DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. issued a safety recall Friday for about 350,000 trucks and SUVs in North America that could still be in gear when turned off.
The recall applies to certain Ford F-150 trucks and Ford Expedition SUVs with 10-speed automatic transmissions, as well as certain Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks with six-speed automatic ...Read more
Q: My windshield is fogging up when I use the defroster, much worse than before I turn it on. Why is this? I've been carrying a towel with me and not using the defroster.
A: It sounds like your heater core may be leaking. This is a cigar box-sized liquid/air heat exchanger that is typically located within the heating/ventilation/air ...Read more
Chevrolet's cool-looking Z71 Midnight Edition package is offered on Tahoe and Suburban sport utilities, as well as on the Silverado pickups.
Over the past year, I've tested Silverado 1500 and Tahoe models with the Midnight package, and this past week, I also got to spend time in the Suburban version, which is 20.3 inches longer than the ...Read more
The Rolls-Royce Phantom is a car. It has four wheels, four doors, a steering wheel, an engine. But that's where the similarity to any other vehicle on the road ends.
For $643,000 -- my God, $643,000 -- it's not so much a car as a sense of self-being. It is all about having what you want and how you want it, about being different even from other...Read more
Austin Rothbard was frustrated.
For the third time in a row, he'd found himself on vacation, in a scenic place that was perfect for motorcycling, without a motorcycle and without any way to rent one.
On a whim, he checked the local Craigslist to see if there were any used motorcycles for sale. There were, but cost close to $1,000.
That led to...Read more
One of the more puzzling questions arising from the revolution in autonomous vehicles and on-demand services is what impact it will all have on cities.
Optimists predict that autonomous vehicles operating in on-demand fleets will greatly reduce traffic congestion, lower the need for parking lots and garages, and create new mobility options for ...Read more
DETROIT -- New crash tests show the popular 2018 Ford Escape has the worst safety rating of seven small sport utility models put through the latest round of front passenger-side crash evaluations.
"The occupant survival space was badly compromised" because of airbag problems and a frame design that crushes passengers in the right hip and thigh ...Read more
Q. I have a 2004 Focus. The issue is the ignition, I have to wiggle the key to remove it. It seems to get stuck about halfway. Do I replace the tumblers, the switch? The key seems worn but I'm afraid a new one will get stuck for good. The key will also fit in and out of the trunk but not open it. I've tried graphite and Wd40.
A. Ignition ...Read more
Creator's Children: The Rise of AstwihadValerie Welsh
Having decimated the peaceful Trident race in the Deneb Star System, Astwihad and his clones are now targeting their next conquest; Earth!
Galaxie, Guardian of the Milky Way, must use all her cunning and knowledge to safeguard Earth and all those under her ...
WASHINGTON -- When a Tesla Inc. Model X slammed into a concrete highway barrier in California last month, the vehicle's computers contained a wealth of information about the moments leading to the fatal accident.
The problem for U.S. accident investigators is that the information wasn't easily accessible. The data stored on the Tesla is in a ...Read more
Sometimes splitting the difference hits the sweet spot.
The Ford Expedition is bigger -- and roomier -- than a Chevy Tahoe. But it's not as "yuge" as a Suburban. It's also unusual in another way -- two other ways.
First, it's wrapped in lightweight aluminum. All the other SUVs in its class -- the Tahoe, Suburban, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan ...Read more
DETROIT -- The only engineering facility built expressly to test self-driving vehicles officially opens Wednesday at the historic 335-acre Willow Run site just west of Detroit.
The American Center for Mobility will be home to automakers, suppliers and other groups developing technology for autonomous vehicles and smart infrastructure. It ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO – California began accepting applications Monday for permits to deploy self-driving cars on public roads without a human backup driver at the wheel.
Recent fatal crashes by a self-driving Uber car in Arizona and a Tesla car operating in semiautonomous Autopilot mode in California have put a spotlight on safety, and on Monday the...Read more
The Nissan 370Z is a 155-mile-per-hour anachronism -- a sports car you'd be forgiven for forgetting the Japanese auto company even makes anymore.
Released in 2009 and lightly refreshed three years later, the mid-priced coupe has soldiered on largely unchanged, an interminable run in an era of nimble adaptation for mass-appeal sports cars, which...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--The latest electric vehicle Silicon Valley startup held its coming-out party this week to introduce two crossover sport utility vehicles. Another EV player? Yes. But this one comes with some unusual twists.
The company, SF Motors, already has procured two manufacturing plants -- one in Indiana, one in China. Its primary investor,...Read more
DETROIT –– The United Auto Workers union grew by more than 10,000 members nationally in 2017, the ninth straight year of growth for the Detroit-based union, the Detroit Free Press has learned.
The audited data that will be reported to the U.S. Labor Department may show last year to be among the three biggest growth years since the 2007-09 ...Read more
Something appears to have gone badly wrong in the traffic accident in which an Uber self-driving car killed a pedestrian in Arizona last week. We can hope there will not be other deaths, but this wasn't the first time an autonomous vehicle is involved in an accident, and won't be the last. Still, it shouldn't derail the technology's development....Read more
There is a peculiarity to car design that seems to affect the industry in each decade. The irrational exuberance of cars of the 1950s, followed by the sober rationalism of the 1960s, baroque neoclassicism of the 1970s, the dull efficiency of the 1980s, which melted away in the following decade. It seems that crossovers and SUVs have dominated ...Read more
Imagine sitting in a driverless car as it approaches a construction zone.
A worker tries to wave the vehicle into the oncoming traffic lane to get around an obstruction, but the vehicle does not know how to navigate the situation.
It's a type of scenario proving particularly difficult for autonomous vehicle developers, and it's the kind of ...Read more
Before I drank coffee, I didn't get the reason for decaf. Before I drove the less potent hybrid version of the Lexus LC500, I didn't get that either.
But now I get it. Decaf gives you the taste without the stimulant. It's good with cake. The 2018 LC500h gives you performance without the guilt. It's good with trees.
The Lexus LC500h is an eco-...Read more
DETROIT -- It's virtually impossible to buy a car these days that comes with a set of shot glasses.
The 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, though, included not just a set of shot glasses but also Arpege perfume, Fleetwood cigarettes and a powder compact in the purchase price of $13,074 -- about three times the cost of a regular Cadillac and ...Read more
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