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Getting a discounted electric vehicle is about to become harder

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WASHINGTON — It will soon become harder to get a full $7,500 tax credit for a new electric vehicle under proposed rules released Friday by the U.S. Treasury Department — and interested buyers should move fast.

New battery component and mineral requirements will go into effect on April 18, the day after the new rules are officially published...Read more

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Musk must erase threatening tweet in labor fight, court says

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Elon Musk is in tweeting purgatory again.

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the billionaire must delete his 2018 Twitter post suggesting that Tesla Inc. workers could lose stock options if they formed a union, as it violated labor law.

The decision is a victory for the National Labor Relations Board and a blow to Tesla, which has ...Read more

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GM changes infotainment strategy for future EVs

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General Motors Co. on Friday said it's moving away from using the phone projection systems of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Instead, the Detroit automaker plans to use infotainment systems developed with Google on future electric vehicles. The system will be integrated with applications such as Google Maps, Google Assistant, Audible, Spotify ...Read more


Ford invests in Indonesian nickel-processing project to lock up goods

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Ford Motor Co. is partnering with mining companies from Indonesia and China to invest in a nickel-processing project as part of the Dearborn, Michigan, automaker's bid to shore up supplies of key raw materials for electric-vehicle batteries.

PT Vale Indonesia Tbk, a nickel producer in Indonesia, and China's Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co. on ...Read more


Auto review: The good buzz about the new 2023 Dodge Hornet

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It was the car that dominated NASCAR so completely in its early years that Paul Newman voiced it in the Pixar animated movie “Cars.” It’s the Hudson Hornet, a name inherited by American Motors Corporation (AMC), which used the nameplate on a compact car in 1969. Stellantis now owns the name, having acquired AMC in 1987, and is reviving the...Read more

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Auto review: '23 Nissan Altima conquers commuter needs and wants

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Price, price and price!

In Grasso’s Garage this week, Nissan is back with its ever-popular Altima. Our tester, the 2023 Altima SR 2.0 VC Turbo offered front wheel drive capabilities and an array of interior features fit for every driver.

The new Altima arrives at an opportune time. Consumers have written to me over the past few months ...Read more

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Tesla deliveries face one big question: Did price cuts work?

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Tesla Inc. shares are set to mark their best-ever start to a year, buoyed by price cuts across the electric-vehicle maker’s lineup in a bid to boost sales. Investors will soon discover if all the enthusiasm was justified.

The Elon Musk-led carmaker is expected to announce quarterly delivery and production figures in early April, providing an ...Read more

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Henry Payne: The Hummer EV SUV is a crabwalking, neck-snapping, off-roading, mobile charging station

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SAN FRANCISCO — Once upon time, Detroit automakers debuted crazy concept vehicles for auto shows like the six-wheeled Chrysler Voyager III and the V10-powered Tomahawk motorcycle and the 16-cylinder Cadillac Sixteen coupe.

Now, crazy gets put into production.

Behold the all-electric, 8,800-pound 2023 GMC Hummer SUV circus act in my hands. ...Read more

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Tesla pursues building a new US Plant with China's dominant battery maker

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Tesla Inc. is looking to build a battery plant in the U.S., according to people familiar with the matter, in what would likely be a controversial arrangement with China’s dominant electric-vehicle battery manufacturer.

The EV maker discussed plans involving Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. with the White House in recent days, said the...Read more


Motormouth: Check engine light on for years

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Q: I never thought I’d be writing you with an issue – but here I go. I own a 2011 Suburban. The check engine light has been on for more than 3 years. The issue (code) identifies it as an “oil pressure sensor” fault. I can clear the code, turning off the check engine light, only to have it come back on the next day. Two years ago, when my...Read more

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UAW VP: 'We have to start punching back' to save Jeep plant in Illinois

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DETROIT — A vice president of the United Auto Workers made an impassioned call Tuesday to save an indefinitely idled Jeep plant in Illinois on day two of the Detroit-based union's bargaining convention.

"The only thing that matters is that we decide to stay together," said Rich Boyer, UAW vice president and the head of the Stellantis ...Read more

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With thefts still high, California Prius drivers wait months for new catalytic converters

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When the catalytic converter was stolen from Vanessa Reimer's Toyota Prius in Long Beach, California, she thought the repair would be a simple one, taking a few weeks at most.

Then her local dealership delivered the bad news: The replacement part could take six months to arrive. Reimer, who is pregnant, may have a baby before her Prius has a ...Read more

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3M's next mission: Extending the travel range of EV batteries

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Pick any electric vehicle on the street. From the battery pack to the panel display, 3M's products are all over it, even if you won't find the company's logo anywhere.

The company is leveraging its history in the auto industry to get a slice of the fast-growing electrification market. Carmakers come to the seasoned Maplewood-based conglomerate ...Read more

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Auto review: 2023 Lucid Air soars past the luxury EV market

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Of the thousands of cars, trucks and pickups I have reviewed in 28 years, there are few that have elicited that short, simple declaration. But it aptly sums up the week I spent with the Lucid Air Grand Touring.

Designed in California and built in Arizona, the Air Grand Touring throws down the gauntlet against the industry’s finest ...Read more

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Auto review: Hummer EV Pickup is unfathomable

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The name Hummer is no secret in the automobile industry, but one that has gone dormant for many years. With the elimination of Hummer in the GM organization back in the 2000s, the big and brawny gas guzzler fazed itself right out of business. In 2022, that changed as GM needed to evolve something extravagant to introduce into the EV market, and ...Read more


Auto review: Affordable Hornet GT brings Dodge sting to compact SUVs

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ASHEVILLE, North Carolina — You know it as soon as you grip the steering wheel on the Dodge Hornet. This SUV wants to play.

Direct, weighted and rooted to the road, Hornet’s steering was a carving tool in my hands as I rushed the twisties up the Blue Ridge Parkway southeast of Asheville. The scenery was stunning, but the compact SUV offered...Read more

Ford teases 'Project T3,' next-gen electric pickup to be built in Tennessee

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"Trust the Truck."

That's the saying behind the code name of the next-generation F-Series truck Ford Motor Co. will build at its under-construction, $5.6 billion mega-campus in West Tennessee. The Dearborn automaker on Friday offered its first teaser on the product that will be built at BlueOval City, revealing that it is codenamed 'Project T3....Read more

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Ford reveals EV losses as it rolls out new financial reporting

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Ford Motor Co. is set to lose $3 billion on its electric vehicle business this year — but it expects losses to reverse in the coming years as volumes of plug-in vehicles grow.

In the meantime, billions of dollars in profits from internal-combustion engine and commercial vehicles are bolstering the Dearborn automaker's financial results, ...Read more


Challenger SRT Demon 170 is 'new pinnacle of factory-backed crazy' in Dodge 'Last Call'

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An up to 1,025-horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon that can travel the quarter mile in under nine seconds and requires the signing of a waiver to purchase marks the end of the Hemi-powered muscle car as the brand moves into a new era of performance.

For $96,666 plus destination and other fees and the notarized disclosure, speed enthusiasts can ...Read more


Motormouth: What is function of steering angle sensor?

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Q: I am an owner of a 2010 Equinox with 70,000 miles. After replacing all four struts, we had a wheel alignment done. The vehicle had a left pull after the alignment. My mechanic switched two front tires left to right. Vehicle still pulls left. I recently read that the steering angle sensor needs to be reset after an alignment. Is this true? I ...Read more