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Stellantis car-sharing company is hiring, looking to grow by 40%

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The car-sharing company from the maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks is looking to grow its workforce by 40%, including hires in the United States.

Stellantis NV's Free2move on Monday said it is adding 100 people to its 250-person team in Madrid, Paris and the U.S. in efforts to expand its app that offers users vehicles available for rent ...Read more

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As Stellantis turns 1, automaker faces two paths

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A year after the transatlantic merger that created Stellantis NV, experts say the company is looking at two potential futures.

The maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks has outlined a vision for electrification and software, announced strategic partnerships and pressed through an unprecedented microchip shortage. It moved forward on cost ...Read more

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Ford inks 5-year deal with financial service Stripe to overhaul online payments

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Ford Motor Co. and financial services startup Stripe Inc. on Monday announced a five-year agreement to overhaul the automaker's online payment process.

Under the agreement, Stripe — which is co-headquartered in San Francisco and Dublin, Ireland and is one of the most valuable startups in the U.S. — would serve as the "premier" payment ...Read more

Precious cargo: 2022 Kia Carnival is puppy-approved

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Our long-term 2022 Kia Carnival has been busy the past few months, particularly with a very important task: Bringing home my family's new dog, Connor. I can't speak to his thoughts on the Carnival, but I'm sure glad I had this capacious minivan to make the very long trek to bring him home.

The drive to pick up Connor was a long one, about ...Read more

Auto review: Ford Bronco Sasquatch vs. Land Rover Defender 90 in the Dirt Bowl

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HOLLY, Michigan — What's better than taking an off-road beast over snowbound Holly Oaks ORV Park? Taking two off-road beasts.

I flogged the Land Rover Defender 90 and Ford Bronco First Edition two-door models over southeast Michigan's premier adventure park for grins — and to see how the two warriors compared. The Bronco has wowed in ...Read more

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Auto review: A low price and spacious cabin make the handsome 2022 VW Taos a compelling crossover

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If you’re a fan of Volkswagen hatchbacks, no doubt you’re saddened that Volkswagen is no longer bringing the normally aspirated Golf to the United States; it’s now only available as the pricier, sportier GTI. But that doesn’t mean that VW is abandoning that part of the market. In its place is the new 2022 Volkswagen Taos, which starts at...Read more

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Charge it! Pricey Detroit EV pickups target premium customers

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The electric truck wars are in full swing with the Chevy Silverado EV and Ford F-150 Lightning going toe-to-toe with starting prices of $40,000 for their first EV pickups.

Consider the number $50,000, too.

That’s how much more the Silverado EV’s RST trim costs than a comparable, diesel-powered Silverado RST. Ford has also released its ...Read more

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Motormouth: How jog your car's memory

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Q: I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee in warranty and I stopped by a dealer because my memory seats stopped working. Was told it would be a two-week wait and would be tied up all day. Made an appointment. The next week got an oil change for my wife's car at my local mechanic and mentioned Jeep seat problem to the service writer. He told me just use ...Read more

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GM launches massive used car website CarBravo, hopes to take on Carvana

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Car consumers looking to buy will soon have access to hundreds of thousands of used vehicles on a new digital retail platform from General Motors.

On Tuesday, GM introduced CarBravo, a website that will list all the used car inventory across GM's participating dealerships as well as used cars owned by GM and its finance arm, GM Financial.

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North American Car, Truck and SUV of the Year: Civic, Maverick, Bronco

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The envelope, please. . . .

The winners of the 2022 North American Car, Truck, and SUV of the Year are:

— Car of the Year: 2022 Honda Civic

— Truck of the Year: 2022 Ford Maverick

— SUV of the Year: 2022 Ford Bronco

The winners were whittled from an initial list of 36 eligible cars, trucks and utility vehicles. The finalists tracked ...Read more

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Ford declares dividend for first quarter of 2022

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Ford Motor Co. on Monday declared a first-quarter regular dividend of 10 cents per share for the company's outstanding common and Class B stock.

The payment to shareholders marks the second since the Dearborn automaker suspended its quarterly dividend in March 2020 as a cost-saving measure to prepare for financial fallout from the coronavirus ...Read more

Proposed northern Minnesota nickel mine inks deal with Tesla

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The company behind a proposed Minnesota nickel mine, Talon Metals, said Monday it has inked a major supply deal with Tesla.

The electric vehicle giant committed to buy 75,000 metric tons of nickel concentrate over six years from Talon's planned mine in Tamarack, about 50 miles west of Duluth. Tesla would have a preferential right to go above ...Read more

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GM aligns with California on emission rules, state looks to buy GM EVs

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General Motors said it will recognize California's authority to set vehicle emission standards under the Clean Air Act.

The automaker sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday saying it is "committed to complying with California's regulations."

GM's move now puts it on the list of carmakers to be eligible for government fleet ...Read more

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L review: It's better than Wagoneer

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When the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L showed up at my house this summer, I was somewhat taken aback. While it's significantly more modern and premium-looking than the generation that came before it, it seemed odd that Jeep chose to add a third row to this SUV. That's because by that point, we already knew the company would soon offer totally ...Read more

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Ford threatens dealers: We won't send you F-150 Lightnings if you break sales rules

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Ford Motor Co., concerned about its reputation and customer complaints related to the upcoming launch of the F-150 Lightning, is warning dealers not to upsell reservations for the popular EV truck and also wants customers to sign a contract preventing them from reselling it within a year, according to a letter from the automaker to its dealers. ...Read more

5-minute electric vehicle charging could be here soon, professor says

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Ford Motor Co. is working with scientists at Purdue University in Indiana on a patent-pending plan to slash the average time it takes to recharge all-electric vehicles at charging stations from an estimated 25 minutes to 5 minutes.

"That's a game changer," said longtime industry analyst John McElroy, host of "Autoline After Hours" podcast and ...Read more

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5-minute electric vehicle charging could be here soon, professor says

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Ford Motor Co. is working with scientists at Purdue University in Indiana on a patent-pending plan to slash the average time it takes to recharge all-electric vehicles at charging stations from an estimated 25 minutes to 5 minutes.

"That's a game changer," said longtime industry analyst John McElroy, host of "Autoline After Hours" podcast and ...Read more

GM moves up launch date for all-electric heavy-duty pickups

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General Motors is moving up the launch of a fully-electric version of its heavy-duty pickups.

Last year, GM declared that it wanted all of its light-duty vehicles to be zero-emissions by 2035. But its heavy-duty vehicles wouldn't go electric until closer to GM's target to be a carbon neutral company by 2040.

That's changed.

On Wednesday, GM ...Read more

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Mercedes' sleek, electric Vision EQXX concept claims 620-mile range

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Mercedes kicked off the new year Monday with its Vision EQXX concept, a long-range electric halo vehicle for the German brand.

The aerodynamic EQXX packs a similar-size battery as Mercedes' current, full-size production EQS sedan into a compact chassis about the size of the entry-level, gas-powered Mercedes CLA Class. Introduced ahead of this ...Read more

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GM's pioneering EV1 was doomed almost from the start: What went wrong

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Long before anyone heard of Tesla or Elon Musk, the EV1 inaugurated the modern electric vehicle age 25 years ago this month, when the first customers took delivery of their cars.

GM’s short-lived electric two-seater was the first contemporary vehicle designed from the ground up to use electric power. Best remembered today from “Who Killed ...Read more