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Motormouth: How often do I really need an oil change?

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Q: I have 2001 Lexus RX300 with only 46,000 miles. I bought it new and have kept it in mint condition. In recent years, I have only put on 1,000 miles per year and have switched to a once-a-year oil change. I know the "law books" say you should change oil every six months, but I have also read a lot of commentary that you can go much longer than...Read more

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Lucid Air EV sets EV benchmark with 520-mile range

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The Lucid Air has set a new benchmark for EPA-rated EV range with 520 miles.

Founded by former Tesla engineer Peter Rawlinson, Lucid has been methodically building a Tesla Model S competitor since debuting to much fanfare at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Its promise: to eclipse Tesla as the electric vehicle standard.

The figure blows away Tesla...Read more

Auto review: Cruisin' in the dreamy Mustang Mach 1

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. — My red 2021 Mustang Mach 1 was dressed for the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Muscled torso covered in black tattoos. Front spoiler out to here. Wicked black Magnum wheels. Mesh fascia with flared nostrils. Quad tailpipes the size of ship cannons. Swaggering down Woodward Avenue on Saturday morning, I noticed a Mustang Shelby GT350...Read more

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We're souping up our rides. The neighbors are furious

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It's not your imagination. That driver at the stoplight is revving his engine so loudly it can set off car alarms. Then he roars off as the signal turns green, even if it's just to the next stoplight.

Like some sort of pandemic-inspired primal scream, this flooring-the-pedal thing is happening all over. That's because a global semiconductor ...Read more

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Mark Phelan: Buying a new car? Watch out for $2,000 hidden fee in footnotes

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As if semiconductor shortages and COVID-19 hadn’t driven car prices high enough, automakers are ratcheting up a hidden charge most shoppers are unaware of — and which nobody seems to understand.

Meet the destination charge, also known as the second-to-last line on the window sticker, shipping charge and that bleepin’ $2,000 asterisk.

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Burly, high-tech, 2022 Chevy Silverado fills in the holes

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The Silverado remake is complete.

The launch of Chevy's fourth-generation, 2019 full-size pickup set segment benchmarks for chassis light-weighting and rugged bed construction. But the sleek truck was dogged by questions about the uninspired interior and lack of a performance truck model. With the 2022 Silverado, the bow-tie brand has filled in...Read more

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Ford confirms plan to double F-150 Lightning production, ramp up hiring

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DETROIT — A year after revealing plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the iconic Rouge Complex to build the all-electric F-150 Lightning, the automaker announced Thursday that its initial plan didn't go far enough.

Ford confirmed it will double production of the highly-anticipated 2022 Ford F-150 that will be built with a ...Read more

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Dodge ties Porsche as most appealing brand

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The folks at Dodge must know what their customers like.

The Stellantis brand that makes its living off heavy horsepower Hemis led all mass market brands and tied with Porsche overall in the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study being released Wednesday. The annual APEAL study is essentially a measure of brand ...Read more

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Rivian electric trucks arrive before Detroit Three's models

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Rivian Automotive Inc. beat the Detroit Three to market with its all-electric pickup truck the R1T, which started rolling off the assembly line Tuesday, according to CEO RJ Scaringe's Twitter feed.

"After months of building pre-production vehicles, this morning our first customer vehicle drove off our production line in Normal," Scaringe ...Read more

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Toyota to Congress: Reject EV tax incentives that favor Detroit Three

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WASHINGTON — Executives at Toyota Motor Corp. are urging members of Congress to reject a proposal that would expand tax credits for electric vehicles up to $12,500 and offer significant incentives to buy union-made cars.

The legislation, proposed by Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., would lift the manufacturer cap on EV credits and implement $7,500 ...Read more

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Renting a car will be a pain until at least 2022 (sorry, travelers)

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On a trip to visit Disneyland with his children, John Jimenez of San Jose, Calif., reserved a compact car from Dollar Rent a Car at Los Angeles International Airport. What he got when he landed was a headache.

Due to a vehicle shortage, the car rental agency offered him a van that he said reeked of cigarettes and marijuana instead of a compact ...Read more

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Democrats unveil new EV tax credit proposal with boost for unions

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WASHINGTON — Democrats in Washington want to include a significant new incentive to buy electric vehicles in their $3.5 trillion social spending bill, according to a new plan revealed Friday by the House Ways and Means Committee.

For five years, the legislation would implement $7,500 point-of-sale consumer rebates for electric vehicles and ...Read more

Roadshow: 2022 Infiniti QX60 is an overdue upgrade

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Long overdue for an update, the 2022 QX60 marks the first major redesign for Infiniti's luxury three-row SUV since it debuted as the JX35 back in 2012. The new QX60 is a handsome reimagining of its predecessor's design matched with a total overhaul of the interior. New tech and more standard safety and convenience features round out the second...Read more

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GM warns of challenging Q3, bigger production impact from chip shortage

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General Motors predicts a challenging third quarter and warned Wall Street on Friday that its vehicle sales and production volumes would take a bigger-than-expected hit in the second half.

GM's CFO Paul Jacobson told analysts at an RBC Capital Markets conference that because of the ongoing global shortage of semiconductor chips, the automaker's...Read more

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Auto review: Why buy a 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross SUV? Did I mention it's a Toyota?

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AUSTIN, Texas — Toyota swings for the infield with the 2022 Corolla Cross, a subcompact SUV hitting the market this fall with singularly modest aspirations.

Sized between the quirky C-HR and mega-selling RAV4, the Cross’ bid for buyers’ attention seems to rest on the Toyota and Corolla badges’ well-earned familiarity and respect rather ...Read more

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Mark Phelan: I wasted $40 on a couple of nearly unusable gas cans: How to find a good one

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My friend Greg Lewis used to say in high school: "He's so dumb, he couldn't pour pee out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel."

Courtesy of a recent five-day DTE power outage, I think I know what that apocryphal numbskull does for a living: He designs gasoline cans.

During the blackout, I spilled gasoline on myself and a ...Read more

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Auto review: 2022 Infiniti QX60 SUV is a return to form for Nissan's luxury brand

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Image and popularity remain a powerful force when selling anything: music, clothing or even choosing what to drive. It’s why some long-hallowed brands bite the dust after decades of popularity. It’s not that they became any worse, it’s that their image was no longer popular.

This is why fewer consumers choose to buy station wagons or ...Read more

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Auto review: Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup ... where SUVs leave off

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — And now for something completely different.

The segment-busting 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup is the first of its kind — a unibody-based, head-turning Swiss Army knife with many tools for many chores. Did I say pickup? Hyundai prefers the term Sport Adventure Vehicle because Santa Cruz is truly a different animal.

"I ...Read more

Motormouth: Yes, there could be a problem

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Q; I have a 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 with 39,000 miles on it. Normally, the voltmeter shows just over 14 volts, but recently after maybe a half-hour of driving, the reading starts to decline to about 12.75 volts. If I continue driving, it may or may not come back to 14 volts. I tried a new alternator, and the battery was recently replaced. The GM ...Read more

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Analysts yawn as Ford confirms itty bitty EcoSport will end sales in US in 2022

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Goodbye, little EcoSport.

The subcompact crossover SUV with a small but mighty following is a casualty of a decision to shut down Ford manufacturing operations in India, the company confirmed Thursday.

The EcoSport will be built and exported to the U.S. through mid-2022.

Meanwhile, Europe will continue to get its supply from a factory in ...Read more