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GM issues stop sale on midsize pickups for software quality issues

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General Motors Co. has issued a pause on sales of the new GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickups after identifying software issues during validation, the automaker confirmed Tuesday.

GM has a fix for the issues and has begun implementing it on vehicles that started shipping to dealers Monday. The automaker expects the pause on sales,...Read more

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Stellantis CEO: 'No discussions on consolidation,' despite Chinese competition

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Stellantis NV CEO Carlos Tavares on Tuesday said there could be only five major global automakers left standing following the electrification transition — with Stellantis among them — though the company isn't pursuing new significant collaborations or mergers at this point.

"We're not," Tavares said during a roundtable with reporters in New...Read more

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Ford cuts pricing on 2023 Mustang Mach-E

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Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday said it was cutting thousands of dollars off the price of its all-electric 2023 Mustang Mach-E SUV after the vehicle lost eligibility for the federal government's tax credit.

The Dearborn automaker cut the starting price by $3,100 to $39,895 for the Select rear-wheel drive model. The top-of-the-line GT performance ...Read more

David Fickling: Detroit makes the same mistake on EVs it did with Japan

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Once upon a time, Japanese cars were seen as an exotic and quirky product that could never take on the might of Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. Right now, Chinese EVs are in a similar place.

“Corolla, New Economy Car, Is Shown Here by Toyota,” the New York Times yawned in a 1968 headline, introducing history’s best-selling ...Read more

The big miss on electric cars is remaking Europe's auto industry

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Volkswagen, Renault and Stellantis are thinking the unthinkable, exploring tie-ups with sworn competitors to make cheaper electric vehicles and fend off existential threats.

As Chinese rivals and Tesla Inc. expose competitive weaknesses at Europe’s biggest mass-market carmakers, it’s become clear that a sense of urgency is growing and a ...Read more

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UAW threatens new strike at Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant if local contract isn't resolved

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The United Auto Workers is threatening another strike next week at Ford Motor Co.'s largest and most profitable plant if local contract issues aren't resolved, the union said in a news release Friday.

Nearly 9,000 UAW members at the Kentucky Truck Plant could go on strike at 12:01 a.m. Feb. 23 if local contract issues with UAW Local 862 aren't ...Read more

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Auto review: 2024 Subaru Crosstrek is Wilderness ready

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Subaru boasts tremendous options for outdoorsy consumers looking to enjoy what nature has to offer. From well-priced sedans to crossovers and wagons, Subaru vehicles have grown a huge following over the years. In Grasso’s Garage this week, we tested the 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness.

This AWD compact SUV, which looks a lot like the Outback (only ...Read more

A major auto insurer returns to California -- with a 30% price hike

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California drivers can now buy an auto insurance policy directly from Allstate again, after the company hit pause on selling new insurance through its website or phone service to customers in the state last year.

But going back to business as usual comes with a cost. Allstate's full return to the California auto insurance market only comes ...Read more

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EV sales are falling. Is it just temporary, or a threat to state climate goals?

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After years of rapid expansion, California’s booming EV market may be showing signs of fatigue as high vehicle prices, unreliable charging networks and other consumer headaches appear to dampen enthusiasm for zero-emission vehicles.

For the first time in more than a decade, electric vehicle sales dropped significantly in the last half of 2023...Read more

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Auto review: Practical Chevy Trailblazer ACTIV goes to head of subcompact class

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The Chevy Trailblazer fits like a glove.

On a cold, snowy Michigan night, driving requires special concentration. You want a car that is intuitive to operate, and Trailblazer complies. On 15 Mile in traffic, I simply punched the adaptive cruise tumbler on the steering wheel toggle and set my speed to 40 mph. The Chevy, unlike other makes, ...Read more

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Auto review: 2024 Lexus GX 550: No Longer An Off-Road Poser

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It’s been 14 years since the Lexus GX benefited from a total makeover, and a lot has changed since 2010. In that time, the Lexus GX has spent much of its time in the urban jungle, with the only green most GXs ever see being at the local country club.

That may change with the redesigned 2024 Lexus GX 550, a body-on-frame SUV that finally ...Read more

Michigan-based AV startup May Mobility reduces workforce by 13%

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Ann Arbor-based autonomous vehicle company May Mobility reduced its workforce by about 13%, the company confirmed Thursday.

"As we strive to achieve our mission, we’re taking proactive and strategic steps to increase our focus on the company’s highest business priorities," the company said in a statement to The Detroit News. "We are ...Read more

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GM expanding Super Cruise by 350,000 miles

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General Motors Co. said Thursday it's nearly doubling the mileage of roads that can be used with its Super Cruise advanced driver assistance system.

The expansion from 400,000 to 750,000 miles adds more remote highway options, GM said.

The new roads have started being added incrementally over-the-air, at no additional charge to customers. They...Read more

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Stellantis posts record profit, revenue in 2023

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Higher pricing fueled Stellantis NV to a record $20 billion (18.6 billion euro) net profit in 2023, an increase of 11% from 2022.

Upped price points particularly in foreign markets drove the earnings growth in the third year of the company that includes Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram as well as the likes of Alfa Romeo, Citroën, DS, Fiat, ...Read more

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Stellantis workers eligible for largest profit-sharing checks of Detroit Three for 2023

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Employees of Stellantis NV represented by the United Auto Workers could see profit sharing checks of $13,860, though some could be more and some less based on hours worked, the automaker said Thursday.

There are approximately 38,000 eligible workers for the checks. The payout is a 6.1% decrease from last year's $14,760 with 40,500 eligible ...Read more

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Ford Model e COO: 'We don't have a future' if EV market lost to Chinese automakers

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DETROIT — The chief operating officer of Ford Motor Co.'s electric-vehicle division said Wednesday the development of EVs is more than just about environmental concerns — it's a hedge against the potential threat of Chinese automakers in the United States.

"That's coming here eventually," Marin Gjaja, Ford Model e's COO, said during a panel...Read more

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Kia debuts first Georgia-made EV at State Capitol

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Kia executives met with Gov. Brian Kemp and state leaders Tuesday to show off a historic milestone — the first electric vehicle built in Georgia.

Fresh off assembly lines at Kia’s West Point factory and recently highlighted in a Super Bowl ad, a fleet of three-row electric EV9 SUVs were parked outside the Gold Dome. It’s a sign to come ...Read more

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Motormouth: How long will my car battery last?

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Q: I have a 2008 Honda Civic that I have driven once a week for the last five years. Will the life of the battery be extended due to the limited use or is the determining factor the actual age of the battery with all other conditions being equal? Is there a more relevant factor?

B.H., Center Valley, Pennsylvania

A: A car battery typically ...Read more

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Halcyon concept offers new vision for Chrysler's future

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Chrysler's new Halcyon concept vehicle may be named for a period of time in the past characterized as "idyllically happy and peaceful," but this isn't your grandfather's Chrysler.

The all-electric concept has the appearance of a four-door sports car — low to the ground, aerodynamic and has a rear spoiler. It's an expansion of the "harmony in ...Read more

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Broken chargers, lax oversight: How California's troubled EV charging stations threaten emission goals

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Doug McCune of Oakland was set to buy an electric car, a Mustang Mach-E. The paperwork was complete; he only needed to sign. Still, he’d heard bad things about the EV public charging system, and felt nervous.

He borrowed a Mach-E from Ford, tried a few charging stations, then changed his mind.

“I couldn’t count on finding a charger that�...Read more