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GM, LG investing $275 million to increase Tennessee battery plant capacity

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General Motors Co. and LG Energy Solution are investing $275 million at their Tennessee Ultium Cells LLC joint-venture battery plant to increase cell production there when it opens in late 2023, the company announced Friday.

Leaders from both companies made the Spring Hill expansion announcement in Nashville with Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee.

The ...Read more

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EPA proposes more biofuel blending in nation's gasoline

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Minnesota farmers whose corn and soybeans are blended into biofuels received a long-awaited blueprint of a rule from the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday that could pave the way to more biomass-based, domestic fuel stocks being mixed into the nation's vehicle engines.

In releasing a proposed update to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS...Read more


Ford sales down in November but automaker hits EV milestone

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Ford Motor Co.'s saw its U.S. sales slide in November, but it notched a significant milestone in its electrification strategy: it became the No. 2 brand and manufacturer in electric-vehicle sales behind industry leader Tesla Inc.

The Dearborn automaker sold 146,364 new vehicles last month, down 7.8% from November 2021. Truck sales of 81,210 ...Read more

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Grasso's Garage: First Edition Range Rover is fit for royalty

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Although Her Royal Majesty is no longer with us, her endless love for vehicles will live on forever.

As a Range Rover connoisseur, Queen Elizabeth II owned an array of Land Rovers and Range Rovers in her life, including a 1953 Land Rover Series I as well as a 2002 Defender.

As the Jaguar Land Rover brand was the royal family's predominant ...Read more


Auto review: Driving the world's fastest electric car: the 2023 Rimac Nevera

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For those who begrudge the coming of the electric car age, who claim that the only way a sports car can deliver thrills is a loud exhaust and rumbling engine, I give you the Rimac Nevera.

The Nevera is a hypercar that redefines high performance at a price that ensures its exclusivity: $2.1 million. In all, the company plans to build a mere 150....Read more


What electric cars should be in 2023

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The new Toyota Prius doesn’t cut it. Not by a long shot.

The redesigned hybrid that debuted on Nov. 16 at the Los Angeles Auto Show won critical applause for its improved body. It looks less like a medical appliance from the 1980s and more like a pretty teardrop.

But the econo-appliance routinely owned by the nation’s absolute worst ...Read more


Auto review: Payne: Big ute in the big city, GMC Yukon Denali holidays in Chicago

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CHICAGO — This is a big city. Big buildings. Big avenues. Big sports teams. Big shoulders. Big swagger.

The big, bling-tastic three-row 17 1/2 foot-long 2023 GMC Yukon Denali fits right in.

Well, mostly. I drove GMC’s three-ton flagship to the Windy City for family Thanksgiving with the in-laws, where the big ute was as useful as 335-pound...Read more


Reports: Ford SUV possible cause of fire that damaged Secret Service rentals in Nantucket

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Authorities are investigating whether a Ford Expedition was the cause of a multi-vehicle fire that destroyed rental vehicles that the Secret Service used during President Joe Biden's Thanksgiving visit to Nantucket, according to media reports.

The Nantucket Current reported Tuesday that five rental vehicles sustained "significant" damage in a "...Read more

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UAW election: Challenger for president gains early lead, Region 1 poised for new director

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Early unofficial results in the United Auto Workers' first-ever direct elections of international officers confirmed that at least one runoff will occur, and showed numerous challengers to incumbent union officials ahead.

Vote tabulation began Tuesday. Turnout numbers released by the court-appointed monitor tasked with overseeing the union, as ...Read more


Motormouth: Warranty woes

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Q: I have a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country that I purchased new. I also purchased the Chrysler Lifetime Maximum warranty. The ABS, BRAKE, ESP/BAS, ANTI-SKID warning lights came on. My dealership inspected the vehicle and tried to order a new sensor. They notified me that one was not available, either new or aftermarket. This was why I purchased ...Read more

Ford drives new dealer EV standards amid pushback -- as Wall Street watches

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Ford Motor Co. is moving forward with new standards governing how its retail network can sell electric vehicles amid some pushback from dealers — even as experts say the success of the EV strategy partly will depend on how the rollout goes.

The Blue Oval in September unveiled the new EV standards to its network of some 3,000 U.S. dealers at ...Read more


Auto review: Infiniti finally gets it right with QX60

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It has been awhile since Infiniti has gotten it right, but with the recent redesign of Nissan’s Pathfinder, the Infiniti QX60 had no choice but to be good.

In Grasso’s Garage this week, it’s the upscale Pathfinder, the Infiniti QX60. Although we don’t notice a whole lot of exterior differences besides the chrome flare and larger wheels,...Read more


Tesla recalls thousands of cars in China on software, seat belts

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Tesla Inc. is recalling almost 81,000 electric cars in China — more than it typically ships from its Shanghai factory in any given month — due to a software issue and seat belt problems.

The US EV maker will call back 70,434 imported Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles, and 10,127 China-made Model 3 cars, the nation’s State ...Read more

California Public Utilities Commission OKs $1B for EV charging project, mostly for trucks

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The California Public Utilities Commission has approved a $1 billion vehicle electrification charging project, with most of the money earmarked to accelerate the number of midsize- and heavy-duty trucks on the state's roads.

The rebate program will run for five years and costs will be spread out among utility ratepayers across California, with ...Read more


Auto review: A new Crown tops Toyota's car lineup for 2023

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Fifty years after it last appeared in the United States, the 2023 Toyota Crown returns to the U.S. market as a replacement for the 2022 Toyota Avalon, which tried mightily to shed its stodgy image as a geezer pleaser in its final years. Toyota replaces it with a new model that’s oddly traditional, but not conventionally so. Planned with the ...Read more

Auto review: Wicked 600-hp Acura NSX Type S saves the best for last

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SOUTHFIELD, Michigan — The Acura NSX is galloping off into the sunset in style. For its last model year, the NSX gets a Type S performance model with 600 horsepower, carbon-fiber roof, sticky Pirelli P Zero PZ4 tires and quicker shifting.

Awesome. But can we talk styling?

As one of world’s rare mid-engine supercars — and one of only two ...Read more

Dude, where's my catalytic converter? Probably back in the supply chain

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SEATTLE — Tow truck driver Edgar Plata spent most of a recent Monday as he often does these days, picking up the pieces after a spree of catalytic converter thefts.

By the time he pulled up to my North Seattle home to tow my newly converter-less Honda, Plata, who works for Viking Towing, had already hauled off two vehicles with similarly ...Read more

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GM battery plant employees to vote for UAW representation in December

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An election to unionize the first General Motors Co. and LG Energy Solution battery cell manufacturing plant is scheduled for Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, according to a National Labor Relations Board filing.

The United Auto Workers in October filed to have a union election on behalf of about 900 workers at the joint-venture Ultium Cells LLC plant in ...Read more


Motormouth: The fine print on car parts

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Q: Recently, I was told by two repair shops that I needed to replace the original catalytic converter on my 2005 Honda Accord coupe. The Honda dealer where I purchased the car recommended a certain shop because a particular mechanic working there might be able to save the old one with welding or using an expander. The dealer said a new OEM cat ...Read more


Fiat in North America will pursue wealthy city dwellers

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The arrival of the North American all-electric Fiat 500e in 2024 will mark the new direction of Stellantis NV's Italian small-car brand on the continent: pursuing wealthy, urban buyers looking for a fun ride.

Fiat CEO Olivier François told The Detroit News from the Los Angeles Auto Show that the 500 hatchback is Fiat, and it won't pursue here ...Read more