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Subaru's First EV Slated For 2021

Add Subaru to the ever-growing list of automakers working on a battery electric vehicle. The company says it is in the beginning stages of working on its first electric vehicle, which will be due out around 2021. Today's news out of AutoExpress echoes previous comments made by Subaru CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, in which he stated the plan is to leverage…

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Ford Focus Production Shifting To China

Ford Motor Company confirmed plans to produce its next Ford Focus compact car in China for the North American market. The news marks a shift in strategy as the new compact was originally planned for production in Mexico. The company states it will produce the Focus at both facilities that make up its Changan Ford Assembly Plant in China beginning…

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GM Extending Summer Vacation At Some Plants

General Motors has announced plans to extend its annual summer shutdown as some of its U.S. plants as car sales continue to slide. The company will idle two of its car assembly plants as long as five weeks over the summer as an attempt to better align its inventory with shifting consumer demand toward SUVs. The company's Lordstown, Ohio and…

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GM Produces First Round Of Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EV Testers

General Motors today announced the production of 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV's. The vehicles were produced at the company's Lake Orion Assembly Plant near Detroit and marks the first time self-driving vehicles have been produced at a mass-production assembly. The 130 units will join about 50 others in GM's autonomous vehicle testing fleet. “This production milestone brings us one step…

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Audi Wants More SUVs And Wagons

By the end of 2018 Audi will have the youngest lineup of all the luxury brands. Despite its newness, Audi's director of product planning, Barry Hoch, tells Automotive News he wants more SUVs and crossovers for his U.S. lineup. Even with several new products planned, Hoch feels there's still "whitespaces" of opportunity for Audi. One such whitespace may be a…

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GM Will Continue Reducing Fleet Sales

General Motors' Alan Batey has confirmed to Automotive News the company will continue ditching sales to daily rental fleets. For the better part of the last decade GM has been saying it aspires to reduce low-profit rental sales, but now it appears to be executing its lip service. In total, GM plans to reduce total fleet sales by 50,000 units.…

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Honda Planning Self-Driving Vehicle By 2025

Honda is planning to have level 4 autonomous vehicles on the road by 2025. The company detailed its plans earlier this week at its Vision 2030 strategy session; plans that are going to put a strong emphasis on electrification and advanced safety technology. The Japanese automaker has already explained plans to have self-driving cars on the market in 2020, but…

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Mercedes-Benz Aiming For Hands-Free Driving By 2020

Like most automakers today, Mercedes-Benz has already been testing autonomous vehicles, mostly in Germany. The company is also making huge progress toward autonomous vehicles with the upcoming 2018 S Class, which features what the industry refers to as 'Level 2' autonomy. But for Mercedes, the goal is go hands-free. The new S Class has the ability to steer itself for…

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Honda Working On Two New EV's For 2018

Like most Japanese automakers, Honda Motor Company is sort of playing catch-up when it comes to electric vehicles. The company's focus on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles has left it lacking when it comes to full EV's, but AutoCar reports the company is going to really start making up the gap in 2018 with two new EV's. According to the report,…

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