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Mark Phelan: Historians record every bolt, every curve on classic cars

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- The first Camaro Chevrolet ever built sits on a turntable in a photographically perfect white room devoid of right angles and shadows.

After a long strange trip that began in a secret corner of General Motors' Norwood, Ohio, assembly plant and included years as a heavily modified drag racer, Camaro No. 001 is back in the ...Read more

Auto review: Jaguar F-Pace is this year's must-have SUV

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With the launch of the 2017 F-Pace two-row crossover, Jaguar, although a bit late to the party, has entered one of the luxury market's most competitive segments.

Of course, you can understand Jaguar Land Rover's reticence to go this route.

When you have Land Rovers sitting at the other end of your showrooms, why bother with an SUV? Simple, ...Read more

Tesla racing to get its $5 billion battery plant up and running

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SPARKS, Nev. -- On a lonely mountain plain half an hour east of Reno, off a street named Electric Avenue, Tesla Motors Co. is building a massive battery plant called Gigafactory 1.

It's a huge bet for a company known for taking risks: When it's fully up and running, the $5 billion plant will almost double the world's production of lithium-ion ...Read more

Fiat Chrysler's astounding sales streak actually ended in 2013, company says after revision

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Tuesday said it has revised the way it counts monthly sales figures of new cars and trucks and dropped its claim that it had seen 75 consecutive months of sales gains, saying the streak actually ended in September 2013.

The automaker issued a lengthy explanation of its sales reporting practices and ...Read more

Tesla car mangled in fatal crash was on Autopilot and speeding, NTSB says

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The Tesla car involved in a fatal crash in Florida this spring was in Autopilot mode and going about 10 miles faster than the speed limit, according to safety regulators, who also released a picture of the mangled vehicle.

Earlier reports had stated the Tesla Model S struck a big rig while traveling on a divided highway in central Florida, and ...Read more

State of Michigan approves $17M loan for autonomous vehicle research center

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DETROIT -- The state of Michigan will provide a $17 million loan for the design and construction of research facilities at a proposed autonomous- and connected-vehicle center outside Detroit.

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved the investment Tuesday, one week after greenlighting $1.2 million for the purchase of 311 acres at the former Willow ...Read more

Under the Hood: How to fix beloved Mustang's stubborn window?

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Q: Last year I bought a 2007 Mustang convertible with 18,500 miles on it. It is beautiful and I love driving it. It's my fun car. It now has 22,350 miles on it.

I have two questions.

First, the last time I put the top down and wanted to bring it up again, the passenger side rear window only came up three-quarters of the way and it still won't ...Read more

Motoring Q&A: Loss of fuel pressure or evaporative emissions problem could be causing engine issue

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Q: I am having an odd problem with my 2001 Saab 9-3. After the car is fueled, it is hard to start. I have to crank the engine, then stop, crank again, stop cranking, et cetera. This problem started after I had a valve job done on the vehicle. The car will run normally until fill-up time. I thought I could duplicate the problem by removing the ...Read more

In Monterey, Calif., a battle for historic Laguna Seca raceway

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A bitter fight to take control of one of the world's most iconic racetracks will come to a head next week when three competing teams of auto sports enthusiasts make their cases to a ruling panel.

At stake is the management of the Laguna Seca racing venue, host for almost 60 years to some of the power sports industry's most important automobile ...Read more

Tesla's stock falls after Elon Musk reveals his 'master plan'

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After more than a week of teasing about its existence, Elon Musk revealed the second part of his "master product plan" for Tesla on Wednesday evening. Or, as he calls it, "part deux."

In a blog post published on the automaker's website, Musk introduced a multiyear, four-pronged strategy that includes new kinds of Tesla vehicles, expanded solar ...Read more

Motoring Q&A: Save some money and fix scratch yourself

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Q: I recently put an 18-inch scratch on the rear passenger side door of my 2015 Subaru Outback. It is a fairly narrow scratch, but down to the metal in a few spots. Estimates from body shops ranged from $1,300 to $1,600 and would include removing both doors and the side quarter panel and repainting the whole passenger side of the car. They said ...Read more

Auto review: New Acura NSX every bit as impressive as the first

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What separates Acura's NSX sports car from its rivals is heritage.

Acura built the first NSX to challenge the best speedsters of Europe even though the Honda luxury brand lacked a racing pedigree.

For 2017, the all-new NSX possesses the stoic classicism and remarkable performance of its forbearer but just happens to be an all-wheel drive, gas-...Read more

Elon Musk reveals Tesla's 'Master Plan': Trucks, buses and ride sharing

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Elon Musk revealed Part 2 of his "master product plan" for Tesla on Wednesday evening.

In a blog post published on Tesla's website, Musk introduced a multi-year, four-pronged strategy that includes new kinds of Tesla vehicles, expanded solar initiatives, updates on Tesla's Autopilot technology and a ride-sharing program.

Some surmised that the...Read more

Auto review: 2016 Indian Springfield is a flexible flyer

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Polaris Industries-owned Indian Motorcycle has taken a bite out of the traditional big bike market, and taken some sales away from market leader Harley-Davidson, by fielding good-looking retro-style motorcycles built to include modern technology.

The Springfield is the latest in a line that began with the Chief, Chieftain and Chief Classic ...Read more

Autonomous cars will get new federal guidelines

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Companies working on self-driving cars need to focus on safety -- "we want people who start a trip to finish it," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Tuesday, saying his department will issue new guidelines on the vehicles this summer.

"Autonomous doesn't mean perfect," he told attendees at an industry conference in San Francisco. "...Read more

Auto review: Ford Fusion Energi is a platinum-grade plug-in

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Ford Motor Co. has added another plug-in hybrid passenger car to its growing fleet of alternative fuel vehicles. It's a Fusion Platinum Energi, which joins Ford's Fusion, C-Max and Focus family of fully or partly electrified vehicles. Taking the company's hybrid effort to a new level of luxury, it's now the leading edge of a fleet of 13 new ...Read more

2017 Fiat 124 Spider captures spirit of original, despite Miata DNA

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Five years into its return to U.S. shores, Fiat has bolstered its lineup with the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, which is inspired by the original Fiat 124 Spider sold in the U.S. from 1968 to 1982.

That last model year marked Fiat's retreat from the U.S. market, and my mother bought one of the last new Spiders. I drove it a lot -- even took my driver's...Read more

Best used car deals are plug-in vehicles

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There is one place where sales of plug-in vehicles are heating up: on the newly used car market.

Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids classified as 1 to 3 years old are some of the hottest sellers and best deals, according to a new study by used car aggregator, iSeeCars.com.

"The market may have hit a sweet spot where the pricing has dropped ...Read more

Dog owners, engineers work on technology to make pets safe in cars

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DETROIT -- A global auto supplier and a small nonprofit organization have joined forces to make cars safer for man's -- and in this case, a woman's -- best friend.

A dozen engineers and workers at Johnson Controls in Plymouth, Mich., studied dogs of various breeds and sizes and how they travel in cars -- and brainstormed ideas about how they ...Read more

Under the Hood: What's the deal with electric steering?

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Q: I'm getting ready to buy a new car and am trying to sort out a few things that are new to me. One of them is electric steering. Can you explain what it is and if it's something I'd want?

--Keith H.

A: For a number of reasons, electric power assisted steering, or EPS, has really caught on. Its main advantage over tried-and-true hydraulic ...Read more