Sedona: Kia Tries a Little Harder to Make Its Minivan a Standout
Clean, lean and crisp are not typical words used in describing a minivan. But Kia seems to be trying just a little harder to stand out with its re-engineered 2015 Sedona.
This is the third generation of Sedona and, my, it has come a long way. It was coarse, underpowered and ...Read more
DETROIT -- The death toll from General Motors' defective ignition switches rose from 87 to 90 last week, according to the weekly update from the compensation fund established to pay victims.
The GM Ignition Compensation Fund has 997 claims yet to review out of 4,342 filed since the company and disaster compensation specialist Ken Feinberg ...Read more
A company that raised millions of dollars in an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is headed to court.
Entrepreneur Storm Sondors and his Sondors E-Bike have been sued by Agency 2.0, the public relations firm that mounted the crowdfunding campaign.
The effort began with the aim of gaining investment in an affordable electric bicycle and raising $...Read more
Harley-Davidson has recalled about 46,000 of its big-bore road motorcycles.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported Friday that Harley had recalled some 2014 and 2015 models of its Electra Glide, Street Glide, Ultra Limited, Road Glide and Road King motorcycles.
The affected motorcycles have potentially defective ...Read more
Chevrolet is making good on its promise to produce a faster Z06 supercar. The company will introduce a 650-horsepower Corvette later this year.
The 500-unit limited run of the "road-going, track-capable" Z06 C7.R will be powered by a supercharged LT4 engine, and be fitted with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and Michelin PS Cup 2 tires.
Clad in ...Read more
DETROIT -- General Motors paid chief Mary Barra $16.2 million in total compensation for 2014 in the first year the company's executive pay was free from government oversight, according to a government filing released today.
Her pay was more than triple the $5.2 million she made in 2013 because on Jan. 15, 2014, she was promoted from executive ...Read more
Like a desperate team in the final seconds, time was running out one afternoon in my 2015 Kia Soul EV.
Heading home from a racetrack in South Florida, the remaining charge on the plug-in electric Soul was shrinking by the minute. Five percent, it said. I looked down a minute later: I flatlined the son-of-a-gun.
But the Soul kept creeping along...Read more
It's been four years since Fiat re-entered the U.S. market. Yet despite new showrooms and provocative advertising campaigns, Fiat's brand awareness seems as small as the diminutive 500 it sells, which is nicknamed "Topolino," or little mouse, in Italy.
Despite the slightly larger 500L crossover, Fiat's 2014 sales in the United States totaled ...Read more
When Scarlett Johanssen, as Black Widow, drops out of the bottom of a jet fighter, astride a motorcycle, in the new "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the weirdest thing about the scene is the bike she's riding.
It's a Harley-Davidson LiveWire, one of the few real vehicles used in the filming of the CGI-driven sequel.
It's also a motorcycle that doesn...Read more
DETROIT -- A high-end luxury sedan without a V8 engine; a Jeep Wrangler made of aluminum clambering over boulders; a Corvette that gets 30 m.p.g.
The unthinkable is becoming reality with the transition to smaller engines, better transmissions, electronic wizardry and lightweight materials. Based on a slew of new models presented at auto shows ...Read more
Tesla Motors is expected to announce next week that it will expand into a new business offering battery-based energy storage for residential and commercial customers.
Documents filed with the California Public Utilities Commission show that Tesla already has begun pilot projects that leverage technology it has developed for electric car ...Read more
Q: I see you recommend using a professional scanner to see what's wrong with a car. Can you explain the difference between these and the one I've bought at the auto parts store?
A: Practically the entire car is now connected in a network that can be accessed using a scan tool. These tools have become an essential part of ...Read more
Q: I have some questions regarding the fuel pump on my 1995 Mercury Cougar with the 4.6-liter V-8. The car was garaged for about three months and now won't run. It will start and run for a few seconds on starter fluid, so it appears to have spark. When the key is turned to the "on" position I do not hear a "whirring" sound from the fuel pump. I ...Read more
DETROIT -- Ford said it would lay off 700 workers at its plant in Wayne, Mich., to compensate for declining sales.
Ford said it would cut a shift at the plant, where it makes the Ford Focus compact car and C-Max crossover.
The decision affects 675 hourly workers and 25 salaried employees.
The first 200 workers will be laid off at the end of ...Read more
TOKYO -- Suzuki is recalling about 2 million vehicles worldwide, including 1.87 million in Japan, over a possible defect of its ignition switch, the carmaker said Wednesday.
It was the largest-ever recall for Suzuki, the carmaker said.
The recalled models include Suzuki Alto, Suzuki Swift, Mazda Laputa and Chevrolet Cruze, the carmaker said.
The compact sport crossover is the trendy gold mine for luxury brands. Audi has the Q5 and smaller Q3, BMW has the X3 and smaller X1, Mercedes-Benz is making a killing with the GLA and now Lexus is selling every NX that it can build -- and a majority are the top-line NX F Sport, a fashion-stiletto with even louder exterior styling.
The NX -- ...Read more
DETROIT -- The compensation fund reviewing claims from victims of General Motors defective ignition switches has found 87 deaths tied to the defect and eligible for compensation, up three from the figure reported the week before, according to a weekly update.
Another 1,085 cases remain under review out of the 4,342 filed since the fund was ...Read more
Investment in the Mexican auto industry is soaring as automakers take advantage of low labor costs, an increasingly sophisticated workforce and free trade agreements.
Ford Motor Co. said Friday that it will spend $2.5 billion to build and expand engine and transmission factories in the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Guanajuato, creating 3,800 ...Read more
In 1963, engineers at Ford Motor Co. turned a Ford Falcon into a sporty four-door coupe. Then they took two doors off, made it sportier still and, on April 17, 1964, hit the market at the New York World's Fair with the Mustang.
The original pony car turned 51 Friday.
The celebrated Mustang, whose 2015 incarnation is the latest of six design ...Read more
Can you feel it? The weather is getting warmer. If you have plans to hit the road, or if you're tackling household spring-cleaning, be sure not to ignore your car. After all, the winter has most likely left it resembling an environmental hazard.
But resist the temptation to just do a quick wash with some dish detergent. With a little effort, ...Read more