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Stellantis announces second North American battery plant with Samsung

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The maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks on Friday announced plans for a second joint venture to build a second battery plant in North America — this time with Samsung SDI.

Stellantis NV and the Korean manufacturer said, after entering into a memorandum of understanding that is subject to regulatory approvals, they are planning for a ...Read more


Amazon's self-driving cars are coming to downtown Seattle. Safety advocates are not pleased

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Tech-industry experts, city planners and even Gov. Jay Inslee have touted self-driving cars as a panacea, cutting congestion and vehicle emissions while reducing collisions.

But an announcement last Monday from Amazon's self-driving car unit Zoox that it will soon start testing its autonomous vehicles in downtown Seattle drew criticism from ...Read more

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Study compares electric vehicle charge costs vs. gas -- and results were surprising

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Last year Patrick Anderson went electric: He got a Porsche Taycan EV in dark blue.

Anderson, who is CEO of East Lansing, Michigan-based economic consulting firm Anderson Economic Group, loves the zippy acceleration and "exciting" features the car offers. He also gets satisfaction in knowing that driving an EV benefits the environment, he said. ...Read more

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Mark Phelan: Finding an electric vehicle charging station shouldn't be game of hide-and-seek

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I get emails regularly from readers saying they'll never buy an electric vehicle because there's no place nearby to charge it.

They're nearly always wrong, but it's not their fault: The electric vehicle charging industry does a miserable job letting people know where to find chargers.

"People are largely unaware of the existing EV charging ...Read more


Auto review: Last of the breed, best of the breed. Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwings can absolutely fly

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WAMPUM, Pennsylvania — The trouble with straightaways is they have to end.

With 668 horses howling in my ears, I bang the gearshift into fourth through the kink on Pittsburgh International Race Complex's back straight and the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine in the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing wants to take me to the moon.

The sound is ...Read more

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Auto review: Rivian R1T: The first electric full-size pickup has a cartoon guardian, 800-plus hp

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The Rivian R1T, the first electric full-size pickup, just went on sale, and it's clearly ready to challenge luxury vehicles like Land Rovers, with head-snapping power and eye-popping technology. Priced starting at $73,000, the R1T makes no pretense of competing with upcoming mass market electric pickups like the Ford F-150 Lightning that arrives...Read more


Auto review: The 2022 Audi A3 is the perfect antidote to a world filled with crossover SUVs

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DENVER – If you’re shopping for a new vehicle, odds are it’s an SUV or pickup, not a sedan nor a sports car. Those last two categories are seeing their sales shrivel faster than American civility. And yet these are the vehicles that provide the most pleasure, especially one with talents that cut across both the sedan and sports car ...Read more

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Push to pass federal semiconductor funding picks up steam

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Advocates for the semiconductor chip industry blanketed Capitol Hill offices this week to push for passage of $52 billion in subsidies amid an ongoing global shortage.

Their efforts appear to be paying off: More than three dozen bipartisan members of Congress from auto manufacturing states urged House leadership on Thursday to pass funding for ...Read more

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Tesla still not giving many details about HQ move to Austin

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Tesla held its third-quarter earnings call with shareholders on Wednesday — but anyone hoping the automaker would provide more details about moving its headquarters to Austin was likely disappointed.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Oct. 7 that Tesla will relocate its corporate headquarters to Austin, but gave few hints as to what that would...Read more

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Foul, moldy smells from AC vents threaten health of Toyota owners, lawsuits claim

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Foul odors reminiscent of urine or sweaty socks are exposing people in older Toyota vehicles to health and safety risks, a new federal lawsuit claims.

The odors result from a design defect that allows condensation to accumulate in hidden parts of the Toyota vehicles’ air conditioning systems and cultivate microbes, bacteria, mold and fungus, ...Read more


Motormouth: OK to mix and match?

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Q: A blinking check engine light came on setting a number four cylinder misfire code. I suspected a bad ignition coil, which I replaced. I cleared codes and the car runs great. I was able to find an auto parts store open late and fortunately the coil was in front of the engine not in back. A back coil will probably fail in dead of winter and 20-...Read more

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GMC expects record Sierra pickup sales as it struggles to keep up with demand

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GMC is on track to hit record sales of its Sierra heavy-duty and light-duty pickups this year despite continued thin inventory amid a global shortage of semiconductor chips.

The scarcity of chips, which are used in a variety of vehicle parts, has crippled auto industry production. But General Motors has managed to keep its truck plants running,...Read more

First China-built Mustang Mach-E rolls off assembly line

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The first Mustang Mach-E made in China for local consumers rolled off the assembly line Monday, Ford Motor Co. announced.

The all-electric SUV already is sold in the United States and other markets. The China-built version is assembled at Changan Ford's plant in Chongqing and will be available for delivery to customers in China by the end of ...Read more


Stellantis, LG announce joint venture to produce EV batteries in North America

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The maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks on Monday said it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with LG Energy Solution to create a joint venture for the production of electric-vehicle battery cells and modules in North America.

The joint venture between Stellantis NV and the Korean battery maker intends to break ground on a U.S. ...Read more

Roadshow: 2022 Toyota Tundra is better in every way

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With a hybrid powertrain, butch design, new rear suspension and tons of cabin tech, the 2022 Tundra is a massive improvement over its predecessor.

After more than a decade, a new Toyota Tundra is finally here. And after spending a day with Toyota's third-generation full-size truck in Texas, I can confirm it drives better, offers more utility ...Read more

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GM lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler dismissed by Michigan court

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A Michigan judge dismissed General Motors Co.’s lawsuit that accused Fiat Chrysler of bribing union officials to reach an advantageous labor deal that ultimately hurt GM’s competitive position in its own 2015 bargaining agreement.

“Even the most enthralling drama must eventually reach a conclusion,” David Allen, a Circuit Court judge in...Read more

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GM reinventing Cadillac brand with new financing arm

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General Motors' luxury brand Cadillac will soon get its own financing arm for customers as it continues to head toward a future of all-electric vehicles.

Cadillac Financial, an arm of GM Financial, is expected to launch around the middle of next year, Cadillac spokesman Michael Albano said Friday and as was reported earlier this week by ...Read more

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Detroit 3 mandate vaccine for Canada workforce, considering for US

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The Detroit Three automakers are requiring that all hourly and salaried workers in Canada be vaccinated against COVID-19, but they are not requiring the same of the U.S. workforce — although discussions about the possibility are happening.

General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Stellantis, formerly called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, reiterated ...Read more


Ford's China sales also hit by chip shortage in third quarter

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Ford Motor Co. saw its China sales decrease 8.7% year over year in the third quarter, the automaker said Friday.

The drop was a result of the ongoing challenges Ford and other automakers face with the semiconductor shortage, as well as flooding in central China in July and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overall, Ford reported ...Read more


Auto review: The 2022 Toyota Tundra is the first truly competitive Japanese full-size pickup

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — After 22 years and two generations (not counting the T100, a full-sized truck Toyota produced for eight years before the Tundra), Toyota has finally produced a pickup that can challenge its rivals: the new 2022 Toyota Tundra. It’s a wonder that it’s taken so long, but execs say it’s due to the company’s desire to ...Read more