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Mark Phelan: Volkswagen diesels: 'Get them while supplies last'

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Two years after cheating on emissions tests catapulted Volkswagen into a global crisis, the automaker is again selling cars with diesel engines in the U.S., but the German brand's signature offerings won't be around too much longer.

Customers lined up to buy 2-year-old Volkswagen diesel cars when the automaker unexpectedly resumed sales in ...Read more

Ford swiftly follows CEO switch with further leadership restructuring

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DETROIT -- Days after introducing a new CEO, Ford Motor Co. announced a new leadership team.

In a news release Thursday morning, new CEO Jim Hackett described the changes as showing the company's efforts to, among other things, speed up decision-making.

"The leadership changes we are announcing today across our global business are important as...Read more

Under the Hood: Rear differential assembly repair not easy, but doable

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Q: My 1998 Dodge half-ton 4x4 pickup started making a growling noise, which comes from its rear end and doesn't vary with load. I removed the cover of the rear differential assembly and found several rice-sized chunks of metal at the bottom. Everything else inside looked normal. I'm thinking it's the ring and pinion. A shop I called wants about ...Read more

CarFit events help senior drivers find the best fit

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If you buy a new suit, you would probably have a tailor custom fit it to your body. If you're a golfer, a lot of instructors advise that you get clubs that fit your physique and swing.

It stands to reason, then, that you should have the right fit behind the wheel of your car. After all, driving isn't just about appearances or comfort, it's also...Read more

Why you can't buy a car online — for now

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As bricks-and-mortar stores around the country close up and more retail sales shift to the internet, the auto industry seems stuck in the past, plodding along in much the same way that it has for decades.

If you want to buy a new vehicle, you still have to schlep to a dealer, negotiate a price and sign a stack of documents before you drive away...Read more

3 steps to decluttering your garage

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What was built to fit two cars but cannot fit two cars? American garages.

Nearly half of Americans admitted to being unable to park their car in their garage, according to an online survey of more than 1,000 people by SpareFoot, an Austin, Texas-based online broker for storage and moving companies.

It's even worse for families, with three out ...Read more

Auto review: 2017 Chevy Bolt is a good car with great implications

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People called it cool, cute, quick. The most talked-about feature was the 10.2-inch touch screen, the most divisive the plastic black-on-white dashboard design.

But the comments that best summed up reactions to the evolutionary Chevy Bolt EV came from very different sources: an 11-year-old boy and a 75-year-old retiree.

"Global warming won't ...Read more

Justice Department sues Fiat Chrysler over diesel emissions

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DETROIT -- The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for building and selling diesel engines that violate the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

The federal government said Fiat Chrysler created software that acted as what's called a defeat device for emissions testing ...Read more

Ford ousts CEO as auto industry faces transformation

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SAN FRANCISCO -- In the latest sign that driverless cars and other revolutionary new technologies are shaking automakers to their roots, the chief executive of Ford Motor Co. just got tossed.

The replacement of Mark Fields with Jim Hackett, who had been running a new unit focused on cutting-edge transportation, is a big deal for Ford. But with ...Read more

Ford names new CEO amid management shake-up

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DETROIT -- Ford confirmed on Monday that, in a wide-ranging reshuffling of the company's top management, Jim Hackett will become the automaker's new CEO. The move brings the three-year tenure of Mark Fields as chief executive to an abrupt end.

In comments Monday Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford praised the tenure and achievements of Fields but...Read more

Fiat Chrysler hopes new EPA application will clear diesel emissions dispute

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Friday that it has formally applied for emissions certification for its 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles that it hopes will resolve allegations of Clean Air Act violations.

The automaker believes the software fix it has proposed will resolve concerns from the federal government...Read more

Tesla employees raise concerns as production set to jump

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FREMONT, Calif. -- As Tesla sets aggressive new production goals, its workers are sending a clear message: Don't forget about us.

Several Tesla employees in recent weeks have shared stories of workplace injuries and have called for the electric vehicle maker to improve safety standards. Tesla CEO Elon Musk maintains that worker safety and ...Read more

Uber to Levandowski: Hand over Waymo files, or we may fire you

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Complying with a court order, Uber has given one of its top self-driving car engineers an ultimatum -- hand over any confidential Waymo files in his possession, or risk being fired from his job.

If the engineer, Anthony Levandowski, denies having taken any such files, or if he has destroyed them, he must say so in a written statement provided ...Read more

Review: Hyundai Elantra Sport holds its own against Honda Civic, Mazda3

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Spring weekends: When dreams of race tracks and winding backwoods roads come crashing down under the domestic weight of lawn care and countless family chores. Such obligations can feel less obligatory if you have a fun enough car.

The Hyundai Elantra Sport is fun enough.

The Elantra has long been a best buy for being roomy, fuel-efficient, and...Read more

Under the Hood: How does Lane Departure Warning work?

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Q. I'm in the process of buying my dad a new Honda CRV which will probably be his last car. I'm impressed with the optional safety features and was explaining some of them to him. Can you shed some light on the lane departure feature, or is it lane-keeping -- how it works? He's resistant to technology but I'm trying to keep him as safe as ...Read more

Motorcycle thefts rise nationwide — again

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Motorcycle thefts are on the rise, and California, for the second year in a row, is the top state for stolen bikes.

The annual theft report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows bike thefts rose 2 percent nationally in 2016. A total of 46,467 motorcycles were reported stolen, up from 45,555 in 2015.

A shocking number of them ...Read more

Larry Printz: Getting ready to roll for Memorial Day

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With the arrival of warmer weather, thoughts turn to packing the car and hitting the road. However, being prepared for a road trip will make it one you'll always remember rather than one you'll live to regret. So before hitting the highway, here are a few things to consider.

YOUR VEHICLE

--If your vehicle hasn't been checked recently, consider...Read more

Some dealers slow to get the hang of selling electric cars

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SAN FRANCISCO -- To Oscar Gutierrez, electric cars are a "no-brainer."

"Like, seriously," he said, his arms outstretched, an incredulous look on his face. "You can drive and not use gas. The state gives you money to buy it. What else could you want?"

No surprise, Gutierrez sells electric cars. A sales manager at Community Chevrolet in Burbank,...Read more

Electric vehicle sales rise in California

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SAN DIEGO -- Sales of new cars and trucks in California inched forward in the first three months of the year, and the electric vehicle market made some healthy improvement.

"It's a credit to all the various factors that are making California's economy continue to grow," said Brian Maas, president of the California New Car Dealers Assn., the ...Read more

Review: Honda Civic Hatchback Sport opens up new possibilities

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2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring: Better than the sedan?

Price: $29,175 as tested (no options on test vehicle). A base hatchback can be had for as little as $19,700.

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver liked the "look-at-me design, great balance of fun and comfort, tons of tech" but not the "get-a-look-at-that-guy design, no volume ...Read more

 

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