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Volvo XC90 plug-in SUV foretells smarter, cleaner automotive future

Most new-car debuts are a whole lot of hype wrapped around four wheels and some steel. The 2016 Volvo XC90 is not one of those. The redesigned three-row SUV with a plug signifies a comeback for Volvo and a future of cleaner, smarter, safer cars. The turbo and supercharged twin engine has a battery...

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  • Mitsubishi Motors says mileage cheating may be on all models

    Mitsubishi Motors says mileage cheating may be on all models

    Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the Japanese automaker under investigation for lying about fuel economy data for some models, said Wednesday such tampering is suspected in all of its vehicles sold in Japan. The company has said it carried out false tests and gave inflated mileage on minicars known as...

  • Takata faces 'Titanic hitting iceberg' moment with recalls

    Takata faces 'Titanic hitting iceberg' moment with recalls

    Takata Corp. is struggling to get ahead of its air-bag recall crisis, with the latest full-year financial forecasts failing to take into account the U.S. regulator ordering a near-doubling in number of devices to be replaced. The embattled Japanese supplier chalked up its latest forecast -- for...

  • Rotten egg smell stinks up new car

    Rotten egg smell stinks up new car

    Q: I have a 2015 Buick Enclave with 6,600 miles. In the five months that I've owned it I've noticed a methane gas smell coming from the vehicle when I come to a stop. No smell going down the road and no smell all the time — just once in a while. The dealer and Buick aren't aware of any problems....

  • Fiat Chrysler, Google will partner on self-driving minivans

    Fiat Chrysler, Google will partner on self-driving minivans

    Fiat Chrysler and Google will work together to more than double the size of Google's self-driving vehicle fleet by adding 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The companies announced the agreement on Tuesday, saying that Chrysler engineers would work with Google to install sensors and software so the...

  • Best time to shop for a used car? When it isn't summer

    Best time to shop for a used car? When it isn't summer

    If you're thinking of using your long Memorial Day weekend to shop for a used car, that time might be better spent barbecuing. According to automotive research website iSeeCars.com, Memorial Day is one of the worst days of the year to get a deal on a car. In fact, it appears you may as well just...

  • Takata recall to grow by 35 million to 40 million

    Takata recall to grow by 35 million to 40 million

    Takata will recall another 35 million to 40 million air bag inflators, a stunning increase that will more than double what is already the largest automotive recall in American history, the federal government announced Wednesday. The recall expansion would bring to as many as 69 million the total...

  • Cushions and other seat aids can disable air bags

    Cushions and other seat aids can disable air bags

    Q: My husband has a 2015 Hyundai Sonata. While driving to Arizona, I noticed that the air bag on my side of the car wasn't on. I removed the cushion I usually sit on and the air bag was now on. Upon our arrival in Arizona I contacted a Hyundai dealer. He told me that air bags are not made to work...

  • Rise and Drive, Cars and Coffee kick off car show season

    Rise and Drive, Cars and Coffee kick off car show season

    Outdoor car show and cruise night season kicks off this weekend with the return of two events aimed to get your motors running. There's free coffee in case they don't. Rise & Drive returns for its third year in Chicago, but moves from the Soldier Field campus to Collectors' Car Garage across the...

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