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Fiat Chrysler to change name to Stellantis after merger with PSA in 2021

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will change its name to "Stellantis" after the merger with Peugeot S.A. is complete next year, the companies announced Wednesday.

This is a "major step" as the automakers move toward completing their 50:50 marriage outlined in a December 18, 2019 agreement, according to a news release from FCA. Everything is...Read more

Motormouth: Rotating tires

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Q: I have always been told that tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Now I just saw an article that said to rotate them "only if needed." Is that correct? Is it OK to not rotate them if they appear to be wearing evenly?

T.M., Bemidji, Minn.

A: I used to suggest rotating tires at every second oil change. The 3,000-mile oil ...Read more

Ford just revealed 2021 Bronco: Why this new model is different

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DETROIT -- The Ford Bronco, an iconic American off-roader, has re-emerged after a 24-year absence with its public debut Monday evening in a series of 3-minute stories created to run on three leading Disney-owned TV channels and YouTube.

Fast Company magazine called the unique strategy "audacious."

The theme: Celebrate adventure, live life and ...Read more

1,250 workers facing layoffs at GM's Wentzville Assembly Plant

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General Motors will lay off its third shift of workers at the assembly plant where it builds its midsize pickups and full-size vans as cases of coronavirus surge in the surrounding community.

The automaker said starting July 20 it will reduce its Wentzville Assembly plant, which is near St. Louis, Mo., to two shifts.

"We believe in the short ...Read more

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class teaser previews big MBUX update

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The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS electric sedan concept wasn't just a high-level exercise in designing something neat. Tucked away behind its wild styling are hints at the next generation of Mercedes sedans, including the flagship S-Class. In preparation for this four-door's update, the automaker has put out a teaser that promises some big tech ...Read more

FCA recalls 1.2M SUVs, minivans because pieces on steering wheels can become projectiles

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 1.2 million SUVs and minivans because pieces on the steering wheels could become projectiles if the driver-side air bags deploy.

The recall affects 2007-11 Dodge Nitros and 2008-10 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans. The bulk are in the United States.

The company...Read more

Under the Hood: Picking the right pickup for trailer hauling

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Q: I'm hoping that you can help me on researching a truck to tow a travel trailer. My wife and I are interested in at most a 24-foot trailer of no more than 4,000 lbs. We have checked Consumer Reports, Edmunds, KBB and a few others for truck recommendations and find it almost impossible to figure out what our best option is. We're looking for a ...Read more

Auto review: 2020 Hyundai Venue SUV packs features and value into small package

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DETROIT -- The 2020 Hyundai Venue Denim provides a road map to how automakers will offer entry-level models despite their shift to more profitable SUV-style vehicles: in part by omitting one of the defining features of most SUVs, but nonetheless offering lots of other goodies and tons of room.

Objectively, the Venue is a compact station wagon ...Read more

Judge dismisses GM's racketeering case against FCA

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DETROIT -- A federal district court judge on Wednesday dismissed the General Motors racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The order followed a decision by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals this week not to reassign the case at GM's request though it vacated Judge Paul Borman's earlier order that GM CEO Mary Barra and FCA ...Read more

GM announces price, features of 2021 Corvette, including two new colors

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General Motors said Wednesday it will keep the price of its 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray the same as the introductory 2020 model.

The 2021 Corvette, which goes on sale late in the fourth quarter, will start at $59,995, matching this year's model, which is about a $4,000 increase over the 2019 Corvette. Comparatively, the mid-engine Porsche ...Read more

Ford declares war with all-new Bronco as Jeep Wrangler demand spikes

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DETROIT -- Josh Gracin texted Thad Szott in an attempt to get on a buyer list for the 2021 Ford Bronco.

But there is no list yet, not even for country music singers in Nashville.

"People are so excited to get their hands on the Bronco," said Szott, co-owner of Szott Auto Group in White Lake Township, Mich. "Every time I post something on my ...Read more

Roadshow: Coronavirus pandemic continues to hammer car sales

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It's hard to believe, but the second quarter of the year has come to a close. For automakers, it wasn't great news when it comes to sales, as you might expect.

A number of automakers have released their Q2 results. It's worth noting there was one fewer selling day in June, with 25 days compared to 26 days in 2019.

Acura

The Japanese ...Read more

Even popular Ford F-Series hit hard amid plummeting industry sales

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DETROIT -- If anything in life is predictable, it's steady sales of the Ford F-150.

The popular pickup truck saves the day -- every quarter, evey year -- for Ford Motor Co.

America loves its trucks. And, global pandemic or not, trucks sell.

The F-Series allowed Ford to reflect the smallest second quarter sales drop of the Detroit Three.

Ford...Read more

Silverado edges out Ram in the truck wars as automakers report dismal overall sales

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DETROIT -- The Chevy Silverado is keeping the ever-encroaching Ram at bay in the ongoing truck wars, despite overall dismal industry auto sales in the second quarter due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, many automakers reported quarterly sales results that reflected the impact of idled vehicle production for most of the quarter...Read more

New trade agreement means steep learning curve for auto industry

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DETROIT -- Imagine being asked to bake a cake but not being told what kind of cake you'll be baking and knowing you'll be judged on the results.

You might know you need milk, eggs and flour, but whether the cake needs to be chocolate or carrot is pretty important, too, and will change what you pick up during your shopping trip.

That's how ...Read more

Ford Motor Co. partners with Disney on Ford Bronco reveal

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DETROIT -- Disney will partner with Ford Motor Co. on the upcoming Ford Bronco reveal, the automaker confirmed Thursday.

Ford will unveil the all-new SUV "across Disney's broadcast, cable, digital and streaming properties" on July 13, Ford said in a news release.

"Three custom 3-minute films will air on ABC, ESPN and National Geographic, in ...Read more

Ford confirms it is ending production of Lincoln Continental forever

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DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. confirmed on Thursday that it plans to end production of the luxury Lincoln Continental sedan in the U.S. at the end of 2020. A 2021 model year vehicle will be offered to the China market before the sedan says goodbye forever.

"It will end for both China and the U.S. at the end of the year," Angie Kozleski, Lincoln ...Read more

General Motors, Fiat Chrysler sales down sharply as coronavirus hammers industry

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DETROIT -- General Motors saw its sales drop 34% in the second quarter of the year, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic came more into focus.

Auto production was shut down for much of the quarter and stay-at-home and related orders in many places limited sales.

GM's sales dropped from 746,659 to 492,489 for the period -- April, May and June...Read more

Auto review: Fast, sleek 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS coupe spices up SUV race with handling, comfort, tech

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Porsche pulled out all the stops developing the 2021 Cayenne GTS, which delivers what may be the ultimate balance of luxury and performance in an SUV.

The Cayenne GTS goes on sale this fall. It fits between the Cayenne S and the more powerful Cayenne turbo in the model line of Porsche's big SUV.

I spent a day driving a four-seat Cayenne GTS ...Read more

Toyota's Prius changed everything 20 years ago

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In late 1993, Takeshi Uchiyamada was tapped to develop Toyota's flagship for the 21st century, a car to double the Corolla's fuel economy. It would run on batteries at low speeds, gas above 30 mph, and use the engine and brakes to recharge its batteries. The Prius, which means "to go before" in Latin, debuted in Tokyo during 1995, began ...Read more