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Under the Hood: Door lock system causing aggravation

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Q. How can I find a wiring schematic and instructions how to access the connections for the locking/unlocking circuit for the doors on a 2006 Camry?

The problem started slowly: once a week, then more often, until it totally stopped unlocking the three passenger doors. No problem locking, no problem unlocking the driver side door, or locking all...Read more

Auto review: Land Rover's 5th-generation Discovery excels either on or off the beaten track

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Land Rover introduced its fifth generation Discovery model for 2017, neatly filling a gap between utility and refinement with luxurious versatility since 1989.

The Discovery 2018 is a full-size SUV with an endless sense of adventure, capable of seating five or seven.

Discovery brings the latest connectivity technologies, innovative storage ...Read more

Auto review: Mitsubishi shows signs of life with 2018 Eclipse Cross

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Back when I was learning how to drive and presidential scandals focused on interns with blue dresses, Mitsubishi sold sports coupes in the United States. My dad bought into the fastest growing car company of the '90s with a 195-horsepower Mitsubishi Eclipse with a five-speed manual. It might have been an Eagle Talon. Same difference.

When the ...Read more

Mark Phelan: You are now entering the Autonomous Motor City

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Detroit missed out on Amazon's HQ2, but Ford Motor Co.'s Corktown-bound influx of engineers at the auto industry's cutting edge increase odds that the big online retailer's first self-driving delivery vehicle will be developed here.

Welcome to Autonomous Motor City.

Ford's massive commitment to Corktown -- which begins, not ends, with the ...Read more

Uber begins a push to get its drivers into electric cars

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As Uber tries to build its reputation as a good citizen, it's unveiling a new plan: get its drivers to adopt electric vehicles instead of driving cars that burn gasoline.

On Tuesday, the ride-hailing giant announced a yearlong pilot program in which it will provide monetary subsidies to some drivers who use electric vehicles, or EVs; build ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 VW Jetta

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

Where would Rocky Balboa have been without his ability to take a punch? Probably on the mat, with Mr. T doing a victory dance around the ring.

Volkswagen is in a similar spot, having lost the turbo-diesel punch (and near-hybrid mileage) that gave cars like the Jetta sedan something other cars in their class couldn't match.

Then came the ...Read more

Tesla builds another production line to make Model 3 cars more quickly

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Electric car manufacturer Tesla Inc. has set up an additional, no-frills production line to churn out vehicles, according to Chief Executive Elon Musk.

Musk tweeted a photo Saturday of a general assembly line that he said was built in three weeks with "minimal resources." The photo shows a Model 3 rolling off the line in what appears to be a ...Read more

Seattle suburb envisions a fleet of driverless vans to help commuters skirt congestion

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BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Just this month, in Ann Arbor, Mich., a driverless van began shuttling students and staff the one-mile round trip between a research complex and a distant parking lot and bus stop.

In Las Vegas, an autonomous van launched last year, taking curious passengers on a three-block loop between a downtown retail park and Las Vegas ...Read more

Under the Hood: Use cellphone video to document tricky mechanical issues

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Q: We have a 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited. It wasn't long after we purchased it, it developed the following problem: When I wanted to go into smart cruise control, it would refuse and indicate that SCC (smart cruise control) conditions are not met. The difficult part of this is that this would happen intermittently. The dealership checked it out ...Read more

In auto talent war, GM hires 9,000, spends $1 billion on offices

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DETROIT -- Oct. 2, 2017, is historic inside General Motors human resources.

That's the day when product development boss Mark Reuss told a group of reporters at GM's Design Dome in Warren that the automaker would introduce 20 new electrified vehicles by 2023.

GM's career-related websites blew up.

"People were showing up at the gates of our ...Read more

How Adam Carolla became the Paul Newman car guy

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GLENDALE, Calif. -- Adam Carolla is a comedian, carpenter, podcaster, filmmaker, best-selling author, race car driver and entrepreneur. He also owns more cars raced by the late actor-driver Paul Newman than anyone else.

That part was an accident. Carolla never set out to be the "Paul Newman collector car guy."

"I was interested in Datsun race ...Read more

Auto review: Hyundai's 2018 Ioniq Hybrid gives consumers a sporty Prius alternative

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The compact Ioniq Hybrid, introduced last year to be Hyundai's direct competitor to the popular Toyota Prius, entered its second year for 2018, with a starting price of $22,200 (plus $885 freight) for the base Blue model, and it ranges as high as $27,550 for the top-of-the-line Limited.

In between is the SEL model for $24,000. And all new for ...Read more

New UAW president takes oath, vows to fight right-to-work laws

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DETROIT -- Gary Jones took the oath of office Thursday as the new president of the UAW, steeling members for what he called a fight for both the future of the union and the American middle class.

Jones, 60, told members at the 37th Constitutional Convention in Detroit that he was honored and reminded members of the UAW's core values.

"When ...Read more

Graduating to your own car? Safety features are key

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More than 50 years ago, a certain graduate in an Italian roadster made a cross-country race against time, love and impending adulthood. Though Alfa Romeo has returned to the U.S. and "The Graduate" is still a classic, a lot has changed in how most new graduates will be using their vehicles to flee the parental nest and embark on one of the most ...Read more

General Motors names Suryadevara as company's first female CFO

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DETROIT -- General Motors Co. will have a new CFO this fall, the first woman to fill the role.

Dhivya Suryadevara, 39, will become CFO effective Sept. 1. She succeeds Chuck Stevens, 58, who will retire March 1, 2019. Stevens will serve as an adviser until then.

Suryadevara will report to GM's Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.

"Dhivya's experience ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Ford reveals 2019 Shelby GT350 Mustang with aero and handling upgrades

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Ford will build a 2019 model of its fast and popular Shelby GT350 Mustang with a number of upgrades to raise the 526-horsepower pony car's performance to an even higher level.

The 2019 GT350 will go on sale early in 2019 with prices starting at $61,340, including destination charge.

"We increased grip for better handling thanks to new tires, ...Read more

Why the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee flunked their crash tests

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Nobody should be surprised that the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee scored worst in crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Least of all anyone in management at Ford or Fiat Chrysler.

Lousy safety ratings are inevitable when an automaker delays replacing a vehicle and newer competitors surpass it. Fiat Chrysler and Ford...Read more

GM plans expanded Bolt production, 20 new electric vehicles by 2023

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DETROIT -- General Motors reiterated Tuesday that it is committed to an all-electric future and will increase production of its Bolt hatchback this year to meet worldwide demand.

The company's sustainability report, presented in conjunction with its annual shareholder meeting Tuesday, said it will launch more than 20 new zero-emissions vehicles...Read more

Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee get worst ratings in crash test

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The Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee fared worst among midsize SUVs in the latest crash test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

In fact, damage to the Ford Explorer caused the structure to collapse, and both the Grand Cherokee and Honda Pilot showed the possibility of head injuries.

The ratings were based on results ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Chrysler 300

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

The B-52 bomber has been around a long time. Most of them are older than the pilots who fly them. This tells you something about the soundness of their design. Same goes for the Chrysler 300. In car terms, it's ancient.

The current 300 hasn't been significantly updated since 2011, and its underthings -- the basic chassis -- date all ...Read more