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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. doesn’t yet have a long-range electric vehicle on the market, but it’s working to woo on-the-fence consumers by rolling out plans for a robust charging infrastructure. The automaker last week announced details about its charging strategy for the first time. It will offer free mobile charge cords so customers can
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As an autonomous future looms large, automakers such as General Motors, Ford and Toyota are racing to capitalize on self-driving technology. And while the technology itself still faces significant hurdles, there is even more uncertainty about the best ways to commercialize it. With billions of dollars of investment at stake, it is critical for automakers
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Drivers of electric cars across the UK may soon be using special green number plates under new plans. The aim is to make it possible for local authorities to allow zero-emission vehicles to benefit from incentives such as cheaper parking. The government hopes it will boost electric car sales, helping it achieve its 2050 target
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New paint plant projects are keeping Giffin Inc. busy these days. The U.S. turnkey paint shop supplier has multiple projects underway in Michigan, Ohio and Texas, and a line of other customers reviewing a proprietary technology that captures paint emissions using less water and energy. It’s not always good times in the automotive paint sector.
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DETROIT — With plans to reshape its vehicle lineup, cut its work force, shut down several plants and invest heavily in electric-vehicle production, General Motors is transforming its business model for the future, CFO Dhivya Suryadevara said. That transformation includes cultural shifts within the company. “We will be taking deliberate, tough decisions that we need
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DETROIT — The industry’s push into electrification is bringing innovations out of some of its key suppliers in the growing field of battery technology. New solutions are emerging in battery safety, performance and thermal management. In some cases, suppliers are reaching beyond their traditional expertise to carve out roles in the realm of battery components.
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Sales employees noticed the issue first. Spanish-speaking customers would send questions to Toyota of Irving because they couldn’t find information while browsing the dealership’s website, said Jereme Schoemaker, general manager of the suburban Dallas store. While the dealership employs Spanish-speaking sales reps, he said, its website lacked adequate translation into foreign languages — a problem
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Tesla has been given the green light to start manufacturing its cars in China. The electric carmaker, which is run by billionaire Elon Musk, is building a $2bn (£1.5bn) factory in the eastern city of Shanghai. Tesla plans to build at least 1,000 of its Model 3s each week in the Chinese factory, which could
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CHATTANOOGA — Volkswagen’s five-seat version of the Atlas crossover, the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport, will feature more aggressive exterior styling than its larger namesake when it appears in showrooms early next year, part of a wider strategy by the once sedan-heavy German automaker to double its crossover offerings from two in the U.S. The Cross
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People don’t want to feel like they’re being stalked. We’ve all been surfing the web at one point in the day, only to have tailored advertisements appear to us later on. It can be a bit unsettling. On the other hand, most people in an Amazon-shopping world want their buying experience to be as convenient
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Most companies in the automotive industry are working to develop some element of autonomous driving or support for such a capability. However, we have a bit of a conundrum about our migration to an autonomous future. At this point it is fair to say that we are investing billions of dollars in myriad solutions that
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Southeastern states have been a key region for the auto industry for decades now, with one notable exception: Florida. The Sunshine State is a leading center for vehicle retailing, finance and shipping. But it is perceived as too far from the country’s geographical center to be a logical location for manufacturers. But state leaders are
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DETROIT — Damage from the UAW’s nearly monthlong strike against General Motors goes far beyond the plants that have been surrounded by picket lines, and recovery after it ends could take significant time for the dealerships, suppliers and other employers that depend on GM. Some small businesses have warned they’re in danger of failing from
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Yoga and healthy cooking competitions are helping women connect at Penske Automotive Group, which is shining the spotlight on the health and wellness of its female staff. The nation’s second-largest new-vehicle retailer plans next year to expand its Women’s Wellness Week initiative beyond its East Region.Intended to recognize and promote healthy lifestyles for its female
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Supplier innovations in vehicle optics, faster information processing and streamlined product and assembly designs have been selected as finalists for the 2020 Automotive News PACE Awards. This year’s contenders represent a diverse list of 28 companies from around the industry, including suppliers from Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico and South Korea. The Automotive News PACE
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Japanese carmaker Nissan has warned that a no-deal Brexit would make its European business model unsustainable. The firm’s chairman, Gianluca de Ficchy, said if a 10% export tariff was introduced after the UK left the EU it would put its operations “in jeopardy”. This would be case if the UK moved to World Trade Organization
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It’s now possible to crash your car without even being inside it. Videos posted to social media show Tesla vehicles involved in accidents or near misses while using the new Smart Summon feature, which directs a vehicle to drive itself to the owner’s location. One owner’s Model 3 was struck by a car backing out
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TOKYO — Carlos Ghosn, still barred from leaving Japan as he awaits trial on financial misconduct charges, spends his days convening not only with lawyers but also his personal trainer. It is no coincidence the indicted former Nissan chairman is working out, walking and bicycling to regain weight he lost during his 129 days of
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Ohio might be an odd place to look for the future of electrified vehicles. Like other Midwestern states, Ohio has no zero-emission vehicle sales mandate, so automakers spend little marketing electric vehicles and hybrids in the region. Those vehicles are sent to the coasts. “Manufacturers, they’re just not sending cars here for us to sell,”
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DETROIT — The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel had a high bar to reach to contend with the fuel economy ratings of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s diesel model. Ram’s pickup has nearly matched the Chevy, falling just short in some aspects, but the small gaps likely aren’t enough to swing the sales race in the diesel
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DETROIT — It’s Truck Month at Chevrolet dealerships, yet General Motors isn’t able to build any trucks. The last GM pickup plant in North America that was still running during the UAW’s strike had to shut down last week because of parts shortages, raising worries that some dealerships soon will start running low on the
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NISSHIN, Japan — Toyota’s e-Palette, which takes to Tokyo’s streets next year for the Summer Olympics, might perfectly epitomize a faceless future of boring pod vehicles. The nondescript monolithic boxcar can carry everything from people to cargo. But Toyota’s global design chief, Simon Humphries, says the advent of vehicles such as the e-Palette will actually
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Porsche experienced a transformational moment this year with its entry into the whisper-quiet world of electric vehicles. Even for a sports car brand that’s famous for its growling flat-six engines, the challenge of regulatory pressures is hard to get around. The four-door Taycan EV, which will arrive in U.S. stores in December, is the vanguard
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Ferrari is in the midst of a product offensive that includes serious high- performance supercars. In 2019 alone, Ferrari has unveiled the F8 Tributo coupe and convertible, the 812 GTS and the SF90 Stradale, the most powerful road Ferrari to date, with 986 hp. But the most anticipated Ferrari product isn’t its supercar — it’s
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There’s a new word in the always-colorful lexicon of Detroit’s pickup wars: kilotorque. Just as a kilometer is 1,000 meters, a kilotorque is four digits worth of, er, torques. One thousand pound-feet of torque, actually — a milestone that Ram hit this year with its latest EcoDiesel heavy-duty pickups and that Ford has now exceeded
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As Fiat Chrysler Automobiles updates its lineup with fresh products and forges ahead with a revised leadership team led by CEO Mike Manley, it’s contending with old scandals that continue to play out in the legal sphere. Controversies resurfaced last week surrounding FCA’s sales reporting practices and its first-generation EcoDiesel engine. The automaker also is
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