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Tesla says its self-driving technology may be a 'failure' -- but not fraud

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Tesla's Full Self-Driving technology may be a failure, Tesla lawyers admit — but it's not a fraud.

The electric car company is facing a class-action lawsuit from Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology customers. They claim they were ripped off, duped by statements from co-founder and CEO Elon Musk and marketing materials from Tesla ...Read more

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GM installs first EV chargers for dealer partnership program

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General Motors Co. is starting to install the first community charging stations as part of its Dealer Community Charging Program, with the first ones going up in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Nearly 1,000 GM dealers have enrolled in the program since it was announced in late 2021. The program was first available to Chevrolet dealers and will expand ...Read more

BorgWarner to spin off fuel systems, aftermarket business in 'pivot to EVs'

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Michigan-based auto supplier BorgWarner Inc. said Tuesday it will spin off its fuel systems and aftermarket businesses into a new publicly traded company.

The tax-free separation is expected to happen in late 2023 following regulatory approvals and final support from BorgWarner's board of directors. Shareholders would own stock in both ...Read more

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Motormouth: Any fix for dashboard?

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Q: I own a 2015 Corvette Z06 that has a leather dashboard. The dashboard is shrinking and bubbling up near the windshield and around the opening for the heads-up display. Is there a way to repair or replace the leather?

D.M., Seaham, Massachusetts

A: Although it looks like leather, the dash cover is likely vinyl. I don’t know of any way to ...Read more


Ford EV sales program attracts two-thirds of dealers, CEO Farley says

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DETROIT — Roughly two-thirds of Ford Motor Co.'s dealer network in the U.S. has opted to participate in a new — and, to some, controversial — certification program governing how dealers handle electric vehicle sales.

Ford CEO Jim Farley, speaking at the Automotive News World Congress downtown Monday, said that 1,920 Ford dealers have ...Read more

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Stellantis COO Mark Stewart touts 30% break-even point in North America

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DETROIT — The chief operating officer in North America for the maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram trucks says the automaker's break-even point is below 30% of revenue in the region.

Stellantis NV CEO Carlos Tavares has emphasized the automaker's goal to keep its overall break-even point below 50% to make the transition to a sustainable tech mobility ...Read more


GM's BrightDrop to make vans for DHL Express Canada, starts Ontario production

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INGERSOLL, Ontario — General Motors Co.'s BrightDrop electric delivery vehicle company is adding DHL Express Canada logistics company as a customer, the automaker said Monday.

The company also said Monday it has launched production of the BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric delivery vans at GM's CAMI Assembly plant in Ontario, making it Canada's ...Read more


Tesla set to cut Shanghai output in sign of sluggish demand

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Tesla Inc. plans to lower production at its Shanghai factory, according to people familiar with the matter, in the latest sign demand in China isn’t meeting expectations.

The output cuts will take effect as soon as this week, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. They estimate the move could ...Read more

GM, LG investing $275 million to increase Tennessee battery plant capacity

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General Motors Co. and LG Energy Solution are investing $275 million at their Tennessee Ultium Cells LLC joint-venture battery plant to increase cell production there when it opens in late 2023, the company announced Friday.

Leaders from both companies made the Spring Hill expansion announcement in Nashville with Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee.

The ...Read more

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EPA proposes more biofuel blending in nation's gasoline

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Minnesota farmers whose corn and soybeans are blended into biofuels received a long-awaited blueprint of a rule from the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday that could pave the way to more biomass-based, domestic fuel stocks being mixed into the nation's vehicle engines.

In releasing a proposed update to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS...Read more


Ford sales down in November but automaker hits EV milestone

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Ford Motor Co.'s saw its U.S. sales slide in November, but it notched a significant milestone in its electrification strategy: it became the No. 2 brand and manufacturer in electric-vehicle sales behind industry leader Tesla Inc.

The Dearborn automaker sold 146,364 new vehicles last month, down 7.8% from November 2021. Truck sales of 81,210 ...Read more

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Grasso's Garage: First Edition Range Rover is fit for royalty

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Although Her Royal Majesty is no longer with us, her endless love for vehicles will live on forever.

As a Range Rover connoisseur, Queen Elizabeth II owned an array of Land Rovers and Range Rovers in her life, including a 1953 Land Rover Series I as well as a 2002 Defender.

As the Jaguar Land Rover brand was the royal family's predominant ...Read more


Auto review: Driving the world's fastest electric car: the 2023 Rimac Nevera

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For those who begrudge the coming of the electric car age, who claim that the only way a sports car can deliver thrills is a loud exhaust and rumbling engine, I give you the Rimac Nevera.

The Nevera is a hypercar that redefines high performance at a price that ensures its exclusivity: $2.1 million. In all, the company plans to build a mere 150....Read more


What electric cars should be in 2023

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The new Toyota Prius doesn’t cut it. Not by a long shot.

The redesigned hybrid that debuted on Nov. 16 at the Los Angeles Auto Show won critical applause for its improved body. It looks less like a medical appliance from the 1980s and more like a pretty teardrop.

But the econo-appliance routinely owned by the nation’s absolute worst ...Read more


Auto review: Payne: Big ute in the big city, GMC Yukon Denali holidays in Chicago

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CHICAGO — This is a big city. Big buildings. Big avenues. Big sports teams. Big shoulders. Big swagger.

The big, bling-tastic three-row 17 1/2 foot-long 2023 GMC Yukon Denali fits right in.

Well, mostly. I drove GMC’s three-ton flagship to the Windy City for family Thanksgiving with the in-laws, where the big ute was as useful as 335-pound...Read more


Reports: Ford SUV possible cause of fire that damaged Secret Service rentals in Nantucket

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Authorities are investigating whether a Ford Expedition was the cause of a multi-vehicle fire that destroyed rental vehicles that the Secret Service used during President Joe Biden's Thanksgiving visit to Nantucket, according to media reports.

The Nantucket Current reported Tuesday that five rental vehicles sustained "significant" damage in a "...Read more

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UAW election: Challenger for president gains early lead, Region 1 poised for new director

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Early unofficial results in the United Auto Workers' first-ever direct elections of international officers confirmed that at least one runoff will occur, and showed numerous challengers to incumbent union officials ahead.

Vote tabulation began Tuesday. Turnout numbers released by the court-appointed monitor tasked with overseeing the union, as ...Read more


Motormouth: Warranty woes

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Q: I have a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country that I purchased new. I also purchased the Chrysler Lifetime Maximum warranty. The ABS, BRAKE, ESP/BAS, ANTI-SKID warning lights came on. My dealership inspected the vehicle and tried to order a new sensor. They notified me that one was not available, either new or aftermarket. This was why I purchased ...Read more

Ford drives new dealer EV standards amid pushback -- as Wall Street watches

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Ford Motor Co. is moving forward with new standards governing how its retail network can sell electric vehicles amid some pushback from dealers — even as experts say the success of the EV strategy partly will depend on how the rollout goes.

The Blue Oval in September unveiled the new EV standards to its network of some 3,000 U.S. dealers at ...Read more


Auto review: Infiniti finally gets it right with QX60

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It has been awhile since Infiniti has gotten it right, but with the recent redesign of Nissan’s Pathfinder, the Infiniti QX60 had no choice but to be good.

In Grasso’s Garage this week, it’s the upscale Pathfinder, the Infiniti QX60. Although we don’t notice a whole lot of exterior differences besides the chrome flare and larger wheels,...Read more