Month: March 2019

For the amount of time Jeep spent trying to ensure the Gladiator was more than a Wrangler with a pickup bed, the Gladiator drives remarkably like a Wrangler with a pickup bed. If it weren’t for brief glimpses of the bed in the Gladiator’s mirrors, the experience is Wrangler-like in all the best ways. Like
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PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are exploring a partnership that may involve sharing investments on electric cars, according to people familiar with the talks. PSA and FCA have been holding preliminary discussions to collaborate on a “super platform” — the basic underpinning of a car model — to reduce their investment costs in the
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Volkswagen’s SUV lineup has recently gained two more members: the compact T-Roc and the subcompact T-Cross. The latter, which shares most of its underpinnings with the Polo, is also the most affordable of the range. In the UK, it costs between £17,000 ($22,303/€19,844) and well over £23,500 ($30,832/€27,431). So, why would anyone pay that much
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The 2020 Jeep Gladiator goes on sale later this year with a starting price of $35,040, the automaker announced today. Fuel economy numbers have also been revealed for the V-6, and they’re in line with other similarly equipped midsize trucks. The Gladiator has a much higher starting price than rivals, but it comes standard with
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SAN JOSE, Calif. — In an era of self-driving vehicles, roadside assistance could transform into on-road assistance. Instead of asking OnStar for help, riders might instead press a button and ask a remote driver to control the vehicle through situations autonomous driving systems deem too complex to handle on their own. Sometimes, the vehicles themselves
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Before a surgeon cracks open your chest, ask him his acceptable death rate for patients. When you climb aboard an airplane, ask the pilot her acceptable death rate for passengers. You’d think — and hope — their answers are “zero,” reflecting the overriding philosophy, paramount concern and commitment through which they make decisions that affect
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DETROIT — With China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group now owning a controlling stake in Lotus Cars and investing in the brand, the UK company’s tiny but loyal global fan base has reason to cheer. Last year, Lotus recruited veteran Jaguar Land Rover executive Phil Popham as CEO. Since then, Popham, 53, has helped build a
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With the 2020 Evoque, Land Rover revamps the best-selling vehicle that wears the Range Rover badge. Better in almost every way, the 2020 Evoque’s shaped more softly, rolls down the road more quietly, and navigates on and off-road more confidently, sometimes through a see-through set of camera-fied goggles. It’s a 6.4 out of 10 to
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the 2020 Gladiator, Jeep is following the same pricing mantra as it does for the Wrangler: Versatility comes with a cost. The Gladiator pickup’s base Sport model with the optional automatic transmission will start at $37,040, including shipping, putting it well above competing nameplates such as the Chevrolet Colorado and segment-leading
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This week, rumors surfaced regarding the impending demise of Daimler’s city car brand, Smart. The recent buzz may have prompted Daimler to announce its actual plans for its ailing small car division. For the past few years, Daimler has been repositioning Smart to focus on electric vehicles, and a new partner has come in to
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Dealer Ira Rosenberg, who started Ira Motor Group near Boston in 1975 and sold it 25 years later to public retailer Group 1 Automotive Inc., died Thursday from complications after a fall last month. He was 82. Rosenberg, who got his start in automotive retailing while changing tires at a Chevrolet dealership in Cambridge, Mass.,
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Tesla is preparing its most important retrofit program to date and something completely new in the industry: updating hundreds of thousands of vehicles with a new computer to support fully self-driving capability. Now CEO Elon Musk clarifies Tesla’s plans. As we previously reported, Tesla is working on an important new product that it claims will
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Round two of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship is the Bahrain Grand Prix, which takes place this weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. Located in the middle of a desert, the 3.36-mile Bahrain International Circuit presents several challenges, from the heat to the blowing sand and an offset schedule. Here, the race
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With the new Sonata, Hyundai has returned to form. The 2020 Hyundai Sonata steps out of the current mid-size sedan’s anodyne shape and emerges this year with a racier spin to (possibly) recapture interest. The new sedan goes on sale this spring and will make its debut in North America at the 2019 New York
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