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Motormouth: Buy the maintenance plan?

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Q: Purchased a new 2020 Audi A4. Salesperson wanted me to buy a maintenance plan that would cover oil changes for four years. Can my local mechanic handle the changes? Is there a reason I would need to use the dealer?

L.S., Davie, Fla.

A: Your warranty will not be voided if you chose to have oil changes, or any routine service, done by your ...Read more

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GM dumps Trump in his attempt to bar California from setting emissions

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DETROIT — General Motors is changing course and will no longer back President Donald Trump's effort to stop California from setting its own emissions rules in an ongoing court fight.

GM CEO Mary Barra said GM is withdrawing from the pre-emption litigation between California, the Trump Administration and other non-government groups.

The move ...Read more

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General Motors abandons Trump administration in legal fight over California standards

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DETROIT — General Motors Co. is abandoning a legal battle between the Trump administration and California over the state's right to set its own standards for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy rules, the automaker said Monday, and urging other automakers to do the same.

The move signals a recognition by GM that its electrification and ...Read more

Roadshow: Partially automated driver tech creates complacent drivers, study shows

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There are no self-driving cars on sale today. There will not be any self-driving cars on sale tomorrow, no matter what Tesla's latest Full Self-Driving beta features roll out. As of right now, Level 2 driver assistance and partially automated technology is as good as it gets, and it still commands drivers to be ready at all times to take back ...Read more

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Auto review: 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500: Jaw-dropping, record-setting power — plus agility

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It is billed as the fastest and most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle of all time. It has the most power-dense supercharged engine in the world. The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 pumps out a staggering 760 horsepower, and roars to 60 mpg in just a few rapid heartbeats — or 3.3 seconds.

Grown men, veteran car guys, drive this iconic speed freak ...Read more

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2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup features flat-folding seats, pop-up desk for laptops

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Ford raises the bar for America's favorite vehicle and cranks up the pressure on Chevy and Ram with the 2021 F-150 pickup, a package full of surprises arriving in dealerships just in time for the holidays.

New from the ground up, the F-150 offers more safety features, improved ride and handling and a hybrid that saves fuel on the road and can ...Read more

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Auto review: The ultimate in sensible eco-friendly luxury: 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid pickup

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DALLAS — How hungry are you?

It might be an apt question given that the redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 has an onboard generator that can power 28 refrigerators. Not starving? Perhaps you need to keep your family and friends happy instead. The 2021 Ford F-150 can facilitate the ultimate tailgate party with enough juice to run a grill, a smoker, a ...Read more

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Auto review: For all its quirks, it should be the Ford Edgy ST

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2020 Ford Edge ST AWD: A Mustang but taller?

Price: $52,540 as tested. The ST Performance Brake Package added $2,695; Cold Weather Package added heated steering wheel and more for $495. More below.

Conventional wisdom: "No quicker than the old Sport model," says Car and Driver.

Marketer's pitch: "Top IIHS safety pick." Wow. Exciting.

Reality...Read more

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Henry Payne: Ford F-150 Hybrid is one tough nerd

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If the last generation Ford F-150 concentrated on brawn, then the 2021 F-series is about brains.

America's best-selling pickup is back for its 14th generation, and it's one clever cookie. Think fully digital displays, over-the-air-updates, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a stowable shifter and a hybrid powertrain that acts as an onboard ...Read more

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GM to bring 30 new electric vehicles to market in next 5 years

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DETROIT — General Motors is expanding the number of electric vehicles it will bring to market by 2025.

At the Barclays Global Automotive Conference on Thursday, GM CEO Mary Barra said the automaker will bring to market 30 all-electric models globally by mid-decade.

GM had previously said it would bring 20 electric models to market by 2023.

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Ford Explorer ranks among lowest scoring models in reliability survey

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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. was hit with more bad news Thursday, thanks to the problematic launch of its Ford Explorer.

Ford's namesake Blue Oval brand placed 22nd in the latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey from Consumer Reports, down six spots from last year. The luxury Lincoln brand placed last at 26th, down 11 spots.

The 2020 Auto ...Read more

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Robotaxi companies can now win approval to operate in California

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Robotaxi operators will be allowed to charge fares for driverless rides in California under a plan approved by the state Public Utilities Commission on Thursday.

But don't expect to hail a robotaxi right away: The CPUC fare plan lays down a lengthy government approval process for each robotaxi operator that could take months or years.

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Up to $1,500 off: California rolls out a new incentive program for clean cars

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In another example of California encouraging drivers to buy zero- or low-emissions vehicles, the California Air Resources Board and the state's utilities have teamed up to launch a program offering a discount of up to $1,500 on the purchase or lease of new electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids.

Called the California Clean Fuel Reward, the ...Read more

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GM ups effort to safeguard parts supplied for its full-size pickup, SUV plants

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DETROIT — General Motors has its eye south of the border as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, restricting the output of parts from some of its suppliers in Mexico.

That, in turn, could further impact GM's vehicle production at its U.S. factories.

GM has had to either cancel some overtime shifts or run partial shifts at its important ...Read more

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Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot-maker PSA Group set shareholder meetings to approve merger

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Shareholders for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot-maker PSA Group are to meet in January to decide whether to approve the proposed merger between the two companies.

The companies announced Wednesday they would hold general meetings for their respective shareholders on Jan. 4 "in order to approve the merger of their companies to allow the ...Read more

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Nikola, GM stock prices spike on anticipation of partnership news

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The stock of both Nikola Corp. and General Motors spiked Wednesday on rumors the two had finally signed a deal where GM would make the Nikola Badger heavy-duty electric pickup using its Ultium battery technology and be the exclusive supplier of Hydrotec fuel cells for the truck.

In return, GM would get an equity stake in Nikola and other ...Read more

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Motormouth: Should I take it to the dealership?

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Q: My spouse and I have Subarus and take our cars to the dealership for service. Every time I take my car in for an oil change, they seem to find something else wrong. This multi-point inspection labels all parts/systems as green, yellow or red and encourages you to fix or replace when in the yellow range. Once they marked my battery green and a...Read more

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Jeep Wrangler gets first V-8 in nearly 40 years

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Jeep's concept of powering its flagship Wrangler SUV with a V-8 engine for the first time in nearly 40 years just became a reality.

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV brand said Tuesday it will produce the four-door 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 for sale with the 6.4-liter V-8 engine after teasing the possible product in July just hours ahead of Ford...Read more

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Fiat Chrysler shows off its 'badass' V8-powered Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392

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DETROIT — Jamie Standring, the chief engineer for performance SUVs at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has a description that Jeep fans will appreciate for the new 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392.

He calls it an "unmistakable badass on the road."

That's what you get when you drop a 6.4-liter V8 engine into a Wrangler, the first time a V8 has been ...Read more

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GM and the UAW meet with Biden and Harris on COVID-19 and economy

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General Motors and the UAW met with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Monday to talk about the economy and the rise of COVID-19 cases sweeping the nation.

The UAW told the incoming administration that there is a need for an immediate economic package to help people hard hit by the pandemic.

The Biden ...Read more