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LG says it will expand electric-vehicle battery production at Michigan site

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A portion of the $1.36 billion that LG Energy Solution's Michigan office has secured for investment to increase its capacity for producing electric-vehicle batteries in North America will help to expand its plant in Holland, Michigan, the company confirmed this week.

How much investment the plant will see and how much more capacity will be ...Read more

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'Least bad deal'? Holiday auto promotions may still leave you paying above MSRP

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If Santa needs a new hot rod, it might be a costly Christmas this year as new and used vehicle prices hit record highs.

Car shoppers shouldn't expect to see the same lot-clearing discounts they normally would before the end of the year. A global microchip shortage has left dealerships bare, forcing some buyers to wait weeks or months for an ...Read more

Roadshow: 2021 Tesla Model Y is nearly great, critically flawed

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The Tesla Model Y seems like the complete package, but its active safety suite is so fundamentally flawed that the whole dish is completely ruined.

Reviewing a Tesla is a bit like hitting a moving target. Eschewing the traditional model year cycle, Tesla is constantly delivering software updates, battery pack tweaks and new sensor packages. At...Read more

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High gas prices are hitting heavy-duty pickup owners hard. Here's what they're saying

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LOS ANGELES — That silver Dodge Ram Warlock with the 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi engine must have looked pretty sweet when gasoline prices hovered around $4 a gallon. Now, with gasoline topping $6 a gallon at some Los Angeles-area stations, a bit of sour’s been added to the mix.

Record-high gasoline and diesel prices are combusting driver budgets ...Read more

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Dodge drops Hellcat V-8, previews new age of electric Muscle

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The Era of Electrification has claimed its first big scalp.

Dodge is ending production of its iconic, V-8-powered Hellcat Challenger and Charger muscle cars models by 2023 as the brand transitions to a mix of electrified EV, hybrid, and plug-in drivetrains in the face of government regulations forcing battery-powered vehicles. The high ...Read more

Ongoing chip shortage shakes up car buying with fewer choices, higher prices and big profits for some dealers

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The semiconductor shortage has disrupted the auto industry throughout 2021, halting production, reducing inventory and raising prices, a formula that has left some frustrated buyers searching for any tires to kick.

For some Chicago-area dealers, the scarcity of new cars has made for a surprisingly good year, as demand outstrips supply, and ...Read more

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What's your car worth? Honda, Lexus take home JD Power Residual Value Award, again

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Buy a new home and you can track its value on Zillow or Redfin. Buy a new car and JD Power is at your service tracking residual value.

If you own a Honda or Lexus, then your asset is looking pretty good.

That's the conclusion of ALG, a division of JD Power, and its 2022 Residual Value Awards which honor the Japanese companies as the top brands...Read more

Auto review: Subaru heads for the wildness with a more-off-road-oriented Forester for 2022

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In an era when shopping and working are done online, and the need to be anywhere is less essential than ever, the demand for all-wheel-drive vehicles with the ability to get anywhere at any time makes little sense. But neither does the fact that Americans have bought 15 million Chia Pets.

This explains the new for 2022 Subaru Forester ...Read more

Auto review: Porsche Cayman GTS sings sweet music for the sports car purist

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In this age of rapid technological change, we crave analog experiences. We enjoy unplugged instrumental music. Or cozying up with a page-turning novel rather than a digital Kindle. In the auto world, the normally aspirated, rear-wheel-drive manual sports car is the purist's choice. MX-5 Miata, Mustang GT, Subaru BRZ.

The summit of the art form ...Read more

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Workers are fed up. How that could influence outcome of historic UAW vote

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DETROIT — United Auto Workers members this month are casting ballots in a historic referendum that could change the union's decades-old system for electing leaders — and they're doing so as workers across the country push for better wages, benefits and working conditions amid a tight labor market and a pandemic that has laid bare long-...Read more

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Electric GMC Hummer pickup reveals range; deliveries to begin 'in weeks'

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The first owners of the $112,595 GMC Hummer electric crew cab pickup will get slightly fewer miles range on a charge than they may have expected when the self-proclaimed super truck arrives in a few weeks.

The feature-laden Edition 1 model that will make up the first full year's production at General Motor's touted Factory ZERO in Detroit will ...Read more

Motormouth: Faulty warning light

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Q: I own a 2000 Honda Accord. It constantly shows the red brake light on the dash. Previously, the light would appear only intermittently. I had the brakes checked out two different times and everything is in good condition. How can I correct this?

T.M., Sugar Grove, Illinois

A: Your car has a brake lamp warning system. Should a lamp burn out,...Read more

Roadshow: 2022 Ford Maverick is basically excellent

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There's nothing fancy about Ford's new compact pickup, yet it still manages to feel like far more than the sum of its parts.

The 2022 Ford Maverick blew me away like lawn furniture in a hurricane. Including destination fees, this back-to-basics compact truck starts at less than $22,000, making it an unbelievable value. But the Maverick's ...Read more

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GM tells dealers it will offer heated seats on more 2022 vehicles after all

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General Motors pulled a multimillion-dollar rabbit out of its hat Friday, telling its dealers it's figured out a way to resume offering two popular features on its vehicles. The move could keep some of Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick and GMC's most loyal and affluent buyers from defecting to other automakers.

Starting in the first half of 2022, the ...Read more

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Ford, Rivian scrap plans to develop electric vehicle together

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Ford Motor Co. and Rivian Automotive Inc. on Friday said they have scrapped plans to develop an electric vehicle together on the EV startup's platform as both automakers work to expand their production of EVs.

Rivian made a splash last week on Wall Street with the biggest initial public offering of the year, surpassing the market ...Read more

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Carmakers have miles to go to hit Biden's fuel economy goals

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s calculation of modest gains in carmakers’ fuel economy last year spotlight the need for a rapid increase in electric vehicles if the industry is to meet proposed targets.

The EPA reported Friday that carmakers achieved an average of 25.4 miles (40.9 kilometers) per gallon for vehicles made during ...Read more

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GM partners with suppliers to find a chips fix in North America

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General Motors may have a solution to its semiconductor chip problem.

The automaker is working with seven chip supplier partners on new designs of chips that would be capable of handling more than the current chips and would be made in North America, GM President Mark Reuss said on Thursday at an investor conference.

Most chips are currently ...Read more

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GM's BrightDrop startup gets significant order from Merchants Fleet

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General Motors' startup BrightDrop just got a big order.

BrightDrop, which makes electric delivery vans and other technological solutions for the delivery industry, said fleet management company Merchants Fleet is expanding its order to include the EV410, a new midsize electric light commercial truck.

Merchants Fleet decided to buy 5,400 ...Read more

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Auto review: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee's capability and tech put SUV wannabes in their place

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MOAB, Utah — "Don't get cocky, kid." Those were Han Solo's words when newbie Luke Skywalker celebrated shooting down his first Imperial warship in "Star Wars," and they could have been Jeep executive Jim Morrison's when he recently chided automakers for SUVs that add a skid plate here, a Torsen differential there, and claim to be serious off-...Read more

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Auto review: The 2022 Chevy Trailblazer is a solid choice in a market filled with compelling alternatives

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Having arrived in 2021 wearing a nameplate last used in 2009 on a midsize, body-on-frame SUV, the 2022 Trailblazer is now a subcompact crossover. Developed and built by GM Korea in Incheon, South Korea, it doesn’t feel much like its larger American counterparts. Instead, the Trailblazer is a modestly sized, modestly styled daily driving device...Read more