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Under the Hood: Shudder likely indicates need for new brake pads and rotors

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Q: I'm feeling a shudder in the front of the car when I'm braking, more so near the bottom of a long hill. It seems to be getting worse. How serious a problem could this be?

-- Kelly

A: It sounds like your brakes, likely the fronts, are suffering from distorted brake rotors. Brake rotors are like very thick dinner plates, typically constructed...Read more

Motormouth: Make sure your tires are properly inflated in the winter

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Q: I have had several Hondas, and the same situation has existed with each. When the weather changes from warm to cold, the yellow tire warning light goes on. When the weather goes from cold to warm, the light turns off. This has happened with each vehicle for as long as we have owned them! Is this something I should worry about?

-- D.B., ...Read more

Auto review: BMW updates the 7-Series sedan line for 2020; plug-in hybrid model added

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For 2020, BMW introduces the revised version of the 7 Series luxury sedan with extensive updates in design, technology and powertrain for the sixth generation.

A new six-cylinder plug-in hybrid joins turbocharged six-, eight- and 12-cylinder engines. The iDrive 7 system along with Mobileye interior camera and available Driving Assistant Pro ($1...Read more

Mark Phelan: Kia hopes for a bargain-price hit with Telluride-looking Seltos small SUV

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LOS ANGELES -- Kia will add a feature-laden subcompact SUV to its lineup early in 2020. Called the Seltos, the SUV slots into the brand's lineup between the funky little Soul and the Sportage, which no one has ever accused of being overburdened with personality.

The 2021 Seltos -- there's no word yet on what, if anything, the name means, so don...Read more

Electric vehicle sales in California on the rise — but is it enough to reach the 5 million goal by 2030?

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While overall sales for new cars in California dipped in the third quarter, the combined market share for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in the Golden State continued to grow. But is the increase moving at a quick enough pace to reach the goal set by state policymakers for 5 million zero-carbon emission vehicles on California's roads by ...Read more

VW America's chief has a plan to move past the emissions scandal

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LOS ANGELES -- Scott Keogh is apologetic about the Volkswagen diesel cheating scandal. But he wants everyone to know that the company has fundamentally changed its ways.

The rank and file at Volkswagen "didn't cause this madness," said the chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, "but we have a responsibility to the millions of ...Read more

The electric Mustang is just the start of Ford's drive to hit 50 mpg in 6 years

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LOS ANGELES -- The red line -- the 7,000-rpm mark on a race car's tachometer -- is the central motif in the new hit movie "Ford v Ferrari." You can't win a tough race, the movie makes clear, if you're unwilling to go to the limit and risk blowing everything up.

The new Mustang Mach-E, Ford's freshly unveiled all-electric compact sport utility ...Read more

An (almost) self-driving semi truck to debut on the Illinois Tollway

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Krystian Gebis did not have to keep his hands on the wheel when he operated a specially modified Peterbilt semi truck along a test track last month.

In a ghostly fashion, the steering wheel turned by itself.

Gebis, co-founder and chief executive of the Lisle, Ill., technology company Autobon AI, spent months testing the truck's abilities to ...Read more

Musk says 146,000 Cybertruck orders come just two days after reveal

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said Saturday the company has amassed 146,000 orders for its Cybertruck, less than 48 hours after the polarizing vehicle was first shown amid shattered glass.

The electric-car maker has a history of unveiling future products to throngs of excited customers, taking deposits, and then ...Read more

LA Auto Show: Automakers are revving up electric SUVs to solve a sales problem

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LOS ANGELES -- Automakers have a sales challenge: How can they persuade U.S. car buyers, addicted to gas-guzzling SUVs, to start buying electric vehicles in quantity?

Their solution is on display at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, which opened to the public Friday: Build battery electric SUVs.

Despite rollbacks in U.S. emissions ...Read more

You think the Tesla Cybertruck looks stupid? OK, boomer

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Tesla Inc.'s much-anticipated Cybertruck concept vehicle received an underwhelming reception from many investors and some of the automotive trade press due to its polarizing design and lack of typical pickup features. They may just be the wrong audience.

No less an authority than Road & Track called the battery-powered Cybertruck "wacky" in its...Read more

UAW's leadership uncertain, member's confidence shaky after Jones quits

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DETROIT -- UAW leadership is in flux after its president abruptly resigned amid a federal corruption investigation.

Gary Jones, 62, resigned Wednesday, the first time in the UAW's 84-year history that a president resigned midterm under such disgraceful circumstances.

Under the UAW Constitution, the International Executive Board will select a ...Read more

Under the Hood: Ridgeline experiencing mysterious surges

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Q: My wife has a 2017 Honda Ridgeline with a 3.5 liter engine. I've noticed that the truck surges, or seems to be searching at various low speeds, during light throttle. You can not only feel it but it also appears on the tach. So it's not my imagination. There are no check-engine lights, nor have there ever been. At a recent stop at our Honda ...Read more

Gridlock solutions envisioned with driverless cars, flying taxis and delivery drones

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MIAMI -- Can anyone envision a future without gridlock?

Yes, and many of those optimistic, innovative people gathered in downtown Miami on Thursday to share their plans for obliterating traffic, launching flying taxis, rolling out self-driving vehicles, improving public transit and building cities where it will not be necessary to own a car.

...Read more

2019 Honda Passport aims for a bit of ruggedness

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2019 Honda Passport Elite AWD: A little bit country.

This week: Honda Passport.

Price: $44,775 as tested. (No options on test vehicle.)

Marketer's pitch: "2019 Passport named best in class by Car and Driver."

Conventional wisdom: Consumer Reports says, "There isn't a good reason to choose the all-new Honda Passport over the two better SUVs ...Read more

Larry Printz: Ford's most powerful gas-powered Mustang throws down the gauntlet against its electric sibling

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- By now, you've heard all about the forthcoming 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, Ford's forthcoming battery-powered SUV. While it's not Ford's first foray into electrification, it is the company's biggest -- and the first one aimed at the heart of the American car market, where SUVs account for nearly half of all auto sales, but ...Read more

Auto review: Maserati Quattroporte GranSport brings style, luxury, performance in a large sedan

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The Maserati Quattroporte (four door), introduced in 1963, is a true execution of the finest Italian design in a sporty full-size luxury sedan, with a finely contoured exterior and distinctive sound.

Iconic triple side air vents express Quattroporte's rich, race-bred heritage beneath the dignified profile of an uncompromising executive sedan. ...Read more

GM files racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler, saying it corrupted labor talks

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DETROIT -- General Motors is suing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and several former FCA executives over the ongoing corruption scandal that has led to 13 federal criminal charges and has implicated the current and immediate past presidents of the UAW.

The federal racketeering lawsuit that GM filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit names ...Read more

Mustang Mach-E revealed: Is this the electric vehicle America's waited for?

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LOS ANGELES -- Sounding a bit like a flying car from "Bladerunner" and accelerating like an audition for the chase scene in "Bullitt," the 2020 Mustang Mach-E electric SUV drew a line connecting Ford Motor Co.'s muscle-car history to a high-tech future as I took a first early ride on public streets, days before its public debut at the Los ...Read more

Why the Mustang Mach-E reveal felt like a preview of 'Ford v Tesla'

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LOS ANGELES -- Will "Ford v Tesla" be boffo box office like the race car drama "Ford v Ferrari," that crossed the finish line as America's No. 1 movie last weekend?

It's too early to say, but there were a few clear Tesla tweaks Sunday as Ford unveiled the 2021 Mustang Mach-E, a sporty electric SUV that leans on the looks and performance of the ...Read more