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With the 2019 3-Series, BMW continues to treat smartphone compatibility as a hostile takeover. But it spreads joy in the form of comprehensive if pricey options. All told, it’s a good value, too. We give it a 7 for features, knocking it down a point for slapped-on charges for smartphones, but adding points for value,
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The RDX’s A-Spec badges promise sportier performance than the average luxury crossover, connecting the new model to the original RDX better than the previous generation ever did. A 272-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four powers every 2019 RDX, but it’s not the engine’s extra 20 horses over Accord 2.0s that intrigues us. Multiple editors have complimented the RDX’s
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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has some work to do to stand out in the German automaker’s showrooms. Its predecessor got by on its looks and its low price. The 2020 CLA250 has a new baby sibling in a new 2019 A-Class that’s not as pretty but may have more rational appeal to some buyers. Then
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Despite record sales last year, and profitability in recent quarters, Tesla is reducing its full-time employee headcount by 7 percent. CEO Elon Musk made the announcement in an email to Tesla employees on Friday. Tesla’s headcount grew by 30 percent last year, which was more than the company can support, Musk said in the note.
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The 2019 BMW M4 doesn’t surpass our driving abilities, it runs laps around them. And we’re just talking about the regular version. High-test M4 Competition and M4 CS versions add more power and more performance. It gets a 9 on our performance scale because perfection costs magnitudes more. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
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Waymo, which recently launched its autonomous ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area, is betting big on traditional sensing technologies—including cameras, GPS, radar, and those super-expensive spinning lidar sensors on the roof. These Waymo cars are essentially beta-testers, which means they are not fail safe. (Remember Uber?) If Waymo happens to have an accident and the
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The EPA completed the federal emission testing and certified the 2019 Ram 2500 heavy-duty pickup—but had not finished testing tailpipe emissions for the Cummins diesel version of the Ram 3500 when the shutdown hit. That process is on hold, FCA CEO Mike Manley confirmed at the auto show. Both trucks are scheduled to go on
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The 2019 Porsche 911’s performance is perfect regardless of how much you spend. That applies to base cars, turbo cars, GTS cars—whatever. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The outgoing 911 offers more variants than the incoming car, which arrives in the summer. That’s typical Porsche, but Carrera and Carrera S shoppers should know
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As befits the flagship model, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid comes loaded with goodies, including a panoramic sunroof, four-zone climate control, and a 710-watt Bose sound system. Standard chassis hardware includes air suspension, 21-inch wheels, ceramic brakes, and the full complement of Porsche ride, roll, torque vectoring, and traction control systems. The Executive specification—not available
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Subcompact cars often sacrifice personality in the name of affordability, but the 2019 Fiat 500 throws that notion out the window. The modern version of the original Cinquecento is one of the most whimsical cars you can buy, but it isn’t without some notable drawbacks. We’ve given it 4.6 out of 10 overall, proving sometimes
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At last year’s GTI Meeting at Wörthersee, Volkswagen debuted a road-going concept inspired by its TCR race car. Today, Volkswagen is debuting the production version, which is now available for order in Europe. The model starts with a two-door GTI, so given that the two-door Golf body style is no longer offered in the U.S.,
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There is concern that automakers are pricing themselves out of the market and people simply can’t afford a new car. Only a third of vehicles sold are less than $30,000, and people are spending 10 percent of their household income on a vehicle, said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist with Cox Automotive. Today 93 percent of
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If you’re selling Cadillacs in China, it helps that the US president is driven around in one. Cao Chenyi, the boss of a Cadillac dealership near Shanghai, told me that customers know that Donald Trump’s presidential limousine is made by the US carmaker. He says they like the prestige. But Mr Cao’s had a bad
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According to Dunne’s ZoZo Go automotive consultancy, there are 36 legitimate Chinese automakers with series production. The leaders are the Big 6 (which have Chinese government backing): SAIC, Beijing, First Auto, Dongfeng, Guangzhou, and Changan, which account for 75 percent of China-market sales. Then there are the Big 3 private companies (Geely, BYD, and Great
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The Alfa Stelvio misses out on a couple of standard features we’d call obvious in the luxury class, and its infotainment system isn’t very good. It does have a wealth of options, though, which gets it a point above average here, for a 6 out of 10 points for features. (Read more about how we
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Cadillac was named the lead electric vehicle brand of General Motors in an announcement last week. The pivot toward electrification is surprising, but based on comments made recently by one of GM’s top executives, it seems going electric may be the brand’s last remaining hope. Newly appointed GM President Mark Reuss gets candid in an interview with Reuters.
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Toyota’s Europe boss has reiterated his support for the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal ahead of Tuesday’s key Commons vote. Dr Johan van Zyl said the deal was vital to protecting the UK car industry and would stop a damaging no deal exit. His intervention comes days after Jaguar Land Rover and Ford announced thousands of
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To be honest, the keystone is probably another company entirely: Aurora Innovation, Byton’s autonomous-tech partner. Although overshadowed by Waymo, Aurora is a first-tier player headed by Chris Urmson, from autonomous hotbed Carnegie Mellon, who became Chief Technology Officer of Alphabet’s self-driving program; Sterling Anderson, MIT robotics Ph.D. who led the team that created Tesla’s Autopilot;
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The government’s clean air strategy, which was published on Monday, describes reducing pollution from nitrogen oxides (NOx) as its most immediate challenge. NOx emissions come mainly from diesel vehicles. Much of the strategy on road transport had been announced previously, including the pledge from July to stop all sales of new conventional petrol or diesel
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One of the most affordable points of entry to the luxury car world, the 2019 Audi A3 is a high-quality, well-equipped alternative to other diminutive premium sedans. Thanks to impressive standard and optional features and a great safety record, the A3 scores 6.7 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate cars.) Due
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Illustrating its commitment to SUVs and crossovers at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford on Monday took the wraps off of two more versions of its 2020 Explorer: the thriftier Explorer hybrid and the sportier Explorer ST. The eco-friendly and performance-oriented Explorers will act like bookends for the mainstream lineup unveiled
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