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In committing billions of dollars to their Ontario assembly plants, the Detroit 3 have signaled that they see Canada as central to their electrification plans — thanks in part to enhanced government incentives. In January, General Motors committed to a $781 million investment in CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, Ontario, to build its new BrightDrop EV600
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It’s a two-door subcompact hatchback with a sticker price of $30,890, including shipping. It can’t travel more than 110 miles at a time. A car like that sounds sale-proof in these pickup- and utility-crazy times, doesn’t it? But dealers can’t get enough of the Mini Electric, and they are looking to at least double sales
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More than 1,000 Dodge Chargers have been stolen across southeastern Michigan in the past year, including some thefts from dealership lots, according to a police department in the region. Among the latest to disappear are two 2021 Charger Scat Pack models taken Feb. 2 from LaFontaine Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram of Saline. Deputy Police Chief Marlene Radzik told
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A Subaru dealership in Wisconsin celebrated the grand opening of its new location last week by taking free portraits of customers with their pets. Bergstrom Subaru of Green Bay, one of Bergstrom Automotive’s 51 locations, invited the public to bring their pets in for a session with a professional photographer. The offer ties in with
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The used-vehicle auction business learned one overarching lesson in 2020 — in-person auto auctions are not going away anytime soon. As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the nation, used-car auctions were often forced to change the way business was conducted and, in many states, auctions had to temporarily halt in-person sales. Even as some companies tried
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LOS ANGELES — Mazda’s CX-30 subcompact crossover was called on to do some heavy lifting when it was offered for the 2020 model year. Its sales of just more than 38,000 last year kept the automaker in the black, with a 0.2 percent rise in deliveries across its seven-vehicle lineup, despite the pandemic. But for
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Tesla Inc. leapfrogged Audi in 2020 to become the fourth-largest luxury vehicle brand in the U.S. and is closing in on the top three of BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, according to new-vehicle registration data from Experian. The electric vehicle maker registered 200,561 vehicles last year to grab the No. 4 spot from Audi, which registered
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About a dozen car models have been using nanotechnology to control heat, light and glare, improve safety and comfort, reduce CO2 emissions and even increase the driving range of internal combustion engines and electric vehicles. Initially this technology was introduced in premium cars, but it is now making its way to midpriced cars as well.
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Subaru of America is readying an off-road subbrand to expand the reach of its two most successful nameplates. The Wilderness subbrand will launch with the 2022 Outback and Forester, dealers were told last week during the Subaru make meeting at the National Automobile Dealers Association’s virtual show. The two crossovers accounted for 54 percent of
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Despite the rough start to the Taycan launch, which occurred at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Porsche’s first electric vehicle is making inroads in the United States. Porsche started with the high-powered, high-priced Turbo and Turbo S versions for the U.S., the vehicle’s initial market. “You would never plan to do what we did,”
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Marelli was created in 2019 after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sold its parts unit, Magneti Marelli, to Japan’s Calsonic Kansei in a $6.5 billion deal. The supplier was in the midst of melding different cultures and industrial footprints when the pandemic hit, forcing it to switch to “survival mode.” But CEO Beda Bolzenius says the company
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Most automakers reporting U.S. sales for January enjoyed solid momentum coming out of a strong holiday season. Five of the seven companies that posted results tallied gains, while only Ford Motor Co. and American Honda were down. Overall sales for the seven fell 2.1 percent in a month with one less selling day than January
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Mercedes-Benz slipped to third place in the U.S. luxury sales race last year as rivals Lexus and BMW outsold it amid the pandemic. In 2021, the brand will again face competition from traditional rivals while also contending with Tesla Inc. Because Tesla only releases global deliveries and does not provide model sales by country, it’s
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Toyota dealers this week will get their first concrete details about the brand’s plans for its 2022 Tundra full-size pickup — the truck’s first redesign in 14 years — which is set to arrive in dealerships by the end of the year. But beyond a teaser video shown to dealers in November that revealed its
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The last thing Stellantis needs in the U.S., it would seem, is another brand. The world’s newest automaker is already fully loaded, with more than any of its rivals. So it came as no surprise last month when PSA Group execs began to publicly raise doubts about the planned return of their signature marque to
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Qualcomm’s reach keeps extending further into the auto industry. Last week the company unveiled its latest collaboration with General Motors, much of it surrounding chips that will underpin vehicle cockpits of the future, which are increasingly dominated by screens. Most of the attention at Qualcomm’s Jan. 26-27 virtual automotive showcase was devoted to this singular
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The December grand opening at Lincoln of Cutler Bay, set in a swanky neighborhood south of Miami, had all the trappings of a high-class celebration. Models in sparkling dresses and feathered outfits welcomed dozens of guests in the two-story, 65,000-square-foot glass-walled store. There was live music, an ice sculpture and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting featuring the
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Volvo will elbow into the bustling market for electric vehicles with a pair of battery-powered models. The new vehicles are aimed at the sweet spot of a U.S. market that can’t get enough of crossovers. Compact crossovers accounted for a 22.5 percent share of luxury-vehicle sales last year, according to the Automotive News Data &
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Longtime Minnesota dealer Paul Walser says the hybridized online/in-person business model that dealers scrambled to implement during the pandemic is likely to remain — and even grow. The incoming chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association also is focused on ensuring a smooth leadership transition this year for dealers’ top trade organization. Walser, 65, who’s
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