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Why are auto insurance premiums growing more slowly in California than elsewhere?

by , and Feb 12, 2019
Want to save money on your car insurance? Forget about lizards, ducks or talking boxes, according to a new study from the Consumer Federation of America, and push for better regulation. The consumer advocacy group says that’s the way rates have…
A new report by the Consumer Federation America suggests it's due to strict regulations.
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Reporter's notebook: The first driverless spin

by Scott Tong Feb 7, 2019
One man's autonomous adventure includes scary left turns, robot rule-followers and teen snark.
Waymo self-driving vehicles are displayed in Mountain View, California, in 2018.
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GM reports strong fourth-quarter earnings

by Mitchell Hartman Feb 6, 2019
General Motors released positive fourth-quarter earnings on Wednesday. This comes just two months after the car manufacturer pledged to eliminate several car models and reduce its workforce by 14,000 jobs. GM says the planned factory closures and layoffs will save the…
General Motors CEO Mary Barra holds a media briefing prior to the start of the 2015 GM Annual Meeting of Stockholders at GM world headquarters June 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. 
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How a minor tap on the fender can require thousands of dollars in repairs

by Ben Bradford Jan 31, 2019
Increasingly popular advanced safety features can create surprising costs for consumers.
AAA recently found cars with advanced safety features commonly cost twice as much to repair as other vehicles.
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Money may matter more than age when it comes to teen drivers

by Erika Beras Jan 17, 2019
As the cost of cars, insurance and drivers ed has climbed, the number of teen drivers has fallen.
"It's much harder for a teenager to be able to afford a car or pay for the costs of driving than was the case 20 years ago,” said Robert Foss, director of the Center for the Study of Young Drivers at the University of North Carolina.
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Auto show opens in Detroit but some automakers give it a miss

by Andy Uhler Jan 14, 2019
Big-name auto companies will skip the North American International Auto Show as they reconsider their promotion strategies.
Cars are lined up at the Cobo Center in Detroit Michigan January 13, 2019 as preparations are under way for the North American International Auto Show.
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GM's profit outlook is rising after announcing restructuring in November

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 11, 2019
Back in November, General Motors unloaded a big bummer of an announcement: five plant closures, about 15,000 layoffs and the dispensing of several car models. GM said all that would save $4.5 billion by 2020. Today, GM CEO Mary Barra…

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Ford plans to close plants and slash its workforce in Europe

by Justin Ho Jan 10, 2019
The Ford Motor Co. announced Thursday morning that it’s going to “transform” its operations in Europe. That means the automaker will close plants, stop producing some models and lay off what a Ford executive called a “significant number” of its…

The backstory of Hot Wheels, the most popular toy 50 years ago

by Renata Sago Dec 20, 2018
Fifty years later, the toy cars are still going strong.
There are more than 20,000 variations of Hot Wheels, according to Mattel.
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Uber and Lyft race to IPO finish line

by Jed Kim Dec 10, 2018
Potentially, Uber or Lyft will get to plant the first flag in a new public business: ride-hailing apps. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.