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Saturday Drive: 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Coupe

Start off your weekend of motoring with a quick take on something fast, fun, rare or weird that’s recently grabbed our attention in the automotive world.

The car: 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Coupe

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July auto sales look strong despite economic jitters

The economic news remains mixed, but that hasn’t slowed car buyers down in July.

Mazda recalls Tribute SUV to fix throttle problem

Mazda Motor Corp will recall 217,500 Tribute sport-utility vehicles sold in the U.S. to fix the same sticking gas pedal problem that Ford Motor Co. is dealing with in older Escape SUVs.

Ford recalls 421,000 Escapes; consumer group calls for fine

Ford says the gas pedal can stick on 2001-04 Escapes with the 3.0-liter, V-6 engine. The Center for Auto Safety says the recall should have come in 2005.

Ford Motor Co.on Thursday launched a recall of 421,000 Escapes sold in the U.S. because of a problem that can cause the gas pedal to stick.


J.D. Power car study finds downsizers happy; Chevrolet speeds up

Car buyers are trading down to smaller vehicles and are finding that they are just as satisfied as they had been with larger autos, according to a study by market research firm J.D. Power and Associates.

Car review: 2013 Acura ILX light on power, driver enthusiasm

The Acura ILX is more or less a bedazzled version of the Honda Civic. It will get you where you need to go, but don’t expect a particularly engaging experience.

With summer barreling through the calendar faster than you can say “water wings,” it’s likely you have a family reunion looming on the horizon.


Saturday Drive: Icon FJ40

Start off your weekend of motoring with a quick take on something fast, fun, rare or weird that’s recently grabbed our attention in the automotive world.

The car: 2012 Icon FJ40

Plug-in hybrid sales soar; all-electric cars stay in low gear

‘Pure’ electric cars post underwhelming sales. Their limited range and higher prices, plus the lack of a strong public infrastructure for recharging their batteries, hurt their appeal.

Since a new generation of electric cars went on sale 18 months ago, the results have been far from jolting.


Porsche to recall 270 vehicles because of a turbocharger defect

Porsche owners are discovering that paying a lot of money for a car won’t protect you from recalls.

Got $20 million? 4 ‘very important’ Ferrari cars to go on block

A rare collection of four Ferrari cars is expected to sell for a combined $20 million or more at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance next month.