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TOKYO — Mazda’s plans to resurrect its trademark rotary engine as a part of an electrified range extender is now on the back burner. The rotary range extender had been expected next year as part of the company’s multiple-solution approach to electrification. Mazda Motor Corp. still plans to resurrect the rotary — but first as
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Jeep, a brand known for pushing adventures in the wilderness, is getting an assist from the weather as it pushes the new Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid. The brand, trying to get acquainted with the electric vehicle crowd, is displaying Wrangler 4xe ads on the screens of Volta charging stations in San Francisco and Los Angeles
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Mitsubishi Motors’ last halo vehicle was a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive sedan with 303 hp that exited the market as the 2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition, selling for about $40,000 with shipping. The shine was off the aging “Evo” by the time it was discontinued, but dealers fondly remember the excitement it brought the brand. The automaker’s
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A 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV owned by Vermont Rep. Timothy Briglin, a supporter of EVs in the state legislature, recently caught fire while charging in his driveway. The vehicle is a part of a November recall of more than 50,000 2017-2019 model year Bolts in the U.S. due to fire concerns. GM confirmed five instances
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Polestar, the electric-car maker controlled by Volvo Car AB and its owner Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., is in talks to go public through a merger with Gores Guggenheim Inc., a blank check-firm, according to people with knowledge of the matter.  A transaction may value the combined company at around $25 billion, the people said.
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Automotive supplier Magna International is partnering with work force education provider InStride to launch a pilot program that will provide qualified employees access to undergraduate degree programs free of debt. The initiative, Educational Pathways for Innovative Careers (EPIC), will be available for U.S.-based employees beginning this month. The program will provide coursework that lets employees
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LOS ANGELES — Genesis Motor North America CEO Mark Del Rosso has taken a leave of absence as of July 1, the automaker told Automotive News. Jose Muñoz, CEO of Hyundai Motor North America, will serve as the interim Genesis chief during Del Rosso’s absence. Genesis did not provide details about Del Rosso’s leave, other
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DETROIT — Former UAW Regional Director Vance Pearson was sentenced Tuesday to a year in federal prison for conspiring to embezzle union funds and further racketeering activity with other high-ranking union officials. The court recognized that Pearson played “a minor role but at the same time, it was active,” said U.S. District Judge Paul Borman.
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For dealers who still had cars and trucks to sell, June brought booming consumer demand and another jump in the industry’s average transaction price — which topped $40,000 for the first time. But for dealers with showrooms mostly surrounded by empty asphalt, it was a prelude to a summer of missing out on the party.
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While North American auto factories leveled off in their production cuts because of microchip shortages this week, European and Asia Pacific plants made more volume changes. Worldwide, automakers could eventually see 6.1 million vehicles lost because of the supply crisis, according to AutoForecast Solutions’ latest weekly survey, compared with its forecast of 5.8 million vehicles
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Some dealers are desperate for inventory. They’ve been calling peers, such as Terry Hanks, president of Sundance Chevrolet and Sundance Buick-GMC in Michigan, offering to pay handsomely, especially for light trucks. “They offered us $3,000 over sticker price for pickups,” Hanks said. “I never heard of such a thing in my life.” Hanks said he
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DETROIT — Ray Curry, who last week became the UAW’s fourth president in three years, will be challenged to grow the troubled union in a time of unprecedented change as the industry shifts to electrification. That’s assuming he can win reelection next year in what could be the first direct vote by rank-and-file members in
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HORSESHOE BAY, Texas — About halfway through the most challenging off-road trail prepared for journalists here — ominously labeled the Ghost Pepper course, as opposed to the easier Jalapeño and Habanero paths — a reporter a few vehicles away in our caravan of Ford Broncos radioed that he was stuck at a steep, mud-caked rock
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HORSESHOE BAY, Texas — About halfway through the most challenging off-road trail prepared for journalists here — ominously labeled the Ghost Pepper course, as opposed to the easier Jalapeño and Habanero paths — a reporter a few vehicles away in our caravan of Ford Broncos radioed that he was stuck at a steep, mud-caked rock
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Fast-growing Umansky Automotive Group of Memphis, Tenn., has entered California with the acquisition of five dealerships representing six brands in the San Francisco Bay area. Umansky Automotive bought Porsche Livermore, Jaguar-Land Rover Livermore, Audi Livermore, Livermore Honda and Livermore Subaru, all in Livermore, Calif., on Wednesday from Qvale Automotive Group. Livermore is southeast of San
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LaFontaine Automotive Group said it has purchased the Ralph Thayer Automotive group’s three stores, all of which are in the Detroit suburb of Livonia. LaFontaine, of Highland, Mich., will add Hyundai, Mazda and Volkswagen dealerships after the transaction closed on Thursday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The stores have been renamed LaFontaine
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U.S. light-vehicle sales slowed in June from the booming pace of April and May, as shortages of many popular vehicles kept consumers on the sidelines, forecasters said. Second-quarter sales are still expected to reach the highest level since at least 2018, but analysts anticipate declining volume in the months ahead. Cox Automotive expects total sales
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My most excellent source—Deep Burble—recently told me the sad tale of the stillborn sixth-generation Camaro Z/28 that almost was, but never will be. I just had to say something. Yes, friends, Chevrolet was all set to build a follow-up to the absolutely brilliant, Best Driver’s Car winning fifth-gen Camaro Z/28. Now it ain’t. Feeling blue?
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There are lots of special-edition Rolls-Royces with interesting details and backstories. Heck, there’s one with the entire Arabian peninsula on its hood. Or how about another that includes a cryptographic mystery concealed in glyphs hidden around the car? The special models Rolls-Royce recently pulled the wraps off of, however, are a little more traditional. These models are
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