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GM's future lineup will run on electricity, drive itself — and fly

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General Motors has yet to deploy self-driving cars, but it's already talking flying cars.

GM has had conversations with "air taxi" companies about using the carmaker's autonomous and electric vehicle technology to create flying cars, Mike Abelson, GM's vice president of global strategy, said Thursday at the FT Future of the Car Summit USA in ...Read more

Pickups, trucks to fill 6 hours of TV with 'Truck Weekend in America'

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Inspired by the "Shark Week" ratings phenomenon, the History Channel is turning to trucks.

"Seventy-eight percent of their viewers own at least one truck," said Mike Levine, Ford North America product communications manager. "We don't know if any Discovery Channel watchers own a shark."

At 8 p.m. Saturday, "Truck Weekend in America" launches ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Cadillac moves, but doesn't get anywhere

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Cadillac's been on the move for the last few years. Not its sales or image. The brand's physical address keeps changing, with little to show for it.

Caddy's latest move is the most perplexing yet, particularly considering that General Motors just delayed badly needed updates to its design and engineering centers to save money.

I didn't ...Read more

Larry Printz: Volvo's new plant in South Carolina was almost built In Virginia 45 years ago

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In June, Volvo announced the opening of its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Charleston, S.C., joining the company's two manufacturing plants and engine plant in Europe, three car factories and engine plant in China, and assembly plants in India and Malaysia. The new facility will create 1,500 jobs by year's end, with expectations for this ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 VW Golf SportWagen

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It's no easy thing getting almost diesel mileage out of a gas engine.

But Volkswagen's trying.

The just-updated 2019 Golf SportWagen comes standard with a new, fuel-sippy 1.4-liter engine that will probably manage 40 mpg on the highway -- just 6 mpg shy of the highway mpg posted by the turbocharged-direct-injection diesel VW ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Volvo XC60

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Volvo can't sell safety anymore.

Well, it can't just sell safety -- because everyone else sells safety, too.

Volvo is still a leader as far as designing cars to avoid crashes -- and protecting passengers from impact forces if a crash is unavoidable -- but the gap between Volvos and others is nothing like it once was.

So Volvo's got ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Toyota Prius

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

The Toyota Prius was not just the first hybrid. For a long time, it was without question the best hybrid.

Nothing else even approached its 50-plus average mpg capability (not just highway mpg), and nothing else had the blue-chip Toyota rep.

The 2018 Prius still has the rep.

It also has real competition.

For the first time, ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Nissan Sentra

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

One of the secrets about new cars that's hiding in plain sight is that compact sedans aren't really compact anymore.

They keep growing ... on the inside , at least.

Models like the 2019 Nissan Sentra actually have more room inside than most midsize sedans -- including the Sentra's just-updated bigger brother, the 2019 Altima.

Midsize ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Mercedes CLS 450

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

There's something new under the hood of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450, and it's something no Mercedes has had under the hood in almost 20 years.

It's also something no other car has under its hood.

What It Is

The midsize CLS is an E-Class sedan restyled to look as much like a coupe as possible while still having four doors.

It has ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 BMW X2

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2019 BMW X2

To paraphrase evil King Edward I, aka "Longshanks," in the epic movie "Braveheart": The trouble with crossovers ... is that there are too many crossovers.

And they all look pretty much the same.

Because there's only so much you can do with the basic layout without changing it into something that isn't a crossover anymore.

But don...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Chevy Camaro

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The Chevy Camaro has always been a more practical Corvette. It has similar performance when ordered with its V-8 engine -- the same basic V-8 you get in the Corvette -- but for a lot less money and with one thing you can't get in a Corvette: an extra pair of seats.

There may not be much legroom in those back seats, but they're there. They make ...Read more

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