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Motormouth: How to get windshield clean?

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Q: I can’t get the inside of my car windshield clean. I have tried: newspaper, glass cleaner, vinegar and it is still streaked! Any other suggestions?

S.H., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

A: Try a glass cleaning product formulated for automobiles. Household cleaners do not do as well. Use a microfiber towel to clean the glass — twice. And then, ...Read more

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Ford reveals next-gen Super Duty pickup lineup

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Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday debuted the next-generation Super Duty — part of the Dearborn automaker's best-selling F-Series lineup — for model year 2023.

The redesigned lineup of pickup trucks and chassis cabs features new technology and targets best-in-class towing, payload, torque and horsepower in the heavy-duty full-size truck segment, ...Read more

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Tesla's big batteries aren't the fire problem. Lithium is

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When a Tesla Inc. battery caught fire at an energy storage facility that helps power California last week, critics were quick to pounce. Michael Burry of “The Big Short” fame, who called the mid-2000s housing collapse correctly, hit out at the EV maker.

Blaming Elon Musk’s firm for a bad battery misses the point, however. Instead, we need...Read more

Republican senator proposes ban on automakers 'double-dipping' incentives

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WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota recently introduced a bill that would stop automakers from "double-dipping" on federal incentives aimed at accelerating electric vehicle production.

The legislation stands little chance of passing in the Democrat-controlled Senate, but may be indicative of a GOP strategy to reverse some ...Read more


Qualcomm gains traction with automakers as order backlog swells to $30 billion

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Qualcomm has long sought to gain traction with automakers as an avenue toward diversifying its business beyond the maturing smartphone market.

This week, the mobile technology firm — and San Diego's largest publicly traded company — laid out the milestones of its efforts so far, including a pipeline of orders from car makers that's reached ...Read more

General Motors invests $760 million for EV-related work at Toledo transmission plant

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General Motors Co. is investing $760 million at its Toledo Propulsion Systems plant for the production of drive units that will be used for future battery electric trucks, including the Chevrolet Silverado EV, GMC Sierra EV and GMC Hummer EVs, the company said Friday.

The Ohio factory is the first of GM's U.S. powertrain or propulsion-related ...Read more

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Joe Biden's climate bill has the US battery industry revved up

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While Joe Biden was busy throttling the latest Corvette with car executives at the Detroit auto show last week, much of the rest of the industry filed into a jam-packed convention center about 30 miles west for a forum the president also managed to rev up.

The Battery Show saw its biggest attendance yet: 15,000 people, up 64% from last year and...Read more


Auto review: Updated Lexus RX is a plush tourer for those not in a hurry

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Everyone everywhere is constantly telling you what to do. It’s a constant when growing up, and it continues once you’re older, as advertising tells you what to drink, smoke or wear. Your clergyman tells you when you’re sinful. Even your pet tells you to feed it, usually by barking or meowing.

And now, cars have joined this cantankerous ...Read more

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Auto review: New Honda HR-V is stylish, roomy and fun. Until you put your foot into it

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SUMMIT POINT, West Virginia — Powered by a 1.5-liter Honda Fit engine, the F1600 class is one of my favorite open-wheel, so-called “Formula” racing classes. It’s a showcase for relentless wheel-to-wheel driving, some of the country’s best up-and-coming teenage drivers on the Road to Indy — and for Honda’s reliable engine technology...Read more


Top Ford execs get additional responsibilities; company touts Silicon Valley hires

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Ford Motor Co. on Thursday announced changes within its leadership ranks around product development and supply chain management that include expanded roles for some executives and new hires with Silicon Valley backgrounds.

Among the changes: Chief Financial Officer John Lawler will take responsibility for the company's global supply chain ...Read more

GM invests in battery recycling company

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GM Ventures, General Motors Co.'s investment arm, has made a strategic investment in Canada-based Lithion Recycling Inc.'s Series A financing round to support a new strategic partnership between the companies.

The partnership will focus on validating Lithion's recovered battery materials for new batteries and include a joint investment in R&D ...Read more

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Motormouth: What became of emergency brakes?

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Q: What became of emergency brakes on cars? Can the parking brake be used in an emergency?

B.K., Riverwoods, Illinois

A: Originally, the service brakes were applied using a lever and cables. Eventually, hydraulic brakes operating brake shoes inside brake drums made the brakes easier to modulate. The lever that hung around in case those old ...Read more

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California seeks to ban sales of diesel big rigs in a bold bid to cut pollution

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Saying they had a “moral obligation,” California regulators could soon ban the sale of diesel big rigs by 2040, ending a long reliance on the polluting vehicles that are the backbone of the American economy.

The proposal by staff of the California Air Resources Board would further require that, by 2035, medium- and heavy-duty trucks ...Read more

GM halts reservations for Hummer EV pickup, SUV

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General Motors Co. is ending reservations on all trims of the GMC Hummer EV pickup and SUV Wednesday night after receiving 90,000, the company said.

Customers had to put down $100 to reserve one of the Hummers. GMC says less than 5% of reservations are canceled.

GM in June upped the price on its GMC Hummer EV pickup and SUV by $6,250. The base...Read more

EPA approves Ultium Cells battery components for Michigan plant

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Ultium Cells LLC to build an electric vehicle battery component at the request of a bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers.

The joint venture between General Motors Co. and LG Energy Solution is building a battery plant in Delta Township outside of Lansing, Michigan, part of ...Read more

General Motors investing in Toledo plant for EV production support

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General Motors Co. Toledo Transmission plant on Friday is expected to receive an investment to support electric-vehicle production — marking the first time a GM propulsion plant will receive allocation for EVs.

The company said in a media advisory sent Wednesday the event would be for a "positive plant manufacturing announcement," on Friday. ...Read more

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New Unifor president ready to grow the union's diminished auto sector

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From a pandemic to an internal scandal on top of supply disruptions causing mass temporary layoffs, Lana Payne already has seen Canada's largest private sector union through a series of trials.

But the newly elected — and first female — president of Unifor isn't settling down. Supply issues remain a concern. The scandal that prompted former...Read more

Ford stock sinks on inflation, supply constraints warning

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Shares of Ford Motor Co.'s stock plummeted 12% Tuesday as investors reacted to the automaker's warning that the effects of inflationary pressures and supply constraints would show up in third-quarter earnings.

The company's stock closed at $13.09 per share Tuesday. The loss represented the largest one-day hit Ford's stock has taken in more than...Read more


Hertz to order up to 175K EVs from GM to meet EV fleet goals

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The Hertz Corp. is planning to order up to 175,000 electric vehicles from General Motors Co. over the next five years for its rental fleet, the companies said Tuesday.

Hertz will offer GM EVs across all brands: Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and also BrightDrop, with first deliveries of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV expected in the first ...Read more

Ford has 'higher-than-planned' stock of unfinished vehicles; reaffirms full-year guidance

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Ford Motor Co. reaffirmed its full-year financial guidance Monday even as it said it expects to have a "higher-than-planned" number of vehicles assembled but awaiting parts at the end of the third quarter due to supply shortages.

The Dearborn automaker said in a news release that it expects to have 40,000 to 45,000 vehicles sitting and awaiting...Read more