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Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen AG have announced they are expanding their partnerships to now include electric vehicles with the US brand utilising the VW MEB platform. Ford will become the first additional automaker to use Volkswagen’s dedicated electric vehicle architecture and Modular Electric Toolkit known as MEB – to deliver a high-volume zero-emission vehicle
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American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. on Friday reported a 65 percent drop in second-quarter net income due to softer-than-expected sales, prompting the supplier to lowered its full-year outlook. The supplier of driveline and drivetrain systems reported second-quarter net income of $52.5 million, or $0.45 per share, on revenue of $1.7 billion, compared with net income
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The world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship has hit the water for the first time with a massive battery capacity equivalent to 50 Tesla battery packs. We have already seen ships going all-electric, but they are mainly ferries operating over short distances. The operators of the first all-electric ferry in Norway, the ‘Ampere’, reported some impressive statistics
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DETROIT — Many global auto suppliers are striking an even more pessimistic tone about Chinese vehicle output this year than some research firms, with the suppliers bracing for the pain to be far greater than the single-digit percentage declines predicted by some in the industry. There have been 12 straight months of falling sales in
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The 2020 Ford Ecosport is the smallest of Ford’s growing crossover SUV lineup. Its city-friendly size is about the only thing going for it: power, safety, and interior quality are all below par. We rate it 3.7 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) For 2020, the Ecosport gets no major changes
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The quirky 2020 Kia Soul crossover arrived with a new look at the 2018 LA Auto Show Wednesday. This time around, the battery-electric Soul EV gained a major update, too. Shoppers who adore the Soul’s boxy looks won’t be disappointed. The 2020 Soul retains the same toaster oven shape as its predecessor, but the look
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AutoNation Inc. befuddled many in February when it announced a new outsider CEO with no automotive experience would take over from longtime chief Mike Jackson. The choice followed a months-long search during which the board director assigned to lead the hunt abruptly resigned. Again last week, many were just as baffled when the country’s largest
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This installment of the Roadkill Extra engine-building series gets a bit theoretical: What is compression ratio, how does it affect engine performance, and how can it be altered? But it’s also very practical, as David Freiburger explains every detail you need to understand in order to use a compression-ratio calculator. Tune in and tune up!
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International Harvester introduced its Scout SUV five years before the launch of the 1966 Ford Bronco. So it almost seems fitting that Ford‘s new, rugged-looking Escape-based Bronco Scout—which may actually end up being called the Ford Adventurer—will launch before the highly anticipated Ranger-based Bronco. Shown here are artist’s renderings of what we think it will
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LONDON — Ford warned on Thursday that the chances of a no-deal Brexit have risen in the last few months as new Prime Minister Boris Johnson ramps up preparations for a possible disorderly exit in October. The U.S. automaker operates two powertrain plants in Britain, one of which it is planning to close due to
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Kia Motors America has hired Russell Wager, Mazda’s former North American marketing vice president, as the Korean brand’s director of marketing operations. Wager, who joins Kia after the recent departure of marketing vice president Saad Chehab, will be in charge of advertising, media, partnerships and other marketing activities. He reports to Kia Motors America COO
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A lackluster base version keeps the 2020 Pilot from reaching higher on our features score. Our features score may stop at those versions, but we suggest shoppers keep walking.  Starting from an average score, the Pilot narrowly misses out on extra points because of its small base infotainment screen, but we give it a point
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Like most everyone else, I am convinced that someday we will see electric vehicles as well as autonomous vehicles on streets around the world. Unlike a lot of folks, I am also convinced that it will take many years — perhaps decades — before we see any of these vehicles in large numbers. This is
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DETROIT — General Motors said second-quarter net income rose 1.6 percent to $2.4 billion, as the next-generation Silverado pickup powered North American profit growth. The biggest U.S. automaker’s adjusted earnings before interest and taxes fell 5.6 percent to $3 billion from the same period a year ago. Its margin of 8.4 percent slipped 0.3 percentage
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