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Henry Payne: Five cool things to know about GM's Hummer EV

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True to its military roots, the GMC Hummer EV is big, brawny, and blingtastic. And now it's electric.

The gas-guzzling celebrity toy has transformed into an electron-guzzling celebrity toy. The $112,595, three-electric motor "Edition 1" launch model (the base model starts at $80k) will roll off the line in late 2021 on massive, 35-inch off-road...Read more


Motormouth: Do I really need that oil change?

Automotive / Automotive News /

Q: A friend of mine never changes the oil in his car. He has gone 70,000 without a change. He claims the oil never wears out. He cites a study of two New York taxi cabs going 40,000 miles each. One had regular oil changes and the other none. Both engines were examined and no wear or tear on cylinder and pistons on either. What are your thoughts?...Read more


GM unveils all-electric Hummer that costs $112,595

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DETROIT - The 2022 GMC Hummer EV has arrived.

General Motors Co. virtually unveiled the $112,595 "Edition 1" of the off-roading electric supertruck Tuesday across multiple platforms, including Game One of the World Series and NBC's "The Voice."

The Hummer, known a decade ago as a gas-guzzling Goliath, has been reborn with a soundless, fully ...Read more


GM reveals its GMC Hummer EV pickup and prices it more than $100,000

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General Motors revealed its first all-electric pickup Tuesday - the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1.

The pickup, which will be built at GM's Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck, will be the first fully-electric addition to GMC's lineup that starts production late next year.

Consumers can place reservations for Edition 1 trim now. But be ...Read more

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GM to invest billions in Michigan plants, converts another plant to EV

Automotive / Automotive News /

DETROIT - General Motors said Tuesday it is investing $2 billion in six U.S. assembly plants and will be converting its Spring Hill, Tenn., assembly plant to become the company's third factory to build electric vehicles.

As part of that, GM said it will build the Cadillac Lyriq all-electric SUV at Spring Hill Assembly. GM presently builds the ...Read more

Dave's Garage: 2020 Toyota Camry TRD

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

Stock car racing used to be based on stock cars -- production cars you could buy, modified to race.

Today, it's the reverse. The race cars are cars you can't buy, with the production cars modified to look like the race cars.

Such is the case with the latest iteration of Toyota's Camry sedan. The one you can buy is a front-wheel-drive car with ...Read more

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Ford warns of fire, loss of control with 2020 Escape, Mustang Shelby, Transit Connect

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Ford Motor Co. warned Monday that certain 2019-2020 Ford Transit Connect vans have an engine flaw that could create fire risk while certain 2020 Ford Escape SUVs have tire pressure monitoring flaws that could lead to loss of control.

Both vehicles are the subject of recalls, along with the high-performance of the Mustang Shelby GT350 and ...Read more

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Unifor members ratify 3-year deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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Unifor members have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new three-year contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The vote percentage in favor, at 78%, was not quite at the level of the Ford (81%) ratification vote last month, but represented a high level of support nonetheless.

The most significant part of the deal is the return of a third shift...Read more

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Ford wage, benefits fuel union buzz at Honda, Toyota, says Canadian autoworkers leader

Automotive / Automotive News /

Jerry Dias has his eye on Honda and Toyota now.

The president of Unifor, the union representing Detroit Three autoworkers in Canada, said contract talks with Ford Motor Co. went so well that nonunion workers have begun making inquiries, wondering if the time has come to join.

The Ford deal announced Sept. 28 included a $1.5 billion (U.S.) ...Read more


Nikola CEO says startup's plans intact even if GM deal unravels

Automotive / Automotive News /

Nikola Corp.'s chief executive officer sees a path ahead for his company even if the embattled electric-truck startup is unable to come to terms with General Motors Co. on a proposed strategic partnership.

Talks between the two companies are ongoing, but if a tentative technology-sharing and manufacturing deal announced last month falls apart, ...Read more

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These women use augmented reality to help owners find their way around Ram trucks

Automotive / Automotive News /

As a manager of the team generating ideas for new features on Fiat Chrysler vehicles, Carolina Harris knows the automaker's latest models bristle with more technology than ever before.

So when her teen children began getting behind the wheel for the first time, she saw a need for a tool to introduce them and others to the parts and capabilities...Read more

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VW truck unit agrees to buy rest of Navistar for $3.7 billion

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Volkswagen's commercial truck unit, Traton, has agreed to buy the rest of truck manufacturer Navistar International for $3.7 billion in cash.

Traton, which owns 16.8% of Navistar, offered $44.50 per share to buy the rest of the company, looking to increase the German automaker's commercial truck market presence in the U.S.

"We are pleased to ...Read more

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GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant renamed 'Factory ZERO' amid shift to all-electric

Automotive / Automotive News /

DETROIT - The iconic General Motors factory that straddles two cities is getting a new moniker as GM turns it into its most modern plant in the country.

Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly will now be Factory ZERO, serving as the "launchpad" for GM's multi-brand EV strategy, GM said Friday.

"Factory ZERO is the next battleground in the EV race and will...Read more

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Auto review: 2021 GMC Yukon Denali SUV scales new heights of luxury

Automotive / Automotive News /

DETROIT - The new Cadillac Escalade better be good. That was my first thought after a day driving the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali large SUV, which takes GMC's premium sub-brand to new levels of luxury. The '21 Escalade, GM's ultimate luxury flagship, will have to improve its interior design and materials significantly to top Yukon Denali.

General ...Read more

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Could your car keep you safe from COVID-19?

Automotive / Automotive News /

The novel coronavirus has created an opportunity for businesses that purport to offer high-end products with enhanced protections against infection - from $250 face masks to $20,000 private jet flights and $200,000 home ventilation systems.

Luxury car makers could be the next to capitalize.

At a time when there's more focus than ever on what ...Read more


Auto review: VW Atlas Cross Sport: Fewer passengers means more room for fun stuff

Automotive / Automotive News /

What do you get when you strip the third row from a popular SUV, lay protective rubber mats back there instead, and then rake back the roof for a sportier profile?

Well, you get a sexier, roomier two-row activity vehicle, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. It's a five-seater modified from the family hauling Atlas. It is 3 inches shorter and...Read more


Larry Printz: With the new MC20, Maserati throws down a super car challenge

Automotive / Automotive News /

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Maserati. Remember them?

It's a name many luxury car buyers don't consider, something the company is hoping change with the introduction of the MC20, the brand's new mid-engine super car prototype being shown at 20 events nationwide at Maserati's largest dealerships, including one Monday night at Ferrari Maserati of Fort...Read more

Re-imagined Chevy Trailblazer takes on class-king Mazda CX-30

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DETROIT - The Chevrolet Blazer has been roasted in ... well, a blaze of criticism for not being like the new Ford Bronco. Unlike the wildly anticipated Ford, the mid-size Chevy isn't sparking passion because it has forsaken its roots as a rugged truck-based SUV.

Its sibling - the subcompact 2021 Chevy Trailblazer - is feeling the heat, too. The...Read more

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Ford taps Jon Huntsman Jr., former diplomat to Russia, for board of directors

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Jon Huntsman Jr., who ran against Mitt Romney in 2012 for the GOP presidential nomination, has rejoined the board of directors at Ford Motor Co., the company announced Thursday.

Huntsman, 60, was first elected to be a Ford director in 2012. He stepped off the board in September 2017 to become a senior diplomat to Russia for two years under ...Read more

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Unifor president says Fiat Chrysler deal stabilizes Windsor Assembly operations

Automotive / Automotive News /

The Windsor (Ontario) Assembly Plant would see as much as $1.5 billion (Canadian dollars) in investment and 2,000 jobs as part of the tentative deal Unifor reached with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles this week, according to the union's national President Jerry Dias.

The company also committed to launching a second vehicle platform at the Windsor ...Read more