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   Published February 15, 2019
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Ford Recalls Nearly 1.5 Million F-150s Due To Crash Concern
   Published February 14, 2019
Ford is recalling 1.48 million F-150 pickups in North America, most of those in the U.S, because they could downshift into first gear without warning.

In a statement, Ford says it’s aware of five accidents, one of which resulted in whiplash, that are linked to the problem.

The recall impacts select 2011-2013 F-150s with 6-speed automatic transmissions, the gearbox at the center of the issue.

Ford says these vehicles may experience an intermittent loss of the transmission output speed  Read More
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2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty Offers New 7.3-Liter V8
   Published February 13, 2019
Ford is rolling out its most powerful Super Duty F-Series yet. The 2020 Super Duty will launch with two new engines, including a new V8 and an upgraded Power Stroke diesel. Toss in an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, chassis upgrades, exterior and interior design updates, along with new smart technology and Ford says the 2020 model raises the bar in towing, payload and connectivity for its many HD customers that include government, petroleum and utility services.

All-New 7.3-liter  Read More
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Best-Selling Large Luxury SUVS For 2019
   Published February 13, 2019
This segment of SUVs continues to do well in America. About 1000 more large luxury SUVs were sold this January versus January 2018. The big winner was Range Rover, it doubled its sales this year from a year ago.

Here are your volume leaders that we know of, with Escalade and Navigator excluded, since neither manufacturer reports sales monthly.
Mercedes-Benz GLS: 2,007Infiniti QX80: 1,943Land Rover Range Rover: 1,651Mercedes-Benz G-Class: 427Lexus LX: 251Toyota Land Cruiser: 114  Read More
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Chicago Auto Show Is Going On Now
   Published February 13, 2019
There is still time to check out the Chicago Auto Show which runs through Monday, Feb. 18, Presidents Day, at McCormick Place. This year marks the show’s 111thth year and nearly 20 vehicles made their debut during the show’s 2019 media preview including:
2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia 2019 Cadillac XT5 Sport 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD 2019 Chrysler Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition 2019 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson by Tuscany2020 GMC Sierra HD 2020 Kia Sportage 2020 Land Rover Range Rover  Read More
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Ram 1500 Debuts New Multi-Function Tailgate
   Published February 13, 2019
The tailgate wars are heating up between Ram Truck and GMC. Ram just unveiled a new multifunction tailgate for the Ram 1500. It’s to compete with the Sierra’s MultiPro tailgate.

New Ram 1500 Multifunction TailgateIn addition to retaining the capabilities of a fully dampened, drop-down tailgate with remote release options, the Ram multifunction tailgate adds a first-of-its-kind 60-40 split, swing-away functionality.

The tailgate’s dual-hinged doors allow for four different configurations:  Read More
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Lamborghini Urus Is The Robb Report Car Of The Year
   Published February 13, 2019
The 650p-horsepower Lamborghini Urus is the Robb Report’s 2019 Car of the Year.

The 17th year of the luxury and sports car competition pitted 10 cars against each other. (You can see them all here.) The winning vehicle was chosen by a panel of more than 200 judges. Select readers were invited to test-drive the vehicles at an invitation-only event that took place in Napa, California as well as Boca Raton,.Florida.

Nine groups, averaging 20 judges each – included musician Curtis “50  Read More
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U.S. News 2019 Best Cars For The Money
   Published February 13, 2019
Quality and value are two musts on our list when it comes to shopping for a new car at places like the Chicago Auto Show. That’s also where U.S. News & World Report recently handed out its 2019 Best Cars for the Money awards.

The awards cover 14 automotive categories and highlight vehicles that provide consumers with the best combination of quality and value. The winners are scored on data-driven rankings, along with ownership and pricing info.

One glance at the list and you’ll quickly  Read More
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Weekly Recalls: Porsche, Ford/Lincoln, Tesla, Ferrari
   Published February 13, 2019
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NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V898000

Manufacturer Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Components STEERING

Potential Number of Units Affected 17,667

SummaryPorsche Cars North America, Inc. (Porsche) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Porsche Panamera, Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera Turbo, Panamera 4S Executive, Panamera Turbo Executive, 2018 Panamera 4 Executive, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive, Panamera S E-Hybrid Executive, Panamera 4  Read More
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Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition Sells Out Hours After Pre-Orders Open
   Published February 13, 2019
If you were hoping to get your hands on a limited 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition that recently debuted at the Chicago Auto Show, it will be something of a challenge. Mazda is only as of now sending 500 to the U.S. and those were snagged quickly during U.S. pre-orders.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary EditionThe 30th Anniversary Miata MX-5 Edition celebrates the roadster’s 30th decade on the road and in that timeframe more than 1 million of them have been sold.   Read More
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Frigid Weather Decreases EV Range Dramatically, Study Finds
   Published February 13, 2019
Electric vehicle range can be impacted drastically by extreme temperatures, according to a new study from the American Automobile Association. It’s especially true when using the car heater during frigid temps, but hot weather has an impact, too. Using either the car’s heating or A/C system can reduce range and result in the need to charge more often. Both are things drivers should keep in mind when they head out on the road in those conditions.

Extreme Temps Decrease EV RangeHere is a  Read More
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2019 Ram Chassis Cab With New Limited Trim Makes Debut
   Published February 7, 2019
Hot on the heels of revealing the new Ram Super Duty lineup in Detroit, Ram is showing off its new Ram Heavy-Duty 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab at the Chicago Auto Show. The 2019 model-year brings changes to the Cummins Diesel engine, a new sharkfin antenna and a new top of the line luxury trim to the lineup.

New Limited ModelFour trim levels are offered on the 2019 Ram Chassis Cab: Tradesman, SLT, Laramie and the new top-of-the-line Limited. It adds even more luxury touches than the  Read More
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700-Horse Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Details
   Published February 6, 2019
Ford is rolling out its most powerful street-legal Ford ever with a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 producing more than 700 horsepower.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500Arriving this fall to join the Shelby GT350, the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is engineered to attack on all fronts. On the drag strip, a projected 700-plus horsepower delivers blistering straight-line performance via its first-in-class dual-clutch transmission. At the track, performance improves even more thanks to its race-bred chassis,  Read More
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2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE Offers 10-Speed Automatic
   Published February 6, 2019
The 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE — the fastest, most track-capable Camaro ever — will offer an available 10-speed automatic transmission beginning later this month.

2019 Camaro ZL1 1LEDuring development, Chevy engineers pushed the limits of the automatic transmission to be more than one half second faster than the standard manual on General Motors’ 2.9-mile Milford Road Course. In fact, on longer tracks like the Nürburgring where you can take advantage of the lightning-quick shifts and all 10 gears,  Read More
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2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition
   Published February 6, 2019
Nissan is rolling out the 2019 Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition. Available on either the SV or SL grades, it’s designed to emphasize the Pathfinder’s rugged heritage.

Pathfinder Rock Creek EditionThe Rock Creek Edition package is an option in both 2-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations, and in a choice of seven available exterior colors. It goes on sale this spring with a package price of $995.

It features unique dark 18-inch wheels with 255/60R18 all-season tires, black mesh grille,  Read More
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Auto Industry Winners And Losers in January 2019
   Published February 6, 2019
As I have told you, as a car company, you are judged by the last month’s sales results versus the same month of the prior year.

Here are your automakers that were up or down 5% or more from last January, again not including General Motors.

WINNERS:Ram up 23.75%
Jaguar up 17.3%
Land Rover up 14.57%
Acura up 9.61%
Volvo up 5.29%

LOSERS:Fiat down 38.89%
Alfa Romeo down 20.22%
Mercedes-Benz down 24.93%
Genesis down 24.12%
Smart down 20.95%
Nissan down 19.9%
Mazda down 19.7%
Mini  Read More
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Automaker Ads Score Big During Super Bowl
   Published February 6, 2019
The Big Game was not only a fierce competition between the top two professional football teams, it was also a battleground for the five automakers that ran a combined six commercials during the game on Sunday, tallying six minutes and 30 seconds in total airtime, at a reported 5.5 million dollars per 30 seconds.

Cars.com analyzed site traffic throughout the evening to determine which auto ads generated the greatest amount of online car-shopping activity during game time. The results show a  Read More
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Best-Selling SUVs Of All Sizes For 2019
   Published February 6, 2019
The SUV craze continues for 2019. We don’t have a good picture, however, because General Motors does not report sales except quarterly, and although Ford released total numbers, we don’t have a breakdown by model, so you won’t see those numbers either.

Kicking off 2019 SUV sales at the top of the list is Honda CR-V, which hasn’t been there in a while. CR-V had a gain of almost 20% versus January of 2018. Nissan Rogue was off 28% from a year ago, primarily due to a cutback in incentives.   Read More
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January 2019 National Auto Sales Results
   Published February 6, 2019
January sales are all said and done, and when all the sales were tallied, except General Motors that doesn’t report monthly, the industry was down 1%. I really thought it would be worse than that due to the cold weather that gripped the country right at the end of the month when sales surge.

Ford had said it would only report sales quarterly beginning this year, however, it appears the numbers got out somehow. We’ll see what happens at the end of February.

In total, 1,147,000 new  Read More
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Boeing Tests Autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle
   Published February 6, 2019
Boeing successfully completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype in Manassas, Virginia. Boeing NeXt, which leads the company's urban air mobility efforts, utilized Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences to design and develop the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and will continue testing to advance the safety and reliability of on-demand autonomous air transportation.

The PAV prototype completed a controlled takeoff, hover and  Read More