PARIS — Any investment by Stellantis in its Vauxhall plant is dependent on support from the British government for the operation, CEO Carlos Tavares said in an interview with a French newspaper. “An investment of this type, on top of what is already planned for continental Europe, does not make industrial sense as we have
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In a discussion at the American Financial Services Association convention last month on how electric vehicles may modernize the automotive purchasing experience, Satyan Merchant brought up one element of traditional car-buying that remains a sore subject: the financing process. “A lot of us saw that Super Bowl commercial,” said Merchant, senior vice president and automotive
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Massaging seats are nothing new, but General Motors has filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a patent on an in-floor foot massaging system. First spotted by Carscoops last week, the document describes the use of small air bladders placed in the passenger-compartment floor. Inflating or deflating them massages passengers’
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What kind of vehicle is the 2021 BMW X3? What does it compare to? The 2021 X3 is a small crossover SUV with a decidedly sporty bent. Its broad lineup squares off against the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Volvo XC60, and Audi Q5, among others. If you’re shopping in a luxury-car showroom, you’ll find an X3 competitor. 
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Though the impact won’t be felt immediately, President Joe Biden answered urgent pleas from the automotive industry and other groups last week by directing a review of potential weaknesses in U.S. supply chains in an effort to address the global semiconductor chip shortage that has forced automakers to cut back vehicle production. Biden’s executive order
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Transportation Department will analyze the impact of an electric vehicle battery trade ruling against SK Innovation Co. on President Joe Biden’s green transportation goals, the nominee for the department’s No. 2 position said. Deputy Transportation secretary nominee Polly Trottenberg said at a hearing the department would analyze the International Trade Commission’s
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An Ohio state senator has introduced a bill that proponents say would allow electric-vehicle startup Lordstown Motors to sell directly to consumers in the state. Trade groups representing franchised dealerships and automakers said Tuesday they oppose the measure. The legislation, introduced Tuesday, would allow a manufacturer to own, operate or control “one or more licensed
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A venture formed by Volkswagen Group, BMW and other automakers is in talks to substantially expand its European electric-car charging network to keep pace with rising sales of battery-powered vehicles. The automakers are considering additional funding for their Ionity consortium, which has been building out fast-charging points along European highways since 2017, emulating Tesla’s Supercharger
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FRANKFURT — Volkswagen is considering whether to build a convertible version of its ID3 full-electric hatchback and has enlisted social media users to test support for the idea. VW Group CEO Herbert Diess has taken to Twitter and LinkedIn to ask followers what they think about a convertible EV, while brand boss Ralf Brandstätter said
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The 2021 Mustang has it all, from a convertible turbo-4 edition to an insanely fast supercharged track monster. We give it a 7 here: Its extravagant options list generates great value when ordered correctly, but the 3-year/36,000-mile warranty is mediocre and the base infotainment system’s antique. Hang with us here through the maze of Mustang
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TOKYO — The night of Carlos Ghosn’s arrest some two years ago, then-Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa lashed out at his former boss as the perpetrator of rampant financial misconduct. Last week in court, Saikawa struck a markedly more charitable tone, showering praise on Ghosn as a “brilliant” business leader who was being shortchanged on a
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Volvo Cars has made official on Tuesday something CEO Hakan Samuelsson revealed in December: the automaker wants to be an electric-only brand by 2030. Samuelsson said Volvo expects to benefit as much from its intensified emphasis on sustainability as it has from its long-term commitment to vehicle safety. “That has made us more profitable,” Samuelsson
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Electric vehicle maker Polestar started small in the U.S. last year. But this year, the Swedish startup will turn it up a notch. The Volvo Cars affiliate will expand its U.S. retail network beyond the first handful of stores it has in California and New York City. Polestar plans to spread across the continental U.S.,
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