Month: October 2020

Where they can get away with it, certain legacy carmakers are still perfectly content to be dragged, kicking and screaming, toward electrification. Curiously though, there are instances in which the self-same car companies that make little effort in their home country can’t resist the revenues on offer in nations with significant EV sales. Numerous of them have fought
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TOKYO — Jeep’s drive to roll out battery-powered vehicles globally is counting on an assist from one of the world’s most electrified markets: Japan, where hybrid penetration is 30 percent. The U.S. off-road specialist is banking on the arrival of the Renegade 4xe — a plug-in hybrid version of the compact crossover — to help
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WASHINGTON/SEOUL –The U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday delayed a decision in a trade secrets case involving South Korean battery makers LG Chem and SK Innovation to Dec. 10. LG Chem, an EV battery supplier for Tesla Inc. and General Motors, filed its trade complaints against SK Innovation in April 2019 in the United States
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group are set to win European Union approval for their $38 billion merger to create the world’s No. 4 automaker, people close to the matter said. Following feedback from rivals and customers, the automakers only had to tweak the wording of their concessions to EU antitrust regulators, with no changes
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Mercedes-Benz’s Alabama plant is committed to delivering the most expensive mass-production passenger vehicle made in America on time. The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC arrives in stores in December and starts at $161,550, including shipping. Fully loaded, the SUV will top out at nearly $200,000. The plant in Vance, which builds the GLE, GLE Coupe and
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What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Dodge Durango? What does it compare to? The 2021 Dodge Durango three-row crossover SUV seats up to seven passengers and has the most powerful engine and highest tow rating of any mid-size SUV. When equipped with a Hellcat supercharged V-8 engine, it doesn’t compare to anything except the
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This Honda HR-V is perhaps the most striking you’ll ever come across and, as you can see, it has been painted by someone who clearly is a fierce supporter of President Trump. Photos of this HR-V were recently shared on Reddit’s Shitty Car Mods subreddit with the (fitting) title ‘Make Paint Jobs Great Again’ –
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In a year unlike any in memory, National Auto Auction Association leaders are lauding vehicle wholesalers for coming together and finding strength in their partnerships — even among competitors. “We weren’t trying to save an industry; what we were trying to do was keep the industry informed,” CEO Frank Hackett said, adding that wholesale industry
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SHANGHAI — With the coronavirus outbreak largely contained since March in China, the local market for new passenger vehicles and light trucks has sustained growth for five straight months. But there has been little to celebrate for American brands here. Except for Tesla, demand for U.S.-brand vehicles remains subdued, leaving many of their dealers struggling
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Volvo Car USA’s newest crossover signals the next chapter of the Swedish automaker’s evolution. The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8, arriving in U.S. stores early next year, is the awkwardly named vanguard of a portfolio of emissions-free models. “Electrification by far is the highest priority in the company,” Volvo Car USA CEO Anders Gustafsson told
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Washington State-based Droog Moto has just unveiled its latest offering, the all-electric DM-017 V2 E-Fighter, which is based on a 2020 Zero DS electric motorcycle. Droog Moto is a bespoke motorcycle company that starts with popular motorcycles and modifies them into unique, often unrecognizable new machines. They currently offer four models, two of which are
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On paper, the new 2021 M440i xDrive looks to be a superb sports coupe. After all, it offers performance not far off the previous-generation M4. However, do figures from the spec sheet translate into a vehicle that’s actually enjoyable to drive? Throttle House recently put one to the test to find out. Powering the M440i
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Motional and Lyft said their self-driving ride-share service in Las Vegas is resuming after the coronavirus pandemic paused operations earlier this year. Motional, the joint venture between Hyundai Motor America and Aptiv, was rebranded in August and is relaunching in alignment with COVID-19 guidelines. According to a statement from Motional on Thursday, 70 percent of
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The streets of Miami and South Beach are filled with luxury and exotic vehicles. But few are Alfa Romeos.  Breaking into the chic market has been an uphill slog for dealers since the Italian brand’s U.S. return in 2014, and a group of Alfa Romeo dealers in the area have been working for more than
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