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PLANO, Texas — For years, Lexus dealers and brand leaders have admitted that the weakest link across the Japanese luxury brand’s lineup has been right there at their fingertips. Whether it was a joystick or unwieldy touchpad, the center console-mounted controls for the brand’s lackluster infotainment system have hurt its vehicles with reviewers and customers,
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Considering the compact 2022 Ford Maverick and midsize 2021 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks are in two different classes, this breakdown of the specifications is not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison. What these Ford and Honda trucks share in common, however, are construction methods. Rather than traditional body-on-frame construction, the Maverick and Ridgeline both rest on car-like unibody bones.
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LOS ANGELES — Last year was rough on automakers as they struggled to maintain production and keep up with surprisingly strong demand. It was particularly rough on luxury upstart Genesis, whose U.S. sales plunged 23 percent to just more than 16,000. The Hyundai Motor Group brand began 2020 with a splashy Miami debut of its
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Despite a precipitous drop in travel, pedestrians are dying in increasing numbers across the United States. Highway safety officials say speeding motorists and diminished traffic enforcement may be driving an increase in pedestrian fatalities that’s reached historic proportions during the pandemic. Approximately 6,721 died in 2020, according to estimates from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
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Diecast car collecting has been around for over five decades, but in recent years has seen a pretty significant upswing—and with it a wave of customizers that pride themselves in dissecting and personalizing these 1/64-scale specimens. Meet Jun Imai, an artist, diecast customizing wizard, dedicated car enthusiast with an admitted obsession with Japanese cars of yesteryear,
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The latest forces to rock used-car values this spring have also shaken some dealers’ use of various vehicle pricing tools on the market. Leaders at Kelley Blue Book, Black Book and J.D. Power say they’ve invested in technology, increased the pace of valuation reports and added more retail transaction data to their calculations to help
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Volkswagen Jetta Full Overview Debuting for 2019, Volkswagen’s current A7-generation Jetta represented a meaningful step forward for a nameplate that had lost some of its luster over its previous few iterations. It impressed us enough, in fact, to earn a third-place ranking among compact sedans in our MotorTrend Ultimate Car Rankings. How’s it holding up
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DETROIT — Ex-UAW President Gary Jones was sentenced Thursday to 28 months in federal prison for stealing millions from auto workers to live a lavish lifestyle of golf, cigars and fine liquor. Jones, 63, is the second consecutive union leader to be put behind bars, following his predecessor, Dennis Williams, who last month was sentenced
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LOS ANGELES — Honda is previewing the redesigned Civic hatchback prior to its June 23 global debut with a new teaser image. The hatch is based on the 11th-generation Civic compact sedan that debuted in late April. The 2022 Civic hatchback will be built in the U.S. for the first time at Honda’s Greensburg, Ind.,
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Tesla Inc. has parted ways with Jerome Guillen, a 10-year veteran who most recently served as president of heavy trucking and was one of four top executives running the company including CEO Elon Musk. Guillen left the company June 3, according to a regulatory filing Monday. He was a top lieutenant to Musk and the
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For 2021, Kia adds some new standard features to its late-arriving electric vehicle—and that’s pretty much it. The Niro isn’t exactly topping any sales charts, so a car that’s mostly a carryover makes sense. The new standard features include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (the previous car made do with a wired iteration of
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DETROIT — General Motors on Monday will expand its OnStar Guardian safety app to non-GM owners to help anyone with a smartphone connect with family and friends and quickly access emergency services. “Up until now, [OnStar] has been aboard GM vehicles enabled by the OnStar module,” Santiago Chamorro, GM vice president of global connected services,
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A new book on Carlos Ghosn, Collision Course: Carlos Ghosn and the Culture Wars That Upended an Auto Empire, will be published on June 22. It is co-written by Asia Editor Hans Greimel, who has covered Ghosn since joining Automotive News in 2007. This first of two excerpts focuses on the immediate aftermath of Ghosn’s
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PLANO, Texas — As automakers large and small rush into the battery-electric business, they face what may be an even trickier issue than where they’re going to get all their batteries: setting residual values on vehicles without a lot of history. For companies with captive finance arms such as Toyota — which will reenter the
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