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  • Tesla has gone to plaid: P100D hits 60 mph in 2.5 seconds

    Tesla has gone to plaid: P100D hits 60 mph in 2.5 seconds

    Tesla Motors says a version of the Model S electric car is now the quickest production car in the world from zero to 60 miles per hour. The company says the Model S P100D sedan can go to 60 in 2.5 seconds. CEO Elon Musk says the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder with gas engines were faster,...

  • Chevy lets parents play Big Brother to teen drivers

    Chevy lets parents play Big Brother to teen drivers

    Parenting and stress are as inseparable as teens and texting. Chevy is trying to minimize what one online poll calls a parent's biggest worry: teens driving. Chevy will expand its Teen Driver technology to 10 of its 2017 vehicles, including the Bolt EV, Camaro, Colorado midsize pickup, Cruze, Malibu,...

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2017 Kia Sportage contends in crowded class of compact crossovers

There are 16 compact crossovers on the market, another 20 midsize crossovers, and nearly a dozen subcompact crossovers. Then there's the luxury makes. With so many crossovers on the market, automakers are playing with paint, parts and design — anything and everything — to stand out. The fourth-generation...

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  • Front bumpers still exist, behind big bold grilles

    Front bumpers still exist, behind big bold grilles

    Q: I have a styling question that bothers me. The Lexus and Toyota Camry, for instance, have no grille. They look like an open-mouth bass with something missing in front. No bumper, either! All they have is a black screen. Is that any protection? I think this looks cheap on an expensive car. —...

  • Pontiac is back at 26th annual Indian Uprising car show

    Pontiac is back at 26th annual Indian Uprising car show

    Over 500 Pontiac cars and thousands of spectators are expected to roll in to the 26th annual Indian Uprising car show in St. Charles this weekend, Aug. 13 and 14. Located at the Pheasant Run Resort, the Indian Uprising is considered to be one of the largest and highest quality shows of Pontiac...

  • Chicagoland car cruise night calendar 2016

    Chicagoland car cruise night calendar 2016

    Check out rare, exotic or collector cars and the people who love them throughout the summer of 2016. Here is a sampling of recurring cruise nights and car shows with themes that appeal to car lovers of any age.  Mondays Green Street Cruise Night Downtown McHenry (corner of Route 120 and Green Street)...

  • Best back-to-school cars under $12,000

    Best back-to-school cars under $12,000

    The 10 best back-to-school cars for teens are newly used, cost under $12,000, and are top safety picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • Open roofs expose drivers to skin cancer

    Open roofs expose drivers to skin cancer

    Q: As a woman, I very much enjoy and learn from your column. Are there any studies that show a correlation between moonroofs and facial skin cancer? I drove my two prior SUVs for total of 22 years and last year had to have a basal cell carcinoma removed from my face, on the upper right side near...

  • 13th annual Taste of Orland Park car show

    13th annual Taste of Orland Park car show

    The 13th annual Taste of Orland Park car show expects to draw 300 to 400 classic, custom and current cars on Sunday, August 7th in what will be one of the summer's largest area car shows.  As the culminating act of a three-day festival of food, live entertainment, family fun and a raffle in the...

  • Giant bus that drives over cars not ready for America

    Giant bus that drives over cars not ready for America

    Every urban commuter laments the twice-a-day headache of traffic congestion and the often disappointing alternatives that mass transit offers. A Chinese company has officially rolled out one potential solution: the TEB-1, or Transit Elevated Bus. The giant "flying" bus, as some have called it,...

  • Why the road atlas still matters

    Why the road atlas still matters

    On a recent road trip with my kids I couldn't find an atlas, and when I asked around at service stations, convenience stores and online, people responded as if I were seeking out a cassette player. My own brood pointed out that there was a map in the dashboard, and there was a map in my smartphone,...

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