Category: Motoring

US probes second suspected Tesla Autopilot crash

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — US highway safety officials said Wednesday that they are investigating a second crash of a Tesla car that may have been operating on the vehicle’s pioneering self-drive Autopilot technology. A week after a fatal Florida crash came to light involving the luxury electric car’s Autopilot hands-free system, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was looking at a non-fatal accident that took place on July 1 in Pennsylvania. […]

Formula One: Hamilton survives Rosberg battering to win

by Tim COLLINGS SPIELBERG,Austria (AFP)–Lewis Hamilton emerged from a last-lap battering by his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and misguided post-race boos from disgruntled fans with a dramatic victory in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix. The 46th win of Hamilton’s career ended Rosberg’s dream of a hat-trick of triumphs in the Styrian Alps and cut his advantage in the title race to 11 points, just a week before defending champion Hamilton’s home British Grand Prix. The feuding […]

Record VW payout in US ‘dieselgate’ settlement

by Rob Lever WASHINGTON, United States (AFP)–Volkswagen has agreed to a record $15 billion US payout over its emissions-cheating diesel cars, pledging to buy back or fix vehicles that tricked pollution tests, and pay each owner up to $10,000. The German auto giant agreed in a settlement filed in federal court Tuesday to pay up to $14.7 billion to American consumers and US authorities, and announced a separate deal to pay $603 million to settle consumer […]

Honda Malaysia says Takata airbag ruptured in deadly crash

KUALA LUMPUR,Malaysia (AFP)–Honda announced Monday that an airbag made by Japan’s Takata exploded after a minor crash in Malaysia where the driver was killed after suffering chest injuries. There have been 13 deaths worldwide linked to faulty Takata airbags in Honda vehicles but the carmaker said “no official cause of death has been yet determined” in the latest incident. “Honda has confirmed that the Takata single stage driver’s airbag inflator ruptured in a crash,” it […]

Auto Racing: Aussie Power wins IndyCar race at Road America

CHICAGO, United States (AFP)–Australian pole sitter Will Power won his second consecutive IndyCar race on Sunday, defeating Brazil’s Tony Kanaan by 0.7429sec at the Grand Prix of Road America. Power led 46 of 50 laps over the famed 4.014-mile (6.46km), 14-turn road circuit to win the first IndyCar event at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, since 2007 in 1hr 39mins 10.3044sec. American Graham Rahal was third, almost six seconds adrift, followed by compatriot Ryan Hunter-Reay and Brazil’s Helio […]

Fiat waiting to investigate car in death of ‘Star Trek’ star

CHELSEA, United States  (AFP)–A Fiat Chrysler executive said Thursday said the automaker plans its own investigation into the role of a Jeep Grand Cherokee in the death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin. Yelchin died instantly on Sunday after his 2015 Grand Cherokee rolled backwards and pinned him against a concrete mail box outside his Los Angeles home, according to police. Fiat Chrysler had announced a recall of the car and others in April after […]

VW to pay $10 bn in US over emissions scandal- source

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP)–Volkswagen has agreed to pay $10 billion to settle a huge US civil case over its diesel emissions-cheating scandal, a person familiar with the negotiations told AFP on Thursday. As part of the settlement, Volkswagen would compensate owners of around 480,000 2.0-liter diesel cars up to $7,000 in cash each, and would also fund a program to fight air pollution, the person said. Volkswagen admitted in September that it had installed software on […]

Actor’s death prompts new calls for auto recall fix

  (REUTERS) — “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin’s fatal accident involving a recalled 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is renewing calls from safety advocates to fix flaws in the U.S. recall system. Yelchin was killed when his SUV rolled backward in the steep driveway of his Los Angeles home and pinned him against a brick wall and a fence. The accident is under investigation, and it is not known whether the specific recall defect, which can […]

Tesla offers about $2.7 bln for SolarCity

NEW YORK, United States (AFP)–Tesla Motors announced a bid Tuesday to acquire SolarCity and position the electric carmaker as a leader across the clean energy sphere. Under the all-stock deal, Tesla offered SolarCity between $26.50 and $28.50 a share, depending on a volume-weighted five-day average price of Tesla shares. SolarCity has a market capitalization of $2.1 billion and the Tesla offer amounts to about $2.7 billion. “We would be the world’s only vertically integrated energy company […]

Car that crushed actor Yelchin under recall over gear issue

by Frankie TAGGART LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The car that fatally crushed “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin had been under recall over fears that it could roll off without warning, it emerged on Monday. Friends discovered the Russian-born actor pinned against a brick mailbox pillar and security fence at his California home by his Jeep Grand Cherokee in the early hours of Sunday. Investigators said the actor, who was just 27, had momentarily […]

Motor racing: Jani and Porsche stay on pole in Le Mans rain

LE MANS, France (AFP)–Switzerland’s Neel Jani, behind the wheel of a Porsche 919 Hybrid, stayed on pole position for the Le Mans 24 Hour Race on Thursday when the third qualifying session was red-flagged due to heavy rain. As a result of the conditions, most of the 60 cars taking part were unable to improve on their times set on Wednesday night. The last section of qualifying is due to take place later Thursday but with […]

Auto racing: Texas IndyCar cancelled because of rain

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP)–The IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway in Forth Worth was cancelled on Sunday after heavy rain halted the event after 71 laps, organizers said. The race — which had been postponed on Saturday because of torrential rain — will be completed on August 27, IndyCar chiefs confirmed. The 248-lap race will resume on lap 72 when it is held in August. It will also feature a single practice session on the […]