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As Ford phases out most cars, Chicago plant will produce a new SUV

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CHICAGO -- The Ford assembly plant on Chicago's Southeast Side is not expecting any layoffs as the company phases out most cars -- including the signature Taurus sedan built there -- in favor of SUVs and trucks.

The Torrence Avenue plant, Ford's oldest in continuous operation, will end production of the Taurus and Police Interceptor sedans by ...Read more

Ford names China leadership amid slumping sales and 'bumpy ride'

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DETROIT -- Ford has announced new leaders for its China operations and organizational changes there.

The moves follow by four months the sudden departure of Jason Luo as the automaker's China CEO. Luo was in the post only five months, leaving for still-unexplained "personal reasons that predate his time at Ford."

The Dearborn-based automaker ...Read more

Ford announces $1.7B quarterly profit, deep cuts to car lineup

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DETROIT -- The company that put Americans in cars affirmed Wednesday that those vehicles are going the way of the Model T and it will focus ever more on trucks and SUVs.

Ford, during its announcement Wednesday that it had a first-quarter profit of $1.7 billion, said its traditional car lineup soon will be trimmed to just the Mustang and a new ...Read more

General Motors reports pretax profit of $2.6B in first quarter

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DETROIT -- General Motors said it earned $2.6 billion in pretax profits in the first quarter of 2018.

The results, released Thursday morning, were a decline of $944 million from the same period a year ago. The company said it had net income of $1.1 billion for the quarter after taxes and special charges. Overall revenue of $36.1 billion was a ...Read more

Jeep powers Fiat Chrysler quarterly profit jump of 60 percent to $1.2 billion

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Thursday it earned a profit of $1.2 billion (1 billion euro) during the first quarter, a nearly 60 percent gain over the same period a year ago, driven in part by a jump in worldwide Jeep shipments, improved performance in South America and a lower U.S. corporate tax rate.

The earnings were a first-...Read more

Tesla gets an 'F' from the Better Business Bureau

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Tesla may get an "A" grade for the look of its cars, and the experience of driving one of its vehicles. And when it comes to drumming up publicity, CEO Elon Musk's grades have to be at the top of the class:

But Tesla gets an "F" from the Better Business Bureau, which says Tesla responds poorly to customer complaints.

"They're a fine company, ...Read more

Under the Hood: A dangerous problem the dealer can't find

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Q: In May of 2017, my wife and I purchased a brand new Newmar Baystar Sport Class A Motor Home. The very minute I took delivery and drove past the curb, the Ford Triton V-10 6.8-liter motor would stumble and almost die on takeoff from a stop. It did this on my first two takeoffs from red lights. I immediately returned to the selling dealer, but ...Read more

Navigator, Escalade crush competitors in growing luxury SUV segment

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DETROIT -- Detroit knows big SUVs.

It knows how to make them and it knows how to sell them.

Automakers based in Detroit or Dearborn have built nearly one of every three large luxury SUVs sold this year. And orders for the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade continue to roll in.

Large luxury SUV sales have grown 12.5 percent through March ...Read more

Company will rent you a Tesla to drive from San Diego to LA for $49

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SAN DIEGO -- It might break some your budgets to buy a Tesla, but renting one is a different story.

A company called Tesloop, based in Culver City, Calif., launched a new service in San Diego this week that lets consumers rent the all-electric Model 3 for a flat fee of $49 to drive one way to Los Angeles.

The company started in 2015, when then...Read more

Auto review: Mitsubishi Outlander plugs into practicality

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For a company nearly left for dead two years ago, Mitsubishi is showing a lot of life.

The Outlander plug-in hybrid on sale now introduces a hot new technology to the compact SUV segment that's taking the market by storm. Outlander plug-in is a five-seat SUV that's about the size of the Chevrolet Equinox, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4.

The ...Read more

Self-driving electric shuttle buses to begin at University of Michigan

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A pair of self-driving shuttle buses should begin motoring around Ann Arbor this spring in an ambitious test of the new technology with the University of Michigan.

The electrically powered, 15-seat shuttles will be part of the university's bus service, carrying passengers on a short course in the North Campus. Anybody with a...Read more

Auto review: Considering a plug-in car? 2018 Kia Niro PHEV is a good starter

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If the Kia Soul and Toyota Prius Prime had a baby, it'd be something like the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The compact crossover hybrid launched last year gets a plug for 2018, as well as a much larger motor and a whole lot more emission-free driving.

Despite debuting in a down market for hybrids, the Niro did pretty well in its ...Read more

Tesla set to go 24-7 on cranking out the Model 3

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FREMONT, Calif. -- Will a third shift be the charm for Tesla as it seeks to get its Model 3 production on track?

That's the hope according to an email that Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has sent to company employees. In the email, a copy of which was obtained by the automotive tech blog Electrek, Musk says Tesla's Fremont plant is about to ...Read more

Cadillac head Johan de Nysschen abruptly leaves GM

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General Motors is replacing the head of its Cadillac brand.

The automaker announced Tuesday that it is appointing Steve Carlisle as GM senior vice president and president of Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, "who is leaving the company effective immediately." Carlisle was previously president and managing director of GM Canada.

No details...Read more

Auto review: Tesla Model 3 may just be worth the wait

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The Tesla Model 3 is the most hyped car since the days of the Model T. Since it was announced in June 2016, more than half a million people have deposited $1,000 to reserve their Model 3 sight unseen, drive untested. But with deliveries to customers moving at horse-and-buggy pace, the hype has waned to skepticism.

The so-called electric vehicle...Read more

When will the $7,500 federal EV tax credit get cut for GM and Tesla? Soon

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The $7,500 federal tax credit is a big inducement for consumers to buy electric vehicles and for automakers to develop electric vehicles. Once an automaker sells and delivers more than 200,000 electric vehicles (including plug-in hybrids with more than a 16 kWh battery pack) total, then the credit gets cut in half by the next fiscal quarter of ...Read more

Porsche's L.A. Experience Center is a theme park for grown-ups who love to drive

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Last weekend, I drove to Los Angeles from my Bay Area home. My wife and 12-year-old daughter visited Disneyland. I headed to my ideal theme park: the Porsche Experience Center in Carson.

There are no lines at the Porsche Experience Center. There are 77 shiny near-new Porsches, one of which was reserved for me: a beautiful ...Read more

Under the Hood: Keeping your vehicle's blind zone system in working order

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Q: During the past several months I've encountered a "side blind zone system unavailable" warning while driving my Chevrolet Tahoe. Since this only happened twice, I figured it's not going to be very useful to take it in to the shop. Can you explain how this "system" works and what may be going wrong?

Ben W.

A: Your blind zone warning system ...Read more

California's air quality chief is a fighter known for winning

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Mary Nichols is at the center of a vehicle emissions storm.

As the chief air regulator for the most populous state in the U.S., she is navigating a new and contentious discussion about vehicle emissions standards. It appears to be Nichols vs. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.

The Yale Law grad is seasoned in politics and ...Read more

$92,000 Navigator delivery delayed — 'I want my toy!' buyer laments

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Don Sadler is sad because his $92,495 Lincoln Navigator is stuck in Kentucky.

"They won't give me my toy," said Sadler, 62, of Miami.

"It's kind of like I picked out my Christmas present, made my deposit and Christmas came and went. It's so frustrating to really want something and wait six weeks, then eight weeks, then 10 weeks."

His ...Read more