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Larry Printz: Another round of rides heads for the history books

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It happens every year.

Come Halloween and the dawn of the new model year, various automobiles pass away. Some are fondly remembered, while others go out being ridiculed and reviled.

As such, the time has come to mourn a few of the vehicles that graced us with their presence but won't be gracing showrooms anymore.

Cadillac ELR: Looking very ...Read more

Motoring Q&A: EVAP leak could be cause of Saturn headache

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Q: I own a 2005 Saturn Ion with a 2.2-liter engine. At about 90,000 miles, the check gas cap warning light came on, and shortly thereafter, the check engine light came on as well.

I've tried a bunch of things to fix it, including: Checking and cleaning everything, buying an aftermarket cap, installing a new GM factory cap, and disconnecting the...Read more

Largest auto-scandal settlement in US history approved

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A federal judge has approved a $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen emissions-cheating case, the largest auto-scandal settlement in U.S. history.

The deal, approved Tuesday, gives about 475,000 owners of Volkswagens and Audis with 2-liter diesel engines the opportunity to have their cars bought back or modified by Volkswagen and to seek ...Read more

Uber's self-driving truck makes its first commercial delivery: beer

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The first commercial shipment by a self-driving truck was a beer run.

Uber Technologies Inc.'s self-driving trucking unit, Otto, said Tuesday it partnered with brewing giant Anheuser-Busch Cos. to carry 51,744 cans of Budweiser on a shipment through Colorado.

"Yes, you can go out right now and buy a can of beer that was shipped by a self-...Read more

Auto Word: The 2017 Jaguar XE has Style and Performance in the Compact Class

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The 2017 Jaguar XE: Style and Performance in the Compact Class

You can almost hear the purring within Jaguar. The brand is launching its fourth and fifth vehicles this year in two of the more popular segments.

The F-Pace compact SUV is speedy with sporting proportions. And the XE sedan, today's tester, is Jaguar's first compact sedan. The "...Read more

Under the Hood: Understanding tire specifications

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Q: I need to buy new tires for my 2013 Honda Accord. Because one of my current tires is relatively new, I'm hoping to buy just three. The one I'd like to hang on to is an offbeat, kind of expensive brand that I purchased in a rush after running something over. So, is OK for me to buy three normal, standard-brand tires that don't match it when I ...Read more

Buick surprises, Asian brands dominate reliability ranking

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DETROIT -- Buick is ranked third in the latest annual Consumer Reports ranking of the most reliable automotive brands, marking the first time a domestic brand has been in the top three.

Even so, Asian brands continued to dominate the influential consumer magazine's rankings.

Of 29 brands, Asian nameplates accounted for 7 of the top 10 spots. ...Read more

Auto review: Rhino GX is a luxury SUV fit for a warlord

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Got a big family? Carry a lot of gear? Planning to knock over a small Central American country?

You need a Rhino GX, a California-built behemoth that retails for about $200,000 and is ready to rumble.

Called the "General Patton" when it's sold in overseas markets, the GX is a 9,000-pound urban assault vehicle.

The beast begins its life in a ...Read more

Auto review: The Alfa Romeo 4C's faults make it an intoxicating, endearing ride

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Want to buy a new car that's both exclusive and a bargain?

Alfa Romeo has your answer: the 4C Spider.

Where else can you buy a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car built with a carbon fiber monocoque tub for less than six figures? And, oh yea, it's powered by a direct-injected, intercooled, turbocharged 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine that's...Read more

New Teslas will have all the hardware to be driverless cars, Elon Musk says

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tesla announced this week that all cars produced today and going forward will be equipped with the necessary hardware to support fully autonomous driving -- including the upcoming Model 3.

The required hardware includes eight cameras that add up to 360-degree visibility, 12 updated ultrasonic sensors with added sensitivity, and...Read more

Motoring Q&A: A closer look at synthetic oils

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Q: I use fully synthetic oil because it lasts twice as long as the regular stuff and I read that, because it doesn't cause varnish build-up in the cylinder walls, it reduces engine wear. It's my understanding I can use this oil for up to 15,000 miles, though I know the filters need to be changed more frequently, perhaps every 10,000 miles or so....Read more

Under the Hood: Today's turbocharged engines more reliable?

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Q: Many years ago, my wife bought a new Ford with a turbocharged engine. It ran fine for a number of years but then had a major engine failure due to a stuck waste gate. Ever since, I have been a little negative regarding turbocharged engines. Now, however, turbocharged engines are offered by every carmaker, and I do not seem to read much about ...Read more

Auto review: Audi's best-selling sedan gets subtle but significant redesign

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Sedans may have fallen out of fashion during the recent crossover craze, but the 2017 Audi A4 is one of the most fashionable four-door sedans out there.

Audi design has been exhibiting sharp lines in recent years, yet differences in Audi's redesigned best-seller are quite subtle, amounting to a slightly reshaped grille and air intakes with new ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Subaru Forester is Simple, Refined and Sensible

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The Subaru Forester is a sensible vehicle in the crossover segment that's gone crazy for flash and drama. The fourth-generation Forester is a simple recipe of utility, style and above all, function. The 2017 model has been given a significant "midcycle refresh."

On the outside, there is a new grille, bumper and headlights. Interior updates ...Read more

Automotive supplier uses production studio, social media to connect with customers

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PHILADELPHIA -- You don't have to know a carburetor from a catalytic converter to appreciate Eastwood Inc.'s story of entrepreneurial adaptation.

It's a user's guide, if you will, to staying relevant in a business world where change is often required at a pedal-to-the-floor pace.

The company, based outside Philadelphia, has been serving the do...Read more

Germany tells Tesla to stop using 'Autopilot' in its sales pitch

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Germany's transport minister told Tesla to cease using the Autopilot name to market its cars in that country, under the theory that the name suggests the cars can drive themselves without driver attention, the news agency Reuters reported Sunday.

Autopilot is the brand name Tesla uses to describe automatic braking, lane-keeping and other driver...Read more

Auto review: Porsche makes the 911 Turbo S fractionally better for 2017

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Did the best just get better?

Porsche's 2017 911 Turbo S is a faintly measurable fraction superior to the 2016 model. It's so barely better that only a really first-rate driver would even notice.

I didn't notice. To me, the 2017 version of this delicious sports car is virtually identical to its predecessor. Because that needed no improvement ...Read more

Beverly Hills, center of glitz and glam, plans for driverless vehicle fleet

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LOS ANGELES -- The ubiquitous Ferraris and Bentleys and Lamborghinis of Beverly Hills may soon be sharing the road with a new form of auto exotica: robot cars.

City leaders plan to put a robot fleet of mass transit vehicles on its roads as soon as it's practical, aiming to make the wealthy little city of 34,000 a world leader in the early ...Read more

Honda's CR-V, the country's best-selling SUV, gets turbocharged for 2017

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LOS ANGELES -- Honda will come to next month's Los Angeles Auto Show with a new CR-V, which for the first time will be offered in a turbocharged version.

In anticipation, the Japanese car giant revealed images and some details of the 2017 version of the country's best-selling sport utility vehicle.

The fifth-generation CR-V, first launched in ...Read more

New site aims to serve as a guide for baffling car sales in Cuba

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Trying to buy a car in Cuba can be as vexing as finding your way through a maze at night.

So a young Havana entrepreneur has decided to put some order to car sales in his homeland with a new site that allows users to browse for specific models, brands and years either on a computer or a smartphone.

Cubans willing to sell their cars can place ...Read more