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Sparks could fly after Biden decision on EV battery dispute

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has until Sunday to intervene in a dispute between two major South Korean battery producers, a decision that carries major implications for plans by Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG to produce new electric vehicles in the coming years.

The Detroit battle lines are clearly drawn: Ford has contracted with ...Read more

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All-electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E goes to sleep and won't wake up, Ford confirms

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Early models of the all-electric 2021 Mustang Mach-E have a battery issue that may leave owners struggling to start their vehicles despite its being fully charged, according to a technical service bulletin that Ford sent to federal regulators.

"Bad software is turning some Mustang Mach-Es into 'electric bricks,' " said a headline in TheVerge....Read more

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GM halts full-size pickup production at 2 plants because of parts shortage

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For the first time this year General Motors will halt production of its full-size pickups at two U.S. plants.

GM said it is canceling overtime shifts this weekend at Flint Assembly and Fort Wayne Assembly in Indiana due to a parts shortage.

Also, there will be no summer shutdown this year at the majority of GM's U.S. plants.

The automaker ...Read more

Remote control for self-driving cars isn't required anywhere. Why? It's complicated

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WASHINGTON — As autonomous vehicle testing advances without cohesive federal guidelines, companies are operating under inconsistent or nonexistent rules for how and whether a vehicle is monitored and controlled on the road.

There are no federal rules requiring companies testing self-driving vehicles on public roads to have the ability to ...Read more

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Biden wants funds to electrify federal vehicle fleet in next budget

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President Joe Biden on Friday released a spending proposal for next fiscal year that, as expected, asks Congress to invest heavily in the electrification of America's vehicles.

In the funding proposal, the Biden administration is specifically asking for:

$600 million in new investments for the federal government to purchase electric vehicles ...Read more

2024 GMC Hummer electric SUV is radically engineered. Just try getting it stuck

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GMC’s 830-horsepower electric 2024 Hummer SUV will be even more capable than the 1,000-hp electric Hummer pickup, thanks largely to trail-friendly dimensions that will let it negotiate tighter spaces.

Due to go on sale early in 2023, the electric Hummer SUV is nearly 2 feet shorter than it’s sibling pickup. At 196.8 inches long, the SUV is ...Read more

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Auto review: The 2021 VW Arteon is a beautiful alternative to a world clogged with crossovers

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In a year when some automakers see little reason to even offer sedans, or offer a handful of aging perfunctory models at best, Volkswagen has given its premium sedan, the Arteon, a design freshening one year after its introduction. Given the fact Volkswagen doesn’t sell many — a mere 3,602 last year on these shores — you have to wonder why...Read more

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Many car-sharing services have folded. This one is expanding

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It might seem counterintuitive in the middle of a pandemic to see demand for using a shared vehicle climb.

But that's what Free2Move — car-sharing service under Stellantis NV, maker of Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, Fiat, Peugeot and more — saw in the latter half of 2020. As government-ordered restrictions lifted, residents in cities like Washington,...Read more

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Auto review: Infiniti QX55 brings back X-appeal to the SUV

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Japanese luxury brands are going back to the future to find their mojo.

First Acura time-traveled back to the 1990s to rediscover its sporty roots. The successful journey brought us the Acura NSX supercar and athletic RDX and MDX SUVs. Infiniti is using the same method to aid its SUV fortunes.

Say hello to the sexy QX55 — created from the ...Read more

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Ford cancels summer shutdown weeks at majority of assembly plants

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John Savona, vice president of manufacturing and labor affairs at Ford Motor Co., issued a letter to factory workers on Thursday alerting them that summer break is canceled.

"This notification is a week later than normal because of the volatility tied to the industry-wide semiconductor shortage. We appreciate your patience and the UAW's ...Read more

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GM to idle Lansing plant due to semiconductor chip shortage

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General Motors is halting production at two of its plants that make midsize SUVs, including one in Lansing, due to a parts shortage.

But the automaker said Thursday that it is able to restart its plant in Missouri that makes its midsize pickups, though many of GM's other plants remain idle.

The auto industry has been faced with a global crisis...Read more

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Motormouth: Question about VCM system

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Q: I have a question about my 2019 Pilot Elite. I read in some Honda Pilot blogs about the long term benefits of disabling your VCM (variable cylinder management system). We bought our Pilot new and always thoroughly maintain our vehicles at the Honda dealership and look to keep this Pilot for as long as we can. But I read that the VCM causes ...Read more

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Automakers could make 1.3 million fewer vehicles because of semiconductor shortage

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A trade group that represents automakers said a semiconductor shortage caused by COVID-19 could result in 1.28 million fewer vehicles being made in the U.S. this year.

In comments sent Monday to the Commerce Department, the Alliance for Auto Innovation said a recent survey done of automakers and supplies indicated the shortage could hurt auto ...Read more

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GM China reports 69% increase in first-quarter sales

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DETROIT — General Motors Co. and its joint venture in China sold more than 780,000 vehicles in the first quarter of 2021, a 69% increase over 2020's first quarter when the country was shut down during the pandemic.

The automaker said its rebound has been driven by luxury and premium vehicles, midsize/large SUVs and multi-purpose vehicles, ...Read more

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GM's Factory ZERO will build all-electric Chevrolet Silverado

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General Motors will build an electric version of the Silverado at Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck.

The Silverado EV will sit on GM's Ultium battery platform and will offer customers a GM-estimated range of more than 400 miles on a full charge, the automaker said Tuesday.

Both retail and fleet versions will come in a variety of options ...Read more

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Hummer EVs to influence GMC's future buying process

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Consumers looking to buy the new GMC Hummer EV pickup or SUV will be doing it online with minimal dealer involvement, directly from General Motors, for at least the next two years.

After that, the retail shopping experience will "evolve" as GM rolls out more electric vehicles.

The vehicles will make it to GMC dealership showrooms eventually, ...Read more

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GM goes big for EV wars with GMC Hummer SUV

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The compact Chevy Bolt debuted in 2017 with high hopes as General Motors Co.'s first all-electric car. But it was buried by a startup brand called Tesla with a sexier, faster, more capable Model 3 compact sedan.

For its second act, GM isn't messing around with compacts. It's bringing an all-new, all-electric vehicle for the segments it knows ...Read more

Roadshow: 2021 Nissan Versa offers so much for so little

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The average new-vehicle transaction price in the U.S. last year topped $40,000. That's an astronomical amount of money to spend on an asset that typically depreciates like property values at a superfund site. But owing a shiny new ride with a factory warranty and plenty of tech doesn't have to leave you a penniless pauper. The 2021 Nissan ...Read more

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Ford not ruling out donations to GOP lawmakers who fought presidential certification

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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co., which announced in January that it planned to suspend political donations after the Capitol riot while reviewing the situation, will resume making them and will not rule out financially supporting Republican lawmakers who voted against President Joe Biden’s election certification on Jan. 6, according to a letter ...Read more

Stellantis to sell hydrogen-powered commercial vans this year in Europe

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DETROIT — Stellantis NV says it will begin delivering light-commercial vans powered by hydrogen fuel cells before the end of year for customers in Europe looking for zero-emission long-range transportation.

Citroën, Opel and Peugeot — which do not sell in the United States — will lead in the deployment of the technology developed in ...Read more