Cars

Making sense of window stickers in the EV era

Buried among 8,000 public comments generated the last time the EPA redesigned the window sticker for new vehicles is this line from Tesla’s then-director of public policy, James Chen: “How would consumers compare a vehicle capable of 25 mpg with an EV possessing a 56-kWh battery pack?” That question was at the heart of a debate that played out from ...

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Dealerships study alternatives to loaners

Loaner programs for service customers are a sore point for many dealerships. They’re complicated to run. Automakers want the loaners to represent the brand. No Porsche owner should be put in a Kia Soul while his Panamera is being serviced, thank you very much. So for luxury brands especially, maintaining a large loaner fleet can tie up hundreds of thousands ...

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5 coolest features of the Ferrari Portofino

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email Faster, more comfortable, smoother and more efficient—Ferrari’s new Portofino hasn’t changed much in concept, but it’s better than the California T in just about every way. This is Ferrari’s most important car for key reasons, starting with the revenue stream, and it’s an obvious indicator how the little company in Maranello (and maybe ...

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U.S., Canada ready to expand ‘reverse inspections’ of cargo

The U.S.-Canadian effort targets easing congestion at border crossings such as the one between Port Huron, Mich., and Sarnia, Ontario. Photo credit: U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WASHINGTON — A renewed U.S.-Canadian effort to speed cross-border trade by pre-inspecting cargo at factories and other sites within the host country could boost productivity in the auto industry. After testing the waters ...

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Ferrari 488 Pista builds on GTB and Challenge…and looks spectacular

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email Following the 430 Scuderia, 458 Speciale and 488 Challenge comes Ferrari’s latest racing-inspired V8-powered beast, the 488 Pista, which will be on Ferrari’s Geneva motor show stand Tuesday, March 6. The show opens to the public March 8 through 18 if you happen to be in the neighborhood. Ferrari touts its racing chops ...

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Toyota’s new execs see a crisis

Some of Toyota’s newly named executives 
at their first public gathering last week: Although from different backgrounds and even different companies, they all share President Akio Toyoda’s view that an industry crisis is looming. Photo credit: HANS GREIMEL NAGOYA, Japan — Toyota’s newly promoted global executives, including a British man, a Japanese woman and several company outsiders, have one thought ...

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2019 Nissan Altima: Here’s what to expect

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email An all-new Nissan Altima will go on sale later this year as a 2019 model after Nissan takes the wraps off the newest sedan in its lineup at the New York auto show at the end of March. The 2019 Altima will replace the fifth-gen model that has been on sale since 2012 ...

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Ford rushes to build more SUVs

Ford will be able to build 25 percent more Expeditions, shown, and Navigators in Kentucky than originally planned. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ford and Lincoln dealers can’t get enough of their biggest, most expensive SUVs to keep up with customer demand, which is a pretty good problem to have. But it’s a problem nonetheless, one that Ford Motor Co. is addressing ...

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This Mopar accessories concept will let you spend all your money

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email Mopar showed off its accessories for the new Ram 1500 pickup at the Chicago Auto Show before the new truck even hits dealer lots. The brawny Mopar 1500 is designed to give you an idea of what your Ram can look like with a healthy dose of factory accessories. Off-road-ready beadlock wheels compliment the 2-inch lift kit and off-road fender ...

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Dealerships rush for refrigerant certification

Dan Baumhardt works at the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, which has been flooded with applicants for its online training and certification course for refrigerants. Dealerships are scrambling to ensure that at least one of their technicians is certified to handle automotive refrigerants after updates to a federal rule took effect Jan. 1. Under the EPA’s new restrictions, selling ...

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gallery, specs, horsepower, eTorque hybrid system details

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email Ram took the wraps off the all-new 1500 at the Detroit auto show a few weeks back, unveiling plenty of substantial under-the-skin updates along with the fresh looks. The completely redesigned truck now boasts a mild-hybrid system to provide extra torque when needed, along with plenty of extra towing and payload capacity. There ...

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Mercedes-Benz G-class sales should increase with redesigned models, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler says

The redesigned base G class will arrive at U.S. dealerships this fall. DETROIT — After the most thorough redesign in its 39-year history — and record sales in 2017 — the Mercedes-Benz G class is poised for even higher U.S. sales in 2019, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler says. Helping to push the brawny SUV to new heights will be ...

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