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Under the Hood: Fixing conductive stripes in defogger system

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Q: My rear window has a strip of glass that doesn't defrost like the rest of the window. It bugs me because it's right in my view behind the car. What can be done to fix this?

--Irlinda M.

A: It sounds like one of the slender printed conductive stripes on your rear glass has been scratched, severing its electrical conductivity. It's possible, ...Read more

Ford Shelby Mustang GT 500 will get 3D-printed brackets for brake lines

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Small black brackets such as the one in Harold Sears' hand on Tuesday will find their way onto the 2019 Ford Shelby Mustang GT 500.

The bracket, and how it was created, rather than the car itself, which will be shown in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, was part of the reason Sears was talking to a group of ...Read more

Vehicle infotainment systems are awful. That's why Volvo is handing the job to Google

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As the years go by, it gets harder to tell one car brand from another. Optimal aerodynamic design produces similar shapes. Engine technology is highly reliable and advanced in ways that most consumers don't understand, or don't care to understand. For automakers, finding ways to differentiate their products is harder and more important than ever...Read more

Auto review: 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt: Better, faster, more

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Of the more than 100 new vehicles I've driven this year, the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt might be my favorite. I wish I could leave it at that, then channel some Steve McQueen icy blue stare and you'd just accept its greatness as truth and we could all do our own high-speed stunts while chasing two hit men in a Dodge Charger on the hills in and ...Read more

Auto review: GMC Sierra AT4 pickup is loaded with premium features

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MARSHALL, Mich. -- Brawny, lifted and loaded with premium features, the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 pickup is a 4WD specialist and a peek into the future of General Motors' upscale truck brand.

A fleet of AT4s easily negotiated an off-road course at Eaton Corp.'s challenging 600-acre proving ground 100 miles west of Detroit on a cold December morning, ...Read more

Larry Printz: Lexus looks to be at the forefront of cutting-edge car design

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- To walk the aisles of DesignMiami/, a global design forum for creators, curators, collectors and critics, is to be amazed.

Want to buy a new chair? How about one made of chain link or flat slabs of wood? If that's not your choice, perhaps you'd prefer one made of foam and decorated in what could only be described as ...Read more

Reports: Fiat Chrysler to open new assembly plant to build SUVs in Detroit

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler plans to open a new assembly plant in Detroit to build SUVs, according to published reports.

Rumors have abounded for weeks about FCA's plans in the city, but company officials have declined comment.

The Detroit News, citing unnamed sources, reported Thursday that the company plans to "revive Mack Avenue Engine II, ...Read more

CEO Mary Barra tells members of Congress: GM must move forward

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WASHINGTON -- General Motors CEO Mary Barra told members of Congress upset about impending layoffs Wednesday that while she understands that the federal government spent billions on saving the company a decade ago, she must look forward to positioning the company for growth.

"We are in an industry that is transforming faster than I've seen in a...Read more

Tesla becomes collateral damage in the China-U.S. trade war

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China is crucial to Tesla's future. So it's not surprising that the trade war is hitting the company hard.

China is Tesla's largest market outside the U.S., accounting for about 10 percent of total revenue in the first three quarters of 2018 -- and the Model 3 isn't even available there yet.

The company sold about 15,000 of its more expensive ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Jeep Compass

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

Most crossover SUVs can't cross over very much.

They look like rugged, off-road-ready SUVs, but they're really high-riding cars, with light-duty all-wheel drive (usually optional) and not much more off-road capability than the cars they're based on.

Except for this one.

What It Is

The Compass is a compact-sized, two-row crossover ...Read more

Motormouth: Smacking the engine won't fix that noise. For long, anyway

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Q: I have what you might call a classic vintage car, a 1988 Lincoln Town Car. When I was returning from the store about a month ago, I heard a loud screech from the engine. I turned the key off, but it kept screeching. About a quarter mile later, the noise stopped. I had it towed to a shop where they replaced the starter and solenoid and ...Read more

If Detroit-Hamtramck plant closes, autoworkers won't be the only ones hurting

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DETROIT -- Gamil Aljohaim knows the workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant by the vehicles many of them drive, mostly pickups.

In the days after General Motors announced what has been interpreted as a looming shutdown at the plant and four others in North America, including the Warren Transmission Plant, Aljohaim said he saw fewer of ...Read more

Under the Hood: Is aftermarket air filter a problem? Jury's out

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Q: Is it true that an aftermarket high-performance air filter can cause problems with how a car runs? I recently had a surging condition, and my mechanic fixed it but insisted I go back to the original air filter. What do you think?

--Adam B.

A: This is a controversial subject! There is considerable discussion and misinformation circling ...Read more

Mark Phelan: 10 things customers will like about all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator

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The all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator midsize luxury SUV will feature an electric-only driving mode and the most power of any vehicle in the brand's history when it goes on sale in summer 2019.

The sleek three-row SUV is vital to Lincoln's plan to return to relevance in the U.S. and Chinese markets. It rides on a brand new architecture and will be ...Read more

Auto review: On 100th anniversary of making trucks, Chevrolet rolls out the newest Silverado

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Chevrolet introduced its first trucks to customers in January 1918, then 80 years later introduced the Silverado pickup in 1998 as the successor to the long-running C/K line, taking the Silverado name from a previous trim level used from 1975 through 1998.

This year, the brand celebrates the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet trucks with the ...Read more

Late payment? A 'kill switch' can strand you and your car

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About a decade ago, when Erin Hayes was in her late teens, she bought a used car with a subprime loan from one of those "buy here, pay here" car lots close to her home near Raleigh, North Carolina.

One day in 2013, having forgotten to make her payment, she got into her 2006 Kia Optima at work and turned the key, but instead of starting so she ...Read more

Auto review: 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450: Mild hybrid, excellent car

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To the uninitiated, the Mercedes CLS 450 four-door coupe can be confusing. Is it a C-Class? Is it a two-door? Is it ugly, like crossover coupes? No, to all of the above.

The third-generation CLS 450 is much higher up the luxury ladder than the C-Class, slotting between the E- and S-Class. It has one of the most sumptuous interiors this side of ...Read more

Nooses, Nazis and racist slurs tolerated at GM plant, lawsuit says

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On March 22, 2017, General Motors' factory worker Mark Edwards was headed for his work area inside the company's transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, where he has worked since 2014.

Edwards, a 59-year-old black man, turned the corner, heading into his department and was met by an unbelievable sight: Someone had hung a noose by his work station. ...Read more

GM just made big behind-the-scenes move to boost robot cars

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DETROIT -- General Motors is moving its No. 2 executive, company President Dan Ammann, to be CEO of its self-driving unit, GM Cruise, as it aggressively pushes to bring the robot cars to market next year.

Starting Jan. 1, Ammann, 46, takes the helm of Cruise. Cruise cofounder, Kyle Vogt, 33, stays to lead technology development as Cruise ...Read more

GM's secret plan to shut plants, cut jobs likely signals more to come

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DETROIT -- Turns out no one keeps a secret as well as General Motors' leadership.

On Nov. 20, the automaker's board of directors approved a massive cost-cutting plan that included shuttering two assembly plants in the United States, one in Canada and two U.S. propulsion plants by the end of next year. Combined with white-collar cuts, about 14,...Read more


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