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Musk's medicine for ailing Tesla: a 'thorough reorganization'

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Following another top Tesla executive departure amid production turmoil, Chief Executive Elon Musk said Monday it's time for a "thorough reorganization" at the electric-car maker.

In a memo to employees, Musk said he'll be "flattening the management structure." The goal? "To improve communication, combining functions where ...Read more

Genesis G90 is a luxurious opening act for the young brand — and definitely not a Hyundai

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The first thing you need to know about the Genesis G90 luxury sedan is that it's definitely not a Hyundai. Even though it's made by Hyundai Motor Group.

Genesis is the young, high-end brand from the South Korean auto conglomerate, which has been careful to distinguish the luxury division from its more affordable Hyundai and Kia lines of sedans ...Read more

Under the Hood: Did windshield repair mess up wipers?

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Q: I faithfully read your article weekly in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and I have a question that no one can figure out. I have a 2015 Ford Escape SE that does not have the rain sensing option. I had to have my windshield replaced due to a stone hit.

I had OEM Ford glass put back in for the replacement. All is fine with the glass part of the ...Read more

When an automaker declares 'Airbag Recall Month,' you know the problem is serious

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As even the government pleads with car owners to get their Takata airbags fixed, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has designated May Airbag Recall Repair Month in Miami to encourage drivers of all models get their airbags fixed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates recalled airbags sit in 1.3 million Florida cars, 450,000 of ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Ford should be building these types of vehicles

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If you've been wondering why Ford will quit building cars like the Taurus, Fusion, Focus and Fiesta in the United States, I've got one word for you: JackHammer.

That's Roush Performance's name for a new sport package that can ratchet a Mustang's power up to 710 horsepower.

Prices start at $50,955, a $15,765 bump over the base price for a ...Read more

Trump calls Fiat Chrysler CEO his 'favorite' in automaker meeting

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WASHINGTON -- In a meeting with automakers at the White House, President Donald Trump said he continues to look for ways to increase U.S auto production in Michigan and elsewhere.

General Motors' Mary Barra, Ford's Jim Hackett and Fiat Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne were part of the group meeting with Trump and administration officials in the ...Read more

Auto review: Rolls-Royce of SUVs arrives with $325,000 Cullinan

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First there was Bentayga. Then Urus. Now there is Cullinan. These constellations of Greek-sounding gods are in fact ultra-luxury SUVs starting over $200,000. Rolls-Royce is last to the SUV party with the Cullinan, and the most expensive.

Starting at $325,000, Cullinan is nearly $100,000 more than Bentley Bentayga. Rolls-Royce expects it to plow...Read more

Larry Printz: Lincoln's design director captures the brand's elusive design magic

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NEW YORK -- For a time, being Lincoln's Motor Company's design director was a bit like being the drummer in Spinal Tap. Yet David Woodhouse has beaten the odds. Having spent time 19 years ago at Ford's Premiere Auto Group, its onetime collection of luxury auto brands, Woodhouse took the reigns of Ford's faded luxury brand five years ago after ...Read more

New police SUV? Fiat Chrysler offering Dodge Durango Pursuit

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DETROIT -- Police departments will have a new SUV choice to consider this year.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to offer a police version of the Dodge Durango for a limited time. The 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit will join the Dodge Charger Pursuit, which FCA said is the top-selling police sedan in the U.S. The company said thousands of agencies, ...Read more

Ford F-150 parts won't be easy to get, experts say

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DETROIT -- The cascading impacts of a fire at a Michigan parts factory became clearer Thursday as domestic and foreign automakers shut down production lines and scrambled to figure out how many workers to lay off for how long and what to do to minimize losses.

Most critically, Ford shut down all production of the F-150 pickup, the best-selling ...Read more

Fatal Tesla crash that killed two teens prompts another NTSB investigation

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Federal investigators have opened what is now their fourth active investigation involving a Tesla vehicle after two teenagers were killed in a fiery crash of a Model S in Florida on Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Wednesday it was sending a team of four to investigate the crash on State Route A1 in Fort Lauderdale, ...Read more

US government picks San Diego to test autonomous drone deliveries

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SAN DIEGO -- The futuristic possibilities associated with autonomous, commercial drone activity -- think food and package delivery, medical supply transport or enhanced border security -- will be realized in San Diego, and soon.

Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the city was selected to participate in its ...Read more

'Pure fulfillment.' You can now buy a car from this giant vending machine in Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An eight-story, clear glass box full of cars that's drawn curious stares for months opened Wednesday: It's Charlotte's first "car vending machine."

Owned and operated by Carvana, the building is on a busy stretch in South End near the Blue Line Scaleybark light rail station. While some officials have expressed concern about ...Read more

GM CEO wants 1 national fuel economy standard

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DETROIT -- General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra issued a call Tuesday for one national fuel economy standard as automaker CEOs prepare to meet with President Donald Trump this week.

Details of the meeting Friday, which is described as a roundtable, have not been released, but issues involving the administration's efforts to back away from...Read more

Ford faces halt to F-150 production after fire, could idle 7,600 workers

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Ford Motor faces a complete production shutdown of its profit-driving F-150 pickups for an unknown period of time.

"It is a very fluid situation," company spokeswoman Kelli Felker said Tuesday.

A major fire at Meridian Magnesium Products in Eaton Rapids, Mich., on May 2 created an unavoidable disruption. Ford has been working with the die-cast...Read more

Congress scraps Consumer Bureau rule targeting auto-lending bias

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House moved to kill an Obama-era policy aimed at preventing discrimination in auto lending, sending the measure to President Trump's desk to be signed into law.

Lawmakers voted Tuesday to reverse a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau directive that put restrictions on interest-rate markups car dealers charged for some ...Read more

Musk urges 'barnacle' purge of Tesla contractors at struggling factory

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FREMONT, Calif. -- Tesla was set to begin scraping "barnacles" on Monday.

Barnacle is Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk's word for temporary workers whose job performance is not up to snuff. Scraping and scrubbing are his words for firing them, a purge the billionaire apparently believes is crucial to getting his Model 3 sedan production back on ...Read more

With only half of recalls done, NHTSA says don't drive old Fords

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. auto safety regulators again warned drivers that certain older pickups made by Ford Motor Co. should be parked until they replace dangerous air bags that can explode in a crash.

The 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickups contain defective air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. that NHTSA in January first warned should ...Read more

Thieves crash 10 Ram trucks through factory gate in 'well-planned' heist

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WARREN, Mich. -- A fleet of hot Ram trucks has vanished from the factory parking lot. Warren police said late Friday morning it was starting to get needed information from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to move the investigation forward.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer told the Free Press that vehicle identification numbers had finally been ...Read more

Under the Hood: How to know if your repair shop has certified techs

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Q: I saw you had recommended seeking an ASE certified technician to fix a difficult problem. Can you explain what this is and how I'd know the repair shop I might choose has one?

--Cynthia L.

A: Good question! Some states require technician licensing for general repairs, or more typically, emissions testing. This means many auto techs ...Read more