyers And Education

Earlier this week, Toyota reached a massive $1.3 billion settlement for the class action lawsuit that was filed after claims of unintended acceleration plagued the automaker in 2009 and 2010. Owners sued Toyota because the publicity of unintended acceleration — something that was determined to be the fault of the… » 12/28/12 4:30pm 12/28/12 4:30pm