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CHICAGO — The Kia Sportage is freshened for 2020 in an effort to meld ruggedness with convenience. Introduced last week at the Chicago Auto Show, the Sportage receives a new S trim for the coming model year, more driver-assist features and a standard 8-inch touch screen for LX, S and EX variants. The five-seater is
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Ford has issued three recalls, the largest of which affects certain F-150 trucks. 2011-13 Ford F-150 The Problem: Ford is recalling certain late-model F-150s with six-speed automatic transmissions. Some vehicles can experience an intermittent loss of the transmission output speed sensor to the powertrain control module. These vehicles may unexpectedly downshift into first gear, regardless
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Sonic Automotive Inc. late Friday — for the second time in three quarters — issued a profit warning for weaker-than-predicted quarterly results related to challenges at its BMW and Honda dealerships. The company said fourth-quarter 2018 results will fall short of management expectations because of BMW and Honda incentives and performance. Those brands represent about
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Sting told a crowd of General Motors workers in Oshawa, Ont., he stands in “solidarity” with them as they fight a planned closure of their local auto plant, The Canadian Press reported. “What were trying to portray here on stage is exactly what you are going through,” Sting told thousands of Unifor members at the
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On this episode of Roadkill, HOT ROD’s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan join Fred Williams and Rick Péwé of Peterson’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine to compete in the infamous Cheap Truck Challenge. Riding into battle with a modded 1979 Bronco, they face-off against a rock-ready 1980 Toyota Pickup and a beastly 1987 Chevy Suburban in
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Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen Group are progressing toward a potential agreement to join forces on self-driving cars and have overcome earlier obstacles, people familiar with the talks told Bloomberg. Breakthroughs in the deliberations Thursday include a possible framework for Volkswagen to work with and invest in Argo AI, the Ford-backed autonomous-vehicle startup, said the people,
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Artcurial Motorcars completed its three-day Retromobile auction in Paris on Sunday, reporting total sales of $47,804,169, a 31 percent boost compared with the 2018 sale. The Paris-based auction company noted that 10 vehicles sold for record prices. he overall sell-through rate was 76 percent, and Artcurial reported that 84 percent of vehicles sold went to
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The 2019 Nissan GT-R is a racing video game for the road with twin-turbo power, immense grip, and everyday usability. The 2019 Nissan GT-R might be the least-dramatic supercar in the world, but only because it’s effortlessly, breathtakingly fast. The GT-R’s video game-like pace and driving dynamics and (somewhat) palatable price keep it a compelling
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The Niello Buy Center in Sacramento, Calif., has a single-minded focus: Buy used vehicles, and do nothing else, said David Long, vice president of operations for Niello Co., a dealership group with 14 rooftops. The standalone Niello Buy Center opened a little over six months ago, transforming a body shop reception office into a “revenue-generating
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FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group’s mobility business, Moia, is scheduled to begin public ride-sharing services with electric passenger vans in Hamburg in April, as automakers step up their investments in potentially lucrative, non-traditional transportation services. Germany’s second-largest metropolis after Berlin will serve as a test to see whether the business model functions properly and can be
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Mercedes-Benz says its first next-generation all-electric vehicle, the EQC electric SUV, is already sold out for this year and “probably” even next year, but it doesn’t confirm the actual production capacity. Dieter Zetsche, Daimler’s outgoing CEO, made the comments when talking about the German automaker’s 2018 results (via Welt): “We are sure that we will not
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Not only does the Pick of the Day, a 1951 Studebaker Champion Regal Starlight coupe, come with what the seller terms “great history,” it comes with a matching 1951 Giordani Studebaker child’s pedal car. According to the selling dealer, located in Seekonk, Massachusetts, the car is one of 14,103 Regal Starlight coupes produced for 1951
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Full-size luxury sedans like the 2019 BMW 7-Series are rolling first-class cabins, loaded with tech, draped in leather, paneled in wood—and that’s just the front seats. The rear seats can be similarly opulent, and that’s probably the point. For its standard and optional features, widescreen infotainment system, and customization options, the 2019 7-Series would get
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DETROIT — Higher emission standards faced by its North American customers have prompted FEV to invest $15 million in a Detroit-area vehicle development center. The expansion also was triggered by a shortage of available testing space at other companies, according to FEV. FEV North America, the U.S. unit of German engineering and testing firm FEV
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The Washington state House of Representatives is considering legislation that would require state and local agencies to purchase only electric vehicles by next decade. Automakers have urged state governments with zero-emission vehicle mandates to do more to support the EV market, including increased purchases of EVs for fleets. Under H.B. 1832, Washington’s state agencies, public
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36 M BY ERIC LOVEDAY The longest range version of the electric SUV gets tested. AutoTopNL is known for these unique point-of-view test drives, but it’s known to be fond of electric cars or electric SUVs. However, when it’s a Tesla, AutoTopNL is game. As AutoTopNL itself states: We’re not interested in eco & green (unless it’s like,
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