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LOS ANGELES — Kia Motors America is struggling with a multi-day systems outage that is affecting the ability of dealers to order cars and perform some repairs, while customers are cut off from functions of the brand’s UVO mobile application that allows actions such as pre-heating their cars. The automaker acknowledged network problems in a
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The fourth generation of Mitsubishi’s Outlander crossover features a major redesign inside and out, keeping some of the striking exterior styling cues from the Engelberg Tourer concept shown in 2019. The latest Outlander, which goes on sale in April, is built on a new platform with a more powerful standard engine and new interior technology,
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Over the past 10 months, Apple has outfitted its latest iPad Pro and iPhone 12 with lidar sensors that enhance the camera capabilities in both devices. Even though the additions have nothing to do with the company’s secretive self-driving vehicle program, the moves nonetheless elicited cheers from one Israeli auto-tech startup. Opsys Tech has spent
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Future Jaguar models will be built exclusively on a full-electric architecture, Jaguar Land Rover said. The historic marque, known for its performance sports cars, will become all-electric starting in 2025 to “realize its unique potential,” Jaguar Land Rover CEO Thierry Bollore said during an online presentation on Monday. Jaguar currently sells a single full-electric car,
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DETROIT — Chevrolet is cutting the base price of the Bolt EV by $5,500 and covering the cost to install chargers at buyers’ homes as it gives the electric car its first major updates and adds a more spacious crossover version. The 2022 Bolt will start at $31,995 including shipping, while the crossover, the Bolt
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Mercedes-Benz USA has recalled over 1 million vehicles for a failure in the eCall system, which has resulted in emergency responders being dispatched to wrong locations, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a release. The software design of the communication module may result in a failure to send the correct vehicle location for
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WASHINGTON — General Motors agreed to a $5.75 million settlement to resolve allegations it made false statements to California’s largest pension system and other investors over its deadly ignition switch scandal. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the largest U.S. automaker concealed problems from investors related to faulty ignition switches linked to 124 deaths and
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WASHINGTON — Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley on Thursday publicly encouraged South Korea’s chemicals and electric vehicle battery maker LG Chem Ltd. and SK Innovation Co. to reach a settlement on LG’s battery allegations that SK stole trade secrets. The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday sided with LG Chem, but permitted SK to
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The Los Angeles Auto Show has switched dates once again and will now take place in November, when it has been staged in recent years, organizers said Thursday. Press days have been rescheduled for Nov. 17-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center with public days to follow Nov. 19-28. The 2020 L.A. event had originally
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Apple’s car plans could involve several potential manufacturing partners capable of building an electric self-driving vehicle for the technology giant. The secret project has gained momentum in recent months, adding multiple former Tesla executives, gaining the supervision of Apple’s top artificial intelligence executive and ramping up road tests. The initiative, known as Project Titan inside
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ber Technologies Inc. reported declining revenue in the fourth quarter, showing that demand for food delivery isn’t making up for a falloff in ridership. Sales dropped 16 percent to $3.17 billion, short of an average of analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Performance in Canada, Latin America and the U.S. was particularly dismal. Despite the shortfall,
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WASHINGTON — UAW President Rory Gamble held a virtual meeting last week with a top White House environmental official as the Biden administration moves to reverse the rollback in vehicle emissions rules adopted under then President Donald Trump. A spokesman for the union confirmed Gamble met with White House domestic climate change adviser Gina McCarthy
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Hyundai Motor Group, which is prioritizing robotics as part of its future growth drive, has unveiled a four-legged all-terrain robotic run-and-walk-about called the TIGER. The uncrewed sci-fi-looking concept is designed to carry payloads into extreme, remote locations where humans are hard-pressed to enter. In unveiling the TIGER, the South Korean automaker said Tuesday that it
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In its quest to blanket the U.S. with dealerships, Lithia Motors is not ruling out acquiring large private — or public — dealership groups. Lithia, the third-largest public dealership group in the U.S., is on track to absorb more than $7 billion in annualized revenues through dealership acquisitions this year, doubling what it acquired in
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DETROIT — Finally. After numerous pitches through the years, Stellantis marketing chief Olivier Francois secured the talents of iconic musician Bruce Springsteen for a Jeep Super Bowl spot. It’s no surprise that they had to go big. The ambitious Francois’ knack for tapping into the pulse of America in Super Bowl spots combined with the
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Amazon.com Inc. has ordered hundreds of trucks that run on compressed natural gas as it tests ways to shift its U.S. fleet away from heavier polluting trucks, the company told Reuters on Friday. The coronavirus pandemic caused delivery activity to surge in 2020, with truck volumes exceeding 2019 levels on average while passenger car traffic
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The Chrysler brand needs some help. The merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and France’s PSA Group to form Stellantis could be its lifeline, said David Kelleher, chairman of the Stellantis National Dealer Council. Kelleher believes Stellantis has a chance to fortify Chrysler, which sells the aging 300 sedan along with the Pacifica and Voyager minivans,
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WASHINGTON — Ford Motor Co. said Friday the U.S. Justice Department and California Air Resources Board have closed a lengthy investigation into the No. 2 U.S. automaker’s emissions certification process without taking any action. Ford said in a securities filing that reviews opened by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment and Climate Change Canada
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CDK Global Inc. has acquired Square Root, an Austin, Texas, company that specializes in data insights for automotive field management. Dealership management system giant CDK, of Hoffman Estates, Ill., said it completed the deal this week. Financial terms were not disclosed. CDK Global last week introduced Neuron, an intelligent data platform that will link with
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Lithia Motors Inc. reported record revenue and profits for the fourth quarter of 2020 as it also announced plans to more than double last year’s pace of dealership acquisitions. Lithia, the third-largest new-vehicle retailer in the U.S., said Wednesday that it posted net income of $187.6 million for the fourth quarter, more than 2.5 times
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WASHINGTON — Pete Buttigieg, a former mayor who challenged Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday on a 86-13 vote to head the Transportation Department. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., will oversee aviation, highways, vehicles, pipelines and transit, as well as efforts to ensure
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