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Tesla set to go 24-7 on cranking out the Model 3

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FREMONT, Calif. -- Will a third shift be the charm for Tesla as it seeks to get its Model 3 production on track?

That's the hope according to an email that Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has sent to company employees. In the email, a copy of which was obtained by the automotive tech blog Electrek, Musk says Tesla's Fremont plant is about to ...Read more

Cadillac head Johan de Nysschen abruptly leaves GM

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General Motors is replacing the head of its Cadillac brand.

The automaker announced Tuesday that it is appointing Steve Carlisle as GM senior vice president and president of Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, "who is leaving the company effective immediately." Carlisle was previously president and managing director of GM Canada.

No details...Read more

Under the Hood: Keeping your vehicle's blind zone system in working order

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Q: During the past several months I've encountered a "side blind zone system unavailable" warning while driving my Chevrolet Tahoe. Since this only happened twice, I figured it's not going to be very useful to take it in to the shop. Can you explain how this "system" works and what may be going wrong?

Ben W.

A: Your blind zone warning system ...Read more

California's air quality chief is a fighter known for winning

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Mary Nichols is at the center of a vehicle emissions storm.

As the chief air regulator for the most populous state in the U.S., she is navigating a new and contentious discussion about vehicle emissions standards. It appears to be Nichols vs. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.

The Yale Law grad is seasoned in politics and ...Read more

$92,000 Navigator delivery delayed — 'I want my toy!' buyer laments

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Don Sadler is sad because his $92,495 Lincoln Navigator is stuck in Kentucky.

"They won't give me my toy," said Sadler, 62, of Miami.

"It's kind of like I picked out my Christmas present, made my deposit and Christmas came and went. It's so frustrating to really want something and wait six weeks, then eight weeks, then 10 weeks."

His ...Read more

Auto review: 2018 Nissan Armada: The beauty of this beast is value

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Big has never been so bountiful. That's a challenge for the 2018 Nissan Armada full-size SUV.

The flagship of Nissan's flotilla of crossovers contends in a crowded class of redesigned family leviathans spanning from GM's 2015 family of full-sizers to the upstream 2018 Lincoln Navigator to the forthcoming Mercedes GLS. The only stale one on the ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Move the Detroit auto show to October? It's complicated

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While organizers consider moving the auto show from January to October, new data on media coverage suggests the old format ain't dead yet.

The North American International Show generated far more press coverage around the world than any other U.S. auto show or Las Vegas's trendy CES electronics show, and nearly as much as the traditional 500-...Read more

Auto review: 2018 LS 500 is a beauty — with beastly infotainment controls

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Long and luxurious, the 2018 Lexus LS 500 sedan is a masterwork of engineering and design wrapped around a jumble of needlessly complicated and fussy controls.

The big sedan's looks and comfort can easily stand alongside the best in the industry. It uses an all-new architecture that will be the basis for Lexus cars -- and perhaps an SUV or two ...Read more

Ford unveils new Focus: Here's what's different

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Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new Ford Focus compact car in China and Europe on Tuesday, emphasizing the global importance of the passenger car in a product line dominated by sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks, particularly in the U.S.

And, amid international debate about new tariffs, Ford confirmed the vehicle will no longer be made in the...Read more

Ford is recalling 350,000 trucks and SUVs that might move when gear shift is in 'park'

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DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. issued a safety recall Friday for about 350,000 trucks and SUVs in North America that could still be in gear when turned off.

The recall applies to certain Ford F-150 trucks and Ford Expedition SUVs with 10-speed automatic transmissions, as well as certain Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks with six-speed automatic ...Read more

Under the Hood: Foggy windshield could indicate leaking heater core

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Q: My windshield is fogging up when I use the defroster, much worse than before I turn it on. Why is this? I've been carrying a towel with me and not using the defroster.

Carol P.

A: It sounds like your heater core may be leaking. This is a cigar box-sized liquid/air heat exchanger that is typically located within the heating/ventilation/air ...Read more

Auto review: Chevrolet's 2018 Suburban looks great with the Z71 Midnight Edition package

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Chevrolet's cool-looking Z71 Midnight Edition package is offered on Tahoe and Suburban sport utilities, as well as on the Silverado pickups.

Over the past year, I've tested Silverado 1500 and Tahoe models with the Midnight package, and this past week, I also got to spend time in the Suburban version, which is 20.3 inches longer than the ...Read more

Auto review: What makes Rolls-Royce Phantom worth $643,000?

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The Rolls-Royce Phantom is a car. It has four wheels, four doors, a steering wheel, an engine. But that's where the similarity to any other vehicle on the road ends.

For $643,000 -- my God, $643,000 -- it's not so much a car as a sense of self-being. It is all about having what you want and how you want it, about being different even from other...Read more

Sharing startup Twisted Road wants to be the Airbnb for motorcycles

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Austin Rothbard was frustrated.

For the third time in a row, he'd found himself on vacation, in a scenic place that was perfect for motorcycling, without a motorcycle and without any way to rent one.

On a whim, he checked the local Craigslist to see if there were any used motorcycles for sale. There were, but cost close to $1,000.

That led to...Read more

Driverless cars may make traffic worse, not better

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One of the more puzzling questions arising from the revolution in autonomous vehicles and on-demand services is what impact it will all have on cities.

Optimists predict that autonomous vehicles operating in on-demand fleets will greatly reduce traffic congestion, lower the need for parking lots and garages, and create new mobility options for ...Read more

2018 Ford Escape fails passenger safety crash test

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DETROIT -- New crash tests show the popular 2018 Ford Escape has the worst safety rating of seven small sport utility models put through the latest round of front passenger-side crash evaluations.

"The occupant survival space was badly compromised" because of airbag problems and a frame design that crushes passengers in the right hip and thigh ...Read more

Under the Hood: Ignition switch problem with Ford Focus

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Q. I have a 2004 Focus. The issue is the ignition, I have to wiggle the key to remove it. It seems to get stuck about halfway. Do I replace the tumblers, the switch? The key seems worn but I'm afraid a new one will get stuck for good. The key will also fit in and out of the trunk but not open it. I've tried graphite and Wd40.


A. Ignition ...Read more

Teslas don't have black boxes, making US crash probes harder

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WASHINGTON -- When a Tesla Inc. Model X slammed into a concrete highway barrier in California last month, the vehicle's computers contained a wealth of information about the moments leading to the fatal accident.

The problem for U.S. accident investigators is that the information wasn't easily accessible. The data stored on the Tesla is in a ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Detroit's cutting edge center for self-driving autos is set to open

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DETROIT -- The only engineering facility built expressly to test self-driving vehicles officially opens Wednesday at the historic 335-acre Willow Run site just west of Detroit.

The American Center for Mobility will be home to automakers, suppliers and other groups developing technology for autonomous vehicles and smart infrastructure. It ...Read more

California starts accepting applications for driverless car permits

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SAN FRANCISCO – California began accepting applications Monday for permits to deploy self-driving cars on public roads without a human backup driver at the wheel.

Recent fatal crashes by a self-driving Uber car in Arizona and a Tesla car operating in semiautonomous Autopilot mode in California have put a spotlight on safety, and on Monday the...Read more