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How OnStar prepares to save your life

Automotive / Automotive News /

On any given day, OnStar advisers must be ready to call a tow truck or provide turn-by-turn directions. Or save a life or deliver a baby.

Take two years ago. Bryan Anta, 33, answered an OnStar emergency call from a man rushing his pregnant wife to the hospital when the baby started coming.

Anta had the father fully recline the front seat and ...Read more

Ford skips Geneva, showing auto show crisis, why Detroit must change

Automotive / Automotive News /

As the Detroit auto show prepares to announce a rescheduled, reimagined show for 2020, the crisis facing the world's auto shows came into sharper focus as Ford announced it will join Volvo in skipping the prestigious Geneva auto show in Switzerland next March.

2019 will mark the first time Ford skips Geneva in decades.

The Detroit Auto Dealers...Read more

As Tesla tax credits disappear, will Model 3 deposit-holders stick around?

Automotive / Automotive News /

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dennis Dorfman was hoping to replace his Toyota Prius with something sexier.

When Tesla began taking reservations for the new Model 3 electric sedan in March 2016, Dorfman got in line at a Tesla retail store near his Calabasas home. He waited hours to lay down a $1,000 refundable deposit.

That was two years and three months ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Mercedes GLC 350e

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

Maybe you like the idea of driving an electric car but not the idea of worrying about how far you can drive before you run out of electricity. Or how long you'll have to wait while it recharges. Behold the plug-in hybrid, the part-time electric car, a more practical electric car.

It can get you down the road without burning any gas -- if your ...Read more

How likely is a Fiat Chrysler/Hyundai merger?

Automotive / Automotive News /

Acquisition speculation never really goes away for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

This time, South Korean automaker Hyundai has been cast in the role of potential suitor, a variation on speculation that spread last year.

Asia Times published a story last week highlighting a scenario where Hyundai Motor Group CEO Chung Mong-koo would launch a "...Read more

Tesla says Model 3 production nearly tripled last quarter, but it still disappointed

Automotive / Automotive News /

Tesla Inc. produced 28,578 Model 3 electric sedans in the second quarter, almost three times as many as it made the previous quarter, the Elon Musk-led automaker announced Monday.

Tesla, based in Palo Alto, has been under pressure to ramp up its production of the Model 3, the vehicle that is supposed to turn the company into a purveyor of ...Read more

Auto Review: Just like underwear, wine and vitamins: You can subscribe to the Volvo XC40

Automotive / Automotive News /

You've grown accustomed to subscribing to all manner of products and services: underwear, cosmetics, razor blades, coffee, music, wine, movies, charcuterie, vitamins, meal kits.

All of it can be had for a set-it-and-forget-it monthly fee. But could this same model, which has flourished in the internet age, work for a car?

Volvo is betting on ...Read more

Tesla expected to say next week whether it will meet production goal

Automotive / Automotive News /

SAN FRANCISCO –– Tesla is expected to reveal next week whether it has reached its production goal of 5,000 Model 3s a week.

Falling far short of 5,000 a week would probably sink Tesla's high-price stock, analysts say. Meeting that manufacturing milestone, or even coming close, would probably drive the stock higher.

CEO Elon Musk has been ...Read more

US won't mandate autonomous-vehicle technology, FHA administrator says

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PHILADELPHIA--Preparing for autonomous vehicles on American roads will mean more than getting used to being in a car without a steering wheel.

Corporations, planners, and regulators are already contending with the technology's implications, and thorny questions.

What do the police do if there's an accident involving two vehicles with no ...Read more

Review: Subaru climbs into 3-row class with 2019 Ascent

Automotive / Automotive News /

Subaru is rising. The small Japanese brand has had 78 months of consecutive growth. It is one of the industry leaders in conquest sales -- taking customers from other brands -- and has the second-highest brand loyalty rate, behind Toyota, according to Edmunds.com. It has capitalized on the crossover craze and eaten away at the market share of ...Read more

Under the Hood: Overheating engine is a mystery

Automotive / Automotive News /

Q: I loaned my car to my brother for a few days and when he returned it he told me it was overheating and I should get it fixed right away. I hadn't noticed anything like this previously. What could be causing this?

–– Angie T.

A: This will be difficult without more details. I'm curious what your brother observed to lead him to say this ...Read more

In the market for a used car? Tariff talks might benefit you

Automotive / Automotive News /

Could a used car be in your future?

It may be a possibility for some car shoppers as they get squeezed by economic factors in coming months, according to a midyear review of the auto industry in Detroit by Cox Automotive.

Although the economy remains strong, with low unemployment, a healthy stock market and solid consumer confidence, finding a...Read more

The Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS are quite possibly the best sports cars you can buy

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ST. HELENA, Calif. –– If you're old enough to remember when punk rock first exploded on the music scene in the 1970s, you no doubt remember how radical it sounded. Yet it wasn't. It's simplicity, rawness and rudeness was little more than an acknowledgement of rock's roots, which had become buried under the aural sludge of corporate rock. ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Here's how to save the Detroit auto show

Automotive / Automotive News /

German luxury brands didn't make the North American International Auto Show, and they can't break it.

Keep that in mind as the Detroit Auto Dealers Association considers new dates and other changes for the show that's become one of Detroit's signature events and biggest moneymaking businesses.

The panic this year when Mercedes, BMW and Audi ...Read more

The GM brand that nearly died and the unlikely buyers saving it

Automotive / Automotive News /

Brothers Matt and Andy Wonnacott of Livonia, Mich., are young, single guys who choose to drive Buicks.

They are atypical Buick buyers given its reputation as an old-man sedan brand. But the Wonnacotts are unfazed.

"Look at them now; they don't look like old people's cars," said Matt Wonnacott, 37, who described his 2015 Buick Regal sedan as ...Read more

Tariffs will drive car prices up 'dramatically,' AutoNation CEO says

Automotive / Automotive News /

Auto prices in the United States will rise "dramatically" if the Trump administration imposes tariffs, AutoNation Chairman and CEO Mike Jackson said Wednesday.

"Automotive tariffs will make steel tariffs look like a company picnic. ... This will unleash a real trade war. The numbers are so much bigger. It will raise prices dramatically for ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Ford Fusion Energi

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

Electric cars have to plug in, and recharging takes time. Plug-in hybrids like the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi can plug in, but they don't have to. They can operate as electric cars do until the charge runs low and then switch to gas without having to stop.

That's called having your cake and eating it, too. But there's one catch: the cost.

What It...Read more

Tesla uses cash from Nevada casinos to boost its bottom line

Automotive / Automotive News /

SAN FRANCISCO -- Given Elon Musk's dubious track record for reaching his goals, it may be a roll of the dice whether the Tesla CEO delivers a profit this year. His success will depend partly on money from Nevada casinos.

Since 2015, Tesla has boosted its bottom line by selling tax credits to casinos such as the MGM Grand.

The casinos use the ...Read more

Harley-Davidson to move some production out of the US after EU tariffs are imposed

Automotive / Automotive News /

LONDON –– Harley-Davidson plans to shift some production of its motorcycles overseas in response to retaliatory European Union tariffs.

Each motorcycle will cost an average of $2,200 extra after the European Union last week raised its tariff on imported U.S. bikes to 31 percent from 6 percent, the Milwaukee-based manufacturer said Monday in...Read more

Honda dominates most American-made vehicles list of 2018

Automotive / Automotive News /

The most American-made cars may not be made by the most American car brands. Four out of the top 10 most American-made vehicles of 2018 are made by Japanese brand Honda, according to the annual report from Cars.com.

"It's part of the globalization of automotive manufacturing," Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder said in a phone interview...Read more