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Motormouth: Worried about capless gas system

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Q: I recently purchased a 2020 Chevy Colorado pickup truck. This is the first vehicle I have owned that came with no gas filler cap. As I live on the east coast of Florida where we have hurricanes and rainy seasons, I am concerned about getting moisture in the fuel tank. The owner's manual does not cover this concern. Do I need to worry about ...Read more

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How Lucid Motors plans to spin Tesla-killing strategy out of Air

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"Peter ... I'm working for this guy called Elon Musk, and we are in deep s - -."

That's how the phone call from Tesla model manager Dave Morris to engineer Peter Rawlinson began in 2009, when Morris needed help working on the prototype for a new electric car. Eventually, he lured Rawlinson to work at Tesla Inc., where he developed what became ...Read more

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GM to Uber drivers: Would you like a Bolt? Here's a deal for you

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DETROIT - General Motors is partnering with Uber to put more people into electric vehicles.

GM said Tuesday it is offering the ride-sharing company's drivers a discount on the purchase of a new Chevrolet Bolt.

The drivers will get employee pricing on the Bolt and 20% off on Bolt charging accessories.

This is yet another step GM is taking to ...Read more

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GM takes a $2 billion stake in Nikola to make electric pickup trucks

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DETROIT - General Motors is taking a stake in electric vehicle maker Nikola Corp. in a deal that will eventually deliver $4 billion in benefits to GM as it commercializes its EV technology.

The partnership will ultimately reduce costs for each company as GM pursues its all-electric vehicle strategy.

In the deal, announced Tuesday, Nikola will ...Read more

Roadshow: 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost is a powerhouse that'll spoil you with luxury

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Despite Rolls-Royce coining the term "post-opulence" to describe the new Ghost, few cars in the world are as posh as this one. Debuting this month, the 2021 Ghost takes lessons learned from Rolls-Royce's Cullinan SUV and Phantom sedan but adds a few clever tricks of its own. The result is one of the finest luxury cars money can buy. ...Read more

Auto review: A tale of two hybrids: the 2020 Toyota RAV4 vs. the 2020 Honda CR-V

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History is littered with legendary rivalries. Ali vs. Frazier. Beatles vs. Stones. Mozart vs. Salieri. Coke vs. Pepsi.

In the automotive world, feuds worthy of the Hatfields and the McCoys have long simmered between Ford and Chevy, Ferrari and Lamborghini, BMW and Mercedes-Benz - and between the companies behind today's review subjects, Toyota ...Read more

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Debut: Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid promises smooth rock-crawling

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The long-awaited Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV is coming back, and that's not the off-road brand's only new offering.

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in that debuted Thursday is a greener, more-premium version of the brand's iconic dirt-kicker. Just as the Grand Wagoneer offers a teak-trimmed alternative to gold-plated Range Rovers, the 4xe is aimed ...Read more

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Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept shows FCA is ready to play with big SUVs

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DETROIT _The big question for many people wondering about the upcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer has involved wood.

How much would there be?

The wood grain look on the outside helped many of the old Wagoneers stand out. It's one of the things people mention when they recall them today.

The vehicle Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unveiled to journalists ...Read more

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Jeep aims to ambush Ford Bronco with silent Wrangler 4xe electric off-roading

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DETROIT - Jeep just sucker punched Ford's heavily promoted new Bronco off-roader. Fiat Chrysler's revelation of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid included impressive promises of electric power for greater capability and silent off-roading that doesn't disturb the wilderness - a technology the Bronco can't match, despite offering other ...Read more

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Auto review: What's the Polestar 2? Meet the Tesla Model 3's first true competitor

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When I tell people I recently drove the new Polestar 2, the first question I get is a variation of "What's a Polestar? Never heard of it."

Electric car aficionados have been eagerly awaiting its arrival as the first true direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3. The reception of automobile buyers and reviewers will help determine whether buyers ...Read more

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In the Lexus GS350, G is for Grandpa

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2020 Lexus GS350: Does GS stand for Grandpa's Sedan?

Price: $58,335 as tested. The All-Weather Package added $290; 19-inch wheels, $660; power trunk, $400; park assist, $500; heated steering wheel and open-pore trim, $800. More mentioned throughout.

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver liked the "refined driving dynamics, huge trunk, extensive ...Read more

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GM forms alliance with Honda to develop future products in North America

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DETROIT - General Motors and Honda have a deal to share vehicle platforms and technology in North America starting next year.

On Thursday the automakers said they have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to establish a North American automotive alliance. The deal has come together after extensive discussions.

The proposed alliance...Read more

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Motormouth: Flat tires from roofing nails are no surprise

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Q: I have had two flat tires this summer. Both from nails. One was a roofing nail and the other was a 2 3/4-inch spike. In both cases only the head of the nail was showing on the tread. How does a nail lying horizontal on the pavement re-position itself, so the point drives itself into the tire and leaves only the head showing with (in my case) ...Read more

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Expert predicts auto industry could take 2 years to rebound to pre-pandemic sales levels

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It's going to take at least two years for auto manufacturers to restore the sales and production numbers seen before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, an industry expert told Michigan lawmakers in Lansing on Wednesday.

Despite successful efforts from suppliers and manufacturers to keep their doors open and employees safe, staffing ...Read more

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Ford wants to cut 1,400 salaried jobs in US: Who is targeted

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Ford Motor Company alerted its employees early Wednesday during a weekly virtual global meeting that the automaker plans to trim its headcount by 1,400 salaried workers by offering them an opportunity to retire this year if they meet certain qualifications.

Kumar Galhotra, president, Americas & International Markets Group, who oversees the ...Read more

Roadshow: Jeep Grand Wagoneer coming this week

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Jeep dropped a pair of teaser images of its upcoming Grand Wagoneer last week, accompanied by a simple message: "Coming Sept. 3." In other words, we know when Jeep will pull the wraps off its long-awaited flagship SUV.

And last week, the brand continued to provide another shadowy look at the SUV. In a video posted on Twitter, Jeep ...Read more

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Lincoln introduces compact Corsair to round out lineup of luxury SUVs

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The elegant, sophisticated all-new 2020 Corsair five-passenger compact crossover finishes out the Lincoln portfolio of luxury SUVs.

It is beautifully crafted with subtle exterior contouring and a falling roofline conveying a sense of "sculpture in motion."

The soothing interior design, painstakingly selected materials, and refinements in sound...Read more

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Vehicle recall information sent right to your phone? NHTSA says it's got an app for you

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DETROIT - Last year, 53 million vehicles, car seats, tires and equipment were recalled, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

But a portion of those defects, and those reported this year and earlier, likely won't get fixed. That means vehicles with potentially dangerous problems might remain on the roads, putting ...Read more

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Self-driving shuttles try virus-killing UV rays to assure riders

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A pair of self-driving car startups are offering a solution to commuters shunning shared transportation in the midst of a pandemic: ultraviolet rays.

Voyage and May Mobility, two autonomous-vehicle companies that charge riders to go on simple, specialized routes, are putting UV-light emitters in their shuttles to help keep their services ...Read more

Review: VW Atlas Cross Sport offers fun on the curves

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium V-6 R-Line vs. 2020 Toyota 4Runner 4x4 Nightshade V6: A 50-grand trail competition

This week: VW Atlas Cross Sport

Price: $51,210. Red paint, $395. Everything else noted is standard with the trim level. (This is $20,000 more than a base Atlas Cross Sport, which must be a drastically different ...Read more