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Push to pass federal semiconductor funding picks up steam

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Advocates for the semiconductor chip industry blanketed Capitol Hill offices this week to push for passage of $52 billion in subsidies amid an ongoing global shortage.

Their efforts appear to be paying off: More than three dozen bipartisan members of Congress from auto manufacturing states urged House leadership on Thursday to pass funding for ...Read more

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Tesla still not giving many details about HQ move to Austin

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Tesla held its third-quarter earnings call with shareholders on Wednesday — but anyone hoping the automaker would provide more details about moving its headquarters to Austin was likely disappointed.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Oct. 7 that Tesla will relocate its corporate headquarters to Austin, but gave few hints as to what that would...Read more

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Foul, moldy smells from AC vents threaten health of Toyota owners, lawsuits claim

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Foul odors reminiscent of urine or sweaty socks are exposing people in older Toyota vehicles to health and safety risks, a new federal lawsuit claims.

The odors result from a design defect that allows condensation to accumulate in hidden parts of the Toyota vehicles’ air conditioning systems and cultivate microbes, bacteria, mold and fungus, ...Read more


Motormouth: OK to mix and match?

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Q: A blinking check engine light came on setting a number four cylinder misfire code. I suspected a bad ignition coil, which I replaced. I cleared codes and the car runs great. I was able to find an auto parts store open late and fortunately the coil was in front of the engine not in back. A back coil will probably fail in dead of winter and 20-...Read more

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GMC expects record Sierra pickup sales as it struggles to keep up with demand

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GMC is on track to hit record sales of its Sierra heavy-duty and light-duty pickups this year despite continued thin inventory amid a global shortage of semiconductor chips.

The scarcity of chips, which are used in a variety of vehicle parts, has crippled auto industry production. But General Motors has managed to keep its truck plants running,...Read more

First China-built Mustang Mach-E rolls off assembly line

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The first Mustang Mach-E made in China for local consumers rolled off the assembly line Monday, Ford Motor Co. announced.

The all-electric SUV already is sold in the United States and other markets. The China-built version is assembled at Changan Ford's plant in Chongqing and will be available for delivery to customers in China by the end of ...Read more


Stellantis, LG announce joint venture to produce EV batteries in North America

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The maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks on Monday said it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with LG Energy Solution to create a joint venture for the production of electric-vehicle battery cells and modules in North America.

The joint venture between Stellantis NV and the Korean battery maker intends to break ground on a U.S. ...Read more

Roadshow: 2022 Toyota Tundra is better in every way

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With a hybrid powertrain, butch design, new rear suspension and tons of cabin tech, the 2022 Tundra is a massive improvement over its predecessor.

After more than a decade, a new Toyota Tundra is finally here. And after spending a day with Toyota's third-generation full-size truck in Texas, I can confirm it drives better, offers more utility ...Read more

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GM lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler dismissed by Michigan court

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A Michigan judge dismissed General Motors Co.’s lawsuit that accused Fiat Chrysler of bribing union officials to reach an advantageous labor deal that ultimately hurt GM’s competitive position in its own 2015 bargaining agreement.

“Even the most enthralling drama must eventually reach a conclusion,” David Allen, a Circuit Court judge in...Read more

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GM reinventing Cadillac brand with new financing arm

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General Motors' luxury brand Cadillac will soon get its own financing arm for customers as it continues to head toward a future of all-electric vehicles.

Cadillac Financial, an arm of GM Financial, is expected to launch around the middle of next year, Cadillac spokesman Michael Albano said Friday and as was reported earlier this week by ...Read more

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Detroit 3 mandate vaccine for Canada workforce, considering for US

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The Detroit Three automakers are requiring that all hourly and salaried workers in Canada be vaccinated against COVID-19, but they are not requiring the same of the U.S. workforce — although discussions about the possibility are happening.

General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Stellantis, formerly called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, reiterated ...Read more


Ford's China sales also hit by chip shortage in third quarter

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Ford Motor Co. saw its China sales decrease 8.7% year over year in the third quarter, the automaker said Friday.

The drop was a result of the ongoing challenges Ford and other automakers face with the semiconductor shortage, as well as flooding in central China in July and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overall, Ford reported ...Read more


Auto review: The 2022 Toyota Tundra is the first truly competitive Japanese full-size pickup

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — After 22 years and two generations (not counting the T100, a full-sized truck Toyota produced for eight years before the Tundra), Toyota has finally produced a pickup that can challenge its rivals: the new 2022 Toyota Tundra. It’s a wonder that it’s taken so long, but execs say it’s due to the company’s desire to ...Read more


Auto review: 2021 RAV4 Prime: Saving energy with style -- and speed

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What's most stunning about the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, a sporty plug-in hybrid, is not the exceptional mileage figures or the good looks.

It's the giddy-up: This thing sprints to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. That ranks second in the Toyota lineup only to the Supra, which races to 60 mph in 4 seconds flat. The Prime, for the record, is not a ...Read more

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Auto review: Mach-E GT flexes good ol' Mustang muscle

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San Francisco — Hustling over California’s twisted two-lane Pacific Coast Highway in a Mustang GT, I suddenly came upon a three-car moving road block. I flattened the right pedal. ZOT! The GT gulped the trio like a killer whale feeding on fish.

No downshift, no V-8 roar, no rear tail wag.

Say hello (and a quick wave goodbye as it ...Read more

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GM to switch to all renewable power sources for US sites by 2025

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DETROIT — General Motors Co. said Thursday it's switching to source 100% renewable energy power at all of it U.S. sites by 2025 — five years ahead of its previous target date.

The move, GM says, aims to avoid 1 million metric tons of carbon emissions that would be produced from 2025 to 2030. GM's goal of sourcing only renewable energy for ...Read more

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Motormouth: Confused by different types of gas

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Q: Can you address the difference, if any, between non-oxygenated versus other gas? One gas station I use has regular octane 87, premium octane 92 and non-oxygenated octane 91. They say their premium gas contains some oxygenates (ethanol) but their non-oxygenated does not contain any ethanol and is even more expensive than the premium. Another ...Read more


LG will reimburse GM $1.9 billion for cost of Chevy Bolt battery recall

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General Motors has reached an agreement with its battery-maker supplier over the heavy costs to recall nearly 140,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs globally.

On Tuesday, GM said LG Electronics Inc., which is a division of LG Chem, will reimburse GM for $1.9 billion in costs and expenses associated with the Bolt recall due to manufacturing defects...Read more

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UAW fight organizes Stellantis supplier in Michigan, adds 350 members immediately

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A labor fight in Marysville, Michigan that included a one-week strike at a multibillion-dollar global supplier to Stellantis ended with an agreement Friday to recognize UAW representation.

What was once a union shop under Auburn Hills-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles partnership will continue to be a union shop as now-Stellantis transitions out ...Read more

Roadshow: 2022 Lexus NX hits all the marks

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Just about every part of this compact luxury SUV that should've been improved, is.

Time can be harsh. Following its debut in late 2014, the Lexus NX compact crossover seemed well positioned for younger buyers looking for a way to sneak into the automaker's portfolio, but as the years dragged on, its competitive set pushed ahead while the NX ...Read more