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  • 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...

  • Porsche goes turbo with new 911 Carerra

    Porsche goes turbo with new 911 Carerra

    Porsche has been making 911s since 1963. So a new one is no big deal. And outwardly the 2017 is just last year's model with a new paint job. But inwardly this is a dramatically different machine. The 911 has gone turbo. For this 911 Carrera 4S, the German car company has replaced the traditional...

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2016 BMW X1 feels more like a crossover, less like a compromise

"Is that the new BMW X5?" asked my neighbor. When I tell him it is actually the X1, two sizes smaller, he looks perplexed. "It has grown up!" Exactly. It has grown up — casting a wider shadow from a body that's noticeably more sophisticated. It's pretty nice inside too. But is it a real BMW — a...

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  • Ford F-150 misfires under warranty

    Ford F-150 misfires under warranty

    Q: I floored my 2011 F-150 pickup to pass another vehicle and my truck started missing and bucking big time. It continued to sputter and miss as we went down the road; also the check engine light was on. As soon as the opportunity presented itself I pulled into a parking lot in the first town we...

  • 85 million air bags to be recalled if Takata cannot prove inflator safety

    85 million air bags to be recalled if Takata cannot prove inflator safety

    About 85 million Takata air bag inflators that haven't been recalled are inside cars and trucks now being driven in the U.S. and would have to be replaced if the company can't prove they are safe, the government said Wednesday. The number would be in addition to the 28.8 million inflators already...

  • Got $400,000? Ford reviewing applications for GT supercar

    Got $400,000? Ford reviewing applications for GT supercar

    Perhaps inspired by the recent record-breaking deposits for the Tesla Model 3, Ford said it would take online applications for its planned "ultra-high-performance" Ford GT Supercar. They won't be hitting Tesla-like numbers of 300,000 or more. This Ford GT will be limited to 250 cars a year, and...

  • Car drives itself safely in total darkness

    Car drives itself safely in total darkness

    Driving at night is one of the most dangerous activities you can do in a car. Research from the federal government has shown that you're three times more likely to die in a nighttime car crash than in a daytime accident. That figure is no doubt heightened by the effects of drunken and drowsy driving...

  • Tesla Model X SUV recalled for third-row seat defect

    Tesla Model X SUV recalled for third-row seat defect

    Tesla Motors Inc. is recalling 2,700 Model X SUVs after the automaker's own tests showed the third-row seats could snap forward in a crash. The recall involves SUVs made before March 26 and sold in the U.S. Tesla says the Model X passed 15 seat-strength tests before failing a 16th designed to meet...

  • Experts warn NHTSA: Self-driving cars aren't ready for roads

    Experts warn NHTSA: Self-driving cars aren't ready for roads

    Self-driving cars are more likely to hurt than help public safety because of unsolved technical issues, engineers and safety advocates told the government Friday, countering a push by innovators to speed government approval. Even a trade association for automakers cautioned the National Highway...

  • To brake or to shift when descending?

    To brake or to shift when descending?

    Q: My cars are all automatics with the shift lever on the floor. When heading downhill or approaching a red light, I downshift. I do this to save on brake wear, but am I damaging transmission or gears with these frequent downshifts? I seek your advice — brake or downshift? — B.L., Schaumburg A:...

  • Hyundai recalls 2011 Sonata for steering fail

    Hyundai recalls 2011 Sonata for steering fail

    Hyundai is recalling 173,000 Sonata midsize cars in the U.S. because the power steering can fail, making them harder to steer and increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers Sonatas from the 2011 model year when the car was Hyundai's top-selling U.S. vehicle. The company says in government...

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