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Hot-selling 2021 Ford Bronco Sport gets second recall, this time for rollover risk

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Ford Motor Co. is recalling its popular 2021 Bronco Sport for a second time, now for an incorrect lower control arm that could result in reduced vehicle stability and increase the risk of a rollover crash at maximum roof load.

This recall involves 106 vehicles built on Dec. 9; Ford estimated 50% are defective.

Ford Bronco Sport was just ...Read more


Auto review: The 2021 Kia Sorento is one you'll remember

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There are certain things in life you’ll always remember: your first love, a fun vacation, a night out at a particular restaurant (sometime prior to March). But if asked to recall a trip to the supermarket last month in any detail, odds are you would draw a blank. Why should you remember such an unremarkable moment in your life?

Cars can be ...Read more


Auto review: Wagon or SUV? Audi A6 Allroad vs. Volvo XC90

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Station wagon or SUV?

It's almost a moot choice today since so few wagons remain after the SUV tsunami. But in the luxury class, European automakers continue to bring sleek, powerful wagons popular across the pond. They are a reminder that such four-wheeled dinosaurs once ruled North America before a regulatory meteor from Washington in the ...Read more


Ford introduces first-ever Explorer King Ranch luxury package for popular midsize SUV

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Customers told Ford Motor Co. they wanted more luxury.

So Ford responded with a first-ever King Ranch package for its popular Explorer SUV that includes hand-stitched "premium touches" and mahogany-colored Del Rio leather trimmed seats with perforated front and second rows with the legendary King Ranch Running logo, along with leather door trim...Read more

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While Mercedes debuts another knockout C-class, Cadillac looks to the future

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Mercedes unveiled its all-new C-class Tuesday, and it's stunning. With its curved, space-age screen rising from the console, state-of-the-art "MBUX" voice recognition, and smooth, 255-horse turbo engine with 48-volt battery assist, Merc's best-selling sedan reasserts the automaker's place — along with the BMW 3-series and Tesla Model 3 — as ...Read more

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2021 Buick Envision's new looks, features have the feel of a hit

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Buick is the right brand at the right time, and the 2021 Envision compact SUV is the perfect vehicle to cash in.

It’s got the size, looks, features and value to hit the hottest part of the car market running and print money all the way to the bank for General Motors.

The ’21 Envision is new from the ground up, styled in Germany and the U.S...Read more


Motormouth: Trouble? The car will let you know

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Q: In a recent column, you mentioned that a vapor storage charcoal canister can flood by overfilling your gas tank. If you squeeze in extra fuel over a long period of time, how would you know if the canister is actually flooded and not operating correctly?

R.M., Elk Grove Village, Ill.

A: The check engine light will come on. The evaporative ...Read more

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Ford building new Texas-style Explorer King Ranch at Chicago plant

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Ford announced Wednesday it is rolling out a new version of its Explorer SUV — the King Ranch Edition — with the “authenticity” of a Texas ranch and a made-in-Chicago label.

The Explorer King Ranch, set to hit showrooms in the spring, will be built exclusively at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant on the city’s Southeast Side.

Ford has ...Read more

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Stellantis, citing global demand, laying off 150 at Jeep Cherokee plant

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The Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly Plant, where the Jeep Cherokee SUV is made, is laying off 150 workers.

Stellantis, the parent company of Jeep since the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot maker PSA Group, confirmed the news Tuesday.

"The Stellantis plant in Belvidere, Ill., is rebalancing its staffing levels as it realigns ...Read more

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Biden, Schumer rush to confront chip shortage idling auto plants

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he is asking the chamber’s top Republicans and Democrats to draw up legislation aimed at improving U.S. competitiveness with China in manufacturing and technology, including bolstering the supply of American-made semiconductors.

The outline Schumer set down Tuesday calls for emergency funding for ...Read more


Jeep under pressure to drop Cherokee name from SUVs

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Is it time for Jeep to put a new name on its Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SUVs?

The principal chief of the Cherokee Nation thinks so.

"I'm sure this comes from a place that is well-intended, but it does not honor us by having our name plastered on the side of a car," Chuck Hoskin Jr., principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, told Car and Driver ...Read more

Roadshow: 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country worthy of a chef's kiss

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A car or truck doesn't have to be the best in every measure to be highly desirable. The 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country isn't the most versatile vehicle available today, nor is it the quickest, fanciest or best equipped. But man, it's a terrific all-around package, one that feels like more than the sum of its Scandinavian parts.

Riding about 2....Read more

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It looks like Elon Musk isn't moving Tesla out of California after all

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Late last year Elon Musk kissed California goodbye. The Tesla chief executive sold his Bel-Air mansions and said he'd moved to Texas. But while he also threatened to close the electric car maker's California factory in Fremont, those threats now look like bluster.

The company recently filed for permits with city officials to turn an assembly ...Read more

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Mark Phelan: Consumer Reports names the top green vehicles in a new award

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Shoppers just got a hand picking the most environmentally benevolent vehicles.

From EVs like the Tesla S and Chevy Bolt to hybrids including the Chrysler Pacifica and Ford Escape and plain ol’ gasoline sedans — Toyota Avalon and VW Jetta — Consumer Reports’ new Green Choice status singles out vehicles that produce the fewest greenhouse ...Read more

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What US autoworkers want from the new Biden administration

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is proposing changes that would transform the U.S. transportation and energy sectors — and, officials promise, they won't leave workers behind.

In the U.S. auto industry, that means a hard pivot to electric vehicles and away from the gas and diesel engines that powered the industry and filled worker ...Read more


Auto review: Ode to an Audi: 2021 A6 Allroad Quattro is a wagonload of joy

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2021 Audi A6 Allroad Quattro Prestige: Love at first drive?

Price: $74,940 as tested. Prestige Package added driver assistance, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, and more for $4,500; gray paint, $595. More below.

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver likes the "handy wagon body style, chic exterior, silky-smooth V-6 power train," but ...Read more


Auto review: For 2021, Toyota's second-fastest car is a hybrid crossover SUV

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Life has changed in so many ways. We no longer think it’s strange when someone wears a face mask, once common only among bank robbers and surgeons. We’ve become accustomed to it, just like we’ve gotten in the habit of buying more things online, even groceries. It’s not merely a matter of avoiding Covid-19; it’s also mighty convenient, ...Read more

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2021 Porsche Taycan RWD erases most differences between electric and gasoline vehicles

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It’s time to stop talking about electric cars like they’re odd and radically different, a new kind of transportation. They’re cars, each developed to meet price and performance goals, each with inevitable trade-offs dictated by those factors.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan, a more affordable rear-drive version of the sports car specialist’s ...Read more


Most dependable cars: Lexus, Kia top 2021 JD Power auto study

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Automobiles are more complex than ever, and more dependable than ever.

That's the encouraging news from data analytics firm JD Power which released its 2021 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study Thursday. The widely-watched study found vehicle durability at an all-time high, improving 10% over 2020 — and 25% over 2016 when the industry was ...Read more

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Chrysler, Buick make top 10 in Consumer Reports' auto brand ranking

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DETROIT — Two Detroit auto brands, Chrysler and Buick, made major improvements in Consumer Reports' Brand Report Card Rankings, placing them in the top 10 out of 32 brands, the organization said Thursday.

Stellantis NV's Chrysler brand came in 8th place and Buick followed in 9th. Their rankings marked only the second time two Detroit auto ...Read more