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Justice Department sues Fiat Chrysler over diesel emissions

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DETROIT -- The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for building and selling diesel engines that violate the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

The federal government said Fiat Chrysler created software that acted as what's called a defeat device for emissions testing ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2017 Cadillac ATS

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

GM's Cadillac luxury line was slick and cool and, most of all, young ... back in its "Mad Men"-era heyday. After the late 1960s, the brand slowly and gradually began to gray. BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes became the "in" cars for those not close to being on their way out.

GM's first attempt at rejuvenation happened back in the late '90s with the ...Read more

Ford ousts CEO as auto industry faces transformation

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SAN FRANCISCO -- In the latest sign that driverless cars and other revolutionary new technologies are shaking automakers to their roots, the chief executive of Ford Motor Co. just got tossed.

The replacement of Mark Fields with Jim Hackett, who had been running a new unit focused on cutting-edge transportation, is a big deal for Ford. But with ...Read more

Ford names new CEO amid management shake-up

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DETROIT -- Ford confirmed on Monday that, in a wide-ranging reshuffling of the company's top management, Jim Hackett will become the automaker's new CEO. The move brings the three-year tenure of Mark Fields as chief executive to an abrupt end.

In comments Monday Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford praised the tenure and achievements of Fields but...Read more

Fiat Chrysler hopes new EPA application will clear diesel emissions dispute

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Friday that it has formally applied for emissions certification for its 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles that it hopes will resolve allegations of Clean Air Act violations.

The automaker believes the software fix it has proposed will resolve concerns from the federal government...Read more

Tesla employees raise concerns as production set to jump

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FREMONT, Calif. -- As Tesla sets aggressive new production goals, its workers are sending a clear message: Don't forget about us.

Several Tesla employees in recent weeks have shared stories of workplace injuries and have called for the electric vehicle maker to improve safety standards. Tesla CEO Elon Musk maintains that worker safety and ...Read more

Uber to Levandowski: Hand over Waymo files, or we may fire you

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Complying with a court order, Uber has given one of its top self-driving car engineers an ultimatum -- hand over any confidential Waymo files in his possession, or risk being fired from his job.

If the engineer, Anthony Levandowski, denies having taken any such files, or if he has destroyed them, he must say so in a written statement provided ...Read more

Review: Hyundai Elantra Sport holds its own against Honda Civic, Mazda3

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Spring weekends: When dreams of race tracks and winding backwoods roads come crashing down under the domestic weight of lawn care and countless family chores. Such obligations can feel less obligatory if you have a fun enough car.

The Hyundai Elantra Sport is fun enough.

The Elantra has long been a best buy for being roomy, fuel-efficient, and...Read more

Under the Hood: How does Lane Departure Warning work?

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Q. I'm in the process of buying my dad a new Honda CRV which will probably be his last car. I'm impressed with the optional safety features and was explaining some of them to him. Can you shed some light on the lane departure feature, or is it lane-keeping -- how it works? He's resistant to technology but I'm trying to keep him as safe as ...Read more

Motorcycle thefts rise nationwide — again

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Motorcycle thefts are on the rise, and California, for the second year in a row, is the top state for stolen bikes.

The annual theft report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows bike thefts rose 2 percent nationally in 2016. A total of 46,467 motorcycles were reported stolen, up from 45,555 in 2015.

A shocking number of them ...Read more

Larry Printz: Getting ready to roll for Memorial Day

Automotive / Automotive News /

With the arrival of warmer weather, thoughts turn to packing the car and hitting the road. However, being prepared for a road trip will make it one you'll always remember rather than one you'll live to regret. So before hitting the highway, here are a few things to consider.


--If your vehicle hasn't been checked recently, consider...Read more

Some dealers slow to get the hang of selling electric cars

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SAN FRANCISCO -- To Oscar Gutierrez, electric cars are a "no-brainer."

"Like, seriously," he said, his arms outstretched, an incredulous look on his face. "You can drive and not use gas. The state gives you money to buy it. What else could you want?"

No surprise, Gutierrez sells electric cars. A sales manager at Community Chevrolet in Burbank,...Read more

Electric vehicle sales rise in California

Automotive / Automotive News /

SAN DIEGO -- Sales of new cars and trucks in California inched forward in the first three months of the year, and the electric vehicle market made some healthy improvement.

"It's a credit to all the various factors that are making California's economy continue to grow," said Brian Maas, president of the California New Car Dealers Assn., the ...Read more

Review: Honda Civic Hatchback Sport opens up new possibilities

Automotive / Automotive News /

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring: Better than the sedan?

Price: $29,175 as tested (no options on test vehicle). A base hatchback can be had for as little as $19,700.

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver liked the "look-at-me design, great balance of fun and comfort, tons of tech" but not the "get-a-look-at-that-guy design, no volume ...Read more

Review: Dodge Challenger GT: Where's the beef?

Automotive / Automotive News /

There are many reasons to desire a mighty American muscle car like the Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Corvette or Ford Mustang GT.

They look great.

They sound awesome.

They peel out and lay rubber.

The higher you go in the trim lines, the more true these things become. At the top of the 2017 Dodge lineup, for example, is the 840 ...Read more

GM to stop selling vehicles in once promising India, exit South Africa

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DETROIT -- General Motors said Thursday it plans to stop selling all cars in India and shed its operations in South Africa by the end of this year, a move that continues the automaker's retreat from parts of the world where its profits are lagging so it can focus on profitable regions.

The Detroit automaker said early Thursday that it will ...Read more

Reports say Fiat Chrysler could face federal suit over excess diesel emissions

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could soon face legal action over excess diesel emissions if there is no agreement reached soon with federal investigators, according to media reports.

The U.S. Department of Justice is poised to take action by next Wednesday if an agreement isn't reached, according to reports, from both Reuters and ...Read more

Karma Revero hybrid super car rises from Fisker ashes

Automotive / Automotive News /

LOS ANGELES -- Rising from the ashes of designer Henrik Fisker's failed car company, the first units of the 2018 Karma Revero hybrid electric luxury super cars have rolled off the Moreno Valley factory floor and onto Southern California roadways.

Ten went to dealer showrooms around the U.S. and Canada, where company officers hope they will ...Read more

Report: Ford to cut 10 percent of global workforce

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DETROIT -- Ford is to announce a plan to cut 10 percent of its global workforce later this week, the Wall Street Journal reported late Monday.

The Dearborn, Mich., automaker has been under pressure both from its board of directors and from shareholders in recent days to show that its strategic plan is working as U.S. industry sales begin to ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2017 Ford Focus RS

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

Almost everyone knows the Subaru WRX STI, the all-wheel drive rally race drifter. Fewer are hip to the Ford Focus RS, which was inspired by the STI and designed for similar work -- and arguably does it better.

This vehicle is the stronger, much quicker all-wheel-drive-equipped enhancement of the Focus ST. There are almost 100 more horsepower, ...Read more


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