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Mazda is officially back to making vehicles in the U.S. Jeff Guyton, CEO of Mazda North American Operations, piloted the first production CX-50 off the line Wednesday at the automaker’s joint-venture plant with Toyota in Huntsville, Ala. “The production of the CX-50 here signifies the importance of the North American market to Mazda and our
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Toyota’s largest SUV, the Sequoia, will grow larger and far more refined with greatly improved fuel economy and increased driver-assistance and technology features as part of a sweeping redesign onto the automaker’s new F1 global light-truck platform. The makeover, its first in more than a decade, should allow the Sequoia to better compete against large
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Commerce Department said Tuesday a survey of semiconductor chips producers and users shows a shortage will persist, sparked primarily by wafer production capacity. The department said it will “engage industry on node-specific problem solving in the coming weeks. We will also look into claims about unusually high prices in these nodes.”
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Autonomous robots were a major focus this year at CES, from roaming device demonstrations on the exhibit floor to virtual presentations discussing emerging trends in the space. Autonomous-delivery startup Ottonomy used the Las Vegas event to spotlight its Ottobot, the company’s newly named delivery robot capable of navigating “crowded and unpredictable environments” and working indoors
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Jim Butler Auto Group, Faulkner Automotive Group, Horne Auto Group and Coughlin Automotive Group each expanded their dealership portfolios with acquisitions in either late in the fourth quarter of 2021 or early in January 2022. Here’s a look at the deals involving domestic-, import- and luxury-brand dealerships. Missouri growth Jim Butler Auto Group expanded its
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At a time when the auto industry is hungrier than ever for technological innovations, new patent awards are on the decline. The number of new U.S. patent grants fell 7 percent in 2021. While there was little change in which automotive companies ranked as the top five for receiving patents last year, all but one
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DETROIT — Cadillac is launching a performance variant of the Escalade, its top-selling nameplate, for the 2023 model year. The luxury brand teased the Escalade V-Series in a video Thursday and confirmed the new variant on Friday. Cadillac will share vehicle and performance specs when the SUV is formally revealed this spring. The Escalade, redesigned
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Start-up Factorial Energy has raised $200 million to help fund further development and commercialization of its advanced solid-state battery for EVs. Automakers Stellantis NV and Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz led the round for three-year-old Factorial, based outside Boston in Woburn, Massachusetts. Factorial is one of several U.S. battery start-ups attempting to commercialize solid-state technology, which promises
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The hood scoop, a key piece of automotive design for the last 70 or so years, does more than just look cool. It helps performance cars, from Subaru WRXs to Ram TRXs, go faster and run cooler. But in the age of electric vehicles, the popular appendage is headed for the automotive design history book.
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DETROIT– General Motors plans to launch power generators for multiple uses, including EV charging, powered by its Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell technology, the automaker said Wednesday. The power generators are designed to enable fast-charging capability for electric vehicles without permanent charge points, the addition of affordable DC fast charging at gas stations without expanding the
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WASHINGTON — Electric vehicles are an “essential tool” in the Biden administration’s plan to clean up the U.S. transportation sector, White House Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy said Wednesday. Transportation is the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. McCarthy, a former EPA chief during the Obama administration, said “there’s no doubt” the future of transportation
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A partnership between publicly traded conglomerate Graham Holdings Co. and Chris Ourisman of Ourisman Automotive Group has expanded to four dealerships since early 2019, and the executives behind the pairing aim to continue the growth. Last month, Graham and Chris Ourisman bought a Ford dealership in Manassas, Va., marking Graham Ourisman Automotive’s fourth dealership in
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DETROIT — General Motors plans to add hundreds of employees to its software-defined vehicle team by the end of this year. CEO Mary Barra called for applications during her CES keynote this month, when she outlined the automakers’ electric vehicle plans, software ambitions and future vehicle concepts. The majority of the new hires would join
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A coronavirus outbreak at an Ohio plastics and metal auto supplier, including what authorities said was a work-related COVID-19 death, is prompting fines and citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA announced Jan. 14 that it was proposing fines of $26,527 against Sanoh America Inc., saying the company did not follow proper health
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Tesla new-vehicle registrations in the U.S. surged in November, bringing the electric automaker closer to potentially dethroning BMW as the luxury sales champ, according to data from Experian. The November numbers bring Tesla’s 11-month registrations to 303,246, Experian said Tuesday. BMW registrations for the same period were 318,182 and the German automaker reported total 2021
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DETROIT — General Motors this spring will launch CarBravo, a shopping platform designed to boost used-vehicle sales through GM dealerships, the automaker said Tuesday. “CarBravo will give customers more choice and access to shop significantly expanded inventories of both the dealer and a national central stock of GM used vehicles. Importantly, the program features will
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