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Tesla starts judging owners it charged $10,000 for self-driving

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The wait is almost over for some Tesla Inc. customers to get access to driver-assistance technology the company has marketed in controversial ways — as long as they’re on their best behavior.

Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has said that on Friday, the electric-car maker will roll out an updated version of its Full Self-Driving beta ...Read more


Motormouth: Can we use that charging station too?

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Q: We have a new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E and have a question regarding remote charging stations.

We have noticed many of the charging stations located in shopping center parking lots say, “Tesla cars only.” Does this mean only Teslas can charge at these locations? I do realize most of these units were installed when only Teslas were on the...Read more


Auto review: With a fresh interior and a $7,105 price cut, the Jaguar XF is a luxury car bargain

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No matter how much money you have — or don’t have — everyone loves a bargain. So what if I said you can buy a new 2021 Jaguar sedan at a price that’s $7,105 lower than last year, yet it has a dramatically improved interior, updated infotainment system and styling updates? You’d say, tell me more.

OK, I will. For 2021, Jaguar has cut ...Read more


Autonomous Paccar trucks hit the road with FedEx deliveries

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Aurora Innovation, a California-based self-driving technology company, this week begins testing autonomous trucks made by Washington-based Paccar, hauling FedEx loads between Dallas and Houston. The pilot marks the next phase of a partnership between the three companies that was announced in January.

"There's nothing that will be more ...Read more


Auto review: Curvaceous Karma makes a sporty plug-in pitch

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Fisker Karma and Tesla Model S exploded into our lives in 2011. With stunning looks, sci-fi technology, dashing CEOs — even $500 million each in investment from the Obama/Biden administration — the four-door exotics promised a wild ride into the EV future.

But while Tesla soared, Fisker flamed out.

Burdened by a ...Read more

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UAW identifies $2M in 'improper expenditures' at Michigan local

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The United Auto Workers is hailing its new auditing guidelines as a "deterrent" to corruption after its auditors discovered more than $2 million in improper expenditures of union dues at Local 412 in Warren, Mich., whose members include Stellantis NV workers.

The Local 412 financial secretary has been suspended, the UAW confirmed. The union's ...Read more

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Cost of chip shortage totals $210 billion -- double early estimates, consultant says

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The global semiconductor shortage will cost $210 billion in lost revenues this year, estimates AlixPartners LLP, up 91% from the firm's previous May forecast of $110 billion.

Additionally, the global consulting firm with roots in Metro Detroit now expects the industry to lose production of 7.7 million vehicles this year, a 97% increase from the...Read more


GM's new business model turns carmaker into software company: 'A potential game-changer'

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General Motors' transition to all-electric vehicles will transform the century-old automaker into a software company that just happens to make hardware: cars.

In the new business model, the cars will be a platform to deliver GM-developed software to offer consumers services beyond their vehicle. Services that can be used in their homes and ...Read more

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GM hires former chief of NHTSA to run its regulatory affairs

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General Motors has hired the former chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to head global regulatory affairs for the automaker.

GM said Wednesday that David Strickland will join the company as vice president of Global Regulatory Affairs starting Oct. 1. He will report to Omar Vargas, GM vice president and head of Global ...Read more


Ford partners with, invests $50M in Tesla co-founder's battery recycling startup

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Ford Motor Co. is partnering with and investing $50 million into a battery recycling startup led by a Tesla co-founder as the Dearborn automaker works to shore up its battery supply chain for a forthcoming wave of electric vehicles.

Ford and Redwood Materials announced the deal Wednesday and said the two companies will work together "to ...Read more

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Michigan to have nation's first electrified road to wirelessly charge EVs, governor says

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Imagine being able to charge an electric vehicle without stopping to plug in. It's the kind of technology that could help ease worries like range anxiety and could really boost the transition to electric vehicles.

Michigan could have the first wireless charging infrastructure on a public road anywhere in the country, although the state is ...Read more


Mike Manley, top executive at Stellantis, steps down to take CEO job at dealership group

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The man who is Stellantis' head of Americas is leaving to join the nation's largest dealership group, AutoNation Inc.

Mike Manley, who has served as head of Americas for Stellantis since January, will start with AutoNation as its CEO and member of its board on Nov. 1. That's when AutoNation's long-time CEO Mike Jackson, 72, will retire.

"We’...Read more


Chevrolet Bolt battery fixes to start by mid-October, GM says

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General Motors will start making battery fixes to over 140,000 recalled Chevrolet Bolts EVs and EUVs beginning in mid-October.

The 2017-19 model year Bolt EVs will get five new battery modules, essentially getting an enhanced battery pack.

For the 2020-22 models, they will get all new modules too, unless GM can finish developing software that ...Read more


2022 Toyota Tundra debuts with hybrid engine, 12,000-pound towing capacity

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Success in the full-size pickup market has been elusive for Toyota thus far, but the automaker brings its A-game to the fray with its 2022 Tundra, a brawny new truck that has the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500 in its sights.

The top Tundra model will be the first pickup to get Toyota's legendary hybrid technology to boost fuel economy...Read more

Roadshow: 2022 Lexus IS 500 flies under the radar

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"Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance" might not roll off the tongue quite as nicely as "Lexus IS F," but there's a lot to be said for truth in advertising. Despite a number of similarities in design and execution, the new IS 500 is not a direct successor to the beloved IS F sold from 2007 to 2014. Whether that's a good thing ...Read more

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PAC targets GM for giving to Republicans who voted to overturn 2020 election

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WASHINGTON — A progressive political action committee is attacking General Motors Co. for donating to lawmakers who voted not to certify the 2020 election results earlier this year.

In a digital ad released earlier this week titled "Navigating to Treason," MoveOn parodies an ad for a GM vehicle.

"Our leadership doesn't start and stop at the ...Read more


Auto review: Toyota introduces a Corolla crossover SUV for 2022

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AUSTIN, Texas — Popular taste is a fickle thing. One minute the world loves you, the next they never knew you existed. Madonna was queen of the pop world until her place was usurped by Lady Gaga. Madonna is still very popular, no doubt. But neither are as popular as, say, Cher. Some pop artists are immortal.

The same could be said of the ...Read more

Auto review: When the road ends, new Tacoma TRD gets busy

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These days Marcus uses his Toyota Tacoma pickup to haul kayaks along the Banana River in Central Florida. He's a tour guide in the beautiful Thousand Islands region, home to dolphin, manatee and pelicans.

But at one time his truck needs were more dire. "I had a seven-mile climb to my house from a river canyon when I lived in Mexico," he said. "...Read more


Motormouth: How often do I really need an oil change?

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Q: I have 2001 Lexus RX300 with only 46,000 miles. I bought it new and have kept it in mint condition. In recent years, I have only put on 1,000 miles per year and have switched to a once-a-year oil change. I know the "law books" say you should change oil every six months, but I have also read a lot of commentary that you can go much longer than...Read more


Lucid Air EV sets EV benchmark with 520-mile range

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The Lucid Air has set a new benchmark for EPA-rated EV range with 520 miles.

Founded by former Tesla engineer Peter Rawlinson, Lucid has been methodically building a Tesla Model S competitor since debuting to much fanfare at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Its promise: to eclipse Tesla as the electric vehicle standard.

The figure blows away Tesla...Read more