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Auto review: Refined looks, tech for 11th-generation Civic

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Honda Civic owners have been among the most loyal to their brand for many years, much like enthusiasts of Jeep and Subaru. Give them a minute and Civic folks will chatter about its reliability, fuel economy and value.

The popular compact sedan — the top seller in its segment — has been redesigned inside and out for 2022 and that is likely ...Read more

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Casey Williams: Cadillac hits its stride at 120

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Elvis painted his pink and purple. Betty White drove one named “Parakeet.” They’ve carried presidents, mobsters and almost everybody on their last ride. Rock and Roll would have neither rocked nor rolled without them. Some even paced Indy and raced LeMans. Now Cadillac, the 120-year-old brand that once meant the best of anything, hits its ...Read more

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Auto review: 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV proves that Kermit the Frog was wrong

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Many car buyers are considering electric vehicles, or EVs, for the first time and they’re facing more choices than ever. They are also facing sky-high prices. The average transaction price of an EV in July was $66,000 according to Cox Automotive. That makes the price of the Chevrolet EUV, a crossover rendition of the smaller Bolt EV, well ...Read more

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Henry Payne: Chevy wraps the Silverado ZR2 pickup in Bison armor

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Bison are getting bigger.

Learning from little brother Chevy Colorado, the full-size Silverado pickup is gaining yet another rugged off-road trim: the ZR2 Bison that's been popular on the midsize pickup since its 2019 model year introduction. Topping the Silverado Trail Boss and ZR2 off-road models, Bison takes the unique suspension, tires and ...Read more

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Henry Payne: 5 things about the loud, lurid, 'lectric Dodge Charger Daytona

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PONTIAC, Michigan — It’s That '70s Show again with the federal government on the warpath to eliminate V-8s, gas-guzzlers and fun. But the fun-lovin’ Dodge brand wants to stay a step ahead of the killjoys.

"It's like if they decided to ban cows — but 5% of the population is vegetarian and the rest still wanted beef. The meat industry ...Read more

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Motormouth: Do I really need to wax my car?

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Q: I see you recommend waxing your car twice a year. I have owned more than 30 cars in my life and have never waxed one of them. When my car comes out of the car wash, it looks has good as any of my neighbors' cars. Have you sold out to the wax companies or should I have my eyes tested?

T.C., Chicago

A: Sold out? That’s impossible. I am ...Read more

GM considering Indiana town for fourth battery plant

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General Motors Co. and LG Energy Solution are considering New Carlisle, Indiana, as the location for their fourth Ultium Cells LLC joint venture battery plant.

Ultium Cells "is developing a competitive business case for a potential large investment that could be located in New Carlisle, Indiana," company spokesperson Brooke Waid said in a ...Read more

Korean battery recycler to be latest addition to Georgia EV sector

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A South Korean company that recycles metals and battery components plans to build its first U.S. facility in North Georgia, another addition to the state's burgeoning electric vehicle sector.

SungEel HiTech Co. will build a $37 million recycling center in Toccoa in Stephens County where it will recycle lithium-ion batteries and battery ...Read more

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Motormouth: Do I really need to wax my car?

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Q: I see you recommend waxing your car twice a year. I have owned more than 30 cars in my life and have never waxed one of them. When my car comes out of the car wash, it looks has good as any of my neighbors' cars. Have you sold out to the wax companies or should I have my eyes tested?

T.C., Chicago

A: Sold out? That’s impossible. I am ...Read more

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What car buyers should know about the coming tax credits for EVs

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It's called the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 but one of its primary goals is to fight carbon emissions by, among other things, giving Americans incentives to buy zero-emission vehicles. After passing both houses of Congress, the bill was signed Tuesday by President Biden.

Not everyone's thrilled with the end result. The auto industry and ...Read more

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Dodge Challenger, Charger production is ending. Here's how to snag one

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It's official: Dodge is ending production of the Challenger and Charger in their current form in December 2023 ahead of the launch of its all-electric muscle car in 2024.

To help customers who want one of the gas-powered vehicles with a "Last Call" underhood plaque, Stellantis NV's performance brand in October will have on its website the ...Read more

Appeals court dismisses GM's 2019 suit against FCA

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The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a federal judge's earlier decision to throw out a racketeering lawsuit by General Motors Co. against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, now known as Stellantis NV.

GM sued its crosstown rival in 2019 alleging FCA's late CEO Sergio Marchionne orchestrated a multimillion-dollar racketeering conspiracy ...Read more

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Driverless trucks can be safe and efficient

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Long-haul trucking has always been a tough job that keeps drivers away from their families for days and sometimes weeks. It’s no wonder there’s a perennial shortage of them. The pool of available drivers is aging — the median age is about 46 and climbing — and the industry is struggling to attract younger people to get behind the wheel ...Read more

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Auto review: A retro futurist groove distinguishes Hyundai's fun 2022 Ioniq 5 EV

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It was 1974 when the econobox reached American shores in the form of the Volkswagen Golf, sold then as the Volkswagen Rabbit. It ushered in any number of competitors with a similar Bauhaus-like design efficiency that flew in the face of Detroit’s fixation on baroque brougham designs. Americans did embrace efficient, sensibly sized hatchbacks ...Read more

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Henry Payne: 'High and wide' GMC Canyon gets remake, rugged AT4X model

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The GMC Canyon is hitting the trail in fresh duds for 2023.

General Motors' premium midsize truck gains a longer wheelbase, new engine and more rugged attitude with an all-new, AT4X off-road trim. The upgrades mirror those found on its twin Chevy Colorado pickup (with which the Canyon shares a ladder-frame platform), but the Canyon steps up the...Read more

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Auto review: A Nissan Z worthy of the letter

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One of the first sports cars I rode shotgun in as a kid was the 1970 Datsun 240Z. On a race track. Red. Fat tires. Manual shifter. Inline 6-cylinder engine. Bubble headlights. Two-door fastback. Hood that went on forever. Ooooh, I loved that car. No generation of Z has measured up since.

Until now.

The redesigned seventh-generation Z sitting ...Read more

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Rivian now has nearly 200,000 orders for its EV trucks and delivery vans. It's produced 8,000

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Startup electric truck manufacturer Rivian continues to see robust demand for its inaugural products, with nearly 200,000 orders in hand, and a long way to go to fill them.

Rivian announced during a second quarter earnings call Thursday it had more than 98,000 orders for its R1T pickup and R1S SUV as of June 30. Amazon, an early investor in ...Read more

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Motormouth: Follow the instructions

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Q: You recently advised to follow the owner’s manual in choosing a grade of gas. Does that advice still hold if the manual says regular is fine but, for reasons long forgotten, the owner has been pumping nothing but mid-grade over the car’s entire 17-year life? If it matters, the car is an RX330 with about 120,000 miles.

W. K., Lake Geneva,...Read more

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For 6th year in a row, car troubles top annual list of consumer complaints

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Complaints ranging from deceptive practices and mechanical defects, to shoddy repairs and title issues propelled auto sales and repairs to the No. 1 type of complaint fielded by state and local consumer protection agencies again last year, according to an annual survey by the Consumer Federation of America.

The report from the Washington, D.C.-...Read more

Ford, utility ink major renewable energy deal to power automaker's Michigan plants

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Ford Motor Co. and DTE Energy on Wednesday announced what they're billing as the largest-ever renewable energy purchase from a utility in the U.S.

Under a purchase agreement between the two Michigan companies, DTE is slated to add 650 megawatts of new solar energy in the state to power Ford's facilities — enough to power 140,000 homes, ...Read more