As Volkswagen begins U.S. production of the ID4 compact crossover, two experienced, high-profile executives who helped guide the rollout of the brand’s electric vehicle transition on the continent have departed the automaker for high-tech startups. Matt Renna, 36, previously VW Group of America’s vice president for e-mobility — and a 2020 Automotive News Rising Star
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Bruton Smith, a pioneer-turned-titan in both auto retailing and motorsports, leveraged small roles selling cars and promoting dirt-track races as a youth to create two moneymaking business giants. Smith, founder of Sonic Automotive Inc., NASCAR Hall of Famer, racetrack owner and philanthropist, died Wednesday, June 22, at 95. Smith launched Sonic, of Charlotte, N.C., as
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McLaren, a steadfast holdout in the stampede among Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston Martin, Ferrari and other ultraluxury and exotic brands to market high-performance utility vehicles, may be reversing course. That’s the conclusion of a report from British magazine Autocar. The publication, without attributing the information to any sources, says the British automaker plans to launch an
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Tesla has relaunched its Enhanced Autopilot option and pulled almost all the features from its Full Self-Driving (FSD) package in the process. Over the years, Tesla has changed its Autopilot options and pricing so many times, it has been hard to follow. Finally, the automaker ended up making the Autopilot’s Autosteer and Traffic-Aware Cruise Control standard on
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Dodge says it’s going to be an electric summer. The Stellantis performance brand plans to preview future products in August during what it calls Speed Week. It kicks off Aug. 12 with a press preview for the MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge event that takes place the next day. Roadkill Nights spotlights muscle
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General Motors is aiming to simplify the EV charging experience by allowing drivers to plug in and automatically charge their vehicles when using charge points on the Ultium 360 network, rather than rely on a mobile app to set up and pay for charging. GM will launch the plug-and-charge service Thursday with EVgo. After drivers
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Polestar and Gores Guggenheim said Thursday that they had they completed their merger, raising approximately $890 million in gross proceeds for the EV maker. This includes approximately $640 million from Gores Guggenheim, a special purchase acquisition fund (SPAC) with the remaining $250 million coming from top-tier institutional investors, Polestar said in a release. Gores Guggenheim’s listing under
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The new Chevrolet Colorado is almost here. Or rather, the reveal is imminent. On Thursday, General Motors teased the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and announced the next-generation of the automaker’s mid-size pickup will debut on July 28. Oh, hello. Here’s our first look at the 2023 #Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, which will be unveiled on July
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China’s chip industry is growing faster than anywhere else in the world, after U.S. sanctions on local champions from Huawei Technologies Co. to Hikvision spurred appetite for home-grown components. Nineteen of the world’s 20 fastest-growing chip industry firms over the past four quarters, on average, hail from the world’s No. 2 economy, according to data
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Bentley on Tuesday announced upgraded Continental GT Mulliner coupe and GT Mulliner convertible models that will sit atop the Continental range. Scheduled to debut publicly at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Mulliner models combine performance upgrades from the Bentley Continental GT Speed with the more luxurious detailing from previous Mulliner models. The Bentley
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What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe? What does it compare to? With the Tahoe, Chevrolet has a big – but not gargantuan – SUV capable of seating as many as nine passengers while towing a hefty trailer. It’s a rival to the Ford Expedition and GMC Yukon.  Is the 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe
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Getty Images Ford has chosen a plant in Valencia to build its next generation electric vehicles in Europe, as the company reorganises its operations. The US automaker selected the site over a rival facility in Saarlouis, Germany. The company plans to only sell electric cars in Europe by 2030, ahead of a planned EU ban
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Bruton Smith, a longtime car dealer and pioneer in public automotive retail, as well as NASCAR hall-of-famer, racetrack owner and philanthropist, died on Wednesday. He was 95 and died of natural causes, according to Sonic Automotive Inc., the public dealership group he founded. Smith launched Sonic Automotive of Charlotte, N.C., as a public company in November
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Ford Motor Co. has no plans to replace Focus production at its vehicle assembly plant in Saarlouis, Germany, in 2025. Instead, the U.S. company will seek “alternative opportunities” for the factory, including selling it to another automaker, Ford of Europe Chairman Stuart Rowley said. Rowley, however, stopped short of saying the facility would close. “We
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Matt VanDyke, a longtime Ford Motor Co. marketing executive who last year became CEO of the company’s FordDirect joint venture with dealers, is leaving the automaker to become president of Shift Digital, a digital marketing vendor. VanDyke will assume the new role June 28. “Consumer purchasing habits are dramatically changing as more individuals embrace the
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Cars.com revealed on Tuesday its annual American-Made Index for 2022, which ranks vehicles by how American-made they really are. According to the index, based on data collected in April and May, 95 of the 379 automobiles produced in the U.S. auto market made the independent ranking. The ranking considered manufacturing employment compared to automakers’ footprint,
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