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Ford Shedding 10 Percent of Global Workforce

In a letter to employees today, Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Hackett announced the termination of 500 salaried workers. The number of terminations is expected to grow to 7,000 globally by the end of August as the domestic automaker continues restructuring.  Ford says the number will grow to 800 by the end of June, confirmed it Hackett's letter entitled "Smart…

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Mercedes Tells U.S. Dealers it Will Trim Portfolio

Over the last couple of decades the German brands have more than doubled their product portfolios; chasing numerous niche segments. The strategy has left Mercedes-Benz and its German rivals with bloated product portfolios, but Mercedes is going to correct course shortly.  Recently Mercedes-Benz USA hosted dealerships at a national meeting in Las Vegas. According to dealerships in attendance, Mercedes told…

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VW Tarek will be Volkswagen's Compact Crossover

Volkswagen has long hinted about having a compact crossover in North America, but the biggest hint yet has dropped. Volkswagen officials have confirmed plans to start production on a new compact crossover it is calling the Tarek.  VW recently hosted an event at its Pacheco plant in Argentina and showed off the dimensions and name of the upcoming Tarek. The Argentine…

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2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Gains New Features

The half-ton pickup truck war is as fierce as ever and GMC is aiming to stay in the battle with new features for the Sierra 1500. The 2020 Sierra will gain several new technology features, including--finally--adaptive cruise control.  Many of the new features are centered on trailering. For 2020, Sierra owners will be able to opt for Enhanced ProGrade Trailering. The…

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2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Will Come Close to 39 MPG

The 2020 Ford Escape was revealed a couple months ago, but fuel economy numbers are still a mystery. That said, the mystery is getting solved in a piecemeal fashion thanks to a Ford hybrid event earlier this week.  According to AutoBlog the Blue Oval hosted several members of the media to review the company's hybrid powertrains. During the event Ford's Manager of Advanced…

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Cadillac CT4, CT5-V Debuting Later This Month

The Cadillac CT5 may have just debuted, but that isn't stopping GM's luxury brand from showing off the hotter V version later this month. According to reports, Cadillac will pull the cover off the CT5-V and CT4 sedans on the 30th of May.  Several media outlets are reporting they've been invited to a reveal event by Cadillac for the 30th.…

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Production Mercedes-Benz GLB Slated for Frankfurt Debut

Mercedes-Benz just showed off its GLB Concept a few weeks ago at the Geneva Motor Show, but the production version is apparently right around the corner. A new report suggests the GLB will debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.  Mercedes enthusiast website MB Passion is reporting the production GLB will bow in September in Frankfurt as a seven-seat crossover SUV. Their…

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Kia Planning Electric Crossover Coupe

Kia's dramatic Imagine Concept from this year's Geneva Motor Show may have a production future after all. The brand's design boss has confirmed plans to roll out a new "emotional flagship" that's likely based on the Imagine.  Former Lamborghini designer Luc Donckerwolke recently spoke with AutoExpress regarding the Imagine Concept, saying it foreshadows a future flagship product.  Per the usual, the executive did…

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Ford Bronco Hybrid Confirmed

Ford Motor Company has confirmed there will be a Ford Bronco Hybrid when the rugged SUV launches next year. The news came straight from Ford CEO Jim Hackett, who confirmed the powertrain option during the company's recent earnings call.  The news comes as little surprise. Ford has been announcing a slew of new hybrid models, so bringing the company's electrification…

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