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Fun-to-drive new cars for a quarter-life crisis

You're likely familiar with the stereotype of a middle-aged person who impulsively splurges on an expensive new car. But there's also a similar experience at a different life stage: buying a flashy and fun vehicle right after you get your first well-paying job. You might call it a quarter-life...

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  • GM to test airless, puncture-proof tires on Michigan roads

    GM to test airless, puncture-proof tires on Michigan roads

    General Motors plans to give car buyers an airless tire on vehicles starting in 2024. The automaker is teaming with Michelin and this week introduced the Michelin Uptis prototype at the Movin' On Summit for sustainability in Montreal. Uptis stands for Unique Puncture-proof Tire System, GM said....

  • Car buyers' best cost-saving move — shop for a loan first

    Car buyers' best cost-saving move — shop for a loan first

    With the cost to own a new vehicle rising, it's more important than ever to consider what you'll pay for a car loan and to shop for the best interest rate. The average new car loan interest rate reached 5.5% in 2018, up about one percentage point from the previous year, according to Ben Bartosch,...

  • Discontinued cars offer value but should you buy?

    Discontinued cars offer value but should you buy?

    For 2019, it's the end of the line for some notable Ford and General Motors sedans. And as a result, dealers will be slashing prices to try to move these discontinued models out of their inventory. Savvy consumers can take advantage and get one of these overlooked cars at significant savings. Going...

  • Volvo launches complimentary tow for life

    Volvo launches complimentary tow for life

    No matter what vintage Volvo you may drive, roadside towing is now available free of charge. Volvo Car USA is expanding the suite of complementary services available to Volvo owners with “Tow for Life”. This service works alongside the recently launched Volvo Car Accident Advisor and the Volvo...

  • Average new-car prices up nearly 4 percent year-over-year for May 2019

    Average new-car prices up nearly 4 percent year-over-year for May 2019

    The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $37,185 in May 2019. New-vehicle prices increased $1,320 (up 3.7 percent) from May 2018, while decreasing $208 (down 0.6 percent) from last month. "Although...

  • Uber will reduce promotions after losing $1 billion in a quarter

    Uber will reduce promotions after losing $1 billion in a quarter

    Uber Technologies Inc., in its first financial report as a public company, posted first-quarter sales near the high end of its previously disclosed preliminary results. The company also reported a $1.01 billion quarterly loss, among the largest of any public company. Nelson Chai, the chief financial...

  • OBJ will ride into Cleveland with customized orange Rolls

    OBJ will ride into Cleveland with customized orange Rolls

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr.'s got a new team and a new ride. The star wide receiver has purchased a tricked-out, orange Rolls Royce complete with a pop-up hood ornament that features a miniaturized model of him in a Browns uniform making one of the one-handed catches he became known for...

  • Electric car batteries can catch fire days after an accident

    Electric car batteries can catch fire days after an accident

    When a Tesla Model S crashed into a palm tree and caught ablaze just outside of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last February, firefighters struggled to extinguish the flames and the car reportedly re-ignited multiple times. Similar stories of electric vehicles bursting into stubborn flames have cropped...

  • Fiat proposes merger with Renault in latest auto industry jolt

    Fiat proposes merger with Renault in latest auto industry jolt

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is proposing a merger with French automaker Renault that would create the world’s third-biggest carmaker as manufacturers scramble for scale to tackle an expensive shift to electrification and autonomous driving. The transaction would be structured as a 50-50 ownership...

  • Tesla's automatic lane-changing feature is 'far less competent' than a human driver, Consumer Reports says

    Tesla's automatic lane-changing feature is 'far less competent' than a human driver, Consumer Reports says

    The latest version of Tesla's automatic lane changing feature may actually be less safe than a human driver, according to Consumer Reports. An April update to Tesla's autopilot software allows automatic lane changes on certain roads as part of what the company dubbed a more "seamless" experience....

  • Tesla Autopilot was in use before car hit truck in fatal crash, NTSB finds

    Tesla Autopilot was in use before car hit truck in fatal crash, NTSB finds

    A Tesla Model 3 car involved in a fatal crash with a semitrailer in Florida was operating on the company’s semiautonomous Autopilot system, federal investigators have determined. The car drove beneath the trailer, killing the driver, in a March 1 crash that is strikingly similar to one that happened...

  • Despite deaths, injuries and recalls, air bags still save lives

    Despite deaths, injuries and recalls, air bags still save lives

    Frontal air bags have been standard equipment in all cars since model year 1998 and in all SUVs, pickups and vans since model year 1999. Recent recalls have raised questions among some drivers about the safety and effectiveness of air bags. But research shows they save many lives. Air bags reduce...

  • Trump’s car import move is getting panned

    Trump’s car import move is getting panned

    WASHINGTON — The White House announcement Friday that President Donald Trump has set a 180-day clock ticking on possible trade action against imports of cars and car parts from Japan and Europe brought strong pushback from the private sector. The president's implied threat to use Section 232 authorities...

  • Auto review: Ferrari’s 2019 Portofino is racy, but rough around the edges

    Auto review: Ferrari’s 2019 Portofino is racy, but rough around the edges

    Being a Ferrari is like being a superstar entertainer or an elite athlete. If you do everything perfectly, no one really notices. But have one bad day and you’re a bum, and the rumors start that your career is in trouble. The 2019 Ferrari Portofino is that kind of superstar. Sleek, stylish, elegant...

  • Auto review: Volvo’s 2019 V60 wagon handles snowstorms like a champ

    Auto review: Volvo’s 2019 V60 wagon handles snowstorms like a champ

    Our plane landed in Denver just past midnight. It was April and blizzard season wasn’t done yet. Snow fell thick and heavy. My wife, my daughter and I packed our gear into a new 2019 Volvo V60 station wagon and set off for Copper Mountain, where 13-year-old Skye was entered in the halfpipe at snowboarding’s...

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