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Motormouth: Why doesn't engine heat affect car's temperature sensor?

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Q: Where is the outdoor temperature sensor on a car generally located? I ask because it appears that the temperature indicated on the dashboard does not always align with the ambient temperature. If the sensor is located under the hood, would the heat reflected from the hood elevate the true indicated temperature?

T.A., Coral Springs, Fla.

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Roadshow: Georgia now home to 20,000 licensed teens who never took road test

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It's physically impossible to practice social distancing during a driving exam, so during the coronavirus pandemic, the state of Georgia temporarily did away with the most nerve-wracking portion of getting a driving license.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order in mid-April that waived the road test part of the licensing process...Read more

Virus-proofing could become popular feature in vehicles after coronavirus

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DETROIT -- Automakers and suppliers around the world are investigating ways to virus-proof their vehicles to win customers in a post-COVID-19 market.

Ideas under consideration include blasting car interiors with ultraviolet light, using foggers to spray disinfectants, upgraded air filtration systems and antimicrobial materials.

A third of ...Read more

Really big rides: Piloting the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 2500HD 4x4, sort of vs. the 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel Crew Cab: Two ways to the big boys.

This week: Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

Price: $73,265 as tested ($9,890 for the 6.6-liter diesel engine; $7,805 for the LTZ Premium Package; $1,080 for the Z71 Off-Road and Protection Package: $545 for the Fifth Wheel hitch; and $495...Read more

What happens in Mexico during next 2 weeks will be crucial for Detroit

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DETROIT -- As the Detroit Three auto companies move to restart factory operations in North America on Monday, they're monitoring closely new reports coming from Mexico about whether auto suppliers there will be crippled by the coronavirus.

Industry analysts say what happens in the next two weeks will be crucial to Detroit.

"The U.S. car ...Read more

Ford boldly confirms new F-150 launch not delayed by coronavirus plant shutdowns

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DETROIT -- The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 remains scheduled to start production and go on sale in 2020 despite massive industry disruption caused by the coronavirus, a spokeswoman confirmed to the Free Press Thursday.

"We are on track to deliver our all-new Ford F-150 to customers starting this fall," said Kelli Felker, Ford global manufacturing ...Read more

New rules ease rest mandates for truck drivers

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WASHINGTON -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday announced final regulations that aim to settle years of debate over how to give drivers flexibility in limits on their driving hours while preventing accidents caused by driver fatigue.

In a press call with acting administrator Jim Mullen and Secretary of Transportation ...Read more

As automakers restart plants, Ford celebrates its American workforce

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DETROIT -- As Ford Motor Co. prepares to send thousands of autoworkers back to work next week, the Blue Oval is debuting a new advertising campaign that celebrates its American workforce and aims to send a message of reassurance to viewers.

Three new television ad spots, plus new social media content, highlight the Dearborn automaker's status ...Read more

Car insurance rebates are coming, but are they enough?

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Stay-at-home orders have meant Americans are driving less -- and many insurers are giving policyholders a break that should appear soon in the mail or on their account.

The discounts, announced by some insurance companies in early April, range from 10% to 30%.

Most insurance companies are paying the April premium rebate in May and the May ...Read more

2020 Nissan Sentra may be the perfect car for nervous times

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After 18 months in which Nissan's finances cratered, its highest-profile executive became the world's most famous white-collar fugitive and its alliance with Renault began to crumble, the Japanese automaker may finally have caught a break.

Nissan's new 2020 Sentra compact sedan may be the perfect car for our uncertain times: affordable, with ...Read more

Mary Barra: How GM shifted to high gear during coronavirus pandemic

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DETROIT -- The time it takes to get things done inside General Motors has been transformed during the coronavirus pandemic, as the company has shifted its resources to critical new endeavors such as ventilator production.

And Mary Barra, GM's chairman and CEO, has noticed.

"One of the things I've been impressed with is how we're able to do ...Read more

When you've had it with COVID-19 isolation, these camper vans are ready for vacation

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MIAMI -- This was to be the year of expansion to Orlando for Ondevan, a camper van rental dream-turned-business for Hallandale Beach residents Omar Bendezu, 34, and Haley Kirk, 28.

"My plan was to have a proper location with someone helping me there part time," Bendezu said. "I was planning to add seven to eight campers this season. My plan was...Read more

Roadshow: More pickup trucks sold in the US than cars for the first time ever

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For the first time in history, it may be safe to say that the passenger car, once the bread and butter of automaker lineups, is unpopular in the United States. In April, more buyers purchased trucks than passenger cars for the first time in U.S. history.

Bloomberg reported last week on data from the Autodata Corporation showing that pickups ...Read more

Batteries fading, rodents ruining engines as cars are left neglected during the coronavirus

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Car batteries are fading and ruinous rodents are colonizing engine compartments as the coronavirus keeps many cars parked at home.

Dead batteries prompted 40% of AAA's calls for service in April, compared with 20% in April 2019, the organization's Greater Hartford spokeswoman, Amy Parmenter, said.

"Some cars won't last two ...Read more

Madza3-Nissan Sentra Skirmish II: Nissan addresses Sentra's shortcomings for 2020

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2020 Mazda3 Hatchback AWD with Premium Package vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra 2.0 SR CVT: I bet you think you can predict the winner. But read on.

This week: Nissan Sentra.

Price: $25,825 as tested. Lighting Package, $500; two-tone paint, $595; floor and trunk mats, $205. One more package mentioned below.

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver liked the...Read more

Elon Musk planned to reopen Tesla factory. Alameda County says no

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Alameda County ordered Tesla on Friday not to reopen its Fremont automobile assembly plant.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk had told staff that he planned to restart the Fremont factory Friday afternoon, pointing to guidance by Gov. Gavin Newsom easing restrictions on manufacturing, according to an email from Musk seen by reporters at Bloomberg...Read more

Under the Hood: What all those indicators on the dashboard mean

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Q: I just bought a nice used car for my 16-year-old daughter to drive. Among all the care and usage recommendations I have given her, the one thing she's most perplexed about are the gauges. Can you please explain them and their importance? Also, any other tips for a new driver to keep her safe and the car in good condition? Thanks!

--Anita P. ...Read more

2020 Alfa Stelvio ditches driver frustration, adds welcome new features

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DETROIT -- Alfa Romeo's Stelvio SUV adds more tech and connectivity than a Fortnite convention for 2020, raising its driver assistance and infotainment capabilities to a level worthy of its outstanding power and handling.

The result: A host of small annoyances disappear and it's easier to appreciate the Italian luxury SUV's distinctive looks ...Read more

VW's electric nostalgia trip

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Five years ago, Volkswagen was slamming the left lane at 80 miles per hour and getting 45 miles per gallon doing it. Drivers couldn't believe the performance they were enjoying from turbo-diesel engines in their Passats, Jettas, and Golfs.

It was too good to be true.

The world's largest automaker had installed defeat devices on its vehicles ...Read more

GM hopes to stockpile billions more in cash from a one-day bond sale

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General Motors sold bonds for the first time Thursday since 2018 in a one-day offering to stockpile cash amid the uncertain market conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.

The automaker said it offered senior unsecured fixed-rate notes, in other words, bonds, to investors on Thursday only.

At the end of the sale, GM said the pricing of ...Read more