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Uber begins a push to get its drivers into electric cars

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As Uber tries to build its reputation as a good citizen, it's unveiling a new plan: get its drivers to adopt electric vehicles instead of driving cars that burn gasoline.

On Tuesday, the ride-hailing giant announced a yearlong pilot program in which it will provide monetary subsidies to some drivers who use electric vehicles, or EVs; build ...Read more

Tesla builds another production line to make Model 3 cars more quickly

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Electric car manufacturer Tesla Inc. has set up an additional, no-frills production line to churn out vehicles, according to Chief Executive Elon Musk.

Musk tweeted a photo Saturday of a general assembly line that he said was built in three weeks with "minimal resources." The photo shows a Model 3 rolling off the line in what appears to be a ...Read more

Seattle suburb envisions a fleet of driverless vans to help commuters skirt congestion

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BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Just this month, in Ann Arbor, Mich., a driverless van began shuttling students and staff the one-mile round trip between a research complex and a distant parking lot and bus stop.

In Las Vegas, an autonomous van launched last year, taking curious passengers on a three-block loop between a downtown retail park and Las Vegas ...Read more

Under the Hood: Use cellphone video to document tricky mechanical issues

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Q: We have a 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited. It wasn't long after we purchased it, it developed the following problem: When I wanted to go into smart cruise control, it would refuse and indicate that SCC (smart cruise control) conditions are not met. The difficult part of this is that this would happen intermittently. The dealership checked it out ...Read more

In auto talent war, GM hires 9,000, spends $1 billion on offices

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DETROIT -- Oct. 2, 2017, is historic inside General Motors human resources.

That's the day when product development boss Mark Reuss told a group of reporters at GM's Design Dome in Warren that the automaker would introduce 20 new electrified vehicles by 2023.

GM's career-related websites blew up.

"People were showing up at the gates of our ...Read more

How Adam Carolla became the Paul Newman car guy

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GLENDALE, Calif. -- Adam Carolla is a comedian, carpenter, podcaster, filmmaker, best-selling author, race car driver and entrepreneur. He also owns more cars raced by the late actor-driver Paul Newman than anyone else.

That part was an accident. Carolla never set out to be the "Paul Newman collector car guy."

"I was interested in Datsun race ...Read more

Auto review: Hyundai's 2018 Ioniq Hybrid gives consumers a sporty Prius alternative

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The compact Ioniq Hybrid, introduced last year to be Hyundai's direct competitor to the popular Toyota Prius, entered its second year for 2018, with a starting price of $22,200 (plus $885 freight) for the base Blue model, and it ranges as high as $27,550 for the top-of-the-line Limited.

In between is the SEL model for $24,000. And all new for ...Read more

New UAW president takes oath, vows to fight right-to-work laws

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DETROIT -- Gary Jones took the oath of office Thursday as the new president of the UAW, steeling members for what he called a fight for both the future of the union and the American middle class.

Jones, 60, told members at the 37th Constitutional Convention in Detroit that he was honored and reminded members of the UAW's core values.

"When ...Read more

Graduating to your own car? Safety features are key

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More than 50 years ago, a certain graduate in an Italian roadster made a cross-country race against time, love and impending adulthood. Though Alfa Romeo has returned to the U.S. and "The Graduate" is still a classic, a lot has changed in how most new graduates will be using their vehicles to flee the parental nest and embark on one of the most ...Read more

General Motors names Suryadevara as company's first female CFO

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DETROIT -- General Motors Co. will have a new CFO this fall, the first woman to fill the role.

Dhivya Suryadevara, 39, will become CFO effective Sept. 1. She succeeds Chuck Stevens, 58, who will retire March 1, 2019. Stevens will serve as an adviser until then.

Suryadevara will report to GM's Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.

"Dhivya's experience ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Ford reveals 2019 Shelby GT350 Mustang with aero and handling upgrades

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Ford will build a 2019 model of its fast and popular Shelby GT350 Mustang with a number of upgrades to raise the 526-horsepower pony car's performance to an even higher level.

The 2019 GT350 will go on sale early in 2019 with prices starting at $61,340, including destination charge.

"We increased grip for better handling thanks to new tires, ...Read more

Why the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee flunked their crash tests

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Nobody should be surprised that the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee scored worst in crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Least of all anyone in management at Ford or Fiat Chrysler.

Lousy safety ratings are inevitable when an automaker delays replacing a vehicle and newer competitors surpass it. Fiat Chrysler and Ford...Read more

GM plans expanded Bolt production, 20 new electric vehicles by 2023

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DETROIT -- General Motors reiterated Tuesday that it is committed to an all-electric future and will increase production of its Bolt hatchback this year to meet worldwide demand.

The company's sustainability report, presented in conjunction with its annual shareholder meeting Tuesday, said it will launch more than 20 new zero-emissions vehicles...Read more

Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee get worst ratings in crash test

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The Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee fared worst among midsize SUVs in the latest crash test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

In fact, damage to the Ford Explorer caused the structure to collapse, and both the Grand Cherokee and Honda Pilot showed the possibility of head injuries.

The ratings were based on results ...Read more

Pricey pilot program from Mercedes-Benz allows Philly members to drive four cars a month

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Imagine driving to the beach in a convertible. Picking up the kids after school in an SUV. And then going to a business dinner in a smart sedan. All over the course of one month.

Mercedes-Benz has launched such a pilot program in Philadelphia, allowing customers to switch from among four models a month.

The subscription service, Mercedes-Benz ...Read more

Under the Hood: Getting to the bottom of a rough-running engine

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Q: I have begun to have a problem with my 2001 Ford Escape with the V-6 engine. It starts fine in the morning and runs OK for a few miles, and then it begins chugging and loping when I come to a stop. It also hesitates to take off but then drives OK again after I get to higher speeds. Any idea of what could be the cause before I make a service ...Read more

Auto review: Powerful Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T is track-ready but easy to drive

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It's gorgeous and luxurious, carries two comfortably, has enough trunk space for an overnight bag and accelerates quickly enough to require a chiropractic visit.

Unfortunately, fully kitted out, it costs more than $300,000 -- above the median price for a house in the U.S.

The 2018 GTC4 Lusso T -- the GTC is for "grand touring coupe," the "4" ...Read more

Auto review: Volkswagen finally gives Golf GTI the tech it deserves

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Since 1974, the Volkswagen Golf has proven that driving can be fun, and driving fun can be affordable. The spacious hatchback has always balanced good handling with punchy powertrains in a package versatile enough to mature with owners beyond their 20s. But the technology was awful.

Until now. With the refreshed seventh-generation GTI, or Mk 7....Read more

Poll: Bay Area attitudes toward self-driving cars have downshifted

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It's said that the only things guaranteed in life are death and taxes. If you live in the Bay Area, however, you know you can add the scourge of time-sucking, soul-crushing traffic to that list of life's inevitabilities.

But, even as a new poll of the region's drivers says they are willing to embrace just about any kind of technical assistance ...Read more

GMC adds a tricked-out truck to its 2019 Sierra lineup

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DETROIT -- General Motors will add the specially designed 2019 GMC Sierra Elevation to its line of Sierra pickups.

The Sierra Elevation, along with Denali, AT4 and SLT, offer what GM describes as stronger design and bolder grilles from previous Sierra models.

The Elevation, available starting this fall, will have monochromatic door handles, ...Read more