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Aurora has made no secret its first foray into autonomous driving will come aboard big rigs. The self-driving tech company underpinned that strategy in a big way Tuesday, unveiling a partnership with truck manufacturer PACCAR. The two companies plan to collaborate on integrating Aurora’s virtual driver onto Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks. While there’s not yet
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Electric vehicle startup Rivian has raised $2.65 billion in a new round of financing. The cash injection comes at a time when the company’s expenditures are increasing in the run-up to the start of production. Not only is Rivian working to deliver its first vehicle, the R1T electric pickup, to customers by early June, but
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WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Federal Trade Commission member Rohit Chopra to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Chopra, whose consumer advocacy views align with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, had been considered a top candidate for the job running the agency created after the 2008-09 financial crisis. Separately, former Commodity Futures Trading
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. notched victories last week in the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards for two vehicles that represent its old and new business models. The redesigned F-150 pickup was named Truck of the Year, while the Mustang Mach-E electric crossover was the winning utility vehicle. It was
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Unifor said it had to make “hard decisions” to secure the future of General Motors’ CAMI Assembly plant, which would begin building all-electric delivery vans later this year under the terms of a surprise, three-year tentative contract. “The stakes going in to these negotiations were incredibly high,” reads a joint message to union members by
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Stellantis is here, and that means some of the seven brands that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is bringing to the table might not be around for much longer. The high points of the post-merger blueprint in North America are no secret: Churn out as many Ram pickups as possible and push Jeep into higher price points
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. on Saturday will begin running new 30- and 60-second ads that stress unity following riots this month at the U.S. Capitol that left 5 dead. Called “Builders,” the spots focus on the ability of Americans to come together and create, featuring images of construction workers, nurses, firefighters and other volunteers.
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LOS ANGELES — Fans of the beloved rotary engine, rejoice. While it won’t be slotted in a nifty sports car, Mazda plans to bring its first electric vehicle, the MX-30 crossover, to the U.S. with a rotary engine as a range-extending option. Prior to Mazda’s confirmation of the plans this month, the MX-30 was expected
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WASHINGTON — Tesla Inc. filed a petition with U.S. auto safety regulators saying that 612,000 vehicles produced since 2012 do not fully comply with federal safety standards because displays can be switched from miles per hour to only metric measurements, documents released on Friday show. The automaker asked NHTSA to declare the noncompliance issue inconsequential
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TOKYO — Kia is dumping “Motors” from its corporate name as part of a global brand relaunch meant to position the South Korea automaker as a mover in electric vehicles and new mobility. In changing its name to Kia Corp., from Kia Motors Corp., the company is reaching for a new identity that better reflects
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WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday urged automakers to address inadequate vehicle manufacturers’ emergency response guides to address EV fires. The recommendations follow a series of NTSB investigations into four Tesla EV battery fires since 2017, including three high-speed crashes in which the lithium-ion battery reignited after firefighters extinguished the vehicle fires.
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Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, on trial over charges related to Volkswagen Group’s diesel scandal, blamed engineers for his failure to uncover widespread cheating on emissions tests. Stadler, testifying for the first time, told a Munich court on Tuesday that engineers gave the management board at the VW Group’s luxury-car unit insufficient information to detect
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Industry groups including the National Automobile Dealers Association and American Bankers Association say they are evaluating their political contributions after last week’s invasion of the U.S. Capitol, described by NADA as “shocking, tragic and condemnable.” The assessments come after a growing list of major corporations such as Ford Motor Co. said they would temporarily suspend
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For the past several years, the first week of January has been especially important for automakers, suppliers and new industry entrants. It’s typically when the Las Vegas Convention Center and the surrounding area are reconfigured to accommodate the test drives, demonstrations and displays that are synonymous with the annual CES. Hotels up and down the
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Volkswagen of America is launching its first set of TV commercials for its upcoming ID4 battery-electric compact crossover that aims to drive home the company’s message of delivering electric mobility to the millions, instead of just the millionaires. The spot, which uses a line of zoetropes — a 19th century invention that uses a spinning
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CHENGDU, China/SHANGHAI — Chinese EV maker Nio Inc. on Saturday launched its first sedan model, eyeing a greater share of the world’s largest car market. The launch of the ET7, at an event in China’s western city of Chengdu, comes as rival Tesla started selling its China-made Model Y crossover. Nio is aiming to expand
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LOS ANGELES — One week after starting a new position as chief operating officer and executive vice president at Kia Motors America, Bill Peffer has resigned “in conjunction with his pursuit of a new opportunity in the automotive industry,” the company said Friday. Peffer, 50, had been promoted from vice president of sales operations in
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Cruise, the self-driving firm majority owned by General Motors, said Friday it is hiring a former Delta Air Lines senior executive as its COO. Gil West was previously senior executive vice president and COO at Delta. “There will be no bigger shift in the transportation industry in my lifetime than the move to self-driving. I’ve
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Tactile Mobility announced two new investor relationships Thursday, bringing the company’s total funding to more than $20 million. The Israeli company’s sensing technology allows smart and connected vehicles to “feel” the road beneath the tires and react to surface conditions such as potholes, black ice and cracks. The company has gained financial support from Nexteer
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Industry executives and groups representing the nation’s manufacturers and union workers spoke out against the violent actions of a mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday, temporarily halting the certification of president-elect Joe Biden’s victory. President Donald Trump has repeatedly told his supporters that the election was “rigged,” despite the U.S. Justice Department
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BEIJING — General Motors’ vehicle sales in China fell 6.2 percent in 2020, as the automaker suffered a prolonged sales slowdown in the world’s biggest auto market. GM, China’s second-biggest foreign automaker, delivered 2.9 million vehicles in the country last year, the company said Wednesday, for a third straight decline in annual sales. But sales
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Shirley Young, an executive who played an instrumental role in General Motors’ expansion in China during the 1990s, died Dec. 26. She was 85. Young helped steer GM’s billion-dollar investment in China through a joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. She died of complications from breast cancer, David Hsieh, one of her sons, told
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