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Dodge Likely to Produce Hybrid-Based Hellcat in Future

CEO Manley says the days of an 800-hp beast are numbered.

by on Jan.18, 2019

Smokin'! The Challenger Hellcat Redeye's Line Lock lets you spin the rear tires before launch. Will the hybrid do that?

Hybrids have long had a reputation as slow, eco-friendly city cars, but recently automakers have discovered the benefits of slapping some electric motors on their high-powered gasoline-fueled sports cars to generate even more power.

Add Dodge to the list.

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There may be no brand more synonamous with fossil fuels that Dodge and its line-up of Hellcat-branded Challengers and Chargers. The Hellcat broke new ground pushing past 700 horsepower when it came out two years ago and its variants have since pushed past 800 hp. (more…)

GM, Ford Smacked with Harassment Lawsuits

Employees suffer racial and sexual harassment at plants.

by on Jan.18, 2019

Several employees have reported incidents of racial intimidation at GM's powertrain plant in Toledo, Ohio.

The U.S. automotive assembly plant is the last bastion of approved racial and sexual discrimination if recent events, i.e. lawsuits, are to be believed.

In the past two days, lawsuits filed against General Motors and Ford for racial and sexual discrimination have brought to light behavior thought by many to have been banished to the history books.

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GM’s powertrain plant in Toledo, Ohio, was allegedly the scene of racial discrimination and intimidation on a daily basis, according to the contents of lawsuits and complaints filed with state agencies in Ohio. Two supervisors at the facility were taunted, disrespected and their complaints ignored by management, including the discovery of a noose in an area where one of the men worked. (more…)

Lotus to Build Cars in China

Geely gets approval for new plant in Wuhan.

by on Jan.17, 2019

As it develops new products, like the 3-Eleven, Lotus needs more manufacturing space, and it's getting it – in China.

Geely Holding’s acquisition of a majority stake in Lotus in 2017 virtually assured the oft-troubled sports car company would survive well into the future, and at some point, some of its cars would be produced in China.

Well, the future is now.

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Lotus’s Chinese parent plans to open a $1.3 billion factory in Wuhan that opens up a world of possibilities for the super car producer. The company could build more over-the-top vehicles, i.e. faster and better handling, or it could simple build more, i.e. volume. (more…)

Musk Puts Halt to Tesla Referral Program to Cut Costs

CEO says its too costly to keep the program.

by on Jan.17, 2019

Musk is cutting the referral program as the EV maker looks to cut costs and improve profits.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk means business when he talks about cutting costs to improve profitability. The company’s founder tweeted the company will eliminate the customer referral incentive plan on Feb. 1.

Musk wrote the referral program is ending because “it’s adding too much cost to the cars, especially Model 3.”

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The program was introduced in 2015 by the EV maker, aimed at luring buyers and creating disciples. The owners were given personal referral codes providing them with six months of free supercharging and prizes for existing owners such as launching personal photos into deep space or invites to a Tesla event.  (more…)

Farley Says Ford Following a Different Game Plan for EVs

"Mustang-inspired" EV to make profits fast too.

by on Jan.16, 2019

Ford's Jim Farley said the company is comfortable trailing the pack on EV development, as it has a different plan.

Once considered one of the leaders in race to produce a viable electric vehicle, Ford Motor Co. has fallen behind rivals like General Motors and its new partner, Volkswagen AG.

However, if you listen to Jim Farley, Ford president of Global Markets, the company feels just fine about trailing the pack.

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“Our strategy is different,” Farley said last night at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit. “In a way we had the advantage of watching what happened the first time around. What customers have told us is ‘Just give us the good stuff.’ We’re going to change a lot of people’s minds.” (more…)

GAC Coming in 2020; Chief Blames Delay on US-China Issues

Company working on making vehicles U.S. compliant.

by on Jan.15, 2019

GAC Motor President Yu Jun (center) says the company will be ready to enter the U.S. market in 2020.

The first Chinese automaker expected to make an incursion into the U.S. market has put on the brakes for a little while. GAC Motor is delaying its entry into the U.S. market until 2020, due in part to ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and China.

However, it may not be as simple as the trade climate between the two economic superpowers is too volatile for a Chinese company to set up shop in the U.S. right now.

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Yu Jun, GAC Motor president, told TheDetroitBureau.com that the automaker was still working on getting its vehicles ready for the U.S. market. He believes they meet regulatory standards now, saying the company was working with U.S. regulatory agencies to ensure compliance. However, he wouldn’t confirm they met U.S. spec yet, preferring to say the will when they come to the U.S. (more…)

Volkswagen Looks to Generate Buzz with New Passat

The new sedan looks to capture, amplify best of previous model.

by on Jan.14, 2019

Volkswagen's 2020 Passat uses the best of the previous model and amplifies it hoping to lure new buyers.

Volkswagen is looking to build a better mousetrap with the 2020 Passat sedan on display in Detroit today, by taking the tenets of the previous model – introduced eight years ago amazingly – that attracted buyers and improving them.

According to VW, the new Passat offers more of what matters: bolder design, upgraded technology, and enhanced access to convenience and driver-assistance features.

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“Passat is the only midsize sedan to offer German driving dynamics at an affordable price and has long resonated with buyers for its combination of comfort, reliability and driving dynamics,” said Scott Keogh, CEO of the North American Region, Volkswagen.  (more…)

Newest Lincoln Continental Gets Some Coach-ing for 2019

Luxury brand offers just 80 of the limited edition models.

by on Jan.14, 2019

Lincoln is marking the 80th anniversary of its Continental luxury sedan with a glamorous, limited-run Coach Edition.

Although much of this year’s North American International Auto Show is going to be focused on the new truck, the new SUV or the EV, at least one company – Lincoln – remembered to bring some glam to the show.

Ford’s luxury division is commemorating the 80th anniversary of its iconic Continental luxury sedan with a limited-run of Coach Door Edition models, harkening back to when men wore suits and cars were big and had suicide doors.

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Lincoln plans to build 80 of the Continental Coach Door Edition, with center-opening doors – commonly known as suicide doors – Lincoln used back in the 1960s. The limited run specials also get six inches of additional leg room as well as a h “Black Label” interior. (more…)

Lexus’ Newest Offering Ready for Road or Track

LC F Track Edition may be fastest Lexus ever.

by on Jan.14, 2019

The 2020 Lexus RC F Track edition is at home on the streets or the race track.

Lexus and its parent, Toyota, are running against the wind at this year’s North American International Auto Show by introducing sports cars rather than trucks or EVs. In fact, Lexus basically pushed all of its chips in for the 2019 event with the Lexus RC F and F Track Edition.

This new offering, based off the RC, has been described as a limited edition “track car” that has been developed expressly for enthusiasts.

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“Aside from the LFA, this is the fastest, most powerful vehicle we’ve ever built,” said Bob Carter, executive vice president of sales for Toyota Motor North America. (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Settles Emissions Cheating Case for $800 Million

Deal resolves cases with federal, state officials, vehicle owners.

by on Jan.10, 2019

Fiat Chrysler agreed to an $800 million settlement to resolve charges of cheating on emissions tests.

Fiat Chrysler reached an $800 million settlement with federal and state government agencies as well making good with the owners of vehicles affected by alleged cheating on emissions tests.

The automaker agreed on Thursday to a deal with the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, to pay nearly $300 million to the U.S. government and $19 million to California for installing a cheat device to beat emissions tests.

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It’ll pay another $280 million to recall and repair the more than 104,000 out-of-compliance Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks, including payouts to owners of the vehicles of about $2,800 each. (more…)

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