Month: February 2020

Auto parts maker Tenneco Inc. shuffled its board Friday in a move that could provoke a fight with former Icahn Enterprises executive Dan Ninivaggi, who in January demanded the board make more-sweeping changes or risk a proxy battle. Dennis Letham, a 12-year veteran board member, will become lead director effective April 1 in a move
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Despite years of near-record sales of new cars and trucks in the U.S., dealers are increasingly being forced to diversify into new business enterprises to stay profitable. The culprit: new-car margins that don’t pay the bills anymore amid intense competition. Automakers have stepped up their certified pre-owned programs. Service departments are looking at tire sales
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Fuel-cell vehicles like the 2020 Toyota Mirai use the lightest and most abundant element in the universe essentially as a clean fuel for producing electricity at the vehicle—by harnessing a reaction with air. While that sounds like nirvana, the Mirai isn’t free of emissions and carbon impact. It takes energy to produce the hydrogen and
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The EPA rolls back yet another climate-protecting rule — this time it’s deregulating HFCs. Here’s why every Uber/Lyft trip should be electric and pooled asap. Paris Agreement architect Christiana Figueres explains why there’s hope — and why protest is vital. And more… On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that eliminates leak
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Next week’s Geneva auto show will offer flashes of opulence and bold moves into electrification — even though a slew of industry leaders are staying out of the limelight. Not attending the Geneva show: Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Lamborghini, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Subaru. But for high-end segment stars such as Aston Martin and Bentley, Geneva
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Genesis is readying a major update for its G80 mid-size sedan, as evidenced by the recent sighting of camouflaged prototypes. The proportions are similar to those of the current G80, which is really just a rebadge of the second-generation Hyundai Genesis introduced for 2015, but the biggest tell that this is an update rather than
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Far be it from us to tell you how to waste your money, but why would any rational being pass by the Mazda MX-5 Miata on their quest for the best convertible money can buy? Yes, there are more expensive topless whips. Some of them have three times…Read More»
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On this episode of Roadkill, HOT ROD’s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan join Fred Williams and Rick Péwé of Peterson’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine to compete in the infamous Cheap Truck Challenge. Riding into battle with a modded 1979 Bronco, they face-off against a rock-ready 1980 Toyota Pickup and a beastly 1987 Chevy Suburban in
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said its Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario is returning to a two-shift operation in June, a move that will result in approximately 1,500 layoffs at the longtime minivan factory. The company informed Unifor, which represents hourly workers at the plant, of the decision Thursday. The plant, which had been operating on three
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When the hybrid version of the 2020 Honda CR-V hits dealer lots beginning March 1, it will be priced competitively against one of its top compact crossover rivals, the Toyota RAV4. The CR-V hybrid will start at $28,870, including shipping, a $2,700 premium over the base gasoline model — and $600 less than the starting
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Toyota is seeking new ideas from startup companies that are working on smart cities. The Japanese automaker, through its Toyota AI Ventures venture capital firm, said at CES in January that it will award funding ranging from $500,000 to $2 million to early-stage startups in what it’s calling a worldwide “call for innovation.” The company
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We recently got back from San Antonio where we test drove the 2021 Kia Seltos. As usual, we asked our readers if they had any questions about the crossover and now we’re following up with some answers. Auto Nut wanted to know how the Seltos drove Most compact crossovers aren’t terribly exciting to drive and
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Sure, you could order a 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar in beige with a tan interior and no options and call it a day, but you probably won’t. The automaker’s long list of optional extras extends well beyond convenience features to help well-heeled buyers make a 2020 Velar that feels as special as its
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