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DETROIT — General Motors’ defense arm said it has won a $36.4 million contract to build 10 heavy-duty armored Suburban SUVs for the U.S. Department of State. GM Defense said Wednesday it plans to deliver the purpose-built Suburbans over the next two years as part of a development contract for the department’s Diplomatic Security Service.
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WASHINGTON — Electric vehicle company Workhorse Group voluntarily dismissed on Tuesday its legal challenge against a U.S. Postal Service move to award a multibillion-dollar contract to Oshkosh Defense for delivery vehicles. The 10-year contract announced in February could be worth more than $6 billion and allows for delivery of between 50,000 and 165,000 vehicles. Workhorse
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Lithia Motors Inc. has entered Georgia with the acquisition of a Honda store and separately bought a Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram-Fiat dealership in Southern California. Both transactions closed on Monday. Combined, the two acquisitions will add an expected $320 million to Lithia’s annual revenue. Lithia bought Curry Honda in Chamblee, Ga., northeast of Atlanta, from Bernie Curry. Lithia
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WASHINGTON — U.S. auto safety regulators are requesting substantial amounts of data on advanced driver-assistance systems from major automakers to aid their investigation into 12 Tesla crashes involving Autopilot and first responder scenes. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation sent letters Monday to 12 automakers, including Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Toyota Motor North America and
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Toyota Motor Corp. and Tesla Inc. clashed with Ford Motor Co. and the UAW over a proposal by Democrats in the U.S. House to give union-made, U.S.-built electric vehicles an additional $4,500 tax incentive. Toyota on Monday said the plan includes “exorbitant” tax breaks for the wealthy. Toyota is one of several non-unionized automakers complaining
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Lawyers for Bob Brockman say the ailing former CEO of Reynolds and Reynolds Co. is unable to assist in his defense against federal tax evasion charges. But prosecutors are skeptical about those claims, writing in court filings that despite a diagnosis indicative of Parkinson’s disease or Lewy body dementia, Brockman continued at the helm of
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Tesla had nearly twice as many electric vehicles registered in the U.S. during the first seven months of 2021 as the rest of the industry combined — accounting for two out of every three EV registrations. Tesla’s U.S. registrations soared 75 percent through July to reach 168,021. Because Tesla doesn’t report monthly sales results or
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Tesla Inc. is raising the price of its Model Y Performance car in China by 10,000 yuan ($1,552), effective immediately, the company announced on social media service Weibo Saturday. The vehicle’s new price will be 387,900 yuan ($60,200), according to the statement.   Elon Musk’s electric-vehicle maker reported a rebound in domestic China shipments in August, a
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In a bid to get important products to the market faster, General Motors accelerated the timetables for billion-dollar investments at two Canadian assembly plants, CAMI Assembly and Oshawa Assembly. But to do so, GM has taken unusual steps to get the plants up and running sooner. In July, GM confirmed that German supplier Kuka will
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Automotive technology supplier Aptiv Plc is facing significant semiconductor supply constraints in the third quarter due to the fast-spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus in Southeast Asia, CFO Joseph Massaro said on Friday. Given the COVID-19 outbreaks in Malaysia and Thailand, governments are taking a meaningful stance on production closures, Massaro said, speaking at the
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When it arrives in dealerships early next year, the redesigned 2022 Subaru WRX will feature a more powerful engine, a faster-shifting transmission, improved suspension and an upgraded infotainment system designed to make the brand’s street-legal rally car that much more fun and livable. The fifth-generation WRX is built on the Subaru Global Platform and powered
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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the entire plant work force went on strike. Only a “small fraction” of workers participated in the strike, a company spokesman said. Employees at global supplier ZF Friedrichshafen’s plant in Marysville, Mich., went on strike Thursday after the UAW said the company backed out
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STOCKHOLM — Veoneer Inc. said on Thursday that it was continuing to recommend a bid from Magna International Inc., while remaining in discussions with Qualcomm, the U.S. chipmaker that made a rival offer for the Swedish parts supplier. “Veoneer continues to recommend [the] Magna merger at this time,” it said in a statement. Veoneer added that
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MUNICH — Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess said autonomous cars, not electric vehicles, were the “real game changer” for the auto industry. “Autonomous driving is really going to change our industry like nothing else before,” Diess said on Sunday ahead of the official opening of the IAA Munich auto show. The shift toward electrified cars
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The battery cell “is tomorrow’s combustion chamber,” Porsche CEO Oliver Blume declared at parent Volkswagen Group’s Power Day. The VW event, which came not long after Tesla’s Battery Day in September 2020, marked the first of a series of announcements from European automakers that laid out their plans to replace internal combustion engines with battery-
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Auto parts maker Jatco Ltd., majority-owned by Nissan Motor Co., said supply-chain issues disrupting the industry won’t last much longer and carmakers will be able to ramp up production again this fiscal year. “Automakers will definitely recover in the latter half” of the year through March, Jatco CEO Teruaki Nakatsuka said in an interview, noting
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WASHINGTON — The Alliance for Automotive Innovation on Wednesday unveiled principles on EV charging infrastructure that the trade association says are necessary to advance consumer acceptance and adoption of electric vehicles in the U.S. “Charging infrastructure is a key element to any comprehensive national vision and strategy for EVs. Consumers will not buy vehicles they
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