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  • Alfa Romeo graduates with beautiful vehicles, better quality in return to U.S.

    Alfa Romeo graduates with beautiful vehicles, better quality in return to U.S.

    Alfa Romeo conjures romantic images of winning races, screaming sports cars, and finely tuned sedans, but also reminds older generations of questionable quality that helped dislodge the Italian brand from the U.S. market 20 years ago. Alfa is back with a new generation of sports cars and crossovers...

  • Cleaner, better gas is coming, but you'll pay more for it

    Cleaner, better gas is coming, but you'll pay more for it

    Automakers and oil companies are quietly developing a new generation of fuels and engines to run more efficiently on them, generating more power from less gasoline to reduce emissions and boost fuel economy. But industry executives are reluctant to talk publicly about their research. Why so quiet?...

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Sexiest Miata is more than just a seasonal convertible

Forty-six degrees is not convertible weather. Unless the sun is out in March in Chicago. Such a bright appearance after such a gray season provokes people to wear shorts, drink early, smile. Or to put the top down at 70 mph with the heat on low and cozy up in the new hardtop Mazda Miata. The MX-5...

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  • Most new cars shouldn't need oil changes more often than every 5,000 miles

    Most new cars shouldn't need oil changes more often than every 5,000 miles

    Q: We recently purchased a 2016 Honda CR-V four-cylinder and there is only one thing that we are dissatisfied with. Oil changes are required every 3,750 miles and we have not found out why. We have been living with Toyotas for years with a 5,000-mile change requirement and the new mileage seems...

  • Hyundai, Kia recall 1.4 million cars due to engine failure

    Hyundai, Kia recall 1.4 million cars due to engine failure

    Hyundai and Kia are recalling 1.4 million cars and SUVs in the U.S., Canada and South Korea because the engines can fail and stall, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers some of the Korean automakers' most popular models in the U.S. and Canada including 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe...

  • Station wagons are back as an antidote to boring crossovers

    Station wagons are back as an antidote to boring crossovers

    The station wagon, exemplified by the wood-grain 1970 Buick Estate that starred in the campy movie "The Way Way Back," was the classic American family car of baby boomers and Gen Xers. In the age of crossovers, however, a new generation of wagons steers away from families with performance, style...

  • Buick launches a wagon, calls it a crossover

    Buick launches a wagon, calls it a crossover

    Buick continues to update its image with the launch of a new wagon. Based on the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer sold in Europe, the 2018 Regal TourX looks like a wagon, is built like a wagon, but is being called a crossover. "Regal TourX is a crossover in the truest sense of the word, with the drive...

  • Car sales down, inventory up in contracting auto market

    Car sales down, inventory up in contracting auto market

    DETROIT (AP) — Passenger car sales plummeted again in March, dragging U.S. auto sales to their third straight monthly decline, a strong indication that years of sales growth have come to an end. Sales for the month fell 1.6 percent to just over 1.55 million vehicles, surprising analysts who expected...

  • Evoque crossover convertible built to go anywhere, except my driveway

    Evoque crossover convertible built to go anywhere, except my driveway

    Ugly can be alluring. Pugs. Clogs. Tom Petty. But ugly is in the eye of the beholder. The Range Rover Evoque convertible, with its sterile white body, bricklike lower half, and lopped-off black top, caught people's eyes. It looks like a beach shoe for Stormtroopers. Women liked it. The boy didn't....

  • Timing belt repair expensive, but essential

    Timing belt repair expensive, but essential

    Q: We took our 2009 Honda Accord, with 61,000 miles, to our Honda dealer for a state safety inspection. The technician recommended that we install a timing belt package (timing belt, water pump, accessory drive belts) due to the age of the car, at a cost of $1,000. We declined. We then received...

  • Would you buy a new car online? Lynk & Co is betting on it

    Would you buy a new car online? Lynk & Co is betting on it

    If millennials prefer to make most purchases online, why not let them buy cars online? And if they're used to getting a new phone every year or two, why not give them the option to get a new car that often? That is the approach to selling cars that a fledgling brand called Lynk & Co plans to take...

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