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Ford is on a high-level hiring spree, and it's no accident

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DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. is on something of a high-level hiring spree, and it's no coincidence.

The Dearborn automaker is bolstering its senior leadership ranks, chiefly where politics and the auto business intersect. It's beefing up its policy and technology know-how amid a push to execute its new growth plan, lead the electric-...Read more

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Tesla tops analysts' profit forecasts as auto margins widen

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Tesla Inc. reported better-than-expected second-quarter earnings, as strong sales of its electric vehicles fattened margins and delivered $1 billion in net income, a milestone for the 18-year-old company.

Profit more than tripled to $1.45 a share on an adjusted basis, swelling as vehicles sales rebounded from pandemic shutdowns last year, the ...Read more

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Lordstown Motors receives $400 million investment from hedge fund

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Lordstown Motors Corp. has received a $400 million equity investment from a New Jersey-based hedge fund to help the startup launch and accelerate production of its Endurance electric truck in September.

The Ohio-based startup and YA II PN Ltd., a fund managed by New Jersey-based Yorkville Advisors Global LP, formed an equity purchase agreement ...Read more

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GM sues Ford claiming trademark infringement over hands-free technology's name

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General Motors said Saturday that it has sued Ford Motor Co. over the name of Ford's new hands-free driving technology: BlueCruise.

In April, Ford introduced its BlueCruise hands-free highway driving system. Ford said at that time that BlueCruise will hit the road in a few months as over-the-air downloads install the system in thousands of ...Read more

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Will GM's Bolt recall hurt EV acceptance? Well, it 'does not help'

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General Motors Co. is investing billions into its electrification transition as it simultaneously deals with a repeat electric vehicle recall that's likely to come with hefty costs and the risk of alienating consumers from EVs.

For the second time in less than a year, GM recalled more than 68,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs globally from model years ...Read more

Roadshow: 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS brings proper luxury to forward-thinking buyers

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Tesla. There. I said it. Now I don't have to anymore. Because in all honesty, the car most people will compare to the 2022 Mercedes EQS isn't really in the same segment. Neither is the latest generation of internal-combustion S-Class, even though the two share more than a few technological innovations. The forthcoming EQS is its own thing: a ...Read more

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EV startup Rivian seeks second assembly plant as it closes another $2.5 billion funding round

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Rivian, which pushed the production launch of its Illinois-built electric truck back to September, is already scouting locations for a second assembly plant down the road.

The startup EV truck manufacturer confirmed it is looking to build a second factory, with multiple states bidding for the project, but said Friday the Normal plant remains ...Read more

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Mark Phelan: 2022 GMC Sierra one-ups Tesla with two new hands-free highway maneuvers. I liked them both

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General Motors' Super Cruise, the only hands-free driving system that's available on production vehicles, will add a couple of important new features for the 2022 model year: the ability to tow trailers and 100% automated passing when you come up on a slower vehicle.

The features will debut on the GMC Sierra light- and heavy-duty pickups. That ...Read more

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Good luck getting a California rebate on your new electric car

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Sam Dudley of Encino knows that California government has gone all in on zero-emission vehicles. So has he. He’s all about cutting back on greenhouse gases.

In May, Dudley splurged on a new electric car, a metallic black Chevy Bolt EV LT. He loves it.

But now it’s July, and the after-school program director, 35, wonders when the state will...Read more

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Want to negotiate the price of that new Mustang Mach-E? Good luck

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Car buyers looking at Ford Motor Co.'s new electric vehicles might face greater challenges negotiating deals under a new pricing model — the latest in a string of examples of how EVs are changing the auto retail landscape.

Ford is moving toward seamless pricing for new electric vehicles both online and at its dealers, meaning the customer is ...Read more

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Auto review: The Jeep Grand Cherokee grows in many ways for 2021

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CHELSEA, Mich. – Ask Mark Allen, who runs Jeep design, what he finds amusing, and he'll tell you it’s that Americans prefer sport utility vehicles and crossover utility vehicles to sedans, coupes, convertibles and station wagons.

“I was told over and over and over, and read it in magazines, that in the American market you can't sell a ...Read more

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Turning classic cars into electric vehicles is a growing trend -- and it's not cheap

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Phil Davie has been building hot rods for two decades in southeast Michigan, but last summer he turned his business on its head.

He started a new type of hot-rod business, one that removes a classic car's internal combustion engine — and nearly all of the innards — and replaces it with an electric motor and batteries to make it all-electric...Read more

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Auto review: Honda Accord is a luxe sedan in a mainstream wrapper

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Some cars stick with you. The 10th generation Honda Accord is one of those vehicles.

I remember when it arrived in my driveway in 2017. Coupe-like profile. Tablet infotainment screen astride a clean interior. Smooth 252-horsepower turbo-4. It was a luxury sedan with a mainstream badge. Slap four rings on the mega-grille and most would think it ...Read more

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Auto review: Here's a last look at the 2021 Mazda 6 as it slinks toward sedan extinction

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Don't make me the bad guy. I care about extinction. I've adopted manatees and whales, donated to help giant pandas and black rhinos.

But I have a hard time caring that midsize sedans are an endangered species. This makes me an outlier among auto writers who can be accused of overvaluing characteristics like acceleration and skid pad ratings ...Read more

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Motormouth: Brake booster likely cause of starting trouble

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Q: My 2015 Honda Accord is having random starting problems. The brake pedal is too stiff to depress and then pushing the start button proves useless. Usually, this condition self-corrects after several minutes of waiting. This happens randomly following no discernible pattern. My long-time trusty mechanic is thoroughly flummoxed by the problem ...Read more

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GM to temporarily halt most of its full-size pickup production due to chips shortage

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General Motors has done everything it can to protect production of its in-demand and highly profitable full-size pickups from the ongoing global shortage of semiconductor chips used in many car parts.

But now GM will be pausing most of its pickup production in North America.

In a notice to union members obtained by the Free Press, and ...Read more

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Stellantis CEO on weather events pushing electrification: Our company is ready

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The head of the world's fourth-largest automaker on Wednesday acknowledged that public opinion in the wake of recent devastating floods in Europe and elsewhere is likely to push governments toward stricter regulations on emissions and accelerate the auto industry's move to electrification.

Specifically mentioning flooding that claimed hundreds ...Read more

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Ford's Europe sales up 43.7% in the second quarter

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Ford Motor Co. netted 242,618 sales in Europe in the second quarter, for a 43.7% increase over the same period last year.

Meanwhile, Ford's European sales of more than 500,000 vehicles through the first half of the year represent a 22.6% improvement over last year, when the onset of the coronavirus pandemic led to widespread lockdowns.

Ford ...Read more

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Motormouth: How can I turn this off?

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Q: I recently bought a 2021 Ford F-150 with the center lane control. When driving on a straight road, such as I-94, etc., the light comes on telling me to hold my hands on the steering wheel every few minutes or more often, unless I move the wheel several times a minute. I am 85 years old, and I can hold the wheel straight, without moving it, ...Read more

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Rivian pushes production launch back to September as startup EV truck maker grapples with chip shortage

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Startup EV truck manufacturer Rivian has pushed its production launch back to September, in part because of the semiconductor chip shortage roiling the auto industry.

Already behind its original schedule, Rivian’s first production vehicle — a $75,000 launch version of its R1T electric pickup truck — was supposed to roll off the line this ...Read more