That Vibrating ‘Wub Wub Wub’ That Comes From Cracking One Car Window? It’s Not Just You!

Charles Brownstein ’s annoyance with the “throbbing noise” that invades the cockpit of his Porsche 911 at high speeds became so intense that he turned to an orange juice bottle for relief. Like millions of car drivers, including those with humbler vehicles, Mr. Brownstein couldn’t handle the oppressive “wub wub wub” head-exploding sensation when certain windows are rolled down. He fixed a makeshift deflector—made of sturdy plastic cut from the side of a Tropicana juice container—to the sports c

VW’s Dealers Fume While Waiting for Diesel-Car Fix

Volkswagen AG's effort to reverse its U.S. sales slump will get a jump start with the launch of two new vehicles in hot-selling categories. It is bringing out a small wagon in the next several months and a family-size sport-utility vehicle in early 2017. Their advent follows last month’s court-approved agreement for Volkswagen to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle emissions-cheating claims by U.S. customers and regulators. The moves aim to resolve the lingering scandal and reverse

Nissan Tries Mega-Warranty on Titan to Crack Brand-Loyal U.S. Truck Market

In bid to boost market share and entice new buyers for its 2017 Titan truck, Nissan is upping the stakes with a five-year, 100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. Photo: AP. Japanese auto makers are taking a new tack to wrest market share from Detroit’s bastion of lucrative profits. Nissan Motor Co. is beefing up the warranty on its Titan full-size pickup trucks, aiming to grab a larger share in a booming segment. Its 2017 Titan will come with a five-year, 100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warrant

AAA Warns of Misconceptions Regarding Automatic Braking Systems

The automatic emergency braking systems showing up on an increasing number of vehicles may not work quite the way drivers think they do. A study released Wednesday by AAA found that many buyers don’t know that some systems are designed to prevent accidents, while others only attempt to lessen the damage done when a crash occurs. The Florida-based auto club says consumers need to be better educated on these systems, particularly as...

Tech Companies Still Trusted More on Autonomous-Car Development

A fatality linked to Tesla Motor Inc.’s Autopilot system has done little to dent confidence in Silicon Valley’s ability to do a better job than traditional auto makers when it comes to development of software for autonomous cars, according to a new AlixPartners LLP survey. The consulting firm surveyed slightly more than 1,500 respondents shortly before the late-June disclosure of the Tesla fatality and then followed up with a revised study after the incident attracted significant attention. In

AutoNation Hits Record EPS, But Counsels Caution

AutoNation Inc., benefiting from continued growth in demand for higher margin trucks and sport-utility vehicles, will continue pairing back inventory levels as the wider auto industry braces for a plateauing of U.S. light-vehicle sales after six years of uninterrupted growth. The largest auto retailer in the U.S. said it earned second-quarter net income of $112 million, or $1.08 per share, from continuing operations compared with...

Tesla Has No Plans to Disable Autopilot Feature in Its Cars

(By Michael Ramsey, Michael Spector and Jonathan Bach) Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk has no plans to disable the company’s Autopilot function in the wake of a May crash of a Model S electric car using the technology, and the auto maker instead plans to redouble efforts to educate customers on how the system works. Mr. Musk, in an interview, said the company is planning an explanatory blog post that highlights how Autopilot works and what drivers are expected to do after...

Trump Calls for ‘Civil-Rights Agenda’ at Detroit Church

(By John D. Stoll and Jonathan Bach) DETROIT—Donald Trump kicked off an initiative to reach inner-city voters Saturday, calling for social unity and pledging to listen to African-Americans during a short speech to an evangelical church on Detroit’s west side. While rarely straying from his scripted remarks and speaking in a soft tone, the Republican presidential candidate addressed issues he believes black voters are considering with little more than two months before Election Day. His stop in the Motor City was the first in an ex
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