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OJAI, Calif. — Customers looking for a more spruced-up Subaru Legacy are in luck. That’s because with the 2020 model year redesign, Subaru of America added a Touring trim to the midsize sedan, an offering that was previously unavailable on the nameplate. Sitting atop the Legacy trim range is now the Touring XT, which comes
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DETROIT — Before the Jeep Gladiator’s spring launch, Fiat Chrysler’s Mopar unit predicted the midsize pickup would supplant the venerable Jeep Wrangler in accessory sales. After a few months on the market, it’s done just that. Mopar said Gladiator buyers spend an average of around $1,000 per vehicle on accessories, topping Wrangler purchasers, who shell
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ATLANTA — Porsche says its first full-electric car, the Taycan, is built to drive and feel like the brand’s flagship 911 sports car. Taycan designers have applied that mandate to the dashboard — with a twist. The dash is based on Porsche’s iconic 911, but redesigned for the 21st century. Its most notable design difference
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The past couple of years have brought a surge in new car companies, nearly all focused on the electric vehicle space. Meet Polestar, the latest newcomer to join the fray. The Swedish performance electric startup and Volvo affiliate will launch its halo vehicle in the U.S. this fall. The Polestar 1 is a 600-hp, carbon-fiber-clad,
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The relationship between dealers and automakers has often been fraught with friction, with automakers essentially occupying the driver’s seat. But a true partnership might emerge in a not-too-distant future shaped by the disruptive forces of technology and growing competition. A report commissioned by the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association offers a picture of what automotive retailing
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The government is pumping nearly £40m into improving the infrastructure for electric vehicles despite a sharp drop in hybrid car sales. The Department for Transport will invest in UK engineering to “transform” the network of electric charge points. Wireless charging and “pop-up” pavement technology are among the investments being made. Sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles
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50 with Nissan David Ray, third from left, president of Bill Ray Nissan in Longwood, Fla., receives a 50-year award from Drew Starke, second from left, Nissan North America dealer operations manager, and Mike Cook, right, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. financial services manager. Also pictured is Brian Ray, executive vice president.
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There’s a big difference between Ford and FORD. One is a 116-year-old automaker that’s worth about $36 billion. The other is a Florida company that makes medical monitoring systems and has a market cap of just $10 million. But careless investors can confuse the two entities because “FORD” is the NASDAQ ticker symbol for Forward
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Japanese car giant Nissan has said it will cut 12,500 jobs around the world, more than double the amount previously announced. It will reduce its production capacity and the number of models it produces by 10% by the end of 2022, but it did not say where the cuts will fall. It comes as the
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TEL AVIV, Israel — U.S. lawmakers and European safety regulators are considering rules that could mandate “child presence detection” systems aimed at avoiding hot-car deaths of unattended children. That has suppliers scrambling to develop new systems for automakers, according to interviews with several high-tech suppliers at a recent industry conference here. “Everybody is looking at
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The number of unsold vehicles in the U.S. was at its lowest point in 12 months, starting August at an estimated 3,798,400 vehicles, but thanks to a weaker selling rate, the days’ supply figure associated with that inventory — 71 days — is the highest it’s been on Aug. 1 for more than 27 years.
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Audi will bring a sportback version of its fully electric e-tron along with a smaller crossover while it continues to freshen its portfolio of sedans and coupes. However, the direction in Ingolstadt, Germany, has gotten a bit confusing as of late when it comes to the future of the luxury brand’s small two-seat sport coupe,
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The Urban Science study in the Tech Talk story on this page seems to confirm what many of us know: Most people still want to see a vehicle before buying it. That’s obviously good news for dealers. A comment from Darwin Automotive CEO Phillip Battista and my experience last month put into perspective both the
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Nissan has been vowing for two decades to get serious about the American full-size pickup market with a product that challenged Ford, Chevrolet and Ram. But the Japanese automaker is now taking a step back — a reminder that challenging mighty Detroit’s pickups isn’t so easy. Nissan told its U.S. dealers last week that it
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While much of the auto industry steers away from the evaporating sedan market in the U.S., Nissan is accelerating toward it with product reboots. Nissan this month unveiled a redesigned Versa subcompact — now bigger in proportion, bolder in design and bundled with technology typically found in more upscale vehicles. Meanwhile, a freshened Nissan Sentra
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — In his hospitality suite overlooking the manicured Michigan bayside resort where hundreds of auto industry thought leaders gather each year to consider the future, consultant Dietmar Ostermann is reassuringly upbeat. “U.S. GDP has been growing at between 2 and 3 percent,” said Ostermann, U.S. automotive advisory leader for PwC. “That’s fantastic.
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TEMPE, Ariz. — The roadside memorial looks like thousands of others that appear on streets across America. Two small crosses, a balloon, faded flowers. A note that reads, “I love you, Mom.” I don’t know why, but I expected more. A plaque that signifies the importance of the location, a larger bouquet of flowers, a
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Some of the UK’s newest and most popular cars are at risk of being stolen in seconds by exploiting weaknesses in keyless entry systems. The systems let drivers open and start their cars without taking their key out of their pocket. What Car? magazine tested seven different car models fitted with keyless entry and start
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Korean supplier of interior components has a product that shares a key similarity with midcentury home den paneling. Seoyon has developed parts that have a cork finish. Instead of being able to have only wood in a vehicle’s interior, the supplier is positioning its cork-finished components as an eco-friendly, sustainable option that offers a high-end
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One of the design briefs for the new Chevrolet Corvette was to ensure it can carry luggage and other bulky items, even as it appeals to its traditional sports car customers. Corvette engineers carved out room in front of the car and in the rear, just behind the engine, for two trunks that hold a
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