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Electric truck maker Nikola looks like Tesla 2.0 — except even riskier

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A week before Nikola, the electric truck start-up, debuted its shares on the public market, it was time to spin up the hype machine. For some reason its founder and chief executive, Trevor Milton, wanted to talk about how much he loves Tesla.

You'd think he'd count Tesla as a rival, if not an enemy. Each aims to capture the market for long-haul...Read more

Big-boy truck battle Part 2: Will the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel measure up?

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2020 Ram 1500 Rebel Crew Cab 4x4 EcoDiesel: Is this even big enough?

Price: $71,305 (up from a base price of $47,990). The engine? $4,995. Sunroof: $1,495. Much more mentioned below, though I don't have room to write about every single item.

Marketer's pitch: Nothing snappy on the Ram website -- just discounts.

Conventional wisdom: Car and ...Read more

Ford to unveil hotly anticipated new Bronco this summer

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Ford Motor Co. will unveil the new Ford Bronco SUV this summer.

The iconic vehicle, which Ford produced from 1966 to 1996, will have its world premiere in July, Ford spokesman Jiyan Cadiz told the Free Press.

Cadiz did not reveal a specific date or location, saying, "We will communicate more details about the premiere as we get closer to the ...Read more

Under the Hood: How to keep your vehicle's battery charge curing coronavirus lockdown

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Q: Our household has three cars for two retired drivers, and with the coronavirus shelter-in-place order, we don't drive them much to recharge their batteries. I try to use a different car every time I go to stores or whatever, just to charge the battery and warm up the engine to circulate the oil. But that may be only once or twice a week. I do...Read more

Motormouth: After-market blind-spot sensor

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Q: Do you recommend the installation of an after-market blind-spot sensor? It would go on a 2012 Camry. If so, what are recommended brands and who installs them?

D.A., LeSueur, Minn.

A: If you have an older car, or one that was not equipped with a blind-spot sensor, an aftermarket kit may be the answer. But-- and this is a big but-- they are ...Read more

Ex-UAW President Gary Jones pleads guilty in corruption probe, prays for forgiveness

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DETROIT -- Gary Jones was entrusted to lead the UAW, the same union once led by labor icon Walter Reuther, but on Wednesday, Jones admitted his role in a corruption scheme that tarnished the union's clean image.

Jones will now need to cooperate with prosecutors as the case proceeds if he hopes to secure a shorter prison sentence.

In a federal ...Read more

GM will be a leaner company post-coronavirus, Barra says

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General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the next several weeks are critical for the automaker to rebuild pickup inventory, keep workers healthy and apply a "laser-like focus on our cost structure."

Barra made those comments during a Virtual Fireside Chat with Credit Suisse Tuesday. Joining her on the chat was GM's CFO Dhivya Suryadevara.

GM ...Read more

VW completes $2.6B self-driving deal connected with Ford

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Volkswagen has finalized a deal that will see it invest the equivalent of $2.6 billion in Argo AI as part of a partnership with Ford to develop self-driving technology.

The news was announced Tuesday.

Ford, in a posting by executive John Lawler, said the arrangement finalized Monday involving the Pittsburgh-based startup would allow the ...Read more

Ford restarts all its operations south of the border, FCA adds shifts

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Ford Motor Co. has restarted its plants in Mexico after weeks of shutdown due to the coronavirus, it said Monday.

The automaker offered little detail on exactly when it restarted its four plants in Mexico or how many shifts it would operate, other than to say the restart is gradual.

"The safety of our workforce is our top priority," said Ford ...Read more

Roadshow: What it's like to buy a car during COVID-19

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I wouldn't recommend buying a car in a pandemic. It's incredibly stressful, especially if you want to test drive before buying. But maybe you're like me and have no choice - I had to buy a car to move my family out of New York City in the middle of this coronavirus mess.

Dealerships are closed or have limited resources. Touching anything ...Read more

GM to recall most of its hourly workers

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DETROIT -- General Motors will have brought back most of its 48,000 hourly workforce in the United States starting next week.

GM will resume production at its full-sized SUV plant as well as the plant that makes its Cadillac compact SUV on Monday. GM also said it will increase production at its other North American SUV and pickup plants ...Read more

Motormouth: 'Cold' tire pressure

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Q: I have a 2016 Tahoe and recommended tire pressure is 35 psi. When I start out, it reads 35 but after 20-30 minutes of high-speed driving, all tires are up to 38. Should I reduce pressure to 32 so it will be 35 at speed?

J.C., Key Largo, Fla.

A: No. Not. Never. When driven, tires flex and that causes friction which creates heat which ...Read more

COVID-19 will change the way we buy cars forever. Here's how

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DETROIT -- At some point, we've all felt like a chump in a car dealership showroom, waiting for the salesperson to emerge from a shrouded back office where they presumably spent the last 20 minutes pushing a hard-nosed manager to chip another hundred bucks off the price of that car you're haggling over.

After hours at the dealership, it feels ...Read more

Driving hasn't found its new normal yet

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Memorial Day weekend, the typical start of the U.S. summer driving season, has come and gone. Data on just how much driving Americans did is trickling in, and it's a bit noisy. Apple mobility trends show searches for directions down only 4% from baseline, but gasoline consumption was 25% to 35% off the numbers from a year earlier. Not only are ...Read more

Larry Printz: The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is just right

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How does Mazda do it?

Once more, the little car company that can from Hiroshima, Japan has delivered a svelte little automotive bon-bon sure to win the hearts of automotive enthusiasts and design junkies. Dubbed the CX-30, it's larger and rides higher than the CX-3, but is smaller than the CX-5. You'd think they'd call it the CX-4, but another ...Read more

2020 Hyundai Sonata hybrid delivers 52 mpg, surprising features

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Hyundai should score a choice slice of the shrinking pie for midsize hybrid sedans with the stylish and well-equipped 2020 Sonata hybrid. The new hybrid offers a miserly version that the EPA rates at 52 mpg in combined city and highway driving and a loaded top model rated at 47 mpg combined.

What used to be a flood of hybrid midsize sedans has ...Read more

Preparing your car for travel in the age of COVID-19

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Every fall, after that one last drive, my old Corvette goes into the garage for its long winter nap. I rarely intend for it to be the last drive, but the weather changes, battery dies, and it's in for the count. A similar phenomenon happened during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Cars were parked much longer than planned. With restrictions easing,...Read more

Ford pauses production at Kansas City Assembly Plant after worker tests positive for COVID-19

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DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. temporarily paused production at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri, on Tuesday to deep clean after a worker tested positive for COVID-19.

A UAW official confirmed an hourly worker had tested positive and the affected area was cleaned to protect other UAW members on the line.

Kelli Felker, Ford ...Read more

Roadshow: The best car lease deals right now

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Maybe the world is returning to normal. Or maybe it's getting to a new normal of living with the coronavirus. Certainly there are signs of life returning to the new-car market. The opportunity to get a great lease deal while sales are lousy may be fading away.

Dealer inventories are high, retail sales are slow and interest rates are near ...Read more

Larry Printz: Frugal finds: The 10 least-expensive vehicles under $19,000

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If you have found yourself furloughed or are facing a reduced paycheck, and need some new wheels, you'll want a new ride at the lowest possible cost. Enter the frugal finds, the 10 least expensive new vehicles you can buy, ranked by base price of the base model. Each price includes destination charge, but excludes incentives.

All are built on ...Read more