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Old-fashioned gasoline-powered vehicles commanded somewhere north of 95 percent of the U.S. vehicle market last year. But Americans don't love the internal combustion engine any more than an Iowa cow loves to eat corn.
We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to acknowledge the profound influence this youthful product has had over the century-old auto industry.
North America, Alan Batey's domain at General Motors, is responsible for 99.4 percent of GM's total adjusted earnings since January 2014. And it's becoming even more critical to the automaker's future.
Honda isn't planning on having sales consultants run through a full technology training session with buyers of the 2018 Odyssey.
The 2018 Odyssey is intended for people into the family stage of their adult lives, including the early wave of millennials.
If a central challenge of autonomous vehicles is easing the tedium of driving, it's the same challenge facing the developers of the modern minivan.
Loyal Honda Odyssey customers upgrading to the 2018 model will discover something missing from the center stack: the gearshift knob.
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