Category: Automotive News

Tesla fires hundreds after company-wide performance reviews

Louis Hansen mercurynews.com Company says it will replace most workers PALO ALTO – Tesla fired hundreds of workers this week, including engineers, managers and factory workers, even as the company struggles to expand its manufacturing and product line. The dismissals come at a crucial point for the company, which is pushing to increase vehicle production…

New distracted driving law in effect Sunday

Alex Paul democratherald.com If your right hand feels like it’s attached to your cellphone, Sunday is going to be an extremely difficult day for you. That’s when Oregon’s new distracted driving law goes into effect. The law will make it illegal to hold phones or other electronic devices while driving. That means no texting and…

California considers its own ban on combustion-engine cars

Ryan Beene and John Lippert Bloomberg / autonews.com The internal combustion engine’s days could be numbered in California, where officials are mulling whether a ban on sales of polluting autos is needed to achieve long-term targets for cleaner air. Gov. Jerry Brown has expressed an interest in barring the sale of vehicles powered by internal-combustion…

Bringing classic cars back to the dealership

Jenny King autonews.com A potentially lucrative opportunity for the service department Servicing cars more than 30 years old might seem a losing proposition for most dealerships. Who wants to take valuable time to train technicians in carburetor repair? Or to keep a vehicle in a service bay for days, waiting for unusual parts? Yet brands…

Elio Motors appealing $500K fine

John Walton arklatexhomepage.com SHREVEPORT – Elio Motors is appealing the fines for not having the proper licenses. The Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission fined Elio Motors $272,500 for not having a manufacturer’s license and another $272,500 for not having an automobile dealer’s licenses. Elio has 60 days to get the proper licenses, or face a daily…

Focus, Fiesta owners sue Ford over faulty Powershift transmissions

Michael Martinez autonews.com DETROIT — Nearly 7,000 Fiesta and Focus owners are suing Ford Motor Co. over defective PowerShift transmissions in some small cars, a problem that has plagued the automaker for years. The suit claims that 2012-16 Focus and 2011-16 Fiesta sedans come with faulty dual-clutch transmissions prone to “shuddering, slipping, bucking, jerking, hesitation…