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Holman Enterprises had booked four straight monthly profits for its Flexdrive vehicle subscription business and had a growing customer base, almost a third of which drove for ride-hailing services. But in November, insurance cost for the service almost doubled. Back to the drawing board. Subscription programs, whether initiated by automakers or retailers, bundle insurance, maintenance
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LONDON — Jaguar Land Rover is pausing production of the Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover due to a shortage of battery cells. JLR said it has adjusted production schedules of the model due to temporary supplier scheduling issues. “We are working with the supplier to resolve this and minimize impact on customer orders,” JLR said. JLR did
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By Joey Klender Posted on February 13, 2020 Diesel vehicles are emitting more cancer-causing particles than ever. This is solidifying the fact that cars operating on diesel fuel are not only detrimental to the environment, but also to human health, directly. This is despite the fact that some automakers have stated diesel fuel is clean-burning
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FRANKFURT — Ford has cut production of the Fiesta small hatchback at its plant in Cologne, Germany, in reaction to factors including a drop in UK sales. The model is the best-selling car in Europe’s second largest market. Ford will reduce Fiesta production to four days a week, down from five, at the plant in
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Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama is revising some of its old designs, but with new technology, for use on classic cars. “Tire design and manufacturing techniques have evolved significantly over the last 50 years or so,” David Seward, managing director of Yokohama HPT Ltd., is quoted in the company’s announcement. “With the launch of our hobby
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The 2020 Acura RLX is often overlooked by luxury sedan shoppers, but its merits shine through for those who do some digging. For its potent hybrid option, great safety record, and relative value, we give it 6.7 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate cars.) For 2020, the RLX is unchanged from
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Based on recent sales figures, not many people want a Lincoln MKZ or Continental. But the brand’s dealer council hopes executives don’t cut bait just yet. “The council continues to talk to the company about still needing to be in the sedan business,” Tom Lynch, chairman of the Lincoln National Dealer Council, told Automotive News.
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Nissan will boost its marketing outlays by nearly 60 percent from last year and more than double the dealer sales-volume bonuses to help drive foot traffic at stores and lift dealer profitability. The financially embattled automaker is facing rebellion from dealers, some of whom are walking away from the sales incentive program after Nissan decoupled
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There probably aren’t many people who remember the last time Cadillac offered a diesel engine option for its coupe and sedans. Yes, for a brief period from 1978 to 1985 buyers could look forward to—if that’s the right perspective—a factory-installed oil burner borrowed from Oldsmobile in their Cadillac luxobarges. The 5.7-liter LF9 V-8 diesel could be had
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Two former vice presidents of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford Motor Co. are joining automotive consulting company Motormindz Inc. Steve Beahm, former senior vice president and head of Maserati, passenger-car brands and Mopar at FCA, and Joe Bakaj, Ford’s former global powertrain vice president, joined Motormindz effective Feb. 1, the company said in a statement
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Not even Forrest Gump’s Army pal Bubba could have come up with frunk shrimp. But Ford Motor Co. insists that chilled seafood is a perfect snack for tailgaters to enjoy from the front trunk of a Mustang Mach-E. The electric crossover includes a 4.8-cubic-foot underhood storage compartment that Ford says can function as a 36-gallon
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The 2020 Kia K900 has all the luxury-sedan charms a four-door can muster—but it’s still a relative unknown. Perhaps the only reason it’s not immensely popular with buyers is the three-letter badge on the hood. With its top-notch quality, amply strong powertrain, and relative value, we give it 7.4 out of 10 overall. (Read more
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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story, which also appeared on Page 20 of the Feb. 10 issue, incorrectly characterized the trajectory of TrueCar’s dealership customer count. The company has added dealership customers in recent years. Third-party vehicle listings sites, which helped change auto retail more than two decades ago with the advent of online
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The electrified pickup-truck space technically doesn’t even exist yet, and already it’s passed up niche status for full-on, high-stakes warzone billing. Companies like Tesla, Rivian, Bollinger, and Hummer have all promised to bring out new trucks imminently—although none are for sale yet—and now they’re joined by a new would-be, not-yet-real competitor, the Nikola Badger.  Unlike the other
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