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General Motors to exit Australia, New Zealand and Thailand in cost-cutting move

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General Motors is exiting Australia, New Zealand and Thailand to save costs in the underperforming markets and better hone its focus on growth markets as well as on its electric vehicle and self-driving car strategies.

As a result, GM said it expects to incur net cash charges of $300 million and to record total cash and noncash charges of $1.1 ...Read more

Roadshow: Our favorite debuts from the 2020 Chicago Auto Show

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Though it might not be the hottest event in terms of vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show is extremely important for consumers - you know, the people actually buying all these new cars. That's how the Chicago expo manages to claim its "nation's largest auto show" title, and there's still plenty of big stuff on hand to keep us busy. ...Read more

Under the Hood: Keep those headlight lenses clean!

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Q: Regarding my 2000 Acura model TL, I've been told my front light shields need cleaning. I am wondering what you would recommend for improving nighttime safety. I could clean them myself, but I was told that is hard work and I'm in my 80s. The car-wash does cleaning at $89. I am hoping there is an easier/lower cost solution. Do you know if ...Read more

How good are your car headlights? Here's how technology is making them safer

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How good are your headlights? Probably not as good as you think.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on Thursday issued a list of the 23 safest 2020 passenger vehicles, based mainly on the institute's crash worthiness tests.

Of those 23 vehicles, only six offer top-rated headlights as standard equipment, the IIHS said: the Genesis G70, ...Read more

Draft of bipartisan driverless car bill offered by House panel

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WASHINGTON -- Days after reviving the debate over how to regulate the driverless vehicle industry, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is circulating draft legislation for that oversight.

The discussion draft, obtained by CQ Roll Call, is bipartisan and bicameral and aimed at ironing out legislative differences up front in order to avoid ...Read more

Auto review: 2020 Cadillac XT6 offers a smaller, cheaper three-row SUV, but not much more

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2020 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury: A smaller three-row Cadillac crossover.

Price: $71,585 as tested. Comfort and Air Quality Package, $750; Driver Assist Package, $1,300; Polished 20-inch wheels, $2,095; Enhanced Visibility and Technology Package, $2,350; much more listed throughout.

Conventional wisdom: Consumer Reports likes the "ride, ...Read more

House revives debate over regulation of autonomous vehicles

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WASHINGTON -- The House appears close to reviving a debate over whether to regulate the driverless vehicle industry, but all of the concerns that torpedoed past efforts remain: Namely, how best to balance safety of new technology and the freedom to innovate.

Though a GOP-led House in 2017 passed by voice vote a bill aimed at creating a ...Read more

Scale of coronavirus too big for GM to escape unscathed, experts warn

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General Motors will restart production at its plants across China beginning Saturday as it continues to take precautions to ensure worker health amid the coronavirus outbreak.

But economists warn all the precautions in the world will not leave automakers unscathed.

GM is especially in danger. Its wide-scale operations in China put its 2020 ...Read more

Roadshow: Ferrari's first electric car could be a Tesla Roadster rival

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Ferrari has approached electrified cars with caution, and we only saw the Italian firm introduce its first plug-in hybrid with the SF90 Stradale last year. Sure, there was the LaFerrari, but the KERS-style hybrid system was hardly for efficiency - just more power.

But the tides are changing, and even Ferrari has signaled that it will one day...Read more

Electric vehicles are hard to find at the Chicago Auto Show. Next year will be a different story.

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The auto industry is betting hundreds of billions of dollars that this is the decade you're going to buy an electric vehicle.

From a sporty Ford Mustang crossover to the rebirth of a brawny GMC Hummer truck, legacy and startup automakers alike have hundreds of electric vehicles in the development pipeline, with industry projections that EV ...Read more

Here are GM's plans to make the GMC Hummer pickup a top seller

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General Motors said pickup sales make up half of its North American revenue. That's why it has big plans for the upcoming new GMC Hummer all-electric pickup.

GM will reveal the Hummer on May 20 and it will be the best on the market, the company promises.

"We're here to win, not only compete," said GM President Mark Reuss during GM's annual ...Read more

Mark Phelan: 3 features I can't wait to test in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade

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The 2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV doesn't go on sale till late this year, but here are three features customers may love:

-- Augmented reality navigation

Imagine a big red pin dropping from the sky onto the building you were looking for in an unfamiliar city. That's one of the benefits the Escalade's augmented reality navigation system promises. ...Read more

Auto review: Nissan Rogue offers style, comfort, practicality in a compact crossover

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The Nissan Rogue for 2020 has lots to offer to buyers looking for a small crossover: smart styling, spacious and comfortable cabin, plenty of standard and available amenities, and competitive pricing.

Rogue is exceptionally versatile, with nearly 40cubic feet of cargo space with the rear 40/20/40 folding seat upright or 70 cubic feet with the ...Read more

Tesla sees stock market swoon; coronavirus blamed for car delivery delays

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Investors put the brakes on Tesla's recent wild stock surge, and drove the company's shares down more than 17% on Wednesday in the wake of the electric carmaker saying the coronavirus outbreak in China will cause it to delay deliveries of Model 3 cars made at its production plant in Shanghai.

Tesla shares fell by $152.36, to close Wednesday at ...Read more

Ford profit-sharing checks: UAW hourly workers to get $6,600

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DETROIT -- Ford said Tuesday that its U.S. factory workers will receive $6,600 in profit-sharing checks, down $1,000 from the year before -- reflecting the company's lower profits in 2019.

A year ago, profit sharing for Ford workers averaged $7,600, which was up from $7,500 in 2017. This year's checks reflect a 13% decline.

Not all 56,000 ...Read more

Roadshow: New Hummer returning as all-electric truck

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The rumors were true: Hummer is returning. And just like any good action-hero comeback movie, the revival of General Motors' love-or-hate truck includes an action-packed trailer. This one made its debut during the Super Bowl, and it features NBA superstar LeBron James.

It's important to note that GM isn't bringing back Hummer as a full-on ...Read more

Volkswagen truck unit makes $2.9 billion cash offer to buy Navistar

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CHICAGO -- Volkswagen's commercial truck unit, Traton, has made an unsolicited $2.9 billion cash offer to take over the Lisle, Ill.-based truck manufacturer Navistar International.

Traton, which owns 16.8% of Navistar, offered $35 per share Thursday to buy the rest of the company, in a bid to form one of the world's largest truck manufacturers ...Read more

Auto review: There's a new No. 2 pickup truck. Here's why Ram 1500 just passed Chevy Silverado

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The Ford F-150 is the top-selling vehicle in America, and has been for four decades. For folks who don't want a Ford, there's the Chevy Silverado, which for years has been the country's No. 2 pickup.

But there's also that other truck, the one that doesn't get mentioned in the same breath as the two top contenders. It's the Ram 1500 -- the ...Read more

Not even coronavirus can stop Tesla's ongoing surge

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It seems like nothing can stop Tesla right now.

Not even the Chinese government, which has ordered Tesla to temporarily shut down its Shanghai Gigafactory due to fears about the spread of the coronavirus.

Tesla's shares surged by more than 11% Thursday, to $645.09, as investors shrugged off the company saying it would briefly stop production ...Read more

UPS orders 10,000 electric delivery trucks, plans test of self-driving vans

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ATLANTA -- UPS has ordered 10,000 electric delivery trucks from electric vehicle maker Arrival, in what it calls a move to accelerate fleet electrification.

It's the Sandy Springs-based shipping giant's largest-ever single order of electric vehicles.

The two companies are working together to develop electric vehicles with advanced driver-...Read more