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China wants to enter the U.S. car market, but a rough road lies ahead

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Germany was first. It shipped the Volkswagen Beetle to the United States in 1949. It got off to a slow start only to be embraced by an enthusiastic American public.

Japan came next, winning U.S. customers in the 1970s with its own mass-market cars. After that, South Korea, offered its Hyundais and Kias.

Now, it's China's turn.

Or is it?

Big,...Read more

2018 Jeep Trackhawk has a Hellcat heart

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For the 2018 model year, Jeep has introduced a 707-horsepower version of its Grand Cherokee Trailhawk.

Called the Trackhawk, it answers a question no one ever asked: What would it be like to cross a Jeep trailhopper with a Dodge muscle car?

Imagine the pitch at parent company Fiat Chrysler HQ:

"Boss, what if we put a Hellcat engine in a ...Read more

California wants more electric cars. The Trump administration doesn't. Automakers are in the hot seat

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WASHINGTON -- An intensifying clash between California and Washington over getting cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles on the road has put auto companies in a bind as they contemplate what cars they should be rolling onto showroom floors.

The signals to automakers couldn't conflict more: California, with the nation's largest auto market, is ...Read more

Auto review: GM's newest technology can reserve hotels, order doughnuts for you

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DETROIT -- Call GM's new Marketplace app a good start, then pull up a seat to see what comes next. The system has the potential to save time and make everything from the daily commute to family vacations easier -- but it still has plenty of growing to do.

Marketplace lets you order food, make restaurant and hotel reservations and find gas ...Read more

Will driverless cars mean the end of the road for the Chicago Auto Show?

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CHICAGO -- When the 110th Chicago Auto Show opens Feb. 10, enthusiasts will flock to McCormick Place to kick the tires, drool over the latest models and picture themselves behind the wheel of a new car.

With the rise of driverless cars and ride-sharing threatening to turn everyone into a passenger, the traditional auto show may someday seem as ...Read more

Motormouth: Most SUVs are built more like cars than pickups, except Toyota 4Runner

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Q: I always enjoy reading the Rides section of the paper and particularly your Motormouth part. I noticed a question from P.O., Montgomery, Ill., asking if there are any truck-framed SUVs left in the market. I think the Toyota 4Runner is one. I have owned 4Runners for many years now and I believe they are still built on a truck-based frame. I am...Read more

Under the Hood: Corvette's fluky starting is a tough nut to crack

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Q. I have an intermittent starting problem with my 1995 ZR1 Corvette that's been unsolved for years. The car has 66,000 occasional miles on it and is kept in the garage. Once a quarter (every tenth drive), it won't start. It always occurs after the engine has been warmed up first and then sits for an hour or two. When the key is turned to start,...Read more

Chevy Traverse gets a makeover; still a great choice for a big family

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The Traverse, Chevrolet's eight-passenger crossover, enters its second generation for 2018 with a complete restyling designed to make an already great vehicle even better.

With the makeover, prices for 2018 begin at $29,930 (plus $995 freight) for the base L model with front-wheel drive, and run as high as $52,100 for the High Country model ...Read more

Why optimism is up in the auto industry despite lower January sales

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DETROIT -- It's like a script from the classic Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day."

Yet again, truck and crossover vehicles sales buoyed automakers in January -- even though overall industry sales are down from a year ago.

"Our pickup sales have grown every year for at least the last four years," said Jim Cain, U.S. sales analyst for General ...Read more

Auto Review: Believe the hype … 2018 Honda Accord is that good

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The redesigned 2018 Honda Accord has won a slew of awards, including the 2018 North American Car of the Year, the industry's most impartial acknowledgment. Awards are like opinions, sure, and the 10th-generation Accord may not be good enough to stop the sales slide of midsize sedans to crossovers but it should once again overtake the Toyota ...Read more

Harley-Davidson commits to electric motorcycle production by 2020

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Motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson's retail motorcycle sales were off sharply, according to the company's latest quarterly earnings report, but the Milwaukee motorcycle giant is looking toward a future that includes an electric motorcycle.

Company Chief Executive Matt Levatich said Tuesday that the company is "on target" to launch its ...Read more

Nissan adds smaller Rogue Sport model to crossover lineup, starting at $21,420

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A new Rogue Sport joined the expanding Nissan SUV lineup for 2017, sharing design, utility and technology with the slightly larger Rogue, Nissan's best-selling vehicle in the United States.

The five-passenger Sport is, of course, sportier -- with a lower profile and sleeker looks -- and has more room than a compact sedan, with maneuverability, ...Read more

Average auto prices rise 4 percent — an early sign of inflation

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Auto sales were strong in January, with average prices up 4 percent -- an early sign of an inflationary economy.

The average price paid for a passenger vehicle in the U.S. hit a record $36,270 in January, according to Cox Automotive. Prices are rising fast in housing and commodities, including oil; the economy is expanding; and...Read more

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and Range Rover Velar: A tale of two rad road trips

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I had to do some traveling over the winter holiday break. So I arranged two test vehicles, for two stretches of road, to complete two journeys.

Guess what? They were both terrific.

For a quick four-day turnaround to the San Francisco Bay Area and back, I chose the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.

The Cayenne is a grand traveling vehicle that combines...Read more

Gov. Brown calls for 5 million electric vehicles by 2030, $2.5 billion for charging stations

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday announced a sweeping new environmental initiative to cap his final year in office, signing an executive order that commits the state to a goal of 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030, up from a previous target of 1.5 million by 2025, and a plan to spend $2.5 billion in new funding to encourage motorists...Read more

Larry Printz: Five cutting edge new car features that aren't necessarily cutting edge

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You've bought a brand new car or truck and it's filled with the latest in high-tech equipment including an infotainment system, seat heaters, a starter button and a navigation system. It will even cut power to some of its cylinders while cruising the freeway to save fuel. Isn't modern technology wonderful?

It is, except none of these notions ...Read more

CEO Jim Hackett pushing Ford team as investors watch with caution

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DETROIT -- Ford CEO Jim Hackett, eight months into his role, brings an unconventional approach to the auto industry, which leaves colleagues inspired and observers sometimes a bit confused.

He has said publicly the company can do better, including after Wednesday's earnings report: "Clearly, I and my team are not satisfied."

Ford's stock price...Read more

Concerned about self-driving cars? You're not alone

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DETROIT -- Using the adaptive cruise control on his Toyota Avalon left Rich Heidebrink feeling uneasy.

"I was always nervous about getting popped from behind," the Northwood, Ohio, man explained about the driver assistance technology that allows one vehicle to maintain a set distance behind another with the aid of sensors.

Heidebrink, 63, said...Read more

Auto review: Hits, misses and questions from the Detroit auto show

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DETROIT -- Here's my perspective on what worked, what didn't and where the jury was out at the Detroit auto show:

Hit: Mustang Bullitt

Not many vehicles could overshadow the 475-hp 2019 Mustang Bullitt at Ford's display, but the dented and rust-flecked '68 Mustang GT nearby renders it invisible. Lost for decades, it's the Mustang Steve McQueen...Read more

Nissan's Sentra NISMO sport sedan returns for 2018 with extra features

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Nissan's compact Sentra sedan, which got extensive updates two years ago and the addition of a NISMO motorsports version just last year, returns for 2018 with a few enhancements.

Trim levels for the 2018 model year include the Sentra S six-speed manual ($16,990) or Xtronic automatic ($18,275); SV Xtronic ($19,085); SR 1.8 Xtronic ($20,500); SL ...Read more

 

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