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Mark Phelan: These are the best, most interesting, important vehicles coming in 2020

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This should be a great year for new-car buyers, fans of new technology and exciting designs.

New vehicles ranging from America's perennial bestseller, the Ford F-150, to luxury SUVs, electric sports cars and affordable entry-level models will all go on sale over the next 12 months.

The year's bonanza got an unexpected boost from GM's strike ...Read more

Roadshow: Everything we know about the Tesla Cybertruck

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Tesla's Cybertruck is one of the most polarizing automobile designs to debut in decades. In fact, you could say it's driving a wedge between the various factions of the automotive community. Some people think it looks brutal, aggressive and rugged, like some kind of electric, dystopian bro-dozer. Others think it looks like something that Ikea ...Read more

Ford F-Series fends off Ram truck as Explorer and Police Interceptor sales drop

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Sales of the Ford F-Series, Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor have dropped over the last year, the company announced Monday.

Ford said U.S. sales of its F-Series, which includes the highly lucrative F-150 full-size pickup, dipped 1.4% to 896,526 in 2019. Explorer sales dropped 26% to 168,309. And Police Interceptor nosedived 44.6% to 18,752 ...Read more

Auto review: Kia puts even more joy in the Soul for 2020

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2020 Kia Soul GT-Line: The Soul of a hot rodder?

Price: $29,055 as tested, including $345 for fancy white paint, $130 for carpeted floor mats, and $95 for a cargo tray.

Conventional wisdom: Consumer Reports likes the "controls, access, CVT feels like conventional transmission, braking," but not the "ride, engine noise."

Marketer's pitch: "...Read more

Under the Hood: Troubleshooting a faulty power window

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Q: The driver's window in my 2015 Accord has begun to clunk and rock oddly as it's raised and lowered. It's mostly noticeable when it's first opened. I usually need to help it finish closing by pressing upward on the glass with my palm. What do you think may be causing this? Is it something I might fix myself?

-- Gene T.

A: Your Accord ...Read more

Tesla deliveries rise to record as car buyers rush for subsidies

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tesla Inc. delivered a record 112,000 cars in the final three months of 2019, as buyers rushed to take advantage of subsidies being dialed back or eliminated altogether in three key markets this year.

The electric-vehicle maker handed over 92,550 Model 3 and 19,450 Model S and Model X electric vehicles in the fourth quarter, ...Read more

Electric vehicle sales are up, but in some states charging stations are hard to find

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Electric vehicle owners -- nearly 1.2 million of them on United States roads today -- share the thrills of being energy-efficient and progressive. But they also have one big worry in common: where to plug in.

Depending on the state, access to public charging stations can be adequate -- or nearly nonexistent.

Purchases of electric vehicles are ...Read more

Auto review: Nissan's Armada offers luxury and utility in a big family vehicle with room for 8

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For 2020, the Nissan Armada continues its legacy as a true family adventure-ready vehicle, offering comfortable seating for up to eight and flexible cargo space for their stuff.

With best-in-class standard 390 horsepower from an advanced 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 and rugged body-on-frame construction providing strength and durability, Armada also...Read more

Fiat Chrysler plans to show electric Jeep Wrangler, Compass and Renegade at CES 2020

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to showcase an electrified Jeep Wrangler at CES 2020 next week in Las Vegas.

The Wrangler is one of three Jeep plug-in electric hybrids FCA says it will bring to the annual consumer electronics showcase, which runs next Tuesday through Friday. A Renegade and Compass are also on tap.

The company calls the three ...Read more

Ford dealership gets 40 orders for Mustang Mach-E in one night

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Imagine getting 40 customers in one night for a vehicle that starts at $43,895 and reaches $60,500.

Steve Fuentes did.

"And we're up to 100 reservations now," he said. "The Mustang Mach-E has had a tremendous positive response. This is one of the biggest game changers we've ever had."

The owner of Sunnyvale Ford in the heart of Silicon Valley...Read more

Mark Phelan: Ford F-150 dominates top new, used sales by state

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A new study of vehicle sales numbers shows pickups are even more dominant on American roads than you may expect.

If you've been awake at any point since the '70s, it's a safe bet you know the Ford F-series has been America's best-selling vehicle, well, basically forever. (For sticklers: 37 years No. 1 overall; the best-selling truck for 42.)

...Read more

Electric trucks, a factory launch and a massive merger: Illinois auto industry travels new roads in 2020

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From electric trucks and startups to international megamergers, the state of the fast-evolving auto industry in Illinois comes down to a tale of three cities: Normal, Belvidere and Chicago.

Plants in all three cities will be building SUVs -- by far the largest segment of auto sales -- but their paths forward will be shaped by radically ...Read more

Tesla sputtering; analyst sees sales falling short of targets

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Tesla took a hit on Monday as investors turned on the electric carmaker after a Wall Street analyst said he thinks the company will miss its own vehicle delivery targets for 2019.

Jeffrey Osborne, of Cowen & Co., said in a research note Monday that he expects Tesla will report deliveries of 101,000 vehicles for the fourth quarter of the year ...Read more

Roadshow: New study shows just how bad vehicle hacking has gotten

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For many people around the world, a large portion of their lives is lived online. They conduct business, maintain personal relationships, manage their money, buy stuff and even get their car news using the internet.

This has been amazing for convenience, but that convenience has outpaced security, and so we hear about companies being hacked ...Read more

Tesla delivers first Model 3 cars built at China Gigafactory

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Tesla achieved one of the company's biggest milestones of the year when, on Monday, the electric carmaker confirmed it delivered the first Model 3 cars built at its Gigafactory in Shanghai.

In what was a symbolic move, Tesla delivered 15 Model 3s to company employees who had worked on the cars at the company's Chinese production facility. Tesla...Read more

Mark Phelan: Failure to launch: Why new cars' quality hits the skids

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Don't play cards with a guy called "Doc" or buy a car in its first year of production.

After 120 years, you'd think the world's automakers would've mastered the art of getting a new model into production smoothly, but the start of manufacturing -- what car companies frequently call the "launch" -- remains fraught.

A miscalculation can cost an ...Read more

Larry Printz: Choosing my favorite rides of 2019

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After a year of driving some of the finest cars in the world -- and more than a few mediocre ones -- it's the time of the year to summarize my favorite rides. No, there's no Corvette. I have yet to drive it. But there are some truly memorable rides, ones that are sure to bring a smile to your face. They did to mine. Here are my faves from 2019. ...Read more

Auto review: 2020 Toyota Highlander channels Camry's spirit in a three-row SUV

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SAN ANTONIO -- The 2020 Toyota Highlander channels the spirit of the Camry midsize sedan as Toyota shifts its focus from cars to SUVs. There's nothing flashy about the Highlander, but the midsize SUV promises the characteristics that made Toyota a juggernaut: practicality, durability and resale value.

The new Highlander goes on sale in mid-...Read more

I rented a Tesla Model 3 from some dude on Turo, the leading car-share service

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A few blocks down the hill from my home in Berkeley, Calif., lives a guy named Ethan Dang. We'd never met before, but for two days he gave me his $45,000 Tesla Model 3 to drive around.

We met up through a car-rental app called Turo. The San Francisco-based company is colloquially known as the Airbnb of car rentals. It works like this: One ...Read more

Rivian, called the Tesla of trucks, lands another $1.3 billion as it gears up for production at Illinois factory

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Rivian, the electric truck manufacturer opening a factory in downstate Normal, is getting another big investment -- $1.3 billion -- with previous investors Amazon and Ford participating in the latest financing round.

The investment, announced Monday, is the fourth of the year and brings the sum raised for the nascent automaker to more than $2.8...Read more