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Driven: Video Review: Favorite S.U.V.s, From Most Affordable to Luxurious

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 04:03:05 GMT

The Kia Soul has a cavernous interior with impressive headroom and is good for tall people looking for a compact ride.America’s favorite vehicles? Crossovers and S.U.V.s. Our reviewer’s top choices are from Audi, Honda, Kia, Mazda and Porsche.

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Bigger, Faster, More Lavish: Americans Crave S.U.V.s, and Carmakers Oblige

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:50:53 GMT

Ford’s latest Lincoln Navigator is larger and more powerful than its predecessor, while aiming squarely at car owners seeking luxury features.At the New York International Auto Show, powerful sport utility vehicles are at center stage, a sign of the continuing shift away from traditional passenger cars.

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G.M. Takes a Back Seat to Tesla as America’s Most Valued Carmaker

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:57:58 GMT

Mary T. Barra, the chief executive of General Motors, with President Trump at a Michigan event last month to discuss automaking and job creation.General Motors has achieved steady profits in a booming domestic market and has tried to prove its innovative approach, but investors are unimpressed.

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Toyota to Invest $1.3 Billion in Kentucky Plant

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:21:36 GMT

Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Ky., in 2015. The company announced a $1.3 billion investment in the plant on Monday.While the upgrade will not add jobs, it is the latest move by an automaker to enhance its American manufacturing and was endorsed by President Trump.

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Trucking Companies Knight and Swift to Combine in All-Stock Deal

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:31:19 GMT

A Swift Transportation Company truck at the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa. The company said it would combine with Knight Transportation but maintain its brand.The two firms will operate under a single holding company as they seek greater scale amid weaker pricing in the trucking industry.

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Wheels: Soon, Your Car May Be Able to Read Your Expressions

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:14:11 GMT

Matt Dunford, exterior designer, with the Fiat Chrysler Portal concept car in January at the Consumer Electronics Association’s annual show.Facial recognition and other technology are set to further personalize the driving experience.

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Even Amid Trade Tensions, Ford Pushes Pickup Trucks in China

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:48:05 GMT

A Ford pickup truck was among the models on display at a media event ahead of the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition last year. Detroit’s automakers see a potential new world of drivers in China, where tastes have turned in recent years toward bigger, beefier cars.As cars remain a point of conflict, Detroit pushes to sell pickups in a market long skeptical of them, in an effort to tap a Chinese taste for American brands.

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Ex-Director of F.B.I. Is Picked to Oversee Takata Restitution

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 23:47:21 GMT

A technician removes a recalled Takata airbag inflator in a Honda Pilot. The company recalled tens of millions of the devices for a defect that can cause the airbags to unexpectedly explode.A judge said he intended to appoint Robert Mueller to administer payments of nearly $1 billion to victims and automakers for defective airbags.

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As U.S. Targets Berlin on Trade, German Manufacturers Lobby Trump

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 17:04:41 GMT

In South Carolina, welders work on BMW X5 and X6 models. The company’s biggest plant in the world is in South Carolina.Hostility from the Trump administration has been a rude shock in Germany, threatening the bedrock of the country’s economy.

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Volkswagen Share Sale Keeps the Automaker a Family Affair

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:28:07 GMT

Ferdinand Piëch, the former Volkswagen chief executive, oversaw the company’s rise to become the largest carmaker in Europe.The Porsche family patriarch Ferdinand Piëch is selling most of his stake to relatives rather than to an outside investor who might have demanded changes.

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Tumbling Car Sales Drag Down US Auto Market in March

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 21:10:09 GMT

Passenger car sales plummeted again in March, dragging U.S. auto sales to their third straight monthly decline, a strong indication that years of sales growth have come to an end.

Tesla Reports Jump in Vehicle Production but Aims for Much More

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:20:31 GMT

The electric-car maker said it produced 25,418 vehicles in the first quarter, compared with 15,510 a year ago. The company wants to produce 500,000 cars in 2018.

Volkswagen to Pay 10 States Over Environmental Claims

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:11:25 GMT

An e-Golf at a Volkswagen factory in Germany. The automaker plans to have three all-electric models for sale here by 2020.The company will pay $157 million as part of its efforts to resolve the legal fallout of its decade-long scheme to cheat on diesel emissions tests.

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Ford to Expand U.S. Production of Trucks and S.U.V.s

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:41:21 GMT

President Trump met with auto industry leaders including Ford’s chief executive, Mark Fields, far right, in Michigan two weeks ago.An investment of $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities, praised by President Trump, will add or preserve 130 jobs at an engine factory.

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China’s Taxes on Imported Cars Feed Trade Tensions With U.S.

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:30:31 GMT

The Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai. Taxes on imported cars have become a growing area of friction between the United States and China.Autos are emerging as a potential point of contention ahead of President Trump’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart, but the industry sees no easy answers.

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Offices of Volkswagen and Audi Chiefs Searched in Raid, Warrant Says

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:50:34 GMT

Matthias Müller, the chief executive of Volkswagen, said last week that no current member of the Volkswagen management board was involved in any wrongdoing.A judge in Munich authorized investigators to seize documents from Matthias Müller, Volkswagen’s chief executive; Rupert Stadler, Audi’s chief; and dozens of others.

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Trump, Easing Emissions Rule, Vows to Expand Auto Jobs

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:48:26 GMT

President Trump spoke on Wednesday with Mary T. Barra, chief executive of General Motors, at a vehicle technology center in Ypsilanti, Mich.Donald Trump, speaking to auto executives and workers in a former assembly plant near Detroit, halted a move by Barack Obama to tighten fuel-economy standards.

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German Police Raid Audi Offices, Escalating Volkswagen Diesel Inquiry

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:30:39 GMT

Members of Audi’s management board, including Chief Executive Rupert Stadler, fourth from left, on Wednesday in Ingolstadt, Germany.Searches of Audi offices threaten to damage the image of one of Volkswagen’s main sources of badly needed profit.

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German Authorities Raid U.S. Law Firm Leading Volkswagen’s Emissions Inquiry

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:36:14 GMT

Volkswagen cars are lifted inside a delivery tower in Wolfsburg, Germany this week. The carmaker is the subject of a wide-ranging inquiry into an emissions-cheating scheme.Munich prosecutors seized documents from Jones Day, suggesting investigators believe the firm may have withheld information collected in an internal investigation into the carmaker’s emissions fraud.

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Driven: Video Review: Hardtop MX-5 Miata RF Gains Elegance but Loses Openness

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:10:28 GMT

Mazda’s consummate sports car adds a stylish retractable roof. It keeps the frisky driving attitude but can feel claustrophobic.

Ask The Wirecutter: Reasons Not to Dismiss GPS Devices for Your Car

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:07:27 GMT

Rik Paul, the autos editor at The Wirecutter, testing GPS systems on the road. One big advantage a car GPS unit has over phone apps: It doesn’t need a data connection to plot a route.While apps like Google Maps provide accurate traffic information, dedicated car-GPS devices do have some advantages.

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Wheels: As Auto Prices Rise, Used Cars Are Looking Shinier

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:14:17 GMT

Emily Hurwitz, 28, an advertising executive who lives in San Francisco, with her 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan, which was recently purchased through Shift, a used-car online retailer.With new vehicles averaging $34,000, sometimes a model just a few years older can offer considerable savings — if you don’t mind slightly older technology.

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Common Sense: Tesla Has Something Hotter Than Cars to Sell: Its Story

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:16:00 GMT

Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder and chief executive, entering Trump Tower for a meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump in early January.The electric-car maker is the latest company to become a market darling based not on what it has achieved but on a vision of a dominant future.

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Wheels: Self-Driving Cars Could Be Boon for Aged, After Initial Hurdles

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:11:51 GMT

Steven Gold outside his home in Oak Park, Mich. “If I were still a good driver in a few years, I’d consider a semiautonomous car,” he said.More older adults are without children, and many live in suburbs where public transportation is not readily available. Self-driving cars might be a solution.

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State of the Art: Trump Says Regulations Impede. Perhaps Not in the Electric Car Business.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:00:26 GMT

Sometimes the only way to push technology advances is through rules. Loosening the ones on fuel economy could leave the car industry out of step with the future.

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Wheels: Sleepy Behind the Wheel? Some Cars Can Tell

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:28:25 GMT

An illustration by Nvidia of its Co-Pilot system, showing how it will track a driver’s facial gestures to detect drowsiness.Some automakers already offer drowsiness detection systems, and more are likely to follow with ever more sophisticated technology.

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Wheels: Cars Will Talk to One Another. Exactly How Is Less Certain.

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:25:20 GMT

Starting this month, the 2017 Cadillac CTS will offer short-range communication for vehicle-to-vehicle alerts between cars up to 1,000 feet apart.A federal agency’s plan to require communication hardware in future cars is spurring efforts to have vehicles not only see, but talk, to reduce collisions.

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Wheels: Building a Road Map for the Self-Driving Car

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:12:38 GMT

An image from a digital map developed by Ford that was taken at Mcity, an autonomous-vehicle test site at the University of Michigan. Along with sensors, autonomous vehicles will need detailed maps of the road and the obstacles ahead. Creating these maps will be a monumental task.

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Wheels: Self-Driving Cars Might Need Standards, but Whose?

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:49:41 GMT

A more standardized approach to self-driving cars could reduce the amount of processors and wiring needed.Some say autonomous vehicles should have common technology before they hit the road, but there is also a strong case for independent approaches.

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Omaha’s Answer to Costly Potholes? Go Back to Gravel Roads

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 12:14:16 GMT

A stretch of Farnam Street in Omaha that the city unpaved in 2014 as a way to cut upkeep costs.While President Trump has called for major spending on infrastructure, cities like Omaha have resorted to unusual solutions to problems unlikely to see federal funding.

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Wheels: With a Saw and a Big Budget, Owners Transform Cars Into Convertibles

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:08:57 GMT

Jeff Moran, the owner of Drop Top Customs in High Springs, Fla., said his company converted 60 to 65 cars to convertibles last year.Automakers have pulled many convertible models, leaving lovers of top-down driving to find their own solutions.

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Your Money Adviser: Accident Not Your Fault? Your Insurance May Still Go Up, Report Says

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:10:28 GMT

Motorists in New York and Baltimore tended to pay the most after being involved in accidents they did not cause, a consumer group found.