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Henry Payne: How Ford aims to change your truck, electric bill and generator

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San Antonio — Ford birthed its electric vehicle program in late 2017. It’s no coincidence the date dovetailed with first deliveries of the Tesla Model 3.

The Silicon Valley startup had changed the electric game with its $40,000, 220-mile range electric sedan. Delivered less than two years since it was first introduced by CEO Elon Musk in ...Read more

Hyundai electric vehicle factory to be built in Georgia

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ELLABELL, Ga. — South Korean automotive giant Hyundai Motor Group on Friday confirmed plans to build a multi-billion-dollar electric vehicle assembly and battery plant in Bryan County near the Georgia coast.

In a ceremony at the factory site near Savannah with Gov. Brian Kemp, company officials outlined sprawling future operations on nearly 3...Read more


How did Colorado become one of the worst states for vehicle theft? Auto theft task force officials, reformers disagree.

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Motor vehicle thieves have been on a tear in metro Denver, more than doubling their haul over the last couple of years — from just under 13,000 automobiles stolen in 2019 to more than 27,000 last year.

The sharp spike in vehicle heists has landed Colorado at the top of the list of all states for per capita auto thefts, with just over 500 ...Read more


Auto review: In a sea of German, Asian and American competitors, a sports sedan with a heart of a Ferrari

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Maserati is among the most legendary names in Europe, yet for most Americans, its name elicits vague notions of its heritage or, more commonly, blank stares — and with good reason.

Much of its history in recent decades reflects bad decisions made under a myriad of owners. Alejandro de Tomaso, and his Italian car manufacturing company, De ...Read more

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Auto review: Goin' topless in the big-power, big-kidney BMW M4 convertible

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MONTEREY, California — Seventeen Mile Drive along the California coast is paved with testosterone.

The route is not only one of the most beautiful stretches of road in America, it’s also home to Pebble Beach Golf Links and high-priced homes with big garages and spectacular views of the Pacific. Cool cars and trucks come out to strut their ...Read more


Auto review: '22 Subaru Ascent ready for dirt roads and a thirsty family

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Subaru's largest SUV has a daring new look for 2022. The Onyx edition offers a cool aesthetic, with blacked-out grille and darkened 20-inch wheels. Inside, washable synthetic leather seats are quickly ready for the next adventure.

Still, most folks shopping the three-row midsize are more focused on Subaru's signature feature, standard all-wheel...Read more


Lawsuit: Tesla autopilot feature accelerated on its own, causing crash

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A 2017 Tesla Model S sedan on autopilot mode suddenly began to accelerate on its own as it headed toward a highway offramp, ran off the road and crashed into a tree, according to a lawsuit filed by the driver.

Tesla’s autopilot mode, which the electric carmaker claims allows its vehicles to steer, accelerate and brake automatically in their ...Read more

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Georgia's Rivian deal a political wedge near future plant

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RUTLEDGE, Georgia --- Going into 2022, many voters in rural Walton and Morgan counties expected zoning and spending issues to dominate local government races.

Then came the December announcement of Rivian’s $5 billion electric vehicle plant that has shaken the political landscape around the farms and pine forests an hour east of Atlanta that ...Read more

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Motormouth: Gas stations of the future

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Q: As the car market transitions to more electric vehicles, what will traditional car service stations do since all the service needed by internal combustion engines will be replaced by a big battery?

M.N., New Richmond, Wisconsin

A: One of the scenarios is that stations may become hybrids themselves, selling gas and electrons. Since ...Read more

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Ford-backed Argo AI launches driverless car testing

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Argo AI, a robotaxi startup that has the backing of Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG, said Tuesday it's launching driverless test rides in Miami and Austin, Texas.

The removal of human safety drivers is a milestone for the Pittsburgh-based autonomous vehicle technology company that was founded in 2016.

"Argo is first to go driverless in two ...Read more


Cadillac releases new details on electric Lyriq ahead of May 19 order-bank opening

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Ordering for General Motors Co.'s first electric Cadillac opens this week on the 2023 Lyriq crossover with the $62,990 rear-wheel drive option getting an estimated 312 miles of range on a charge, the automaker said Monday.

Range will be released later on the $64,990 all-wheel drive option, which has a second drive unit. The prices are ...Read more

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Ford unloads another 7 million shares in EV startup Rivian for $188.2 million

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Ford Motor Co. has unloaded another 7 million shares of electric-vehicle startup Rivian Automotive Inc.'s stock.

That's according to regulatory paperwork filed Friday, and follows Ford selling 8 million shares earlier last week for $214 million. Between the two sales, Ford's stake in Rivian sits just below 10%. At the time of Rivian's initial ...Read more

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As Ford unloads Rivian, Amazon maintains faith in electric vehicle maker

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Despite production delays and market upheaval, Amazon is still counting on electric vehicle startup Rivian to help it hit ambitious climate goals and put tens of thousands of electric delivery vans on the road.

Rivian is running a lean operation: The number of vehicles it produced this quarter is almost exactly equal to the number of ...Read more

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Ford, GM, Stellantis to reinstate mask mandate at most Michigan facilities

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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Jeep maker Stellantis NV are reimplementing a mask mandate starting Monday at their facilities in Michigan counties that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have labeled as "high" risk for COVID-19 infection.

Ford's statement didn't specify how long the mandate will last. Stellantis says...Read more

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning first drive review: A true game-changer

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The F-Series is the perennial most popular vehicle on the planet. Last year, Ford sold more than 725,000 of the things, and that's despite supply-chain issues and everything else going on in the world. That fact -- the sheer significance of this truck's success to Ford's bottom line -- made last May's announcement that the company would build ...Read more

2023 Toyota BZ4X review: Bad name, decent EV

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The 2023 Toyota BZ4X might have a dumb name and a wacky face, but it's still a smooth, comfortable electric SUV that feels like a Toyota. I've always said that familiarity breeds comfort when it comes to getting longtime drivers to consider an electric vehicle, and in that sense, the BZ4X is ready to put in some work.

The quirkiest parts of ...Read more

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Auto insurance costs Floridians more than nearly everywhere else in the US, study finds

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Floridians on average pay the second-highest share of their incomes on auto insurance premiums, according to a tally of data from price comparison website

The tally, based on the website’s True Cost of Auto Insurance in 2022 annual report, compared what 40-year-old drivers with clean driving records and good credit pay across ...Read more

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Auto review: Cadillac Escalade Diesel is a vessel fit for a king

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CHARLEVOIX, Michigan — Like a Great Lakes passenger ship, the bow of my Cadillac Escalade cut through the fog of an April snow shower. Sure-footed, diesel-powered, on autopilot to our port of call.

On a long round trip Up North to scope out my son’s summer wedding venue at Castle Farms, the Escalade showed why it is the King of Mega-utes. ...Read more


Auto review: Thinking outside the box in the 2022 Lexus LC 500 Convertible

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Let’s stop our hyperkinetic lives for a second.

Let’s shut off the mobile phone and close the laptop. Let’s power down the tablet and turn off the television. Let’s ignore the political extremists who populate both sides of the aisle along with talentless, self-absorbed “celebrities.” Let’s ponder what makes us happy and consider ...Read more

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Rivian recalls 500 EV pickup trucks due to front passenger seat air bag defect

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Rivian issued a voluntary recall this week for 500 of its R1T pickup trucks for a sensor defect that could cause air bags to improperly deploy when a child is in the front passenger seat.

Rivian has built 5,000 EVs to date and is on track to produce 25,000 vehicles this year. The startup electric truck manufacturer, which has struggled to keep...Read more