Month: June 2019

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. — Some days on his way to work, Miles Brandon lingers along the roundabout that takes him from Interstate 5 to the gleaming Mazda dealership he recently built here by the busy Southern California freeway. “When I come to work in my Miata, I can do an extra lap if traffic
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Five Japanese automakers including Subaru Corp., Suzuki Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. are each investing 2 percent in the on-demand, self-driving vehicle service set up by SoftBank Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. Mazda, Suzuki, and Subaru, Isuzu Motors and Toyota’s compact car unit Daihatsu will each invest 57.1 million yen ($530,620) in the venture
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Beloved Icon has hashed out its gorgeous work again. The restomodding shop based in Los Angeles, California, has released its latest project into the wild: a 1954 Chevrolet Thriftmaster pickup truck. The Thriftmaster, part of the Chevrolet Advanced Design series, was the first redesign for the company’s pickups after World War II. This particular model,
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Integrated fender flares make the body 3.5 inches wider, which makes room for new 20-inch by 11-inch carbon black forged wheels wrapped with wider Pirelli 305/35ZR20 tires for better grip and handling. Before, the widest tire the Charger could take was 275. A wider body also allowed engineers to upgrade the suspension, Kuniskis says. The
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will idle its minivan assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, for five weeks this summer as it makes improvements and conducts maintenance, the company said. The Windsor factory, which produces the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan, will be down starting the week of July 8 through the week of Aug. 5. “Windsor’s
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sonic Automotive Inc. is moving its Long Beach Mini store in California into its nearby Long Beach BMW dealership and plans to fold a second Mini franchise inside a new BMW store it expects to open late next year in Houston. The nation’s fifth-largest dealership group is believed to be among the
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J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study is one race where Dodge has always finished behind the pack. But not anymore. This year, Dodge jumped into the top 10 for the first time, thanks to the segment-leading Challenger and to improvement by the Durango. The brand finished tied for eighth with Lexus and Toyota, ahead of FCA
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UAW members at a Faurecia auto parts plant in Saline, Michigan, ratified a new four-year labor contract Thursday that calls for significant wage hikes and a $2,500 signing bonus, the union said. A UAW spokesperson said Thursday that 83 percent of production workers voted to ratify the deal, along with 93 percent of the factory’s
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One of the fastest growing automotive brands in the U.S. has a stubborn problem. Despite its 11 straight years of U.S. sales increases, Subaru is wrestling with low quality scores and product recalls — issues that, if left unchecked, could interrupt its momentum. Last week, Subaru again ranked in the bottom tier of the closely
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Lamborghinis and Porsches parked in the paddock at Willow Springs International Raceways’ “Big” track isn’t unusual, especially when MotorTrend‘s around. The phrase “production car lap record” follows us around, too. What’s strange this particular track day is that the cars are SUVs, the 2019 Lamborghini Urus and 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo. They’re here to break
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BMW’s Klaus Frölich says calls for long range BEVs are “complete bulls**t” because Europeans can’t afford them. “There is no customer requests for BEVs,” said Klaus Frölich, BMW’s director of development, at an interview in Munich last week. “There are regulator requests for BEVs.” According to Motoring, this broad brushed statement was a response to condemnation
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Even if the 2020 Hyundai Palisade’s best feature is its available space, none of the big crossovers are poorly equipped. Hyundai offers the Palisade in SE, SEL, and Limited varieties with top models piling on luxury features. All are equipped with at least an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, active safety
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