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Auto review: 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor, with 400 hp and $68,500 price tag, is a rock crawling rocket

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Bigger, brawnier and faster off-road than any Ford SUV that came before, Ford's 2022 Bronco Raptor will hit the road this summer with more power, luxury and a seriously upgraded suspension and chassis.

Prices will start at $68,500, plus $1,495 destination charge.

That's more than double the base price of a 2022 four-door Bronco, which is $33,...Read more

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Why commercial customers are poised to lead EV transformation

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SEBASTOPOL, Calif. — Steve Dutton can't get his hands on an electric pickup fast enough.

The fifth-generation northern California farmer and his family grow wine grapes and apples on a 1,400-acre ranch in this Sonoma County farming community. As part of a just-announced pilot program, Ford Motor Co. will equip Dutton Ranch and two other farms...Read more

Auto review: Chevy Trailblazer Activ compact SUV offers pickup versatility

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Inside the Chevy Trailblazer Activ is a GMC Sierra AT4 wanting to get out.

Over Christmas, I had the $65,000 AT4 beauty in my driveway (Chevy sells a similar Silverado Trail Boss): all-terrain tires, 6 1/2-foot bed, Multi-Pro tailgate. I hauled my Christmas tree home in it, tore around Metro Detroit's ox-cart roads without a care in the world. ...Read more

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Auto review: The 2022 Lexus LX 600 is the best Toyota Land Cruiser yet

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Want a new 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV? Well, you can’t have one. Toyota decided to not bring the new one stateside because its annual sales numbers didn’t justify the cost of federalizing it. So, you’ll have to settle for a 2022 Lexus LX 600, which is a Land Cruiser with elitist airs. It employs the same TNGA-F platform also used the ...Read more

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Elon Musk slams Biden on Twitter over GM, Ford meeting

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WASHINGTON — Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk ripped into President Joe Biden on Twitter Thursday over his meeting with General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra and Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley.

The two attended a roundtable with other CEOs Wednesday at the White House to speak about their support for Biden's Build Back Better bill, which has stalled in ...Read more

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Stellantis says it'll increase share of China JV to boost Jeep, but partner says it didn't agree

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The maker of Jeep said on Thursday it will take majority ownership in its joint venture with one of its Chinese automaker partners in an effort to boost the SUV brand in a market particularly hungry for them.

But Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd. said it didn't know about the plans.

Stellantis NV says it will increase its share to 75% from ...Read more

GM, Ford CEOs push EV credits and chip funding at White House

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General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra and Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley urged passage of President Joe Biden's social safety net and climate policy bill at the White House Wednesday.

Barra and Farley attended a meeting with Biden, eight other CEOs and administration officials to discuss how the president's agenda would help their businesses and the...Read more

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Motormouth: Is it normal to make cold car warm up?

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Q: I own a 2017 Nissan Rogue that has 56,000 miles on it. Whenever the temperature gets below 25 degrees, the car won't up-shift out of what seems like fourth gear until the engine warms up. The colder it is, the longer it takes, sometimes up to two miles. Is this normal for this car? The dealer service person said to let the car warm up before ...Read more

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Ford updates COVID-19 mask requirement for US office, factory workers

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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. has revised pandemic-related mask requirements for its U.S. office and factory workers, and the company notified employees Monday, the Free Press has learned.

"The safety of our workforce is our top priority," said Kelli Felker, Ford global manufacturing and labor communications manager.

"We have updated our COVID ...Read more

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GM to invest historic $7 billion in 4 facilities across Michigan, creating 4,000 jobs

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In a big win for Michigan, General Motors will invest $7 billion in four manufacturing facilities, making the state the "hub" of electric vehicle development and manufacturing.

GM said Tuesday it will spend $2.6 billion to build a new battery factory in the Lansing area and $4 billion to convert its existing factory in Orion Township to make ...Read more

Rivian's Georgia electric vehicle plant sparks fears among neighbors

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Clint Powell's home in Social Circle, Georgia sits on a two-acre lot, about 300 yards from the property where electric vehicle maker Rivian plans to begin building a giant factory soon.

He's pretty sure it will change his life, but residents like him are still trying to find out how much.

Some are exploring if they can stop or limit the ...Read more

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Ford hits pause on 2022 Maverick orders to meet soaring demand for $20K pickup

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Ford Motor Co. will temporarily stop accepting orders on its all-new 2022 Maverick compact pickup truck — both hybrid and gasoline versions — until summer, the automaker confirmed Monday.

Ford told dealers in a letter emailed Monday that orders for a gas-powered Maverick will be accepted through Thursday at close of business.

Ford hit ...Read more

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Ford unleashes the ferocious Bronco Raptor

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Ford has let its much-anticipated Bronco Raptor out of the cage, and it's a beast.

With a ferocious, 400-plus horsepower engine under its ribbed hood, the Raptor sits on 37-inch tires and a 9.8-inch wider track for high speed off-roading like its big brother F-150 Raptor pickup. Combine that with Bronco's signature, electronic detachable sway ...Read more

2022 Audi S3 review: Stellar performance on a smaller scale

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The 2022 Audi S3 is a subcompact sedan with outsize performance and the personality to match. Engineers shoehorned a giant-slaying drivetrain into a premium four-door that's basically the same size as a Nissan Versa. If you're looking for speed and finesse in a highly maneuverable package that's also surprisingly affordable, you really can't ...Read more

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GM and local UAW at odds over contract at plant that makes the Corvette

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General Motors is back at the bargaining table just two years after reaching a national contract agreement with the UAW amid a 40-day national strike.

This time, GM is trying to hammer out a local contract with workers at its Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky where it builds its popular Corvette sportscar.

The 1,300 hourly workers at ...Read more

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Larry Printz: Bentley's newest project isn't a car

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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, a town once filled with low-rise, mid-century modern motels, is now awash in condo towers. But newest one promises to be one of the most alluring — at least for car enthusiasts.

It’s the Bentley Residences, the first Bentley-branded luxury residential tower. The 749-foot high, 60-story condominium is slated to be...Read more

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Insurance Institute: Advanced driving assistance systems don't equal self-driving tech

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Having an advanced driver assistance system in your car, where cameras and sensors allow it to offer things like adaptive cruise control or lane centering, doesn't mean you have a self-driving vehicle.

Drivers still need to be alert and paying attention to what's up ahead.

But some manufacturers have oversold how much their systems can do, ...Read more

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Sticker shock is a real thing for car shoppers right now: Here's why

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The price to buy a new or used car is increasing at a faster rate than the average wage growth in the nation, a study said.

On Thursday, Anderson Economic Group, an East Lansing-based economic consulting firm, released the results of a recent analysis comparing new and used vehicle price increases against wage growth in the U.S. private sector....Read more

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Auto review: Audi e-tron GT is an electrifying, elegant but expensive EV

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The last time I saw the Audi e-tron GT, it was being mobbed by members of a panting press at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show with Iron Man — er, actor Robert Downey Jr. — behind the wheel. The GT hasn't lost its appeal.

With a long, lean Audi figure draped over the same bones that carry the Porsche Taycan EV, the e-tron is a rocket ship with...Read more

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New EV rules handicap transplants, play to Detroit Three's strengths

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As the most onerous federal mpg regulations in 50 years force the auto industry toward electric vehicles, domestic manufacturers are in the catbird seat. Credit the Detroit Three's huge advantage in profitable fleet trucks and vans, say industry analysts, that are lining up corporate customers. Meanwhile, more consumer-reliant Asian automakers ...Read more