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All-electric Jeep coming in 2023; Dodge plug-in hybrid set for next year

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Jeep will launch its first all-electric vehicle in the first half of 2023, and Dodge will have a plug-in hybrid offering next year, Stellantis NV said Tuesday.

After investors shrugged last month over the transatlantic automaker's strategy to invest about $35.5 billion in electrified vehicles by 2025 that lacked specifics, Stellantis shared as ...Read more

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Detroit 3 employees must mask up regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status

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All employees at Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Stellantis will be required to wear face masks again starting Wednesday regardless of vaccination status.

The decision was announced Tuesday by the COVID-19 Joint Task Force, which is composed of leaders for the UAW, Ford, GM and Stellantis. The Task Force also reiterated its recommendation ...Read more

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GM to pause pickup production again because of chips shortage

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General Motors will pause production of its popular pickup trucks again starting Monday.

The automaker will also extend downtime at some SUV plants, all due to the ongoing global semiconductor chip shortage.

"The global semiconductor shortage remains complex and very fluid," said GM spokesman David Barnas, noting that GM’s global purchasing ...Read more

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Stellantis said it made $7B in profit in the first half of 2021

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In its first half year in existence, Stellantis reported billions of dollars in profits but the global chip shortage hit the company's cash flow by billions of dollars as well.

Stellantis, which formed in January from the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot maker PSA Group, released its half-year results early Tuesday, touting ...Read more

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Drunk-driver detectors for cars part of infrastructure bill

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New cars will be required to have technology to detect drunk drivers and a system to keep children from being accidentally left in vehicles on hot days under a series of long-sought safety measures included in the infrastructure bill awaiting a vote in the U.S. Senate.

Other provisions included in the 2,702-page bill are a mandate for automatic...Read more

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Detroit Three, UAW in talks with White House to set EV sales goals

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The Detroit automakers and the United Auto Workers are in discussions with officials in the Biden White House as it aims to broker a voluntary agreement to dramatically increase electric vehicle sales over the next decade.

The White House is seeking to get General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Stellantis NV and the union to commit to 40% to 50% ...Read more

Roadshow: The 2022 Acura MDX has more of what matters

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The Acura MDX has been around for more than two decades, making it one of the brand's top-selling vehicles. These days, Acura's largest SUV faces some seriously stiff competition, but thanks to a new platform, improved technology and sleeker design, this fourth-generation 2022 MDX is more compelling than ever before.

The new MDX is bigger ...Read more

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Toyota's chip management provides lessons for GM, Ford and others

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General Motors' virtual command center has been running 24 hours nearly every day since the first of this year.

There, supply-chain managers act like air traffic controllers. They talk to every level of supplier, down to the smallest to direct scarce parts with semiconductor chips to factories that build GM's bestselling and biggest profit-...Read more

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In prep for EV future, here's what auto suppliers need to be doing

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DETROIT — The transition to electric vehicles will cost the auto industry billions and likely create more partnerships and mergers, but leaders of top Michigan-based suppliers consider the technology-driven evolution more opportunity than concerning disruption.

Suppliers — including BorgWarner Inc., American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings ...Read more

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Auto review: Caddy's sharp, athletic CT5 takes a back seat to no one

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Cadillac has set itself on a bold course to go all-electric by the end of this decade. Call it the Yankee battle strategy as Cadillac follows California's Tesla — the only U.S. automaker to best the German juggernaut of Mercedes/BMW/Audi on the luxury front.

Caddy's decision comes after two decades following the European's performance model ...Read more

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Auto review: Honda improves America's favorite compact sedan for 2022

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How many compact sedans did the former Big Three build last year? None. Zero. Zip. It’s as if they imperiously decreed that Americans no longer needed them. But what if you prefer a compact car?

Last year, Americans bought approximately one million compact cars, of which 261,225 were Honda Civics, the most popular car in the segment. American...Read more

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Nikola founder confronts charges he lied to support stock

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Nikola Corp. founder and former chairman Trevor Milton has been charged by prosecutors with making false statements to investors in the electric-vehicle startup. The charges follow a difficult year for the company, which went public last year and almost immediately faced questions about its production and technology.

Milton, 39, who stepped ...Read more

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Ford posts second-quarter profit, improves full-year outlook as supply-chain woes linger

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Ford Motor Co. reported better-than-expected second-quarter financial results and improved its outlook for the full year, even as it continues to battle supply-chain constraints that have caused delays in delivering hotly-anticipated new vehicles such as the Bronco.

Despite being hit hard by a months-long global shortage of computer chips, the ...Read more

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GM to restart truck plants but plans other production cuts

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General Motors Co. is restarting its full-size trucks plants next week after a week of production impacts caused by the global semiconductor shortage, but other facilities face additional downtime, the automaker said Wednesday.

GM's Flint Assembly, where heavy-duty trucks are built, went down to one shift this week, while light-duty truck ...Read more

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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