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DETROIT — In April 2018, Richard Bazzy, who owns Ford and Lincoln stores in the Pittsburgh area, placed a frantic call to Mark LaNeve, Ford Motor Co.’s head of U.S. marketing, sales and service. The automaker had just announced it would cut all of its sedans, including the Fusion, which was Ford’s fourth most popular
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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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Cruise Automation COO Dan Kan (l to r), Cruise Automation CEO Kyle Vogt and General Motors President Dan Ammann Tuesday, November, 20, 2018 at Cruise Automation offices in San Francisco, California.  Source: Noah Berger | General Motors The co-founder and president of Cruise, General Motors’ majority-owned autonomous vehicle subsidiary, is predicting a consolidation/collapse of the
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NHTSA is creating an initiative for EVs to coordinate research, conduct investigations and develop safety standards related to battery safety. As part of the initiative, the agency on Friday said it will collect and analyze data, conduct special investigations of EV crashes and noncrash events, conduct research on battery diagnostics and prognostics and explore risks
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TOKYO — Honda could production in Japan due to a global shortage of automotive microchips. The automaker plans to reduce domestic output by 4,000 units in January, a slowdown mainly affecting the Fit small hatchback at Honda’s Suzuka plant, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Friday. The bottleneck might result in the loss of tens of
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The Baidu Inc. logo is displayed on the company’s headquarters on July 3, 2019 in Beijing, China. Wan Xiaojun | Visual China Group via Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China — Chinese search giant Baidu will create a standalone electric vehicle company, a person familiar with the matter told CNBC. The Beijing-headquartered company will be the majority
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DETROIT — Jeep’s Grand Cherokee will offer a third-row option by midyear, broadening the SUV’s reach into a competitive segment. The three-row model, scheduled to be revealed Thursday, will be known as the Grand Cherokee L. Jeep said production will start this quarter and that the vehicles will begin reaching dealerships in the second quarter.
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President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka speaks about his role in securing labor protections in the USMCA trade agreement during an interview with Reuters in Washington, December 19, 2019. Joshua Roberts | Reuters AFL-CIO union leader Richard Trumka publicly condemned President Donald Trump supporters for storming the U.S. Capitol, calling it “one of the greatest
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