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  • American automakers scrap cars, ceding market to foreign makes

    American automakers scrap cars, ceding market to foreign makes

    With lucrative sport utility vehicle and truck sales on the ascent, Detroit automakers are racing to ditch slow-selling cars in favor of the big rigs that mint money. Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne started it off by killing the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 to reorient Fiat Chrysler Automobiles...

  • Shifting from manual to automatic transmission can be a grind

    Shifting from manual to automatic transmission can be a grind

    Q: I recently purchased a Hyundai with an automatic transmission after driving a stick for the past 23 years. From force of habit, I find myself putting the transmission in neutral at stop lights in my new car, with the rationale that somehow I'm not taxing the transmission by having it in "D"...

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Auto review: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is like a good winter coat

A good compact crossover is like a good winter coat: it’s nothing to get excited about, but its ability to satisfy several functions can be very pleasing. The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is like a good winter coat. Fortunately for car buyers, the hottest segment in the industry doesn’t have any duds...

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  • Auto sales remain strong despite record new car prices

    Auto sales remain strong despite record new car prices

    The U.S. auto industry's historic growth streak may be ending, but demand for new cars and trucks remains healthy despite car shoppers paying record prices. U.S. sales of new vehicles are expected to fall 2 percent to 17.1 million in 2017, according to Kelley Blue Book. That would be the first...

  • Tesla tops Consumer Reports' satisfaction survey

    Tesla tops Consumer Reports' satisfaction survey

    Tesla satisfies its car buyers better than any other brand, according to Consumer Reports. The electric-drive Tesla Model S sedan topped the list of cars whose buyers are satisfied with their purchase after three years of driving. The Model X finished eighth. And across all models, the Elon Musk-led...

  • Where there is smoke, there might be an air intake test

    Where there is smoke, there might be an air intake test

    Q: I have a 2013 Hyundai Elantra with 84,624 miles. The dealer recently replaced the engine under warranty. When I picked up the completed car, the check engine light came on within a couple of miles. I took it back, and they found a vacuum leak trouble code and needed to get a smoke tester to...

  • Best rides of 2017

    Best rides of 2017

    It was a great year in cars, but as I go through the memories of what made it such a standout year it has less to do with the drive than the people who shared the ride. While this best-of-year list might lean to the more sentimental side of the road, the auto industry continues to produce evolutionary...

  • Want a new Volvo every year? Subscription service starts with XC40 crossover

    Want a new Volvo every year? Subscription service starts with XC40 crossover

    Volvo aims to change the way people buy vehicles with its new XC40 compact SUV this spring. "Care by Volvo" leasing will let owners upgrade to a new vehicle every 12 months, set up their lease and arrange delivery online and more. Test drives will be available at dealerships in March, but a few committed...

  • Winter tires urged for cars designed for fuel efficiency

    Winter tires urged for cars designed for fuel efficiency

    Q: I just endured a drive of 2½ hours for an 11-mile commute due to nasty ice that formed on the pavement after a measly 2-inch snowfall. Nearly one hour was spent watching three different electric or hybrid subcompact cars with high-mileage tires try to make it up a hill. All kept trying and all...

  • Don't waste money buying premium gas for vehicles that don't need it, AAA says

    Don't waste money buying premium gas for vehicles that don't need it, AAA says

    Drivers are wasting their money if they use more expensive premium gasoline in vehicles that recommend but do not require it, according to new research by AAA. Premium gasoline—20 percent to 25 percent more expensive than regular nationwide, according to AAA—improved fuel economy an average of...

  • Year-end incentives cut thousands off new car prices

    Year-end incentives cut thousands off new car prices

    Every December, carmakers and dealerships scramble to hit end-of-year goals and sell off vehicles from the outgoing model year. But this December might be one for the record books. Inventory is at unusually high levels, and the push to clear it will be far more aggressive than in years past. Rebates...

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