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The auto show shuffle continues, and Detroit may have just drawn an inside straight. As you probably heard last week, the North American International Auto Show for 2021 is moving to September. The show — a January staple that had been eclipsed by CES in Las Vegas — reinvented itself for 2020 as a June
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YOKOHAMA, Japan — Infiniti’s next-generation QX60 crossover will get more muscular, premium styling that heralds a reboot for the brand. Infiniti Chairman Peyman Kargar expects next year’s arrival of the QX60 three-row midsize crossover, along with the launch of the new QX55 coupe-styled compact crossover, to stoke sales while winning new customers. “We are beginning
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After entering a new segment with the Cullinan crossover, Rolls-Royce is returning to its sedan roots with the redesigned 2021 Ghost. The sedan is the third model to be placed onto the British ultraluxury brand’s Architecture of Luxury, following the Cullinan and Phantom. Following the Phantom redesign in 2017, the addition of the Cullinan in
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At the nation’s franchised ultraluxury and exotic dealerships, new vehicles usually are the stars of the showroom. But with the new-vehicle production pipeline squeezed by COVID-19, 2020 has been anything but ordinary for elite brands. Inventories are tight, used models are commanding higher prices and service has taken on even greater importance. “Inventory levels are
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In the past, the U.S. relied upon foreign oil to power a substantial portion of its energy needs. In the future, the country may develop a similar dependence, relying on a global rival to provide key materials needed for electric vehicles. The shift toward electrification has left the U.S. auto industry in a vulnerable competitive
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After adding the Voyager minivan to its small lineup last year, Chrysler is back with new technology and revamped styling for the Pacifica and a slimmer set of offerings for the aging 300. The brand goes into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ planned merger with France’s PSA Group with three vehicles, and it remains to be seen
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Porsche global marketing boss Kjell Gruner will be inheriting strong U.S. sales momentum and amicable dealer relations when he takes over the automaker’s top job here. The sports car maker last year sold a record 61,568 vehicles in its second-largest market. The brand logged its 10th consecutive year of U.S. sales growth and its eighth
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Ike has always done things differently from the rest of Silicon Valley’s self-driving companies. Executives from the autonomous trucking startup have fastidiously avoided public road testing and frowned upon using miles driven as a metric of overall progress. Last year, Ike became the first company not actually testing on public roads to file a safety
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Ram’s pickups have taken a step forward in style, technology and luxury in recent years. Now the brand is focused on adding more power to its light-duty line with the long-awaited Ram 1500 TRX, which goes into production this year. Ram, which surpassed the Chevrolet Silverado in 2019 to finish second in the pickup race,
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It’s the debate that will not die. As long as the COVID-19 crisis is weighing down the U.S. economy, there will be calls for a Cash for Clunkers redux. It’s an intriguingly simple premise: Take an ailing key industry, boost demand, feel the increased activity ripple through your economy. Cash for Clunkers worked once, didn’t
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General Motors is trying to stop a dealership group in rural Iowa from selling Chevrolets and Cadillacs in the same showroom as Jeeps and Rams, but the group says state law trumps GM’s objections and that separating the store into two again could put one of them out of business. A federal judge last month
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The deals General Motors struck with American Honda and Nikola are the latest in a compendium of evidence that supports the late Sergio Marchionne’s 2015 theorem: Automaking is too expensive to do alone. The growing list of the industry’s various partnerships — Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, PSA-FCA, Volkswagen-Ford, Toyota-Mazda-Subaru-Hino-Daihatsu — is impressive. Marchionne’s basic premise from his “Confessions
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Volkswagen last week cut ties with a Mexico City dealership after photos circulated on social media showing a picture of a Beetle at a Nazi rally hanging inside the store. Coyoacan Volkswagen said on Twitter that it took down the photo and extended its “greatest apologies” to those offended. The dealership had a number of
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German carmaker Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, has agreed to pay $1.5bn (£1.2bn) to resolve US government claims that it designed its diesel vehicles to cheat air pollution tests. The firm was investigated for installing software to evade emissions laws in 250,000 Mercedes cars and vans. US officials said they hoped the fine would deter future
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