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Mark Phelan: GM showcases employees' collectible cars

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The people who work for car companies don't just build, design and develop cars from 9-5. When they get home, many of them lavish their time and talent on private collectible cars -- sometimes cars that have been in the family for generations.

For instance, when powertrain calibration specialist Jane Wells learned her father mentioned that he ...Read more

Larry Printz: 90 years, and a number of noteworthy Chryslers

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It's been 90 years since Walter Chrysler, Chairman of Maxwell Motors, introduced the Chrysler Six. In the decades since, the company that bares his name has turned out a number of noteworthy cars. Let's go for a ride.

--1934 Chrysler Airflow

Upon discovering that their cars were more aerodynamic when backing up, Chrysler engineers, at the ...Read more

Auto review: Nissan Maxima: Style, but no substance

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The 2016 Nissan Maxima (I give it two out of four stars) traffics in style, not substance. Nissan says it's a large "four-door sports car," but it has less passenger and luggage room than Nissan's midsize Altima sedan and is no match for truly sporty sedans like the BMW 3-series, Cadillac ATS and Chrysler 300.

The Maxima isn't exactly ...Read more

Could ride-sharing services slow US car sales?

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DETROIT -- Global new car sales will soar from 70 million in 2010 to 125 million by 2025, but the way those cars are used and who will own them is going to change rapidly according to a new report from the McKinsey consulting firm.

Urban Mobility at a Tipping Point is a 22-page discussion of the trends such as in-vehicle connectivity, ...Read more

Auto review: Is the HR-V's roominess, fuel efficiency enough to win over customers?

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The 2016 Honda HR-V (I give it three out of four stars) is a face in the crowd, somebody you met at a party but remember only vaguely. Honda's new subcompact SUV fails to make a strong impression, despite delivering good fuel economy and a roomy interior.

The HR-V lacks any distinguishing style, features or personality to establish it as a ...Read more

Auto review: Toyota Tacoma is quiet, plush

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After three days of city and highway driving, I was ready to dismiss the 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup as a very nice, very tall sedan. One of those citified trucks.

It's so quiet, cushy and comfortable that it hardly seemed to be a truck at all. The plush seats, lush suspension, refined interior and single-finger steering lulled me into a ...Read more

Motoring Q&A: How to reduce distracted driving?

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Q: In response to a recent question about cellphone use while driving, there is a simple, relatively inexpensive solution. Insurance companies lobby the federal government to mandate that automakers install a low-level cellphone jamming device similar to devices available in the marketplace. The jamming device activates when the speedometer is ...Read more

Under the Hood: Emissions testing explain

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Q: Many people, I think, are like me: totally ignorant of how emissions testing works. I had always assumed, until all the news about Volkswagen broke, that in an emissions test, a technician simply put a hose into a tailpipe, and emitted gases ran into a device that read out the required information.

I this were so, I don't see how Volkswagen ...Read more

GM details future plans at meeting with investors

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DETROIT -- General Motors will introduce a fleet of autonomous Chevrolet Volts in late 2016 on its technical center campus in suburban Detroit for employees to use, announced a New York City ride-sharing project and unveiled a concept electric bicycle as it expand its efforts to provide alternative mobility options.

In addition, CEO Mary Barra ...Read more

Volkswagen, Audi sales increase over last year despite emissions cheating scandal

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September auto sales were so strong in the U.S. that even Volkswagen squeezed out a small gain -- despite halting sales of its diesel cars because of an emissions test-rigging scandal.

Volkswagen's U.S. division said it sold 26,141 vehicles in September, up slightly from the 25,996 sold in the same month a year earlier.

Volkswagen's Audi brand...Read more

UAW confirms members rejected proposed FCA contract

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DETROIT -- The UAW union confirmed Thursday that its members have defeated a proposed four-year contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that its leaders had recommended, dealing the union a serious blow as it works to negotiate new contracts with the Detroit Three.

The union said 65 percent of Fiat Chrysler workers voted to reject the contract....Read more

VW and Audi give back Green Car of the Year awards

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For the environmental black marks they've received, Volkswagen and Audi have been asked to give up the green.

The two car companies, embroiled in a widening scandal for their part in cheating on auto diesel emissions tests, have lost the prestigious Green Car of the Year Awards they won for their 2009 Jetta TDI and 2010 Audi A3 TDI.

The two "...Read more

Tesla only made six Model X SUVs and Elon Musk took one for himself

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LOS ANGELES -- Tesla Motors launched its all-electric Model X crossover Tuesday night, delivering cars to six customers -- well, five, if you subtract the one Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk is keeping for himself -- but the glitzy event left key questions about the car unanswered.

Potential buyers still don't know what Tesla is charging for ...Read more

Ratification of UAW, FCA deal appears mathematically impossible

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DETROIT -- Ratification of a deal between the UAW union and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles appears to be impossible after workers at assembly plants in Toledo, Ohio, and the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights on Tuesday overwhelming voted against a proposed four-year contract, the latest in a string of decisive defeats that now makes ratification of ...Read more

US House panel asks Volkswagen, EPA for emissions info

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WASHINGTON -- Leaders of a U.S. House panel expected to hold a hearing in the coming weeks on Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal sent a letter to the automaker Tuesday requesting information, including documents detailing VW's development of software that apparently allowed it to get around air emissions testing.

In the letter to Michael ...Read more

VW diesel recall plan announced, but not for US

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Volkswagen has designed a recall repair for the diesel vehicles involved in its global emissions cheating scandal, but not for U.S. vehicles.

The repair will involve a software update, according to a statement released by Volkswagen.

The company said a "service procedure" would be required to repair 5 million vehicles out of the 11 million ...Read more

Volkswagen dealers paralyzed by emissions scandal

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LOS ANGELES -- Lost in the flurry of corporate malfeasance and consumer outrage over the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal is another victim -- the Volkswagen dealer.

Neither employed by Volkswagen nor legally liable for the auto manufacturer's misdeeds, VW dealers find themselves caught in the middle. The product they sell is tainted, and ...Read more

Tesla expands its lineup, launches Model X electric sport utility vehicle

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After nearly two years of delay, Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk will hand the first of the electric car company's new Model X crossovers to customers Tuesday night at a ceremony near the company's Fremont, Calif., factory.

These initial sales -- expected to be just a handful -- mark the first time the Palo Alto, Calif., car company will...Read more

Tesla Model X set for launch

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It's Christmas for Tesla lovers.

Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors is set to launch its Model X SUV Tuesday night at a private event at its Fremont factory. The first customers, buying the $132,000 Signature version, are expected to receive their cars.

Chairman and CEO Elon Musk unveiled the prototype in 2012. Production ...Read more

Detroit workers deal another blow to FCA-UAW contract

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DETROIT -- Workers at a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles assembly plant in Detroit have resoundingly rejected a four-year tentative agreement between the UAW union and the automaker, further jeopardizing chances of approval nationwide.

At UAW Local 7, whose workers make the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, ...Read more