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Buick drops Regal price to reignite brand's US sales

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General Motors is dropping the sticker price of its Buick Regal sedan as it tries to reverse sagging sales at the brand and counter a consumer migration to crossovers and sport-utility vehicles.

GM announced the new pricing strategy in a letter to Buick's dealer council this week.

The brand told its dealers that the new prices will appeal to a...Read more

Auto review: Nissan Rogue worth getting to know but not a mischief-maker

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The Nissan Rogue has a name that's the antithesis of its look. There's nothing rogue about it. And that's a good thing. Or at least consumers think so.

Since the vehicle's launch in 2007, annual sales have climbed from 73,000 to more than 200,000. That trend has continued, according to the latest numbers, with June sales up 54.3 percent ...Read more

Indian automaker Mahindra finds a home in Detroit

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DETROIT -- Many companies outsource work to India, but a major Indian company is outsourcing key automotive engineering work to Detroit even though it does not sell vehicles in the U.S.

In an interesting twist, when Mahindra & Mahindra wanted to expand its global vehicle development capabilities, it recognized there was insufficient talent in ...Read more

Under the Hood: Truck's low-pressure problem might be easily resolved

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Q: I have a 2005 Ford F-150 with a 5.4-liter V-8 engine with slightly more than 97,000 miles. Recently, the truck has experienced intermittent losses of power. The check engine light hasn't come on, but a gauge did indicate low fuel pressure.

I installed a new battery and two fuel filters (the first one was dirty). Also, two tanks of gas with ...Read more

Ford's aluminum F-150 to cost more for repairs, insurer group says

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Ford's revolutionary aluminum-body F-150 pickup truck does well in most crash tests but is significantly more expensive to repair, according to an analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

That means buyers of the truck, the first to use the lighter-weight metal extensively, probably will pay more in out-of-pocket expenses after a...Read more

Motoring Q&A: Is a highway patrol scanner causing my car's systems to wig out?

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Q: On several recent occasions driving my 2004 Ford Taurus I've been what I can only describe as "zapped" at a highway patrol scan point. While driving past this point, I heard a loud blaring sound in the car and received a check transmission error. The next time I started the car the message did not appear. Does the scanner cause this error ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Frankfurt show to provide preview of major new models

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Early word and photos are getting out on some of the top new cars going on sale in Europe this year for the 2016 model year.

Europe's new-car season hits overdrive with the Frankfurt auto show in Germany, where dozens of new vehicles will be unveiled Sept. 15. Smart automakers don't risk having their vehicle lost in the flood of news, so get ...Read more

Battle of the 'cute utes': Honda HR-V is spacious, Mazda CX-3 is sporty

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The hottest segment in the U.S. auto market is getting hotter with the addition of new subcompact SUV offerings from Honda and Mazda.

New for 2016 are Honda's HR-V and Mazda's CX-3. Both are small utility vehicles with starting prices near $20,000, aimed at what Mazda calls "new buyers, early adopters, empty-nesters and right-sizers," and what ...Read more

Fat Boy a Harley bestseller and Hollywood favorite for 25 years

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MILWAUKEE -- As the name makes perfectly clear, there's nothing skinny about the Fat Boy. Mention it to anyone familiar with motorcycles, and they'll immediately think of the Harley-Davidson bike that gained fame in the 1991 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."

This summer, the Fat Boy -- one of Harley's bestselling models ...Read more

Fiat Chrysler earns $364 million in Q2 despite fines

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Thursday that it earned a profit of $364 million (333 million euro) during the second quarter despite an $88.5 million onetime charge to cover the cost of a payment to the federal government as a result of a consent agreement the automaker signed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ...Read more

Better quality raises average age of cars on US roads to 11.5 years

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Automakers say they are building the best cars ever, and there's proof on the road. The average age of vehicles in the U.S. has climbed to a record 11.5 years, according to research firm IHS Automotive.

The age continues to creep up even though new car sales are at near record levels.

People are holding on to their cars longer because of "the ...Read more

GM invests $5B in new global vehicle family

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DETROIT -- General Motors is spending $5 billion over the next decade to develop a new family of Chevrolet vehicles aimed at emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil and Mexico.

The money also will pay for an expanded partnership with Shanghai Automobile Industry Corp., or SAIC, to jointly develop the vehicle family and engine. Together GM...Read more

VW beats Toyota as world's biggest automaker

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Volkswagen AG clinched the top spot in global auto sales for the first half of 2015 by selling 5.04 million vehicles, enough to overtake longtime standout Toyota Motor Corp.

Toyota sold 5.02 million vehicles, a decrease of 1.5 percent, in the first six months of the year. In a statement Tuesday, the company said production in Japan decreased, ...Read more

With record Fiat Chrysler fine, safety regulators get more aggressive

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Federal safety regulators signaled Monday that they are taking a tougher stance on automakers that don't identify and quickly repair defects in their cars.

Their remarks came a day after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had admitted violating safety regulations, would pay record fines and agreed ...Read more

Will driverless cars 'eviscerate' insurance industry?

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Safer cars, including driverless ones, are likely to "eviscerate" the car insurance industry, according to one auto insurance analyst. But until that day of reckoning comes, new technology also will make it easier and cheaper for carriers to sign up policyholders.

That's the take of Meyer Shields, managing director and analyst for investment ...Read more

Fiat Chrysler forced into biggest vehicle buyback ever

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DETROIT -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday it imposed the largest vehicle buyback program in its history on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles because the automaker has yet to come up with an adequate remedy to fix nearly 580,000 pickup trucks and SUVs it recalled in 2013.

The buyback program is one component of a 37-page ...Read more

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to block hacking

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, under pressure from federal regulators, said Friday it will recall 1.4 million cars and trucks to protect them from cybersecurity attacks just days after Wired magazine revealed that a Jeep Cherokee could be hacked remotely.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation so...Read more

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles after hack of Jeep Cherokee

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Three days after a report that hackers took control of a Jeep Cherokee and drove it into a ditch, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled 1.4 million vehicles for a software update.

The automaker said the hack appeared to be an isolated incident that could not be easily repeated. The coding for the hack required extensive technical knowledge of the ...Read more

Mitsubishi closing Illinois plant, ending US production

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CHICAGO -- Mitsubishi Motors will stop making vehicles at its plant in the central Illinois city of Normal and will try to sell the facility after the state tried to rescue the plant from closing.

Mitsubishi is the sixth-biggest employer in the area, with 1,280 full-time employees, according to the website for the Bloomington-Normal Economic ...Read more

Under the Hood: Disengage overdrive on steep hills?

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Q: I drive a Mazda Miata that has an overdrive button on its shifter. Anytime I am going up a steep grade or coming down a hill, I disengage the overdrive to force the transmission into a lower gear. My friend says I am crazy and should just let the tranny do the work. But I don't like the constant shifting up and down when going up a hill. ...Read more