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If Nikola goes up in flames, GM might only get singed, analysts say

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DETROIT - General Motors' pending partnership with electric vehicle maker Nikola Corp. could result in a dream team or a deal with the devil.

Either way, GM CEO Mary Barra is not backing down from it despite rumblings on Wall Street that perhaps GM failed at its due diligence.

Last week, Hindenburg Research published a 67-page report accusing ...Read more

GM's Barra talks flying cars and transforming the automaker

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DETROIT - The idea of flying cars is back on the table at General Motors in its pursuit of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

The automaker is considering options in the aerial taxi market. Yeah, that's right, flying cars. Those options could include making the air taxis or partnering with another firm to make them, a spokesman ...Read more

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Motormouth: An elusive owner's manual

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Q: I read the item (about PDF owner's manuals) with interest. I was in that situation when I bought my 2019 Honda Accord. I wrote to Honda that, when I am on the road and find I need to refer to the manual for example to understand a warning light, I do not want to have to squint at a PDF on my phone to see what's what. I am not a Luddite, but I...Read more

Ford will produce 100 million masks once it's done with ventilators

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Ford was one of the automakers who rose to the task when the U.S. needed to boost ventilator production in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. But now that its job is nearly complete, Ford's not quite done helping out the country. Instead, it'll pivot to yet another much-needed piece of safety equipment: masks.

Ford announced earlier this...Read more

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Mark Phelan: LA auto show move 'a declaration of war' on shows in Detroit, New York

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The competition among leading auto shows has always been tough but civilized, a 100-year tradition that ended this month when the Los Angeles auto show added a major headache to the Detroit and New York shows' long-announced plans to sit out 2020 and resume business as usual in 2021 - assuming the COVID-19 crisis is resolved enough for large ...Read more

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Auto review: 2020 Ford Super Duty proves that popularity doesn't always mean mediocrity

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These days, a product's popularity is often a poor indicator of its quality. Consider McDonald's hamburgers, which don't taste remotely like beef, and Starbucks coffee, which always seems burned.

Yet popularity can just as often indicate a product's excellence, as is the case with Ford's F-Series Super Duty medium-duty pickup. It commands more ...Read more

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Auto review: Volvo blazes hybrid trail with 2020 S60 e-AWD

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While Volvo has always been a step ahead of the crowd when it comes to safety, the Swedish carmaker these days is carving a new trail with hybrids and plug-ins, too.

Volvo sold nearly 23% more plug-in hybrids last year than the previous one. This year it expects plug-in hybrid cars to make up 20% of its total sales, according to Volvo CEO Hakan...Read more

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Auto review: Encore GX ST brings Buick manners to small SUVs

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If you've been on Mars for the last few years, you may be disoriented when you see what's happened to America. No, I'm not talking about the coronavirus pandemic and urban riots; I'm talking about Buick's lineup.

America's once-stodgy sedan brand has been transformed into a stable of hip SUVs.

Buick's "mistaken identity" ads featuring utes ...Read more

Unveiled: Lucid Air, the $150,000 electric car challenging Tesla

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Tesla considers itself the electric car technology leader, but there's a new competitor emerging to vie for that title.

The company is Lucid Motors, a start-up in Newark, Calif., near Silicon Valley. The car is the Lucid Air, an ultra-luxury ride with advanced battery technology that sets itself apart with posh accoutrements and a market-...Read more

Ex-UAW President Williams set to plead guilty in union embezzlement scheme

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DETROIT - Former United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams is scheduled to plead guilty on Sept. 30 and become the second retired union leader convicted of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on personal luxuries.

The plea hearing was set Wednesday in federal court, two weeks after Williams became the 15th person charged in a ...Read more

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Motormouth: Worried about capless gas system

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Q: I recently purchased a 2020 Chevy Colorado pickup truck. This is the first vehicle I have owned that came with no gas filler cap. As I live on the east coast of Florida where we have hurricanes and rainy seasons, I am concerned about getting moisture in the fuel tank. The owner's manual does not cover this concern. Do I need to worry about ...Read more

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How Lucid Motors plans to spin Tesla-killing strategy out of Air

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"Peter ... I'm working for this guy called Elon Musk, and we are in deep s - -."

That's how the phone call from Tesla model manager Dave Morris to engineer Peter Rawlinson began in 2009, when Morris needed help working on the prototype for a new electric car. Eventually, he lured Rawlinson to work at Tesla Inc., where he developed what became ...Read more

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GM to Uber drivers: Would you like a Bolt? Here's a deal for you

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DETROIT - General Motors is partnering with Uber to put more people into electric vehicles.

GM said Tuesday it is offering the ride-sharing company's drivers a discount on the purchase of a new Chevrolet Bolt.

The drivers will get employee pricing on the Bolt and 20% off on Bolt charging accessories.

This is yet another step GM is taking to ...Read more

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GM takes a $2 billion stake in Nikola to make electric pickup trucks

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DETROIT - General Motors is taking a stake in electric vehicle maker Nikola Corp. in a deal that will eventually deliver $4 billion in benefits to GM as it commercializes its EV technology.

The partnership will ultimately reduce costs for each company as GM pursues its all-electric vehicle strategy.

In the deal, announced Tuesday, Nikola will ...Read more

Roadshow: 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost is a powerhouse that'll spoil you with luxury

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Despite Rolls-Royce coining the term "post-opulence" to describe the new Ghost, few cars in the world are as posh as this one. Debuting this month, the 2021 Ghost takes lessons learned from Rolls-Royce's Cullinan SUV and Phantom sedan but adds a few clever tricks of its own. The result is one of the finest luxury cars money can buy. ...Read more

Auto review: A tale of two hybrids: the 2020 Toyota RAV4 vs. the 2020 Honda CR-V

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History is littered with legendary rivalries. Ali vs. Frazier. Beatles vs. Stones. Mozart vs. Salieri. Coke vs. Pepsi.

In the automotive world, feuds worthy of the Hatfields and the McCoys have long simmered between Ford and Chevy, Ferrari and Lamborghini, BMW and Mercedes-Benz - and between the companies behind today's review subjects, Toyota ...Read more

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Debut: Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid promises smooth rock-crawling

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The long-awaited Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV is coming back, and that's not the off-road brand's only new offering.

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in that debuted Thursday is a greener, more-premium version of the brand's iconic dirt-kicker. Just as the Grand Wagoneer offers a teak-trimmed alternative to gold-plated Range Rovers, the 4xe is aimed ...Read more

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Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept shows FCA is ready to play with big SUVs

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DETROIT _The big question for many people wondering about the upcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer has involved wood.

How much would there be?

The wood grain look on the outside helped many of the old Wagoneers stand out. It's one of the things people mention when they recall them today.

The vehicle Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unveiled to journalists ...Read more

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Jeep aims to ambush Ford Bronco with silent Wrangler 4xe electric off-roading

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DETROIT - Jeep just sucker punched Ford's heavily promoted new Bronco off-roader. Fiat Chrysler's revelation of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid included impressive promises of electric power for greater capability and silent off-roading that doesn't disturb the wilderness - a technology the Bronco can't match, despite offering other ...Read more

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Auto review: What's the Polestar 2? Meet the Tesla Model 3's first true competitor

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When I tell people I recently drove the new Polestar 2, the first question I get is a variation of "What's a Polestar? Never heard of it."

Electric car aficionados have been eagerly awaiting its arrival as the first true direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3. The reception of automobile buyers and reviewers will help determine whether buyers ...Read more