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Model Y is No. 1 again on the American-Made Index

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For the third year in a row, Tesla Inc.’s Model Y is the most American-made car, according to a ranking released Tuesday by Cars.com.

The Jeep Gladiator produced by Stellantis NV was the only Detroit automaker vehicle to rank in the top 10 on the annual list, coming in at No. 8. Meanwhile, Tesla's Model S and Model X also ranked in the top 10...Read more

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Motormouth: 'Suggested' maintenance

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Q: I have a 2015 Lexus RX 350 with 66,000 miles. The manual says nothing about changing the differentials oils but only suggests to "check" them periodically assuming the car is used normally and not with heavy tow. The dealer does put the fear of God in you that you should change the oils at low mileage intervals. I finally bought in and ...Read more

GM-LG battery plant workers ratify initial deal, UAW local says

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United Auto Workers-represented employees at General Motors Co.'s first operating joint-venture battery plant in northeast Ohio have ratified an inaugural local contract with the company.

Workers at the Warren, Ohio, Ultium Cells LLC plant, owned by GM and battery supplier LG Energy Solution, approved the new four-year deal with 98% voting yes ...Read more

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When will America get its $25,000 electric car?

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Electric-vehicle prices are falling fast in the U.S., but the cheapest models remain far more costly than what other countries have on offer. The BYD Seagull sells for about $10,000 in China, the Dacia Spring starts at $20,000 in Europe, the Renault Kwid e-Tech costs $19,000 in Brazil, and the Kia Ray goes for $22,000 in South Korea.

So where ...Read more

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Musk answers Tesla faithful with trillion-dollar robot prophesy

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Elon Musk responded in kind to Tesla Inc. investors reapproving his massive compensation plan, offering outlandish predictions that he can enrich shareholders all over again.

After Tesla’s general counsel confirmed Thursday that investors supported awarding stock options to Musk worth as much as $55.8 billion, the chief executive officer said...Read more

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Auto review: The 2025 Genesis GV80: Making a good thing even better

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Maybe it’s taken you some time to notice Genesis, the luxury vehicle brand manufactured by Hyundai Motor Group. But that’s OK. It’s a luxury brand that’s still finding new customers, with many trading in their Lexus RXs, Acura RDXs, BMW X5s and Mercedes-Benz MLs.

In 2023, the Korean luxury brand outsold longtime luxury stalwart Cadillac...Read more

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Stellantis goes on developer hiring spree as it hopes to make software big part of business

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CHELSEA, Michigan — Stellantis NV is working to make software a major slice of its business.

The transatlantic automaker is putting a ChatGPT-powered voice assistant inside more vehicles beginning in Europe, adding in-vehicle navigation and route planning features, growing a business fleet software business, and releasing other products it ...Read more

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Auto review: e-Xploring Virginia farms in the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

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URBANNA, Virginia — If you’re traveling to Virginia’s remote, historic Northern Neck, you may want to bring a Jeep.

“You’re free to check out the beach, woods and farmland. Be mindful the trail is grass, dirt, and may be muddy in places,” said a staffer at Rosegill historic farm in Urbanna.

“We have a Jeep,” I replied.

“Oh. ...Read more

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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