Larry Printz: Investing in automakers not for faint of heart 09-08-2014
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is famous for having coined the phrase "irrational exuberance" to describe an overheated stock market. Certainly, market bubbles have burned many people as have the recent bankruptcies of General Motors or Chrysler.
Auto review: Porsche Macan S hauls like an SUV, acts like a sports car 09-08-2014
Pay no mind to the Porsche Macan’s 18 cubic feet of cargo room, its capacity to carry five adults comfortably and its commanding view of the road.
Mark Phelan: Best cars for canines; Edmunds comes to Motown; origins of Chevy bow tie 09-08-2014
As the summer road trip season winds down, automotive shopping website Autotrader.com has offered a list of the best vehicles for dog lovers.
Motoring Q&A: Locked-up brakes a real stumper 09-08-2014
Q: Last week I parallel-parked my 2003 Hyundai Sante Fe. I came out to drive away and went about 3 feet before the car stopped like the brakes had locked up. I went back and forth about 3 feet at least three more times with the same results.
Auto review: 2015 Hyundai Sonata tries to match its predecessor's charisma 09-08-2014
The Hyundai Sonata is a tough act to follow. Automakers like Toyota, Nissan, Ford and Chevrolet learned that when the revolutionary sixth-generation Sonata went on sale in 2010 as a 2011 model.
Under the Hood: How to jump and 83-year-old Model A Ford 09-08-2014
Q: I am reaching out to you as a last resort with a vexing but widespread problem. My problem is what to do when you need to jump-start an antique car (1931 Model A Ford) with a 6VDC system when the contributor auto is a modern 12VDC automobile.
Auto review: Volvo's debut of new XC90 sets course for automaker's rebirth 09-02-2014
For the first time in four years — an eternity in the car business — Volvo has debuted an all-new vehicle, one that sets the course for a dramatic rebirth of the safety-oriented automaker.
Larry Printz: When it comes to music, truckers have the right idea 09-02-2014
For those who must hit the road as a way to make a living, music is a panacea to pass the time, even as that fast ride on the freeway slows to crawl. No matter our frustrations, traffic and the thrill of the road always seem to captivate us.
Mark Phelan: New Cadillac SRX coming in 2015 to keep up with competitors 09-02-2014
Amid General Motors’ confirmation of things we already knew — that Cadillac will add a new super-luxury sedan in 2015 to compete with the Audi A8, BMW 7-series, Mercedes S-class and Lexus LS — don’t lose sight of the brand’s greater challenge: Catching up in the luxury SUV market.
Motoring Q&A: Yes, you'll need four new tires 09-02-2014
Q: I just read your article "Wrong tire size is not a solution," where you advised that tires should all be the same size on a Jeep Liberty.
Auto review: 1025 Lincoln MKC packs luxury onto small frame 09-02-2014
The four-star 2015 Lincoln MKC all-wheel drive is a fine little SUV and a somewhat larger leap of faith.
Under the Hood: Insist garage take second look 09-02-2014
Q: I have a 2009 Saturn Aura with 94,500 miles on it. A few weeks ago, the check engine came on, and has stayed on.
Auto Review: Chrysler roars back with all-new 200 09-02-2014
It’s been a long time since Chrysler has built a car worth smiling about. But on a recent visit to Los Angeles, Chrysler CEO Al Gardner couldn’t stop grinning as he leaned against his company’s all-new 200 sedan.
Motoring Q&A: Overfilling tank can indeed cause issues 08-25-2014
Q: My wife’s 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan will not let us add gas to it. At best, I need to fill it painfully slowly. I have a feeling it has to do with the EVAP system.
Auto review: Kia veering into luxury market 08-25-2014
Cut-rate Kias once sang solely in the key of cheap. Coarse plastic creaked and squeaked over bumps. Suspension pieces clunked and clanged darkly somewhere underneath, giving the cars a slightly haunted feel.
Under the Hood: Have patience before ditching Golf 08-25-2014
Q: My daughter has a 2002 Volkswagen Golf facing a smog check by next month. It didn't pass because its catalytic converter apparently needs more mileage to register and store information from the monitors.
Auto review: Cadillac Escalade all new for 2015 08-25-2014
The Cadillac Escalade, a favorite full-size premium SUV among many, got a complete makeover for 2015, entering its fourth generation with more luxury, versatility and fuel-efficiency.
Auto review: If you liked the 1970 Challenger, you'll love the souped-up 2014 model 08-25-2014
Hood scoops feed my gas-stained soul. I guess that makes me pretty shallow. But I would rather wrestle a flamed ‘32 high-boy down a rough road in 100-degree heat than cruise a smooth interstate in a luxo Benz or Bimmer.
Mark Phelan: Collectible car insurer started as a basement hobby 08-18-2014
Frank Hagerty was looking for a hobby, something to do in his retirement, but the business he started in his Michigan basement became the world’s largest insurer of collectible cars and wooden boats.
Auto review: Subaru revs up tech, safety and style of Legacy, Outback 08-18-2014
For decades, Subaru’s all-wheel-drive vehicles have delivered people to the trail head, campground and ski slope safely. Now the brand is turning to technology to give drivers an extra measure of security.
Larry Printz: Even cars suffer from marriage problems 08-18-2014
Wall Street loves a merger. When two companies getting together, economies of scale can yield greater profits and eliminate a competition, and the costs that come with it
Motoring Q&A: Wrong size tire certainly not OK 08-18-2014
Q: My co-worker had a flat left front tire on her 2002 Jeep Liberty. She had no spare, and the service station didn't have her size.
Auto review: 2015 Genesis marks dawn of new Hyundai era 08-18-2014
When Hyundai unleashed the 2009 Genesis, its first upscale sedan in the United States, it possessed a typical Hyundai trait: a bargain price when compared to the competition.
Under the Hood: Gas tank, wheel bearing issues 08-18-2014
Q: When I reach about a half tank of gas with my 2006 Hyundai Azera 3.8 engine, the gas gauge goes down to empty and the low fuel light comes on.
Auto review: 2015 Tundra proves Toyota is getting serious about trucks 08-11-2014
Not a single electric spark fell from the overtly orange Toyota Tundra shading most of my driveway. Hallelujah. This was absolutely not another halo-hybrid from some automaker determined to save us from ourselves, I smartly concluded.
Mark Phelan: It's too late to make play for Chrysler 08-11-2014
Suddenly it seems like everybody wants Chrysler. It’s too late, though. Only Fiat had the guts and vision to rescue the smallest of the Detroit 3 from the Great Recession.
Motoring Q&A: Save money on troubleshooting and towing by following these tips 08-11-2014
Q: Code P0172 came up in my 2010 Chevy Malibu. The dealer charged me $100 to troubleshoot the code. I
Auto Review: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 Matic wants to drive you into the future 08-11-2014
BMW may be the ultimate driving machine, but Mercedes-Benz is working on the ultimate driverless machine.
Under the Hood: The Atkinson cycle and nitrogen-filled tires 08-11-2014
Q: I am a casual follower of the automobile industry. I am curious about the Atkinson cycle and variable valve timing as they relate to efficiency (increased mpg) improvements.
Auto review: 2014 Honda Civic Si still struts but needs a bit more stride 08-11-2014
Humble Hondas never wear purple. They celebrate sensibility — kind of like the guy down the street who dons goggles and elbow-length rubber gloves to pull weeds.
Auto review: Volvo V60 wagon packs more fun 08-04-2014
Consider Volvo’s 2015 V60 station wagon penance for all the boxy cars the company threw at us in the 1980s and ‘90s.
Auto review: Big price, little buzz for 2014 Ford Tremor 08-04-2014
Call it an F-150-minus, but with a plus-sized price. Ford introduced its 2014 Tremor sport truck to generate buzz as the current F-150 pickup enters its last few months of production, and perhaps as a preemptive strike against the new midsize Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups General Motors will introduce this fall.
Mark Phelan: End in sight for pickup towing claim game 08-04-2014
The dramatic video that shows a 2015 Ford F-150 beating Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 pickups in a towing test should include an asterisk.
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