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Lexus and Porsche tie in J.D. Power reliability study

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Lexus and Porsche tied for the top spot in auto information company J.D. Power's annual vehicle reliability study.

But other Japanese, German, South Korean and American brands also scored extremely well.

The study targeted 35,000 owners of model year 2014 vehicles who have driven their vehicles for three full years, asking them to rate ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback is Business in the Back, Fun up Front

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The current clamor for SUV crossovers may be a rising tide for five-door hatchbacks. Many makers offer a compact hatchback for their sedan models, including the Ford Focus, Mazda3, Kia Forte, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa, Subaru Impreza and Volkswagen Golf. But more consumers have been taking home the sedan body style.

The trend might be ...Read more

PSA chief woos Opel workers with promise to keep jobs, brands

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FRANKFURT, Germany -- PSA Group Chief Executive Officer Carlos Tavares sought to ease tensions over the proposed acquisition of General Motors Co.'s European business by assuring workers that the French automaker will protect jobs and revive the Opel and Vauxhall brands.

The manufacturer of Peugeot and Citroen cars will honor existing labor ...Read more

Auto review: Honda CR-V's excellence marred by balky controls

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For a company that builds some very quick cars, Honda sometimes moves with glacial slowness.

The 2017 CR-V compact SUV (I give it four out of four stars) is a prime example. After years of complaints about its over-reliance on touch screen controls, Honda gave the new SUV's audio system a volume dial but inexplicably retained the annoying touch...Read more

Mark Phelan: 2018 VW Tiguan design focuses on comfort, width

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Volkswagen's design team focused on passenger comfort and visually emphasizing width when they created the new 2018 Tiguan SUV at company design headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.

The North American and Chinese versions of the Tiguan are 10.7 inches longer than the old Tiguan and 8.6 inches longer than the new European model that went into ...Read more

Musk faces union efforts at Tesla

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SAN FRANCISCO -- What happens inside Tesla Inc.'s electric car factory in Fremont, Calif., this year will torque Tesla toward a sustainable future or send it on a road to ruin.

Everything at Tesla depends on the success of the Model 3, a mid-priced electric car the company plans to churn out by the hundreds of thousands each year. The Model 3 ...Read more

Under the Hood: How to know when a pothole has caused real damage

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Q: With all the storms we have been having lately, my car has taken some abuse from potholes and from dragging its bottom over rocks, gravel and tree parts. How can I know if the car has been damaged from any of these incidents? How likely is it that damage might happen from dragging bottom or from hitting a huge pothole? How can I tell if I ...Read more

PSA Group plan to buy Opel quickly hits potential German hurdle

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PSA Group's proposal to buy General Motors Co.'s Opel brand quickly ran into a potential hurdle in Germany, with politicians and labor leaders vowing to protect jobs and the unit's manufacturing footprint in the country.

"The company carries responsibility for the sites, the development center and the securing of employment," German Economy ...Read more

Auto review: Porsche's new Panamera Turbo delivers plush power

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Porsche's restyled Panamera is either the world's sportiest luxury car or the world's most luxurious sports car.

Does it matter which?

The German automotive firm has retooled the larger, wider sports sedan to more closely resemble its smaller, sleeker 911 sports cars.

The roof line is lower, and the rear slope is more aggressive. The Panamera...Read more

Cars take place with PCs and smartphones as threat to privacy

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- You probably know that you should delete all the data off your phone before you give it away and wipe the hard drive on your computer before you sell it.

But have you considered all the data stored on your car, and what you should do with it when you get rid of the vehicle? Maybe not.

Tony Aquila, CEO of Solera Holdings, a ...Read more

Auto review: Ducati zooms into adventure bike market with Mighty Multistrada Enduro

Automotive / Automotive News /

It has been my good fortune to ride a number of modern Ducati motorcycles. They're all terrific.

I really like Monsters. I like the Scramblers. I'm dangerously attracted to the hooligan Hyperstradas. I even grudgingly admire the Diavel -- even though the sleek, sophisticated cruiser isn't a bike I'd ever ride.

And the Multistradas? I love them...Read more

Ford Motor Co. strikes unusual deal with driverless car startup Argo AI

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Ford Motor Co. has bought a majority share in a small artificial intelligence startup that will help the automaker get driverless vehicles on the road, Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields announced Friday.

Argo AI, based in Pittsburgh, will provide the "brains" for virtual driving systems. Argo becomes a Ford subsidiary and will ...Read more

Tension high as Tesla retools

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tesla will shut down its Fremont, Calif., factory for a week this month to prepare the assembly line for its highly anticipated mid-market electric car, the Model 3.

"This will allow Tesla to begin Model 3 production later this year as planned and enable us to start the ramp towards 500,000 vehicles annually in 2018," the ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Ford's 2018 Expedition is automaker's first big SUV overhaul in 15 years

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Ford this week unveiled an all-new, aluminum-bodied version of its big Expedition SUV that is both bigger and lighter than the version that it replaces.

Built in Louisville, Ky., the truck promises better fuel economy and new features when it goes on sale this fall.

The Expedition grows 4 inches longer on a 3-inch longer wheelbase. The bigger ...Read more

Auto Word: The 2017 Subaru Impreza is Pushing Limits, Raising Expectations, and Pulling Away!

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The new 2017 Subaru Impreza isn't just a completely re-engineered compact-class car; it is a messenger of change for this Japanese carmaker. And a lot rides on its global platform architecture, which will support gasoline, plug-in hybrid and electric variants.

The new model, in sedan and five-door hatchback body styles, is built in a new $1.3 ...Read more

Genesis, Hyundai's luxury subbrand, offers premium value

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In the beginning there was Hyundai, maker of budget cars with questionable quality. That was the '80s. Then the Korean automaker introduced the industry's best warranty to go along with much better cars. Soon thereafter the sub-$35,000 Hyundai Genesis won 2009 North American Car of the Year in Detroit, an acknowledgment that Hyundai could not ...Read more

Larry Printz: Honest, Abe, Lincoln made some sweet rides

Automotive / Automotive News /

It's a shame that although America's 16th president is revered as one of the nation's greatest leaders, the annual celebration of his birthday is primarily used to promote mattress and furniture sales. Of course, if you are going to use the familiarity of a president's name to market your product, what better one than Lincoln? After all, cars ...Read more

Will battery startup have staying power?

Automotive / Automotive News /

LOS ANGELES -- Michael Patterson holds out his right arm, crooks it, flexes it like he's shooting up dope.

"They're all going on the lithium!" he says, pretending to thumb-pump a syringe, drawing a big laugh from his executive staff.

By "they" he means buyers of high-tech batteries to power electric vehicles and store electricity for utilities...Read more

Auto review: Tesla Model X P100D sets autopilot to a fast future

Automotive / Automotive News /

The falcon-wing doors sealed shut and the boy studied the moonroof above his seat. His eyes trailed forward to the panoramic front windshield. The 17-inch touch screen in the center stack arrested his attention, like headlights to a deer, causing the boy to mutter, as if in a trance, "This is how I imagine cars of the future."

Then I floored it...Read more

Under the Hood: Electric parking brakes explained

Automotive / Automotive News /

Q: The new car I just purchased has a push-button parking brake. I like it but wonder if I can trust it on the steep street I park on. How do these things work?

-- Melody C.

A: Electric parking brakes, or EPBs, have become popular as they provide a reliable and convenient means of operating the parking brake and free up space in the passenger ...Read more


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