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New J.D. Power Research Shows Which Features Go Unused

Automakers spending an inordinate amount of resources and time rushing emerging technology and connectivity options into new cars. A new survey shows a lot of customers don't want them.

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Panasonic currently holds the highest market share in the EV battery industry, but LG Chem is rapidly making deals with automakers that could soon give it that crown.

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A new study released this month from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute found that the average fuel efficiency of America's fleet has only risen by 3.6 miles per gallon in the last 92 years.

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Research is suggesting that the proposed reduction to the ethanol level in the Renewable Fuel Standard would be like nearly a million more cars on the road for a year.

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In Philadelphia, city officials are running a public-safety campaign that implores road users to simply "Put. Phone. Down." In Florida, a similar advertisement reminds people, "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow." Interestingly, the campaigns are directed at pedestrians, not drivers.

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A new survey among teens shows many of them text more when alone in a car, and they're often communicating with parents when distracted behind the wheel.

Drivers in Maine, Ohio, and Idaho pay one third less for their insurance premiums than motorists in other states. Michigan is the most expensive.

J.D Power ranks the most appealing brands in America. Porsche tops the list, followed by Jaguar, BMW and Mercedes. US and Japanese brands also are ranked.

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The average age of the US passenger fleet has ticked up to a new record of 11.5 years. There are more vehicles in operation than ever before, too.

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Disturbing new findings about phone use in cars reveals that young drivers aren't just distracted by texting while driving, but everything else a phone can do, as well.

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The Brookings Institution is forecasting upheaval in local government as the rise of autonomous cars radically changes some of the ways they collect money. In just one example, the driverless vehicles are going to behave more safely on the road, which means less revenue from people paying for tickets.

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JD Power's latest APEAL Study hasn't changed much on the premium side, although Mini is the new champ for non-premium brands, besting Hyundai.

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A study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute finds diesels are much more economical to own over three to five years than gas models.

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Motorists Have Concerns About Self-Driving Cars, Says University of Michigan Survey

Self-driving cars might dominate the roadways of tomorrow, but American motorists aren't ready for them today. A survey conducted by University of Michigan researchers found drivers are concerned about riding autonomous vehicles and that they're not ready to relinquish control.

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Through May 2015, European car sales are up seven percent, but the month also showed the continent's slowest growth since November 2013.

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This year's CarMD repair cost survey puts Washington D.C. at the top of the list for the most expensive repairs in the country. On the opposite end, in just a few years, Wyoming has gone from the nation's most costly to the cheapest.

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Porsche sits at the top of the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey for the third consecutive year. However, the big improvement comes from the Korean brands, especially Kia. The average number of reported problems is also down compared to 2014.

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A recent study suggests that autonomous vehicles aren't accepted yet by about half of the public. While women are reticent about driverless due to fears about their safety, men worry more about losing the joy of being behind the wheel.

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Fatalities among motorcyclists are projected to fall to 4,584 once all of the 2014 numbers are tallied, marking the second consecutive year deaths have decreased.

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The RFS Has Rules, But EPA Might Not Be Enforcing Them

A study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison finds that millions of acres of crops might be contributing to the country's ethanol supply, while being in violation of the rules under the Renewable Fuels Standard.

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A study from the University of Toronto examined the emissions of 100,000 vehicles in real-world conditions and found that 25 percent of them were responsible for over 90 percent of some pollutants.

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