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Eric's Autos: 2020 Mercedes GLC 300 Coupe

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

Style usually comes at the expense of practicality. Take two-door coupes, for instance; they look great but have back seats that are hard to get into ... and out of. Especially if the driver and front seat passenger haven't gotten out first.

Mercedes' solution? Add a pair of doors.

Then chop the roof -- but without haircutting the headroom.

...Read more

Here's the fallout from UAW's 40-day strike against General Motors

Automotive / Automotive News /

DETROIT -- No one wins in a strike.

That's the conclusion of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor after it analyzed the UAW's nationwide strike against GM and the four-year contract that resulted.

Union members got higher wages and kept their health care coverage and cost structure along with other wins. But they did not get ...Read more

Roadshow: Top dashcam picks for 2020

Automotive / Automotive News /

Dashcams both very useful and completely new to most drivers in the U.S. At their most basic, dashcams are perfect at recording everything going on outside the vehicle all the time. That means capturing accident evidence, perfect scenery and weird stuff your passengers can post to make their social accounts less boring. You can buy a good, ...Read more

Under the Hood: Adjusting low-beam headlights

Automotive / Automotive News /

Q: We have a 2017 Nissan Altima and are trying to figure out how to adjust the low beams. We replaced the entire headlight assembly on our 2007 Toyota Highlander and were able to adjust the beams without a special tool. However, all online searches for the Nissan indicate the car has to be taken to the dealership for adjustment. Can you help ...Read more

Car buyers shun electric vehicles not named Tesla. Are carmakers driving off a cliff?

Automotive / Automotive News /

Regulators are demanding zero-emission vehicles. And manufacturers are scrambling to provide them, spending billions on electric-car development.

Ford says a third of its vehicles will be electric by 2030. Volkswagen plans to sell a million EVs annually just two years from now. At Volvo, half its offerings will be electric by 2025. By the end ...Read more

Auto review: Genesis begets the G70, a new smaller sporty sedan

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2020 Genesis G70: A new small luxury sedan. Will it rival its big brothers for value?

Price: $48,995 as tested. The Elite Package added low-beam assist, sunroof, and more for $1,750; the Prestige Package added around-view monitor, head-up display, and more for $2,500.

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver likes the "fun-to-drive nature, classy ...Read more

California company's electric car charges closer to reality

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Lucid Motors, the Bay Area electric car startup that has set up shop in Tesla's backyard, is one step closer toward finally putting its first car on the market and into the hands of consumers.

The carmaker said this week that it will unveil the production version of its Lucid Air luxury sedan at an event in New York in April. Officials didn't ...Read more

Fiat Chrysler mechanic is quietly transforming muscle cars in unmarked garage in Detroit suburb

Automotive / Automotive News /

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The men talk of Plum Crazy Purple, Vitamin C Orange and Sassy Grass Green.

These are the colors of their childhood.

These are the colors of classic cars that bring back memories of a simpler time so long ago, when America had just three TV networks and driving to the grocery store with mom or dad felt like a reward. ...Read more

Why cutting car and truck emissions is so hard

Automotive / Automotive News /

State lawmakers and regulators are turning their eyes to the road in the fight against climate change, recognizing that the transportation sector now produces more greenhouse gas emissions than any other portion of the economy.

They are finding few simple solutions.

The Transportation and Climate Initiative released a proposal last month to ...Read more

GM to shift hundreds more temporary workers to full-time

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General Motors said Wednesday that more than 1,350 temporary workers at 14 of its U.S. facilities will shift to full-time positions before the end of March.

That includes the 930 the automaker already converted to full-time regular jobs on Jan. 6, as first reported by the Free Press.

"Our employees are essential to meeting the needs of our ...Read more

GM bids to buy land for a new battery factory in Lordstown

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General Motors wants to build a new battery factory in Lordstown, Ohio, right next door to its former car assembly plant that it shuttered and sold last year.

The automaker said it has a purchase agreement to buy a 158-acre vacant site in Trumbull County, Ohio. It is land GM once owned, but surrendered during its 2009 bankruptcy.

GM is also in...Read more

GM parts shortage: UAW workers want a day off, customers wait on parts

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YPSILANTI, Mich. -- More than half of the hourly workers at General Motors Ypsilanti Processing Center have been written up for skipping work since late October.

But they are exhausted, exasperated and speaking up.

The 125 regular hourly workers have had just a handful of days off over the last few months -- most of which were holidays. That's...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

When hybrid cars first appeared almost 20 years ago, their main draw was that they used much less gas than other cars. They were slow, but you saved money. Which made going slow worth it.

Then gas got cheap, and electric cars got fast -- without using any gas.

Which made spending extra for a slow hybrid a harder sell.

The latest hybrids offer...Read more

Roadshow: Ford quantum computing experiment cuts traffic, commute times

Automotive / Automotive News /

Quantum computers are highly experimental today, but Ford says it's got evidence the radical new technology already shows promise for improving transportation. Through a partnership with Microsoft, it used "quantum-inspired" technology - though not an actual quantum computer - to test a traffic-routing algorithm that cut Seattle ...Read more

GM to revive Hummer as electric pickup

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DETROIT -- General Motors is bringing back the name Hummer, but not the whole brand.

The automaker will build an all-electric pickup dubbed Hummer to be sold within the GMC brand in early 2022, according to a person familiar with GM's product plan. The story was first reported in the Wall Street Journal.

NBA superstar LeBron James will promote...Read more

Is UAW headed for federal takeover? Feds say it's 'on the table'

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DETROIT -- The embattled UAW is in for more indictments and more scandal, sources say, as scores of tips about corrupt labor leaders continue to pour in -- all of which could end in a federal takeover of the nation's sixth largest labor union.

U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said Thursday that once the criminal case is over -- and it's far from...Read more

Under the Hood: Careful when altering truck's power outlet

Automotive / Automotive News /

Q: I'm incredibly frustrated with the power outlet in my 2016 F-150. It can only operate tiny things such as a phone or a laptop charger, but it blinks and fails to operate my cordless multitool battery charger or a small air compressor. Can it be upgraded or replaced with something more capable?

--Adam D.

A: Power inverters are cool gadgets, ...Read more

Motormouth: Corrosion, especially in winter, can drain air from tires

Automotive / Automotive News /

Q: The tires on my 2007 Highlander have gone flat or at least lost enough air to set off the "flat tire" warning six times in the last four years. I've never had this happen on any other car, and I've been driving for over 50 years.

I take it in, and they say it's corrosion on the wheel and take care of it. It only happens in colder weather. ...Read more

Auto review: GMC updates the Sierra HD for 2020, including latest high-end Denali model

Automotive / Automotive News /

GMC's Sierra 2500 HD (heavy duty) is a capable work truck with a heart of comfort and luxury.

The next generation 2500 Sierra Denali for 2020 comes in four-wheel-drive Crew Cab with a six-foot, nine-inch standard bed or an available eight-foot bed. Base price is $63,700 (plus $1,595 freight), with the longer bed adding $200.

For 2020, the ...Read more

Electric cars will challenge state power grids

Automotive / Automotive News /

SEATTLE -- When Seattle City Light unveiled five new electric vehicle charging stations last month in an industrial neighborhood south of downtown, the electric utility wasn't just offering a new spot for drivers to fuel up. It also was creating a way for the utility to figure out how much more power it might need as electric vehicles catch on. ...Read more