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Auto News for Tuesday, March 8

03.08.2016

VW is months away from resolving diesel scandal. ““Relax, and take a deep breath,” execs tell public.

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Today: Mary Misses Her Minivan!

03.08.2016

Mary's buying a new car and has narrowed it down  to the Dodge Journey, Subaru Forrester, Ford Escape, Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. What would Car Talk recommend? 

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Tire Pressure: Will We Soon Set It and Forget It?

03.04.2016

Michelin is coming out with Auto Inflate, which will maintain the correct pressure as the tire turns. Right now it's only for heavy-duty trucks, but that's likely to change soon.

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Auto News for Friday, March 4

03.04.2016

New-car loan amount, monthly payment hit high in Q4, Experian says… With many dealerships providing convenient in-house-of-cards financing.

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Cruise Control Questions: What's the Best Way to Resume Speed?

03.03.2016

Richard notices that when he hits the "resume" on cruise control, it accelerates much faster than he would if he were accelerating manually. Is this good for his fuel economy? 

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Meet the World's First Hybrid Car--Built in 1896

03.02.2016

An American genius named Harry Dey introduced the Armstrong Phaeton hybrid car to an indifferent world before the turn of the century. It had a self-starter, a semi-automatic transmission, and could run on gas, electric power, or both. The one example has just been restored and is headed for auction.

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Auto News for Wednesday, March 2

03.02.2016

Toyota cars slip, trucks rise. Because Americans have chosen to spend the money they're saving on gas... on gas.

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Is It Safe To Drive Car With Slipping Transmission?

03.01.2016

The transmission on Bill's 2000 Volvo V70 is slipping. Is it safe to keep driving it? Car Talk's take, right here.

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Choosing a Reliable Car: Two Lists

02.26.2016

J.D. Power and Consumer Reports agree: Lexus, Porsche and Buick (yes, Buick) make cars you can depend on.

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Should Kids Learn to Drive on a Manual or an Automatic?

02.25.2016

Karen learned to drive on a manual transmission and thinks it made her a better driver. But is it safer to teach kids on an automatic? Car Talk's advice, here.

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