NHTSA's Boss Doesn't Live In The Same Reality As Everyone Else

Over the past few months, members of Congress have pulled few punches when it comes to condemning General Motors executives in the wake of the ignition switch recall crisis. Today they aimed their ire at David Friedman, acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it was not pretty. » 9/16/14 7:30pm Tuesday 7:30pm

What Does America's Auto Safety Regulator Actually Do?

Back when they hit General Motors with a record $35 million fine for not reporting the ignition switch defect, officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had stern words for automakers who hid problems and delayed recalls. The thing is, NHTSA was hardly blameless in both the GM scandal and the… » 9/16/14 3:18pm Tuesday 3:18pm

Remembering Car Design's Golden Age Through The Eyes of Its Designers

American car design reached its experimental, optimistic zenith in the post-WWII era. Yet for every car built, hundreds of sketches and concepts were destroyed, the designers who penned them working in corporate anonymity. This new documentary works to bring these aging designers and their beautiful concept work back… » 9/03/14 3:49pm 9/03/14 3:49pm

Your GM Car Will Soon Know When You're Texting (And Tell You To Stop)

A decade ago, you'd assume that the idiot on the highway in front of you weaving back and forth across the yellow lines was drunk. Today, there's a pretty good chance that they're just trying to navigate some particularly complicated emoji. GM wants to stop the madness, and it's betting on eye-tracking to do so. » 9/02/14 11:29am 9/02/14 11:29am

The 2016 Chevy Niva Will Crush Your Puny Western Compact SUVs

GM operates in Russia as a joint venture with local outfit AvtoVAZ, selling the Chevrolet Niva based on the "classic"/archaic Lada Niva. For 2016 they're modernizing the design, and if this concept slated for the Moscow Auto Show is to be taken seriously, it's gonna be jacked up and ready to hit the snow. » 8/13/14 10:26am 8/13/14 10:26am

GM Knew Of Its Other Ignition Switch Problem For 10 Years

At the end of June, General Motors recalled 6.73 million cars for ignition switch problems. No, not the Cobalts and Ions; different cars, primarily midsize sedans like the Oldsmobile Alero and Pontiac Grand Prix. And last night, the automaker disclosed it has known about those ignition problems since 2003. » 7/19/14 4:00pm 7/19/14 4:00pm