Month: April 2019

DETROIT — I don’t love the current process of buying and selling vehicles. Many consumers feel the same way. I find it time-consuming and, at times, deceitful in how some automakers and dealers advertise pricing with misleading incentives that a majority of people don’t qualify for. Then, there’s the task of selling your old vehicle.
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ATLANTA — Mercedes-Benz will discontinue sales of its full-electric Smart brand in the U.S. and Canada. The luxury automaker blamed a “declining micro-car market” in the U.S. and Canada, combined with high homologation costs. U.S. Smart sales in 2018 plunged 58 percent from a year earlier to 1,276 cars. Smart went full electric starting with
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PARIS — Renault is refreshing its light-commercial vehicle range, hoping to build on its leadership in the high-margin van segment in Europe. In addition to showing a concept for the next-generation Kangoo car-derived van, due in 2020, Renault displayed facelifted versions of the Trafic small van and Master medium van, as well as the EZ-Flex
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The 2019 Smart Fortwo delivers on its promises: two people, electric powertrain, and a city car. It doesn’t promise much else, though. Europe and Austin, Texas, have at least one thing in common: Smart cars on nearly every corner. That’s because the 2019 Smart Fortwo can park in spaces that normal cars can’t. Perfect for
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DETROIT — When Silicon Valley made its foray into autonomous and electric vehicles, there was a palpable fear in certain corners of Michigan that the state’s primary economic engine would be usurped and carried away. That hasn’t materialized. If anything, companies in both locations have better recognized the value of each other’s contributions to the
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DETROIT — General Motors is switching to a virtual format for its 2019 shareholders meeting. The automaker will host the June 4 event via a live video webcast. Shareholders will not be allowed to attend the meeting in person. A call-in number also is available for those without access to a computer. The GM board
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Hackett’s “year of action” has gotten off to a promising start. The automaker last week announced a deal with Rivian Automotive weeks after its crosstown rival, General Motors, had reportedly failed to come to terms with the electric-vehicle startup. Ford’s stock price soared into double digits for the
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SHANGHAI — As Daimler’s incoming CEO, Ola Källenius will soon be making decisions on where to take an ax to costs as the automaker adjusts to the headwinds of trade tensions, plateauing sales and a pricey electrification strategy. The new boss reportedly is looking for about $6.75 billion in cost savings and efficiency gains by
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pressed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to have Japanese automakers produce more vehicles in the United States, according to a readout of their recent meeting provided by the U.S. ambassador to Japan on Saturday. The two discussed recent public announcements by Japanese car makers, such as Toyota Motor Corp.’s decision
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On the left side of the steering wheel, in easy reach of your thumb, is a home button and wheel that scrolls through the many different infographic displays in the instrument cluster—everything from the radio to the power consumption monitor. One of these modes is Driving Support, which gives the driver a simple, illustrated view
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