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Mar 30, 2016

Honda and Takata's stealth air bag fix

In August 2009, after ruptured air bag inflators in Honda vehicles were linked to least four injuries and a death, the automaker quietly requested a design change and did not notify U.S. regulators, Honda confirmed in response to inquiries from Reuters. Honda Motor Co. ...

Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

| Sep 14, 2014

Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

A Honda Motor Co. Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car last week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new ...

Ford said to plan new hybrid series to compete with Toyota Prius

Aug 21, 2014

Ford said to plan new hybrid series to compete with Toyota Prius

Ford Motor Co. plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018 to compete against the best-selling Toyota Prius, two sources with knowledge of the company’s plans said on Wednesday. The compact car will be Ford’s first “dedicated” hybrid — that is ...