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Uber at crossroads on robot tech

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SAN FRANCISCO -- When Dara Khosrowshahi took over as Uber's chief executive last August, he faced a pile of festering problems. Near the top: The company's troubled driverless-car program, then embroiled in a major lawsuit over trade-secrets theft with arch-foe Waymo, and beset by series of defections by top engineers.

He had three options: ...Read more

Tesla getting hammered 'all at once'

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A fatal crash. A downgrade from one of America's leading credit-rating companies. Missed delivery targets for a much-hyped electric sedan. Cash pouring out but trickling in. More than $1 billion in debt coming due.

Tesla's problems -- which have sent its stock plunging to its lowest point in a year -- are legion. But will the Palo Alto, Calif.,...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Cadillac Escalade

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The Cadillac Escalade is ridiculous -- but then, so is my orange 1976 Trans Am. Both have a huge engine and a huge personality. But the Cadillac is quicker than my old muscle car. Plus, it can carry eight people. It gets better gas mileage, too.

What It Is

The Escalade is the end product of giving Cadillac designers a Chevy Tahoe and a blank ...Read more

California is said to ready retaliation if Trump lightens emission rules

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WASHINGTON -- As the Trump administration begins to dismantle Barack Obama's auto efficiency regulations, California is said to be prepared to retaliate by doing something that automakers have feared: decoupling the state's rules from those set in Washington.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that current rules to limit ...Read more

Distracted driving or technical error? Uber fatality raises self-driving car questions

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When Tempe police released video of a fatal accident involving an Uber self-driving car, most viewers paid attention to the disturbing footage of pedestrian Elaine Herzberg being struck by the car on March 18 in Tempe, Arizona.

But it's the second clip in the video that has raised concerns about self-driving cars taking up space on public roads...Read more

Under the Hood: Making sense of scan tool readings

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Q: I took your advice and bought an inexpensive scan tool. It's been fun trying it out on several family cars, and I'm almost eagerly awaiting a problem so I can try to fix it! I'm curious about the "STFT" and "LTFT" percentage numbers -- and what they represent. I've also noticed one car shows a reading for "MAP" and the other shows it as "MAF"...Read more

Porsche rolls out plans to pump fossil fuel profits into electric car creation

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The powerful new Porsche 911 GT3 RS's 500-horsepower gasoline engine can blast a driver from zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds.

How fast can the German automaker manage the transition to a future of electric vehicles and robot-driven cars?

The company addressed that question in its hometown of Stuttgart earlier this month, laying ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Cadillac unveils powerful twin-turbo V8 in 550-horsepower CT6 V-Sport sedan

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DETROIT -- Cadillac will unveil an all-new, 550-horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine in a V-Sport performance version of its CT6 luxury sedan at the New York auto show next week.

The 4.2-liter engine will be linked to a 10-speed automatic transmission and sport-tuned all-wheel-drive system. A 500-hp version will also be available.

Cadillac will ...Read more

Self-driving cars keep rolling despite concerns after Uber crash

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WASHINGTON -- The death of a woman who was struck by a self-driving Uber in Arizona on Sunday has auto-safety advocates demanding that U.S. regulators and lawmakers slow down the rush to bring autonomous vehicles to the nation's roadways.

Don't count on it.

Efforts to streamline regulations to accommodate the emerging technology have been ...Read more

Ford's F-series made more money than Facebook in 2017

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DETROIT -- Why is Ford Motor Co. betting its future on trucks?

You might call it a smackdown between the F-150 and Nike Air Jordan XXXII.

Ford executives like to point out lately consumers spent $41.25 billion on F-Series trucks in North America in 2017. Incredibly, the trucks have generated more revenue than:

-- Facebook

-- Coca-Cola

-- ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid

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Mini Cooper's slogan is "Let's Minimize!" They're small, cute -- and fuel-efficient. How about no fuel at all? Well, no gas , at least for about 12 miles. That's how far you can drive the new Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid on the batteries before the gas-burning engine steps in -- until you can plug in again.

What It Is

The Countryman,...Read more

Ford hopes F-150 pickup, new trucks can pull automaker out of rut

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DETROIT-- Pickup enthusiasts like to talk about towing capacity.

Ford is counting on it, in mid-March publicly hitching the entire 115-year-old automaker to its truck franchise that's led by the best-selling F-150, hoping to haul the company's stock and image out of the muck where it has been spinning its wheels for months.

It's a good idea, ...Read more

Auto review: First drive: 2019 Ram 1500 pickup gets the jump on new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In what's about to become the hottest year ever for new pickup unveilings, the 2019 Ram 1500 hits the road first with a smooth, quiet ride and high-end features no competitor can top.

I just spent a day driving a loaded Ram 1500 Limited pickup through Arizona's roads and desert.

The all-new Ram 1500 should be in ...Read more

Auto review: Ford GT drives like a dream, just not in city traffic

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The Ford GT is the hottest American production supercar ever made, and it's an icon that represents homegrown automotive glory.

Ford built the first prototypes to challenge Ferrari's dominance on European racetracks. The GT beat the Italians at their own game in a historic 1966 victory at Le Mans -- taking first, second and third place.

Then ...Read more

Auto review: Buick's seven-passenger Enclave crossover redesigned for 2018; prices start at $39,995

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Buick's large three-row crossover, the Enclave, got a complete makeover for 2018, bringing it into its second generation.

It's actually about 10 percent roomier inside than before, and still offers comfortable seating for up to seven passengers -- even adults.

Prices for 2018 begin at $39,995 (plus $995 freight) for the base front-wheel-drive ...Read more

Ford betting big on trucks, SUVs; sets sights on hybrid gains

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DETROIT -- America is showing an insatiable appetite for trucks and SUVs, and Ford plans to feed it.

CEO Jim Hackett and his top executives announced Thursday a strategy to ramp up truck and SUV production with a goal of 86 percent of the company's volume in North America by 2020 -- up from 70 percent.

"We're speeding up product development," ...Read more

Under the Hood: Truck occasionally loses power when put in gear

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Q: I have a 2004 GMC Envoy XUV, V6 with 65,000 miles. For about the last six to nine months it seems to lose power about every 20 starts. It starts, no problem, but when it's time to get in gear and move, it makes a sound that is hard to describe and seems not to want to move forward or backward. This lasts for a bit, and then the sound ...Read more

Auto review: Here's why 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is the small SUV to beat

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Subaru's 2018 Crosstrek 2.0i Limited subcompact SUV sets the standard for value and safety features in a small SUV that's likely to be many parents' vehicle of choice for kids with new driver's licenses. Most teens will probably endorse that choice, because unlike conservative clothes, early curfews, getting plenty of rest and eating balanced ...Read more

Ford issues recall for 1.4 million Fusion, Lincoln MKZ cars, says steering wheels could come off

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Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday announced a safety recall for 1.4 million of its cars in North America, saying that because of issues with the steering wheel bolts, the steering wheel could detach.

It also announced a safety recall for about 6,000 manual-transmission cars over a clutch-plate problem that carries a risk of fire.

The recall over the...Read more

Could General Motors launch its own Airbnb for cars?

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Airbnb for cars?

Bloomberg reports that General Motors is planning something similar through its Maven car-sharing platform.

The news service, citing unnamed sources, said GM will launch a pilot project this summer.

"GM vehicle owners will be able to put their cars on Maven's platform for other drivers to rent and share the revenue with the ...Read more