In 2019 we saw some newcomers and witnessed some comebacks. Here are 10 of them. Nissan Motor Co.’s new CEO took the reins from Hiroto Saikawa this month. He inherits a company struggling with an older product portfolio and falling profits. Among his tasks are restoring the automaker’s reputation following last year’s arrest of former
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Volkswagen has said it is in talks with a group of German drivers who are suing the car giant over excessive emissions from its diesel cars. The motorists say they were affected when VW “cheated” emissions rules by installing unlawful “defeat devices” in its diesel cars. The carmaker and the Federal Association of Consumers (VZBV)
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The 2020 Kia Rio is a small car with a quality feel. The 2020 Kia Rio is a dutiful, trustworthy small car that is a frugal choice with an excellent warranty. It drives better than some compact cars, which makes it even more appealing. We rate the 2020 Rio at 5.3 out of 10. (Read
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Hendrick Automotive employees prepare items for a meal drive at Thomasboro Academy in Charlotte, N.C., as part of the Hendrick Cares program. NBA star Russell Westbrook, left, has five stores with Bob Nouri in California. The business is “something for my kids down the line,” Westbrook said, “that lives on forever.” Bill Snouffer uses themed
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Over the past few months, Ford has launched a barrage of SUVs, introducing key models like the new Ford Escape, new Explorer, and most recently, the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E—and it’s not done with its SUV assault yet. The latest thing to hit the internet? Our first glimpse at what could be the so-called “baby
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WASHINGTON — The fatal Dec. 29 crash of a Tesla Inc. vehicle in Southern California will be investigated by the U.S. government’s auto safety regulator, the agency said on Tuesday. NHTSA said earlier this month it had opened an investigation into a 12th Tesla crash that may be tied to the vehicle’s advanced Autopilot driver
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Genesis lifted the veil on its first crossover, showing a production version of the GV80 with many of the premium brand’s new design features, including high-tech quad lamps and an imposing Creste grille. The long-awaited crossover also features the brand’s so-called Parabolic character line accentuating the sides and wheel arch treatment for “athletic elegance.” The
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Dacia is a huge success in Europe for parent Renault Group because it delivers on its “value-for-money” philosophy. However, the cost of achieving emissions compliance, especially with electrified powertrains, could pose a threat to the low-cost brand’s profits and sales. Philippe Buros, a veteran of Dacia in Romania who is the chairman of Renault’s Europe
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Syd Mead, car designer turned artist known for looking far into the future, and the visionary behind such movies as “Blade Runner,” “Aliens” and “Tron,” died December 30. He was 86. Mead was a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for two years in Ford’s advanced design studio.
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Dealerships big and small increasingly have shifted their focus toward used vehicles — a side of the market that traditionally provides dealers more control and creative opportunities than the new-vehicle business. And the shift en masse toward used vehicles also comes down to money. According to J.D. Power, dealers made an average gross profit of
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Tesla executives have confirmed that Gigafactory 3 has already achieved its goal of producing “more than 1,000” Model 3 vehicles per week. Over the last few weeks, we have observed Tesla steadily producing and shipping made-in-China Model 3 vehicles out of Gigafactory 3 while it was awaiting sale approval for the new vehicle. Yesterday, they officially
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Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. and courier services provider Postmates Inc. asked a U.S. court to block a California labor law set to go into effect on Wednesday, arguing the bill violates the U.S. Constitution. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court on Monday, the companies and two app-based drivers said the law,
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