Q: In response to the reader who complained about sun blindness, I use something called Battle Visors when the sun is low, and they really help. Forget what I paid, but I think around $10.
Remember the Nissan Pathfinder? You know, the 2012 model, the one that was a true SUV. Its 310-horsepower V-8 could tow your house down the block if necessary. But that changed for 2013, when it was recast from a rugged rock crawler to a suburban road warrior, exchanging its muddy boots and …
The new "hands-free" driving system from Lexus isn’t really hands free, but that doesn’t mean the luxury brand’s Teammate driving assistant doesn’t work. It does exactly what Toyota wants it to do. What’s interesting is how different that is from what General Motors, Ford and Tesla expect fr…
DETROIT — He plotted to steal up to $1.5 million in union dues, and the money he diverted was spent on golf clubs, vacation homes, booze and lavish meals, fostering a culture of corruption within the United Auto Workers union.
Toyota will add a sporty version of its 4Runner midsize SUV for this fall, with adaptive shock absorbers to improve on-road comfort and handling.
Q: It should be clarified, in my opinion, that analog AM radio as we currently know it will soon be extinct, but there is an option for stations to convert to digital AM that was recently approved by the FCC. Also, some AM stations are currently using the HD FM format to transmit signals. In…
Does the world need another SUV? It just might, if you ask Sir Jim Ratcliff, a 4x4 enthusiast who always loved the Land Rover Defender, a basic, no-thrills British-built SUV that had proved its worth for decades in war and peace, in Botswana and Belgravia.
If I were shopping for my first car today? My Neanderthal tastes haven’t progressed much since I was a 22 year old exiting college in 1984. Back then, I wanted speed, speed, speed. And some hatchback utility.
Subaru just staked out the high ground — literally, a hilltop atop a 40-degree incline of soft, shifting sand — as some of America’s favorite SUVs race to bolster their off-road credentials.
An Emmy-winning former Disney designer helped develop the Jeep Wagoneer. A University of Pennsylvania grad wants a future without car accidents. And Ford Motor Co.'s software engineers help to tap the monetary potential of data.
General Motors said Thursday it is now able to increase vehicle deliveries to its dealers and customers in the United States and Canada despite a massive shortage of semiconductor chips, and that means most of its U.S. assembly plants will not take traditional summer shutdown.
LEXINGTON, Ohio — “Yahooooo!” yelled Helio Castroneves as we hit 117 mph in the new Acura TLX Type S on the back straight of the Mid-Ohio race course. Hard on the Brembo brakes, he crested blind Turn 9, then flattened the throttle. “Love the grip!” he said of Acura’s signature, sophisticated…
Q: After reading today's column and in light of your ongoing efforts to get people to crack open their owner's manuals, I thought you might enjoy this story. When I took delivery of a German sports car, the salesman advised me there was no break-in period required and that customers routinel…
After years banging its head on the wall trying to convince American drivers to buy small cars, Volkswagen tried something novel a couple of years ago: selling what we wanted, not what the German automaker felt like building.
The global semiconductor shortage that has idled plant after plant and delayed product launches by long-established automakers comes in a year when several electric vehicle startups hope to launch their own vehicles.
Q: I live in Las Vegas and must replace my 12-volt battery every three years because of the heat. Will I have to worry about this with the electric cars? Batteries don't come cheap and the new ones are probably more expensive than the current ones.
Well, you just knew the mad scientists at Stellantis had this up their sleeve. First came the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Then the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat family sedan. Followed by the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk family SUV.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Genesis has always tried to set itself apart in the luxury automotive brands with dealers coming to their clients’ home or office, whether to bring a car to test drive or pick up a car for service. Since the Pandemic, these services have expanded even more, according t…
MADISON — A bill circulated Monday in the Wisconsin Legislature by state Sen. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, and state Rep. Adam Neylon, R-Pewaukee, would allow electric vehicle manufacturers to sell their vehicles directly to consumers.
DEARBORN, Mich. — A new electric version of Ford's immensely popular F-150 pickup truck might just be the catalyst that hastens America's transition from gasoline to battery-powered vehicles.
Does Aston Martin have more lives than a cat? It’s a company that nearly went bankrupt for the eighth time in 2020, but didn’t, thanks to a restructuring and a cash infusion by both Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll and Daimler AG, which increased its equity stake to 20 percent, up from 2…
BMW’s biggest — and arguably most luxurious — vehicle got bigger and more expensive for 2021, and the BMW Alpina XB7 took off like a cryptocurrency food truck in Venmo's parking lot.
Q: I was beginning my quadrennial car search. I've had 11 Volvos since 1974 and I'm looking to replace my 2016 XC70 with another Volvo (I might be in a rut), probably the V60 XC. Did I hear my dealer correctly that the 2021's do not have AM radio built into the standard audio system? How do …
I grew up in the back of a blue 1960s Buick station wagon. Bench rear seats. Steering column-mounted shifter. Rear-wheel drive. Turned like a cruise ship.
BELVIDERE, Ill. — Some 1,600 jobs are being cut at a Jeep Cherokee factory in northern Illinois as automakers continue being plagued by the global shortage of semiconductors.
Q: I recently bought a new 2021 Mazda SUV. The color is white, and at the time I thought that was what I wanted. But now I am not so sure. I am going to keep the vehicle but feel that I would like it to be a different color. Is it OK to repaint a new car? Would the paint job work, or would t…
It’s the old good news/bad news scenario. The economy appears to be rebounding after its coronavirus-induced recession. The bad news it’s causing a spike in fuel prices, now surpassing $3 a gallon. Nationwide, prices averaged $2.927 a gallon, according to the AAA. That’s an increase of nearl…
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson might have been designed after the jagged edges of the Santa Catalina Mountains that surround the compact SUV's Arizona namesake. Or the chiseled stones that flood the street markets of Tucson's annual Gem and Mineral Show. Or maybe the Lamborghini Aventador's dramati…
Dennis Williams, who once led one of the most powerful labor unions in the United States as president of the UAW, is heading to prison for his role in the long-running corruption probe.
GRAFTON — Kevin Arneson and Thomas Fredrickson won the 28th annual ADAMM Technicians of Tomorrow contest which was held at the Greater Milwaukee International Auto Show last week.
DETROIT — The U.S. government's auto safety agency is investigating multiple complaints about steering failures that could affect more than 1.1 million Honda Accord sedans.
Honda revealed a bigger and better-equipped 2022 Civic compact sedan Wednesday evening, adding new levels of technology and a new company-wide infotainment interface to the 11th generation of one of America’s favorite cars.
Q: I recently was gifted a 1979 Negrini moped. It has a 49cc, two-cycle engine. After some extensive cleaning it appears to be in good condition. The owner’s manual calls for the gas oil mix to use 20 weight motor oil. (20 weight is also used in the transmission). I have not been able to loc…
Rural Michigan is pickup country. Huge Ford F-250s towing equipment. Laden Silverados hustling to service jobs. Gorgeous Ram trucks prowling construction sites. And macho pickups of all stripes with big tires, menacing hood scoops and lifted suspensions eager to go beyond where the asphalt ends.
The new Kia Carnival minivan wants you to know that it's good looking. It's a minivan thing, I get it. Minivans are insecure next to their high-riding, muscular SUV peers. So Carnival has raided its hot Telluride and Sorento siblings' closets to outfit itself with a big grille, boxy stance a…
Paying inflated prices for simple auto repair jobs. Using cheap parts for repairs. Selling useless extended warranties. Charging higher-than-necessary interest rates for loans.
AUSTIN, Texas — In a world where the unthinkable now seems commonplace, Jeep has gone and given the iconic Wrangler a serious dose of green cred in the form of the hybrid-electric Wrangler 4xe (four-by-E), to be followed by a Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe later this year.
The global semiconductor shortage continues to crimp production at Stellantis, but the company's chief financial officer sees some upside to the impact on vehicle inventories that could continue beyond the immediate crisis.
Postponed this winter by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chicago Auto Show will return in July to its longtime McCormick Place home.
WASHINGTON — A top Senate Democrat is urging U.S. anti-pollution standards that would follow a deal brokered by California with five automakers and then set targets to end sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, a goal that reaches farther than President Joe Biden’s climate plan.
The Aston Martin Rapide is the most beautiful sedan in the world. So it's no surprise the Brit brand's first SUV, the DBX, is a stunner. Now that's how you pen a ute.
A simple tip from the engineers who develop and test electric vehicles can reduce or eliminate one of owners’ biggest concerns: The effect cold weather has on electric vehicles’ driving range.
If you follow the markets, it was hard not to notice that the leading stock indices suffered a sudden, vertigo-inducing plunge in the middle of Thursday's trading day, with the Dow Jones industrial average giving up almost 300 points in the space of a few minutes.
Q: The Illinois Tollway recently announced that cash tolls will no longer be used. People who don't have a transponder and/or out-of-staters must pay within 14 days. And they must figure out what they owe. My question: Why doesn't the tollway use machines that accept credit cards? The whole …
Hyundai’s long-awaited Santa Cruz pickup has finally broken cover, and it largely stays true to the scene-stealing concept that was a hit at the 2015 North American International Auto show. The production model will measure 195.7 inches long — 15 to 17 inches less than midsize pickups like t…
TUCSON, Ariz. — Anonymity, it seems is dead. In this era of Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, we are all content creators, stars for 15 seconds, if only because no one has the patience anymore to sit through a whole 15 minutes.
DETROIT — For President Joe Biden to reach his ambitious goal of slashing America’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, huge reductions would have to come from someplace other than one of the worst culprits: Auto tailpipes.
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