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Stick It to ‘Em: Michigan Loves Manual Transmission (Assuming Social Media Is Real Life…)

The shouting factory that is Twitter, by and large, should generally not be considered as something that resembles real life. Between trolls and various other bottom feeders, it can be tough to find real information amongst all the noise. Every now and then, a nugget of information appears that makes weathering the commotion worthwhile. Despite […] The post Stick It to ‘Em: Michigan Loves Manual Transmission (Assuming Social Media Is Real Life…) appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Twitter, Autos, Michigan, Ram Trucks, News Blog, Manual Transmission, Save the Manuals, Stickshift


U.S. Trade Head to Meet With UAW This Week Over New Trade Deal

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will be in Michigan this week to meet with union leaders from United Auto Workers in a bit to gain their approval for the Trump administration’s new North American free trade deal. Lighthizer is scheduled to meet with union officials in Dearborn on Tuesday to answer questions about the United States-Mexico-Canada […] The post U.S. Trade Head to Meet With UAW This Week Over New Trade Deal appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Trade, Autos, Michigan, Trump, Nafta, Dearborn, UAW, United Auto Workers, U S Trade, News Blog, Union News, Trump Administration, North American Free Trade Agreement, Trade War Watch, Robert Lighthizer, Lighthizer


Fiat Chrysler Goes on a Cash-flinging Spree, Promises $4.5 Billion for Plants, 6,500 Michigan Jobs

Fiat Chrysler’s Tuesday announcement will surely make it the darling among domestic automakers, especially in the eye of a certain American president. To fund the creation of new and next-generation models, most of them Jeeps, FCA is committing $4.6 billion to numerous Michigan plants, $1.6 billion of which will flow to Detroit’s Mack Avenue Engine […] The post Fiat Chrysler Goes on a Cash-flinging Spree, Promises $4.5 Billion for Plants, 6,500 Michigan Jobs appeared first on The Truth About Car...
Tags: Production, Ram, Fca, Autos, Michigan, Trucks, Detroit, SUVs, Jeep, Fiat Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Product Planning, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Future Models


Amazon leads $700M round in electric automaker Rivian

Rivian, the electric automaker that debut its first two vehicles just three months ago, has raised $700 million in a round led by Amazon . The news follows a report earlier this week by Reuters that GM and Amazon were in talks to invest in the electric vehicle company. “We’re inspired by Rivian’s vision for the future of electric transportation,” Amazon CEO Worldwide Consumer Jeff Wilke said in a statement. “RJ has built an impressive organization, with a product portfolio and technology to ma...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Florida, UK, Tech, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Gm, San Jose, Michigan, La Auto Show, Mitsubishi, Reuters, Chrysler Corporation, Irvine California


Your Package Has Arrived: Amazon Leads $700 Million Investment in Electric Pickup Maker Rivian

The whisperings from earlier this week panned out, but only partway. Amazon, the e-commerce giant that’s probably sending a cookbook to your neighbor’s house as you read this, is leading a $700 million investment in Michigan-based automotive startup Rivian. What’s missing from this news is General Motors, which, according to sources who spoke to Reuters […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Amazon, General Motors, Autos, Michigan, Reuters, News Blog, Product Planning, High Finance, Rivian, Rivian Automotive


QOTD: Hot or Cold?

Last week’s ball-shattering polar vortex flash froze much of the U.S. and Canada, sending Netflix viewership soaring and no doubt spurring a mini baby boom in nine months’ time. While it may have been toasty in your home (sorry, Michigan gas customers), your car’s engine block found itself in a climate POW camp. Hailing from […] The post QOTD: Hot or Cold? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Winter, Netflix, Canada, Autos, Michigan, Qotd, Winter Driving, News Blog, Question of the Day, Cold Weather Startup


Interview: Rivian Founder, RJ Scaringe at Aspen’s X Games

Positioning the trucks as adventure vehicles, moving production to Michigan and more We’re nestled indoors in Aspen Village and, while it’s frigid outside, this home—which is serving as a basecamp for the Rivian team—is inviting. The brand recently debuted its R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV at the LA Auto Show in November, but their presence here in Aspen, Colorado, coinciding with the X …
Tags: Auto, Design, Interviews, Cars, Tech, Electric Vehicles, Michigan, La Auto Show, Trucks, Pickup Trucks, Aspen, X Games, Aspen Colorado, Electric trucks, Rivian, RJ Scaringe


Waymo Promises New Auto Jobs in Michigan

Alphabet’s self-driving arm, Waymo, announced plans for a Michigan expansion on Tuesday. The company is currently seeking a location in the southeast section of the state and intends to hire up to 400 employees over the next five years. According to a corporate blog post, the new new hires will be tasked with installing autonomous […] The post Waymo Promises New Auto Jobs in Michigan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Michigan, Waymo, Waymo Promises New Auto Jobs


Waymo plans to open a self-driving car factory in Michigan

Waymo and Magna plan to build thousands of self-driving cars at a factory in southeast Michigan, including autonomous versions of the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, announced Tuesday that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation voted to approve the company’s plan to set up a manufacturing facility in the state to build its self-driving vehicles. The MEDC ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Companies, X, Austria, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Fca, Transport, Chrysler, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Michigan, Self-driving Cars, Emerging-technologies, John Krafcik


Michigan OKs digital license plates with Rplate’s connected car platform

The state of Michigan approved the use of digital license plates on motor vehicles registered in the state. Reviver Auto, the manufacturer of the Rplate connected car platform, worked with Michigan's Department of State to pass the bill. Vehicle owners aren't required to adopt the new plate technology at this time. The post Michigan OKs digital license plates with Rplate’s connected car platform appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Michigan, Department of State, Digital License Plates, Rplate


GM is smartening up its Bolt EV smartphone app

GM is sprucing up its smartphone app for owners of the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt through a collaboration with charging network companies EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots. The idea is to take aggregate dynamic data from each of the EV charging networks so owners can have a “more seamless charging experience.” In short: GM wants to make it easier and more intuitive for Bolt EV owners to find and access charging. Removing hurdles from the charging experience can go a long way in convincing m...
Tags: Apple, Android, Energy, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Tech, Smartphone, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Gm, Michigan, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, Charging Stations


The Southwestern Sojourn - Days 37 - 42: Sun City and back on the road.

Martha and I spent Jan 1-4 visiting with her sister's family, her dad and local friends as well.Martha's sister, Laura, Husband Andy and son Greg all flew back to Michigan on Wednesday.  Martha and I hung out at her dad's place, just relaxing really, getting some chores done while there.Saturday, Jan 5We got the URRV ready to roll in the morning, filled up with water from Martha's dad's home and left soon afterwards.  We found a spot, enroute to the next campsite, to dump tanks, gas up both in t...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Arizona, Miami, Michigan, BLM, Sun City, Florence, Sunset, Greg, Abraham Lincoln, Martha, Scarlett, Poston, Scarlett Rides, Cottonwood Canyon


Winter Driving 101: The Complete Guide To Staying Safe & Ready

This winter driving guide includes:  How to respond during an emergency. Driving tips that will help keep you and your family safe. A comprehensive checklist for getting your vehicle “winterized.” Seven simple DIY maintenance items to watch during the winter. What to place in your emergency kit, including something we all overlook. How states are implementing new technology to help keep you safe when you travel. Winter Driving 101: The Complete Guide To Staying Safe & Ready Driving during t...
Tags: Virginia, Guides, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Fema, DMV, Autos, Driving, Michigan, Nhtsa, Michigan State Police, North Dakota Department of Transportation, Vogel, Siegfried, American Automobile Association, PSI


Chevrolet Volt’s Discontinuation Leaves Battery Plant Employees Out of a Job

The vehicle they provide batteries for has less than three months to live, and this week brought news to 50 workers at General Motors’ Brownstown Battery plant that their positions are even more short-lived. In a filing with the state of Michigan, GM said it will cut 37 hourly and 13 salaried workers at the […] The post Chevrolet Volt’s Discontinuation Leaves Battery Plant Employees Out of a Job appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Gm, Autos, Michigan, Chevrolet Volt, General Motors Brownstown Battery


AMERICAN HUSTLE. Spencer Motowork’s ’66 Suzuki T20 Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson They say you’ll always remember your first, and exactly 350 articles ago I penned my maiden article for Pipeburn about a stunning Suzuki T500 Titan. Now the builder of that machine is finally back with another wicked Suzuki two-stroke, a 1966 T20 racer. Ralph Spencer from Southfield, Michigan, USA, clearly knows the sort of bikes that get him going and he builds brilliant Suzuki smokers for both race and road. But his latest Spencer Motoworks creation is both AHRMA G...
Tags: UK, Jay Leno, US, Motorcycles, Michigan, Avon, Classic, T20, Ralph, Suzuki, David Jenkins, Racer, Martin Hodgson, Pipeburn, Hagon, Spencer Motoworks


Ford’s Car Cull Decision Spills Over to Michigan Workers

The decision to ditch all passenger cars save for the Mustang didn’t lead to immediate pain among Ford’s American workforce, but it soon will. As the automaker’s restructuring plan has only just begun, Ford found itself spared from the kind of vitriol flung at rival General Motors, which recently outlined a workforce reduction of up […] The post Ford’s Car Cull Decision Spills Over to Michigan Workers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Ford, Autos, Michigan


2019 Ford Ranger Production Ongoing, Fuel Economy Figures Revealed

2019 Ford Ranger production is underway in Michigan. Horsepower and fuel economy figures are now available. Pricing begins at $25,395 when the new Ranger arrives next month.    2019 Ford Ranger production is underway at Michigan Assembly. After an eight year absence, the Ranger returns for the 2019 model year. Ford has invested $850 million into Michigan Assembly for both the Ranger and Bronco, the latter set for production in 2020. “The revitalization of the Michigan Assembly Plant and renew...
Tags: Ford, Autos, Michigan, Epa, Rick Snyder, Snyder, Assembly, Ford Bronco, Motor City, UAW, Bronco, Ford Ranger, Global Operations, UAW Ford, Michigan Assembly Plant, Car News


Rare Rides: The 1985 Trans Am Kammback Concept, for Double Barrel Shooting Brake Needs

Today’s Rare Ride is what happens when you take the generally British idea of a shooting brake and combine it with some designers in Michigan who had big ideas. It’s the 1985 Trans Am Kammback Concept. It’s real, and it is spectacular. The Trans Am name first appeared as a performance trim package for Pontiac’s […] The post Rare Rides: The 1985 Trans Am Kammback Concept, for Double Barrel Shooting Brake Needs appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Michigan, Pontiac, Trans Am


Michigan Testing Shows Fairly Innocuous Weather Baffles Self-driving Car Systems

Successfully operating self-driving cars on crowded, complex roadways in sunny, dry locales like Phoenix, Arizona is already enough of a challenge, but researchers in the cold, tempestuous climes of Michigan have revealed what the latest and greatest autonomous technology is really up against. Rain, sometimes hard rain. But also light rain. Also: cold temperatures, and […] The post Michigan Testing Shows Fairly Innocuous Weather Baffles Self-driving Car Systems appeared first on The Truth About ...
Tags: Technology, Safety, Testing, Studies, Autos, Michigan, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, MSU, PHOENIX Arizona, News Blog, Studies & Reports


One-two Punch: Rivian Debuts Seven-seat Electric SUV, Promises 410 Miles of Range

Having just unveiled a rather impressive all-electric pickup for the LA Auto Show, Michigan-based automotive startup Rivian is following up with another model. Rivian’s second vehicle will be a seven-passenger SUV, called the R1S, that uses the same platform as the R1T e-pickup. That results in the pair playing host to nearly identical specs. This isn’t a […] The post One-two Punch: Rivian Debuts Seven-seat Electric SUV, Promises 410 Miles of Range appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Autos, Crossovers, Michigan, La Auto Show, Electric, EVs, SUVs, News Blog, Zero Emissions Vehicle, Rivian, Rivian R1S, e-SUV, Electric SUV Promises 410 Miles of Range


Rivian debuts an electric pickup and SUV designed to look good while getting dirty

Rivian has kept a relatively low profile since the automotive startup with Midwestern roots launched in 2009. Those days are over. CEO and founder RJ Scaringe unveiled two all-electric vehicles this week at the LA Auto Show that boast some eye-popping battery ranges as well as some noteworthy performance and capability features. Rivian kicked off the week with a reveal of the R1T, a robust-looking 5-passenger electric pickup truck. On Tuesday, Scaringe took it up a notch with the introduction of...
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Florida, UK, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Patagonia, Automotive Industry, Michigan, La Auto Show, Illinois, Mitsubishi, Chrysler Corporation, Irvine California, San Jose California, Range Rovers


GM plans to cut more than 14,000 jobs, close factories as downturn looms

First, came the voluntary buyouts. Now, GM is ramping up its belt-tightening measures with cuts to factory and white-collar workers, plant closures in North America and the elimination of several car models as it tries to transform into a nimble company focused on high-margin SUV, crossovers and trucks and investments in future products like electric and autonomous vehicles. The actions, which are meant to safeguard the automaker from an expected downturn in the U.S. market, will increase GM’s a...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Tech, General Motors, Canada, Automotive, Ford, Mary Barra, Gm, Automotive Industry, Michigan, North America, Detroit, Chevy Volt, Opel, Chevrolet Cruze


GM to Shed Five North American Plants, Numerous Products, Amid Restructuring Drive

Heavy-duty streamlining has reached the production level at General Motors. After last night’s bombshell (though not unexpected) report claiming Canada’s oldest auto plant would cease operations late next year, more news is trickling out about the automaker’s production future. Add Ohio and Michigan to the list of locales expected to lose an assembly plant. According […] The post GM to Shed Five North American Plants, Numerous Products, Amid Restructuring Drive appeared first on The Truth About ...
Tags: Jobs, Sales, General Motors, Production, Canada, Gm, Autos, Ohio, Michigan, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Chevrolet Volt, Buick, Cadillac CT6, Lordstown, Chevrolet Cruze


Rare Rides: A Very Rare Kaiser Darrin Roadster From 1954

A two-seat roadster produced by a short-lived Michigan company, the Kaiser Darrin was a case of grand aspiration meeting with minimal success. Kaiser Motors was founded in 1945 as a joint venture of the Henry J. Kaiser Company and Graham-Paige Motors Corporation. Kaiser wanted to get into passenger car production, while Graham-Paige wanted to sell […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Michigan, Kaiser Darrin, Kaiser Motors, Graham Paige


Michigan’s former transportation chief has some advice for wannabe smart cities

After 31 years as Michigan’s transportation director, Kirk Steudle has seen it all, particularly with smart city projects. He spoke with Digital Trends recently about what makes smart cities work, and offers advice along the way. The post Michigan’s former transportation chief has some advice for wannabe smart cities appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Roads, Transport, Driving, Michigan, Emerging Tech, Digital Trends, Kirk Steudle, Smart Cites, Smart Roads


Barra Sends Renovators Packing As Cost-cutting Drive Continues

General Motors won’t move ahead with a planned expansion of its Warren, Michigan design center, nor will its Pontiac propulsion center get the makeover GM once favored. While a shiny new parking garage became a reality before CEO Mary Barra’s aggressive cost-cutting program could kibosh it, the automaker’s planned workforce reduction might render many of […] The post Barra Sends Renovators Packing As Cost-cutting Drive Continues appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Mary Barra, Gm, Autos, Michigan, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Barra, News Blog, Cost-cutting, Efficiencies


GM looks to cut costs by offering buyouts to 18,000 employees

General Motors has offered voluntary buyouts to 18,000 salaried employees in North America who have at least 12 years of experience, as the automaker looks to cut costs all while investing in its electric and autonomous future. The company has described this as a proactive measure aimed at preparing for coming headwinds such as  slow sales in North America and China, commodity prices and tariffs. But it’s just as much about preparing for the future. The company has been undergoing a transformati...
Tags: TC, Electric Vehicle, Europe, China, Softbank, Tech, General-motors, Automotive, Mary Barra, Gm, Michigan, North America, Chevrolet, Opel, LG Electronics, GM GM


Automoblog In-Depth: Terrifying Realities of Halloween

The scariest things this Halloween season have nothing in common with the latest creature features on Netflix. While trick-or-treating is certinately enjoyable for children and families, things become far more risky once the porch lights dim, and the real costume parties begin. “We don’t discourage having get-togethers during Halloween because it’s a fun time not only for children but also for adults,” explained Special First Lieutenant Jim Flegel, Traffic Safety Specialist, Michigan State Polic...
Tags: Feature, Cdc, Editorials, Autos, Detroit Lions, Michigan, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Nhtsa, National Retail Federation, MADD, Michigan State Police, Detroit Michigan, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Safety Council, Wayne State University, Flegel


2019 Ford Ranger Production Kicks Off In Michigan

2019 Ford Ranger Production is underway in Michigan. Ford says the new Ranger has segment-leading performance.  A special configuration tool for pre-ordering is open on Ford’s website.  Pricing begins at $25,395 MSRP.  2019 Ford Ranger production is underway at Michigan Assembly, following a special ceremony with the plant’s 3,000 employees. After an eight year absence, the Ranger returns for the 2019 model year. Ford has invested $850 million into Michigan Assembly for both the Ranger and Bro...
Tags: Ford, Autos, Michigan, Ranger, Rick Snyder, Snyder, Assembly, Ford Bronco, Motor City, UAW, Bronco, Ford Ranger, Global Operations, UAW Ford, Michigan Assembly Plant, Car News


Woodward Avenue: It's all about the cruise

Now in its 24th year, the Woodward Dream Cruise in Michigan is one of the largest (if not the largest) car events in the country, with tens of thousands of cars cruising the street and an estimated 1.5 million people showing up for it. Find out more in my story at AutoTrader. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Ford, Autos, Michigan, Jil McIntosh, Old cars, AutoTrader, Car Shows, Woodward Dream Cruise



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