U.S. upgrades probe into 1.33 million Ford Explorers over exhaust odors

NHTSA is upgrading a probe into 1.33 million Ford Explorer SUVs over reports of exhaust odors in vehicle compartments and exposure to carbon monoxide that may be linked to crashes and injuries.


2018 Chevrolet Traverse will start at $30,875

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will start at $30,875 including shipping, Chevy said Thursday, $1,280 more than the 2017 model.

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Racy films get very short run​

Wow, the stuff that goes on in the back seats of cars. Now a new chapter in this long, storied history of second-row steaminess in American automobiles.

Toyota's cloud city

Toyota's new connected-car unit lives apart from the automaker's massive North American headquarters in Plano, Texas. That's the way executives wanted it.

COMMENTARY: Krishnan M. Anantharaman
How the iPhone changed our industry

We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to acknowledge the profound influence this youthful product has had over the century-old auto industry.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Tech: Will consumers care?

In the next few years the auto industry will throw a lot of new technology at customers. Whether consumers accept or reject this technology will have tremendous influence on engineering.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Whose fault is it anyway?

We are heading into a lot of uncharted waters with autonomous vehicles. Should we be worried about Big Brother?

How Ford pulled up its quality score

The Ford brand achieved its highest initial-quality mark since the J.D. Power study started 30 years ago. Joe Hinrichs credits the turnaround to a series of moves begun in early 2013.

Subaru takes slow lane for self-driving cars

While major automakers race to develop driverless cars, Subaru is taking a slower approach, saying its vehicles may be less advanced than its rivals' by 2020 as autonomous features remain costly for the buyers of Japan's smallest carmaker.

3 automakers add to mobility ventures

German luxury rivals BMW and Daimler have each made new investments in mobility companies, and Ford Motor Co. has opened a smart mobility office in the U.K.

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