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Tesla plans to nearly double its car-charging network

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tesla will nearly double its Supercharger electric car charging network this year to 10,000 public charging units globally, up from 5,400, the company said Monday.

The company plans to begin producing the mass-market Model 3 later this year and is aiming to expand its current annual vehicle production from 80,000 last year to ...Read more

Federal judge recalls VW's glory years before imposing $2.8B fine

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DETROIT -- For a moment on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox grew wistful about Volkswagen's past.

That was before Cox imposed a $2.8 billion criminal fine that is part of a larger $4.3 billion plea agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that includes civil penalties.

Before he characterized the automaker's actions as "massive ...Read more

Tesla recalls some Model S and Model X cars for parking brake problem

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Because of a parking brake that might stick and render a car immobile, Tesla Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for certain Model S and Model X luxury electric cars.

In an email to owners Thursday, first revealed by TechCrunch, Tesla said that no injuries related to the defect have been reported, and that "we do not believe ...Read more

New Mopar center to serve 200 Fiat Chrysler dealers

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DETROIT -- Mopar opened a new parts distribution center in Virginia this week to serve Fiat Chrysler Automobile dealerships in the Mid-Atlantic region as the automaker continues to expand its parts and service brand.

The new center in Winchester, Va., near the north-south Interstate-81 corridor, is the first of two such facilities planned to ...Read more

Under the Hood: Replace timing belt before long road trip

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Q: Brad, I own a 2009 Subaru Forester with around 93,000 miles on it.

I change the oil every 5,000 miles using a synthetic and I have also changed the transmission fluid.

I have not had any problems since I bought it new in 2008 but I am soon taking a road trip to Florida and want your opinion on changing the timing belt and pump.

Subaru says...Read more

Flying cars may be poised to take off, but survey shows Americans want a parachute

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Flying cars are beginning to look less like science fiction these days, with big companies and small startups developing working prototypes. Nothing's commercially available yet, but experts say highway vehicles with wings are possible over the next five to 10 years.

What do consumers think? Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle ...Read more

Larry Printz: When record players rode in cars

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Saturday is Record Store Day. In honor of the event, let's look back at a technology that way before cassettes, CDs and the rebirth of vinyl tried to displace radio as the in-car entertainment option of choice.

Pretend it's 1956 and your only in-car option for music is AM radio.

At first, this might not seem so bad considering some of the era'...Read more

Auto review: Porsche adds turbo to sporty Targa

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There are weeks when I lose interest in driving, and there are cars that restore my interest. This was one of those weeks, and the new Porsche 911 Targa 4S is one of those cars.

The German sports car company has upgraded this model for 2017 by turbocharging it and adding features normally found only on sportier models.

New to this year's model...Read more

Mark Phelan: 'Rhapsody' interior challenged Lincoln, highlights brand heritage

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Blue was Lincoln's signature color in the brand's glory days of the 1950s and '60s, but engineers shuddered when designers suggested reviving it for the brand's new flagship: the 2017 Continental.

You wouldn't think it, but creating an all-blue interior for a car is maddeningly difficult, Continental chief engineer Michael Celentino says. ...Read more

Vehicle-sharing services offer range of driving experiences

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Miguel Casillas figured renting out his company's three-vehicle fleet made perfect business sense.

Casillas, executive director of the nonprofit SV Links, shuttles international business tourists around Silicon Valley in a Tesla Model S, Model X and a Mazda SUV one week a month.

The other three weeks, the expensive cars sit...Read more

Auto review: MX-5 RF is more than just a seasonal hardtop convertible

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Forty-six degrees is not convertible weather. Unless the sun is out in March in the Midwest. Such a bright appearance after such a gray season provokes people to wear shorts, drink early and smile. Or to put the top down at 70 mph with the heat on low and cozy up in the new hardtop Mazda Miata. The MX-5 RF is more than just cozy; it is an ...Read more

Modern station wagons offer antidote to boring crossovers

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The station wagon, exemplified by the wood-grain 1970 Buick Estate that starred in the campy movie "The Way Way Back," was the classic American family car of baby boomers and Gen Xers. In the age of crossovers, however, a new generation of wagons steers away from families with performance, style and versatile luxury. The modern wagon is perfect ...Read more

Trump has China-owned Volvo to thank for lone new US car plant

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- After all of President Donald Trump's bluster about building more cars in the U.S., the one new plant he can count on will come from a once American-owned Swedish brand flourishing under a Chinese parent.

Volvo Car Group opens its $500 million factory late next year and will employ 2,000 workers initially near Charleston, S...Read more

Under the Hood: Taillights probably not working as perfectly as you think

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Q: My Mom and Dad own a 2000 Toyota Camry with a four-cylinder engine, automatic transmission and about 35,000 miles on it. A light on the dash keeps lighting up, indicating the taillights are out. But they're not.

I did some searching online and found that this seems to be a common problem. One guy suggested taking the wire off the master ...Read more

With stock surging, Tesla under pressure to deliver with Model 3

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SAN FRANCISCO -- For months, Tesla stock's been on a bull run.

Now, it's a stampede.

On Monday, investors sent the electric car maker's market value into entirely new territory, briefly ripping past General Motors in market value, putting Tesla in first place among U.S. automakers.

It also raises the stakes for the company as it prepares to ...Read more

VWs pile up by thousands awaiting fix or scrap yard in buyback

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WASHINGTON -- Volkswagen is making progress settling U.S. legal claims from its emission-cheating scandal, but one challenge looms unresolved: What to do with the hundreds of thousands of diesel cars it is being forced to buy back?

The German automaker agreed last year to buy back about 500,000 diesels that it rigged to pass U.S. emissions ...Read more

Auto review: Range Rover Evoque defies any category

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The Range Rover Evoque convertible is a hybrid -- but not in the traditional sense. Part truck, part sports car, straddling the line between hillbilly and city slicker, it's half fish and half fowl.

The resulting vehicle is a two-door, four-passenger sport utility vehicle, which the Range Rover company calls a "crossover with capability."

...Read more

GM says it'll approach driverless carts like a startup

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DETROIT --General Motors is managing its investments into self-driving cars "like a Silicon Valley start-up," the automaker's chief financial officer told Wall Street analysts Friday.

Chuck Stevens said the automaker will save money on research and development costs after the sale of its Opel and Vauxhall brands to PSA Groupe.

Meanwhile, the...Read more

Mark Phelan: Chevrolet adds performance model for Tahoe SUV

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Chevrolet will add a performance model of its large Tahoe SUV later this year to cash in on the boom in SUV sales. Chevy will also add a pricey new appearance package called RST for the Tahoe and Suburban this fall for the 2018 model year.

"We think the demand for performance SUVs will rise," Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director, ...Read more

Under the Hood: When to flush your transmission fluids

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Q: How can you tell when it is time change transmission fluid?

We have a 2010 Ford Escape with 62,500 miles. We're the original owners and have operated under normal driving conditions -- no towing.

I took the car into the dealer for an oil change. At pickup, the service center employee went over the mechanic's report with us. It said the ...Read more

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