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Would you rent a car from a stranger? With rental prices sky high, car-sharing companies get a boost

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A Memorial Day trip to hike and bike at Mississippi Palisades State Park seemed like an easy pandemic getaway — until Autumn Wolfer tried to book a rental car to drive there.

Including insurance, some rental car companies wanted as much as $900, she said.

So Wolfer, 43, of Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, checked out Turo, a car-sharing ...Read more

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Reimagining muscle: Dodge must redefine itself in age of electrification

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With the Biden administration pushing bigger carbon dioxide reduction targets, Dodge's rumbling V-8 engines could be looking at extinction.

Dodge in recent years has honed its image as a performance brand. It has streamlined its lineup. It's offered its supercharged Hellcat engine in coupes, sedans and SUVs, and it's taken pride in its "...Read more

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Tesla engineer says Musk overstated Tesla autopilot reality

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One of Tesla Inc.’s engineers told California authorities that Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk overstated the capability of Autopilot, the company’s driver-assistance system, early this year.

The clarification was described in a series of records the California Department of Motor Vehicles released to the legal-advocacy group Plainsite, ...Read more

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It's the best time ever to sell a used car -- as long as you don't need to buy one

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Clarissa Iliff logged about 78,000 miles on her trusty 2015 Ford Focus before a looming new car purchase rendered it expendable earlier this year.

Trying to unload it, the Orange resident took the Ford to a local car dealership, which offered her $4,850 for the sedan in late March. But that was about $1,000 less than the low-end valuation from ...Read more

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Auto review: The answer to escalating gas prices? The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

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It’s the old good news/bad news scenario. The economy appears to be rebounding after its coronavirus-induced recession. The bad news it’s causing a spike in fuel prices, now surpassing $3 a gallon. Nationwide, prices averaged $2.927 a gallon, according to the AAA. That’s an increase of nearly one-third from a year ago, when pandemic ...Read more

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Mark Phelan: 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline adds off-road capability, styling

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The popular Ford Explorer three-row SUV will add an off-road-oriented model this summer in a bid to attract new customers and compete with the upcoming Jeep Grand Cherokee L, which was developed to win some of the same family buyers the Explorer caters to.

The summer arrival of the 2021 Explorer Timberline opens a new front in the hotly ...Read more

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Auto review: That's a Hyundai? Tucson SUV is hi-tech head-turner

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The 2022 Hyundai Tucson might have been designed after the jagged edges of the Santa Catalina Mountains that surround the compact SUV's Arizona namesake. Or the chiseled stones that flood the street markets of Tucson's annual Gem and Mineral Show. Or maybe the Lamborghini Aventador's dramatic lines, since Hyundai's design chief Luc Donckerwolke ...Read more

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Dems push fed investment in EV infrastructure but GOP's not on board

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez re-introduced legislation Wednesday that seeks to build a nationwide electric vehicle charging network within five years.

The renewed effort came the same day that a House subcommittee met to discuss the electric vehicle provisions of a climate bill that would ...Read more

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Motormouth: Repaint your car? Try this instead

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Q: I recently bought a new 2021 Mazda SUV. The color is white, and at the time I thought that was what I wanted. But now I am not so sure. I am going to keep the vehicle but feel that I would like it to be a different color. Is it OK to repaint a new car? Would the paint job work, or would there be a problem? Any insight you could give me would ...Read more

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Stellantis exec: Lower inventory levels connected to chip shortage not such a bad thing

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The global semiconductor shortage continues to crimp production at Stellantis, but the company's chief financial officer sees some upside to the impact on vehicle inventories that could continue beyond the immediate crisis.

CFO Richard Palmer told analysts Wednesday during a webcast for the company's first-quarter financial results that ...Read more

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GM reports $3.3B first-quarter net profit despite semiconductor chip shortage

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General Motors says it will finish the year strong, in part because of its strategy in dealing with a worldwide shortage of semiconductor chips.

In an unusual move, GM CEO Mary Barra issued a Letter to Shareholders simultaneously with GM's first-quarter earnings results Wednesday. In it, Barra said GM expects to have a strong first half with ...Read more

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Chicago Auto Show will return to McCormick Place in July, the city's first major exposition since pandemic began

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Postponed this winter by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chicago Auto Show will return in July to its longtime McCormick Place home.

“Finally, the return of our beloved Chicago Auto Show,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced at a news conference Tuesday.

The 113th annual show, which normally runs in February, is scheduled to take place July 15-19, ...Read more

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Feds want 2-year sentence for ex-UAW President Williams

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Dennis Williams led a double life as president of the UAW, and the stain the ex-labor leader left on the union as part of the corruption scandal will burden its members for years to come, according to federal prosecutors.

In a sentencing memo Monday, prosecutors asked that Williams, of Corona, California, receive a two-year prison sentence and ...Read more

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Thousands of Super Duty pickups sitting off I-71 in Kentucky awaiting chips

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As Kentucky Derby fans traveled along I-71 to and from Churchill Downs over the weekend, it would've been hard not to notice while driving through Sparta the thousands of Super Duty pickup trucks parked in rows.

This illustrates the multibillion-dollar impact of the ongoing global semiconductor shortage on the auto industry, specifically Ford ...Read more

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Ford ups investment in solid-state battery maker, leads $130M funding round

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Ford Motor Co. announced Monday it is increasing its investment in a producer of solid-state batteries, yet another move in the automaker's push to establish a sustainable supply of the components needed to power a coming wave of electric vehicles.

The Dearborn automaker joins German automaker BMW AG in contributing to a $130 million Series B ...Read more

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2021 Bronco Sport SUV crushes its crash test, receives perfect score

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Don't underestimate the little brother.

The Bronco Sport 4-door SUV — often called a baby Bronco — has scored a coveted perfect crash test score from the independent, nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

This is a pretty big deal.

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E earned a Top Pick, which is a strong rating.

But the Bronco Sport is ...Read more

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Put in park: How a tiny chip wounded the US auto industry

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The global semiconductor chip shortage arguably is unlike anything the automotive industry has weathered. It is poised to drag on for months longer, cutting into the profits of automakers and their suppliers, delivering uncertainty and lost wages to autoworkers, and giving consumers fewer choices and higher prices on dealership lots.

The crisis...Read more

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Ford's new racial equity director, Angela Henderson, tackles 'elephant in the room'

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Angela Henderson is a product of Detroit who has traveled the world, and she understands racial differences and the importance of helping people feel safe at work.

Sometimes sensitive conversations create controversy and misunderstanding, she said.

Her job is to change the landscape as racial equity director at Ford Motor Co.

"I'm Black all ...Read more

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Auto-related fraud is rampant. Here's how to avoid getting taken

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Paying inflated prices for simple auto repair jobs. Using cheap parts for repairs. Selling useless extended warranties. Charging higher-than-necessary interest rates for loans.

These are a few of the ways auto-related scams are victimizing consumers, according to a new report by Tampa-based insurance price comparison website Clearsurance.

The ...Read more

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Auto review: Put yer feet up in the bold, cavernous Kia Carnival minivan

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The new Kia Carnival minivan wants you to know that it's good looking. It's a minivan thing, I get it. Minivans are insecure next to their high-riding, muscular SUV peers. So Carnival has raided its hot Telluride and Sorento siblings' closets to outfit itself with a big grille, boxy stance and bold wheel arches. Nice.

But I want to talk about ...Read more