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3M's next mission: Extending the travel range of EV batteries
Pick any electric vehicle on the street. From the battery pack to the panel display, 3M's products are all over it, even if you won't find the company's logo anywhere.
The company is leveraging its history in the auto industry to get a slice of the fast-growing electrification market. Carmakers come to the seasoned Maplewood-based conglomerate ...Read more
Auto review: 2023 Lucid Air soars past the luxury EV market
Of the thousands of cars, trucks and pickups I have reviewed in 28 years, there are few that have elicited that short, simple declaration. But it aptly sums up the week I spent with the Lucid Air Grand Touring.
Designed in California and built in Arizona, the Air Grand Touring throws down the gauntlet against the industry’s finest ...Read more
Auto review: Hummer EV Pickup is unfathomable
The name Hummer is no secret in the automobile industry, but one that has gone dormant for many years. With the elimination of Hummer in the GM organization back in the 2000s, the big and brawny gas guzzler fazed itself right out of business. In 2022, that changed as GM needed to evolve something extravagant to introduce into the EV market, and ...Read more
Auto review: Affordable Hornet GT brings Dodge sting to compact SUVs
ASHEVILLE, North Carolina — You know it as soon as you grip the steering wheel on the Dodge Hornet. This SUV wants to play.
Direct, weighted and rooted to the road, Hornet’s steering was a carving tool in my hands as I rushed the twisties up the Blue Ridge Parkway southeast of Asheville. The scenery was stunning, but the compact SUV offered...Read more
Ford teases 'Project T3,' next-gen electric pickup to be built in Tennessee
"Trust the Truck."
That's the saying behind the code name of the next-generation F-Series truck Ford Motor Co. will build at its under-construction, $5.6 billion mega-campus in West Tennessee. The Dearborn automaker on Friday offered its first teaser on the product that will be built at BlueOval City, revealing that it is codenamed 'Project T3....Read more
Ford reveals EV losses as it rolls out new financial reporting
Ford Motor Co. is set to lose $3 billion on its electric vehicle business this year — but it expects losses to reverse in the coming years as volumes of plug-in vehicles grow.
In the meantime, billions of dollars in profits from internal-combustion engine and commercial vehicles are bolstering the Dearborn automaker's financial results, ...Read more
Challenger SRT Demon 170 is 'new pinnacle of factory-backed crazy' in Dodge 'Last Call'
An up to 1,025-horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon that can travel the quarter mile in under nine seconds and requires the signing of a waiver to purchase marks the end of the Hemi-powered muscle car as the brand moves into a new era of performance.
For $96,666 plus destination and other fees and the notarized disclosure, speed enthusiasts can ...Read more
Motormouth: What is function of steering angle sensor?
Q: I am an owner of a 2010 Equinox with 70,000 miles. After replacing all four struts, we had a wheel alignment done. The vehicle had a left pull after the alignment. My mechanic switched two front tires left to right. Vehicle still pulls left. I recently read that the steering angle sensor needs to be reset after an alignment. Is this true? I ...Read more
Auto review: '23 Santa Cruz competes in small truck market
As small trucks are becoming more popular, manufacturers are on their tippy toes trying to conquer every last consumer while packing their pickups with lots of bang for the buck.
In Grasso’s Garage this week, Hyundai delivers its new-to-market Santa Cruz. Our Limited AWD Hampton Gray tester was really an enjoyable experience. It sits low to ...Read more
Auto review: The 2023 Lexus RZ 450e is good, but is it good enough?
Naysayers have criticized Toyota and Lexus for not getting into the electric vehicle space as quickly as some of its rivals. Yes, EV market share in the U.S. nearly doubled last year to 5.6 percent from 3.1 percent. But that still leaves nearly 95% of U.S. consumers choosing cars powered by gasoline. So, it seems that Toyota does have time to ...Read more
Tesla turns Twitter into $44 billion communications apparatus
Before Elon Musk was cutting deep at Twitter, inspiring legions of Silicon Valley bosses to take more unsparing approaches to running their companies, the chief executive officer of Tesla swung the axe on the car company’s small public relations team.
It was late 2019, and Tesla had just steered through a rough patch of production hell, ...Read more
Are you irked by slow drivers in the left lane of the highway? This Florida bill is for you
We’ve all seen them: the drivers who cruise in the left lane on the highway, too often driving below the speed limit.
Now a Florida lawmaker wants to alleviate this nuisance by making it easier for police to ticket errant drivers.
Currently, state law says motorists in the left lane on a highway have to move over if they know, or reasonably ...Read more
Auto review: The N-spired Hyundai Elantra N is a tattooed terror
HELL, Michigan — Hell has frozen over, but the roads are clear.
So I took my 2023 Hyundai Elantra N tester out for exercise on my favorite Michigan curves. On summer tires. In the middle of February. Hyundai’s hellion is more proof that pocket rockets are the best all-around cars in autodom. Though I may, ahem, put all-seasons on the N were...Read more
Thefts of Kias, Hyundais in Colorado chase away auto insurance companies
With car thefts spiking in Colorado the past few years, three auto insurance carriers are now declining to cover certain vehicles, leaving at-risk owners with fewer options.
Allstate, State Farm and Progressive are passing over new owners of some Kia and Hyundai vehicles, as thieves steal those cars at higher rates. In 2021, Colorado held the ...Read more
Motormouth: Repair bill sticker shock
Q: I took my 2007 Lexus LS 460 to the dealer when the "check engine" light came on. They diagnosed it as a misfire on cylinder No. 4. After investigating, they attributed the misfire to a wire that had been chewed by a mouse. I was told a new wiring harness would cost $1,200 but they could repair the wire for $400. I authorized the repair. Their...Read more
Tesla accused in consumer suit of monopolizing repairs, parts
Tesla Inc. was sued by customers who claim they’ve been forced to pay exorbitant prices and endure long waits to repair their cars due to the company’s monopolization of replacement parts and maintenance and repair services.
The antitrust class action was filed Tuesday in San Francisco federal court on behalf of Virginia M. Lambrix, who ...Read more
Deaths, burns, brain injuries, broken limbs: The human cost of distracted driving is mounting
Highway fatalities are on the rise again — 46,000 in the U.S. in 2022, up 22%, according to numbers released last week. How many of those deaths involved distracted driving?
"It's much bigger than the data show," said Bruce Landsberg, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Data collection methods are so riddled with ...Read more
Jury rejects lawsuit over alleged Toyota Camry design defect, stinky bacteria growth in AC system
A Miami jury on Friday cleared Toyota Motor Corp. of charges that design flaws in 2012-14 Camrys caused mold to grow in the cars’ air conditioning systems that could potentially sicken drivers.
Toyota was absolved of all counts in the class action lawsuit that was initiated in July 2018. Class action status was granted in the case in December...Read more
Ford recalls 18 F-150 Lightnings over battery issue
Ford Motor Co. said Friday that it is recalling 18 F-150 Lightning pickup trucks due to a battery cell manufacturing defect.
The recall follows a five-week production shutdown at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn where the electric truck is made. The automaker said Friday that production is slated to resume Monday as previously ...Read more
Autos service satisfaction drops for first time in 28 years from EVs
Customer satisfaction in vehicle service dropped year-over-year for the first time in nearly three decades from the growing number of all-electric vehicles on the roads, according to J.D. Power's 2023 U.S. Customer Service Index.
Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus topped the list for luxury brands in the study of more than 64,000 owners of 2020-22 ...Read more
- 3M's next mission: Extending the travel range of EV batteries
- Auto review: The 2023 Lexus RZ 450e is good, but is it good enough?
- Auto review: 2023 Lucid Air soars past the luxury EV market
- Auto review: Affordable Hornet GT brings Dodge sting to compact SUVs
- Motormouth: How to turn off automatic brake