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Even popular Ford F-Series hit hard amid plummeting industry sales

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DETROIT -- If anything in life is predictable, it's steady sales of the Ford F-150.

The popular pickup truck saves the day -- every quarter, evey year -- for Ford Motor Co.

America loves its trucks. And, global pandemic or not, trucks sell.

The F-Series allowed Ford to reflect the smallest second quarter sales drop of the Detroit Three.

Ford...Read more

Silverado edges out Ram in the truck wars as automakers report dismal overall sales

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DETROIT -- The Chevy Silverado is keeping the ever-encroaching Ram at bay in the ongoing truck wars, despite overall dismal industry auto sales in the second quarter due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, many automakers reported quarterly sales results that reflected the impact of idled vehicle production for most of the quarter...Read more

New trade agreement means steep learning curve for auto industry

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DETROIT -- Imagine being asked to bake a cake but not being told what kind of cake you'll be baking and knowing you'll be judged on the results.

You might know you need milk, eggs and flour, but whether the cake needs to be chocolate or carrot is pretty important, too, and will change what you pick up during your shopping trip.

That's how ...Read more

Ford Motor Co. partners with Disney on Ford Bronco reveal

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DETROIT -- Disney will partner with Ford Motor Co. on the upcoming Ford Bronco reveal, the automaker confirmed Thursday.

Ford will unveil the all-new SUV "across Disney's broadcast, cable, digital and streaming properties" on July 13, Ford said in a news release.

"Three custom 3-minute films will air on ABC, ESPN and National Geographic, in ...Read more

Ford confirms it is ending production of Lincoln Continental forever

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DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. confirmed on Thursday that it plans to end production of the luxury Lincoln Continental sedan in the U.S. at the end of 2020. A 2021 model year vehicle will be offered to the China market before the sedan says goodbye forever.

"It will end for both China and the U.S. at the end of the year," Angie Kozleski, Lincoln ...Read more

General Motors, Fiat Chrysler sales down sharply as coronavirus hammers industry

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DETROIT -- General Motors saw its sales drop 34% in the second quarter of the year, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic came more into focus.

Auto production was shut down for much of the quarter and stay-at-home and related orders in many places limited sales.

GM's sales dropped from 746,659 to 492,489 for the period -- April, May and June...Read more

Auto review: Fast, sleek 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS coupe spices up SUV race with handling, comfort, tech

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Porsche pulled out all the stops developing the 2021 Cayenne GTS, which delivers what may be the ultimate balance of luxury and performance in an SUV.

The Cayenne GTS goes on sale this fall. It fits between the Cayenne S and the more powerful Cayenne turbo in the model line of Porsche's big SUV.

I spent a day driving a four-seat Cayenne GTS ...Read more

Toyota's Prius changed everything 20 years ago

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In late 1993, Takeshi Uchiyamada was tapped to develop Toyota's flagship for the 21st century, a car to double the Corolla's fuel economy. It would run on batteries at low speeds, gas above 30 mph, and use the engine and brakes to recharge its batteries. The Prius, which means "to go before" in Latin, debuted in Tokyo during 1995, began ...Read more

Motormouth: Locking lug nuts

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Q: A friend of mine just bought a 2002 Corvette. Nice car but he neglected to check out the lug nuts. The wheels have a locking lug nut on each one. There is no master unlock and previous owner is not answering his calls. Any idea on how to go about getting them off without wrecking things?

J. F., Chicago

A: There are ways to remove the ...Read more

Ford Motor pulls social media advertising as part of Facebook boycott

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DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is joining Starbucks and Coca-Cola in an advertising boycott against Facebook sites as part of an effort to urge the social media giant to regulate misinformation and hate speech critics say divides a troubled nation.

The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker is now on a growing list of global companies that plan to "pause" ...Read more

Fear of job loss, uncertainty stalls car buyers — so Ford came up with an idea

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Karl Brauer went to work in mid-June doing a job he loved, and he ended the day with news it had come to an end.

"I was let go the day after my seventh anniversary," said Brauer, 50, a longtime industry authority as executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader. "I've got a wife and we're a single-income family with two kids, 21 and 19...Read more

Elon Musk, Tesla board sued over alleged excessive compensation

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the electric carmaker's board of directors received a new lawsuit after a pension fund alleged the executives awarded themselves massive compensation packages at the automaker's expense.

The pension fund, which represents the Detroit police and fire departments, is an investor in Tesla and argues the automaker's board...Read more

Automakers split in legal fight over Trump's fuel economy rules

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Four automakers backing a California effort to curb tailpipe emissions will break with some big rivals in the legal battle over the Trump administration's relaxation of fuel efficiency standards.

Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., Volkswagen AG and BMW AG on Friday will file a joint motion with a Washington, D.C., appeals court to get involved in...Read more

Wage talks could impact Ford's future in Canada

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Jerry Dias is quick to praise the Detroit Three automakers while at the same time warning that Canadian consumers punish companies when they break promises or abandon operations across the border.

He has recently begun four-year contract talks as president of Unifor that will impact thousands of auto industry workers in this exceptionally ...Read more

2021 Ford F-150 features and tech aim to delight owners and stump the competition

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Millions of pickup lovers got their first look at the new version of America's best-selling vehicle, the F-150, when Ford revealed it online Thursday night.

Changes inside and out include everything from a new body, hands-free highway driving and a hybrid model that doubles as a campsite generator to a shifter that tucks away to turn the front ...Read more

Ford just revealed 2021 F-150: Why this new model is different

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DETROIT -- The redesigned 2021 Ford F-150, America's best-selling pickup truck in history, made its public debut Thursday evening during an online prerecorded celebration hosted by actor Denis Leary at the Willow Run plant and streamed on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

"There's nothing more all-American than a truck that helps you get the job ...Read more

California mandates big increase in zero-emission trucks

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The nation's toughest clean-air mandate on trucks was approved Thursday by the California Air Resources Board.

In effect, the board ordered manufacturers of medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial trucks to begin selling zero-emission versions in 2024, with 100,000 sold in California by 2030 and 300,000 by 2035.

"This is a bold step we're taking...Read more

Auto review: Mercedes's new small SUV a winner, despite goofy driver-assist feature

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If you haven't figured out how to learn from your mistakes by the time you're 94 years old, you're probably doing something wrong. After missing the mark with its first subcompact SUV, Mercedes-Benz -- founded in 1926, if you just got on the metaphor bus -- learned its lesson and got just about everything right with its second try, the 2020 ...Read more

Italy OKs big loans for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to help deal with COVID-19 impact

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The Italian government has signed off on approximately $7 billion in loan guarantees for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in an effort to shore up a key piece of the country's manufacturing sector amid the turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

FCA's parent company is headquartered in The Netherlands with a corporate office also in London, but the ...Read more

Ford F-150 pickup trucks second only to iPhone in sales. Here's why that's important

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DETROIT -- The wildly popular Ford F-150 pickup truck with its family of Super Duty siblings is second only to the iPhone when it comes to branded consumer product sales, according to a new economic analysis from the Boston Consulting Group.

While the iPhone generated $55 billion in revenue to $42 billion for the F-Series in 2019, the F-Series ...Read more