Pickup trucks used to target those who are not afraid to get their hands dirty and whose routines used to include hauling large stuff, sometimes off the beaten path. With their popularity having risen considerably, though, some of today’s workhorses have been softened up, and look good inside and out. One head-turning pickup is the
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YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan is likely to terminate its Datsun brand, drop some unprofitable products and close a number of assembly lines worldwide as it seeks to boost profits by getting smaller, two company sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Known internally as the “performance recovery plan,” the proposed steps mark a sharp
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Regardless of trim, the 2020 Subaru Forester is well-equipped and an exceptional value among compact crossovers.  Like last year, the 2020 Forester is available in base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring trim levels. It costs $25,505 to start, including destination, for a 2020 Forester base version with an automatic transmission. The top 2020 Forester Touring
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. doesn’t yet have a long-range electric vehicle on the market, but it’s working to woo on-the-fence consumers by rolling out plans for a robust charging infrastructure. The automaker last week announced details about its charging strategy for the first time. It will offer free mobile charge cords so customers can
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TOKYO – Mazda’s first mass-production electric vehicle will be a compact crossover called the MX-30 that gets suicide doors and a toned-down slit for a grille. The tapered rear of the MX-30 exudes a sportiness that pays tribute to the MX nomenclature also reserved for the MX-5 sporty coupe. Deliveries of the EV will begin
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MILAN — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will build a new battery assembly complex in its Mirafiori plant in Turin, with an initial investment of 50 million euros ($56 million), the automaker said Tuesday. Batteries produced in the new complex will be used by the new generation of full electric models that the company is planning to
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After revealing the Speedtail a year ago, McLaren has been spotted testing the hybrid hypercar ahead of the first deliveries in early 2020. The latest prototype is marked as “PP2” which likely signifies it’s a pre-production prototype. Pre-production cars are typically used for final testing as well as for certification and registration purposes. They also
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The 2020 Toyota Avalon works best as a stylish, comfortable cruiser, and not as a wannabe sports sedan. The 2020 Toyota Avalon is Toyota’s grown-up sedan, and yet we’re not sure it knows what it wants to be when it reaches adulthood. Ordered in XLE and Limited trims, it’s a relaxed highway cruiser ready to
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New paint plant projects are keeping Giffin Inc. busy these days. The U.S. turnkey paint shop supplier has multiple projects underway in Michigan, Ohio and Texas, and a line of other customers reviewing a proprietary technology that captures paint emissions using less water and energy. It’s not always good times in the automotive paint sector.
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Drivers of electric cars across the UK may soon be using special green number plates under new plans. The aim is to make it possible for local authorities to allow zero-emission vehicles to benefit from incentives such as cheaper parking. The government hopes it will boost electric car sales, helping it achieve its 2050 target
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With several small, similar-sized cities sprinkled across a large area of eastern Canada, New Brunswick is a tough market for dealers seeking to maximize sales and profits.  Dave O’Leary, president of Volvo Cars New Brunswick in Fredericton, said he has a solution: He takes his show on the road with the help of a mobile
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Tesla has patented a battery pack design with a cooling system using plates to dissipate heat. It’s likely what is in Tesla’s current stationary energy storage products. While most legacy automakers who are starting to build all-electric vehicles are doing it with pouch battery cells, Tesla has pioneered building battery packs with thousands of small
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Volkswagen Group’s Spanish brand, Seat, was forced to halt production amid demonstrations in Barcelona following the jailing of Catalan separatist leaders, Spanish media said. Seat stopped production lines from midday on Thursday until Friday night amid demonstrations in favor of the Catalonia’s independence from Spain, various Spanish media reported. According to the Spanish newspaper La
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Dean Evans, the marketing whiz behind Hyundai’s sometimes cheeky and sometimes moving Super Bowl ads, is leaving his position as head of U.S. marketing with many laurels to rest on. But that’s not how he operates. Evans remains passionate about the auto industry after 30 years living through its ups and downs and plans a
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Hummer is synonymous with big, gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs, but a plan to revive the brand for electric lifestyle vehicles could be underway. Citing people familiar with the matter, Reuters reported on Friday that a tentative agreement reached between General Motors and the United Auto Workers on Thursday includes a $3 billion investment program in
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The 2020 Toyota C-HR doesn’t toe the company line like its showroom stablemates. Across the floor sits the comparatively conventional Corolla hatchback and RAV4 crossover, between which the C-HR slots with its funky looks and quirky personality. Fun fact: Underneath, all three are pretty much the same car. We rate the 2020 C-HR at 5.5
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The turbocharger is the latest item under the hood to be electrified. Turbo supplier Garrett Motion has developed a system using a high-powered electric motor inside the turbo that delivers near instant response when a driver floors the accelerator pedal. The E-Turbo, as Garrett calls it, doubles as a generator that puts electricity into the
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