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    Study: Motorcycle fatalities down 7% in 2013
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    Riding a motorcycle provides the thrill of the open road in a way cars often can't compete with. However with little protecting riders, they aren't the safest choice of transportation. A preliminary report from Governors Highway Safety Association indicates that cycle fatalities might be lower in ...

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    Report: Thailand flooding halts Honda and Toyota auto production
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    Japanese automakers are having a rough year coping with Mother Nature. First it was earthquakes in Japan, and now flooding in Thailand. Since late July, typhoons in Southeast Asia have caused billions of dollars of damage, and now production at three Toyota plants and one Honda facility has been ...

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    Ice skating beauty Katarina Witt checks out BMW test center [w/video]
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    Katarina Witt and the BMW Environment Test Center – Click above for high-res image gallery
    BMW has an Environment Test Center (ETC) that can test a car in a variety of environments – sun, ice, snow, rain – all of them indoors. As great as that would be for parties, they appear ...

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    GM and Army open up new test facility on Yuma Proving Ground
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    GM Desert Proving Ground Yuma - Click above for an image gallery
    General Motors and the U.S. Army have officially cut the ribbon opening the automaker's all-new Desert Proving Ground this week. Located just outside Yuma, Arizona, the testing facility is built on 2400 acres of leased government ...

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    Riders on the Storm: Does car exhaust contribute to lightning strikes?
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    You can add another life-killing phenomenon to the list of deadly byproducts attributable to cars: increased lightning strikes. Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that in the southeastern U.S. from 1998-2008, there was 25% more lightning during the work week than on the ...

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    Seattle's plow crews not trying to clear snow from roads by design
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    Not long ago, Washington state's Department of Ecology was making noises about not letting people wash their cars at home because "what goes on the street goes into the creek." Now the state is on the opposing side of Seattle's efforts not to let harmful chemicals wash into the freshwater streams ...

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    PSA: How to safely abandon your car in a snowstorm
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    Mother Nature has hit the deep freeze button again, and that means getting stuck in a snowstorm is not such a wild improbability for some of us. If you can't stay off the roads and happen to find yourself immobile once you get on them, PEMCO Insurance has a brief guide for what do if you absolutely ...

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    SPY VIDEO: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate
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    With the new C-Class sedan already firing on all cylinders, Mercedes-Benz is preparing its compact wagon variant. Some intrepid paparazzi managed to catch the upcoming C-Class Estate undergoing apparent cold-weather testing with minimal camouflage, in a video that you'll find after the ...

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    Spy Shots: updated Bentley Continentals
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    We just brought you news of the upcoming facelift for the Bentley Continental GT yesterday, and already spy shots have surfaced showing a couple of cold-weather test mules sitting at the pumps. (Those six-liter W12s can drink a lot of fossils.) As predicted, the updates will extend across the ...

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    VIDEO: "Not in this Weather" Mercedes ad
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    This is a bit of an old commercial, but it's a good one, and since it's resurfaced on the net, we thought we'd give you a chance to enjoy it again... for the first time. The ad is for Mercedes' proprietary 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system and its astonishing homewrecking capabilities. Will the ...

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