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Day after call with Merkel, PSA chief talks jobs with May

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LONDON -- With German and U.K. car jobs on the line, which leader would get to PSA Group Chief Executive Officer Carlos Tavares first?

After two days of trying to find a suitable time to meet in person, British Prime Minister Theresa May finally had a phone call with the CEO on Wednesday to make the case for Vauxhall cars. A day earlier, ...Read more

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 review: 2017 Lexus GS F is old-school cool but lags the performance competition

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The performance sedan segment has been engaged in a battle for horsepower dominance in recent years. While a performance sedan making 400 horsepower would suffice a decade ago, we now have the option to buy a family-sized sedan that can produce as much power as some of the fastest supercars. Take the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V; its 6.2-liter ...Read more

Harley-Davidson swaps out chrome for black in 2017 Road King Special

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CHICAGO -- Harley-Davidson has gone to black with the 2017 Road King Special.

Swapping out chrome for black on its most popular model, the new Road King Special motorcycle moves Harley-Davidson's touring line in a new styling direction, with a more contemporary look.

"By exchanging chrome surfaces for black and lowering the bike's profile, we'...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

Some VW customers are still waiting for their buybacks, 4 months after court approval

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LOS ANGELES -- Some Volkswagen owners say they're still waiting to complete their buybacks, almost four months after a judge approved a settlement for 2-liter diesel vehicles that were part of the automaker's emissions scandal.

Many problems with the buyback program have been ironed out over the last few months, but VW owners who financed their...Read more

John Gallagher: Human foibles complicate era of autonomous cars

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Remember those old "Star Trek" episodes where the supremely logical Mr. Spock argued with the all-too-human Bones McCoy and James T. Kirk on the bridge of the Enterprise?

Longtime highway safety engineer James Hedlund envisions something like those culture clashes taking place on our roads and highways once autonomous vehicles, or AVs, share ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Aston Martin begins new-product blitz to raise its profile

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As the $214,820 DB11 begins to arrive in U.S. dealerships, legendary but little-known British luxury brand Aston Martin has set out to raise its profile as it begins a new-model offensive unlike anything in its 104-year history.

The DB11 is the latest in a line of classic European "GT" cars that have been key to Aston's image for decades. It's ...Read more

Under the Hood: No joke, a fire extinguisher can save your life

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Q: I read your recent list of recommendations on what to keep in your trunk. Well, not only do I always carry a fire extinguisher in my vehicle, I've given one to all my children as well.

I have had to put out car fires on two occasions. The first time was during a severe winter. My car at the time, a Lancia Beta sedan, featured a J-shaped tube...Read more

Auto review: McLaren 570GT: Laughing all the way through the bank account

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McLaren decided a while back that it wanted to increase sales by offering a more affordable sports car.

It worked -- at least for people who think a base price of $200,000 is affordable. The addition of the 570 "sports" series to its 670 "super" series and P1 "ultimate" series vehicles doubled McLaren sales in a single year. Of 1,100 cars sold ...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

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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