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Before last spring, Sellers Buick-GMC performed pickup and drop-off services only when requested by a customer — and it didn’t happen often. Employees would drive together in a dealership vehicle, retrieve a car for service and drive back separately to the dealership in Farmington Hills, Mich. Vehicle sales finalized in customer driveways weren’t very common,
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“If we see this continued level of uptake in electric vehicles, then we anticipate that sales of new EVs and plug-in hybrids will overtake diesel cars in 2021,” said Ian Plummer, commercial director of motoring website Auto Trader. “Then, pure EVs will overtake those of their internal combustion engine counterparts in 2026.”
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Between the last Detroit auto show, nearly two years ago, and the next one, scheduled for September 2021, the city’s convention center will have changed names twice. Cobo Hall, as it was known for its first 60 years, became the TCF Center last year, after TCF Bank bought the naming rights. Many in Detroit were
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This is, in fact, your grandfather’s driver’s education. The Gilmore Car Museum is offering lessons with its collection of Ford Model T’s. The three-hour class costs $125 and includes 3 miles of driving around the museum’s 90-acre site in southwest Michigan, along with a historian-guided tour. Students learn how to operate a Model T using
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A month into 2020, Ford Motor Co. teased the new Mustang Mach-E with a video of exuberant millennials devouring chicken wings and cocktail shrimp directly out of its front trunk, in the space where an engine otherwise would have been. At the time, who would have guessed that the most unrealistic part of the scenario
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LOS ANGELES — Kia Motors America has big plans for the coming new year, including five new or significantly redesigned vehicles as part of a yearslong product blitz. It also has a new COO and advertising lead to get those vehicles onto Americans’ driveways. In mid-December, the Korean automaker began preparations for the next phase
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CarMax’s long-stated goal has been to give customers the chance to transact when, where and how they want to — whether in the physical or digital realms or in both — a concept known as omnichannel retailing. The nation’s largest used-vehicle retailer has now transformed every aspect of its business to fulfill this goal, and
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Hindsight is 20/20, the old saying goes. At this point, I’m just glad to put 2020 in the past. It was an unusually grim trip around the sun. In recent years, it’s been frustrating to see persistently high numbers of traffic deaths in the U.S. — then a new virus comes along and kills about
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COVID-19 disrupted but didn’t cancel some of 2020’s biggest product debuts and tech advances, but we did detect one major shift — changes and updates seem to be coming faster inside, under the hood, even in the drivetrain, than outside. We’ve rounded up some of the year’s breakout hits, as well as a few misses.
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Zoox zagged where competitors zigged. From the start, the self-driving startup pursued the creation of its own purpose-built autonomous vehicle for use in ride-hailing fleets rather than a cheaper and more direct path of retrofitting a conventional vehicle. If the six-year journey required to develop its own vehicle initially puzzled some, the merits of such
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With President-elect Joe Biden preparing to take office in January and his leadership team beginning to take shape, the auto industry has an opportunity to rewrite its relationship with Washington and advance an agenda that steers the U.S. toward an electrified and automated future. John Bozzella, CEO of the industry’s leading lobbying group, said the
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General Motors hasn’t had any success convincing a judge that it was harmed by the millions of dollars flowing from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles into some top-ranking UAW officials’ pockets over nearly a decade, but the feud between the crosstown rivals opened a new dimension to the corruption scandal that has sullied the union. GM claims
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Autonomous vehicles are not simply futuristic options. Though we may not recognize it, AVs have slowly integrated into everyday life. Automakers and tech companies now openly test autonomous prototypes on the road. Perhaps less noticeable, yet far more prolific, are the large number of passenger vehicles on the road equipped with advanced driver-assistance systems. And
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Gestamp is expanding its operations in Chattanooga to increase its capacity for upcoming electric vehicle production. The Spanish metal parts supplier pledged $94.7 million last month to boost capacity for EV components at two plants in Hamilton County, Tenn., largely to support production in Chattanooga of the Volkswagen ID4 electric SUV and its modular electric
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After a particularly rough 2020 for Mitsubishi dealers, hope is just around the corner. An early December teaser image of the redesigned Outlander midsize crossover — along with several spy photos showing off its stylish look — is generating big expectations after a nearly decadelong wait. Mitsubishi retailers have been looking to the Outlander as
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