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Ford F-150, Mach-E to add hands-free highway driving in high-volume rollout of new tech

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Ford F-150, Mach-E to add hands-free highway driving in high-volume rollout of new tech.

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Government, consumers want lower EV prices, but automakers still pricing high

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Government officials and consumers want to see cheaper electric vehicles, but automakers are launching expensive options as they work to make these types of vehicles affordable down the road.

The automakers, including General Motors Co. with its "Everybody In" campaign, say they will offer EVs across a wide range of pricing. And, to help speed ...Read more


NHTSA investigating air bag failure complaints in GM vehicles

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The U.S. government's highway safety agency is investigating complaints that the air bags may not inflate in a crash on thousands of General Motors vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the investigation covers nearly 750,000 Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC vehicles from the 2020 and 2021 model years. Most are full-size ...Read more

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As auto leaders push for set-aside chips, Biden administration remains non-committal

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WASHINGTON — To address the shortage of semiconductor chips kneecapping auto production, CEOs of the Detroit Three used a virtual meeting Monday with major tech companies to ask the Biden administration to help bolster chip production for the automakers.

But the administration has indicated privately to semiconductor industry leaders that it ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Dodge Ram 1500 TRX

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When does 450 horsepower seem kind of ... limp? When you're behind the wheel of something with more than 700 horsepower.

That's the difference -- or one of the differences -- between the Ram 1500 TRX and its chief rival, the Ford F-150 Raptor.

What It Is

The TRX is the answer -- in triplicate -- to the Ford F-150 Raptor, which, for a...Read more

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Detroit Three meet with White House on semiconductor chip shortage

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WASHINGTON — The CEOs of the Detroit Three and major tech companies met virtually with President Joe Biden and senior administration officials Monday to discuss the ongoing shortage of semiconductor chips, which have forced automakers to scale back production.

General Motors Co.'s Mary Barra, Ford Motor Co.'s Jim Farley and Stellantis NV's ...Read more

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Feds pick UAW monitor to oversee corruption reforms

Automotive / Automotive News /

Federal prosecutors asked a judge Monday to appoint a veteran lawyer and former prosecutor to oversee reforms at the troubled United Auto Workers union following a corruption scandal.

Prosecutors have selected New York attorney Neil Barofsky, who served as special inspector general for the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, a series of...Read more

Roadshow: 2022 Kia Carnival is a luxurious minivan with SUV style

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Spacious and flexible, approachable and safe -- the minivan is a marvel of suburban utility. The problem is that most people don't actually want to be seen driving one, so many shoppers skew toward cooler-looking SUVs. To combat this, the major players in the class have pushed minivan design in a direction that's perhaps best described as &...Read more

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Sparks could fly after Biden decision on EV battery dispute

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has until Sunday to intervene in a dispute between two major South Korean battery producers, a decision that carries major implications for plans by Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG to produce new electric vehicles in the coming years.

The Detroit battle lines are clearly drawn: Ford has contracted with ...Read more


All-electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E goes to sleep and won't wake up, Ford confirms

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Early models of the all-electric 2021 Mustang Mach-E have a battery issue that may leave owners struggling to start their vehicles despite its being fully charged, according to a technical service bulletin that Ford sent to federal regulators.

"Bad software is turning some Mustang Mach-Es into 'electric bricks,' " said a headline in TheVerge....Read more

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GM halts full-size pickup production at 2 plants because of parts shortage

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For the first time this year General Motors will halt production of its full-size pickups at two U.S. plants.

GM said it is canceling overtime shifts this weekend at Flint Assembly and Fort Wayne Assembly in Indiana due to a parts shortage.

Also, there will be no summer shutdown this year at the majority of GM's U.S. plants.

The automaker ...Read more

Remote control for self-driving cars isn't required anywhere. Why? It's complicated

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WASHINGTON — As autonomous vehicle testing advances without cohesive federal guidelines, companies are operating under inconsistent or nonexistent rules for how and whether a vehicle is monitored and controlled on the road.

There are no federal rules requiring companies testing self-driving vehicles on public roads to have the ability to ...Read more


Biden wants funds to electrify federal vehicle fleet in next budget

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President Joe Biden on Friday released a spending proposal for next fiscal year that, as expected, asks Congress to invest heavily in the electrification of America's vehicles.

In the funding proposal, the Biden administration is specifically asking for:

$600 million in new investments for the federal government to purchase electric vehicles ...Read more

2024 GMC Hummer electric SUV is radically engineered. Just try getting it stuck

Automotive / Automotive News /

GMC’s 830-horsepower electric 2024 Hummer SUV will be even more capable than the 1,000-hp electric Hummer pickup, thanks largely to trail-friendly dimensions that will let it negotiate tighter spaces.

Due to go on sale early in 2023, the electric Hummer SUV is nearly 2 feet shorter than it’s sibling pickup. At 196.8 inches long, the SUV is ...Read more


Auto review: The 2021 VW Arteon is a beautiful alternative to a world clogged with crossovers

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In a year when some automakers see little reason to even offer sedans, or offer a handful of aging perfunctory models at best, Volkswagen has given its premium sedan, the Arteon, a design freshening one year after its introduction. Given the fact Volkswagen doesn’t sell many — a mere 3,602 last year on these shores — you have to wonder why...Read more

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Many car-sharing services have folded. This one is expanding

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It might seem counterintuitive in the middle of a pandemic to see demand for using a shared vehicle climb.

But that's what Free2Move — car-sharing service under Stellantis NV, maker of Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, Fiat, Peugeot and more — saw in the latter half of 2020. As government-ordered restrictions lifted, residents in cities like Washington,...Read more


Auto review: Infiniti QX55 brings back X-appeal to the SUV

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Japanese luxury brands are going back to the future to find their mojo.

First Acura time-traveled back to the 1990s to rediscover its sporty roots. The successful journey brought us the Acura NSX supercar and athletic RDX and MDX SUVs. Infiniti is using the same method to aid its SUV fortunes.

Say hello to the sexy QX55 — created from the ...Read more

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Ford cancels summer shutdown weeks at majority of assembly plants

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John Savona, vice president of manufacturing and labor affairs at Ford Motor Co., issued a letter to factory workers on Thursday alerting them that summer break is canceled.

"This notification is a week later than normal because of the volatility tied to the industry-wide semiconductor shortage. We appreciate your patience and the UAW's ...Read more

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GM to idle Lansing plant due to semiconductor chip shortage

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General Motors is halting production at two of its plants that make midsize SUVs, including one in Lansing, due to a parts shortage.

But the automaker said Thursday that it is able to restart its plant in Missouri that makes its midsize pickups, though many of GM's other plants remain idle.

The auto industry has been faced with a global crisis...Read more

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Motormouth: Question about VCM system

Automotive / Automotive News /

Q: I have a question about my 2019 Pilot Elite. I read in some Honda Pilot blogs about the long term benefits of disabling your VCM (variable cylinder management system). We bought our Pilot new and always thoroughly maintain our vehicles at the Honda dealership and look to keep this Pilot for as long as we can. But I read that the VCM causes ...Read more