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Mark Phelan: Jeep owes the Cherokee Nation; it's time to pay up

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It’s time Jeep and Stellantis, the huge automaker that owns the popular and profitable brand, pay their debt to the Cherokee Nation of American Indians. It won’t be easy, it shouldn’t be free, but it’s the right thing to do.

Jeep has reaped billions of dollars from positive perceptions of what "Cherokee" means since the first vehicle ...Read more

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Elon Musk trolls GM, Chrysler on Twitter. Ford CEO responds with 1 word

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Just one word.

That's all Ford CEO Jim Farley used to respond to Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday.

"Tesla & Ford are the only American carmakers not to have gone bankrupt out of 1000’s of car startups. Prototypes are easy, production is hard & being cash flow positive is excruciating," Musk tweeted Thursday.

Farley retweeted Musk early Friday ...Read more

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Auto review: Second-gen Chevy Bolt EV is a treat. Pity it isn't a Caddy

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The second generation, battery-powered Chevy Bolt EV is better than ever. I just wish it were a Caddy.

The 2022 Bolt EV (as in Electric Vehicle) has acquired a stretched version — called the Bolt EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle) — and all kinds of luxury touches. Super Cruise self-driving like a Cadillac Escalade. Three inches of rear legroom...Read more

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Will electric crossovers like Volvo's C40 be the key to mass EV adoption?

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With the introduction of its new C40 Recharge on Tuesday, Volvo became the latest automaker to bet that consumers who have so far been cool to the idea of an electric vehicle might change their minds if it comes in a form they love: the crossover. Whether they do may be crucial to the success of California's plan to end sales of gasoline and ...Read more

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Debut: Would you believe an electric Porsche station wagon?

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The automotive world is changing freaky fast. SUVs have eclipsed sedans. Electric pickup trucks are a thing. Dashboards look like iPads. And Corvette has put the engine behind the driver. What's next?

Would you believe an electric Porsche station wagon?

The iconic sports car brand unveiled its 2021 Taycan Cross Turismo Thursday, a wagon ...Read more

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Auto review: 2021 VW ID4 electric SUV challenges leaders like RAV4, CR-V, despite marginal battery range

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Volkswagen joins the race to build America’s leading affordable electric vehicle this month with the ID4, a sleek model designed to challenge popular compact — and conventionally powered — SUVs like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape and Chevrolet Equinox.

There’s still room at the top as automakers compete to see who nails the ...Read more

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Auto review: This Buick's beguilingly good looks are hindered by performance that could be better

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It may sound shallow, but great design always wins out. It is why Apple has become one of the world’s most highly valued companies, a lesson not lost on Dell and Microsoft. So, I wasn’t expecting to like the redesigned 2021 Buick Envision, if only for the fact that it is the only car currently sold in the U.S. made in China. But then it ...Read more

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Ford begins early production of not-yet-announced small pickup truck

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A new pickup truck from Ford Motor Co. quietly began rolling off assembly lines at the Dearborn automaker's Hermosillo plant in Mexico last month, according to production data reported to shareholders this week.

The news was first reported by CNBC. The new product — dubbed "C-Pick Up" and expected to be called "Maverick" — appeared in a ...Read more

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Ford delays 4,500 Mustang Mach-E deliveries

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Ford Motor Co. confirmed Wednesday that buyers of some 4,500 Mustang Mach-Es —the Blue Oval's highly touted new electric vehicle — will face delivery delays.

That's a higher number than the hundreds of impacted vehicles the automaker had previously said would be delivered late. Meanwhile, Ford said Wednesday that it will compensate some ...Read more

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Motormouth: How will all those charging stations work?

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Q: With the advent of EVs and the need for thousands of charging stations, who is going to pay for them and will there be a cost to use one? If so, how much?

P.J., Carol Stream, Ill.

A: Good question, but one that I cannot answer in just a few words. Some stations are free, some you pay per kilowatt. There is no standard fee that I know of. ...Read more

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GM extends production shutdown into April due to semiconductor chip shortage

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General Motors will keep three of its assembly plants shuttered until at least mid-April and will idle a fourth due to a severe shortage of semiconductor chips used in various vehicle parts.

But the automaker is doing everything it can to protect the production of its full-size pickups and SUVs, which are its big profit makers.

Demand for ...Read more

Stellantis UAW workers will get $8,010 profit-sharing checks

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Stellantis UAW workers are to receive profit-sharing checks this year of $8,010.

The announcement of the payouts to about 43,000 UAW-represented workers came early Wednesday, the same day the company released its first earnings report since it was created in January from the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot-maker PSA Group.

The ...Read more

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How to avoid falling victim to online car sales scams

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Larry Hoover has bought a lot of cars — sight unseen — off the eBay auction website over the years and never had a major problem. “It never crossed my mind that they’d try to defraud me,” he said.

And then the Phoenix-area resident made a deal with a South Florida used car dealership that advertised a 2002 Cadillac El Dorado as being ...Read more

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Fiat Chrysler, now Stellantis, pleads guilty in corruption case

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, now part of Stellantis, has pleaded guilty in a long-running corruption probe, formally admitting Monday that it paid more than $3.5 million in personal expenses for senior UAW officials.

As part of its guilty plea via Zoom in U.S. District Court in Detroit, the company agreed to pay $30 million and submit to an ...Read more

Roadshow: The 2021 Buick Envision is a much better second act

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The first-generation Buick Envision was ... fine, like how you might describe a movie you didn't really want to see. The 2021 Buick Envision changes that up, however. Through some careful nips and tucks, this midsize premium crossover is far more worthy of your time.

Style takes a big step forward in the 2021 Envision. The outgoing crossover...Read more

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Hot-selling 2021 Ford Bronco Sport gets second recall, this time for rollover risk

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Ford Motor Co. is recalling its popular 2021 Bronco Sport for a second time, now for an incorrect lower control arm that could result in reduced vehicle stability and increase the risk of a rollover crash at maximum roof load.

This recall involves 106 vehicles built on Dec. 9; Ford estimated 50% are defective.

Ford Bronco Sport was just ...Read more

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Auto review: The 2021 Kia Sorento is one you'll remember

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There are certain things in life you’ll always remember: your first love, a fun vacation, a night out at a particular restaurant (sometime prior to March). But if asked to recall a trip to the supermarket last month in any detail, odds are you would draw a blank. Why should you remember such an unremarkable moment in your life?

Cars can be ...Read more

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Auto review: Wagon or SUV? Audi A6 Allroad vs. Volvo XC90

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Station wagon or SUV?

It's almost a moot choice today since so few wagons remain after the SUV tsunami. But in the luxury class, European automakers continue to bring sleek, powerful wagons popular across the pond. They are a reminder that such four-wheeled dinosaurs once ruled North America before a regulatory meteor from Washington in the ...Read more

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Ford introduces first-ever Explorer King Ranch luxury package for popular midsize SUV

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Customers told Ford Motor Co. they wanted more luxury.

So Ford responded with a first-ever King Ranch package for its popular Explorer SUV that includes hand-stitched "premium touches" and mahogany-colored Del Rio leather trimmed seats with perforated front and second rows with the legendary King Ranch Running logo, along with leather door trim...Read more

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While Mercedes debuts another knockout C-class, Cadillac looks to the future

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Mercedes unveiled its all-new C-class Tuesday, and it's stunning. With its curved, space-age screen rising from the console, state-of-the-art "MBUX" voice recognition, and smooth, 255-horse turbo engine with 48-volt battery assist, Merc's best-selling sedan reasserts the automaker's place — along with the BMW 3-series and Tesla Model 3 — as ...Read more