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GM pickups named to Takata air bag recall

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DETROIT -- General Motors said 330,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy duty pickup trucks are part of the largest ever recall of vehicles equipped with Takata air bags.

The affected trucks are from the 2007 and 2008 model years. Dealers will replace the inflators at no cost to customers. GM says it knows of no crashes or injuries due ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Fuel saving tips for summer driving

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Want to save fuel on those long summer highway drives? Close the windows and turn the air conditioning on.

That's just one of the useful -- and frequently surprising -- tips available from fueleconomy.gov, the go-to website for information on fuel economy.

While running the air conditioning does increase fuel consumption, it's more efficient ...Read more

Auto review: The world's best sports car? Just might be the Chevy Corvette ZO6

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You'd have a hard time proving the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 convertible (I give it four out of four stars) isn't the best sports car on Earth.

With 0-60 mph times as low as of 2.95 seconds -- quicker than the moment between your phone's first and second rings -- it'd be easy to call the ZO6 scary fast, but there's nothing remotely ...Read more

NHTSA administrator is cracking down on US auto industry

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DETROIT -- There's a new sheriff in town -- and he's cracking down on the U.S. auto industry.

In December, when Mark Rosekind was sworn in as the new administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency faced frequent criticism for its weak response to multiple safety crises.

NHTSA was belittled on Capitol Hill ...Read more

Under the Hood: Your car won't run without a functioning crankshaft position sensor

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Q: I just got my 2010 Ford Escape (a four cylinder) back from the repair shop. It hadn't been starting, and I was told the cause was a broken crankshaft sensor. The repair seems to be successful and the cost was reasonable. I was curious, though, what is this part and why is it necessary?

-- Alice H.

A: It's great someone figured out the ...Read more

Auto review: All-new Chrysler 200 sedan designed to compete in crowded midsize segment

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Chrysler may finally have gotten the midsize sedan right.

After years of creating cars in the most-popular vehicle class that were so dull that they were mostly relegated to rental-car fleets, the automaker now has a credible entry in the segment: the 2015 Chrysler 200.

While many of us have already sung the praises of the big Chrysler sedans ...Read more

Auto review: Yamaha FJ-09, an asphalt Adventure bike, belongs in a category all its own

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The "Adventure" and "Sport Touring" motorcycle segments are said to be the fastest-growing niches in the industry.

Suddenly, every original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, is trying to horn in on the action traditionally dominated by BMW's GS and KTM's Adventure machines.

Already on the road are Yamaha's Super Tenere, Suzuki's V-Strom, ...Read more

Larry Printz: 5 Hondas that flopped

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Many motorists view Honda as the company that cannot fail, with a focused lineup of bestsellers such as the Civic, Accord and CR-V. But the company has suffered through a string of five notable product failures over the past decade.

Let's take a look.

2003 HONDA ELEMENT

The pitch: When Toyota successfully brought the Toyota Black Box to the U...Read more

Motoring Q&A: Is it really worth buying 4 new tires?

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Q: While I agree that tires are an important safety component, I mildly disagree that they are relatively low-cost (new tires on my 2003 Ford Expedition set me back more than $1,100 two years ago). Even selling three lightly worn tires wouldn't put much of a dent in the purchase price of four new tires. But my question is with your definition of...Read more

GM spends $175M to upgrade Michigan plant

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DETROIT -- General Motors is spending $175 million to modernize equipment at its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Lansing, Mich., where production will begin soon on the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.

The plant, about 80 miles northwest of Detroit, is currently running one shift to produce the Cadillac ATS and CTS, but will add a second shift of ...Read more

Will auto dealers become an endangered species?

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It's been the best of times for auto dealers since the recession.

Those that survived picked up business from those that didn't. They reorganized their operations to be leaner and more efficient. Auto sales soared 59 percent to 16.5 million last year from the 2010 low point.

But reports from two different analysts say that dealers better start...Read more

Chevrolet offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

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Chevrolet and Hyundai will become the first auto brands to offer customers the option of plugging either Google's Android Auto or Apple's CarPay into the touch screen of their vehicle.

The decision, which General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced Wednesday afternoon in California, gives the technology giants access to deliver services inside ...Read more

Automakers ahead of schedule for 2020 fuel economy targets

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The auto industry is making significant strides toward increasing fuel efficiency and is ahead of schedule in meeting strict federal fuel economy goals, according to a new analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Already, 10 percent of the new passenger cars and trucks on the market today meet their federal targets for 2020 and the ...Read more

Ford recalls vehicles for fuel tank, steering problems

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DETROIT -- Ford has two new recalls involving 423,000 vehicles in North America with potential steering problems and 19,500 Mustangs with fuel tank issues.

The first recall covers some 2011-2013 models of the Ford Taurus and Flex vehicles, Lincoln MKS and MKT as well as 2011-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans and the 2011 Mercury Milan, ...Read more

Ford expands operations in North Africa

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DETROIT -- Ford is expanding its presence in North Africa with new sales and purchasing offices, plans to double parts exports, and the introduction of seven new vehicles.

Casablanca, Morocco, will be home to a new regional sales office as Ford plans to open 13 new dealerships in North Africa this year, including eight in Morocco.

The new ...Read more

GM rebuff aside, FCA's Marchionne pushes for more mergers

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles stock was down Tuesday after weekend buzz following reports that General Motors is among the automakers that has rebuffed the automaker's invitation for merger talks.

Add GM to the list of suitors not interested in the industry consolidation that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne advocates globally.

On Saturday, ...Read more

GM to invest $1.2 billion at Indiana plant

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DETROIT -- General Motors will spend $1.2 billion to upgrade its Ft. Wayne, Ind., assembly plant that produces its highly profitable Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup trucks.

The money will be used to construct a new paint shop, expand the existing body shop and other new technology designed to boost productivity.

"Truck ...Read more

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