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Mark Phelan: Five battles the 2016 Chevy Camaro needs to win

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The recently unveiled 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will face five key challenges when it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of this year:

-- Performance

-- Fuel economy

-- Ergonomics

-- Styling

-- Interior comfort

If it wins on those fronts, this all-new Camaro could earn Chevrolet new customers and help establish it as a go-to brand for 21st ...Read more

Under the Hood: Truck won't stop blowing hot air

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Q: I'm hoping you can help me fix or at least understand what is happening with my 2006 GMC Yukon. All of the sudden hot air is coming out of the two driver's side air conditioning ducts regardless of what settings I attempt using on the control panel. It's so unpleasant to drive in warm weather. I can't use the vent or the air conditioner, and ...Read more

Auto review: Honda thinks outside the box for 2016 Pilot

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You can't blame Honda for trying.

When the Japanese automaker last redesigned the Pilot in 2009, Honda designers gave the three-row crossover the look of a true SUV, with big, boxy proportions. While successful, the model lacked the conservative, sophisticated elegance that buyers had come to expect.

This has been rectified with the release of...Read more

Go inside secret lair where Ford developed the GT super car

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DEARBORN, Mich. -- In the basement of Ford's Product Development Center here, in a room formally used to store foam, the Ford GT super car grew from sketches to clay models to prototypes now being tested on the track in preparation for sale in the second half of 2016.

Ford recently allowed reporters into the secret lair. Down dingy stairs and ...Read more

Larry Printz: 10 dealership terms you may not know

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Language is not static; it constantly evolves to meet the demands of a changing world. Consider the term smartphone; it would have evoked laughs a decade ago. Today, it no longer does. So it's not surprising to find that car dealers have their own terms for customers and various parts of the sales process.

Here are 10 commonly used phrases.

Be...Read more

Auto review: Style and features lift Kia SUV to near-luxury status

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Korean automaker Kia approaches the fringes of the luxury market with the 2016 Sorento SXL, a midsize SUV (I give it three out of four stars) priced and equipped to compete with vehicles ranging from the Chevrolet Equinox to the Lincoln MKX.

The refinement of some of the Sorento's features doesn't match the leading competitors -- even non-...Read more

Motoring Q&A: Two cars, same problem

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Here are two completely different vehicles with a very similar problem.

Q: I have a 2010 Chevy Cobalt with just under 50,000 miles on it. It has a humming noise coming from the front when I get to 15-20 mph, noise that gets louder as I continue to accelerate but does not change when it shifts gears or if I turn left or right. I had my tires ...Read more

Meet the labor leader who will face off with GM

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DETROIT -- Cindy Estrada's journey has taken her from the dusty tomato fields of central California to the bargaining table where the United Automobile Workers union and General Motors will forge the future of about 48,500 U.S. workers.

Her career path to becoming the first woman to lead the UAW's GM department shares parallels with GM CEO Mary...Read more

GM to spend $439M on new Corvette paint shop in Kentucky

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DETROIT -- General Motors is spending $439 million to build a new paint shop at the Bowling Green, Ky., plant where workers assemble the Chevrolet Corvette.

The Corvette paint shop investment is part of the $5.4 billion GM said earlier this month it will spend to upgrade its 40 U.S. manufacturing sites.

The 450,000-square-foot facility, on ...Read more

NHTSA moves to speed up, coordinate Takata recalls

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DETROIT -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday took steps toward exercising legal authority it was first given about 15 years ago as it moves to speed up and coordinate the recall process for millions of cars and trucks with Takata airbags that have been recalled.

The action Thursday comes on the heels of the agency's...Read more

Motorcycle sales up, motorcycle fatalities high

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Motorcycle sales for the first quarter were up 8.2 percent, according to the industry trade group Motorcycle Industry Council.

That number reflects sales data from 20 leading brands and covers sales of road bikes, off-road bikes, dual sport bikes and scooters.

That's good news, but could foretell a coming increase in motorcyclist deaths.

...Read more

Exploding air bags: Takata recall now totals 34 million vehicles

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The Japanese auto supplier Takata has declared airbags in nearly 34 million vehicles defective, one of the largest consumer product recalls in U.S. history.

The Tuesday announcement reverberated through the auto industry, which has come under increasingly harsh scrutiny from federal safety regulators. It marks a victory for the National Highway...Read more

Takata air bag recall expands to record 34 million vehicles

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DETROIT -- The recall of vehicles equipped with air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata will expand to 33.8 million vehicles in the U.S., making it one of the largest safety recalls in the country's history.

The move to essentially double the number of vehicles recalled to replace potentially lethal air bags was announced Tuesday by Mark ...Read more

GM ignition deaths reach 104

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DETROIT -- General Motors Ignition Compensation Fund has approved settlement offers with families of 104 people killed in accidents caused by the company's defective ignition switches, an increase of four from the week before.

The fund, administered by attorney Ken Feinberg has 495 cases yet to review, including 26 involving fatalities.

So far...Read more

NHTSA questions FCA recall response rate

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DETROIT -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday it will hold a public hearing on July 2 to consider whether Fiat Chrysler Automobiles "has failed to remedy safety defects and issue required notices in 20 recalls."

NHTSA also issued a special order to Fiat Chrysler ordering the company to provide information on its ...Read more

Photo of 2016 Chevy Camaro leaked on CNBC

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DETROIT -- A picture of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro made a surprise appearance Friday on CNBC a day before the muscle car is to make its global debut at a weekend event in Detroit.

Camaro fans are travelling to Detroit for a weekend of activities, centered around the unveiling of the sixth-generation Camaro which will be built in Lansing, Mich., ...Read more

Auto review: The 2015 Acura TLX is sized right, but where's the passion?

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For a number of years Acura fielded the compact TSX, a tarted up European Honda Accord that struck many consumers as being too small. Next in line was the porky TL, which was also a tarted up Honda Accord but American-made. Aside from the Acura faithful, many buyers found it too big.

So Honda's upscale division ditched both and has now fielded ...Read more

Motoring Q&A: Shave one tire or buy full new set?

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Q: I have 50,000 miles on my 2010 Acura MDX with all-wheel drive and 18-inch Dunlap tires. I have been informed that one of the tires will soon require replacement and that all of the tires must be replaced at that time since the new tire will be larger in diameter than the other three worn tires. The consequence of operating the auto with ...Read more

Where the future happened: Updating GM's Design Dome

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WARREN, Mich. -- Many of the most famous and iconic cars and trucks every built rolled through the Design Dome at General Motors' Tech Center in Warren. After nearly 60 years' service, the futuristic, silver-domed building just got its first renovation, adding new technologies to display generations of vehicles to come.

If the auto industry ...Read more

Under the Hood: What's behind my Buick's ignition control module failure?

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Q: My 2002 Buick LeSabre has 98,887 miles on it. Its ignition control module is failing. Since November 2014 I have replaced it three times. Can you please tell why my control module keeps failing? It stops working without warning.

-- Bert De Floria

A: Bert, your ignition control module manages your V-6 LeSabre's three ignition coils. Each ...Read more