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Ford recalls nearly 2,900 electric F-150 Lightnings over tire pressure issue

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Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 2,900 all-electric F-150 Lightning trucks over an issue with a tire pressure monitoring system that the automaker says can be fixed via a software update.

The Dearborn automaker said Monday it is issuing a safety compliance recall for certain 2022 Lightnings with 20" or 22" all-season tires because the tire ...Read more

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Stellantis investment makes it 2nd largest shareholder in lithium supplier

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Jeep maker Stellantis NV is investing nearly $53 million (50 million euro) into its European lithium partner in an effort to create a reliable supply chain of the critical mineral for electric-vehicle batteries.

The equity investment in Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd. makes the automaker Vulcan's second largest shareholder with 8% ownership. The ...Read more

Auto review: The fearless, peerless Ford Bronco Raptor is an off-road beast

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JOHNSON VALLEY, California — Sixty miles north of Palm Springs, Johnson Valley is synonymous with Ultra4 racing — America's most demanding off-road competition. Every February, 75,000 people descend on this 96,000-acre desert pasture to watch insane, all-wheel-drive 1,000-horsepower dune buggies on 'roids vie for the King of the Hammers ...Read more

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Auto review: Tougher Tundra has bolder look, better ride

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There's a new, tougher full-size pickup in town. It's built in San Antonio, Texas, and it's gunning for the class-leading American trucks. It's name is Toyota Tundra.

The third-generation TRD Off Road Tundra is armed with more power and an available hybrid, better road skills and smarter technology inside and off-road.

No one is saying the ...Read more

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Auto review: The 2023 Honda HR-V grows in social stature and size

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Would you guess that Honda offers the highest number of American-made cars offered in the U.S.? Probably not. But more than that, their models are designed specifically for the American market. Just consider today’s subject, the all-new, redesigned 2023 Honda HR-V.

Offered in base LX, mid-level Sport and top-of-the-line EX-L trim levels, the ...Read more

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Rivian opponents challenge $700M in local tax breaks for EV maker

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Opponents of the planned $5 billion Rivian electric vehicle factory asked a judge this week to overturn a Morgan County, Georgia, board's approval of a rental agreement with the company, alleging the deal violates the state constitution.

If the court agrees, it could threaten the project and invalidate some $700 million in future property tax ...Read more

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GM, partner offer easier, faster payment method for EV fast charging

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Tommy Doran recalled driving to a charging station last winter and having to take off his gloves to pay in an app to charge up his Chevrolet Bolt EUV.

"It's frigid in Michigan," General Motors Co.'s manager of EV infrastructure and EV charging experience told The Detroit News. "That's not nice at all."

Now, GM customers have access to a ...Read more

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GM's Cruise starts to charge for fares in San Francisco

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Cruise LLC is officially open for business, offering driverless rides to paying customers on a small scale, CEO Kyle Vogt said Thursday on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

Cruise, which General Motors Co. has a majority stake in, earlier this month received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to charge fares for driverless rides in San...Read more

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Stabenow: Union-made EV tax credits are dead in Democrats' climate bill

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WASHINGTON— A controversial proposal that would have given consumers a $4,500 discount on domestic, union-made electric vehicles is officially off the table, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, confirmed Wednesday to The Detroit News.

Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist Democrat from West Virginia who wields vast influence over his party's legislative...Read more

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AlixPartners warns Wall Street's 2023 auto industry profit expectations are 'heavy lift'

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A consulting firm is warning Wall Street that an expected growth in profits for the automotive industry in 2023 may not come to fruition even as volumes increase from an extended semiconductor shortage.

AlixPartners LLP on Wednesday pointed to an analyst consensus predicting a near doubling in profit next year from 2021 to $89.2 billion across ...Read more

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Tesla Model Y nabs title of most American-made 2022 model

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Tesla Inc. nabbed the top two spots and saw all four of its models land in the top 10 of Cars.com's 2022 American-Made Index.

The electric-vehicle maker's Model Y and Model 3 were No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the annual ranking released Tuesday of available current-year models that have the greatest impact on the U.S. economy. This marks ...Read more

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Ford selects Valencia, Spain plant as 'preferred site' to build next-gen EVs for Europe

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A Ford Motor Co. plant in Valencia, Spain, is poised to become the automaker's next electric-vehicle manufacturing base in Europe.

The company said Wednesday it has selected the Valencia facility as the "preferred site" to build vehicles on an all-new, next-generation EV architecture developed by Ford as the automaker boosts its EV production ...Read more

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GM's Factory Zero to take downtime as it prepares to boost EV production

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General Motors Co.'s Factory Zero Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center will take four weeks of downtime starting next week as it prepares to expand production there, the Detroit automaker confirmed Tuesday.

The company will expand production capacity at the plant, which is in both Detroit and Hamtramck. Workers at the plant build the GMC Hummer EV...Read more

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Motormouth: Clunk costs a chunk of change

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Q: My 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee suddenly developed a clunk downshifting at a stop sign. Then, at the next stop sign, even my wife heard it. Took it to my local garage here, who I have great trust in, as they have saved me a lot of money. They used a machine to analyze it and they indeed fixed the clunk. In looking at the invoice, there was labor ...Read more

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GM ups price of already pricey Hummer EV

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Amid rising commodity costs, General Motors Co. is upping the price on its GMC Hummer EV pickup and SUV by $6,250 starting June 18.

The base price for the Hummer EV 3X coming this fall will go from $98,400 to $104,650. The Hummer EV 2X available next spring will be $94,650, up from $88,400. And coming spring 2024, the Hummer EV2 will be $84,650...Read more

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Larry Printz: Fathers and sons who have made history in the automotive industry

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You might not realize it, but many sons have followed their fathers in the automotive industry. Here are a few who have.

Ettore and Jean Bugatti

Ettore Bugatti never thought himself artistically gifted despite being born into an artistic family. Entering the German auto industry in 1902 as an engineer, he began designing race cars as well as ...Read more

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Tesla hikes prices for all models, including Model 3, but not all versions

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Tesla has boosted prices by up to $6,000 for all models but not all versions of its electric cars.

The company’s cheapest vehicle, the rear-wheel-drive Model 3, was not included in the Wednesday cost hikes, and remains at $46,990. Despite years of promises from Tesla of a $35,000 mass-market version, the car was only available at that price ...Read more

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Your car's air conditioning can use up gas. How to save fuel on hot days as prices rise

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Hot temperatures are scorching much of the United States, breaking records ahead of the official start of summer.

And while you might want to seek relief in the air conditioning, blasting it in your car can use up gas just as prices at the pump soar.

“If you’re trying to save mileage, you’re giving up a little bit of comfort,” Steve ...Read more

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Auto review: Super-charged, Super Cruise, super-ute Cadillac Escalade-V is Hulk on wheels

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SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — The Cadillac Escalade-V’s specs seem like something out of a Marvel comics creative session: Big as Hulk, seats seven, built on a steel truck frame, cruises on autopilot — yet accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, dances on Corvette-inspired magnetic shocks, and stops on a dime with Brembo brakes the size of...Read more

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Auto review: Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup trickles out to dealers. Rivian should be nervous

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The most popular vehicle in the U.S. is going electric, and it’s coming to dealers across the country.

The first demo models of the Ford F-150 Lightning, an electric version of the best-selling pickup truck, have begun trickling out to dealerships, and a few vehicles have been delivered to the first customers on a very long waiting list.

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