Month: February 2020

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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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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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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FRANKFURT — Deutsche Post will stop producing its StreetScooter electric delivery vehicle, bringing to an end a much-hyped venture that was once seen as a possible disrupter to conventional van makers such as Volkswagen and Daimler. The company had suffered “years of losses” from developing and producing the vehicle, Chief Financial Officer Melanie Kreis said
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For enthusiasts the world over, few cheap cars get the heart racing like a 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata. It doesn’t have prodigious horsepower, outright speed, or dazzling good looks. The Miata’s appeal, in fact, is largely the opposite of all that. It’s so endearing because it distills the essence of the sports car: two seats,
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General Motors is continuing its overseas retreat, shelving its Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand and completely pulling out of Thailand. The shake-up announced last week amplifies a downsizing that has seen the Detroit automaker pare down operations in Western Europe, Russia, India, Africa and beyond in recent years to focus on more rewarding
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Hyundai Motor Co. and its American subsidiary were awarded $5 million and a permanent injunction in a federal lawsuit against a Miami company accused of selling knockoff parts in the U.S. under the Hyundai name. In a statement, Hyundai said Direct Technologies International Inc. imported “Hyundai-branded service and collision parts intended for sale and use
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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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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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SAN FRANCISCO — Spin, the scooter-sharing service owned by Ford Motor, is expanding to new markets outside of the U.S. The company will launch its first international fleet of electric scooters in Cologne, Germany, as soon as the spring, according to a statement. It will start with several hundred scooters and plans to increase the
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Unless you drive a rotary-powered Mazda, the characteristics of your gasoline or diesel engine are largely defined by its bore (the width or diameter of the cylinders) and stroke (the distance the piston travels within the cylinder). But if you want to make more power, is it better to increase bore or stroke? Jason Fenske
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The 2020 Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup truck outside the orbit of Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The 2020 Titan is available with one gas engine, a choice between two cab configurations—crew cab and extended cab—with separate bed lengths.  To avoid being an also-ran in the pickup arms race, the Titan has
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