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DETROIT — General Motors plans to launch Ultifi, an in-vehicle customer experience platform, in 2023, aiming to make its vehicles smarter and more personalized, the automaker said Wednesday. The platform is a critical part of GM’s plan to develop a wider profit net through technology and software and subscription-based services that extend beyond the vehicle
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Ineos Group, the British chemical company bringing the rugged BMW-powered Grenadier SUV to North America in spring 2023, will open its order books on Thursday. The company says 63,000 hand-raisers have expressed an interest in the boxy off-road vehicle globally, with 12,000 of those in North America. Now the company wants to see who’s serious
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The $11.4 billion that Ford Motor Co. and a partner are investing in two new manufacturing campuses in Tennessee and Kentucky show that the automaker is committed to electrifying its vehicle lineup, but it likely will need even more battery plants than that to meet its goals, Executive Chair Bill Ford said
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co., in what it says is the largest single manufacturing investment in its 118-year history, on Monday said it would spend $7 billion and create nearly 11,000 jobs to build electric vehicles and batteries in Tennessee and Kentucky. The investment, meant to vault Ford among the leaders in EV output, will
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LOS ANGELES — The 2022 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid has it all for the modern crossover buyer who wants to dip a toe into the electric space without facing the dreaded range anxiety of a full-electric vehicle or learning the intricacies of battery management. The Sorento PHEV now arriving at dealerships has a 1.6-liter turbocharged
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A shift in focus from market share to profit, coupled with new retailer-friendly policies, has propelled Nissan from industry laggard to middle of the pack in a key dealer survey. The Nissan brand ranked 15 out of 32 in the latest National Automobile Dealers Association Dealer Attitude Survey — an industry insider’s measure of how
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DETROIT — It’s taken Jim Farley less than one year as Ford Motor Co. CEO to accomplish what his two immediate predecessors couldn’t over six: reverse the company’s long stock slide. There’s much still to fix, including problematic launches of high-profile vehicles, money-losing overseas markets and slumping U.S. sales amid the coronavirus pandemic and global
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In its march toward a carbon-neutral future, Volvo Cars is targeting how its steel is made. Its hope: To adopt a new “green steel” that promises to eliminate the need for coking coal in its manufacturing process. If the idea works, it could take a significant bite out of the CO2 in the automaker’s supply
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Demand for used vehicles has been high this year, and flooding this month from Hurricane Ida just sent more customers clamoring for cars at Planet Honda in Union, N.J. Planet Honda isn’t alone facing that growing demand. In times like these, General Manager Bill Feinstein said he and other dealership leaders he knows are choosing
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Electric vehicle producer Rivian plans to hire 100 workers and invest $4.6 million into a new customer service center near Detroit in Plymouth, Mich., following the launch of its first electric pickup. The 12-year-old startup, backed by Amazon, Ford Motor Co. and others, established its Service Support Operations Center to provide “around-the-clock” business-to-business and customer
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Consulting firm AlixPartners said Thursday the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage will cost the global automotive industry $210 billion this year, a greater revenue loss than previously thought. That figure is up considerably from the firm’s May forecast, in which it estimated a loss of $110 billion. AlixPartners also says production of 7.7 million units could
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General Motors’ upcoming generation of electric vehicles, powered by a new Ultium Drive three-motor system, will be designed in-house and will include integrated power electronics to reduce costs and manufacturing complexity while reducing mass and volume, GM said Tuesday. “Twenty years of electric drive system development and more than 100 years of high-volume vehicle engineering
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The U.S.’s top crash investigator urged Tesla Inc. to address safety concerns before expanding its cars’ self-driving features, the Wall Street Journal reported. “Basic safety issues have to be addressed before they then expand it to other city streets and other areas,” Jennifer Homendy, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said in an interview
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LOS ANGELES — American Honda is setting a target of 70,000 in annual sales for the Prologue crossover that it will launch in 2024 on a platform developed by General Motors. And as the Japanese company develops its own EV platform throughout the decade, Honda expects to reach half a million EV sales in North
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Progressive pressure group MoveOn.org has released a digital ad slamming General Motors for making donations to Republican members of Congress who voted against certifying President Joe Biden’s election in January months after it had paused contributions. The online video, which plays on traditional car commercials by presenting GM’s political donations in the form of specs
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WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board said Friday it will send a team to investigate a Tesla vehicle crash this week that killed two people in Coral Gables, Fla. Coral Gables police have said it is unclear whether the Tesla Model 3 involved in the crash in a residential area on Monday evening was
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NEW DELHI — When Ford Motor Co. built its first factory in India in the mid-1990s, U.S. carmakers believed they were buying into a boom — the next China. The economy had been liberalized in 1991, the government was welcoming investors, and the middle class was expected to fuel a consumption frenzy. Rising disposable income
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DETROIT — General Motors said it is extending downtime at several crossover assembly plants in North America as the global microchip shortage drags on, but production at plants that make its lucrative full-size pickups and SUVs will continue. “These most recent scheduling adjustments are being driven by the continued parts shortages caused by semiconductor supply
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DETROIT — General Motors’ defense arm said it has won a $36.4 million contract to build 10 heavy-duty armored Suburban SUVs for the U.S. Department of State. GM Defense said Wednesday it plans to deliver the purpose-built Suburbans over the next two years as part of a development contract for the department’s Diplomatic Security Service.
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BEIJING — One of General Motors’ China joint ventures said on Wednesday it is developing auto chips and aims to increase use of locally sourced chips in the next five years. Liuzhou-based SGMW, GM’s venture with partners SAIC Motor Corp. and Guangxi Automobile Group, said at an industry conference that it has been developing its
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