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Auto review: Here's how the 2020 Chevy Silverado pickup's quiet, powerful diesel is like a BMW

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REDMOND, Ore. -- A powerful and refined diesel headlines new features on the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup, as General Motors' best-selling brand looks to change perceptions that its full-size pickup is an also-ran compared to Fiat Chrysler's Ram models.

GM's all-new straight-six diesel is smooth, amazingly quiet and likely to hit the ...Read more

Auto review: 2019 Lexus ES 350 is just a touchpad away from perfection

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2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport: Could it BE any more refined?

Price: $57,768 as tested ($44,135 for the F Sport trim level). $1,065 for blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic detection; $1,515 for triple beam LED headlights; $500 for the head-up display; $550 for the hands-free trunk. More mentioned below.

Conventional wisdom: Consumer Reports ...Read more

Ford slashes 20% of European workforce, reveals future as leaner operation

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DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. promised Thursday to stem the bleeding of its overseas operation with 12,000 confirmed job cuts, factory closures and a business redesigned "for profitability, efficiency" with more electric vehicles in Europe, according to a news release issued from Germany.

The plan includes "at least three new nameplates in the next...Read more

Take a look inside Ford's Chicago plant, which just got a $1 billion upgrade: 160 giant fans, 41 break rooms, 600 new robots

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CHICAGO -- Ford unveiled its retooled Chicago Assembly Plant this week, a $1 billion transformation that features a host of new amenities for workers, and an army of new robots to help them build vehicles.

The massive project, which shut down the Torrence Avenue plant on Chicago's Southeast Side for 30 days in March, is complete. Ford's oldest ...Read more

Auto review: Porsche's 2019 Cayenne Turbo can haul your groceries from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds

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Porsche's revised Cayenne Turbo pushes the vehicle further toward track-car territory and away from the soccer mom scene.

The all-new 2019 model, featuring a new engine, chassis, suspension, brakes and more, will now turn any Walmart parking lot into a lap at Willow Springs.

This is an essential vehicle for the German car company. Once derided...Read more

GM pledges $20M for Texas plant in push to bring more SUVs to market

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In its effort to gain an edge in the highly profitable pickup and SUV segments, General Motors is making a new investment in one of its assembly plants to increase production.

On Tuesday, GM said it will invest $20 million at Arlington Assembly in Arlington, Texas, to upgrade plant conveyors as it prepares to launch new full-size SUVs.

GM ...Read more

Endangered species? SUVs squeezing out affordable, entry-level cars

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DETROIT -- The starting price of a 2019 Cadillac Escalade is more than $75,000.

A 2019 Ford Fiesta starts at $14,260.

Neither price necessarily reflects what a new buyer might pay after accounting for options and extras, but even the top trim Fiesta ST, starting at $21,340, is a fraction of the Escalade's sticker.

It's not surprising the ...Read more

Kid-friendly Ford Ranger selling as a family car with new safety feature

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DETROIT -- Well, it looks like midsize pickups aren't just for work anymore.

Mommies and daddies are buying the popular, easy-to-park trucks as kid-friendly options for carpool, sporting activities and vacation season. Whether for parents, aunts and uncles or grandparents, Ford Motor Co. sees its Ranger expanding into a new role as a family ...Read more

Motormouth: Why you shouldn't top off your tank

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Q: My 2005 Dodge V-6 Caravan (106,000 miles) suddenly refused gas with the pump constantly kicking off, as if full. Checking the internet, I found the problem was a carbon pollution canister above the gas tank. Replacement cost was around $800-$1,000. One mechanic told me to keep the tank at a quarter-full for a month. I did that, and the ...Read more

Under the Hood: Troubleshooting slow cranking

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Q: My van has begun to crank hard at times as if the battery is low. So far it hasn't required a jump start, but it's probably only a matter of time. I had the battery tested, and it's supposed to be OK. Can you suggest what can be checked next? I'd like to try some things before going to a shop.

-- Drake

A: Let's look at the most likely ...Read more

Auto review: The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a beastly pickup truck that's built to be battered

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With its 2020 Jeep Gladiator, Fiat Chrysler has delivered what amounts to a four-door Jeep Wrangler with a pickup truck stuck on its hind end.

It's a sort of Jeep/truck hybrid, an off-road-ready puddle jumper that can carry a lot more cargo than the standard SUV.

The corporate thinking behind this mashup is clear: The Jeep division outsells ...Read more

His keyless car killed him while he slept. New legislation could save others

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Pennsylvanian Russell Fish was "paranoid about everything," so much so, he even locked his bedroom door each night, his daughter said.

But no lock would keep his killer out the night of Feb. 15 this year.

With his wife out of town, Fish, 68, returned home from a Subway restaurant, parked his keyless Toyota Forerunner SUV in his attached garage...Read more

After decades of dreaming, a mid-engine Corvette is reality

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On July 18, Chevrolet will launch the eighth generation of its iconic sports car -- what it calls the "first-ever mid-engine Corvette." Not true.

While the "C8" Corvette will be the first mid-engine version to reach showrooms, it is not the first to be designed, engineered or even green-lighted for production since the model's 1953 launch. So, ...Read more

Under the Hood: Erratic temperature gauge could indicate thermostat problem

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Q: I've noticed an unusual behavior in my pickup when driving it first thing in the morning. The temperature gauge keeps climbing above the usual place (a little less than 200) to about 220, and then it returns to the normal place for the rest of the day. Should I be concerned? It didn't do this before.

-- Paul W.

A: This is unusual. I'd start...Read more

Mark Phelan: These car features could prevent your next crash

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Traffic accidents are down, and with them vehicle damage and presumably injuries, thanks to driver assistance systems that are increasingly common on new cars and trucks. That's the conclusion by a variety of experts.

Companies like Volvo and General Motors have gone public with goals of a world with zero automotive fatalities, but what nobody'...Read more

At Tesla annual meeting, Elon Musk softens claims of a robotaxi fleet next year

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Less than two months after touting a plan to put driverless taxis on the road, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk on Tuesday walked back the ambitious timetable.

On April 22, just days before Tesla turned to public markets to raise $2.3 billion in debt and equity, Musk had announced at an event called Tesla Autonomy Day: "Next year for sure -- we'...Read more

FCA gets self-driving partner with Amazon backing

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' new partner for developing self-driving vehicles is backed by Amazon.

That partner, Aurora Innovation, is led by some of the leaders in the space, people who led self-driving development efforts at Google, Tesla and Uber.

Now, FCA says it will work with Aurora to integrate the Aurora Driver self-driving platform into...Read more

Auto review: Think sedans are dead? Check out the new Civic

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While much of the automotive world is abandoning cars in favor of SUVs, Honda is increasing its stake in coupes and sedans by introducing a refreshed line of Civics and adding a Sport model to the family.

That's a direct appeal to younger buyers, Honda executives said as they introduced the new model. Almost 60% of first-time car buyers ...Read more

What happened to FCA/Renault and what's next for FCA?

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and French automaker Renault saw their effort at a merger collapse Wednesday (Thursday in Paris) about a week and a half after it was announced May 27.

That's like being left at the altar after eloping. Even though the marriage appears to be off, the reasons that led to talks in the first place haven't changed, so ...Read more

Under the Hood: Diagnosing car's problem requires careful experimentation

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Q: My son has 2014 2.0 L Kia Forte. Sometimes it seems to buck/shudder or feel sluggish at certain speeds. On the highway it's fine. He has had full electronic analysis done on the car and has not found a solution or any codes or errors. I've driven it, and it almost feels like it's in too high a gear for the rpm the motor is at. I suspect it ...Read more

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