Month: June 2020

Subaru of America, once a monthly sales streak darling as its U.S. volume rapidly expanded over the past decade, is switching to quarterly sales reporting. The automaker will report its June U.S. sales Wednesday, then switch its cadence going forward. The automaker, of Camden, N.J., was one of the few holdouts still reporting on a
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The 2020 Woodward Dream Cruise is the latest automotive event to be canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The event’s organizing board voted Monday to cancel the annual summer car cruise through the heart of Detroit and surrounding towns. Organizers were concerned about the ability to maintain social distancing and whether participants would wear
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The 2021 Kia K5 marks a new era for the South Korean brand—and a new name is just the beginning for the automaker’s mid-size sedan formerly called Optima. The 2021 K5 picks up where the Optima left off. The K5 is longer, lower, and wider than the sedan it replaces and will be available with
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Shari Sandidge cut staffing levels at her Miller Buick-GMC dealership in Woodbridge, N.J., by more than half as the coronavirus pandemic hit. And while she has since brought many employees back with the help of federal loan money, she has also eliminated three positions out of concern for slower sales. “There’s been so much unknown,”
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WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Tuesday will unveil a plan to cut nearly 90 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including mandating sales of zero-emission cars by 2035 and decarbonizing the power grid by 2040. The policy recommendations are intended as a blueprint for lawmakers to fight climate change should Democrats win control
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The county of Norfolk is often seen as “charging desert” with vast areas not covered.  Thankfully InstaVolt has just opened its largest rapid charging hub to date at Necton, on the A47. With eight state of the art ChargePoint CPE250 high powered chargers, it’s perfectly placed for both local EV drivers and the expected large
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The Geneva auto show will not be held in 2021, the organizers have announced. The reasons for the cancellation were lack of interest from automakers as well as the uncertain situation over the control of the coronavirus, the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) Foundation said in a statement on Monday. The Geneva event is Europe’s
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Chrysler is continuing its series of ads for the Pacifica minivan with actress Kathryn Hahn, but with the added complication of social distancing. The latest campaign, which the brand is using on social media and other websites, is called “Pacifica Mom on Quarantine.” The confessional-style ads were shot via iPhone with just two crew members
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The 2020 Toyota Sienna balances impressive power and available all-wheel drive with unimpressive crash-test scores. The 2020 Toyota Sienna minivan is an older design that hasn’t changed much in a decade, but it remains a good choice for its value and its optional all-wheel drive. This year we’ve scored the 2020 Sienna at 5.5 out
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The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles scored a coup to mark its reopening after a three-month shutdown. It’s hosting the first public display of Tesla’s Cybertruck since the dystopian-styled pickup made its infamous debut last fall. The Cybertruck exhibit, set up front and center in the lobby, was originally scheduled to last through Friday,
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Car dealership Lookers has agreed to correct its accounts after auditors found it overstated profitability by a total of £19m over several years. Auditors Grant Thornton have been investigating potential fraud at the Altrincham-based firm. Their draft report found some “fraudulent expense claims” and “several areas” where financial controls “require strengthening”. Earlier this month, Lookers
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. launched a debt relief program Monday that allows buyers of a new or used vehicle financed through the automaker’s lending arm to return it if they lose their job within a year. The automaker joins a list of several other brands offering various levels of support during the coronavirus pandemic
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Electric motors are coming to the Ford F-150. The 2021 F-150’s PowerBoost gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain comes first, which combines a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission with an integrated 35-kW electric motor. The hybrid merely marks the beginning of the F-150’s electric embrace. Come model-year 2022, the F-150 will add a true battery-electric drivetrain to
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Burt Jordan, Ford Motor Co.’s vice president for global purchasing and supply chain sustainability, will retire effective July 1, the company said Thursday. The automaker has not determined whether the role will be filled or the responsibilities distributed among other employees, according to a Ford spokesperson. Jordan, 53, has reported to Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief
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