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Elon Musk says Tesla headquarters could still move out of California

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Despite winning a standoff with local health officials over reopening his factory, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk is sticking with his threat to move company headquarters to another state.

"There's no question that our headquarters will remain in California for the short term," he said in a recent interview with Automotive News. "Long term, we...Read more

Roadshow: COVID-19 is causing more old cars to stay on the road

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Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., researchers had already concluded that Americans are holding onto their cars for a longer period of time: nearly 12 years. That's the highest figure in almost 20 years.

The auto industry information gurus at IHS Markit have just released their latest study analyzing the age of vehicles on U....Read more

Under the Hood: Troubleshooting 'multiple misfires' in motorhome

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Q: I have a 2002 21-foot motorhome on a 3500 Chevrolet frame with a 5.7 engine. It now has 95,000 miles. At about 85,000 miles, the engine started losing power at driving speed. At first the engine would keep running but only at about 10 mph. After it sat overnight it would run fine. Now the engine will just lose power and quit. It will ...Read more

Putting focus on the ever-receding hood ornament

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Many of us grew up watching hood ornaments bob somewhere near the horizon on the fronts of our parents' cars. The winged motometer on my dad's Model T and chrome star on my grandma's Mercedes were two of my favorites. For decades, hood ornaments identified the beginning of a car and the height of an automaker's branding. They've receded ...Read more

Motormouth: What's up with fuel filter?

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Q: I have a 2011 Mazda Tribute and wanted to change the fuel filter. The manual states that it is in the gas tank and does not need to be changed. I find this strange, so I asked my local mechanic if he knew about this. He looked up gas filters for that model at his supply store and it shows one. I told him what the manual stated, but he said he...Read more

Roadshow: Coronavirus lockdown can make return to driving overwhelming, study says

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It's like riding a bicycle. You never forget how to drive a car once you put in the practice and gain experience. But, like anything in life, removing something from a daily routine can cause skills or familiarity to rust. Driving, according to a new study, isn't immune. sampled just over 1,200 drivers with varying ages and a ...Read more

Motormouth: Cars left unused during quarantine

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Q: I have two vehicles in Arizona that I had to leave there on March 18. I have not been able to get them due to the virus. When I am able to get them, what type of maintenance should I have done to them? They have been garaged with trickle chargers. Should I have the oil changed and all fluids? How about the tires? One is a 2014 Grand Cherokee ...Read more

Michigan governor warned auto industry on coronavirus: How they're reacting

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DETROIT -- General Motors' Flint, Mich., assembly plant is running full-on as its 5,000 hourly workers push to meet pent-up demand for the heavy-duty Silverado and Sierra pickups GM builds there.

The plant, along with all of the Detroit Three's U.S. factories, sat idle for about eight weeks this spring as the coronavirus pandemic surged, ...Read more

Roadshow: 2021 Ford Bronco has five clever features that trump Jeep's Wrangler

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No doubt about it, the new Ford 2021 Bronco has its sights squarely aimed at the Jeep Wrangler. Yes, the two SUVs compare nicely in terms of off-road specs, but there are a lot of really smart features that could the Bronco easier to live with both on- and off-road. Game on.

1. Side mirror placement

With Jeep's Wrangler, its side mirrors ...Read more

Under the Hood: Troubleshooting an ABS problem

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Q: I own a 2010 Chevy Express 2500. Last year I began having issues with the ABS on my front brakes. They would kick in at about 8 mph, down to dead stop.

I had a bad bearing, so I purchased a pair of bearings online (RockAuto). The bearings came with new ABS sensors. Installing the first bearing, I mucked up the ABS sensor, so I robbed the one...Read more

GM offers up revealing new details of future electric cars

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DETROIT -- In its 2019 Sustainability Report released Thursday, General Motors is providing new details of its upcoming flood of electric vehicles.

The report also outlined advances across the company GM made last year as well as where it can improve, such as in diversity hiring.

"In some cases we feel good about the progress we've made, but ...Read more

Fiat Chrysler to change name to Stellantis after merger with PSA in 2021

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will change its name to "Stellantis" after the merger with Peugeot S.A. is complete next year, the companies announced Wednesday.

This is a "major step" as the automakers move toward completing their 50:50 marriage outlined in a December 18, 2019 agreement, according to a news release from FCA. Everything is...Read more

Motormouth: Rotating tires

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Q: I have always been told that tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Now I just saw an article that said to rotate them "only if needed." Is that correct? Is it OK to not rotate them if they appear to be wearing evenly?

T.M., Bemidji, Minn.

A: I used to suggest rotating tires at every second oil change. The 3,000-mile oil ...Read more

Auto review: 2021 Ford Bronco boasts features to make Jeep owners envious

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DETROIT -- As I listened to the Bronco brain trust outline highlights of Ford's upcoming off-roader, I could practically hear Jeep Wrangler strategists slapping their heads: 'Why didn't we think of that?'

Because they didn't have to. The Wrangler, direct descendant of nearly 80 years of vehicles with great off-road ability, doesn't have ...Read more

Ford just revealed 2021 Bronco: Why this new model is different

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DETROIT -- The Ford Bronco, an iconic American off-roader, has re-emerged after a 24-year absence with its public debut Monday evening in a series of 3-minute stories created to run on three leading Disney-owned TV channels and YouTube.

Fast Company magazine called the unique strategy "audacious."

The theme: Celebrate adventure, live life and ...Read more

1,250 workers facing layoffs at GM's Wentzville Assembly Plant

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General Motors will lay off its third shift of workers at the assembly plant where it builds its midsize pickups and full-size vans as cases of coronavirus surge in the surrounding community.

The automaker said starting July 20 it will reduce its Wentzville Assembly plant, which is near St. Louis, Mo., to two shifts.

"We believe in the short ...Read more

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class teaser previews big MBUX update

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The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS electric sedan concept wasn't just a high-level exercise in designing something neat. Tucked away behind its wild styling are hints at the next generation of Mercedes sedans, including the flagship S-Class. In preparation for this four-door's update, the automaker has put out a teaser that promises some big tech ...Read more

2020 Mazda MX-5 RF still means a lot of fun and some summer sun

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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club RF: As fun with a hardtop?

Price: $34,565 as tested. No options on test vehicle. (The Club is the midlevel MX-5, between Sports and Grand Touring.)

Conventional wisdom: Motor Trend likes the "pure driving joy, distilled, super-simple soft top operation, good fuel economy," but not that it's "nervous at the limit, ...Read more

FCA recalls 1.2M SUVs, minivans because pieces on steering wheels can become projectiles

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 1.2 million SUVs and minivans because pieces on the steering wheels could become projectiles if the driver-side air bags deploy.

The recall affects 2007-11 Dodge Nitros and 2008-10 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans. The bulk are in the United States.

The company...Read more

Under the Hood: Picking the right pickup for trailer hauling

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Q: I'm hoping that you can help me on researching a truck to tow a travel trailer. My wife and I are interested in at most a 24-foot trailer of no more than 4,000 lbs. We have checked Consumer Reports, Edmunds, KBB and a few others for truck recommendations and find it almost impossible to figure out what our best option is. We're looking for a ...Read more