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Henry Payne: Out on the town with stylish, expensive, masked-up Volvo Recharge twins

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DETROIT — One of my favorite SUV personalities is the Volvo XC40. Cleverly designed inside and out, unique looks, Android operating system, legroom, storage aplenty.

And now it has a pair of electric 2022 Recharge siblings. Though it’s gonna be tough to beat the 355-mile-range gas model. On a wintry April day in Detroit, I had to make a day...Read more

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California DMV said it would investigate Tesla over self-driving claims. Then, crickets

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It's been a year since the California Department of Motor Vehicles opened an investigation into Tesla's sales pitch for its Full Self-Driving feature, the $12,000 software package that supposedly enables a Tesla car to drive itself through city and neighborhood streets.

It's been nearly six months since the agency, under pressure from the state...Read more

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Casey Williams: Prepare your car and your mind for the best summer road trip

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As a Boy Scout, I was taught to “Be Prepared.” Whether you are hiking over a mountain or preparing for a family vacation, the advice is sound. The best way to make sure your much-anticipated road trip does not become the trip from — well, somewhere not pleasant — is to take time to prepare.

Preparing your car

“Have your car checked ...Read more

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New EVs raise consumer interest but skeptics remain, JD Power study finds

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With a number of new electric vehicles entering the U.S. market, auto shoppers are more likely than ever to consider going electric, according to a J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Electric Vehicle Consideration Study released Thursday.

In this year's study, the percentage of shoppers who say they are "very likely" to consider an EV for their next purchase...Read more

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Motormouth: Does turbocharger need extra care?

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Q: My first turbocharged vehicle was a 2003 Volvo XC90 with a 5-cylinder engine. The owner's manual stated that the engine should be warmed up to allow the turbocharger to come to temperature before driving and let the turbo cool down for a couple minutes before shutting the engine off. I now have a 2015 Audi A5 with a turbocharged 4-cylinder ...Read more

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Stellantis CEO warns recession could harm EV adoption

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Carlos Tavares, CEO of Jeep maker Stellantis NV, on Tuesday warned that a recession could be disastrous for the automotive industry as economic policymakers increase interest rates to curb inflation.

"If you cool down the economy too much, you can trigger a recession, and that's what people are afraid of," Tavares said from Germany during a ...Read more

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Tesla resumes plunge as fears of slow production weigh on stock

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Tesla Inc. is struggling Tuesday as the electric-vehicle maker’s production woes in China refuse to go away, leading another analyst to slash their 12-month price target on the once high-flying stock.

“With about 13,000 units of production per week and higher than average margins, any production loss at Shanghai is bound to have a ...Read more

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Stellantis, Samsung SDI will invest $2.5 billion for battery plant in Indiana

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Jeep maker Stellantis NV and a South Korean battery manufacturer will invest at least $2.5 billion for an electric-vehicle battery plant in Kokomo, Indiana, creating 1,400 jobs, the companies said on Tuesday.

The facility being made in a joint venture with Samsung SDI will have an initial annual production capacity of 23 gigawatt hours, though ...Read more

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Henry Payne: How Ford aims to change your truck, electric bill and generator

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San Antonio — Ford birthed its electric vehicle program in late 2017. It’s no coincidence the date dovetailed with first deliveries of the Tesla Model 3.

The Silicon Valley startup had changed the electric game with its $40,000, 220-mile range electric sedan. Delivered less than two years since it was first introduced by CEO Elon Musk in ...Read more

Hyundai electric vehicle factory to be built in Georgia

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ELLABELL, Ga. — South Korean automotive giant Hyundai Motor Group on Friday confirmed plans to build a multi-billion-dollar electric vehicle assembly and battery plant in Bryan County near the Georgia coast.

In a ceremony at the factory site near Savannah with Gov. Brian Kemp, company officials outlined sprawling future operations on nearly 3...Read more

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How did Colorado become one of the worst states for vehicle theft? Auto theft task force officials, reformers disagree.

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Motor vehicle thieves have been on a tear in metro Denver, more than doubling their haul over the last couple of years — from just under 13,000 automobiles stolen in 2019 to more than 27,000 last year.

The sharp spike in vehicle heists has landed Colorado at the top of the list of all states for per capita auto thefts, with just over 500 ...Read more

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Auto review: In a sea of German, Asian and American competitors, a sports sedan with a heart of a Ferrari

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Maserati is among the most legendary names in Europe, yet for most Americans, its name elicits vague notions of its heritage or, more commonly, blank stares — and with good reason.

Much of its history in recent decades reflects bad decisions made under a myriad of owners. Alejandro de Tomaso, and his Italian car manufacturing company, De ...Read more

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Auto review: Goin' topless in the big-power, big-kidney BMW M4 convertible

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MONTEREY, California — Seventeen Mile Drive along the California coast is paved with testosterone.

The route is not only one of the most beautiful stretches of road in America, it’s also home to Pebble Beach Golf Links and high-priced homes with big garages and spectacular views of the Pacific. Cool cars and trucks come out to strut their ...Read more

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Auto review: '22 Subaru Ascent ready for dirt roads and a thirsty family

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Subaru's largest SUV has a daring new look for 2022. The Onyx edition offers a cool aesthetic, with blacked-out grille and darkened 20-inch wheels. Inside, washable synthetic leather seats are quickly ready for the next adventure.

Still, most folks shopping the three-row midsize are more focused on Subaru's signature feature, standard all-wheel...Read more

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Lawsuit: Tesla autopilot feature accelerated on its own, causing crash

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A 2017 Tesla Model S sedan on autopilot mode suddenly began to accelerate on its own as it headed toward a highway offramp, ran off the road and crashed into a tree, according to a lawsuit filed by the driver.

Tesla’s autopilot mode, which the electric carmaker claims allows its vehicles to steer, accelerate and brake automatically in their ...Read more

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Georgia's Rivian deal a political wedge near future plant

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RUTLEDGE, Georgia --- Going into 2022, many voters in rural Walton and Morgan counties expected zoning and spending issues to dominate local government races.

Then came the December announcement of Rivian’s $5 billion electric vehicle plant that has shaken the political landscape around the farms and pine forests an hour east of Atlanta that ...Read more

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Motormouth: Gas stations of the future

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Q: As the car market transitions to more electric vehicles, what will traditional car service stations do since all the service needed by internal combustion engines will be replaced by a big battery?

M.N., New Richmond, Wisconsin

A: One of the scenarios is that stations may become hybrids themselves, selling gas and electrons. Since ...Read more

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Ford-backed Argo AI launches driverless car testing

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Argo AI, a robotaxi startup that has the backing of Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG, said Tuesday it's launching driverless test rides in Miami and Austin, Texas.

The removal of human safety drivers is a milestone for the Pittsburgh-based autonomous vehicle technology company that was founded in 2016.

"Argo is first to go driverless in two ...Read more

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Cadillac releases new details on electric Lyriq ahead of May 19 order-bank opening

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Ordering for General Motors Co.'s first electric Cadillac opens this week on the 2023 Lyriq crossover with the $62,990 rear-wheel drive option getting an estimated 312 miles of range on a charge, the automaker said Monday.

Range will be released later on the $64,990 all-wheel drive option, which has a second drive unit. The prices are ...Read more

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Ford unloads another 7 million shares in EV startup Rivian for $188.2 million

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Ford Motor Co. has unloaded another 7 million shares of electric-vehicle startup Rivian Automotive Inc.'s stock.

That's according to regulatory paperwork filed Friday, and follows Ford selling 8 million shares earlier last week for $214 million. Between the two sales, Ford's stake in Rivian sits just below 10%. At the time of Rivian's initial ...Read more