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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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