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Secret motorcycle industry group looks for ways to reverse sagging sales

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Hours before the 2017 Progressive International Motorcycle Show opened its doors at the Long Beach Convention Center, a cabal of industry veterans met to discuss troubled U.S. motorcycle sales.

Organized by power sports consultant Robert Pandya, who until recently helped manage marketing and public relations for Indian Motorcycle, the group of ...Read more

Study finds carbon emissions increase when land is converted into crops for ethanol

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A University of Wisconsin-Madison study shows that the shift of more than 7 million acres into cropland led to huge releases of carbon emissions into the atmosphere after a 2007 federal law mandated ethanol in gasoline.

The increased carbon emissions are equivalent to 20 million new cars driving down American roads every year, according to the ...Read more

Tesla announces world's fastest production car and an electric semi-truck

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- Tesla CEO Elon Musk Thursday night sprung a surprise on the world, using the launch of a new electric semi-truck to announce what he said will be the world's fastest production car, a new Tesla Roadster.

"I won't say what the actual speed is, but it's above 250 mph," Musk said. "The point of this is to give a hardcore ...Read more

Tesla announces electric truck and teases a new sports car

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- Tesla announced the new Tesla Semi Thursday night -- and surprised everybody with a working prototype of a new Roadster sports car.

CEO Elon Musk claims the car will do 60 mph in 1.9 seconds -- the first production car to perform that in under 2 seconds, he said. Top speed is 250 mph. Price: $200,000.

He said production is...Read more

Larry Printz: Chrysler makes the mobile family room fuel efficient

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Humans aren't worth much anymore – at least when it comes to employment.

Consider shopping.

At one time, after flipping through a mail order catalogue, you'd call an 800 number and place an order. Now, you browse through a website, choose an item, and enter your own information. You fulfill the order, not an operator whose job has been ...Read more

Auto review: What it's like driving the Dodge Demon, the world's fastest production car

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Tired of stories about driverless cars? Then how about a story of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, one of the world's quickest cars ever made? It's so tuned to driving it comes standard with only a driver's seat.

The latest addition to the Challenger lineup is specifically engineered for drag racing. The Demon is one of the new "widebody" ...Read more

Honda, Ford, Chevrolet get Blue Book Best Buy awards

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The Honda Accord was named "best car overall" Thursday and Honda swept seven categories as Kelley Blue Book released its 2018 Best Buy car awards.

Ford and Audi each won two awards in the various vehicle segments. Chevrolet and Porsche made the final cut, too.

The Honda Civic and Porsche 718 Boxster won again. And both Chevrolet Impala and the...Read more

Car recalls are at an all-time high, but 30% remain unrepaired

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Vehicle recalls are regularly in the news, warning of inadvertent air bag deployments, faulty door latches, even risks of fire, not to mention the ongoing Takata air bag recall that dwarfs all others.

But the steady stream of recalls masks the fact that about 30 percent of recalled vehicles remain unrepaired on America's roads, according to ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Autonomous cars likely to transport elderly, children in future

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Self-driving cars will change millions of people's lives for the better by providing independence and mobility to those who can't drive because of physical limitations or age. The technology will allow more people to live on their own terms and participate in what the most of us consider everyday life.

"Autonomy promises better mobility and ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2017 Land Rover Discovery

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

The Disco is back. Not the Bee Gees; the Land Rover Disco. And it brings back something that is very hard to find in a luxury SUV these days: your choice of a supercharged gas V-6 or a turbodiesel V-6. Plus, it has an adult-friendly third row without the supersized exterior footprint to go with it.

What It Is

The Disco fills the slot in Land ...Read more

Under the Hood: No stop-start kill switch in Cruze

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Q: We are writing to you with a suggestion and a good question about it. Suggestion: Like many new vehicles, our Chevy Cruze has the stop/start feature. We understand its purpose; but it is most annoying in many ways. We found an easy workaround that negates this annoying feature; and it may be worth sharing the idea with others. At startup, we...Read more

Tesla Model 3 has 'poor overall initial quality,' analyst says

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Tesla's Model 3 problems just got worse.

The Palo Alto, Calif., electric-car maker's entry-level sedan has been the focus of much negative attention of late, after CEO Elon Musk revealed in a recent earnings report that production was at least three months behind schedule.

Now, an analyst who tested Model 3s supplied by Tesla has added another...Read more

Las Vegas fender-bender highlights risks of sharing roads with robots

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WASHINGTON –– It only took a few hours for the first self-driving taxi shuttling people around Las Vegas to collide with a vehicle being driven by a human doing something it didn't expect.

The driverless passenger van was on its first day of offering free rides to people along a half-mile loop in Las Vegas, part of a pilot program to study ...Read more

Cadillac's CTS-V is a high-end hooligan that doubles as a daily driver

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Cadillac's CTS-V is a mild-mannered monster, a Clark Kent car that transforms instantly from milquetoast sedan to high-horsepower track master.

The CTS-V represents Cadillac's ambition to build the perfect all-around performance car -- or what the company calls "the ultimate sports sedan."

"This is a car for someone who wants a car that can do...Read more

Can gas engines be greener than electric vehicles? Depends on electricity source

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If you want a gasoline engine that is greener than a fully electric vehicle, you'll have to buy a car that's a lot more fuel efficient than the one you're probably driving now.

A new study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that gas-powered vehicles need to average 55.4 mpg in the United States or 51.5 mpg ...Read more

2018 Toyota C-HR: Frugal can still be fun

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Toyota became the world's largest automaker by building cars that were long on sensibility but short on sex appeal.

With the exception of the 2000GT, the FJ40 and maybe the MR2, the Japanese giant has never been known for making machines that excite the soul.

Instead, it has concentrated on practical people movers that run right, run long and ...Read more

Larry Printz: The 2018 Range Velar is a modernist masterpiece for this generation

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Back in the 1950s, many Americans were wondering how long nuclear fallout would affect the United States should the Soviet Union decide to lob a nuclear bomb at us. Instead, they should have been wondering about the half-life of midcentury modern design, which was first popularized 60 years ago, and is as popular as ever....Read more

Mark Phelan: Cadillac reinvents driving with system that steers car for long distances

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The J. Geils Band is playing "Detroit Breakdown" on the Bose audio, but it's all good. I've got Cadillac's Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system under the hood, and 1,100 miles of highway ahead of me between the Gulf Coast and the Great Lakes.

Boogie on, self-driving Caddy.

This is my second experience with the Super Cruise, but the ...Read more

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the best family car on the market

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Drop one kid at one school, then drop another kid at other school. Go to work meeting. Stop for coffee. Hit the store. Go home. Leave home. Finish the errands. Pick up one kid, drop off at practice. Pick up other kid, take to friend's house. Forget something; go get it. Pick up one kid; pick up the other kid. Forget dinner; go out to eat.

Total...Read more

Harley-Davidson's new Sport Glide is a touring cruiser

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Harley-Davidson has added a new motorcycle to its Softail line. The Sport Glide, due in dealerships this week, is intended to attract riders who want a city cruiser with touring attributes.

Not as stripped down as a Sportster, but not as bulked up as an Electra Glide, the Sports Glide is trying to split the difference between the "naked" ...Read more