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EV Registrations Sit around 7 Percent in March

Stats nerds at S&P Global Mobility have detailed some registration data for electric vehicles in this country through the first three months of this year – and the market share continues to sit at around 7 percent.

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NHTSA Expands Probe Into Waymo's Self-Driving Vehicles

No matter what you think of them, autonomous vehicles will bring a range of opportunities for drivers and public infrastructure. That said, one of the most critical aspects of AVs becoming a part of everyday life is public trust, and the major players in today’s AV development race have struggled to earn and keep people’s confidence. Last year, GM’s Cruise operations shut down after high-profile accidents raised serious questions, and now, it’s Waymo’s turn under the microscope.

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Ford is Offering a Zero-Percent Interest Rate for Mach-E Loans

Ford cut Mustang Mach-E pricing earlier this year, achieving its intended result of boosting demand for the electric SUV. Now, the automaker is offering a zero-percent APR for qualified customers, making the vehicle even more affordable.

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Kia Launches All-Electric EV3

Drawing much in terms of style from the excellent EV9, the new EV3 will be Kia’s foray into the all-electric compact crossover segment. Shown today in its home market, the EV3 is likely to be popular with EV shoppers when it goes on sale in this country.

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Report: Mitsubishi Planning Dealer Expansion, More Models for U.S.

Mitsubishi has said it plans to revive the brand in the United States. The stated strategy involves expanding its lineup and retail locations. While this is probably very exciting to those who recall driving any model equipped with the 4G63 engine, it might be wise to temper expectations. The changes being floated are relatively modest, with this being the first step in what could eventually become something bigger for the brand.

That said, the company appears to be serious about setting things right inside America and may actually be in a unique position to pull this off.

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AutoPacific: Younger Buyers More Willing to Look At Chinese Brands

The U.S. is set to implement harsh tariffs on Chinese vehicles, and many lawmakers have expressed grave privacy concerns, but those issues haven’t squashed younger buyers’ curiosity. AutoPacific’s recent study found that 35 percent of respondents between 18 and 80 years old said they would consider a Chinese car, and a whopping 76 percent of people under 40 responded that way.

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Natural Gas is Behind the Nation's Largest Heavy-Duty Electric Truck Charging Station

A new heavy-duty electric truck charging station is opening near the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in southern California, but the electricity powering it isn’t as new-age as the vehicles it charges. Though capable of charging up to 96 trucks at a time, the station is backed by natural gas, which is cleaner than dozens of trucks burning diesel but not the green solution many had probably hoped for.

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Gas War: Biden Administration Releasing One Million Barrels of Gasoline from Northeast Reserves

On Tuesday, the Biden administration announced plans to release one million barrels of gasoline from Northeastern reserves in an effort to stabilize rising fuel costs. The stated intent is to lower fuel costs for Americans as demand spikes over the next several months.

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VW Says ‘Nein’ to ID.7 in America – For Now

Not even two months after detailing powertrain, battery size, and trim walk for the all-electric ID.7 sedan, Volkswagen has announced they are delaying its introduction.

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Alpine Says A110 Successor Will Come to United States, Outlines Expansion Plan

Alpine, the French performance brand tied to Renault Group, has frequently shared plans to break into the U.S. market. This has included rumors that the initial lineup would include a successor to the fabled A110. The brand is now fleshing out plans to expand into our market, stating that it hopes to begin U.S. operations by 2026.

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The 2025 Honda Civic Hybrid is the Most Powerful Non-Type R Model Yet

Honda is refreshing the Civic for 2025, reviving the hybrid option and introducing a new Sport Touring Hybrid trim as the top option in the lineup. The automaker said its updates make the new car the most potent non-Type R Civic yet.

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Report: Rivian Plans Big Changes for the R1 in 2025

The Rivian R1S and R1T have been on sale for a while now, and the automaker reportedly has significant changes planned to keep them relevant. Electrek found a document posted to Rivianforums.com that shows the automaker will introduce new battery configurations and offer a more affordable entry-level trim for the often very expensive EVs.

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Ford Dealers Asked to Pause Further EV Investments While It Reviews Model e Program

Ford’s EV transition hasn’t been the easiest, but the automaker isn’t the only one in its orbit feeling the heat. The Blue Oval recently asked its suppliers to help it cut costs and announced early on that its dealers would need to make significant investments to continue selling its electric models. Now, the company is telling dealers to pause further investments while it reviews the requirements of its EV certification program.

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Toyota Might Consider GR Variants of Crossover Models

While it would be incredibly simple to write such musings off as a cynical marketing exercise, it doesn’t seem that Toyota is eager to sully the measures of performance cred enjoyed by the GR name.

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Report: Some Automakers Continued Using Parts Tied to Chinese Forced Labor After 2021 Ban

A few years ago, Congress passed legislation banning imported goods from Chinese companies that were believed to use forced labor, but some automakers have been accused of skirting those rules. BMW, Jaguar-Land Rover, and Volkswagen used parts from a sanctioned company, according to a new report from lawmakers.

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Leave It to Beaver: Mercedes Opens More Fast Chargers at Texas Buc-ee’s Stores

Buc-ee’s, beacon of the most American of all driving traditions, is going electric – sort of. Some Texas locations of the kitschy, massive stores are getting Mercedes-Benz’s DC fast charging stations, and many more are expected by the end of 2024.

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Report: Lamborghini's Details Wild New Hybrid V8

With literally every automaker currently in operation still hunting for ways to electrify their lineup, many have embraced hybridization as purely electric vehicles continue to polarize shoppers. But some were already heading this route, including performance brands that see the setup as a win in terms of both dynamic performance emissions compliance.

Among them is Lamborghini, which recently previewed the motor that’s assumed to be slotted into the production-coded “Lamborghini 634” that’s slated to supplant the Huracán. However, the hybrid powertrain is obviously more Porsche 918 Spyder than Toyota Prius.

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Rivian Offers Deep Discounts on R1T Leases

Rivian’s vehicles might be popular and offer cool features, but they’re far from affordable. That will change, at least for lessees, for a little while, as the automaker is offering deep discounts on some models.

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Tesla is Doing Damage Control With Euro Fleet Buyers After Price Cuts Shave Residual Values

Fleet buyers usually get a better price than individuals because of the large volumes they purchase, but Tesla is offering deeper discounts to some European leasing companies after previous price cuts caused a significant decrease in the values of their vehicles. That, plus expensive repairs, have driven a wedge between the American automaker and its partners on the old continent.

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Workers at Mercedes-Benz's Alabama Plant Shut Down UAW Efforts - For Now

The United Autoworkers Union (UAW) scored a big win with the Tennessee-based VW plant’s vote to organize, but it’s not infallible. Last week, workers at Mercedes-Benz’s facility in Alabama voted against unionizing, with 56 percent saying they were against it. While the situation isn’t a total defeat for the UAW, it will have to wait a year to try again, and America’s political climate could have shifted dramatically by then.

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Automotive Execs Speculate About Hypothetical EV Camaro and Mustang Sedan

General Motors president Mark Reuss threw some shade at the all-electric Ford “Mustang” Mach-E by suggesting an electrified Chevrolet Camaro would not go the crossover route if he had his druthers. However, he still said such a vehicle would ideally seek to broaden the model’s appeal beyond the hardcore enthusiast base. In related news, Ford CEO Jim Farley recently hinted that there’s a Mustang sedan under consideration — noting that the nameplate would hopefully play host to a V8 powertrain for as long as possible.

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Acura ZDX Type S first EV to pace Pikes Peak

Next month will see the 102nd running of Pikes Peak, officially known as – ahem – The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb brought to you by Gran Turismo. Organizers are going to need bigger business cards this year, apparently.

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Dodge and Ram CEO Tim Kuniskis is Retiring

Tim Kuniskis, Dodge and Ram’s CEO, is leaving the house that Hellcat built. His tenure at Stellantis and its previous iterations spans 32 years, with his stint at the helms of Dodge starting in 2021 and Ram in 2023.

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Not Dead Yet: Mitsubishi Shows Exciting Signs of Life With New Product Road Map

Mitsubishi has felt like a fading brand for years, but the automaker recently announced a new product roadmap that gives us all a good reason to be hopeful. Among promising one new or completely refreshed vehicle every year between 2026 and 2030, Mitsubishi teased a van that looks an awful lot like a futuristic Delica.

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Headaches for Red Bull: Adrian Newey Isn't Retiring Yet

Formula 1 design guru Adrian Newey left Red Bull a couple of weeks ago, and the racing world has been on fire with speculation about his next move since. Though many believed he would ride off into the sunset on the strength of his multiple successful car designs, Newey recently told the BBC that he was giving serious thought to changing teams and spending another four or five years in the sport.

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Aston Martin Considers Rugged 4x4

The current trend to ‘Safari all the things’ has ensnared numerous luxury automotive brands, birthing machines like the Porsche 911 Dakar and the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato. Now, it seems like Aston Martin wants in on the theme – though it sadly isn’t considering anything like a lifted V12 Vanquish.

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Apple Introducing New Features to Combat Motion Sickness, Improves CarPlay

On Wednesday, Apple announced it would be making changes to iOS that would benefit iPhone and iPad owners prone toward motion sickness. While the company is actually introducing a handful of new features, the one we’re interested in is called “Vehicle Motion Cues” which tweaks the user interface to help keep one’s cookies un-tossed whilst playing passenger.

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Ford Asks Suppliers to Help it Cut Costs

Ford has reported significant losses on its EV business, and a letter obtained by Crain’s Detroit Business/Automotive News shows that the automaker is looking to cut costs with its suppliers. The Blue Oval asked its partners to help lower materials costs, saying “we have all invested heavily in the success of the EV business, and we will all win or lose together.”

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Porsche Declares 911 Hybrid Development Successful

The Porsche 911 has been the company’s most-iconic model since the 1960s and fans have historically been adamantly against the manufacturer tampering with the recipe. As you might imagine, news that a hybrid version was under consideration resulted in some mixed opinions. However, Porsche says development has completed and that the resulting product is a complete success.

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Ford Issues Recall for ‘Forced Neutral Condition’

An oddball situation has prompted the Blue Oval to recall a number of its hybrid vehicles, lest the machines suddenly pop themselves into neutral whilst at speed.

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Driving Dystopia: Eight Automakers Accused of Lying About Customer Data Protections

Legislators have accused several automakers of betraying their customers by going back on an earlier pledge to protect their data. The brands stated during a congressional inquiry that they would provide information to government officials upon their request, despite having previously signed onto the Consumer Privacy Protection Principles in 2014 where they vowed only to hand over customer data when given a formal court order or search warrant.

This has resulted in Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Edward Markey (D-MA) asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to launch a formal investigation on the grounds that the companies have engaged in deceptive tactics that misrepresent what they’re actually doing.

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The Chevrolet Silverado EV RST is Now in Production

We’ve been hearing about the Chevy Silverado EV for what seems like forever, but the first mainstream models have finally entered production. The automaker is building the top RST version of the truck at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant, where it also makes the basic Work Truck (WT) configuration.

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Ford Designed a Specialty Test Track for the Mach-E Rally

Ford saw a tremendous Mustang Mach-E sales boost after lowering prices earlier this year, and the new Rally model could further help its cause. The Blue Oval recently showed its testing process for the electric SUV, saying that it specially built a dirt testing track at its Michigan Proving Grounds to torture test the Rally.

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BYD Debuts PHEV Pickup Truck for Mexican Buyers

Chinese automaker BYD (Build Your Dreams) doesn’t currently sell vehicles in the U.S., but it’s coming awfully close to our borders. It recently revealed a plug-in hybrid truck for the Mexican market, but said it has no plans to bring it north of the border – for now.

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Despite Investing Billions, Biden’s EV Charging Fund Hasn’t Yielded Much

The amount the United States has been spending to advance the proliferation of all-electric vehicles in recent years has been genuinely staggering. However, the allocated funding doesn’t appear to be doing much good. EV adoption rates are slowing and the $7.5 billion earmarked exclusively for the construction of charging stations has only resulted in a handful of operational locations.

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New Tesla Ad Campaign Aims to Sway Shareholders to Approve Musk's Massive Pay Package

Tesla layoffs and safety investigations are common stories these days, but that hasn’t changed the automaker’s CEO from believing he’s entitled to tens of billions in compensation. While the company resisted marketing for many years, it now appears to have embraced the practice, and one of its most recent campaigns aims to sway shareholders to approve Elon Musk’s $55 billion pay package.

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NHTSA Launches Investigation Into Amazon’s Self-Driving Zoox Division

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into the Amazon-owned Zoox after two of its robotaxis were involved in crashes. The vehicles in question were effectively faulted with brake checking motorcycles. The autonomous cabs reportedly stopped abruptly and were rear-ended by the bikes.

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Report: Mazda Giving the CX-5 Hybrid Power for Its Next Generation

The Mazda CX-5 is aging compared to the rest of its fleet, but it remains a top seller for the brand. It’s still a surprisingly engaging and well-equipped compact SUV, however, and Motor1 recently found clues that it would be getting an overhaul with a hybrid upgrade.

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Report: New Mercedes-AMG CLE 63 Could Return to V8 Power

The Mercedes-AMG “63” cars long featured hand-built V8 engines, but the brand stepped away from that model with the recent C 63 S E Performance. Its four-cylinder engine with F1-derived tech and a bafflingly complex turbo system didn’t resonate with buyers because its 671 horsepower wasn’t enough to overcome the decision to cut the number of cylinders in half. The automaker has reportedly seen the light, however, and the new CLE 63 will hit the streets with an old-school V8.

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Multiple Injuries and Arrests at Tesla's German Gigafactory Protests

Tesla’s German plant has run into pushback on multiple occasions, as protestors opposed to the automaker’s expansion in the region have been very public with their stance. Most recently, a group of around 800 people gathered at the Tesla plant near Berlin, but the situation quickly went sideways, resulting in multiple injuries and arrests.

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Chief of Design at Ford Suddenly Departs

We generally don’t comment on the reshuffling of corner offices at an OEM – but when the design boss at a Detroit Three automaker allegedly sends an email out of the blue saying ‘peace out’, it’s worth sitting up and taking notice.

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Surprise: That New Car Smell Could Be Killing You

Think twice about sniffing a big hit of your car’s cabin air. Almost everyone loves the fabled new car smell, but a recent study suggests that some of that fragrance could be toxic to the people inhaling it. People reported on data from the Environmental Science and Technology publication that found toxic flame retardant materials in 99 percent of cars it studied.

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Nissan Dealers May Foot the Bill for the Brand's Price-Cutting Sales Strategy

Cutting new-car prices is a great way to boost sales, but it’s not always kind to the dealers stuck with the inventory. Nissan gave its franchisees authorization to sell vehicles below invoice, but some stores are unhappy with the brand’s shifting attitudes toward their profitability.

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BP is Looking to Fill Any Gaps Left by Tesla Supercharger Team's Upheaval

Though Tesla’s future and growth prospects remain to be seen, other companies sense blood in the water after the automaker laid off its entire Supercharger team. British Petroleum (BP) Pulse recently told Bloomberg that it would aggressively pursue an expansion of its charging network with a “heightened focus following the recent Tesla announcement.”

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Lexus Trademark App Hints at Electric ES Sedans

The venerable Lexus ES could soon get a significant electric overhaul. AutoGuide found trademark filings that reveal the brand’s plans for “e”-branded ES models, though it appears Lexus remains to be committed to hybrids with the ES350h name.

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It Turns Out That EU Car Buyers Aren’t as Hot on EVs as Ford Had Hoped

American automakers have grappled with the rollercoaster ups and downs of EV demand domestically, but it appears they’re having an equally difficult time convincing Europeans. Ford recently backed off its goal to convert 100 percent of its sales to electrics on the Old Continent, noting that it would follow buyer demand and produce more hybrids or PHEVs.

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U.S. Commerce Secretary: U.S. Eying Strong Action Against Chinese Connected Vehicles

U.S. lawmakers and regulators understandably have a hard time allowing anything with a connection to China into the lives of American consumers, especially connected devices like smartphones and computers. Vehicles are increasingly becoming the “next big thing” when it comes to connected services, and the U.S. Commerce Secretary warned that Chinese connected cars could be next under the ban hammer.

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Sunset on Malibu: Another Sedan Headed to Graveyard

As mentioned  yesterday in a story dug up by our Managing Ed, spox at General Motors have confirmed the venerable Malibu isn’t long for this world. But, hey – there’s a new paint shade for 2025.

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Hyundai Motor Plans On Building More Hybrids Inside North America

Hyundai Motor reportedly plans on using preexisting investments slated for its new EV facility in Georgia to pivot toward hybrid vehicles, as all-electric models haven’t seen the kind of adoption rates that would warrant an entire factory — let alone the plant that will become its largest outside of South Korea.

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The 2025 BMW M4 CS is a Lightweight Carbon-Packed Track Monster

BMW has gotten plenty of mileage from its inline-six engines, but it’s not done yet. The 2025 M4 CS will debut on May 10, sporting a 543-horsepower turbocharged engine, plenty of carbon fiber-reinforced plastics, and chassis reinforcements to give it razor-sharp handling.

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Land Rover Fettles Defender for 2025

JLR is tending to its tremendously square Defender this upcoming model year, gifting it the likes of new seating options and an updated four-wheel drive system.

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Report: Tesla's Buying LiDAR Sensors After All

Most of the media and internet pundits have been zeroed in on Tesla’s layoffs and what they could mean for the automaker and industry at large, but there’s another reported change in its operations that could signal a significant shift in how its vehicles are built. After CEO Elon Musk’s poo-pooing of LiDAR technology, Tesla now appears to be buying the sensors and has become a primary customer of a major supplier.

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Gas War: U.S. Oil Companies Accused of Price Fixing With OPEC, Increasing Inflation

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) shared documents that would seem to suggest that U.S. shale oil firms purposefully colluded with the government of Saudi Arabia to fix oil prices between 2021 and 2023. The report was followed by a piece from BIG journalist Matt Stoller alleging that American oil companies and Saudi leadership likely cost the average American household $3,000 via fuel price hikes and the subsequent inflation created by artificially spiking the market.

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The 2025 Genesis GV80 Got a Range of Updates But a Modest Price Bump

Though it’s hard to celebrate more midsize SUVs on the American car market, Genesis has consistently been one of the more compelling options in several segments. The automaker updated the GV80 SUV for the 2025 model year, giving it a range of improvements, and recently announced pricing for the model shows that it didn’t increase the cost of entry by a large amount.

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Fisker is Reportedly Closing its California Headquarters

While a few startup automakers have broken through with appealing vehicles and somewhat sound business practices, Fisker never really had solid ground under its feet. The automaker has recently warned that bankruptcy could be imminent if an investor or buyer doesn’t step in, and we’re now hearing reports that the company is shuttering its California headquarters.

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Apple is Reportedly Considering a Partnership With Rivian

Though it never spoke publicly about its automotive ambitions, Apple was almost certainly developing a car before reportedly abandoning its work in recent months. We’re now hearing that it might not give up completely, as new reports point to the tech giant partnering with an existing OEM, which in this case appears to be Rivian.

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Report: Honda e:Ny1 to Drop Terrible Name

Honda is said to be changing the naming of its electric cars after customers, particularly those in China, found its name to be exceptionally difficult to pronounce. However, they weren’t the only ones. Europeans likewise didn’t appreciate the name, nor the odd choice of punctuation and capitalization that seems to plague some all-electric vehicles.

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New White House Program Provides Funding to Help Smaller Auto Suppliers Make Transition to EVs

The federal government has pumped billions into EV incentives and charging infrastructure initiatives, and now, it’s automotive suppliers’ turn at the bank. The Biden administration recently announced more than $100 million in funding to help smaller suppliers adapt to the changing automotive world.

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2025 Mercedes-AMG CLE53 Cabriolet Maintains Brand’s Commitment to Convertibles

Mercedes is launching a convertible version of the Mercedes-AMG CLE53, showcasing the manufacturer’s commitment to convertible models.

If you’re hoping to purchase a drop-top vehicle from a manufacturer that doesn’t specialize in six-figure automobiles, this probably isn’t the best period in history to be shopping. However, you do have a few options via off-road focused SUVs and some mainstream sports cars. Still, the only companies that seem to have retained any real focus on convertibles are the European luxury brands — with Mercedes-Benz and BMW arguably leading on that front.

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Dirtbag English Car Dealer Gets Jail Time for Ripping People Off

While there are absolutely exceptions, the days of the super-sleazy used car dealer seem to be behind us here in the States. Anyone ripped off by one of them probably wishes we had laws like those in England, where a shady dealer recently got jail time for his actions.

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  • 1995 SC I'm likely in the minority, but I really liked the last Eldorado best. That and the STS.
  • Dartdude Typical Joe, bribing people for votes. He will do anything to re-elected, but as soon as he is he will go back on everything he says and does. America has never been this venerable as it is today. NO country respect Joe and what he says.
  • Theflyersfan Since I'm one of a couple of IT guys that supports the network, server administration, and all things computer related at a 24/7 logistics center (only closed on Christmas), I have to work some of the long weekend. But there's still time after we close early on Monday to fire up the grill and smoker, have a few friends over and scarf down some smoky rubbed ribs and burgers. Remember those soldiers who have died. I'm sure those in my generation had grandfathers who fought in WW2 and fathers who fought in Vietnam. I have my grandfather's dog tags and his enlistment card framed as a reminder of the sacrifices they made and to honor his memory.
  • FreedMike Doff of the cap to those who served.