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Tesla is back to losing money as revenue, cash and other key numbers tumble

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Elon Musk envisions a glorious future when fleets of Tesla robo-taxis earn money for Tesla owners and make all other automobiles instantly obsolete. The future, he said in a presentation this week, starts next year.

So far this year, however, Tesla's financial situation looks bleak.

The company reported Wednesday that automotive revenue in the...Read more

Ford invests $500 million in Rivian, an electric truck startup in Michigan

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DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co., maker of the best-selling F-Series pickup trucks, announced early Wednesday that it's investing $500 million in Rivian, the Michigan-based electric truck startup company.

This is viewed by analysts as a coup since General Motors had expressed interest in an exclusive relationship and was rebuffed, according to ...Read more

Waymo plans final assembly on self-driving cars in Detroit

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DETROIT -- Waymo has picked Detroit for final assembly of its self-driving vehicles.

The company, once known as Google's self-driving car project and now a leader in the push to develop autonomous vehicles, had previously said it was scouting locations in southeast Michigan but did not name a specific city.

CEO John Krafcik revealed Detroit as...Read more

In a bind, Musk hopes autonomous Tesla taxis will drive a new, positive narrative

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Elon Musk is in a bind -- perhaps the tightest bind of his business career.

Demand for Tesla cars appears to have stalled. Stores are being closed. Inventory is piling up. Prices are being cut.

Panasonic, the company's closest business partner, abandoned plans to expand operations at Tesla's giant battery factory in Nevada unless car sales ...Read more

BMW M5 sedan is the Bryce Harper of cars — awesome but expensive

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2019 BMW M5 AWD: M is for motivated?

Price: $129,795. The M5 starts at $102,600. Add $3,000 for the M Driver's Package, $1,700 for Driving Assistance Plus, and $1,300 for 20-inch tires. Many, many more options outlined throughout.

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver liked the "astounding acceleration, rediscovered involvement that doesn't ...Read more

Under the Hood: Examining powerful motors and range of a car

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Q: I've always heard that cars with higher horsepower engines get lower miles per tankful. The new electric cars seem quite powerful but have a limited range. Why don't the manufacturers use less powerful motors and thus extend the range of the vehicles.

-- JTB

A: There are quite a few variables regarding this assumption. A powerful sports car...Read more

Larry Printz: The New York Auto Show is a true sign of spring

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NEW YORK -- There's something perfect about the timing of the New York International Auto Show, held annually at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. Opening to the public on Good Friday, its arrival coincides with the first vestiges of spring weather, which adds to the allure of the new sheetmetal the show brings with it. It's the last major ...Read more

2020 Lincoln Corsair luxury SUV comes at key time for automaker

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Lincoln spent lavishly to make its new 2020 Corsair compact SUV a legitimate luxury vehicle, not a thinly disguised version of a mass-market vehicle.

Debuting at the New York Auto show Wednesday, the Corsair has a luxurious interior with features like 24-way adjustable massaging seats. The Corsair will come with a long list of safety and driver...Read more

Smaller 2020 Cadillac CT5 sport sedan could be the start of something big

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Cadillac just may have got this right.

The 2020 Cadillac CT5 sport sedan debuting at the New York auto show this week has an appealing new look, interior design and materials worthy of a true luxury brand, and gotta-have technology the competition can't match.

Due to go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year, the CT5 could give luxury ...Read more

Study: What Americans believe is biggest threat on the road

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A new national study found that more than half of motorists think distracted driving is the biggest threat on the road, while nearly more than 90 percent admitted to talking on their cell phone while driving.

And Gen Xers are the biggest offenders, according to a survey conducted by The Harris Poll and Volvo.

The survey was conducted online by...Read more

2020 Ford Mustang: Built to race, drive daily with new horsepower

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For the record, the 2020 Ford Mustang designed to go 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph is meant for the regular guy. Or girl.

An outraged caller to the Free Press demanded to know how the carmaker could possibly explain delivering so much power with so few cylinders -- 330 horsepower with a four-cylinder engine.

Gearheads ...Read more

Here's what Cadillac's new CT5 sedan will offer younger buyers

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If you're taking a long trip, how does a lower-lumbar massage from your car sound? Or why not let the car do some of the driving with a semiautonomous system?

Both features will be available on Cadillac's new CT5 sedan, which General Motors' luxury brand unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

The car goes on sale this fall, but Cadillac has ...Read more

Fiat Chrysler merger speculation heats up … but what's new?

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Merger speculation is to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as cold is to winter or, to keep with the automotive analogies, publicity is to Tesla.

For years now, FCA has been the ultimate automotive matchmaker fantasy.

The rumored or suggested suitors in recent weeks have had significant European pedigrees, but past merger talk for FCA has also focused...Read more

Tesla touts energy savings in company's first sustainability report

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Tesla on Monday released its first sustainability report, in which the electric carmaker highlighted the positive effects it said its vehicles -- and its production efforts -- have had on the environment since purchasing its Fremont factory in 2010.

Among the highlights of the Tesla-produced report: The company said it has sold more than 550,...Read more

Phoebe Wall Howard: I swore I'd never drive a Jeep Wrangler again, now I want to buy one

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Tell the truth. Summer is rapidly approaching, and the idea of putting on a swimsuit and going into public is enough to inspire nightmares.

One solution: Lie on your stomach and lift your feet and knees off the floor by flutter-kicking, as if you were swimming freestyle in a pool.

Another path to serenity: Grab keys to the 2019 Jeep Wrangler, ...Read more

Under the Hood: Solving the mystery of 'check fuel filler' message

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Q: My 2012 Escape has two problems that are making me crazy because no one can fix them. First is the "check fuel filler" message and the other is a message about a low tire even though all the tires are fine. The low-tire message happens mostly after I've drive for a while.

Can you help with this?

-- Andrea

A: Your "check fuel filler" ...Read more

For Land Rover's chief designer, emotion is the key to great design

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ATHENS, Greece -- Having long been known as a brand that sold a couple of different SUVs, Land Rover began to evolve a decade ago when Ford Motor Co. sold the automaker to the Indian conglomerate Tata. Gerry McGovern as chief design officer was given a freer hand to transform the brand with his modern design sensibility, something that started ...Read more

For its second act, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque gets a much need interior makeover

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It's remarkable how a single product can redefine a brand.

Consider Apple, which was once a struggling computer manufacturer. Upon Steve Jobs' return to the company he founded, Apple was transformed by the introduction of the iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad and iWatch into a glamorous consumer product technology company.

The same can be said ...Read more

Honda Insight gives fuel efficiency a Civics lesson

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2019 Honda Insight Touring: More affordable economy.

Price: $28,985 as tested (no options on test vehicle). A base model starts at $22,380.

Conventional wisdom: Consumer Reports liked the "fuel economy, ride, and standard AEB," but not the "gear selector, controls, front-seat comfort" and that the "low stance hurts access." Motor Trend likes ...Read more

Motormouth: Should you take a cordless air compressor along for the ride?

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Q: With fewer gas stations offering free air, it has become a challenge to keep tires properly inflated. One solution is a hand-held, cordless, rechargeable air compressor, advertised as inflating tires and toys easily and quickly. Have you had any experience or feedback on these products?

--C.P., Park Ridge, Ill.

A: Yes, I have. As a matter ...Read more

 

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