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Under the Hood: No stop-start kill switch in Cruze

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Q: We are writing to you with a suggestion and a good question about it. Suggestion: Like many new vehicles, our Chevy Cruze has the stop/start feature. We understand its purpose; but it is most annoying in many ways. We found an easy workaround that negates this annoying feature; and it may be worth sharing the idea with others. At startup, we...Read more

Tesla Model 3 has 'poor overall initial quality,' analyst says

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Tesla's Model 3 problems just got worse.

The Palo Alto, Calif., electric-car maker's entry-level sedan has been the focus of much negative attention of late, after CEO Elon Musk revealed in a recent earnings report that production was at least three months behind schedule.

Now, an analyst who tested Model 3s supplied by Tesla has added another...Read more

Las Vegas fender-bender highlights risks of sharing roads with robots

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WASHINGTON –– It only took a few hours for the first self-driving taxi shuttling people around Las Vegas to collide with a vehicle being driven by a human doing something it didn't expect.

The driverless passenger van was on its first day of offering free rides to people along a half-mile loop in Las Vegas, part of a pilot program to study ...Read more

Cadillac's CTS-V is a high-end hooligan that doubles as a daily driver

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Cadillac's CTS-V is a mild-mannered monster, a Clark Kent car that transforms instantly from milquetoast sedan to high-horsepower track master.

The CTS-V represents Cadillac's ambition to build the perfect all-around performance car -- or what the company calls "the ultimate sports sedan."

"This is a car for someone who wants a car that can do...Read more

Can gas engines be greener than electric vehicles? Depends on electricity source

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If you want a gasoline engine that is greener than a fully electric vehicle, you'll have to buy a car that's a lot more fuel efficient than the one you're probably driving now.

A new study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that gas-powered vehicles need to average 55.4 mpg in the United States or 51.5 mpg ...Read more

2018 Toyota C-HR: Frugal can still be fun

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Toyota became the world's largest automaker by building cars that were long on sensibility but short on sex appeal.

With the exception of the 2000GT, the FJ40 and maybe the MR2, the Japanese giant has never been known for making machines that excite the soul.

Instead, it has concentrated on practical people movers that run right, run long and ...Read more

Larry Printz: The 2018 Range Velar is a modernist masterpiece for this generation

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Back in the 1950s, many Americans were wondering how long nuclear fallout would affect the United States should the Soviet Union decide to lob a nuclear bomb at us. Instead, they should have been wondering about the half-life of midcentury modern design, which was first popularized 60 years ago, and is as popular as ever....Read more

Mark Phelan: Cadillac reinvents driving with system that steers car for long distances

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The J. Geils Band is playing "Detroit Breakdown" on the Bose audio, but it's all good. I've got Cadillac's Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system under the hood, and 1,100 miles of highway ahead of me between the Gulf Coast and the Great Lakes.

Boogie on, self-driving Caddy.

This is my second experience with the Super Cruise, but the ...Read more

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the best family car on the market

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Drop one kid at one school, then drop another kid at other school. Go to work meeting. Stop for coffee. Hit the store. Go home. Leave home. Finish the errands. Pick up one kid, drop off at practice. Pick up other kid, take to friend's house. Forget something; go get it. Pick up one kid; pick up the other kid. Forget dinner; go out to eat.

Total...Read more

Harley-Davidson's new Sport Glide is a touring cruiser

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Harley-Davidson has added a new motorcycle to its Softail line. The Sport Glide, due in dealerships this week, is intended to attract riders who want a city cruiser with touring attributes.

Not as stripped down as a Sportster, but not as bulked up as an Electra Glide, the Sports Glide is trying to split the difference between the "naked" ...Read more

Put down the phone and just drive

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The people who sell you auto insurance want to be that little voice in your head the next time you're driving and you think to reach for your cellphone.

The insurance industry is joining legislators, government agencies and others to address the danger and costs of distracted driving. The proliferation of cellphones, dashboard infotainment ...Read more

Under the Hood: Converted van pulls to the left

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Q: Please see if you can shed some light on my problem, which the local Ford dealer cannot solve. It's a 2002 Ford van that was converted into a Pleasure Way mini motor home when new. We've had lots of problems with it pulling hard to left when braking but drove straight. We've put lots of work and money into the front end and brakes, now no ...Read more

Ford Mustang expands global reach in China and Australia, and now Brazil

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DETROIT -- The Ford Mustang, after more than 50 years as a top-selling sports car in the United States, hopes to reach global domination with the help of Chinese buyers.

So far, it seems to be working. Ford is reporting 33 percent sales growth in China so far this year, with three months remaining.

Since Mustang's global launch in 2015, the ...Read more

If you want your electric car to do the most good for the Earth, move to Albania

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Electric vehicles may be zero-emission at the tailpipe, but the relative filth of the electric production they draw from has a big effect on just how green an electric car can be.

For example, for an electric car in the United States, the equivalent is 55.4 miles per gallon – that is, any gasoline car with that mileage or higher is as good or...Read more

Trump asks Japanese automakers to do something they've been doing for 35 years

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President Donald Trump asked Monday that Japanese automakers consider making vehicles in the U.S., apparently unaware they've been doing that for decades.

"Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over. That's not too much to ask," Trump said during an appearance before Japanese business executives. "Is it rude to ...Read more

2017 Land Rover Discovery ushers in new era of luxury SUV ease

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If technology is supposed to make our lives easier, then the Land Rover Discovery is making good on a premise that often feels as if it complicates things.

The redesigned three-row SUV is all about easy luxury, loaded with advanced driver assist systems and equipped with one of the quietest diesel engines we've ever sat behind. In different ...Read more

Wings of glory: Honda Civic Type R outsoars Ford Focus RS

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After a day out with the 2017 Honda Civic Type R and the 2016 Ford Focus RS, it came down to this: "If someone handed you the keys to either, which one would you take?"

This is not "The Matrix" and these combatants are not pills. They are the most anticipated sports cars on the market and have never been sold in the U.S. at the same time. Until...Read more

Larry Printz: The 2018 Kia Forte SX is the enthusiastic understudy of hot hatches

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Even as the digital world alleviates our need for paper, there was a time when offices were overwhelmed by it and needed to hold sheets of it together. In the 19th century, this meant using straight pins, which jabbed the fingers of office workers while puncturing precious documents with holes.

The solution came in the form of a late 19th ...Read more

2018 Chevrolet Traverse offers up minivan function in SUV form

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Minivan haters, SUV lovers, take heart: The redesigned 2018 Chevy Traverse is one of the few three-row crossovers as convenient as the minivan with the looks of something like an SUV.

With its first full redesign since it was introduced nine years ago, the new Traverse grows into its role as midsize crossover while trimming 350 pounds. It's ...Read more

Bill Ford on change in auto industry, yoga and 2-martini lunches

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DETROIT -- Unscripted and animated, Bill Ford discussed a wide range of issues Tuesday before the Detroit Economic Club in the atrium of Ford Field.

The executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. touched on everything from the auto industry's future (he's "optimistic" for Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler) to meeting the first CEO of Tesla (Martin Eberhard,...Read more