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New tariff list creates risk of 'downward cycle' for US auto industry

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New tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump on auto parts from China will hit carmaker profits, cut sales and threaten to "start a downward cycle" in the critical industry, analysts said unanimously Tuesday.

In addition, if you're in the market for a new car, you probably should get to a dealership soon, because prices are going up.

Trump's ...Read more

The Saudi wealth fund bought Tesla stock. Now it's investing in Lucid, a Tesla competitor

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Lucid Motors, the Bay Area electric car start-up, has been struggling to raise money for more than a year. Now it appears to have found some: more than a billion dollars from Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund.

If the deal announced Monday closes as Lucid expects, the company said it will have enough cash to finish engineering the high-end ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Chevy Camaro

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

The Chevy Camaro has always been a more practical Corvette. It has similar performance when ordered with its V-8 engine -- the same basic V-8 you get in the Corvette -- but for a lot less money and with one thing you can't get in a Corvette: an extra pair of seats.

There may not be much legroom in those back seats, but they're there. They make ...Read more

Elon Musk acknowledges Tesla is in 'delivery logistics hell'

Automotive / Automotive News /

Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk acknowledged Sunday that his company has been slow in getting new electric Model 3 cars to waiting customers, calling the problem "delivery logistics hell."

In response to a tweet from a customer who complained to Musk that the delivery date for her car continued to slip, even though she saw 42 Tesla ...Read more

Under the Hood: Changing cabin air filter is a good idea, and a DIY task

Automotive / Automotive News /

Q: Can you please tell me about my cabin air filter? I took my car in for an oil change and they tried to sell me a cabin filter. Which cars have these? How do they work? How often should they be replaced? Can I do it myself?

-- Greg S.

A: Great questions! These filters have been widely adopted in domestic and Asian vehicles for about 15 years...Read more

Motormouth: Want a car with front bench seat? You may be out of luck

Automotive / Automotive News /

Q: Are there any cars that have a front bench seat anymore? I'm looking for a late-model used sedan that can accommodate six passengers. Do any of the auto manufacturers make any?

-- B.G., Burbank, Ill.

A: To the best of my knowledge, the 2013 Chevy Impala was the last car to offer a front bench seat. Many pickup trucks still offer them, ...Read more

Car owners say these brands have the fewest tech headaches

Automotive / Automotive News /

DETROIT -- Rebecca Lindland found herself sitting in the cockpit of a new SUV yelling at the dashboard while driving on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.

"I was in the car and it did not understand when I said, 'Call Mom.' It got to the point where I was like, "Call my ... mother!' I was enraged. It was unbelievable. Such a stunning fail," said ...Read more

Tesla is testing the patience of its buyers

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SAN FRANCISCO -- There's no doubt in Richard Lam's mind: When he takes the wheel of his Tesla Model 3, he'll be thrilled with it. "I hear that owners, once they get their cars, are very happy," said Lam, 31, an electrical engineer from Diamond Bar, Calif.

Getting it is the problem. Lam has been waiting more than two months. He's already paid ...Read more

Auto review: This Nissan could change your mind about small cars

Automotive / Automotive News /

Not an SUV, but determinedly SUV-adjacent, the 2018 Nissan Kicks is a testament to the elasticity of consumer opinion and a preview of the small car of the future.

The Kicks is most accurately described as a compact station wagon, but clever design and engineering imbue it with the visual and practical appeal that have made SUVs the dominant ...Read more

Here's how to get out alive if you get trapped in a car

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Car entrapment happens more often and more easily than most people think and it can be deadly. That's why it is crucial to know how to escape.

Even a parked car poses many safety risks, said Byron Bloch, an auto safety expert and frequent expert witness based in Potomac, Maryland.

Cleveland resident Peter Pyros recently learned as much the ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Hyundai Ioniq

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

What does it take to outdo the Prius at hybridness? Hyundai -- and the Ioniq hybrid.

It costs less, goes farther on less gas and has more room inside.

What It Is

Like the Prius, the Ioniq is a compact five-door hatchback hybrid.

Also like the Prius, it isn't just a hybrid. It is a dedicated hybrid.

There is no regular (non...Read more

Worries about fate of NAFTA hit Detroit's Canadian neighbors

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As U.S. and Canadian trade officials worked last week toward a so-far elusive deal to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, Joe Graves was concerned about the auto plant where he's worked for 30 years.

Graves, the president of Unifor Local 88, which represents about 2,800 workers at the General Motors CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario,...Read more

Trump says Ford can build Focus Active in US, but company says that makes no sense

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Auto analysts groaned in response to Twitter posts by President Donald Trump that touted his tariffs on Chinese imports and his claim that the trade war would inspire Ford Motor Co. to build its Ford Active crossover in the U.S. rather than overseas.

Wrong, Ford said.

The Dearborn, Mich.-based company issued a statement in response to the ...Read more

Under the Hood: Manufacturers shifting from timing belts to timing chains

Automotive / Automotive News /

Q: When car shopping, do you think it is important to consider if a vehicle has a timing belt or timing chain? After seeing friends pay hefty charges for timing belt replacements, I wonder why timing chains are not more widely used.

-- Scott M.

A: There is a shift occurring where some manufacturers are going to chain drive for the camshaft/...Read more

Motormouth: Don't bleed the tires, even in the hottest temperatures

Automotive / Automotive News /

Q: I will be driving in Utah, Nevada and the valleys of eastern California, where temperatures above 110 degrees are not uncommon. If I start the day at the recommended max tire pressure listed on the door placard, do I have anything to worry about, or should I bleed the tires, and how much? Also, a pretty good pressure gauge always gives a ...Read more

Semis, the last bastion of stick shifts, are going automated

Automotive / Automotive News /

Bryan Berg drives a semi with a 13-speed transmission, and he's been double-clutching and shifting gears in his rig for 30 years. He's not about to start driving a truck that shifts automatically.

"I just think it would be weird," said Berg, who lives near Willmar, Minn., when he's not driving. "Most of the drivers I know, they all say ...Read more

Fiat Chrysler spending $30M on self-driving test facility

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is adding more muscle to its self-driving vehicle testing efforts.

The company will spend more than $30 million at a new testing and development facility at its Chelsea Proving Grounds west of Detroit. Testing begins this month at the facility, which will include a "dedicated autonomous highway-speed track, 35-acre ...Read more

Larry Printz: How the Kia Stinger changed the new Forte's development

Automotive / Automotive News /

PITTSBURGH -- If you've noticed a newfound sophistication in the Kia Forte's design for 2019, that's no accident. The compact sedan, which is being built in Mexico and was designed in Europe, wasn't originally envisioned for the American market. How it ended up in the U.S. speaks to Kia's changing product direction.

Despite the popularity of ...Read more

Elon Musk smokes a blunt live on YouTube with podcaster Joe Rogan

Automotive / Automotive News /

SAN FRANCISCO -- Elon Musk apparently smoked dope with comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan live on YouTube late Thursday night, then giggled about turning Mars into "a big Jamaica."

"I mean, it's legal, right?" Musk said, accepting a lit blunt from Rogan in the Los Angeles studio, where "The Joe Rogan Experience" is webcast live. Rogan told Musk ...Read more

Tesla doesn't release monthly sales figures, except when it kind of does

Automotive / Automotive News /

SAN FRANCISCO -- Twelve times a year, every automaker releases monthly sales figures. Except General Motors and Tesla Inc., which post numbers four times a year: once per quarter.

That practice didn't stop Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk from tweeting a link to July and August sales estimates from the online publication Inside EVs.

The numbers...Read more