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Ford considers $400M investment for EV component manufacturing in Kentucky

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Ford Motor Co. is considering a $400 million investment for a component manufacturing facility in Kentucky to support production of electric vehicles.

Ray Leathers, CEO of the Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation, said Friday that the Dearborn automaker is in the final stages of making the commitment for a facility to support a ...Read more

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Detroit residents keep reporting Stellantis paint odors. Tlaib says EPA should do more

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Resident complaints about paint odors from Stellantis NV's Mack Assembly Plant in Detroit have continued to trickle into the state's environmental agency in recent months, records show.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s air assistance program got odor reports from the east Detroit facility on at least a dozen ...Read more

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Auto sales '24: The market's biggest winners, losers and movers (so far)

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Like a game of Twister, the auto industry is stretched in all different directions these days.

Manufacturers must pump out popular, internal-combustion vehicles to meet customer needs even as they satisfy government demands for electric vehicle sales. American consumers love big SUVs, but high gas prices and interest rates demand smaller cars. ...Read more

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Auto review: Maserati's new electric droptop captures lightning in a bottle

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Our roads were once filled with grand touring cars, providing the manners and style of a sports car, but with more room and comfort. It’s now shunned for the working-class SUV, which is little more than a modern-day Conestoga wagon. It’s as if consumers are comforted by the ability to haul people or cargo at a moment’s notice.

Of course,...Read more

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Auto review: 2024 Gladiator keeps Jeep consumers eyes perked

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With Jeep Wrangler fans driving profitability for FCA/Stellantis, the Gladiator enters Grasso’s Garage this week with their Mojave desert rated edition.

With the same clientele as Wrangler lovers who want a little more in their life, and to avoid changing brands, the Gladiator was born with a Wrangler cab and a pickup style bed strapped to ...Read more

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Illinois Stellantis plant in line for $334M federal grant

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An embattled auto plant in far northern Belvidere is in line for a planned $334 million grant from the federal government, part of the Biden administration’s commitment to stoking a transition to electric vehicles, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday.

The grant would be a significant investment in both Illinois’ EV industry and...Read more

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Henry Payne: Towing across the Canadian wilderness in the Jeep Grand Wagoneer

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WAUBAUSHENE, Ontario — When I arrived at Quiet Waters Sailboats on Georgian Bay from Detroit, owner Rick and I met each other with exclamations.

“Man, you poor guys are paying $6 a gallon for premium gas!” I blurted.

“Man, that Jeep Grand Wagoneer is the biggest thing I’ve ever seen!” Rick said.

I had just filled up the Grand’s ...Read more

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Granholm says Biden should stay in race for US auto industry support

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LANSING, Mich. — Jennifer Granholm, U.S. energy secretary and former Michigan governor, said Thursday that President Joe Biden is and should stay in the race for a second term, attributing federal investments into Michigan's auto manufacturing to his leadership.

Granholm visited General Motors Co.'s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant, which ...Read more

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Biden administration giving GM, Stellantis more than $1B to stop plant closures, build EVs

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WASHINGTON — The federal government is providing $1.7 billion in grants to help revitalize 11 shuttered or at-risk auto manufacturing and assembly facilities — including two in Michigan, the White House and Department of Energy said early Thursday.

The grants will go to projects across eight states — Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia,...Read more

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Federally funded EV charging is arriving in the Philly region

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Drivers in southeastern Pennsylvania will soon bear witness to the federal government's investment in electric vehicle charging.

The first EV charging hub in the region funded through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program money is expected to open this summer in Aston.

"In Pennsylvania, we now have two NEVI sites ...Read more

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Motormouth: Where is the turn signal?

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Q: I’ve noticed recently that many newer model cars have the rear turning signals and taillights much lower, along the rear bumper line. I’ve found many times that I’ll be at a stoplight behind a car and unable to see if they are turning or not. Seems like a safety hazard to me. Your thoughts?

J.K., Morris, Illinois

A: I have gotten this...Read more

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Editorial: 'Equity' short circuits EV charging station construction

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Nothing is more inefficient than the government working at cross purposes. Just look at the Biden administration’s attempts to build charging stations for electric vehicles.

Since coming into office, President Joe Biden has insisted on micromanaging the auto industry to push consumers toward EVs as a means of fighting climate change. Put ...Read more

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Auto review: 2024 Genesis GV70 exceeds luxury expectations

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At Grasso’s Garage, Volvo, with its extensive range of appropriately priced luxury vehicles, consistently stands out, meeting nearly every consumer's desires and requirements. Yet, as Volvo has not delivered the XC40 to Grasso's Garage, there is a gap in the review lineup.

Genesis has astutely stepped in to fill this void, a move that ...Read more

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Auto review: Mazda goes big with CX-70

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ROCHESTER HILLS, Michigan — The Mazda CX-70 SUV is big. Big length at nearly 17 feet. Big weight of 4,863 pounds. Big 21-inch wheels. Big panoramic roof. Big as sibling CX-90 because CX-70 just means it has two rows compared to the 90’s three. Bigger than any other vehicle the Japanese brand has produced.

Yet CX-70 still thinks it’s a wee...Read more

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The No Kill Car Shelter in Philadelphia transforms clunkers into something out of a 'Mad Max' movie

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PHILADELPHIA — The old Chevy Nomad is the first clue that the No Kill Car Shelter isn’t your average garage. Step down Madison Street in the city's Port Richmond neighborhood and you’ll see it parked outside the shop — sheathed in midnight-black paint, hulking feet off the ground on oversize wheels, Frankensteined onto a shortened SUV ...Read more

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Auto review: 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV goes farther and further

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The Tesla’s Cybertruck’s styling, which resembles a men’s metal prison urinal, gets too much attention, it’s the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV that actually deserves it.

One of five battery electric pickups now available, it competes in a class against the aforementioned Tesla, as well as the Rivian R1T, Ford F-150 Lightning, and GMC ...Read more

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UAW's court filing highlights tension with federal monitor

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The United Auto Workers asked a federal court Wednesday to clarify its consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department, namely whether it could withhold or review confidential and privileged information being requested by its court-appointed monitor.

The filing in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan comes amid tension ...Read more

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Ford manages Q2 sales increase on trucks, EVs and hybrids

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Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. sales rose less than 1% year-over-year in the second quarter, propelled by growth in sales of trucks as well as vehicles with alternative powertrains even as cyberattacks disrupted dealership operations at the tail end of the quarter.

Sales increased 0.8% to 536,050 in the April-to-June period, the Dearborn, Michigan, ...Read more

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Temporary layoffs hit two Stellantis plants amid sales and inventory problems

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Stellantis NV is scaling back production and temporarily laying off workers at two major U.S. plants as it grapples with lower sales and bloated inventories.

At the Warren Truck Assembly Plant near Detroit, Stellantis is cutting production from two to one daily shift for July, resulting in a temporary layoff of roughly 1,600 workers, or about ...Read more

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GM posts slight sales increase, record EV sales in second quarter

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General Motors Co. saw a 0.6% increase in year-over-year sales in the second quarter with a record 21,930 deliveries of electric vehicles.

In its best quarter since the fourth quarter of 2020, GM's U.S. dealers sold 696,086 new vehicles from April through June compared with 691,978 vehicles a year ago. The automaker noted its retail sales, or ...Read more