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Fiat Chrysler recalling 51K Jeep Cherokees because of fire risk

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 51,000 of its 2018 Jeep Cherokees because of a fire risk.

The company said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the defect, involving fuel-supply tubes that could leak. The campaign is limited to SUVs with a 2.4-liter engine and does not include the refreshed 2019 Jeep Cherokee, ...Read more

Under the Hood: Adjusting timing, like tune-ups, a thing of the past

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Q: Last week I took my pickup in for a tune-up because it was running rough and needed to be checked out. I told the service fellow they might want to check the timing. He replied with a smirk that they "don't do that stuff anymore" and they'd "put the scanner on it to see what was wrong." It turned out it had two bad ignition coils, and it runs...Read more

From panic to triumph: Behind the scenes of Ford's epic F-150 restart

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DEARBORN, Mich. -- What if Facebook or Nike couldn't do business for more than a week?

"The whole world would shut down," said Joe Hinrichs, president of global operations for Ford.

So, when production of the F-Series pickup line halted -- with annual revenue of $40 billion, exceeding that of Facebook, Nike and most other modern corporate rock...Read more

Tesla may need to raise how much money in two years?

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Well, if Elon Musk's performance on Tesla's most recent earnings call with analysts is any indication, he might not have many nice things to say to David Tamberrino of Goldman Sachs.

Thursday, Tamberrino said that Tesla may have to raise $10.5 billion over the next two years just to, in effect, keep the lights on.

The main issue facing Tesla ...Read more

At reopened Ford plant, F-150 rolls off line in 52 seconds

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DEARBORN, Mich. -- After being fully shut down for eight days, workers streamed into the Dearborn Truck Plant for the 6 a.m. shift Friday and rolled the first F-150 off the line before 6:01 a.m.

"We build one F-150 every 52 seconds at this plant," said Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker, who was on site by 5:30 a.m. "It was beautiful to see, just ...Read more

Here's why the Ford Mustang is the No. 1 movie car

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Wanna start an argument?

The folks at U.K. insurance-shopping website have created a list of the movies' most iconic, popular and frequently seen cars that'll stir things up the next time conversation stalls at anything from a family dinner to a tailgate party.

Whether your crew cares about cars or movies, "Moviemotors" will give...Read more

Mark Phelan: Your next car may be safer than you think. Thanks, autonomy

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Long before many people experience a car that can drive itself, they'll benefit from semi-autonomous systems that let them travel farther and safer. But they may never know it.

Stealth driver aids that provide many of autonomy's benefits are moving from luxury vehicles to mass market models today.

The Nissan Rogue compact SUV and Leaf electric...Read more

Auto review: Kia's all-new 2018 Stinger sport sedan offers premium features, performance

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Kia vehicles have become more stylish and appealing lately, and now, with the all-new Stinger sport sedan, performance is maximized as well.

About the size of the midsize Kia Optima sedan, the new Stinger premium fastback sedan is lower, sleeker, and more powerful, with an aggressive yet graceful design setting it apart from similarly priced ...Read more

Trump's trade policy is the medicine the US needs, former GM honcho says

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DETROIT -- President Donald Trump's trade policies could mean short-term pain for Detroit's automobile industry, but his actions are long overdue to restore the U.S. manufacturing base, says former GM vice chairman Bob Lutz.

"The exporting of American industry is something that has got to stop," Lutz said in an interview with the Free Press.

...Read more

Ford says F-150 production to restart Friday, ahead of schedule

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DETROIT -- Production of America's best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-150 pickup, will resume Friday.

Truck production, shut down since May 9, will resume at the Dearborn, Mich., Truck Plant on Friday, while production of the Super Duty at the Kentucky Truck Plant and F-150 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant are targeted to restart on Monday, Ford...Read more

Ford's plan to rescue F-150: Drama worthy of a James Bond script

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DETROIT -- The F-150 pickup is so important to Ford that the automaker devised an international airlift using a rare Russian cargo plane to help restart production on Friday.

"I wouldn't quite call it mission impossible, but it was a race against the clock to get the best-selling vehicle in America up and running," said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's ...Read more

Musk's medicine for ailing Tesla: a 'thorough reorganization'

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Following another top Tesla executive departure amid production turmoil, Chief Executive Elon Musk said Monday it's time for a "thorough reorganization" at the electric-car maker.

In a memo to employees, Musk said he'll be "flattening the management structure." The goal? "To improve communication, combining functions where ...Read more

Genesis G90 is a luxurious opening act for the young brand — and definitely not a Hyundai

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The first thing you need to know about the Genesis G90 luxury sedan is that it's definitely not a Hyundai. Even though it's made by Hyundai Motor Group.

Genesis is the young, high-end brand from the South Korean auto conglomerate, which has been careful to distinguish the luxury division from its more affordable Hyundai and Kia lines of sedans ...Read more

Under the Hood: Did windshield repair mess up wipers?

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Q: I faithfully read your article weekly in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and I have a question that no one can figure out. I have a 2015 Ford Escape SE that does not have the rain sensing option. I had to have my windshield replaced due to a stone hit.

I had OEM Ford glass put back in for the replacement. All is fine with the glass part of the ...Read more

When an automaker declares 'Airbag Recall Month,' you know the problem is serious

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As even the government pleads with car owners to get their Takata airbags fixed, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has designated May Airbag Recall Repair Month in Miami to encourage drivers of all models get their airbags fixed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates recalled airbags sit in 1.3 million Florida cars, 450,000 of ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Ford should be building these types of vehicles

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If you've been wondering why Ford will quit building cars like the Taurus, Fusion, Focus and Fiesta in the United States, I've got one word for you: JackHammer.

That's Roush Performance's name for a new sport package that can ratchet a Mustang's power up to 710 horsepower.

Prices start at $50,955, a $15,765 bump over the base price for a ...Read more

Trump calls Fiat Chrysler CEO his 'favorite' in automaker meeting

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WASHINGTON -- In a meeting with automakers at the White House, President Donald Trump said he continues to look for ways to increase U.S auto production in Michigan and elsewhere.

General Motors' Mary Barra, Ford's Jim Hackett and Fiat Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne were part of the group meeting with Trump and administration officials in the ...Read more

Auto review: Rolls-Royce of SUVs arrives with $325,000 Cullinan

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First there was Bentayga. Then Urus. Now there is Cullinan. These constellations of Greek-sounding gods are in fact ultra-luxury SUVs starting over $200,000. Rolls-Royce is last to the SUV party with the Cullinan, and the most expensive.

Starting at $325,000, Cullinan is nearly $100,000 more than Bentley Bentayga. Rolls-Royce expects it to plow...Read more

Larry Printz: Lincoln's design director captures the brand's elusive design magic

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NEW YORK -- For a time, being Lincoln's Motor Company's design director was a bit like being the drummer in Spinal Tap. Yet David Woodhouse has beaten the odds. Having spent time 19 years ago at Ford's Premiere Auto Group, its onetime collection of luxury auto brands, Woodhouse took the reigns of Ford's faded luxury brand five years ago after ...Read more

New police SUV? Fiat Chrysler offering Dodge Durango Pursuit

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DETROIT -- Police departments will have a new SUV choice to consider this year.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to offer a police version of the Dodge Durango for a limited time. The 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit will join the Dodge Charger Pursuit, which FCA said is the top-selling police sedan in the U.S. The company said thousands of agencies, ...Read more