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September 22, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
General Motors Co. is recalling 426,000 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn mid-size sedans to fix a transmission problem that could cause a car to roll away after the driver has left the vehicle. The recall affects model year 2007-10 Saturn Aura and model year 2008-10 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 vehicles equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission and sold in the U.S. GM will be contacting the owners to tell them how to get their cars fixed. The problem results from tabs on the transmission shift cable end that may fracture and separate in the cars.
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July 21, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times auto critic
The car: 2012 Icon FJ40 The power: 420 horsepower and 458 pound-feet of torque from a custom-spec 5.7-liter V-8 engine; four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive; part-time, shift-on-the-fly, four-wheel-drive. The photos: 2012 Icon FJ40 The bragging rights: One of the most expensive ways to climb walls in a hand-crafted vehicle. The price: The FJ40 starts at around $127,000. The model we tested was closer to $148,000. The details: Icon is a shop based in Chatsworth that builds three different custom vehicles by hand, to the tune of 18 to 20 sales a year, according to owner Jonathan Ward.
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April 28, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Auto Critic
The car: 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG The power: 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque coming from a 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 routing power to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The photos: 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG The speed: 0-60 in 4.7 seconds and a 155 mph top speed The bragging rights: Not the fastest SUV available (Porsche's Cayenne Turbo wins that distinction)
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February 23, 2012 | David Undercoffler
Imagine if Orson Wells was expected to improve on "Citizen Kane" every six years, or if Kobe Bryant's contract demanded that every time he put Nike to hardwood, he needed to score 60 points. Such is the sphere of influence where BMW's 3 Series operates. The company says one out of every three BMWs sold since 1975 is one of these compact sport sedans -- that's 12.5 million in all. Not only has the car been the automaker's most recognizable ambassador to the car-buying masses for the last 30 years, but with such volume comes corresponding profit.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2012
Base price: $47,775 (including destination charge) Price, as tested: $50,910 Powertrain: 3.5-liter, DOHC, direct-injected V-6; six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and paddle shifters Horsepower: 306 at 6,400 rpm Torque: 277 pound-feet at 4,800 rpm 0-60 mph: 5.7 seconds Curb weight: 3,795 pounds Wheelbase: 112.2 inches Overall length: 190.7 inches EPA fuel economy: 19/28 mpg city/highway ...
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January 4, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
If one of your New Year's resolutions was to be more honest and you just bought Honda's new 2012 CR-V, you may be up a creek without a spark plug. You see, you'll want to tell inquisitive friends and neighbors that the SUV you just bought is all-new. And the 2012 CR-V certainly looks like it. It has a degree of styling and refinement that just didn't exist in the three previous generations. It also rides and handles with confidence born out of recent engineering and development.
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December 22, 2011
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Base price: $43,995 (including destination charge) Price, as tested: $59,670 Powertrain: 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine; six-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting and sport mode Horsepower: 240 at 5,500 rpm Torque: 250 pound-feet at 1,750 rpm 0-60: 7.1 seconds Curb weight: 3,902 pounds Wheelbase: ...
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August 5, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Honda Motor Co. said Friday that it would recall more than 2 million vehicles in the U.S. and China to update the automatic transmission software in several popular models. The 1.5 million American cars affected include four-cylinder Accords from model years 2005 through 2010. The Accord was by far Honda's bestselling vehicle last month, followed by the Civic. CR-Vs from 2007 through 2010 and Elements from 2005 through 2008 are also affected by the voluntary recall. Shifting between the reverse, neutral and drive positions — a common sequence when trying to dislodge a vehicle trapped in mud or snow –- can damage a bearing in the automatic transmission system, the automaker said.
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April 1, 2009 | Susan Carpenter
With few exceptions in modern motorbiking, the two-wheeled world has broken down something like this: Manual transmission equals motorcycle (and macho). Automatic transmission equals scooter (and sissy). But in the last year, the most caveman of two-wheeled categorizations has begun to evolve: Motorcycles are beginning to incorporate automatic transmissions. The Honda DN-01, which is rolling into U.S.
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