GM recalls 1.2 million pickups, SUVs for power steering problem

DETROIT — General Motors is recalling 1.2 million big pickup trucks and SUVs mainly in North America because of power-assisted steering problems that have been cited in a number of accidents.

GM says the power steering can fail momentarily during a voltage drop and suddenly return, mainly during low-speed turns. Such a failure increases the risk of a crash. The company says it has 30 reports of crashes with two injuries, but no deaths.

The recall covers certain 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups as well as Chevy Tahoe and Suburban SUVs. Also affected are 2015 Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon SUVs.

Dealers will update the power steering software at no cost to owners. No date has been set to notify customers, but GM says the software is available now, so owners can contact dealers to schedule repairs.

More than 1 million of the trucks are in the U.S., and most of

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GM issues 2 more recalls: For SUVs, Chevy Spark mini cars

DETROIT — General Motors announced two more recalls Friday, pushing its total for the year to 71, affecting almost 30 million vehicles in North America.

The biggest of the new recalls covers just over 430,000 Cadillac SRX and Saab 9-4X SUVs, mainly in North America. The company says some rear suspension nuts may not have been tightened properly. That could cause the toe link adjuster to separate from the suspension, possibly causing a crash.

Another covers the Chevrolet Spark mini car because the hoods can unexpectedly fly open.

GM also confirmed Friday that it has told dealers to stop selling Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks that went on sale about two weeks ago until an air bag problem is repaired.

The SUV recall covers SRXs from the 2011 through 2015 model years and Saabs from the 2011 and 2012 model years. GM says the problem has caused three crashes and two

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The Most Popular Automobile Stories of 2018

As far as total interest goes, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado by far crushed the competition to take top honors in this year’s popularity contest, while the next two spots were claimed by SUVs, specifically Toyota’s all-new RAV4 and the upcoming 2020 Cadillac Escalade. Trucks pop up on the rest of the list, too, but the AMG GT sedan and Corvette ZR1 are present and accounted for. Scroll to see what your fellow readers were most interested in this year, and follow the links to see the complete stories.

1. 12 Cool Things About the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 

“The two-inch factory lift kit wasn’t always a no-brainer. But then Chevrolet considered the amount of business the aftermarket draws through sales of such setups. Engineers initially chuckled at the idea but soon designed the Silverado’s frame, suspension,

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Portland Couple Uses Supercar Collection To Make Sick Kids’ Dreams Come True


Dream Drives for Kids

Most supercar owners baby their cars. They keep the miles low and the car will rarely see daylight unless it’s bright and sunny. That is, unless you’re the Petersons.

You see, about six months ago Eric and Amity Peterson created Dream Drives for Kids in Portland, Oregon. A “volunteer organization that is dedicated to brightening the lives of sick children by providing rides in exotic sports cars.”

The Petersons have been fortunate with a successful technology consulting firm and are passionate about cars. Naturally this led them to acquire a car collection most kids dream about. The Petersons wanted

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2019 Bentley Continental GT first drive review: The stuff of dreams


2019 Bentley Continental GT

The day begins in a Sequin Blue 2019 Bentley Continental GT at the exclusive Kitzbuhel Country Club in the Tyrolean region of Austria. Set against verdant rolling hills and tooling through storybook villages, it would be easy to think one is lost in a fairy tale.

This car’s cabin is outfitted with two-tone Portland (cream) and Imperial Blue leather upholstery with Liquid Amber wood over Piano Black veneer trim.

It’s hand-crafted and beautiful, and

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Volkswagen assigns $24 billion in battery orders to speed EV push – Autoblog

BERLIN — Volkswagen has selected partners to provide battery cells and related technology worth around 20 billion euros ($24.7 billion) for electric vehicle projects in Europe and China, pushing ahead with a shift to zero-emission cars.

But that’s just the beginning: VW last year started looking for partners in China, Europe and North America to provide battery technology worth more than 50 billion euros.

Until its “dieselgate” emissions scandal was revealed two and a half years ago, VW had been slow to embrace electric cars.

But the fraud has prompted a strategic shift, while advances in batteries and a global fight against pollution are raising pressure on carmakers to adopt zero-emission alternatives.

Europe’s largest automaker said on Tuesday it will expand EV production to 16 factories worldwide through the end of 2022.

VW has a goal to launch 80 new electric cars across the group by 2025 and offer an electric version of each of

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What does the Ford Mustang mean to America?

2018 Ford Mustang GT in Terlingua, Texas

2018 Ford Mustang GT in Terlingua, Texas

A pencil-straight imaginary line connects Portland, Oregon, to Terlingua, Texas, about 1,800 miles, unbending and uninteresting between two disparate towns at near-opposite poles of the U.S.

We found their connection in a 2018 Ford Mustang GT, and in the story of how the Ford Mustang became shorthand for America.

For two months, Motor Authority editors buckled into a 2018 Ford Mustang GT to look for the people and the stories that helped make one of America’s most vibrant and iconic cars.

Over the days, weeks, and thousands of miles, a rich picture emerged of an America that seemingly has no straight shots, except for the one that runs from April 1964 to 2018:

Generations of owners in Portland gathered to tell us why

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New Keys to the Middle Kingdom: Luxury SUVs

By Mike Dunne

What to do when astonishing wealth alone no longer commands sufficient respect and awe?

For a crush of newly affluent Chinese, the answer is found in an Audi Q7, a Range Rover Evoque, Lincoln Navigator or a Cadillac SRX.


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Lamborghini’s Urus concept SUV displayed at the Beijing Auto Show.

Chinese consumers will buy an estimated 310,000 luxury SUVs this year — spending, on average, more than $80,000 a pop — according to forecasting group LMC Automotive.

Those who are feeling only moderately rich can get an assembled-in-China Audi Q5 for $72,000. Or, if they own Baidu stock and are feeling optimistic, they might select the imported Porsche Cayenne starting at $147,000.

Before going any further, let’s do the math on that: The cash that Chinese will spend on luxury SUVs this year alone is enough buy all 20,000 homes currently for sale

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2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette – Sneak Peek

EDITOR’S NOTE
Joe DeMatio
Deputy Editor
Automobile Magazine

CorvetteBlogger.com recently posted a video of Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter lambasting Automobile Magazine for our story on the next-generation Corvette. Juechter implies that our article was sensationalist and misattributed information to him. Automobile Magazine stands by its story.
It is clear that, in his appearance before the Corvette faithful in Bowling Green on May 1st, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter regretted speaking as freely as he did to our reporter, industry veteran and Corvette owner Don Sherman. Mr. Juechter can spin his comments all he wishes, but a careful reading of our story, which is reprinted here, reveals that 75% of the story consists of verbatim quotes from Mr. Juechter himself. At the end of our piece, Don Sherman prognosticates about the future Corvette; it is crystal clear to the reader that at this point in the story,

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A 220 4Matic quick spin review

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is the German brand’s new entry-level model in the United States, slotting under the current CLA-Class (a car that’s set to be replaced sometime next year). In other markets, the Mercedes A-Class comes in different flavors (including a sleek hatchback), but for now, we’re only getting the A 220 sedan. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four cranking out 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, though our tester sent power to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It’s a similar powertrain to the CLA 250, though our editors universally agreed that the A-Class feels like it’s gone to finishing school. Final pricing hasn’t been announced, but expect the car to start below $35,000 before options.

Senior Editor, Green, John Beltz Snyder: This A-Class tester has a lot, if not all, of the boxes ticked, so we can

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