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Ford delays 4,500 Mustang Mach-E deliveries

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Ford Motor Co. confirmed Wednesday that buyers of some 4,500 Mustang Mach-Es —the Blue Oval's highly touted new electric vehicle — will face delivery delays.

That's a higher number than the hundreds of impacted vehicles the automaker had previously said would be delivered late. Meanwhile, Ford said Wednesday that it will compensate some ...Read more

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Motormouth: How will all those charging stations work?

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Q: With the advent of EVs and the need for thousands of charging stations, who is going to pay for them and will there be a cost to use one? If so, how much?

P.J., Carol Stream, Ill.

A: Good question, but one that I cannot answer in just a few words. Some stations are free, some you pay per kilowatt. There is no standard fee that I know of. ...Read more

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GM extends production shutdown into April due to semiconductor chip shortage

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General Motors will keep three of its assembly plants shuttered until at least mid-April and will idle a fourth due to a severe shortage of semiconductor chips used in various vehicle parts.

But the automaker is doing everything it can to protect the production of its full-size pickups and SUVs, which are its big profit makers.

Demand for ...Read more

Stellantis UAW workers will get $8,010 profit-sharing checks

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Stellantis UAW workers are to receive profit-sharing checks this year of $8,010.

The announcement of the payouts to about 43,000 UAW-represented workers came early Wednesday, the same day the company released its first earnings report since it was created in January from the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot-maker PSA Group.

The ...Read more

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How to avoid falling victim to online car sales scams

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Larry Hoover has bought a lot of cars — sight unseen — off the eBay auction website over the years and never had a major problem. “It never crossed my mind that they’d try to defraud me,” he said.

And then the Phoenix-area resident made a deal with a South Florida used car dealership that advertised a 2002 Cadillac El Dorado as being ...Read more

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Fiat Chrysler, now Stellantis, pleads guilty in corruption case

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, now part of Stellantis, has pleaded guilty in a long-running corruption probe, formally admitting Monday that it paid more than $3.5 million in personal expenses for senior UAW officials.

As part of its guilty plea via Zoom in U.S. District Court in Detroit, the company agreed to pay $30 million and submit to an ...Read more

Roadshow: The 2021 Buick Envision is a much better second act

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The first-generation Buick Envision was ... fine, like how you might describe a movie you didn't really want to see. The 2021 Buick Envision changes that up, however. Through some careful nips and tucks, this midsize premium crossover is far more worthy of your time.

Style takes a big step forward in the 2021 Envision. The outgoing crossover...Read more

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Hot-selling 2021 Ford Bronco Sport gets second recall, this time for rollover risk

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Ford Motor Co. is recalling its popular 2021 Bronco Sport for a second time, now for an incorrect lower control arm that could result in reduced vehicle stability and increase the risk of a rollover crash at maximum roof load.

This recall involves 106 vehicles built on Dec. 9; Ford estimated 50% are defective.

Ford Bronco Sport was just ...Read more


Auto review: The 2021 Kia Sorento is one you'll remember

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There are certain things in life you’ll always remember: your first love, a fun vacation, a night out at a particular restaurant (sometime prior to March). But if asked to recall a trip to the supermarket last month in any detail, odds are you would draw a blank. Why should you remember such an unremarkable moment in your life?

Cars can be ...Read more


Auto review: Wagon or SUV? Audi A6 Allroad vs. Volvo XC90

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Station wagon or SUV?

It's almost a moot choice today since so few wagons remain after the SUV tsunami. But in the luxury class, European automakers continue to bring sleek, powerful wagons popular across the pond. They are a reminder that such four-wheeled dinosaurs once ruled North America before a regulatory meteor from Washington in the ...Read more


Ford introduces first-ever Explorer King Ranch luxury package for popular midsize SUV

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Customers told Ford Motor Co. they wanted more luxury.

So Ford responded with a first-ever King Ranch package for its popular Explorer SUV that includes hand-stitched "premium touches" and mahogany-colored Del Rio leather trimmed seats with perforated front and second rows with the legendary King Ranch Running logo, along with leather door trim...Read more

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While Mercedes debuts another knockout C-class, Cadillac looks to the future

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Mercedes unveiled its all-new C-class Tuesday, and it's stunning. With its curved, space-age screen rising from the console, state-of-the-art "MBUX" voice recognition, and smooth, 255-horse turbo engine with 48-volt battery assist, Merc's best-selling sedan reasserts the automaker's place — along with the BMW 3-series and Tesla Model 3 — as ...Read more

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2021 Buick Envision's new looks, features have the feel of a hit

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Buick is the right brand at the right time, and the 2021 Envision compact SUV is the perfect vehicle to cash in.

It’s got the size, looks, features and value to hit the hottest part of the car market running and print money all the way to the bank for General Motors.

The ’21 Envision is new from the ground up, styled in Germany and the U.S...Read more


Motormouth: Trouble? The car will let you know

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Q: In a recent column, you mentioned that a vapor storage charcoal canister can flood by overfilling your gas tank. If you squeeze in extra fuel over a long period of time, how would you know if the canister is actually flooded and not operating correctly?

R.M., Elk Grove Village, Ill.

A: The check engine light will come on. The evaporative ...Read more

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Ford building new Texas-style Explorer King Ranch at Chicago plant

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Ford announced Wednesday it is rolling out a new version of its Explorer SUV — the King Ranch Edition — with the “authenticity” of a Texas ranch and a made-in-Chicago label.

The Explorer King Ranch, set to hit showrooms in the spring, will be built exclusively at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant on the city’s Southeast Side.

Ford has ...Read more

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Stellantis, citing global demand, laying off 150 at Jeep Cherokee plant

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The Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly Plant, where the Jeep Cherokee SUV is made, is laying off 150 workers.

Stellantis, the parent company of Jeep since the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot maker PSA Group, confirmed the news Tuesday.

"The Stellantis plant in Belvidere, Ill., is rebalancing its staffing levels as it realigns ...Read more

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Biden, Schumer rush to confront chip shortage idling auto plants

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he is asking the chamber’s top Republicans and Democrats to draw up legislation aimed at improving U.S. competitiveness with China in manufacturing and technology, including bolstering the supply of American-made semiconductors.

The outline Schumer set down Tuesday calls for emergency funding for ...Read more


Jeep under pressure to drop Cherokee name from SUVs

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Is it time for Jeep to put a new name on its Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SUVs?

The principal chief of the Cherokee Nation thinks so.

"I'm sure this comes from a place that is well-intended, but it does not honor us by having our name plastered on the side of a car," Chuck Hoskin Jr., principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, told Car and Driver ...Read more

Roadshow: 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country worthy of a chef's kiss

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A car or truck doesn't have to be the best in every measure to be highly desirable. The 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country isn't the most versatile vehicle available today, nor is it the quickest, fanciest or best equipped. But man, it's a terrific all-around package, one that feels like more than the sum of its Scandinavian parts.

Riding about 2....Read more

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It looks like Elon Musk isn't moving Tesla out of California after all

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Late last year Elon Musk kissed California goodbye. The Tesla chief executive sold his Bel-Air mansions and said he'd moved to Texas. But while he also threatened to close the electric car maker's California factory in Fremont, those threats now look like bluster.

The company recently filed for permits with city officials to turn an assembly ...Read more