California defies Trump and moves forward on emissions rules

The California Air Resources Board finalized its rules for vehicle emissions through the year 2025 on Friday. These are the same rules that the state agreed to adopt in 2012 as the Obama administration sought to create one national standard that would apply to all 50 states. California also approved an increase in alternative fuel powertrains – batteries, fuel cells, and plug-in hybrids – from around 3 percent today to around 15 percent by 2025. The Trump administration has vowed…
"What were you thinking when you threw yourselves on the mercy of the Trump administration to solve your problems?" asked Mary Nichols, head of CARB.
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Cheap, honest transportation | 2017 Toyota Yaris iA

In The Love Bug, the main character (aside from Herbie) is a down-on-his-luck racing driver named Jim Douglas. Early on, he steps into an exotic car show room, and when the dealer asks him kind of car he's looking for, Douglas replies, "What do you have in the way of cheap, honest transportation?" The dealer quickly snatches his fancy liquor back from Douglas and soon after Herbie shows up from the back of the showroom. But if this happened today, you could easily replace the classic Beetle…
The Yaris iA retains a winning combination of Scion value and Mazda engineering.

Uber pauses its self-driving efforts following Arizona crash

Uber isn't taking any chances in the wake of its self-driving car accident in Tempe, Arizona. The company has suspended both its Arizona testing and its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania operations while it investigates what happened. The company has confirmed to Engadget that its vehicle was in self-driving mode at the time, but adds that there were no serious injuries on either side of the collision, and "no backseat passengers" in Uber's autonomous Volvo. An Uber spokesperson tells us the company is…
Uber suspended its self-driving car testing in Arizona and its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania operations while it investigates a crash that took place in Tempe.

These three automotive Lego kits deserve your suppoort

Lego has been quite good to car enthusiasts over the past few years. We've seen traditional kits for the classic VW Microbus, Mini Cooper, and the Caterham 620R, as well as an elaborate Technic kit for the 911 GT3 RS. But why stop there? The Lego Ideas page, which allows users to submit ideas with the chance to see their kits reach production, has many more cool car kits we'd love to see. Check them out below, and be sure to log on to vote for them. If a submission hits 10,000 votes, it is…
We all need more Lego cars in our lives.
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Aspiration and evolution | 2018 Chevrolet Equinox First Drive

It's a new season in the timeline of the Chevrolet Equinox, and the all-new 2018 model is a spring forward for the popular American crossover. (This is the first week of Spring, remember?) In addition to refreshed looks that tie the Equinox aesthetically to its brandmates, plus a number of safety and technology updates, the Equinox is taking a big breath of fresh air with a trio of turbocharged engines under the hood. The first version to hit dealerships sports the smallest-displacement motor…
A big improvement on a model that needed it.

Reasons to check insurance rates before buying your first car

When it comes to buying a first car, most people research various models and prices, figure out which cars fit their budget and then take a few for a test drive. After some negotiating, you may think you're ready to roll off the lot, but before you lock in your purchase you should look into the insurance rates. Required to drive your new car off the lot If you don't have insurance in place when you go buy your car, the dealer won't let you drive the car off the lot, according to esurance. In…
When it comes to buying a first car, most people research various models and prices, figure out which cars fit in their budget, and then take a few for a test drive.
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