When you think of actor Vin Diesel and car movies, the natural intersection of those concepts is the “Fast and Furious” franchise, but there’s another action series that weaves the two together: “xXx.” Dubbed the Flame Car, the 1967 Pontiac GTO Hardtop that recently visited Jay Leno’s Garage has been owned by Thom Sherwood since
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In a closed-door meeting at a Detroit casino two years ago, retiring UAW President Dennis Williams revealed his successor would be Gary Jones, an accountant then running the union’s western region. The resounding reaction among the union brass in the room was: Gary who? The UAW’s former chief bean counter didn’t strike anyone as a
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According to the two leading American organizations that evaluate vehicle safety, the 2019 Honda Insight is one of the safest hybrids on the road. In fact, Insight is one of the safest small cars you can buy: It received a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as
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A new debate is raging among the world’s automotive companies, and it will likely take years to sort out. Its simple question: Should electric cars be constructed differently from combustion-engine cars? Ulf Sudowe says yes. The r&d director for chassis at Spanish supplier Gestamp Automoción gives the example of the time it tested an electric
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Federal prosecutors on Friday charged Jeffery Pietrzyk, who was an assistant to former UAW-GM Department Vice President Joe Ashton, in a federal corruption probe that has widened amid contract negotiations between the union and General Motors. Pietrzyk is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors contend he conspired with other union
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LOS ANGELES — Honda is using a “what if” advertising spot on the emotional impact of a vehicle-pedestrian collision as the centerpiece of a broader marketing campaign on its commitment to safety systems. The campaign highlights features that protect not only the drivers and passengers of its vehicles, but pedestrians, cyclists and occupants of other
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BMW’s all-electric 7-Series may pack as much as 670 horsepower and offer a Tesla-topping 120 kwh battery to boot, giving BMW’s large sedan the chops necessary to compete against the next wave of luxury EVs.  Sources in Munich told BMWBlog that BMW is testing two variants of its coming electrified 7-Series, reportedly dubbed the i7.
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WASHINGTON — Two U.S. Democratic lawmakers on Thursday asked the White House to turn over documents that would show if President Donald Trump interfered or directed a Justice Department antitrust probe of four automakers that struck voluntary agreements with California to reduce tailpipe emissions, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of
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The Honda Accord is the hands-down benchmark in its segment, besting rivals with its unique combination of a smooth ride, satisfying handling, and sophisticated and spacious interior. So we’ll forgive Honda for increasing the starting price by $150 as the midsizer moves into a new model year. The 2020 Honda Accord goes on sale today
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General Motors and the UAW have made progress on labor contract negotiations, but some issues remain unresolved, Terry Dittes, vice president who oversees the union’s GM department, told members Thursday. He cautioned that negotiations could extend through the weekend and beyond. Talks were ongoing as of Thursday afternoon. More than 46,000 union members remained off
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Renault launched its first China-built electric vehicle, the Renault K-ZE, at an auto show this month in the south China city of Chengdu.  The subcompact crossover targets urban commuters and is priced from 61,800 yuan ($8,729) to 71,800 yuan after government subsidies, according to Dongfeng-Renault, Renault’s passenger vehicle joint venture with Dongfeng Motor.  The low-cost
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Toyota Century Convertible Emperor Naruhito of Japan will arrive at his official coronation ceremony in style thanks to Toyota, which supplied this one-off Century Convertible to serve as the family’s “royal parade car.” Such cars are used very rarely, Japanese Nostalgic Car reported on Thursday, and only for the most noteworthy affairs of state. The
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