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Investors 'cannot ignore' GM, Ford transformation. Here's why

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Legacy automakers General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. have used the past few months to demonstrate two advantages their electric-vehicle rivals can’t match: traditional vehicle businesses to generate cash and the scale to leverage that capital into EV investment.

Investors are noticing, sending shares of Detroit's Auto 1.0 behemoths soaring...Read more


Auto review: The redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe casts an ever-larger shadow

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Hey! Who slipped the “Jumbo-Gro” in the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe’s gas tank?

Having received a total overhaul for the current model year, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST is far larger than the vehicle it replaces. Its wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than last year and overall, its 6.7 inches lengthier. It’s a massive 81 inches wide with the ...Read more

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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L's off-road ability and interior leave competitors in the dust

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When the O.G. arrives, the wannabes should watch and learn. In this case, the original SUV brand is Jeep, and it just jumped into the booming market for family-carrying vehicles with three rows of seats.

New from the ground up, Jeep's 2021 Grand Cherokee L redefines one of the biggest and most popular classes of family vehicles with a winning ...Read more


Auto review: Honda Civic dons a grown-up wardrobe, but still likes to boogie

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How do you improve on a home run? Hit the next one into the upper deck.

The 2016 Honda Civic became the instant benchmark for the compact sedan segment. A clean sheet design from the ground up, its taut chassis was Nürburgring tested. It boasted best-in-class horsepower, fuel economy and rear seat room. And to make sure the world noticed, it ...Read more

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GM ups its planned investment in EVs, will build new battery plants

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General Motors is investing more money in electric vehicle and self-driving technology, adding capacity at its car assembly factories and building two new battery plants in an aggressive effort to advance and lead in EV sales.

In a wide-sweeping announcement Wednesday, GM said it will increase its investment in EV and autonomous vehicle ...Read more

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Everything you need to know about the chip shortage that's plaguing automakers

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They are a little bigger than a coin the size of a quarter, but tiny semiconductor chips are bringing production of vehicles across the nation to a halt.

Car dealers have barren parking lots, consumers face limited options on new vehicle purchases and buyers must wait, and wait, for their new ride to be built. Tens of thousands of new vehicles ...Read more

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Motormouth: Cleaning a steering wheel

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Q: I hate sticky fingers – especially when my leather covered steering wheel becomes sticky. During the pandemic I discovered that disinfecting wipes did an excellent job of totally removing stickiness with no apparent residue left over. Unfortunately, I have developed an allergic reaction to the wipes – even when cleaning my steering wheel ...Read more

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Lordstown Motors new management says it may seek money from General Motors

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In a reversal, Lordstown Motors' new management said the company isn't so bad off after all and has enough confirmed preorders for its electric pickup to start production this fall with enough money to run through early next year.

The sunnier outlook comes days after the company stated in a government filing that it did not have enough funds to...Read more

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Ford starts shipping new Bronco, filling 125K orders

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The Bronco has finally been released into the wild.

"The Broncos are out of the gates, out of the corral," Erik Williams, Ford plant manager at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, told a handful of reporters on Monday during a tour.

Take a step back in time: This bestselling SUV was last built in 1996, the year that the Fox News Channel debuted,...Read more


Analyst: Ford planning to move Transit Connect production from Spain to Mexico

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Ford Motor Co. is planning to move production of its Transit Connect van for the North American market from Spain to Mexico, according to an industry analyst.

The vehicle, currently built only in Spain, is expected to start production in North America in 2023, said Sam Fiorani, vice president of global vehicle forecasting at AutoForecast ...Read more

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Lordstown Motors, a GM investment, announces resignation of CEO, CFO in major shake-up

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The troubled electric truck maker Lordstown Motors announced the immediate resignation of its CEO and CFO on Monday.

The EV startup, which owns General Motors' former Lordstown Assembly plant in northeast Ohio, also released the findings from an internal investigation of accusations of fraud made by the Hindenburg research firm.

The ...Read more

Roadshow: 2022 Nissan Pathfinder lets you explore a bit more

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The O.G. Nissan Pathfinder was a rugged, boxy thing that was more about finding new paths than taking ones that already exist. Over time, and as market forces dictated, the Pathfinder softened its approach until its fourth generation was perhaps a bit too squishy. But now, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is here, and it's done some soul searching ...Read more

Auto review: BMW M4 has big grille, big power -- and big identity crisis

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Say hello to the 2021 BMW M4 coupe. B stands for “big”: big kidney grille, big proportions, big power, big sticker price.

Big ambition.

Most of it works, but the big news is that M4 is no longer the brand’s premier track rat. That title belongs to the smaller, apex-slicing M2 coupe — a rocket with the same proportions as the 2000 E46 ...Read more


Auto review: No longer a mall rat, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder returns to its roots

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Remember the Nissan Pathfinder? You know, the 2012 model, the one that was a true SUV. Its 310-horsepower V-8 could tow your house down the block if necessary. But that changed for 2013, when it was recast from a rugged rock crawler to a suburban road warrior, exchanging its muddy boots and Carhartt jacket for a pair of loafers and a cardigan ...Read more

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Mark Phelan: Lexus' new Teammate hands-free driving feature made me put my hands on the wheel

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The new "hands-free" driving system from Lexus isn’t really hands free, but that doesn’t mean the luxury brand’s Teammate driving assistant doesn’t work. It does exactly what Toyota wants it to do. What’s interesting is how different that is from what General Motors, Ford and Tesla expect from their driving assistants.

I was the first...Read more

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Gary Jones, ex-UAW president, gets reduced 28-month prison sentence

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The man who led one of America's most storied labor unions during its 40-day strike against General Motors in 2019 has been sentenced to 28 months in prison, a reduced penalty rewarding him for his cooperation in the long-running federal corruption probe of the UAW.

The sentence Thursday morning was an in-person proceeding, a shift from the way...Read more

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Demand soars for Ford's all-electric F-150 Lightning: 100,000 orders placed

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Ford Motor Co. hit another milestone with its all-electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning.

The company has confirmed reaching 100,000 reservations since its global debut three weeks ago at world headquarters in Dearborn.

"We're super excited about the demand," Emma Bergg, Ford spokeswoman, told the Free Press on Thursday. "Reservations are getting ...Read more

In need of cash, Lordstown Motors files 'going concern' notice; shares tank

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DETROIT — Lordstown Motors Corp. told regulators Tuesday that it needs more money to launch and sustain commercial scale production of its electric Endurance truck — and to make it through the next year.

The Ohio-based electric vehicle startup amended its annual regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission noting its doubts...Read more

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Motormouth: Blinded by the light

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Q: In response to the reader who complained about sun blindness, I use something called Battle Visors when the sun is low, and they really help. Forget what I paid, but I think around $10.

J.S., Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

A: I searched the Web and found that product, which got mixed reviews. While surfing, I also found a slew of other ...Read more

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GM to build some pickups, SUVs without Automatic Stop/Start feature during chip shortage

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General Motors will start building some of its most profitable and in-demand 2021 full-size, light-duty pickups and SUVs without the Automatic Stop/Start feature because of a global shortage in semiconductor chips.

The automaker is also making unprecedented plant upgrades to its full-size pickup plant near Fort Wayne, Indiana. to speed up ...Read more