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Why Tesla is plugging energy storage batteries?

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LOS ANGELES -- Billionaire Elon Musk's Tesla Motors Inc. unveiled a line of inexpensive residential and commercial energy storage systems at a rock concert-like gala Thursday night at the company's design studio, located outside Los Angeles.

The battery-based systems are expected to make solar power systems more efficient, provide backup power ...Read more

Ford expands recall for door latch problems

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DETROIT -- Ford on Friday said it is expanding by another 156,000 the number of vehicles being recalled for door latch problems at the directive of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bringing the total to 545,906 vehicles in North America that need to be checked for the problem.

The expanded recall includes 2011-14 Ford Fiestas...Read more

Motoring Q&A: Dead Cadillac battery may be linked to heated seats

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Q: My 2006 Cadillac DTS has had a battery problem ever since I purchased it used in 2010. The morning after I bought the car, it would not start due to a dead battery. The dealer replaced the battery but the car continued to have this problem intermittently. They eventually installed a trickle charger because they said I didn't drive the car ...Read more

Fiat Chrysler, GM sales rose 6 percent; Ford up 5 percent in April

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DETROIT -- Americans' appetite for bigger and more expensive vehicles continued to grow in April as easy credit and lower gas prices bolstered a modestly improving economy.

General Motors and Fiat Chrysler posted 6 percent increases in their April U.S. sales, while Ford was up 5 percent.

Toyota saw its sales increase 1.8 percent and Nissan ...Read more

Under the Hood: Otherwise healthy car struggles up long grades

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Q: I have a 1996 Oldsmobile Ciera with a 3.1-liter engine. Its odometer reading is around 175,000 miles. It struggles while going up a long grade and I sometimes hear pinging noise. The car's pickup and acceleration are quite good on highways. Replacing the fuel filter has not helped. The car does not use up much engine oil. What else needs to ...Read more

Auto review: New Jeep is nimble, fun to drive

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In 1940 the U.S. government asked America's car companies to design a general purpose vehicle for World War II combat support -- and the Jeep was born.

Seventy-five years later, the storied military machine has finally become a true general purpose vehicle, used for off-roading, canyon climbing and getting to yoga class.

Especially getting to ...Read more

Automakers rev up innovation in the Bay Area

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- In the future, your car will anticipate your every need, from where you're heading to what you'd like to listen to along the way -- and, of course, drive itself.

That's the vision automakers are test-driving in Silicon Valley, which has emerged as ground zero in the race to reimagine the automobile. Car companies ranging ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Automakers learn green is the color of money

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Go green. For automakers and suppliers, it's not a suggestion. Environmental sustainability has become a recipe for success.

"Sustainability is a long-term concern that creates stakeholder value," said David Tulauskas, General Motors' global director of sustainability.

"Not just in the U.S., but globally, customers have become much more ...Read more

GM plans more investments as manufacturing jobs rise

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DETROIT -- General Motors will announce a new round of plant investments Thursday at its Pontiac Metal Center in Pontiac, Mich., just as an independent report found the company's U.S. manufacturing employment reached its highest level last year since the 2009 bankruptcy.

Thursday's news is expected to detail upgrades at the Pontiac stamping ...Read more

Marchionne: Auto industry is not sustainable as it is

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne took on the entire structure of the global automotive industry on Wednesday as he delivered a treatise on why the industry must seriously consider consolidation as the cost for doing business globally rises and, some say, signaled that the automaker is looking for a buyer.

Marchionne's ...Read more

Ford issues 4 recalls as NHTSA ramps up safety concerns

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DETROIT -- Ford issued four new recalls Wednesday, involving almost 600,000 vehicles in North America, in a week where safety officials are highlighting the need to ensure recalls are issued and vehicles fixed in a timely manner.

Ford's latest recalls include about 520,000 vehicles to fix steering gear bolts as well as smaller actions to ...Read more

Lower gas prices drive down cost of car ownership

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The expense of owning and operating a car dipped nearly 2 percent last year because of falling gas prices and low interest rates, the American Automobile Association said in its annual driving cost study Tuesday.

The driver of an average sedan can expect to spend 58 cents a mile, or about $725 a month, on car expenses, the auto club said. That ...Read more

Ford earns $924M in 1st quarter, down from 2014

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DETROIT -- Ford still does not have a full supply of the profitable F-150 full-size pickup and that was reflected in first-quarter earnings down almost 7 percent from a year ago when truck plants were still stamping metal and printing money.

Ford had a net income of $924 million in the first quarter, below last year's $989 million, and also ...Read more

GM ignition switch deaths rise to 90

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DETROIT -- The death toll from General Motors' defective ignition switches rose from 87 to 90 last week, according to the weekly update from the compensation fund established to pay victims.

The GM Ignition Compensation Fund has 997 claims yet to review out of 4,342 filed since the company and disaster compensation specialist Ken Feinberg ...Read more

Sondors E-Bike, a big crowdfunded project, tangled in legal dispute

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A company that raised millions of dollars in an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is headed to court.

Entrepreneur Storm Sondors and his Sondors E-Bike have been sued by Agency 2.0, the public relations firm that mounted the crowdfunding campaign.

The effort began with the aim of gaining investment in an affordable electric bicycle and raising $...Read more

Harley-Davidson recalls big motorcycles

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Harley-Davidson has recalled about 46,000 of its big-bore road motorcycles.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported Friday that Harley had recalled some 2014 and 2015 models of its Electra Glide, Street Glide, Ultra Limited, Road Glide and Road King motorcycles.

The affected motorcycles have potentially defective ...Read more

Chevy plans limited run of high-velocity Z06 Corvette

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Chevrolet is making good on its promise to produce a faster Z06 supercar. The company will introduce a 650-horsepower Corvette later this year.

The 500-unit limited run of the "road-going, track-capable" Z06 C7.R will be powered by a supercharged LT4 engine, and be fitted with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and Michelin PS Cup 2 tires.

Clad in ...Read more

Freed from government oversight, GM triples CEO's pay

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DETROIT -- General Motors paid chief Mary Barra $16.2 million in total compensation for 2014 in the first year the company's executive pay was free from government oversight, according to a government filing released today.

Her pay was more than triple the $5.2 million she made in 2013 because on Jan. 15, 2014, she was promoted from executive ...Read more

The current trend: Kia Soul goes electric for 2015

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Like a desperate team in the final seconds, time was running out one afternoon in my 2015 Kia Soul EV.

Heading home from a racetrack in South Florida, the remaining charge on the plug-in electric Soul was shrinking by the minute. Five percent, it said. I looked down a minute later: I flatlined the son-of-a-gun.

But the Soul kept creeping along...Read more

The 2016 Fiat 500X? 'Game-changer'

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It's been four years since Fiat re-entered the U.S. market. Yet despite new showrooms and provocative advertising campaigns, Fiat's brand awareness seems as small as the diminutive 500 it sells, which is nicknamed "Topolino," or little mouse, in Italy.

Despite the slightly larger 500L crossover, Fiat's 2014 sales in the United States totaled ...Read more