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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

Auto review: Cruisin' in the dreamy Mustang Mach 1

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. — My red 2021 Mustang Mach 1 was dressed for the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Muscled torso covered in black tattoos. Front spoiler out to here. Wicked black Magnum wheels. Mesh fascia with flared nostrils. Quad tailpipes the size of ship cannons. Swaggering down Woodward Avenue on Saturday morning, I noticed a Mustang Shelby GT350...Read more

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We're souping up our rides. The neighbors are furious

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It's not your imagination. That driver at the stoplight is revving his engine so loudly it can set off car alarms. Then he roars off as the signal turns green, even if it's just to the next stoplight.

Like some sort of pandemic-inspired primal scream, this flooring-the-pedal thing is happening all over. That's because a global semiconductor ...Read more


Mark Phelan: Buying a new car? Watch out for $2,000 hidden fee in footnotes

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As if semiconductor shortages and COVID-19 hadn’t driven car prices high enough, automakers are ratcheting up a hidden charge most shoppers are unaware of — and which nobody seems to understand.

Meet the destination charge, also known as the second-to-last line on the window sticker, shipping charge and that bleepin’ $2,000 asterisk.

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Burly, high-tech, 2022 Chevy Silverado fills in the holes

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The Silverado remake is complete.

The launch of Chevy's fourth-generation, 2019 full-size pickup set segment benchmarks for chassis light-weighting and rugged bed construction. But the sleek truck was dogged by questions about the uninspired interior and lack of a performance truck model. With the 2022 Silverado, the bow-tie brand has filled in...Read more

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Ford confirms plan to double F-150 Lightning production, ramp up hiring

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DETROIT — A year after revealing plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the iconic Rouge Complex to build the all-electric F-150 Lightning, the automaker announced Thursday that its initial plan didn't go far enough.

Ford confirmed it will double production of the highly-anticipated 2022 Ford F-150 that will be built with a ...Read more


Dodge ties Porsche as most appealing brand

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The folks at Dodge must know what their customers like.

The Stellantis brand that makes its living off heavy horsepower Hemis led all mass market brands and tied with Porsche overall in the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study being released Wednesday. The annual APEAL study is essentially a measure of brand ...Read more

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Rivian electric trucks arrive before Detroit Three's models

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Rivian Automotive Inc. beat the Detroit Three to market with its all-electric pickup truck the R1T, which started rolling off the assembly line Tuesday, according to CEO RJ Scaringe's Twitter feed.

"After months of building pre-production vehicles, this morning our first customer vehicle drove off our production line in Normal," Scaringe ...Read more

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Toyota to Congress: Reject EV tax incentives that favor Detroit Three

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WASHINGTON — Executives at Toyota Motor Corp. are urging members of Congress to reject a proposal that would expand tax credits for electric vehicles up to $12,500 and offer significant incentives to buy union-made cars.

The legislation, proposed by Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., would lift the manufacturer cap on EV credits and implement $7,500 ...Read more

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Renting a car will be a pain until at least 2022 (sorry, travelers)

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On a trip to visit Disneyland with his children, John Jimenez of San Jose, Calif., reserved a compact car from Dollar Rent a Car at Los Angeles International Airport. What he got when he landed was a headache.

Due to a vehicle shortage, the car rental agency offered him a van that he said reeked of cigarettes and marijuana instead of a compact ...Read more