Month: June 2020

It started with a cup of coffee. In attempts to curb drowsy driving, Mercedes-Benz introduced a system that identified clues that a motorist was growing tired, such as how often they departed their lane. If the system detected trouble, it illuminated an icon resembling a steaming cup of coffee on the instrument cluster. Roughly a
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Subaru of America, once a monthly sales streak darling as its U.S. volume rapidly expanded over the past decade, is switching to quarterly sales reporting. The automaker will report its June U.S. sales Wednesday, then switch its cadence going forward. The automaker, of Camden, N.J., was one of the few holdouts still reporting on a
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The 2020 Woodward Dream Cruise is the latest automotive event to be canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The event’s organizing board voted Monday to cancel the annual summer car cruise through the heart of Detroit and surrounding towns. Organizers were concerned about the ability to maintain social distancing and whether participants would wear
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The 2021 Kia K5 marks a new era for the South Korean brand—and a new name is just the beginning for the automaker’s mid-size sedan formerly called Optima. The 2021 K5 picks up where the Optima left off. The K5 is longer, lower, and wider than the sedan it replaces and will be available with
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A Michigan man known as “Mr. Chevy” bought the final Chevrolet Impala. And it’s not the first time he’s done so. Pinky Randall, whose enthusiasm for the brand has been documented over the decades in Automotive News and elsewhere, took delivery this month of the final Impala built before General Motors shut down the plant
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The Geneva auto show will not be held in 2021, the organizers have announced. The reasons for the cancellation were lack of interest from automakers as well as the uncertain situation over the control of the coronavirus, the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) Foundation said in a statement on Monday. The Geneva event is Europe’s
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Chrysler is continuing its series of ads for the Pacifica minivan with actress Kathryn Hahn, but with the added complication of social distancing. The latest campaign, which the brand is using on social media and other websites, is called “Pacifica Mom on Quarantine.” The confessional-style ads were shot via iPhone with just two crew members
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Car dealership Lookers has agreed to correct its accounts after auditors found it overstated profitability by a total of £19m over several years. Auditors Grant Thornton have been investigating potential fraud at the Altrincham-based firm. Their draft report found some “fraudulent expense claims” and “several areas” where financial controls “require strengthening”. Earlier this month, Lookers
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The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may be removed by the president for any reason, reversing the agency’s foundational pillar that it should operate independent of presidential or congressional intervention. The court in a 5-4 ruling said the current structure of the federal watchdog is “unconstitutional” without
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DETROIT — General Motors’ diesel engines, once known to be clunky, loud and unreliable, are now helping draw new pickup buyers to GMC and are on the road to eventually making up one-fifth of light-duty Sierra sales, company officials say. Hitting a 20 percent take rate for the Sierra’s 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel, vs.10 percent today,
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. knows there’s no room for error in launching its redesigned F-150 pickup. But executives are confident they won’t repeat the costly mistakes that tripped up early Explorer production last year. To roll out the Explorer, Ford tore its Chicago Assembly Plant down to the studs, rebuilt it in 30 days
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BERLIN — BMW should shift course and establish a technology platform just for full-electric cars, moving away from developing cars that can be fitted with either electric or combustion engines, the head of the influential works council said. “Only with our own e-architecture can we fully exploit the advantages of an electric vehicle,” Manfred Schoch
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HOLLY, Mich. — Dave Pericak smiles as he hops in the driver’s seat of a topless 1971 baby blue Ford Bronco. The late-afternoon sun glints off his Aviator sunglasses as he turns the key and the restored SUV rumbles to life. Pericak is finishing a long day of shooting promotional material for the July reveal
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