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In search of whirs, whines with EV motors

The Chevrolet Bolt’s electric motor and battery pack. Photo credit: GM The internal combustion engine, for all its faults, is perhaps the one item in the automobile that best defines a company’s values and engineering prowess as well as gives a brand much of its identity. For most automakers, the real estate under the hood is sacred territory, and ...

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Lamborghini Huracan Performante: This May Be the Only Place You See One | News

2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante; Cars.com photos by Christian Lantry Few car brands are as much fun to say as “Lamborghini.” It just rolls off the tongue, bringing with it mythical levels of cachet, knowing nods of admiration from sports car enthusiasts and wide-eyed, awestruck stares from non-enthusiast onlookers. The cars themselves are wild — starfighter-styled machines, all angles and edges, ...

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Sonic shifts its focus to used-vehicle operations

Sonic will pilot a phone line, 1-800-CarCash, to help boost its used-vehicle supply in some markets. Sonic Automotive Inc., in a major shift to offset softening new-vehicle sales, will focus this year on growing its EchoPark used-only operations instead of rolling out its One Sonic-One Experience sales process to more franchised stores. “You’re seeing the AutoNations, Penskes and Sonic Automotives ...

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Motorcars Honda builds a space for children

Motorcars Honda’s Kids Dealership interactive play area includes a racetrack for Lego vehicles video game racing chairs and driving simulators, a video screen and a wall display with car parts. Photo credit: RICHARD TRUETT CLEVELAND — The express lane service drive that Motorcars Honda opened in February is designed to speed oil change customers on their way in a half-hour ...

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Toyota names most diverse board yet

TOKYO — Toyota President Akio Toyoda last week shuffled his company’s board of directors, broadening its diversity with Toyota’s first female director and a British Paralympic medalist. At the same time, Toyota’s American director, former General Motors executive Mark Hogan, is stepping down. Hogan Toyoda’s new board will include one Japanese woman and two non-Japanese, one of whom is the ...

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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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Hyundai, Kia bringing back large crossovers

The Kia crossover is expected to seat seven passengers. Photo credit: CHRIS DOANE AUTOMOTIVE Hyundai and Kia are jumping back into the large crossover segment with two models recently spotted by spy photographers. One appears to be the Kia Telluride, which debuted as a concept at the 2016 Detroit auto show. Production plans for the Telluride have been the subject ...

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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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