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Harley-Davidson launches first major engine redesign since '98

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MILWAUKEE -- Harley-Davidson Inc. on Tuesday introduced an all-new engine, the Milwaukee-Eight, named for the city where the company was born.

Harley says it's only the eighth time in the company's 113-year history that it has done a complete redesign of its classic V-Twin engine.

The Milwaukee-Eight, unveiled at a company dealership meeting, ...Read more

Elon Musk says Tesla now has the world's fastest production car

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk held a news conference Tuesday to announce that the company had shaved a few tenths of a second off its fastest car.

A Tesla Model S P100D equipped with "Ludicrous" mode will now go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds, Musk said. The current model makes that jump in 2.8 seconds.

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Harley-Davidson to pay $15 million in EPA settlement

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Harley-Davidson agreed to pay $15 million to settle a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency complaint over engine devices for motorcycles that the EPA said caused excessive pollution.

The settlement calls for Harley to pay a $12 million civil penalty plus $3 million to mitigate air pollution through an EPA project of replacing wood-burning ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Aging gracefully: The case for unrestored classic cars

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DETROIT -- With its sun-scoured paint, exposed metal and rumbling engine, you may think the Dream Cruiser that just passed you is headed to the body shop, but some proud collectors will tell you it's perfect just the way it is.

Just ask members of the Suspects Motor Club and Roadents Car Club of Detroit if you meet them. They belong to a slice ...Read more

Safety rules are still being formed as self-driving technology marches ahead

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The top U.S. highway safety regulator, Mark Rosekind, last month said of self-driving cars: "We are literally seeing the future being created in front of us."

Uber Technologies Inc. and Ford Motor Co. this week proved Rosekind's point. They announced plans to roll out autonomous vehicles and thus heightened a key question facing Rosekind and ...Read more

Auto review: The Toyota Highlander Hybrid: New classic American cruiser

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Given America's intense love affair with crossover utility vehicles, or CUVs if you will, there's an inescapable conclusion once you drive the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and it's this: Toyota has created the consummate American car.

Like the classic American cruiser, the Highlander Hybrid offers generous space for up to seven passengers with...Read more

Honda models top most stolen vehicle list

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The National Insurance Crime Bureau released its annual "Hot Wheels" list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in America during 2015. The Des Plaines, Ill., nonprofit dedicated to deterring auto theft and insurance fraud, identified the most stolen vehicles of any model year.

Older Honda Accords and Civics topped the list for the third year in a row...Read more

Luxury or livery? Cadillac XT5 and Lincoln MKX face off in U.S. crossover showdown

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One of the most common vehicles shuttling between downtown Chicago and its two airports is the blacked-out livery vehicle, or fancy cab. These tinted-windowed SUVs from Lincoln and Cadillac carry clients who presumably want to ride in space, anonymity and a degree of luxury.

Yet, the degrees between luxury and livery haven't been so clear for ...Read more

Auto review: 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe fails to resound in three-row crossover class

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The noise started when we hit cruising speed on the highway. It wasn't a particular noise, but noise in general coming from the back. And it wasn't coming from the kids.

My passenger and I figured maybe in the thrill of new car buttons, the kids accidentally cracked a window. They didn't. The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is just loud.

There are few ...Read more

Ford inks tech deals, promises self-driving car by 2021

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DETROIT -- In an attempt to position itself at the forefront of self-driving car development, Ford on Tuesday announced a series of deals with Silicon Valley tech companies and vowed to develop a fully autonomous vehicle by 2021.

The automaker, headquartered outside Detroit, also said it plans to more than double its headcount in Palo Alto, ...Read more

Will that red light end soon? Audi's countdown clock can tell you

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SAN FRANCISCO -- You're stuck at a red light. It's taking forever.

How much time until the light turns green? Ten seconds? Twenty seconds? A minute and a half?

Would you be more patient if you knew exactly how long it will take?

Audi is betting yes. The German luxury carmaker said Monday that several cars in its 2017 lineup will be available ...Read more

Auto review: Infiniti bulks up on luxury CUVs

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Infiniti, eager to capitalize on the current obsession with crossover utility vehicles, is coming to the market with a new one.

As of September, the luxury Nissan division is adding the QX30 to its current range of QX50, QX60, QX70 and QX80 CUVs and sport utility vehicles.

It's meant to compete for attention with the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Lexus NX,...Read more

Under the Hood: Diagnosing air-conditioner problems

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Q. Being an old geezer, I remember what it was like to drive the Central Valley in summer from S.F. to L.A. without A/C. Not fun. So I really like having A/C in our 2012 Honda Fit, and the A/C has worked well on short trips. However, the first time we drove the length of the Central Valley on a hot summer day, after a few hours it no longer put ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Striking concepts define Buick's past and future

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A pair of Buick concept cars recently won significant honors, giving the auto brand even more to brag about in a year that's been rich with new vehicle introductions.

The auto industry's first concept car -- the 1938 Buick Y-Job -- was inducted into the National Register of Historic Vehicles just days after the dynamic new Avista concept was ...Read more

Larry Printz: Mini, in taking the states, just might take your heart

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- You have to wonder what residents of Wyoming's capital thought last month when they awoke and saw their city's 15th Street filled with Minis.

The sight wasn't hangover-induced or the result of overactive imaginations. It was part of Mini Takes the States, a biennial event where Mini owners trek the country, sharing their ...Read more

Auto review: 2016 Cadillac CT6 packs tech, creature comforts in full-size sedan

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Cadillac is on a quest to attract new buyers -- a few at a time, at least for now.

The luxury nameplate has begun offering a new flagship dubbed the CT6, a low-volume, full-size luxury sedan aimed at getting those looking for premium luxury into the Cadillac fold.

In June, its third month on the market, Caddy sold a little more than 1,500 CT6s...Read more

Motormouth: Front bumpers still exist, behind big bold grilles

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Q: I have a styling question that bothers me. The Lexus and Toyota Camry, for instance, have no grille. They look like an open-mouth bass with something missing in front. No bumper, either! All they have is a black screen. Is that any protection? I think this looks cheap on an expensive car.

-- J.V., Kenosha, Wis.

A: Would that be a small-...Read more

Why the road atlas still matters

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CHICAGO -- On a recent road trip with my kids I couldn't find an atlas, and when I asked around at service stations, convenience stores and online, people responded as if I were seeking out a cassette player.

My own brood pointed out that there was a map in the dashboard, and there was a map in my smartphone, and there were maps in their ...Read more

Record fines, recalls, can't wreck auto industry's record sales, prices

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DETROIT -- The U.S. automotive industry has been through a rough couple years filled with massive recalls, congressional hearings, record fines, and allegations, at times, of a careless, shoddy approach to safety.

And yet, for the most part, consumers seem unfazed as they continue to buy cars and trucks at record levels and at record prices.

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Under the Hood: Remove battery in order to charge?

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Q: I have a 2001 Lexus ES 300 that I only drive several times a month. If I connect it to a float charger without removing the battery from the vehicle, will that cause any harm to the vehicle?


A: If you're driving the Lexus a little more than once a month, the battery should be fine without any charging. A typical vehicle battery ...Read more