DETROIT -- Five years after Fiat was reintroduced in America the brand is still struggling to find its footing among American consumers.
What's wrong? Well, for starters, the lovable, stylish Italian brand has run headfirst into two industry trends: Americans are enjoying the lowest gas prices in years and that is accelerating a movement away ...Read more
Q: I had my 5-year-old Saab towed after it ran out of gas. I was told the car now needs a new fuel pump, which will cost $1,100, because that's what happens to the Saabs when they run out of gas! Sound crazy to you? GM offered $2,500 off a new GM car. Suggestions?
A: The significant question is this: Did the car actually run out of gas or did ...Read more
DETROIT -- Good times are not easy in the auto industry.
They are most welcome, but strong car sales put pressure on the supply base to provide the volume of parts needed to keep assembly plants working around the clock. So far the chain is holding strong in the face of the challenge to be more global, develop more technology, keep costs in ...Read more
Q: I was driving recently and needed to stop quickly. I became startled when the car shuddered as I pressed hard on the brake. I tried this again several times in a safe place and found the same thing happened. If I press the brake more gradually, there is only a very slight pulsation or none at all. I hadn't noticed this until just recently. ...Read more
The CanAm Spyder is one of the most eye-catching vehicles on the road, a Batmobike that elicits squeals of delight from people who don't ride motorcycles and sneers of disdain from people who do.
Non-bikers like its futuristic, forward-leaning looks; its wide, stable stance; and its ease of operation. Motorcyclists dislike it for the same ...Read more
The 2016 Nissan 370Z will not go quietly. But then again, it is not a quiet vehicle.
Nothing about it slips silently into the night, for this is the iconic Asian muscle car, benefitting from more than four decades of development. Yet for all of its sophistication, its character is not unlike that of a college grad who spent his entire career ...Read more
Porsche doesn't make any bad cars, even any mediocre cars. It's only a matter of good, better or best.
And the 911 Targa 4 GTS is assuredly among the best all-around cars Porsche makes. Sporty, stylish and super-fast, it handles like a dream and is as competent in a sharp switchback as it is comfortable on a long-haul drive.
The 2016 Targa 4 ...Read more
Tesla Motors plans to deliver the first Model X electric crossovers to customers near the end of this month at its auto factory in Fremont, Calif.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Wednesday on Twitter that the first production cars would be handed over on Sept 29. The X is a closely related sibling to Tesla's Model S electric sedan. Including the ...Read more
What Teenage Drivers Don't Know, The Unwritten Rules Of The RoadPaul Zientarski
“What Teenage Drivers Don’t Know, The Unwritten Rules of the Road” offers driving strategies and tips to teenagers about driving in poor conditions, parking, vehicle maintenance, surviving the unexpected and even navigating the court system.
This book takes the art of skillful...
DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has found a way to keep production of the iconic Jeep Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio, but it involves moving production of the next-generation Jeep Cherokee.
The automaker plans to move production of the Wrangler to the north side of its Toledo Assembly Complex, where the Cherokee is made, and launch the Wrangler ...Read more
DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Tuesday its U.S. sales increased 1.7 percent in August. Ford was up 5.4 percent, but General Motors said its sales dropped 0.7 percent as the overall industry was expected to report a sales decline of about 2.5 percent -- mostly because of a quirk in the calendar and one fewer "selling day" in August ...Read more
DETROIT -- Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said the profits and savings that would result from a merger with General Motors are too big for the rival automaker to ignore.
Marchionne, in a story published Sunday evening by Automotive News, asserts that a merger between the two automakers could generate up to $30 billion ...Read more
You know the drill. You're out to buy a new car or truck, just aching for that new ride, but then you check your finances. Sigh. Looks like you might have to bike to work.
But don't despair. There is an answer.
Any buyer can get the essence of a high-priced ride without the price tag if he knows which vehicles to consider. Some spendier rides ...Read more
CHICAGO -- If, while driving, you were also chowing down food, yakking on your phone or getting distracted by Bella the Labrador retriever, would your insurance company know?
A patent issued in August to Allstate mentions using sensors and cameras to record "potential sources of driver distraction within the vehicle (e.g. pets, phone usage, ...Read more
More cars are coming equipped with robotic functions that protect drivers from front-end crashes with other vehicles or objects, which could result in fewer crashes and lower insurance rates for drivers.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said 52 percent of the 784 new vehicle models come with technology that alerts a driver to a ...Read more
A stunning interior elevates the 2016 Lincoln MKX Black Label SUV (I give it three out of four stars), the latest step in Lincoln's long march back toward relevance in the luxury-car market.
The new MKX has a roomy and luxurious interior, especially in Black Label livery, Lincoln's new premium trim designation. It's also comfortable and fuel ...Read more
The Buick Encore is a small luxury crossover with style, comfort, versatility and adaptability to fit many busy lifestyles, from parents of small children to empty nesters and grandparents.
It's offered in four trim levels – Encore, Convenience, Leather and Premium – priced from $24,065 to $29,450 for front-wheel drive models; add $1,500 to...Read more
Q: My mother had a 1995 Saturn SL2 with a four-speed automatic transmission that had a "performance" button. With the car in performance mode, depending how vigorously its accelerator was applied, all 140 of its horses could be utilized. For example, when I would cruise at 62 mph in fourth gear and floor the acceleration, the transmission would ...Read more
After 34 days and 3,600 miles across America on dirt roads, the Model T that recreated Edsel Ford's 1915 road trip from Detroit to San Francisco reached its destination earlier this month.
"Seeing America in the slow lane turns out to be amazingly pleasant," said Mark Gessler, president of the Historic Vehicle Association. "I was surprised how ...Read more
Q: My 2004 Buick Park Avenue Ultra with 60,000 miles misfires when restarted hot. The missing lasts for no more than 30 seconds. My mechanic is stumped. Any thoughts? Other than this, the car runs beautifully.
A: If the engine misfire occurs only during a hot restart, checking fuel pressure is the place to start. If the ready fuel supply in the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The conservative Club for Growth on Thursday criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for repeating a claim that he would put an onerous tax on Ford if it followed through on plans to spend $2.5 billion on new facilities in Mexico.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Dubuque, Iowa, on Tuesday, Trump, a real estate ...Read more
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