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Motormouth: Proper tire pressure

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Q: I brought my 2018 Audi A3 to the dealer needing a new tire. I learned when I picked up the car that they filled the tires to 35 psi. The sticker inside the driver’s door recommends 41 psi. I asked the service rep why the discrepancy and he told me the lower pressure will give a smoother ride and less tire wear. So why does Audi recommend 41...Read more


Stellantis wants to become world's top light-commercial vehicle company

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The maker of Ram, Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler vehicles has set its sights on becoming the world's top light-commercial vehicle company, but it's going to face some major obstacles to get there, experts say.

Seeking to double its revenues by 2030 to more than $320 billion (300 billion euro), Stellantis has identified commercial vehicles as one of ...Read more

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GM to invest $1 billion in Flint operations for next-gen heavy-duty truck production

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FLINT, Michigan — General Motors Co. will invest more than $1 billion in two of its plants in Flint to prepare for production of next-generation heavy-duty trucks, the Detroit automaker announced Monday.

Some $788 million will go to Flint Assembly, which assembles the Chevrolet Silverado HD, the GMC Sierra HD Denali and GMC Sierra HD, ...Read more

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Strong truck sales lift Ford's May results

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Ford Motor Co.'s sales rose 10.7% year-over-year in May, boosted by strong sales of the automaker's flagship F-Series truck line and amid big gains industrywide.

The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker sold 170,933 vehicles in the United States across its Ford and Lincoln brands in May, up from 154,461 in May 2022, according to figures released ...Read more

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Auto review: Silverado ZR2 is in a league of its own

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Chevrolet enters Grasso’s Garage this week with its 1500 Silverado, but not just your typical half-ton work truck, the Silverado ZR2.

With a base price just under $70K, the ZR2 boasts a ton of standard features for off-road needs. General Motors, Chevrolet’s parent company, had no choice but to build a monster similar to competing ...Read more


Auto review: Genesis GV60: High-tech gadgets with an extra boost

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Genesis has installed an amazing array of cutting-edge technology into its 2023 GV60 Performance crossover, and it should be at the top of this review. But when a carmaker puts a yellow BOOST button on the steering wheel for an acceleration jolt ... well, that’s impossible to resist.

Push the button and prepare for a 10-second throttle thrill...Read more

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Tesla price war padded by $1.8 billion windfall from Biden's IRA

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Elon Musk is getting more firepower for his electric-vehicle price war thanks to President Joe Biden’s signature climate legislation.

Tesla Inc. and its battery partner are poised to receive about $1.8 billion in production tax credits this year under the Inflation Reduction Act, according to forecasts from researcher Benchmark Mineral ...Read more

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Self-driving delivery trucks are already on North Texas highways. How safe are they?

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For anyone who likes to complain about North Texas drivers, it might sound alarming to know that soon they will be sharing the highways with transport trucks that don’t have a driver at all.

The Metroplex has quietly become the new frontier for the development of autonomous trucking, with several companies from around the world setting up ...Read more


Auto review: A new name highlights notable changes in this revised all-electric Audi

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It’s been five years since Audi introduced the E-tron, during which it’s been known as the E-tron SUV, even as other E-tron models debuted. It didn’t make much sense. It’s like naming your dog Dog.

Given that Audi expects to offer more than 20 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2026, at which point it plans to no longer market vehicles...Read more

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Auto review: Quirkbox quirk-off: Kia Niro vs. VW Golf GTI

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Amid the sea of SUVs in today's market there are a few rebels. With unusual designs, features, accessible pricing and different personalities, they defy convention.

Call them quirkboxes. Two new entries for the 2023 Quirky Qar Qlub are the plug-in hybrid Kia Niro and manual-transmission Volkswagen Golf GTI.

While aimed at different audiences, ...Read more

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'Pony up:' UAW leadership details priorities for Detroit Three contract talks

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The United Auto Workers' bargaining strategy for upcoming contract talks with the Detroit automakers came into sharper focus Wednesday as union leaders spelled out their top priorities.

They are: ending tiered wage and benefit structures; reinstating cost-of-living adjustments; and securing stronger job protections. The UAW's top five leaders ...Read more


DMV can't be trusted to prevent crashes by driverless trucks, California legislators say

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When Teslas are in self-driving mode, they've been recorded crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting parked cars. But what would happen if an 80,000-pound, 18-wheel driverless truck suddenly went off the rails?

That's an experiment some California legislators aren't ready to run. They argue that the state Department of Motor Vehicles has so ...Read more

Toyota adds $2.1 billion to expand NC battery plant, total now almost $6 billion

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Construction is underway at Toyota’s battery plant south of Greensboro, North Carolina, and this week the carmaker announced it’s investing another heavy sum into the future facility.

The company will direct an additional $2.1 billion to support future expansion at the facility, Toyota said in a press statement Wednesday. In 2025, the plant...Read more

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Federal government to require automatic emergency braking in new vehicles

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration plans to require all new light-duty vehicles to come with automatic emergency braking, officials announced Wednesday.

The announcement comes amid consistently high traffic deaths after a spike in crashes during the pandemic. Leaders at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated the rule,...Read more

Motormouth: How much should this cost?

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Q: I have a 2009 Hyundai Azera Limited with about 83,000 miles. Last year, the TPMS warning light started flashing intermittently, but would eventually go off. Early this year, the dashboard started showing the "TPMS System Failure" warning at start, and the TPMS warning light glows permanently. I had it diagnosed a couple of months ago. They ...Read more

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GM Defense, Black Sage Technologies to work together on military vehicles

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GM Defense and Black Sage Technologies, a division of High Point Aerotechnologies, said Tuesday they have an agreement to explore developing a Counter Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) solution together for GM Defense military vehicles.

The vehicles will be for global defense and government customers attending this year's Canadian Association of ...Read more


Auto review: 2023 Escalade V is loud and proud

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Car buyers today face a multiplicity of choices, beginning with the fuel source that powers the vehicles. Gasoline-powered hybrids have been around for a while, and now more electric vehicles plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are coming onto the market. And, of course, there are still a lot of car buyers who want to stick with gas-powered...Read more


Huge Tesla data leak reportedly reveals thousands of safety complaints. 4 things to know

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How bad is Tesla Autopilot's safety problem? According to thousands of alleged Tesla customers in the U.S. and around the world, pretty bad.

A huge data dump based on a whistleblower's leak of internal Tesla documents shows that problems with Tesla's automated driving technology may be far more common than media reports and regulators have let ...Read more

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Auto review: 2024 Kia Seltos is a feisty, affordable compact SUV

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If you’re looking for an affordable subcompact SUV, there are a number of choices, including the Buick Encore GX, Chevrolet Trax and Trailblazer, Honda HR-V, Nissan Kicks, Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota Corolla Cross, not to mention the Hyundai Kona, an identical cousin to this week’s test subject, the Kia Seltos, which, like the Kona, gets a ...Read more

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Auto review: VinFast VF 8 is an affordable Tesla knock-off

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CARLSBAD, California — Henry Ford wasn’t the only one who saw the potential of affordable transportation for the American masses. For the last half-century waves of affordable foreign vehicles have washed up on U.S. shores. Volkswagen Beetles. Toyota Corollas. Honda Civics. Hyundai Elantras. Millions of them, built to last and cheaper than ...Read more