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Former Tesla Inc. technician Martin Tripp acknowledged that he intentionally violated a protective order when he announced on Twitter that he’d fired his attorneys and posted court documents and depositions online. Not long after an online hearing Friday, Tripp posted a thread of contrition on Twitter, apologizing to the judge for publicly maligning her and
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A California judge on Thursday refused to give Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. more time to appeal his decision forcing them to classify drivers in that state as employees, which they have said would necessitate restructuring their businesses. At a hearing in San Francisco Superior Court, Judge Ethan Schulman said he found no reason
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LOS ANGELES — Hyundai giveth and Hyundai taketh away with the next-generation Elantra for the 2021 model year. Last week, it announced the discontinuation of the Elantra GT hatchback and its sporty N Line trim. This week, the Korean automaker confirmed that the new N Line version of the Elantra sedan will be equipped with
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The Cadillac Lyriq will start at less than $60,000 when it debuts in late 2022 or early 2023, Steve Carlisle, president of General Motors North America, said Wednesday. Cadillac won’t announce official pricing anytime soon, but as the brand transitions to an all-electric portfolio, the Lyriq midsize crossover and other EVs have to be able
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Tesla Inc. is splitting its elevated shares in a 5-for-1 exchange, a move timed to make the stock price less expensive for individual investors after becoming the world’s most valuable automaker. Its shares surged on the news in aftermarket trading. Each shareholder of record on Aug. 21 will receive a dividend of four additional shares
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Labor negotiations between Unifor and the Detroit 3 formally begin in Toronto on Wednesday, kicking off a round of talks that could prove pivotal to the future of Canada’s shrinking automotive assembly base. “We’ve got our hands full with all of them,” Unifor President Jerry Dias told Automotive News Canada this week, ahead of the
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DETROIT — A Tesla store along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shopping district was broken into overnight Sunday during numerous acts of vandalism in the city’s downtown commercial area. One video shows a number of people running into the Tesla-Gold Coast location on North Rush Street after the store’s windows were broken. It’s unclear whether any vehicles
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LOS ANGELES — Hyundai Motor Co. is launching a global battery-electric brand using the Ioniq name from its current hybrid and EV hatchbacks. It plans to release three electric vehicles from the new brand in the next four years, starting in early 2021 with a midsize crossover. Hyundai Motor Group, which includes Kia and Genesis,
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Editor’s note: This story is part of the annual Automotive News “Future Product Pipeline” series. BMW plans to keep its foot on the product-development accelerator over the next few years as the performance automaker looks to maintain its sales lead over rival Mercedes-Benz. BMW is launching 12 products this year, including a new 2 Series
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Editor’s note: This story is part of the annual Automotive News “Future Product Pipeline” series. Audi’s expansion of its battery-electric lineup will begin next year and will continue for at least the next four years as the German luxury brand adds battery-powered, all-wheel-drive sport sedans, crossovers and perhaps even supercars. Over that period, however, Audi
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LOS ANGELES — Hyundai Motor America has named Olabisi Boyle, a former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles engineering executive, as vice president of product planning and mobility strategy for the Korean automaker’s U.S. operations. Boyle’s responsibilities include strategic direction of Hyundai’s U.S. vehicle lineup, along with market research, business analytics and pricing. She starts Monday and will
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Audi has cut the entry price of its first battery-electric crossover, the e-tron, by $8,800 for the 2021 model year as the Germany luxury brand begins expanding its EV lineup while facing criticism that the e-tron’s range is significantly less than rival Tesla. Audi said it would lower the price of the e-tron compact crossover
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The coronavirus pandemic will slow the rollout of some electrified vehicle programs as suppliers deal with liquidity issues, automakers postpone launches and consumer hold off on new-car purchases, said Michael Robinet, executive director of automotive advisory services at IHS Markit, in a Zoom presentation Wednesday during the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars. “The
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Honda is recalling more than 600,000 model-year 2018-2020 Odyssey minivans and 2019-2020 Passport and 2019-2021 Pilot SUVs for safety-related issues that include malfunctioning dashboard and rearview camera displays, and sliding doors that may open while driving. The safety issues were posted Tuesday by NHTSA and announced by the automaker in a press release. There are
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TOKYO — Subaru Corp. slumped to an operating loss in the latest quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic broadsided sales and production, especially in the key U.S. market. In the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, Subaru booked an operating loss of 15.7 billion yen ($146.2 million), reversing an operating profit of 92.2 billion yen ($858.6
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Behold, the only American car you can factory order and pick up at a dealership that features body assembly  completed by an independent coachbuilder, just as luxury automobiles like Duesenbergs—and Lincolns—often were in the classic era: the Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition. Anyone can plainly see the extensive modifications the coachbuilders made in stretching the
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Hyundai Motor Co. on Friday appointed Jay Chang as the new global head of its Genesis brand. He replaced William Lee, who left Genesis to become CEO of marketing communications company Innocean. Innocean is Hyundai’s global advertising division that has also worked with sister company Kia and clients outside the parent company. Lee, who was
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Editor’s note: This story is part of the annual Automotive News “Future Product Pipeline” series. Acura’s return to its performance roots accelerated this year with the debut of a redesigned TLX midsize sports sedan on a new platform with an optional turbocharged six-cylinder engine. But there is much more to come, and it will happen
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