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Ford nixes Model e dealer program, letting all US retailers sell EVs

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All Ford Motor Co. dealerships in the United States will be able to sell its electric vehicles effective July 1 with the automaker's decision to sunset its voluntary Model e certification program.

The change will double the number of U.S. Ford dealers eligible to sell EVs to 2,800. The initiative launched in 2022 required dealers on average to ...Read more

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Oil and gas groups suing Biden EPA over 'EV mandate'

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WASHINGTON — A coalition of oil and gas lobbying groups is suing the Biden administration to stop its new tailpipe emissions standards.

The lawsuit, led by the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, complains that Environmental Protection Agency regulations finalized in March will effectively end the...Read more

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GM-Ultium battery workers to vote this weekend on new UAW deal. Here's what it includes

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Workers at General Motors Co.'s first joint-venture battery plant in northeast Ohio will vote this weekend on an initial union contract with wage improvements likely to set a pattern for the industry as more battery plants open.

After announcing the deal on Friday, the United Auto Workers this week released details of the first deal with Ultium...Read more

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Auto review: 2024 Chevrolet Trax is more than 'Activ'e

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This week in Grasso’s Garage is the basic version of recently tested Buick Envista, the 2024 Chevrolet Trax Activ. Sharing the same frame and curves, the Trax offers consumers an excellent base price and an entry-level SUV option. Its space and utility are just some of the notable advantages that the Trax provides.

When selecting exterior ...Read more

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NLRB asks judge to reinstate two fired union organizers at struggling EV maker Lucid

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WASHINGTON — An attorney for the National Labor Relations Board is asking an Arizona judge to reinstate two former workers for electric vehicle maker Lucid Motors who were allegedly fired for trying to organize workers at the EV maker's plant there.

A hearing before the judge is already scheduled for Oct. 9. But Tucker Bingham, an attorney ...Read more

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Fisker issues recall over more Ocean SUV software problems

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Fisker Inc. issued a voluntary recall notice Wednesday for 11,201 Oceans, the only vehicle in the lineup of the troubled Southern California electric vehicle maker.

The voluntary safety recall stems from a software glitch that may cause the premium sport utility vehicle to lose power and covers Oceans sold in North America and Europe.

The ...Read more

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Jeep's electric plans come into sharper focus amid market jitters

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Jeep's growing lineup of electrified models could help spark a turnaround for the legendary SUV maker, but it might be coming at a less-than-ideal time.

Annual sales for the Stellantis NV brand have declined for five straight years, falling to under 650,000 last year from close to 1 million sold in 2018. And sales of electric vehicles overall ...Read more

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GM lowers EV production goal in North America

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General Motors Co. is narrowing its 2024 electric-vehicle production goal by at least 50,000 units to between 200,000 and 250,000, down from 300,000, GM CFO Paul Jacobson said Tuesday at the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference.

The move is "100% demand driven," Jacobson said, because GM overcame issues it had with battery module ...Read more

EV charging network from GM, Stellantis, others names global headquarters

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The electric vehicle charging network founded by a coalition of automakers that includes General Motors Co. and Stellantis NV said on Tuesday its global headquarters will be in Durham, North Carolina, about a half hour northwest of Raleigh.

IONNA — which also includes BMW AG, Honda Motor Co. Ltd,, Hyundai Motor Co., Mercedes-Benz Group AG and...Read more

Ford CFO says growing dealer inventory 'worries me'

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Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday issued a warning sign on rising dealership inventory levels across the industry.

"It worries me that the stocks are building," Lawler said during the Deutsche Bank 2024 Global Auto Industry Conference. "We haven't seen that impact so far, but we are watching it very closely."

For years, insufficient inventory had been...Read more

GM board approves stock repurchase authorization

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General Motors Co. announced Tuesday its board approved a $6 billion stock repurchase authorization in an effort to continue increasing shareholder value.

“The investments GM made in its brands and product portfolio over the last several years, and the company’s operating discipline, are delivering consistently strong revenue growth, ...Read more

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US-China auto partnerships persist despite tariffs, political tensions

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WASHINGTON — Even as the Biden administration and lawmakers step up efforts to disentangle the U.S. auto industry from an increasingly competitive China, legacy automakers are maintaining their business relationships with companies across the Pacific.

Partnerships and joint ventures have enabled the Detroit Three and others to operate and ...Read more

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Motormouth: Reducing brake dust

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Q: What is your advice regarding reducing brake dust? The front wheels on my 2016 Mercedes SL 400 (47,144 miles) get dirty very fast. Within a few days of washing, they begin to show a gray tint that will turn dark within a week. I am considering getting ceramic brake pads for the car. Any suggestions?

B.B., Las Vegas

A: This is a common ...Read more

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Biden scales back fuel economy standards amid tough political and business realities

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden's administration, in a move that tries to balance ambition in fighting climate change with challenging business and political realities, on Friday scaled back fuel economy standards set for new vehicle sales into the next decade.

The administration released its final regulation Corporate Average Fuel Economy ...Read more

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Auto review: 2024 Chevrolet Trax is more than 'Activ'e

Automotive / Automotive News /

This week in Grasso’s Garage is the basic version of recently tested Buick Envista, the 2024 Chevrolet Trax Activ. Sharing the same frame and curves, the Trax offers consumers an excellent base price and an entry-level SUV option. Its space and utility are just some of the notable advantages that the Trax provides.

When selecting exterior ...Read more

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Auto review: The first convertible of spring: Ford Mustang

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SUMMIT POINT, West Virginia — Put the top down. Put on your favorite tunes. It’s time for the first convertible of spring.

Our Payne family of four packed into a 2024 Ford Mustang convertible rental and cruised toward downtown Winchester, Virginia, after a full day at Summit Point Raceway. I took requests for favorite rock ‘n’ road ...Read more

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Auto review: Chevy fields a surprisingly attractive, affordable new battery electric SUV

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It’s no mystery why mainstream consumers aren’t flocking to electric vehicles. While public infrastructure remains an issue, if you own a home with a 240-volt outlet, that’s not a problem. The issue is the vehicles themselves.

Until now, most were Lilliputian in size and driving range at a gargantuan price premium. Consider the 2011 Ford ...Read more

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California doubled sales of electric trucks, buses and vans. Newsom credits new regulations

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The sale of new electric trucks, buses and vans in California doubled in 2023 over the previous year and one of every six medium and heavy-duty vehicles sold in the state produce zero carbon emissions, according to new state data.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said these figures show an industry transitioning to clean heavy duty transportation faster than ...Read more

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Ford posts healthy sales gain in May

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Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. sales rose 11% year-over-year in May, boosted by popular new models now hitting dealer lots.

Across the industry, inventory levels are up, prompting additional incentives to move vehicles off lots, though elevated vehicle prices and interest rates continue to challenge affordability. Cox Automotive Inc. was forecasting a 3...Read more

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GM names new leaders of software organization

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General Motors Co. is promoting Baris Cetinok and Dave Richardson to lead its software and services organization as the automaker advances to connected vehicles, GM said Monday.

The executives are taking over the software organization after former leader Mike Abbott left GM in March 2024 due to health reasons. Cetinok and Richardson will work ...Read more