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Election year politics roil the EV transition

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. auto industry faces a triple threat on the road to cleaner cars and trucks: lagging consumer demand for electric vehicles, a potential glut of cheap electric vehicles from China and the possible rollback of Biden administration moves if Donald Trump becomes president again.

All of that is raising questions about whether ...Read more

Unsteady EV demand drives tension between suppliers and automakers, survey finds

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Rising costs and unsteady demand for electric vehicles remain major sources of friction between automakers and their suppliers, according to a new Plante Moran survey examining supplier-automaker relationships.

"The number one tension right now is around the electric vehicle product plans and product cycles," said Dave Andrea, principal in ...Read more

Stellantis taps new leaders for Ram, Dodge brands

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Stellantis NV on Friday said the chief executive for its Ram and Dodge brands, Tim Kuniskis, is retiring after 32 years with the company.

The automaker has tapped Christine Feuell as the new Ram CEO, which will come in addition to her current role as Chrysler brand leader.

Matt McAlear has been appointed Dodge CEO, after having led the brand's...Read more

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UAW loses organizing vote at Mercedes in Alabama

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A majority of workers at the Alabama Mercedes-Benz have voted against joining the United Auto Workers — a setback for the Detroit union in its national campaign to organize foreign transplant factories.

The vote count was 2,642 against union representation and 2,045 for, or 56% no, according to results posted by the National Labor Relations ...Read more

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Auto review: The 2025 Aston Martin Vantage is the perfect driving accomplice

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Aston Martin makes sumptuous sports cars that shake and stir the soul, lighting a driving passion that makes you feel as if your name should be Max, Lewis, Fernando or Lance. And let’s face it, there’s never been an ugly Aston Martin. Yet it’s been through bankruptcy seven times in its 111-year history — and survived. Of course, being ...Read more

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Auto review: 2024 Mercedes CLA Coupe delivers style for consumers

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Mercedes Benz returns to Grasso's Garage with its entry-level coupe, bearing the CLA nameplate. Known as a luxury brand, Mercedes Benz is recognized for delivering exquisite luxury and styling to the end user. The CLA Coupe actually has four doors but has a coupe-like curved shape.

Powered by the potent AMG enhanced 2.0-liter inline 4-turbo ...Read more

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Auto review: Payne: All hail the '24 Golf GTI, the last of the manuals

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DETROIT — My 2024 Volkswagen GTI tester is loaded with state-of-the-art wireless Android Auto, voice recognition and a head-up display so I can bark my destination (“Navigate to Home”) to Google Maps, then keep my eyes on the road using the directions projected onto the windshield (“5.7 miles then left”) while a soothing female voice ...Read more

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Auto review: Redesigned 2025 Subaru Forester reaches for horizons, but pack your patience

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Have you ever been to Montana? As I found for my first visit recently, it’s a big place — the kind of wide open, horizon-to-horizon, nestling mountains, and wide-open Interstates kind of place where you just want to drive, drive, and drive. Turns out, it was the perfect place to meet the redesigned 2025 Subaru Forester.

Given that backdrop,...Read more

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First commercial hydrogen fueling station in the nation for big rigs set to open in West Oakland

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OAKLAND, California — The first commercial truck hydrogen fueling station in the nation, set to open this summer in West Oakland, has the potential over the next six years to stop nearly 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from fouling the air and harming nearby residents, the equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions from nearly 28,000 cars, ...Read more

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Chinese EV giants hammered by Biden tariff are welcome in Brazil

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Shut out of U.S. markets and under fire in Europe, China’s electric carmakers are zeroing in on the countries where they’re welcome. One of the big ones is Brazil.

BYD Co. and Great Wall Motor Co. already dominate EV sales in the world’s sixth-largest auto market. Now the two Chinese giants are are building factories there too — which ...Read more

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Tesla must face false advertising claims it misled buyers about Autopilot

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Tesla Inc. must face a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging that it misled consumers about its cars’ self-driving capabilities, a fresh setback for the electric-car maker just as Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has staked the company’s future on autonomy.

Tesla has been accused of overstating in 2016 that all its upcoming cars would ...Read more

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Tesla to cut 601 jobs in Bay Area, a sign of more problems for EV maker

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In the fifth straight week of layoff announcements, Tesla said it is now concentrating on reducing staff at its Bay Area facilities as part of a larger move to cut jobs globally.

State filings show that Tesla is planning to lay off 378 employees at its Fremont, California, facilities and 233 at its Palo Alto offices.

The layoffs will occur ...Read more

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Biden's China tariffs aren't a competitive cure-all for US automakers, experts warn

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WASHINGTON — Auto industry experts warn that new Biden administration tariffs aren't a silver bullet against Chinese competition.

President Joe Biden announced the tariffs Tuesday, targeting $18 billion worth of Chinese goods including electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries and their components, steel, semiconductors and more.

"We're not ...Read more

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California is offering drivers $400 gift cards to test its alternative to the gas tax

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California officials are still trying to figure out how to pay for road repairs and maintenance in the not-so-distant future, when electric vehicles dominate the roadways and gas tax revenue dries up.

So they're offering drivers up to $400 to test a couple of alternatives for six months, starting in August.

Road improvements are financed ...Read more

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Stellantis teams with China's Leapmotor to sell EVs in Europe, Mideast, South America

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Stellantis NV said Tuesday that a new partnership with Chinese electric vehicle maker Leapmotor will allow it to quickly grow sales in Europe, the Middle East, South America and elsewhere starting later this year.

Stellantis, the transatlantic automaker with brands such as Jeep, Chrysler, Ram, Peugeot and Fiat, will take 51% ownership in the ...Read more

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EV truck maker Rivian warns the state of more layoffs

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Rivian Automotive Inc., at one time considered the darling of the electric vehicle market, has informed state officials that it plans more layoffs in California.

In an April 24 letter to the state's Employment Development Department, the company's vice president of people, Scott Griffin, said Rivian planned to lay off more than 120 employees, ...Read more

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Motormouth: Fob batteries

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Q: I have a 2014 Honda and I am curious as to the key fob. The batteries must be at least 10 years old, and it doesn’t look like they can be replaced. I’m curious as to how long the batteries are gonna last. I hope it does not die sometime when I’m out somewhere else and trying to get started.

D.B., Cheshire, Connecticut

A: There is ...Read more

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Elon Musk pledges to grow supercharger business he just decimated

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Elon Musk touted plans to expand Tesla Inc.’s Supercharger network just over a week after firing almost all of the roughly 500 people who ran the business.

Tesla will spend “well over” $500 million on growing its network this year, Musk said on X, the social media network he owns. Ten days ago, the automaker’s chief executive officer ...Read more

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Auto review: Behind the wheel of the Acura ZDX Type S, a high-powered, GM-charged EV

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SANTA BARBARA, California — I pulled to the brief left passing lane on California Route 154 and — ZOT! — my 2024 Acura ZDX Type S tester exploded past a line of slower traffic down the Santa Ynez Mountains north of Santa Barbara. Merging into heavy Route 101 traffic along the coast, the ZDX’s Hands-Free Cruise system took over and I ...Read more

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Auto review: 2024 Cadillac XT4 Sport is a crowd pleaser

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Cloaked in Radiant Red Tintcoat, the Cadillac XT4 Sport AWD effortlessly pleases drivers, as it stands ready to tackle nearly any task. Whether it's grocery shopping or daily commuting, the XT4 meets a wide array of consumer needs and desires. Its comfort, design and commanding presence continue to stand out, upholding Cadillac's substantial ...Read more