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Eric's Autos: 2018 Lexus NX300

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No one knows who invented the shoe, but not surprisingly, it caught on.

The crossover is another such idea -- and we know whose that was.

Back in '98, Lexus took a car -- the ES 300 sedan -- gave it a lift kit and all-wheel drive and hey! Presto! The RX 300.

It's obvious now. It was radical and brilliant back then.

It gave people ...Read more

Auto review: 2019 Honda Insight aims to become America's favorite hybrid

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Honda will make its latest pitch for recognition as a leader in gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles when the sleek 2019 Insight prototype bows at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday.

The handsome, five-seat sedan will look right at home alongside Honda's hot-selling Accord and Civic. I expect prices to overlap those ...Read more

Auto Review: Nissan Maxima '4-door Sports Car' gets some upgrades for 2018, starts at $33,270

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Nissan rolled out the newest generation of its Nissan Maxima sport sedan just two years ago, and now it returns for 2018 with just a few enhancements.

Those include standard Android Auto connectivity (in addition to Apple CarPlay, added last year), new content for the Midnight Edition package, and a new exterior color, Carnelian Red ($395 extra...Read more

Fiat Chrysler will invest $1B in Michigan truck plant; bring Ram work back from Mexico

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Thursday it will invest more than $1 billion to modernize the company's Warren Truck Plant, adding 2,500 jobs and moving production of its Ram Heavy Duty trucks from Mexico.

The changeover is to be complete in 2020.

The company said the new federal tax law made the shift possible. That legislation, ...Read more

Toyota to show FT-4X Concept, new Avalon at Detroit auto show

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In addition to the 2019 Avalon, Toyota on Monday will show the FT-4X Concept at the North American International Auto Show, the automaker said Wednesday.

The Avalon was first sold in the U.S. in 1994. It shares its underbody with the new Camry that went on sale earlier this year. Much of the engineering, except the powertrain, was done in the ...Read more

Under the Hood: New tire size changes odometer and speedometer readings

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Q: Three months ago I purchased 2010 Jeep Wrangler Sport. It came with P255/75R17 tires which are larger than the original tires which were P225/75R16. Is there an easy and inexpensive fix to re-calibrate my speedometer so everything is correct based on the present tire size? Thanks.

Fred S, Millville, N.J.

A: Your replacement tires cover ...Read more

New Edge unveiled during hot SUV cycle for Ford, offers internet access for 10 devices

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DETROIT -- On the heels of its hottest year for SUV sales, Ford unveiled a new 2019 Edge midsize sport utility that targets upscale shoppers. The vehicle gets an aggressive cosmetic and technology overhaul.

Many buyers of the SUV are professionals who say they want to project a positive image while having access to a wide range of options that ...Read more

The future of Ford: Connecting cars, bikes, stoplights

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LAS VEGAS -- Ford CEO Jim Hackett offered an ambitious vision for the automaker's autonomous vehicle business strategy Tuesday at the CES tech conference here, depicting a future that will be as much as about networks of cars and traffic signals as any particular model of self-driving vehicle.

Ford will build these networked systems, he said, ...Read more

Auto review: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is like a good winter coat

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A good compact crossover is like a good winter coat: it's nothing to get excited about, but its ability to satisfy several functions can be very pleasing. The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is like a good winter coat.

Fortunately for car buyers, the hottest segment in the industry doesn't have any duds or divas, so differentiating between them is less ...Read more

Fisker at CES: A $130,000 electric sedan and a radical new battery technology

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Henrik Fisker, the Los Angeles car designer and automobile entrepreneur, is best known for his long, flowing, smoothly muscular creations, from the BMW Z8 to the Aston-Martin V8 Vantage to the Fisker Karma.

His own companies have achieved less success than he'd like. His previous electric-car company, Fisker Automotive, went bust in 2013.

Now ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Volvo V60 Polestar

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The thing that Volvo used to sell, safety, is something everyone sells now. Which is why it's smart for Volvo to start selling something else.

How about a high-performance compact wagon with a turbo and supercharged engine -- and almost 400 horsepower -- that can go from zero to 60 mph in just over four seconds?

P.S. It's perfectly safe, too. ...Read more

Pay $200-plus for a car's key fob replacement? Look at cheaper options

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I've learned to live with certain idiosyncrasies on my 2004 Chevy Malibu. The "check battery" indicator light flashes and dings at 50 mph, the gear shift light burned out, and my key fob will no longer lock or unlock the doors, despite replacing the fob's battery.

A nonfunctioning key fob was the last straw. Not to get a new car--the Malibu is ...Read more

Honda's new Accord is an excellent transportation appliance

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No automaker in history has made better cars than Honda. The Japanese company deserves its reputation for delivering decent, dependable cars at fair prices.

The 2018 Accord is another feather in its cap, a well-engineered transportation appliance that is almost post-automotive in design and execution.

Honda reworked its bestselling sedan for ...Read more

2018 Range Rover Velar: Two touch screens too many?

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New for 2018, the Range Rover Velar enters a field flooded with luxury crossovers. Like so many overlooked middle children, it's challenging to tell where Velar fits even within the Rover family.

The fourth crossover sibling in the more luxurious Range Rover lineage is slightly larger than Land Rover's Discovery Sport, yet falls in line between...Read more

Expect to pay more for gasoline in 2018

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The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is expected to go up about 8 cents in 2018, according to the annual Fuel Price Outlook put out by GasBuddy, a tech company based in Boston that helps motorists find the cheapest gasoline in a given area.

The average price in the U.S. is projected to rise to $2.57 a gallon, the highest price ...Read more

Fiat Spider Abarth puts extra fun into the classic roadster experience

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The 2018 Fiat 124 Spider pays homage to the original 124 Spider, introduced 50 years ago and revived for 2017, with classic Italian styling and performance.

The ultimate Italian roadster experience is a combination of technology and safety, with driving excitement and iconic design. The current 124 Spider reinterprets design cues from the ...Read more

Billions from Volkswagen settlement boost push for clean vehicles

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South Carolina wants to replace aging school buses. Colorado plans to electrify Denver's bus system. And Washington wants electric ferryboats for Puget Sound.

As part of a 2016 federal court settlement after Volkswagen admitted programming its diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests, the automaker agreed to pay $2.8 billion to states to be ...Read more

Larry Printz: Presenting the newest antiques –– the Class of 1993

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With the beginning of the new year, a fresh batch of cars turns 25 years old and thus are considered antique according to many state licensing authorities, auto insurance companies and the Antique Automobile Club of America, the world's largest collector car club.

Twenty-five years ago was 1993, the year that the movie "Jurassic Park" ruled the...Read more

Under the Hood: What is the truth about clear coat?

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Q How long does it last and should it be reapplied if you keep your car? Is it ok to clay-bar and wax? Is there a line of cleaning waxing products you like?

Paul Y. San Ramon, Ca

A I'm probably the last person you should ask about this as I am terribly neglectful about maintaining the cosmetics of the family vehicles. A gravel driveway, oak ...Read more

The disappearing stick shift in US cars

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SAN DIEGO -- At auto shows like recent one in San Diego, so much says "new and shiny" it's easy to miss what's old and disappearing.

Like manual transmissions.

Fewer than 3 percent of cars sold in the U.S. these days have stick shifts and clutch pedals, and nowhere was that trend more obvious than at the San Diego International Auto Show's ...Read more