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Wheels: Paddle Shifters Move From the Fast Track to the H.O.V. Lane

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:32:12 GMT

Fred Roberts of Manhasset, Long Island, behind the wheel of his Mercedes AMG E43, which has paddle shifters. “I find the paddles very functional if you know how to use them,” he said.Designed to allow racecar drivers to change gears quickly, paddle shifters are increasingly found in standard vehicles, but their usefulness for commuters is debatable.

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Daimler to Modify 3 Million Mercedes Cars Over Diesel Concerns

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:33:06 GMT

The chief of Daimler, Dieter Zetsche, at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2016. The automaker is under investigation in Germany and the United States, accused of evading emissions rules.The move is occurring as Daimler faces investigations on both sides of the Atlantic over allegations it evaded diesel emissions rules.

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Driven: Video Review: With Tough Competition, Chevrolet Equinox Holds Its Own

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:42:50 GMT

A polished crossover that pampers the family, does the chores, doesn’t drink to excess and looks good.

Takata Expands Recall Again, Citing New Airbag Hazard

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 20:39:11 GMT

The Japanese manufacturer said the latest move affected 2.7 million inflaters on the driver’s side of some Ford, Mazda and Nissan vehicles.

When Will Electric Cars Go Mainstream? It May Be Sooner Than You Think

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 04:07:39 GMT

A Volkswagen e-Golf electric car being charged in Dresden, Germany, in March. Volkswagen and Tesla each have plans to produce more than 1 million electric vehicles per year by 2025.A growing number of analysts say pessimism about plug-in cars could be becoming outdated, thanks in part to plunging battery prices.

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Michigan’s New Motor City: Ann Arbor as a Driverless-Car Hub

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 23:34:11 GMT

A Lincoln making its way around MCity, an autonomous-car test track featuring simulated streets and storefronts, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.Fostered by the University of Michigan, testing and research programs draw companies and even equip residents’ vehicles to collect and transmit data.

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Arrest of Former Audi Executive Highlights VW Investigators’ Strategy

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 18:49:13 GMT

An Audi Q2 car is shown under a giant logo at a dealership in Barcelona, Spain.Though Zaccheo Giovanni Pamio was a relatively small player in the Volkswagen diesel scandal, his arrest appears to be part of a broader strategy by federal investigators.

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Driven: Video Review: Volvo V90 Cross Country Rolls Into S.U.V. Territory

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:37:43 GMT

Americans are buying S.U.V.s and crossovers in record numbers, but it’s worth keeping an open mind about Volvo’s station wagon.

Wheels: How to Soothe Luxury-Car Buyers: Add Perks and Subtract Haggling

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:03:49 GMT

Lexus has introduced a fixed-price program, called Lexus Plus, in which the buyer deals with only one person from beginning to end.Several automakers aim to change the shopping experience with fixed prices, after-sale care and even ways to avoid the dealership altogether.

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Tesla Loses No. 1 Spot in Market Value Among U.S. Automakers

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 21:37:48 GMT

The Tesla Model 3 at the automaker’s battery factory in Sparks, Nev. Tesla said problems in battery manufacturing had hindered output of its luxury cars.The electric-car maker’s shares are off sharply after a report of production trouble, giving General Motors back its lead after less than three months.

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Takata Airbag Blamed for a Death in a Honda Being Repaired

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:38:51 GMT

Honda said the episode occurred when the use of a hammer activated an inflater. It is the 12th fatality linked to the device in the United States.

After Years of Growth, Automakers Are Cutting U.S. Jobs

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:03:23 GMT

A General Motors assembly plant in Arlington, Tex. Auto sales dropped in June for a sixth consecutive month, falling by 3 percent from a year ago.A downturn in car sales after two record years is prompting companies to scale back domestic production, particularly for smaller vehicles.

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Volvo, Betting on Electric, Moves to Phase Out Conventional Engines

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:20:33 GMT

A Volvo plug-in hybrid at an auto show in Beijing in 2014.It is the first mainstream automaker to sound the death knell of the traditional engine, saying that starting in 2019 all the models it introduces will be either hybrids or powered solely by batteries.

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Luxury Cars Offer More Models, but Find Fewer Buyers

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:45:20 GMT

The Mercedes CLA, which sells for about $30,000, premiered at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.Automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz have failed to expand their market share by offering more variety, joining the industry’s overall sales decline.

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Tesla’s First Mass-Market Car, the Model 3, Hits Production This Week

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 23:09:13 GMT

Tesla’s Model 3, which will sell for around $35,000. It is a critical test of the company’s plan to become a producer of mass-market electric cars.As the electric-car maker moves to expand its lineup, it said problems with battery manufacturing had held down sales of existing models this year.

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Wheels: Why Fog Lamps Are Starting to Disappear

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:00:00 GMT

General Motors’ headquarters and other buildings in the Detroit skyline, obscured by early morning fog. Some automakers have quietly omitted front fog lights from many new models, saying that high-tech headlights make them unnecessary.Several luxury automakers have moved away from fog lights, saying that new high-tech headlights render them obsolete.

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Driven: Video Review: A Family-Friendly Ferrari, for the Family of Means

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:56:10 GMT

The all-wheel-drive V12 GTC4Lusso seats four comfortably. With its svelte silhouette, it may look like a station wagon. It is anything but.

Effects of Takata Bankruptcy to Extend Far and Wide

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:41:51 GMT

Takata, whose airbag inflaters are at the center of the world’s largest auto safety recall, said it was selling its surviving operations to a rival supplier.It is selling its surviving operations to a rival, but its bankruptcy will affect efforts to repair vehicles and compensate those hurt by exploding Takata-made airbags.

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Your Money Adviser: Tips for Adding a Teenage Driver to Your Auto Insurance

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:07:27 GMT

Matt Walton with his car in Jackson,Tenn. Adding a teenager to a family’s auto insurance policy is expensive, but there are ways to save.Rates for teenagers are a bit lower than they once were, and there are plenty of consumer safety websites to offer advice.

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Ford’s Signal to the Auto World: Here Comes China

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:26:43 GMT

A worker checking quality at the body shop of the Ford plant in Hangzhou, China.Making the Focus in a Chinese factory demonstrates their reliable quality and competitive costs, but the move could spark trade tensions with the United States.

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Want to Work for Jaguar Land Rover? Start Playing Phone Games

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:48:33 GMT

The Jaguar F-Pace at the New York International Auto Show in April. The carmaker said Monday that it would be recruiting 5,000 people this year, including 1,000 electronics and software engineers.The carmaker wants potential employees to download an app with a series of puzzles it says will test for the engineering skills it hopes to bring in.

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Wheels: Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:28:25 GMT

BMW’s show car at CES in Las Vegas, the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.As driverless cars develop, how we sit, inform and entertain ourselves are all up for grabs — and companies, designers and researchers are dreaming big.

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The Car Was Repossessed, but the Debt Remains

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:08:42 GMT

Unable to recover the balance of loans by repossessing and reselling the cars of owners who default, some subprime lenders are aggressively suing the borrowers to collect what remains.Millions of Americans are shackled to high-interest auto loans after a subprime lending spree, and regulators fear the effect on the broader economy.

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 21:44:26 GMT

The all-new Equinox is more proof that General Motors has found its footing. The crossover takes care of five people, does the chores and looks good doing them.