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Toyota will test how much of the consumer shift away from sedans is because of the added security of all-wheel-drive systems found on most crossovers as the Japanese automaker adds an optional fuel-efficient awd system to its Camry and Avalon sedans next year. The awd version of the midsize Camry will be the model’s first
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BERLIN – Elon Musk told an award ceremony crowd that Tesla Inc. plans to build its next factory near the German capital of Berlin, sending a stark message to some of the world’s most prestigious automakers that he’s headed for their home turf. The electric-car maker also will establish an engineering and design center in Berlin
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Pros: Great handling Upgraded seats Thrilling performance Cons: Autopilot needs work Screen-centric controls Road and tire noise The Model 3 we received back then was an early production model with the long-range battery (310 miles) and rear-wheel-drive traction. Although we enjoyed its excellent driving dynamics, we criticized its seating position for rear passengers and were
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TORONTO — Pierre Boutin, the head of Volkswagen France, will lead the automaker’s Canadian operations beginning Jan. 1, VW Group Canada said Monday. Boutin, a Canadian citizen who was previously the head of VW in Russia, follows Daniel Weissland as CEO of VW Canada. Weissland was named president of Audi of America on Sept. 1,
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Satisfies roadster cravings Great inline-six Soft top > hard top Sticker shock Muddled design Stressed turbo-four BMW‘s all-new Z4 roadster enjoys a heritage that dates to 1956 in the gorgeous BMW 507. Beginning officially with the low-volume Z1 in 1989 and skipping right over the nonexistent Z2, the Z models began in earnest with the
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SPRINGDALE, Utah — There’s a batch of consumers who’ve been clamoring for a diesel-powered Wrangler for a long time. Kevin Metz, the Wrangler’s senior brand manager, joined the Jeep team 15 years ago and remembers two main questions coming from the public: When will Jeep bring out a pickup, and when will Wrangler get a
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Pros: Good starter car Good looks Nice interior finishes Cons: Underpowered engine Noisy interior Poor back-seat headroom Not too many economy cars offer the styling and value that the 2020 Nissan Versa does. With handsome looks and interior finishes, the Versa is a good option for college undergraduates who are looking for wheels to take
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Sometimes big SUVs require big compromises when it comes to fuel economy, ride quality, or price. But some of the largest SUVs on the market strike a good balance between these key buying criteria, while providing plenty of room for the whole family and their gear. Keep reading to learn about some of the best
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The joint-venture auto plant project between Mazda and Toyota is bringing a wave of supply chain investment to northern Alabama. Since the $1.6 billion auto plant was announced for Huntsville in 2018, several suppliers — many of them with Japanese roots — have announced their own projects in the vicinity. Five of them represent $440
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Pros: Laudable cargo capacity Cushy ride Nationwide availability Cons: Middling range Indefensibly lofty price Trails Model 3 everywhere Let’s get an uncomfortable fact out of the way: For $1,245 more than the price of an entry-level standard-range (220 miles) Tesla Model 3, the base 2019 Nissan Leaf S Plus (226 miles) looks and feels like
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DETROIT — Chevrolet executive Brian Sweeney, who helped lift the brand’s retail market share and is popular among its dealers, will become even more prominent in the retail world as General Motors’ vice president of dealer operations and innovation. Sweeney, 52, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet sales, service and marketing, will take on the newly
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BEIJING — China is considering further cuts to subsidies for electric-vehicle purchases, according to people familiar with the matter, threatening to deal another blow to a once-burgeoning industry that’s facing an unprecedented slump. Industry regulators in the world’s largest EV market have been discussing the proposal but are holding off on a decision until they
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BERLIN/WASHINGTON – Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker does not believe President Donald Trump will impose tariffs on imported European cars next week, he told Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung. “Trump is going to make some criticism, but there won’t be any auto tariffs,” Juncker told the Sueddeutsche in pre-released extracts of an interview to run in its
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LONDON — Aston Martin swung to a third-quarter loss on Thursday, as the UK automaker pins a sales revival to the launch of its first utility vehicle, the DBX. The company posted a 13.5 million-pound ($17.4 million) loss before tax in the three months to the end of September, according to an earnings statement on
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Scott Painter says Fair — the used-vehicle subscription service from which he stepped aside as CEO last week — has reached an “inflection point” that requires hard choices, including removing his brother as CFO and cutting 40 percent of Fair’s staff, to get on a path toward profitability. In a telephone interview, Painter said he
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The United States Grand Prix finished up at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas with a thrilling one-two victory for Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton needed just 8 points to make it mathematically impossible for anyone else on the grid to take this year’s driver’s championship. With his second-place finish (and 18 points),
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