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Brad Hunstable has a big plan for supplying electric vehicle motors that involves no less than a radical new design for motors, with more than 70 patents. It requires the creation of a high-speed, lights-out manufacturing approach. It is a bet that he can outproduce China’s fastest low-cost mass producers of motors. And on top
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German carmaker Audi has apologised for an ad showing a little girl eating a banana in front of a high-performance car, which drew a torrent of criticism on Twitter. “We hear you and let’s get this straight: We care for children,” Audi tweeted in its apology. “We sincerely apologize for this insensitive image and ensure
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Symboliq and Optiq. General Motors‘ trademark filings for those names in Switzerland late last month suggest that’s what Cadillac will call two of its upcoming electric vehicles, according to GM Authority. They would join the Lyriq and Celestiq, the two EV nameplates that Cadillac has confirmed to be in the pipeline so far. Symboliq and
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When the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. in March, Hyundai Motor America reached out to its South Korean headquarters to decide how to help. The company settled on funding what had been a gamechanger in South Korea’s coronavirus response — drive-through testing centers. In the U.S. the company has donated $4.4 million to testing centers
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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story mischaracterized the ideology of the bipartisan Coalition for a Prosperous America.  President Donald Trump, true to his “America First” promise in the 2016 campaign, has confronted China over its trade practices, treatment of intellectual property and alleged currency manipulation. His tenure has been marked by a two-year
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After years of plans to become a crossover brand, Buick has at last dropped all cars from its lineup. The Regal was the final sedan standing, and Buick discontinued it after the 2020 model year. Instead, Buick is focusing on SUVs and crossovers, and 2023 likely will mark the start of its shift toward electric
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It’s no coincidence that the names of two upcoming Cadillacs, the Lyriq and Celestiq, end with the same two letters. The brand plans to give all the vehicles in its pipeline names that end with “iq” as it shifts from internal-combustion engines to electric vehicles, Phil Dauchy, Cadillac’s head of global brand strategy, told GM
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We know Carlos Tavares as the CEO of PSA Group, the French automaker that bought Opel from General Motors and is about to merge with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. What is less known is how he let the world know he was available for hire. In August 2013, when he was COO of Renault, he told
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Ozempic. Zestril. Norvasc. Stellantis. Three of those are popular prescription drugs. Stellantis just sounds like one. Nonetheless, that’s what Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group have decided to call the company they’re forming with a $50 billion merger. The name is based on the Latin verb stello, meaning “to brighten with stars.” No explanation was
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Electric car maker Tesla has shrugged off the economic upheaval caused by the pandemic to report its fourth quarterly profit in a row. The California company earned $104m (£82m) in the three months to 30 June, with the growth setting it on course for inclusion in the S&P 500. That means Tesla’s shares, already surging,
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Four months into this economic contraction, the auto industry has adapted brilliantly, but most of the rest of the picture looks awful. So Congress is going to have to write another big batch of checks. The coronavirus took a serious bite out of the U.S. economy when several states — including major car-buying markets and
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Authorities in Germany, Italy and Switzerland have raided the offices of car giant Fiat-Chrysler and truck maker CNH Industrial over claims some engines produced illegal levels of emissions. The action concerns alleged use of so-called “defeat devices” to mask vehicles’ diesel pollution output. Engines used by Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Jeep, as well as CNH’s
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SHANGHAI — Just two years ago, the Chinese auto market was still a place where consumers seemed to have insatiable demand, where companies were rewarded with continuous sales growth and where investments were perceived as virtually a sure bet. Back then, at industry events around the world, the big topic auto company executives loved to
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Employees across Schaeffler’s North American operations have acted against COVID-19 in several innovative ways. In Mexico, Alexandre Domingos, Schaeffler training manager, and his apprentices designed their own door- opening device, the Healthy Hand, at the supplier’s Irapuato plant. Schaeffler training center employees in Puebla, Mexico, took a team of 18 apprentices working in fields such
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When actor Dax Shepard tells the audience of his popular podcast that they should buy a Chrysler Pacifica, they tend to listen more than people who just see an ad for the minivan on TV or in a newspaper. That’s why Chrysler has sponsored more than 30 episodes of “Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard,” which
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25 with Buick Cary Curry, right, president of Curry Auto Center, a Buick-Chevrolet-GMC dealership in Bloomington, Ind., receives a 25-year award for Buick from Lawrence Kelly III, General Motors district sales manager. Citizenship Pam Nelson, owner of Foothills Toyota in Burlington, Wash., received the Robert P. Mallon Dealer of the Year award at the Washington
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Improving customers’ car-buying experience is “the biggest opportunity in automotive retail” today, says industry veteran Chip Perry. And to do that, dealerships need to transform the sales process by eliminating the bottlenecks that lead to long waits at the showroom and frustrated customers, he said. Perry — who previously led both Autotrader and TrueCar —
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After the coronavirus pandemic triggered a statewide shelter-in-place order and confined many customers to their homes, Jim Ellis Automotive Group made new strides in selling online — through the Jim Ellis Express Way. The Jim Ellis Express Way, first launched in April 2019, is the online platform customers can use to receive appraisals on their
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DETROIT — Steve Carlisle, General Motors’ next North American chief, faces an unprecedented set of tasks: protect GM’s most profitable region during a pandemic, and continue to churn out lucrative internal-combustion vehicles while investing in an electric vehicle future. The 58-year-old Canadian will leave his post as president of Cadillac to oversee all of GM’s
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