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The front struts feature new internal hydraulic rebound stops that dramatically increase the damping force in both directions near the top of the travel (the old internal rebound springs stored energy as the body rose and released it on the way back down, skewing the effective damping rates). The rear shocks include a similar function
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For the last several years, Ford’s top-level NASCAR entries have been styled to look like the Fusion family sedan. Next season, though, that won’t be the case. Instead, Ford plans to run a Mustang-inspired car like it does in the Xfinity series. But while previous iterations have looked clumsy at best, this one looks surprisingly good. Ford
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Borrowing design cues from the Stinger, Kia’s redesigned Forte is as stylish as ever, but the compact sedan is also more efficient thanks in part to a new CVT (dubbed IVT) replacing the outgoing six-speed automatic transmission. The 147-hp, 132-lb-ft 2.0-liter I-4 engine carries over from last year and now delivers an EPA-rated 31/41/35 mpg
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Over the past few years, driver assistance features such as automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist have become increasingly more common. But how effective are they? According to a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), these features still aren’t substitutes for actual human drivers, and the results varied significantly from brand to
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I first met Marchionne in December 2012 when I had the honor of presenting the Ram truck team Motor Trend’s 2013 Truck of the Year award. For the occasion, Marchionne called an all-hands meeting at FCA’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. I found out later this was only the second all-employee meeting since his arrival
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If you’re of a certain age, you probably stayed home on Friday nights to watch David Hasselhoff and his amazing talking car KITT fight crime on “Knight Rider.” Who wouldn’t geek out over Michael Knight’s seemingly indestructible 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am? Heck, even Elon Musk admits that he wants to add more KITT-like artificial
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I was starting to get worried. No, it had nothing to do with the surprisingly difficult off-road trail our prototype 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 was crawling over. We’ll get to that, but suffice to say, the GLE handled it fine. My concern was that I couldn’t find anything wrong with the GLE, even this camo’d-up
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