Category: Automotive

Chinese businessman’s lawsuit vs Tesla heats up [w/video]

Tesla Motors continues to be locked in a bitter trademark dispute with a Chinese man who claims to own the rights to the company’s name there. Zhan Baosheng is now suing the automaker in China for trademark infringement, and he’s asking for 23.9 million yuan ($3.9 million) in damages, plus for the business shut down all of its Chinese operations.According to Automotive News, Zhan registered for the trademark in 2006 and was granted it in 2009, which was after the automaker was …

New details mooted about Porsche’s ‘988’ Ferrari rival

We could be on the verge of a big expansion at everyone’s favorite rear-engined German sports car manufacturer. Porsche is allegedly preparing a four-car assault that will be led by a proper challenger to the Ferrari 458 Italia (sorry 911).Code-named “988,” the new model will reportedly feature a mid-engined layout and, get this: a flat-8. Autocar, which has the story, expects that engine to displace about 4.0 liters, while the car itself will draw styling inspiration from the 918 Spyder. 600 ponies and over 400 super-accessible pound-feet of torque should …

Ford issues six recalls covering 101,000 vehicles for multiple issues

Ford Issues Safety Recall for Certain 2012-2014 Taurus/MKS/Interceptor, Flex/MKT, Edge/MKX Vehicles in North America for Potential Halfshaft DisengagementFord is issuing a safety recall for approximately 92,000 (actual 92,022) 2013-2014MY Taurus/MKS/Interceptor sedans and Flex/MKT vehicles, 2012-2014 MY Edge vehicles, and 2014 MY MKX vehicles for a potential issue with the right-hand halfshaft. In some of the affected vehicles, the circlip that retains the right-hand halfshaft to the linkshaft may not have been fully seated during assembly. A halfshaft that is not fully seated…

Kimi Raikkonen takes on F1 veterans… on lawnmowers

Having raced in Formula One, NASCAR and the World Rally Championship, surely Kimi Raikkonen has proven by now that he can drive just about anything with wheels on any kind of surface: circuits, speedways and off-road rally stages covered in dirt, snow, gravel or tarmac. But this… this is something new.Ahead of the British Grand Prix this past weekend, a few former grand prix drivers hopped on lawnmowers for a bit of friendly competition when who should show up but the Iceman himself. And if the rental-car…

Customers want wireless charging in next-gen Prius Plug-In; they might get it

Could 2016 be the year prospective Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid buyers are waiting for? Why, yes, says an unidentified Toyota spokesman. That’s according to Plug-in Cars, which reports that a wireless plug-in vehicle charging system may be less than two years away for the Prius Plug-in.WiTricity has, for a few years, been developing its magnetic resonance wireless charging system for the model. This type of system allows for more distance leeway than other wireless setups when it comes to how close the car and its on-board …

Smart previews new city cars in teaser clip

Smart has tried its darnedest to diversify. It introduced the Smart Roadster in 2003 and the Forfour in 2004. It even did the Crossblade speedster in 2002. But each of those has fallen by the wayside, leaving the Fortwo as its only product. But that’s all about to change.After a long string of concept cars, the Smart brand is slated to introduce its all-new range at the Paris Motor Show come October. There it is expected to reveal both two-door …