Honda unveiled its all-new 2018 Accord sedan in midtown Detroit earlier this month, perfectly timed to challenge the new 2018 Toyota Camry for supremacy in midsize sedan sales.
If that excites you about as much as a pair of 1970s arena-rock bands announcing their eighth farewell tour, congratulations: You're not a baby boomer.
For a generation...Read more
Q: The left taillight on my pickup is somewhat dimmer than the one on the right side. It's not bad enough to go through the trouble and expense of having fixed it. But it bugs me. Any chance you have some tips about making this go away? I changed the bulb a few months ago, and that didn't help.
-- Eric J.
A: Your question presents a great ...Read more
Q: My 1999 Honda Civic, Kermit, is spinning on to 123,000 miles and still going strong. When I pull into my garage, I pick up a very light scent of something burning. I'm thinking maybe it's my catalytic converter? I've never replaced it.
-- B.Z., Chicago
A: We seriously doubt that the converter would be the problem. A good mechanic can ...Read more
Most people who saw the red convertible with the big wheels said, "Nice car." But when I fired up the Jaguar F-Type SVR and the engine snapped, crackled and popped, their expressions changed. Some were surprised, all were impressed, a few were afraid.
SVR is the fastest and most powerful series production Jaguar. It sounds and feels like it is ...Read more
The new Volkswagen Atlas could swallow a Beetle. It is the biggest VW ever built in America and proof (if you need it) that big is in and small is out.
The Atlas is nearly as long as a Chevy Tahoe, and like the big Chevy, it can seat as many as seven in its three rows.
What It Is
The Atlas is VW's new full-size crossover SUV.
Prices start at...Read more
Please don't hate me for saying so, but the Mazda CX-5 is one of the dullest cars on the road.
In terms of styling, performance and technology, it's just ... plain. No fireworks. No fanfare. No drama.
No one is going to slide up to you at a red light and say, "Hey, man, is that the new CX-5?" No one is going to stop you in the parking lot at ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Tim Damon grew up photographing Detroit muscle cars. His video work earned him awards and Super Bowl airtime.
Then came the call to help promote a high-end sports sedan that sounded like someone forgot the engine.
In the resulting short film about the Tesla Model S, called "Lightdrive," music swells, lights play along the car's ...Read more
The historic transformation of the automobile industry will generate billions to trillions of dollars for companies and investors. But for traditional automakers, the road ahead will be bumpy, risky and expensive.
That's the assessment of consulting firm AlixPartners, which released an extensive report this month that uses market research and ...Read more
The Empty PulpitSandra Arrants
Fourteen year old Sherman Thompson has stumbled upon the body of his pastor. Laid out, dead, on the front lawn of the parsonage, Reverend Archibald Temple had a voice of thunder that has been rendered silent forever. Sherman and his sister Grace are determined to find out who killed him and ...
LOS ANGELES -- Hoping to attract a younger buyer to its sensible but staid Accord, and persuade car shoppers to consider a sedan over an SUV, Honda has given its bestselling mid-sized car a sporty, sexy makeover.
Unwrapped at twin events held in Detroit and the Los Angeles area earlier this month, the new vehicle looks and acts more like a ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- A Twin Cities man whose Tesla rolled over into a central Minnesota marsh said Monday that he errantly believed his luxury electric car's autopilot feature was engaged when the vehicle suddenly accelerated before the crash landing.
David L. Clark, 58, said he was driving Saturday evening before sunset on a country road when the ...Read more
Honda is recalling about 2.1 million Accord cars worldwide, including 1.15 million in the United States, because the battery sensors can potentially short out and cause a fire.
The recall covers vehicles from the 2013-16 model years with 12-volt battery sensors.
The sensors may not be sealed enough against moisture, which in time can let in ...Read more
DETROIT--Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued two recalls affecting more than 1.3 million vehicles worldwide.
One case involves older-model crossovers and can lead to "inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag." The company says it is aware of five potentially related minor accidents, but no injuries.
The recall affects 770,853 ...Read more
If you're worried about U.S. manufacturing jobs, pay no attention to Ford's recent decision to move production of the Focus compact car to China.
Building Focuses in suburban Detroit, as Ford does today, is not good career planning, whether you're a union assembly worker or the newly named Ford president of global operations, Joe Hinrichs.
Q: Brad, each corner of my 2008 Acadia's sunroof has a very small drain hole. When these get clogged, water leaks into the interior of the vehicle. One time, water filled up the battery compartment, located under the floorboard on the passenger side, and shorted out the battery. I haven't seen any recalls on this but I am afraid to leave the ...Read more
Comebacks are never easy, but they are doable. Ask Cadillac.
Not so long ago, GM's luxury car division was on the mat, the count at seven or eight. Cadillac had lost its mojo and traded it for Metamucil. Its cars weren't even gaudy anymore, just old.
Then there was an ether-fed cold start.
Over the course of about 10 years, beginning in the ...Read more
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- As Google, Uber and Tesla fight for control of the self-driving car market, another company better known for its gaming chips than its wheels is positioned to cash-in on the transportation revolution.
Nvidia has quietly become one of the top suppliers of the "brains" that control self-driving cars -- the super computers ...Read more
Buy a smartphone, use it for a couple of years, then ditch it for something new and improved.
It's a life cycle that has become the norm for cellphones. Now, that same short-term relationship is applying to what traditionally has been a long-term commitment: cars.
Instead of buying a vehicle, more Americans are shifting to leasing, which ...Read more
Ducati introduced its Scrambler line of affordable, entry-level motorcycles in late 2014, marketing them as lifestyle vehicles and hoping to attract new riders to the otherwise pricey line of fine Italian machines.
It worked. Ducati sales rose sharply in the U.S. and Europe. During a visit to the Bologna, Italy, factory in July, I was told that...Read more
When people think of Volvo, they tend to think of safety. For decades, that's how the once-Swedish company advertised its cars.
Now under Chinese ownership, Volvo Cars aims to set itself apart as an aggressive early mover in the electrification of the automobile.
Last week, the company said that all new models starting in 2019 will be equipped...Read more
Volvo won the press conference this week, but there's both more and less than meets the eye to the self-congratulatory headline the automaker wrote for itself: "Volvo Cars to go all electric."
That's true in the sense that a prehistoric fish might have gazed at the shore and declared its species was going all-land based. Yes, but when?
One ...Read more
- Mark Phelan: New SUVs, not cars, key to future of US automaking
- Twin Cities man says he's to blame, not Tesla autopilot, for crash into marsh
- Cars are full of tech that gets outdated fast — so people are leasing, not buying
- Under the Hood: Leaking sunroof just the start of Acadia's problems
- Battery-sensor problem forces Honda to recall 2.1 million Accords