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Tesla braces for delivery slump on China plant shutdown

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Tesla Inc. is expected to announce quarterly production and delivery figures this weekend that will likely be among the worst of the year — and break its multi-quarter streak of record-setting results — due largely to an extended shutdown of its factory in Shanghai.

The electric vehicle maker may have delivered almost 281,700 vehicles ...Read more

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Auto Workers hold lots of cards even if US heads for recession

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General Motors skirted a strike this week that could have affected production of some of its most profitable vehicles. Details of the agreement with about 700 subsystem workers, who deliver parts to the assembly line, aren’t yet public and still have to be ratified. But the close call and tough talks offer a glimpse of what could be coming ...Read more

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GM's sales drop in Q2, automaker still affirms yearly profit guidance

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General Motors Co. on Friday reported a 15% year-over-year decline in its second quarter sales when the automaker still remained supply constrained, but the automaker also still expects to deliver $9.6 billion to $11.2 billion in net income this year, according to a Friday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The automaker ...Read more

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Auto review: 2023 Lyriq EV is a return to form for Cadillac

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It’s hard to remember exactly when Cadillac last lived up to its old advertising tagline, “The Standard of the World.” It was once more than a slogan; it was true.

Certainly, Cadillac sells some excellent rides, such as their new high-performance Blackwing models. But the company has long struggled to regain its former luxury market ...Read more

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Auto review: Kia Sportage Hybrid is a fancy family widget

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The new 2023 Kia Sportage isn’t so much a car as it is a Universal Studios theme park attraction: an affordable look at the latest auto technology that you can do with the whole family: huge screens, semi-autonomous driving, red leather, hybrid-electric power.

My Matte Gray (yes, Matte Gray in a $38,000, non-luxe car) tester looks like it was...Read more

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EV demand is so hot that Tesla owners are flipping their cars like houses

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Dennis Wang lost money on his first try, but then he learned from his mistakes.

On his second effort as an electric vehicle flipper, Wang made $4,000. On his third, he hit what he considered the sweet spot, a $7,000 profit. All the deals involved Teslas that Wang bought and resold, flipping them like tickets to a hot concert.

"I have a Model S...Read more

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Man accused of buying 39 Teslas via $45 million scam with apparent false ties to Elon Musk

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Authorities arrested a man Wednesday whom federal prosecutors accuse of running a $45 million scam that netted him 39 Teslas and allegedly included false claims that a billionaire electric car company founder — likely Tesla CEO Elon Musk — was involved in the investment scheme.

In a federal grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday, Neil ...Read more

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GM Subsystems avoids strike, reaches tentative agreement with UAW

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The United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative agreement with GM Subsystems LLC, avoiding a strike at GM Michigan plants by the subsidiary employees, according to a letter sent out by UAW leadership Thursday morning.

UAW Vice President Terry Dittes wrote: "We will not be conducting a work stoppage at the four locations who we bargained ...Read more

Motormouth: Break into car, then break into garage?

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Q: So, most new vehicles have a built-in programmable garage door opener. When the vehicle is locked and someone breaks into the vehicle, does the opener work?

T.B., Chicago

A: Good question, but beyond my area of expertise. I turned to Liftmaster, a major maker of garage door openers.

“On some vehicles,” Liftmaster’ Kelly Shumaker ...Read more

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Auto sales could hit below pandemic 2020 levels amid low inventory challenges

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Low inventory levels led Cox Automotive analysts to again revise their full-year U.S. 2022 new-vehicle sales forecast downward.

At a discussion Tuesday with media, analysts projected 14.4 million sales this year, below the 14.6 million sold in pandemic year 2020.

Cox initially forecast 16 million sales for the year before dropping that ...Read more

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Buick tops JD Power Initial Quality Study as vehicle problems rise

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General Motors Co.'s Buick brand topped J.D. Power's 2022 Initial Quality Study in a year in which pandemic-related disruptions caused overall results to decline.

That's according to data released Tuesday by the consumer insights, advisory services and data analytics firm. Initial vehicle quality "notably declined" during the pandemic, with ...Read more

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Ford recalls nearly 2,900 electric F-150 Lightnings over tire pressure issue

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Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 2,900 all-electric F-150 Lightning trucks over an issue with a tire pressure monitoring system that the automaker says can be fixed via a software update.

The Dearborn automaker said Monday it is issuing a safety compliance recall for certain 2022 Lightnings with 20" or 22" all-season tires because the tire ...Read more

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Stellantis investment makes it 2nd largest shareholder in lithium supplier

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Jeep maker Stellantis NV is investing nearly $53 million (50 million euro) into its European lithium partner in an effort to create a reliable supply chain of the critical mineral for electric-vehicle batteries.

The equity investment in Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd. makes the automaker Vulcan's second largest shareholder with 8% ownership. The ...Read more

Auto review: The fearless, peerless Ford Bronco Raptor is an off-road beast

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JOHNSON VALLEY, California — Sixty miles north of Palm Springs, Johnson Valley is synonymous with Ultra4 racing — America's most demanding off-road competition. Every February, 75,000 people descend on this 96,000-acre desert pasture to watch insane, all-wheel-drive 1,000-horsepower dune buggies on 'roids vie for the King of the Hammers ...Read more

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Auto review: Tougher Tundra has bolder look, better ride

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There's a new, tougher full-size pickup in town. It's built in San Antonio, Texas, and it's gunning for the class-leading American trucks. It's name is Toyota Tundra.

The third-generation TRD Off Road Tundra is armed with more power and an available hybrid, better road skills and smarter technology inside and off-road.

No one is saying the ...Read more

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Auto review: The 2023 Honda HR-V grows in social stature and size

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Would you guess that Honda offers the highest number of American-made cars offered in the U.S.? Probably not. But more than that, their models are designed specifically for the American market. Just consider today’s subject, the all-new, redesigned 2023 Honda HR-V.

Offered in base LX, mid-level Sport and top-of-the-line EX-L trim levels, the ...Read more

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Rivian opponents challenge $700M in local tax breaks for EV maker

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Opponents of the planned $5 billion Rivian electric vehicle factory asked a judge this week to overturn a Morgan County, Georgia, board's approval of a rental agreement with the company, alleging the deal violates the state constitution.

If the court agrees, it could threaten the project and invalidate some $700 million in future property tax ...Read more

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GM, partner offer easier, faster payment method for EV fast charging

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Tommy Doran recalled driving to a charging station last winter and having to take off his gloves to pay in an app to charge up his Chevrolet Bolt EUV.

"It's frigid in Michigan," General Motors Co.'s manager of EV infrastructure and EV charging experience told The Detroit News. "That's not nice at all."

Now, GM customers have access to a ...Read more

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GM's Cruise starts to charge for fares in San Francisco

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Cruise LLC is officially open for business, offering driverless rides to paying customers on a small scale, CEO Kyle Vogt said Thursday on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

Cruise, which General Motors Co. has a majority stake in, earlier this month received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to charge fares for driverless rides in San...Read more

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Stabenow: Union-made EV tax credits are dead in Democrats' climate bill

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WASHINGTON— A controversial proposal that would have given consumers a $4,500 discount on domestic, union-made electric vehicles is officially off the table, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, confirmed Wednesday to The Detroit News.

Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist Democrat from West Virginia who wields vast influence over his party's legislative...Read more