For a company that builds some very quick cars, Honda sometimes moves with glacial slowness.
The 2017 CR-V compact SUV (I give it four out of four stars) is a prime example. After years of complaints about its over-reliance on touch screen controls, Honda gave the new SUV's audio system a volume dial but inexplicably retained the annoying touch...Read more
Volkswagen's design team focused on passenger comfort and visually emphasizing width when they created the new 2018 Tiguan SUV at company design headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The North American and Chinese versions of the Tiguan are 10.7 inches longer than the old Tiguan and 8.6 inches longer than the new European model that went into ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- What happens inside Tesla Inc.'s electric car factory in Fremont, Calif., this year will torque Tesla toward a sustainable future or send it on a road to ruin.
Everything at Tesla depends on the success of the Model 3, a mid-priced electric car the company plans to churn out by the hundreds of thousands each year. The Model 3 ...Read more
Q: With all the storms we have been having lately, my car has taken some abuse from potholes and from dragging its bottom over rocks, gravel and tree parts. How can I know if the car has been damaged from any of these incidents? How likely is it that damage might happen from dragging bottom or from hitting a huge pothole? How can I tell if I ...Read more
PSA Group's proposal to buy General Motors Co.'s Opel brand quickly ran into a potential hurdle in Germany, with politicians and labor leaders vowing to protect jobs and the unit's manufacturing footprint in the country.
"The company carries responsibility for the sites, the development center and the securing of employment," German Economy ...Read more
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Porsche's restyled Panamera is either the world's sportiest luxury car or the world's most luxurious sports car.
Does it matter which?
The German automotive firm has retooled the larger, wider sports sedan to more closely resemble its smaller, sleeker 911 sports cars.
The roof line is lower, and the rear slope is more aggressive. The Panamera...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- You probably know that you should delete all the data off your phone before you give it away and wipe the hard drive on your computer before you sell it.
But have you considered all the data stored on your car, and what you should do with it when you get rid of the vehicle? Maybe not.
Tony Aquila, CEO of Solera Holdings, a ...Read more
It has been my good fortune to ride a number of modern Ducati motorcycles. They're all terrific.
I really like Monsters. I like the Scramblers. I'm dangerously attracted to the hooligan Hyperstradas. I even grudgingly admire the Diavel -- even though the sleek, sophisticated cruiser isn't a bike I'd ever ride.
And the Multistradas? I love them...Read more
So You Want to Buy a Motorcycle: An Essential Buyer's GuideM.J. Farrell
Are you thinking about buying a new or used motorcycle? If so, then you should not make a move until you read this essential buyer's guide which will in a useful and humorous way provide you with all the tips, tricks, and advice necessary not only to choose the right ...
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ford Motor Co. has bought a majority share in a small artificial intelligence startup that will help the automaker get driverless vehicles on the road, Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields announced Friday.
Argo AI, based in Pittsburgh, will provide the "brains" for virtual driving systems. Argo becomes a Ford subsidiary and will ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tesla will shut down its Fremont, Calif., factory for a week this month to prepare the assembly line for its highly anticipated mid-market electric car, the Model 3.
"This will allow Tesla to begin Model 3 production later this year as planned and enable us to start the ramp towards 500,000 vehicles annually in 2018," the ...Read more
Ford this week unveiled an all-new, aluminum-bodied version of its big Expedition SUV that is both bigger and lighter than the version that it replaces.
Built in Louisville, Ky., the truck promises better fuel economy and new features when it goes on sale this fall.
The Expedition grows 4 inches longer on a 3-inch longer wheelbase. The bigger ...Read more
In the beginning there was Hyundai, maker of budget cars with questionable quality. That was the '80s. Then the Korean automaker introduced the industry's best warranty to go along with much better cars. Soon thereafter the sub-$35,000 Hyundai Genesis won 2009 North American Car of the Year in Detroit, an acknowledgment that Hyundai could not ...Read more
It's a shame that although America's 16th president is revered as one of the nation's greatest leaders, the annual celebration of his birthday is primarily used to promote mattress and furniture sales. Of course, if you are going to use the familiarity of a president's name to market your product, what better one than Lincoln? After all, cars ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Patterson holds out his right arm, crooks it, flexes it like he's shooting up dope.
"They're all going on the lithium!" he says, pretending to thumb-pump a syringe, drawing a big laugh from his executive staff.
By "they" he means buyers of high-tech batteries to power electric vehicles and store electricity for utilities...Read more
The falcon-wing doors sealed shut and the boy studied the moonroof above his seat. His eyes trailed forward to the panoramic front windshield. The 17-inch touch screen in the center stack arrested his attention, like headlights to a deer, causing the boy to mutter, as if in a trance, "This is how I imagine cars of the future."
Then I floored it...Read more
Q: The new car I just purchased has a push-button parking brake. I like it but wonder if I can trust it on the steep street I park on. How do these things work?
-- Melody C.
A: Electric parking brakes, or EPBs, have become popular as they provide a reliable and convenient means of operating the parking brake and free up space in the passenger ...Read more
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- If you're shopping for a used car and come upon a price that's too good to be true, it probably is.
Flooding like what recently hit different parts of the country brings out unscrupulous people who are in the business of selling water-damaged used cars.
"It's a buyer beware situation," said James Rocker of the National ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The 2017 Chicago Auto Show marks the 109th installment of the nation's largest and longest running consumer auto show. Over 1,000 new vehicles, including 40 debut vehicles, will be on display across 1 million square feet at the McCormick Place exposition center.
Indoor Tracks: Ride along with professional drivers on five indoor ...Read more
Tesla's Model X P100D is the safest, quickest and most sophisticated SUV ever built.
It's equipped with an Autopilot system that allows the car to drive itself. It features an air-filtration system that will protect the occupants in the event of a bio-chemical attack. And it's quick enough off the line -- a claimed 2.9 seconds from zero to 60 ...Read more
Next time the leaders of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler meet President Donald Trump, they should add an item to his agenda to promote American automaking and jobs: Retain the high fuel economy standards the industry and Obama administration agreed to in 2012.
Backing away from the standards risks tying the industry's jobs and profits to...Read more
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