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  • First autonomous vehicle license issued to paralyzed former Indy 500 racer

    First autonomous vehicle license issued to paralyzed former Indy 500 racer

    Former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt has done a lot in the 16 years since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He runs a racing team and a foundation. He's raced a sailboat using his chin. But the man who raced in the Indianapolis 500 hasn't been able to drive around his neighborhood...

  • 2017 Jaguar XE pounces on compact sport sedan segment

    2017 Jaguar XE pounces on compact sport sedan segment

    When Ford sold Jaguar Land Rover to India's Tata Motors in 2008, it seemed that Jaguar would fade out of the new millennium. The British heritage brand known for full-size saloons and artwork roadsters with awful reliability didn't have much to offer a crossover crazy-world. Eight years later came...

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2017 Porsche 911 taps into all that is good

It's widely accepted that the Porsche 911 is the world's most admired and accessible sports car. Turning heads since 1963, the road hugging coupe with curves in all the right places has pretty much remained its same iconic self on the outside, despite countless variations. So maybe the familiarity...

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  • Tesla upgrades radars to improve Autopilot safety

    Tesla upgrades radars to improve Autopilot safety

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric car company is making major improvements to the Autopilot system used by its vehicles, which will dramatically reduce the number and severity of crashes in which they are involved. Sunday's news comes in the wake of a May crash involving a Tesla Model S that...

  • Squealing stick shift clutch causes concern

    Squealing stick shift clutch causes concern

    Q: I've driven my 1996 stick shift Saturn SL-1 for 120,000 reliable miles, mostly in the city. After 15 minutes in hot summer traffic jams, the clutch (replaced at 80,000 miles) will squeal loudly when it's depressed and again when it's released; however, the gears still change. Should I worry...

  • GM recalls 4 million vehicles for air bag defect linked to death

    GM recalls 4 million vehicles for air bag defect linked to death

    General Motors Co. is recalling more than 4 million vehicles, most of them in the U.S., to fix an air bag software defect that has been linked to one death. The vehicles involved in the recall are all from the 2014-2017 model years and include models from Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac. The...

  • Solo, a 3-wheeled electric vehicle, set to hit market

    Solo, a 3-wheeled electric vehicle, set to hit market

    DETROIT (AP) — A three-wheeled electric vehicle could be on the road later this year in the U.S. and Canada. Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia, officially unveiled the one-seat Solo on September 9. The Solo could go on sale as early as November pending approval by...

  • Drive Mazda MX-5 Miata or view vintage cars at Chrome & Coffee

    Drive Mazda MX-5 Miata or view vintage cars at Chrome & Coffee

    Two cool Chicagoland car events this weekend either put drivers behind the wheel of a new Mazda MX-5 Miata at Arlington Park or on the sidelines checking out some vintage metal at the Iron Gate Motor Condos monthly Chrome & Coffee meet-up. Both events are free. MX-5 Experience at Arlington Park...

  • Chicago leads nation in catalytic converter theft

    Chicago leads nation in catalytic converter theft

    Chicago leads the nation in catalytic converters stolen from vehicles. Thefts of the pollution control devices, which are constructed of precious metals such as platinum, palladium or rhodium, have increased 23 percent nationwide between 2008 and 2015, according to a new report by the Des Plaines-based...

  • Nissan recalls 120K vehicles; fluid leaks can cause fires

    Nissan recalls 120K vehicles; fluid leaks can cause fires

    Nissan is recalling over 120,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. because brake fluid could leak and cause fires. In some cases owners should park their vehicles outside until they are fixed. The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Murano SUVs and 2016 to 2017 Maxima large cars that are equipped with intelligent...

  • Door latch recall to cost Ford, cut into full-year profits

    Door latch recall to cost Ford, cut into full-year profits

    A pesky and growing recall of vehicles with door latches that can pop open while being driven will be so costly that Ford Motor Co. is reducing its estimate of pretax profits for the full year. The automaker, under pressure from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, announced...

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