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Amazon launches car-browsing tool

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SEATTLE -- Amazon.com now wants you to shop for vehicles on its site -- except it won't sell you a car.

On Thursday, the Seattle e-commerce juggernaut launched Amazon Vehicles, a destination on its online store that will house car specifications and reviews to help shoppers research car purchases on Amazon.com, just as they do when they lust ...Read more

Texas jury says GM ignition didn't cause fatal crash

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DETROIT -- A Texas jury found that an ignition switch in a 2007 Saturn Sky did not cause a 2011 crash that killed one person and injured another.

The jury, after deliberating less than an hour, delivered the verdict in state courtroom Thursday afternoon in Houston.

Zachary Stevens and his parents sued General Motors on the grounds that a ...Read more

Auto review: 2017 Kia Sportage contends in crowded class of compact crossovers

Automotive / Automotive News /

There are 16 compact crossovers on the market, another 20 midsize crossovers, and nearly a dozen subcompact crossovers. Then there's the luxury makes.

With so many crossovers on the market, automakers are playing with paint, parts and design -- anything and everything -- to stand out.

The fourth-generation Kia Sportage once again steps out of ...Read more

Motoring Q&A: Mysterious problem haunts '94 Suburban

Automotive / Automotive News /

Q: I've been experiencing a mysterious issue with my 1994 GMC Suburban 350.

On a cold start, the truck is fine. Once the vehicle gets warm, though, the idle drops to near stalling when I am in reverse and take my foot off the gas. Also, if I feather the gas to creep through a parking lot, it chugs and runs rough. If I hit the gas to accelerate,...Read more

Plug-in hybrids have come a long way in a few short years

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Even in these days of cheap gasoline, there's still something liberating about not filling up.

I got a taste of that joy recently when I test drove a pair of brand-new cars: The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi and the 2017 Chevrolet Volt. I drove each for more than a week, running errands, going to work, and driving to catch the ...Read more

Detroit tries to wean itself from the car with mass transit bid

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CHICAGO -- The curse of the car drives tediously slow through the region that put the nation on wheels. Traffic creeps along on torn-up downtown Detroit streets and multiple lanes clog up on interstate highways leading into and out of this formerly bankrupt city.

To some, Detroit's traffic woes are a road map to economic self-strangulation, ...Read more

Harley-Davidson launches first major engine redesign since '98

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MILWAUKEE -- Harley-Davidson Inc. on Tuesday introduced an all-new engine, the Milwaukee-Eight, named for the city where the company was born.

Harley says it's only the eighth time in the company's 113-year history that it has done a complete redesign of its classic V-Twin engine.

The Milwaukee-Eight, unveiled at a company dealership meeting, ...Read more

Elon Musk says Tesla now has the world's fastest production car

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk held a news conference Tuesday to announce that the company had shaved a few tenths of a second off its fastest car.

A Tesla Model S P100D equipped with "Ludicrous" mode will now go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds, Musk said. The current model makes that jump in 2.8 seconds.

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Auto Word: Hyundai Tucson Redesign Packs Versatility and Refinement, But Lacks Power

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Size matters for a compact crossover, and the Hyundai Tucson makes the most of small spaces to give the owner big returns.

The Tucson was re-engineered for 2016. It was made 3 inches longer and a little more than an inch wider, and the wheelbase was made 1.2 inches longer. Size adjustments were made for a roomier cabin, more cargo space and a ...Read more

Under the Hood: Valve cover leak should be checked out

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Q: How big a deal is a valve cover leak? I was just told my car has one, and it's not a good time for me to pay for this right now. Could it wreck the engine if I waited maybe several months before getting it fixed?

-- Janice D.

A: The seriousness of the leak and what's below the leak should be considered before making a decision. Valve covers...Read more

The driverless revolution shifts into high gear

Automotive / Automotive News /

What a big month it's been for driverless cars.

Ford Motor Co. announced that it would put fully driverless vehicles, without steering wheels or pedals, on the road by 2021. Uber said it would start offering autonomous rides in Pittsburgh -- with an Uber employee at the wheel, just in case -- by the end of summer.

A new revolution in personal ...Read more

Auto review: Bentley raises bar for SUVs

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In 2011, Bentley's new CEO decided to get into the luxury SUV market.

Wolfgang Durheimer, the incoming boss, had migrated across parent company Volkswagen Group from the Porsche division. He saw what the popular Cayenne crossover had done for Porsche's bottom line.

Durheimer gave the Bentley engineers a simple mandate: Make the most powerful, ...Read more

Harley-Davidson to pay $15 million in EPA settlement

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Harley-Davidson agreed to pay $15 million to settle a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency complaint over engine devices for motorcycles that the EPA said caused excessive pollution.

The settlement calls for Harley to pay a $12 million civil penalty plus $3 million to mitigate air pollution through an EPA project of replacing wood-burning ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Aging gracefully and the case for unrestored classic cars

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DETROIT -- With its sun-scoured paint, exposed metal and rumbling engine, you may think the Dream Cruiser that just passed you is headed to the body shop, but some proud collectors will tell you it's perfect just the way it is.

Just ask members of the Suspects Motor Club and Roadents Car Club of Detroit if you meet them. They belong to a slice ...Read more

Safety rules are still being formed as self-driving technology marches ahead

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The top U.S. highway safety regulator, Mark Rosekind, last month said of self-driving cars: "We are literally seeing the future being created in front of us."

Uber Technologies Inc. and Ford Motor Co. this week proved Rosekind's point. They announced plans to roll out autonomous vehicles and thus heightened a key question facing Rosekind and ...Read more

Auto review: The Toyota Highlander Hybrid: New classic American cruiser

Automotive / Automotive News /

Given America's intense love affair with crossover utility vehicles, or CUVs if you will, there's an inescapable conclusion once you drive the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and it's this: Toyota has created the consummate American car.

Like the classic American cruiser, the Highlander Hybrid offers generous space for up to seven passengers with...Read more

Honda models top most stolen vehicle list

Automotive / Automotive News /

The National Insurance Crime Bureau released its annual "Hot Wheels" list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in America during 2015. The Des Plaines, Ill., nonprofit dedicated to deterring auto theft and insurance fraud, identified the most stolen vehicles of any model year.

Older Honda Accords and Civics topped the list for the third year in a row...Read more

Luxury or livery? Cadillac XT5 and Lincoln MKX face off in U.S. crossover showdown

Automotive / Automotive News /

One of the most common vehicles shuttling between downtown Chicago and its two airports is the blacked-out livery vehicle, or fancy cab. These tinted-windowed SUVs from Lincoln and Cadillac carry clients who presumably want to ride in space, anonymity and a degree of luxury.

Yet, the degrees between luxury and livery haven't been so clear for ...Read more

Auto review: 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe fails to resound in three-row crossover class

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The noise started when we hit cruising speed on the highway. It wasn't a particular noise, but noise in general coming from the back. And it wasn't coming from the kids.

My passenger and I figured maybe in the thrill of new car buttons, the kids accidentally cracked a window. They didn't. The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is just loud.

There are few ...Read more

Ford inks tech deals, promises self-driving car by 2021

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DETROIT -- In an attempt to position itself at the forefront of self-driving car development, Ford on Tuesday announced a series of deals with Silicon Valley tech companies and vowed to develop a fully autonomous vehicle by 2021.

The automaker, headquartered outside Detroit, also said it plans to more than double its headcount in Palo Alto, ...Read more