Month: March 2019

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan advisers are blasting the automaker’s lax corporate governance for letting ousted Chairman Carlos Ghosn run the company like an emperor, bestowing himself with dubious pay and perks while being “deified” by subordinates too afraid to object. That scathing assessment, released in a report last week by a committee hired by Nissan
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SAN JOSE, Calif. — In an era of self-driving vehicles, roadside assistance could transform into on-road assistance. Instead of asking OnStar for help, riders might instead press a button and ask a remote driver to control the vehicle through situations autonomous driving systems deem too complex to handle on their own. Sometimes, the vehicles themselves
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For the amount of time Jeep spent trying to ensure the Gladiator was more than a Wrangler with a pickup bed, the Gladiator drives remarkably like a Wrangler with a pickup bed. If it weren’t for brief glimpses of the bed in the Gladiator’s mirrors, the experience is Wrangler-like in all the best ways. Like
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The 2020 Jeep Gladiator goes on sale later this year with a starting price of $35,040, the automaker announced today. Fuel economy numbers have also been revealed for the V-6, and they’re in line with other similarly equipped midsize trucks. The Gladiator has a much higher starting price than rivals, but it comes standard with
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DETROIT — With China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group now owning a controlling stake in Lotus Cars and investing in the brand, the UK company’s tiny but loyal global fan base has reason to cheer. Last year, Lotus recruited veteran Jaguar Land Rover executive Phil Popham as CEO. Since then, Popham, 53, has helped build a
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The collapse of Reagor Dykes Auto Group has left behind a mess at its Ford-Lincoln store in Plainview, Texas. And the landlord wants it cleaned up. The estate of Jack Morris owns the site, where Morris once operated a Lincoln-Mercury store. It said in filings with U.S. Bankruptcy Court that the Plainview building has been
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Before a surgeon cracks open your chest, ask him his acceptable death rate for patients. When you climb aboard an airplane, ask the pilot her acceptable death rate for passengers. You’d think — and hope — their answers are “zero,” reflecting the overriding philosophy, paramount concern and commitment through which they make decisions that affect
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This week, rumors surfaced regarding the impending demise of Daimler’s city car brand, Smart. The recent buzz may have prompted Daimler to announce its actual plans for its ailing small car division. For the past few years, Daimler has been repositioning Smart to focus on electric vehicles, and a new partner has come in to
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the 2020 Gladiator, Jeep is following the same pricing mantra as it does for the Wrangler: Versatility comes with a cost. The Gladiator pickup’s base Sport model with the optional automatic transmission will start at $37,040, including shipping, putting it well above competing nameplates such as the Chevrolet Colorado and segment-leading
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With the new Sonata, Hyundai has returned to form. The 2020 Hyundai Sonata steps out of the current mid-size sedan’s anodyne shape and emerges this year with a racier spin to (possibly) recapture interest. The new sedan goes on sale this spring and will make its debut in North America at the 2019 New York
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With a bigger selection of vehicles now available — most notably the addition of an SUV to the lineup — Lamborghini has launched what it is calling its first official certified pre-owned program. Automobili Lamborghini in late February said the Selezione Lamborghini CPO program will be available in its markets around the world in 2019.
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Members of an Environmental Protection Agency panel “questioned” the well-established link between air pollution and premature death during a recent hearing, and one of those members has drawn criticism in the past for the funding behind his own pollution research. The EPA is in the process of revising its air pollution standards, and Thursday’s hearing
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