Tesla Goes Full “Level 5,” But What Exactly Does That Mean?


Tesla is becoming the Apple of the car industry.

Well, the Apple of five years ago, at least. We have to go back to when the tech giant routinely innovated with new hardware and then challenged the rest of the industry to catch up. (Apple’s recent diss of the audio jack doesn’t count.)

Tesla has almost singlehandedly made electric cars cool and has forced other automakers to invest in building luxurious and sleek electron-powered vehicles.

Wednesday night, Tesla made another bold move and announced that all of its cars, including its least expensive Model 3, will come capable of full, Level 5, self-driving autonomy.

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Here’s Our First Glance at the New Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Photo: KGP Photography

Photo: KGP Photography

The Jeep Commander has earned a spot on our list of the best “dead” cars to buy, but its successor might be worth waiting for if you have the desire for a luxury SUV that carries the name of a Jeep with a legendary past.

The Commander was supposed to be Jeep’s answer to the Chevy Tahoe and other large 3-row SUVs, but its dismal fuel economy sent owners and potential buyers running. The SUV probably would have been a success if it debuted in 2000, but the high gas prices and uncertain economy between 2006 and 2010 led to the Commander’s demise.

Now that we’re in more stable times, Jeep has decided that it’s time to try again, only this time it’ll be with an all-new Grand Wagoneer.

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The Luxury Market’s New Look


A car grabbed my attention from about four lengths ahead on the highway coming into downtown. A Bentley? No, it didn’t have the right rear end. A Rolls? Definitely not.

Once I got closer I realized that the car was a new Lincoln Continental and looked darn good cruising among the mass of plebeian automobiles on the highway. So good, in fact, that I had to wonder when the last time was that a Lincoln caught my attention and demanded a double-take.

Okay, in all honesty, the last time it happened was with the MKT, a crossover SUV of exceptionally unfortunate proportions. The Continental, though, turned my head for all the right reasons. Seeing that car, paired with the recent release of the Genesis luxury brand, got me thinking that the luxury market suddenly looks a lot more interesting than it did even a year ago.

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Will Former VW Diesel Owners Flock to Chevrolet?


General Motors thinks it can save diesel.

Volkswagen’s collapse has left a large segment of diesel refugees without a home. Now that VW is switching its focus to electric cars, it may find that many diesel customers would rather stay with their tried-and-true oil burners than migrate to electric vehicles.

Those people might find a loving new home in the General’s open arms.

Volkswagen singlehandedly created the “clean diesel” market here so it’s more than a little ironic that all of its efforts could now benefit a competing automaker.

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Tesla: No Discount for You!


One of the joys of shopping for a new car is knowing that the price you see on the window sticker is just a starting point for negotiation.

It’s exciting to see how far under that MSRP your sharp negotiating skills can get you. Two thousand dollars? Four thousand? More?

Of course, the flexibility of the dealer depends on a lot of factors. Is the car in high demand or has it been sitting on the lot for months? What kind of kickbacks does the manufacturer offer? Is the vehicle a high-priced luxury pickup or an economy car?

Whatever the vehicle, consumers rarely find themselves paying the full MSRP.

That is, of course, unless they’re buying a Tesla.

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Fisker Returning With New Car, New Batteries


2011 Fisker Karma

Earlier this decade, Henrik Fisker launched the world’s first premium, range-extended plug-in-electric, luxury sports sedan.

To put that jumble of words into something a little more understandable, Fisker’s company created a plug-in hybrid luxury car called the Karma.

Fisker, a car designer credited with the likes of the BMW Z8, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and Aston Martin DB9, launched the Karma in 2011, but was bankrupt by 2014. The company’s remains were purchased by a Chinese investment group with plans to resurrect the Karma as a purely electric vehicle.

Included in the sale was the Fisker brand, so we all assumed Mr. Fisker’s days of car-company ownership were behind him.

Not so fast.

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Should Ford Worry? Camaro Outsells Mustang


It seems there’s always something new to say about the Camaro and Mustang, even though their duel has been going strong since the 1960s.

There have been few breaks in the rivalry over the decades, and now it may be more intense than ever.

The newest Camaro and Mustang are arguably the best these cars have ever been. Both vehicles continue to rocket out of dealer doors as they grow faster, stronger, and more nimble with every passing model year.

The Mustang has outsold the Camaro for nearly two years, but a brand new Camaro and an aging Mustang have swapped positions for the first time in 22 months.

Can the Camaro hold onto the sales crown?

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Thanks, Donald: In Response to Trump, UAW Spills the Beans on Ford Bronco, Ranger

1985 Ford Bronco

Regardless of which side of the aisle you stand on, the 2016 presidential election has brought new meaning to “political theater.” Every election features its fair share of attack ads, smear campaigns, and slander, but with two unprecedentedly polarizing candidates, it’s no stretch to assume people are watching debates, social media at their fingertips, just to hear what the “other guy” will say.

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America’s New Love: Midsize Pickups

2015 Ford Ranger

The Chevy Colorado can be credited with making midsize trucks in America relevant again.

Sure, the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier have been around since the 1990s, but the return of the Colorado, and its twin GMC Canyon, ignited a new love for smaller pickups.

Ford abandoned the market after the 2011 model year and sent the Ranger off to foreign lands, believing Americans would rather buy a base-level F-150 than spend similar dollars on a smaller truck.

Ford was flat-out wrong and is now in the process of bringing the Ranger back to the United States.

As midsize truck sales continue to rise, how well are they really doing and do their full-size siblings have any reason to worry?
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Michigan Blocks Tesla from Selling Cars


Poor Tesla.

All the company wants to do is change the world with electric cars and sell them in a way that hasn’t been done since the turn of the 20th century.

Turns out some people in the auto industry aren’t big fans of change and are working really hard to try and keep things the way they’ve been for the last hundred years.

The latest example just went down in Michigan, where Tesla’s attempt to sell cars directly to customers has been blocked by the state’s government.

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