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A little more of everything | 2017 Porsche 911 GTS First Drive

The man in charge of Porsche's rear-engine sports car says the 911 S may not be long for this world, and we have this car to thank. The GTS model, which is a collection of popular equipment on top of a 911 S, has proven, well, popular. If the GTS does even better this time around, the S may be deemed unnecessary. Maybe. We'll see. The third rung up the growing 991.2 911 ladder, the GTS is again available as a Carrera coupe or convertible with rear- or all-wheel drive, as well as in the…
The car that could soon wipe the 911 Carrera S out of existence.

MotoGP champ Nicky Hayden dies after cycling accident, Italian media report

ROME - American former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has died of severe brain damage five days after he was hit by a car while cycling in eastern Italy, Italian media reported on Monday. There was no immediate confirmation from his Red Bull Honda team or the hospital treating him. A spokeswoman for Cesena's Maurizio Bufalini hospital said a statement was expected later. Hayden, 35, was struck by a car while training on his bicycle along Italy's Adriatic Coast, the force of the impact…
The force of the impact shattered the car windshield.

Mark Fields fired - 'Jim Hackett is the right CEO to lead Ford'

"Jim Hackett is the right CEO to lead Ford during this transformative period for the auto industry and the broader mobility space." — Bill Ford Jr. Ford Motor Co. fired CEO Mark Fields after less than three years at the helm of the second-largest US automaker and replaced him with Jim Hackett, the chairman of Ford's forward-looking Smart Mobility division. The news was confirmed Monday morning after Forbes first reported the move late Sunday. Fields has come under pressure for the…
Ford's middling stock price forces Fields' ouster.

Scott Dixon wins pole position at Indy, gets robbed at Taco Bell

According to Fox 59 and ESPN, IndyCar racer Scott Dixon was the victim of an armed robbery at a Taco Bell near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This happened the day that Dixon took pole position during Indianapolis 500 qualifying. Fox 59 reports that Dixon's wife and fellow former Indy winner Dario Franchitti were with him at the time of the robbery. ESPN reported that Dixon was getting food for his race team at the end of the day, around 10 p.m. Sunday at the restaurant about a mile from the…
Crummy end to a good day.

Takeaways from the executive shakeup at Ford

Ford's new CEO Jim Hackett was a college football player at the University of Michigan, and he evoked his coach, the late Bo Schembechler, during his introductory remarks on Monday. "My old football coach used to say you either get better or you get worse. You don't stay the same." That's the perceived problem with Ford right now. It's staying the same as a range of competitors from General Motors to Tesla take risks to try to get better. Couple that with a spongy stock price that never seems…
Making sense of the news out of Dearborn.

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New-car buying 101: Avoid the hassle

More than a century since cars became accessible to the working class, car buyers often remain wary of buying a new or pre-owned vehicle. With today's available resources (including this site) there are fewer reasons for it to be difficult, even for…
A significant percentage of car buyers remain put off by the buying process.

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