Ram 1500, Hyundai Kona, Genesis G70 win Truck, Utility and Car of the Year

The ballots have been counted, and the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards were announced this morning at the Detroit auto show. The Genesis G70 sports sedan takes the car honors; the Hyundai Kona family won the utility bracket; and the new Ram 1500 took home the truck honors. The NACTOY awards are chosen by a panel of 54 jurors from print, online, radio and broadcast media across the U.S. and Canada. The awards are based on segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and…

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Automakers are stockpiling parts as no-deal Brexit looms

As the U.K. heads toward a likely no-deal Brexit on March 29, without a formal agreement with the European Union, automakers with operations in the U.K. are already feeling the stress. Without a deal in place for frictionless borders, automakers are preparing for significant delays in receiving parts from thousands of suppliers in an industry that relies on just-in-time manufacturing. Automakers typically have just a couple of days worth of parts in their warehouses to keep assembly running, which means days-long backups in ports could leave assembly lines at a…

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Meet the 2020 Subaru WRX STI S209: Subaru’s 341-hp special edition

​After nearly 20 years of waiting, Subaru is finally bringing over one of its top-of-the-line S-Line STI models. The special edition will actually be built exclusively for the US market, and churn 341 hp out of the 2.5-liter H4. Along with more power, the S209 STI adds extra track prowess from a wider body, track-focused suspension and specially formulated Dunlop rubber. Subaru is squeezing more power from its EJ25 2.5-liter H4 with more boost — raising the boost pressure from 16.2 psi to 18.0 psi. Subaru also upped the turbine and compressor inside…

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