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Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs, the Tahoe and Suburban, are getting significantly more space for cargo and rear-seat passengers as part of a major redesign for the 2021 model year. The changes include 10 inches of added legroom in the third row of the Tahoe. “We’ve taken what people love about these pioneering SUVs and made them
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DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group know how to rebound from adversity. Fiat, then led by Sergio Marchionne, swooped in to take over a reeling Chrysler in 2009 and shepherded the company back to stability behind its Ram and Jeep brands. PSA, on the other hand, has undergone a turnaround in recent years
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DETROIT — The UAW’s proposed contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brings labor costs among the Detroit 3 more into balance, narrowing an advantage General Motors says FCA gained over the past decade by bribing union officials. If the deal is ratified this week, it also would conclude one of the most chaotic and contentious rounds
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The auto industry has always been cyclical, but in recent years, a whole new industry cycle has emerged. Call it the pessimism cycle — the annual belief, usually expressed very early in the calendar year, that auto sales will have fallen off by several hundred thousand vehicles by year end. Then that pessimism fades away
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Sajjad Khan heads up Mercedes-Benz’s future technology development, grouped under the name CASE, short for connected, autonomous, shared and electric. He recently spoke to Automotive News Europe Correspondent Christiaan Hetzner about the challenges slowing the debut of self-driving cars. You plan to test Level 4 cars together with Robert Bosch in San Jose, California, by
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Doomsayers are bemoaning a spike in seven-year car loans, predicting dire consequences for lenders and the national economy from trapping consumers in auto debt for so long. A recent Wall Street Journal article gave added prominence to those fears. But while 84-month loans have risen from a small base in the aggregate, they are not
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Since its introduction in 2015, the current-generation Mustang has moved Ford‘s nameplate upmarket in terms of performance—culminating in the latest, greatest 2020 Shelby GT500. In MotorTrend testing, we’ve found that the S550 platform has evolved from mere pony car to comparing favorably with premium GT offerings from foreign nameplates. However, we’ve also learned that, on
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DETROIT — The UAW is eliminating its largest geographical region as part of its cleanup from the fallout of a federal investigation that exposed a lengthy pattern of corruption within the region’s past leadership. Region 5, which covers 17 states in the western and southwestern U.S., will be merged into the adjacent regions 4 and
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The patent describes a method of integrating batteries into a body-on-frame platform. It’s similar to a skateboard chassis that’s become common for all-electric vehicles, in which batteries are mounted low in the floor. In Ford’s application, crossmembers are mounted between the left and right frame rails. Those crossmembers provide distinct battery housings, and are additionally
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Automakers, ride-hailing and technology companies plowing money into the development of electric, self-driving and shared car services will find more enthusiastic consumers in China than in Europe and the United States, according to a survey released on Thursday. Consumers in some Western countries appear unconvinced as automakers overhaul their factories and supply chains to produce
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General Motors will begin retooling its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant for electric vehicle production in February, resulting in the temporary loss of more than 800 jobs, the automaker said in a filing with the State of Michigan. The plant’s 753 UAW-represented hourly workers will be offered transfers, likely to locations in Michigan and Ohio, GM said
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After an exhaustive search, we’re proud to announce the hosts of Top Gear America, coming exclusively to the MotorTrend app in spring 2020: Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon. Or, as they tell it: two comedians, a guy who’s actually British … and the Stig. “If we’re ever given a script, I promise the
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FRANKFURT — German public prosecutors raided the Wolfsburg headquarters of Volkswagen on Tuesday in the latest investigation into the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal. Prosecutors said investigators aimed to confiscate documents. Volkswagen, which admitted in 2015 to cheating U.S. emissions tests on diesel engines, said it was fully cooperating with the authorities, but viewed the investigation
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There’s no doubt Infiniti has seen better days. The brand is struggling with sales in the U.S., it recently pulled out of Europe and other key markets, and it just cancelled the QX30. It also moved its headquarters from Hong Kong to Japan but has shifted its focus to China and the U.S., where it
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FRANKFURT — Daimler is testing autonomous taxis in the U.S. despite new CEO Ola Kallenius saying that the automaker will “rightsize” its spending level on self-driving technologies. Daimler’s autonomous-driving technology will more likely be apply to commercial vehicles for freight companies on long haul routes than taxis, Kallenius told journalists at the company’s investor day
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UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry on Monday unveiled a series of financial reforms in a further attempt to clean up an organization rocked by a years-long corruption scandal and stave off potential government oversight. The union said it would hire four additional auditors, continue an internal financial-controls audit started earlier this year by Deloitte, retain a
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