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Auto review: More than a decade later, the 2019 Maserati GranTurismo MC convertible refutes the beauty of youth

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In modern America, age seems to be respected in politics. We don't mind septuagenarians in positions of power, i.e. President Donald Trump (73 years old), Mitch McConnell (77), Bernie Sanders (77) and Nancy Pelosi (79 years old). But everywhere else, age is not respected; it's obliterated.

Catering to youth or the illusion of youth has consumed...Read more

Under the Hood: Why is battery draining so quickly?

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Q: I saw your column and was hoping that you could offer suggestions for my battery issues.

I have a 2017 Honda CRV Touring with about 8,500 miles on it. When the vehicle sits for 3-4 weeks, the battery drains to the point I can't start the vehicle. The last time after 3 weeks, it was so depleted that I had to use the emergency key to open the ...Read more

Ford knew Focus, Fiesta models had flawed transmission, sold them anyway

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DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. knowingly launched two low-priced, fuel-efficient cars with defective transmissions and continued selling the troubled Focus and Fiesta despite thousands of complaints and an avalanche of repairs, a Free Press investigation found.

The cars, many of which randomly lose power on freeways and have unexpectedly bolted into...Read more

6 key findings from the investigation of Ford Focus, Fiesta transmissions

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DETROIT -- Here are the key findings of the Free Press investigation of Ford Motor Co.'s decisions to use the DPS6 transmission despite its flaws.

-- Ford knew its 2011 Fiesta and 2012 Focus cars had defective transmissions before the cars went on sale.

-- Ford at one point in 2012 decided to change the transmission technology but didn't ...Read more

2020 Ford Explorer's new tires fix themselves, representing a coming trend for drivers

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DETROIT -- The 2020 Ford Explorer will offer tires that patch their own holes. Drivers may not even know they ran over a nail, but here's what they should know:

The tires allow them to keep traveling after a puncture, in some cases continuing for days without a repair. They use different technology than run-flat tires, which have been ...Read more

Auto review: Kia rolls out the all-new 2020 Telluride, a big family crossover starting at $31,690

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Kia has a brand-new midsize crossover for 2020, its biggest and boldest ever with an exciting view of the world and remarkable capacity for exploration and adventure.

The Telluride goes against the current trend for sleek, curvy SUV styling with a boxy hood, sheer sides, and right-angled patterns reminiscent of older SUV design.

The first Kia ...Read more

How much would it take to get you to buy an electric car? California could increase rebates

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- What would it take to motivate more California drivers to buy electric cars the next time they go to the dealer?

A California lawmaker who in the past has proposed banning sales of new gas-powered cars wants to find out.

Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, is carrying a bill that would increase state-funded electric ...Read more

VW ends production of iconic Beetle, sends last car to museum

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The last Volkswagen Beetle has left the assembly line at a factory in Puebla, Mexico where the iconic car has been built for nearly 40 years, Volkswagen said Wednesday.

The German carmaker held a ceremony to mark the end of the line for the Beetle, a car that earned a spot in U.S. popular culture thanks to its unique shape and devoted fans, who...Read more

Got a Tesla? Elon Musk hints it could soon drive itself

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Is a real, honest-to-goodness, self-driving Tesla on the way?


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has suggested that the electric carmaker soon will take a step that could lead to the company's cars being capable of driving themselves. Musk, in response to an inquiry about Tesla's hardware systems, said late Sunday that the company could offer its new ...Read more

Is he a Tesla stalker or just a very meticulous researcher? A judge will decide

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LOS ANGELES -- Is Randeep Hothi a stalker, a harasser, a perpetrator of violence and an imminent threat? Or is he a mild-mannered academic engaged in legal if unorthodox research for his investments?

Is Tesla's Elon Musk an intimidator who uses his wealth, power and Twitter account to silence critics? Or is he simply trying to protect his ...Read more

Auto review: 2019 Pacifica Hybrid efficient, roomy, practical — but does it go the distance?

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2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited: A second chance at a first impression.

Price: $50,375 as tested. The Limited started at $45,395, and added $1,795 for the panoramic sunroof. Other features noted below.

Marketer's pitch: "Winner takes all."

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver likes the "available plug-in hybrid model, abundance of ...Read more

Motormouth: If automaker requires a part, it must pay for it

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Q: In a recent column, you stated that if a company demands you use their oil filter, they have to provide it for free. Can you explain that more? I have a Subaru and have been purchasing their oil filters for my Forester. I'm seeing dollar signs now.

-- R.S., Chicago

A: If a company demands that you use only their original parts or risk ...Read more

Ram and Silverado truck battle could mean deep discounts for consumers

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Car dealer Stephen Gilchrist has sold Ford, Chevrolet, GMC and Ram pickups in Texas truck country for more than two decades.

His rule of thumb was: "A Ford guy is a Ford guy, a Chevy guy is a Chevy guy and a Ram guy is a Ram guy," he said.

Not anymore.

"I've had more people call me looking at Ram for the 12-inch infotainment screen or looking...Read more

Vehicle sales are down for Detroit Three, but prices are rising

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DETROIT -- Auto sales slowed in the first half of 2019 compared with a year earlier and industry experts say the back half of the year could be bumpy and unpredictable.

The good news for automakers is their new vehicles are commanding higher prices from consumers, reaching new record levels.

The Detroit Three weathered trade wars and tariffs, ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Lee Iacocca gave people what they wanted, whether they knew it or not

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"If you can find a better car -- buy it!"

Equal parts bravado and marketing genius, that pugnacious challenge in TV commercials defined Lee Iacocca, the former Chrysler CEO who seemed to know what customers wanted before they did and who convinced a skeptical public and the U.S. government to give the automaker a second chance when the company ...Read more

Under the Hood: Stalling vehicle needs good tech to diagnose

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Q: I have a 2008 Chrysler Pacifica with 140,000 miles. I have made many trips to the dealership about one thing or another. They keep charging me but can't find anything the matter with the vehicle. Sometimes when I'm driving, not fast, it will just stop running. I stop and place it in park and it starts right up. No problem then. I have had the...Read more

Toyota expands Prius recall, reveals up to 20,000 hybrid inverters failed

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As many as 20,000 Toyota Prius owners have had electric power system failures after the company recalled their vehicles in 2014 and attempted to remedy a safety defect by modifying software.

The disclosure was made by a Toyota executive during testimony in a high-stakes, two-month-long civil trial that had closing arguments Monday in Orange ...Read more

As Europe orders a recall, EPA's inquiry into Mercedes emissions drags on

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WASHINGTON -- Three years after the Environmental Protection Agency began investigating alleged diesel emission cheating in Mercedes-Benz cars, vehicle owners and environmentalists say the Trump administration appears to be allowing the inquiry to stall.

Daimler, the German parent company for Mercedes, is among several automakers that have come...Read more

Under the Hood: When you want a car built like a tank

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Q: I am a single woman in my mid-70s, and I still drive my 1992 Volvo 240 sedan, although I can't find an affordable mechanic, which makes me very uneasy. About 45 years ago, I almost was killed when a Mazda with a mentally ill driver slammed into my VW bug at about 40 mph, and I still have physical limitations as a result. I purchased a Dodge ...Read more

Larry Printz: Summer's here. Are you ready for your road trip?

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Starting round about Independence Day weekend, Americans begin an annual ritual. They pack the car, hit the road and unwind for a bit of rest and relaxation.

Being prepared for a road trip could make the difference between a vacation you'll always remember and one you'll want to forget. So a few days before leaving, have all of the systems ...Read more

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