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Insurance Institute: Advanced driving assistance systems don't equal self-driving tech

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Having an advanced driver assistance system in your car, where cameras and sensors allow it to offer things like adaptive cruise control or lane centering, doesn't mean you have a self-driving vehicle.

Drivers still need to be alert and paying attention to what's up ahead.

But some manufacturers have oversold how much their systems can do, ...Read more

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Sticker shock is a real thing for car shoppers right now: Here's why

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The price to buy a new or used car is increasing at a faster rate than the average wage growth in the nation, a study said.

On Thursday, Anderson Economic Group, an East Lansing-based economic consulting firm, released the results of a recent analysis comparing new and used vehicle price increases against wage growth in the U.S. private sector....Read more


Auto review: Audi e-tron GT is an electrifying, elegant but expensive EV

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The last time I saw the Audi e-tron GT, it was being mobbed by members of a panting press at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show with Iron Man — er, actor Robert Downey Jr. — behind the wheel. The GT hasn't lost its appeal.

With a long, lean Audi figure draped over the same bones that carry the Porsche Taycan EV, the e-tron is a rocket ship with...Read more

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New EV rules handicap transplants, play to Detroit Three's strengths

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As the most onerous federal mpg regulations in 50 years force the auto industry toward electric vehicles, domestic manufacturers are in the catbird seat. Credit the Detroit Three's huge advantage in profitable fleet trucks and vans, say industry analysts, that are lining up corporate customers. Meanwhile, more consumer-reliant Asian automakers ...Read more


Motormouth: What's wrong with the A/C?

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Q: My 2017 Honda Pilot with the Touring package has 56,000 miles and is a wonderful vehicle except for the air conditioning. At various times while on long trips, the A/C blows warm air. Changing temperatures or switching on and off does not change the temp. The only hope is to turn the engine off for about 90 minutes before driving again. We ...Read more

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New Ford, ADT antitheft technology is like doorbell camera for your vehicle

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Ford Motor Co. and ADT security are taking action to make criminals think twice about trying to steal your car, truck or van or anything in it.

The companies — through a new joint venture called Canopy — are bringing two new vehicle security packages to market. The first is for truck and van owners who use their vehicles for business, and ...Read more


Mopar charger will fuel your hybrid for the road in just over 2 hours

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The after-sales parts division of Jeep SUVs and Chrysler minivans now is offering a Level 2 vehicle charger that it says can fuel plug-in hybrids in just over two hours.

The 240-volt at-home wall charger unit from Stellantis NV's Mopar is factory-backed to support the needs of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe and Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe or Chrysler ...Read more

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GM wins tax abatement for potential $1.3B EV investment at Orion plant

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Orion Township, Michigan officials on Tuesday approved a tax abatement for a proposed $1.3 billion investment by General Motors Co. to build electric vehicles at its Orion Assembly plant in Lake Orion.

GM requested the maximum period permitted for the tax abatement: 12 years, plus three years during the construction phase for the investment, ...Read more


New year, new chance: Auto industry bills that may make a comeback in 2022

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When Congress wrapped up in 2021, it left a lot on the table that would impact drivers and the U.S. auto industry.

The Democratic majority spent most of last year focused on rallying enough bipartisan support to pass a $1 trillion package to boost the nation's ailing infrastructure, which will spend billions on roads and bridges and other ...Read more

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GM has new online marketplace with 45,000 parts for sale: What customers should know

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In its drive to add revenue from sales of software and services, General Motors is launching an online parts store that will give GM vehicle owners the ability to buy parts direct.

The automaker said Tuesday this is just one of many new digital offerings coming to car buyers in the future. Those include buying accessories, over-the-air upgrades...Read more

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Bollinger shelves consumer EVs to focus on commercial trucks

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The imposing, battery-powered Bollinger B2 pickup truck won't be seen on the road anytime soon.

The Michigan-based startup announced Friday that it is canceling consumer orders for its innovative, off-road-capable B2 pickup and B1 SUV in order to focus on its burgeoning commercial truck business.

The $125,000 B1 and B2 were part of a squadron ...Read more


Stellantis car-sharing company is hiring, looking to grow by 40%

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The car-sharing company from the maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks is looking to grow its workforce by 40%, including hires in the United States.

Stellantis NV's Free2move on Monday said it is adding 100 people to its 250-person team in Madrid, Paris and the U.S. in efforts to expand its app that offers users vehicles available for rent ...Read more


As Stellantis turns 1, automaker faces two paths

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A year after the transatlantic merger that created Stellantis NV, experts say the company is looking at two potential futures.

The maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks has outlined a vision for electrification and software, announced strategic partnerships and pressed through an unprecedented microchip shortage. It moved forward on cost ...Read more


Ford inks 5-year deal with financial service Stripe to overhaul online payments

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Ford Motor Co. and financial services startup Stripe Inc. on Monday announced a five-year agreement to overhaul the automaker's online payment process.

Under the agreement, Stripe — which is co-headquartered in San Francisco and Dublin, Ireland and is one of the most valuable startups in the U.S. — would serve as the "premier" payment ...Read more

Precious cargo: 2022 Kia Carnival is puppy-approved

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Our long-term 2022 Kia Carnival has been busy the past few months, particularly with a very important task: Bringing home my family's new dog, Connor. I can't speak to his thoughts on the Carnival, but I'm sure glad I had this capacious minivan to make the very long trek to bring him home.

The drive to pick up Connor was a long one, about ...Read more

Auto review: Ford Bronco Sasquatch vs. Land Rover Defender 90 in the Dirt Bowl

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HOLLY, Michigan — What's better than taking an off-road beast over snowbound Holly Oaks ORV Park? Taking two off-road beasts.

I flogged the Land Rover Defender 90 and Ford Bronco First Edition two-door models over southeast Michigan's premier adventure park for grins — and to see how the two warriors compared. The Bronco has wowed in ...Read more


Auto review: A low price and spacious cabin make the handsome 2022 VW Taos a compelling crossover

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If you’re a fan of Volkswagen hatchbacks, no doubt you’re saddened that Volkswagen is no longer bringing the normally aspirated Golf to the United States; it’s now only available as the pricier, sportier GTI. But that doesn’t mean that VW is abandoning that part of the market. In its place is the new 2022 Volkswagen Taos, which starts at...Read more

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Charge it! Pricey Detroit EV pickups target premium customers

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The electric truck wars are in full swing with the Chevy Silverado EV and Ford F-150 Lightning going toe-to-toe with starting prices of $40,000 for their first EV pickups.

Consider the number $50,000, too.

That’s how much more the Silverado EV’s RST trim costs than a comparable, diesel-powered Silverado RST. Ford has also released its ...Read more


Motormouth: How jog your car's memory

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Q: I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee in warranty and I stopped by a dealer because my memory seats stopped working. Was told it would be a two-week wait and would be tied up all day. Made an appointment. The next week got an oil change for my wife's car at my local mechanic and mentioned Jeep seat problem to the service writer. He told me just use ...Read more

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GM launches massive used car website CarBravo, hopes to take on Carvana

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Car consumers looking to buy will soon have access to hundreds of thousands of used vehicles on a new digital retail platform from General Motors.

On Tuesday, GM introduced CarBravo, a website that will list all the used car inventory across GM's participating dealerships as well as used cars owned by GM and its finance arm, GM Financial.

...Read more