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Ford building new Texas-style Explorer King Ranch at Chicago plant

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Ford announced Wednesday it is rolling out a new version of its Explorer SUV — the King Ranch Edition — with the “authenticity” of a Texas ranch and a made-in-Chicago label.

The Explorer King Ranch, set to hit showrooms in the spring, will be built exclusively at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant on the city’s Southeast Side.

Ford has ...Read more

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Stellantis, citing global demand, laying off 150 at Jeep Cherokee plant

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The Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly Plant, where the Jeep Cherokee SUV is made, is laying off 150 workers.

Stellantis, the parent company of Jeep since the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot maker PSA Group, confirmed the news Tuesday.

"The Stellantis plant in Belvidere, Ill., is rebalancing its staffing levels as it realigns ...Read more

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Biden, Schumer rush to confront chip shortage idling auto plants

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he is asking the chamber’s top Republicans and Democrats to draw up legislation aimed at improving U.S. competitiveness with China in manufacturing and technology, including bolstering the supply of American-made semiconductors.

The outline Schumer set down Tuesday calls for emergency funding for ...Read more


Jeep under pressure to drop Cherokee name from SUVs

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Is it time for Jeep to put a new name on its Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SUVs?

The principal chief of the Cherokee Nation thinks so.

"I'm sure this comes from a place that is well-intended, but it does not honor us by having our name plastered on the side of a car," Chuck Hoskin Jr., principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, told Car and Driver ...Read more

Roadshow: 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country worthy of a chef's kiss

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A car or truck doesn't have to be the best in every measure to be highly desirable. The 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country isn't the most versatile vehicle available today, nor is it the quickest, fanciest or best equipped. But man, it's a terrific all-around package, one that feels like more than the sum of its Scandinavian parts.

Riding about 2....Read more

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It looks like Elon Musk isn't moving Tesla out of California after all

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Late last year Elon Musk kissed California goodbye. The Tesla chief executive sold his Bel-Air mansions and said he'd moved to Texas. But while he also threatened to close the electric car maker's California factory in Fremont, those threats now look like bluster.

The company recently filed for permits with city officials to turn an assembly ...Read more

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Mark Phelan: Consumer Reports names the top green vehicles in a new award

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Shoppers just got a hand picking the most environmentally benevolent vehicles.

From EVs like the Tesla S and Chevy Bolt to hybrids including the Chrysler Pacifica and Ford Escape and plain ol’ gasoline sedans — Toyota Avalon and VW Jetta — Consumer Reports’ new Green Choice status singles out vehicles that produce the fewest greenhouse ...Read more

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What US autoworkers want from the new Biden administration

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is proposing changes that would transform the U.S. transportation and energy sectors — and, officials promise, they won't leave workers behind.

In the U.S. auto industry, that means a hard pivot to electric vehicles and away from the gas and diesel engines that powered the industry and filled worker ...Read more


Auto review: Ode to an Audi: 2021 A6 Allroad Quattro is a wagonload of joy

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2021 Audi A6 Allroad Quattro Prestige: Love at first drive?

Price: $74,940 as tested. Prestige Package added driver assistance, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, and more for $4,500; gray paint, $595. More below.

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver likes the "handy wagon body style, chic exterior, silky-smooth V-6 power train," but ...Read more


Auto review: For 2021, Toyota's second-fastest car is a hybrid crossover SUV

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Life has changed in so many ways. We no longer think it’s strange when someone wears a face mask, once common only among bank robbers and surgeons. We’ve become accustomed to it, just like we’ve gotten in the habit of buying more things online, even groceries. It’s not merely a matter of avoiding Covid-19; it’s also mighty convenient, ...Read more

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2021 Porsche Taycan RWD erases most differences between electric and gasoline vehicles

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It’s time to stop talking about electric cars like they’re odd and radically different, a new kind of transportation. They’re cars, each developed to meet price and performance goals, each with inevitable trade-offs dictated by those factors.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan, a more affordable rear-drive version of the sports car specialist’s ...Read more


Most dependable cars: Lexus, Kia top 2021 JD Power auto study

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Automobiles are more complex than ever, and more dependable than ever.

That's the encouraging news from data analytics firm JD Power which released its 2021 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study Thursday. The widely-watched study found vehicle durability at an all-time high, improving 10% over 2020 — and 25% over 2016 when the industry was ...Read more

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Chrysler, Buick make top 10 in Consumer Reports' auto brand ranking

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DETROIT — Two Detroit auto brands, Chrysler and Buick, made major improvements in Consumer Reports' Brand Report Card Rankings, placing them in the top 10 out of 32 brands, the organization said Thursday.

Stellantis NV's Chrysler brand came in 8th place and Buick followed in 9th. Their rankings marked only the second time two Detroit auto ...Read more

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Motormouth: Fuel lid frozen shut?

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Q: My car is a 2011 Subaru Outback. During this prolonged extreme cold spell we've been having, the fuel filler lid will not open. When the lid release lever is pulled, there is no result even though there is no visible ice around the lid. Do you have any suggestion to open the lid or do I just have to wait until the weather gets warmer?

M.G., ...Read more


Ford announces $1 billion investment in new EV manufacturing facility in Germany

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Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday said it would invest $1 billion to convert its Cologne, Germany, plant into an electric-vehicle manufacturing center — a major commitment to Europe and to a future defined by electric vehicles.

In a news release, the automaker said the facility will be "spearheading" the company's "advance into an all-electric ...Read more

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Fifteen states sue federal regulator over Trump-era rule to delay emissions fees

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WASHINGTON — Fifteen states led by New York sued the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Tuesday over the agency's decision, under former President Donald Trump, to delay fee increases for automakers who fail to meet fuel economy standards.

The states petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to reverse the Trump-...Read more

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GM idles shifts at 4 factories amid arctic blast; 8,000 workers affected

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General Motors is canceling shifts at four of its biggest U.S. factories Monday, including its highly profitable full-size SUV plant in Texas and its midsize pickup plant in Missouri.

A severe winter storm is delivering arctic temperatures, snow and ice accumulation that can hinder operations, create dangerous driving conditions for workers and...Read more

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2021 Ford F-150 batteries going dead due to phantom battery drain

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Some brand-new 2021 Ford F-150 pickups being delivered to dealerships and customers are experiencing dead 12-volt batteries due to phantom battery drain, the Free Press confirmed on Monday.

A car dealer in Texas said a random dead battery happened to him at the dealership, requiring use of his old F-250 pickup to charge the new F-150 to even ...Read more


Tesla to start making cars in India, targeting sprawling market

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Tesla Inc. is closing in on an agreement to make electric vehicles in India for the first time, opening up a new growth opportunity after setting up production in China.

Tesla has picked Karnataka, a southern state whose capital is Bangalore, for its first plant, the state’s chief minister said over the weekend. The automaker has been ...Read more


GM reveals 2022 Bolt EUV, 2022 Bolt EV: How they're different

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General Motors showed the world Sunday the first new electric vehicle of the 30 new EVs that it will bring to market by mid-decade.

Chevrolet revealed the new 2022 Bolt EUV alongside a redesigned 2022 Bolt EV five-door hatchback car. Chevrolet has sold the car since 2017, but the Bolt EUV is brand new and it's longer and heavier than the Bolt ...Read more