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  • Cadillac leader Johan de Nysschen replaced due to lagging SUV sales

    Cadillac leader Johan de Nysschen replaced due to lagging SUV sales

    General Motors has replaced the head of its Cadillac luxury brand, which has struggled for years to compete against German and Japanese luxury automakers in the U.S. The company says Steve Carlisle will replace Johan de Nysschen, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities. Carlisle had been managing...

  • Considering a plug-in car? 2018 Kia Niro PHEV is a good starter

    Considering a plug-in car? 2018 Kia Niro PHEV is a good starter

    If the Kia Soul and Toyota Prius Prime had a baby, it’d be something like the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The compact crossover hybrid launched last year gets a plug for 2018, as well as a much larger motor and a whole lot more emission-free driving. Despite debuting in a down market...

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2018 Ford EcoSport is too little, too late

Sometimes the smallest things have the hardest time fitting in. The 2018 Ford EcoSport is the latest to arrive at the subcompact crossover party, and it doesn’t stand out from established competitors like the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Subaru Crosstrek. Ford’s runt of the litter is at least a...

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  • Logo logic: What's behind the world's most famous car brands

    Logo logic: What's behind the world's most famous car brands

    One of the most effective advertising platforms is on four wheels. “The car is a moving billboard,” said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for AutoTrader. “The logos on it allow you to identify it and have some perception of what it stands for.” What it stands for is a lot more than marketing....

  • Uber victim stepped suddenly in front of self-driving car

    Uber victim stepped suddenly in front of self-driving car

    Police say a video from the Uber self-driving car that struck and killed a woman Sunday shows her moving in front of it suddenly, a factor that investigators are likely to focus on as they assess the performance of the technology in the first pedestrian fatality involving an autonomous vehicle....

  • If the 2018 Honda Accord is so good, why isn't it selling?

    If the 2018 Honda Accord is so good, why isn't it selling?

    Despite near universal acclaim for the all-new 2018 Honda Accord, sales are down big time. Vehicle sales overall are off 2.8 percent so far this year, but the Accord's market share is down far more, at 11.7 percent. At the same time, the car often described as the Accord's archrival, the Toyota...

  • When jump-starting a car, does it help to rev the engine?

    When jump-starting a car, does it help to rev the engine?

    Q: Recently in helping my elderly father-in-law start his Lincoln, I came upon a quandary. When jump-starting a vehicle, I know that decades ago it used to be useful to run the rpm up in the vehicle providing the jump, thereby providing a higher voltage from the generator. In modern vehicles with...

  • Ford pledges to revamp aging product line, add SUVs, by 2020

    Ford pledges to revamp aging product line, add SUVs, by 2020

    Ford, with a sagging U.S. market share and one of the oldest vehicle lineups in the industry, is promising to revamp three-quarters of its models in the next two years. Much of the emphasis will be on refreshing or revamping the entire lineup of SUVs while adding gas-electric hybrid powertrains,...

  • Going camping? The best vehicles for 'glamping' include pickups, vans

    Going camping? The best vehicles for 'glamping' include pickups, vans

    If you want to experience the best elements of nature without leaving behind all the conveniences of home, then “glamping” might be just the vacation for you. A portmanteau of “glamorous camping,” it may sound ridiculous to the uninitiated but it has become its own category in the travel industry....

  • Ford recalls almost 1.4M Fusion, Lincoln cars; steering wheel can come loose

    Ford recalls almost 1.4M Fusion, Lincoln cars; steering wheel can come loose

    Under pressure from U.S. regulators, Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million midsize cars in North America because the steering wheels can detach from the steering column and drivers could lose control. The recall covers certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2014 through 2018 model years....

  • How much gas is wasted by idling?

    How much gas is wasted by idling?

    Q: With the engine idling, how long does it take to consume a gallon of gasoline? I’m asking because I wonder if shutting off the engine at stoplights actually saves anything or if it is simply hype. — G.E., Crystal Lake, Ill. A: Based on work developed by Argonne National Laboratory, the idle...

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