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Ford doubles F-150 Lightning production target on strong demand

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It’s been just over three months since Ford announced the all-electric version of their best-selling pickup, the F-150 Lightning. Deliveries are expected to start in the spring of 2022, and the Blue Oval company added 500 new jobs in the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center to assemble these pickups. But months before the first delivery rolls […]
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Carmakers scale back production further on semiconductor shortage

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Halfway around the globe in Malaysia, COVID-19 cases have spiked badly in the past five weeks, and daily case counts in the nation of around 32 million have been surpassing 20,000 consistently. At least one Malaysian semiconductor chip supplier has been asked to shut their doors for the week by the government due to an […]
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GM full-size truck production to be halted next week due...

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As of next week, General Motors will be pausing production lines for nearly all full-size pickup trucks manufactured in the US and Mexico. The shutdowns are related to the microprocessor chip shortage, as have nearly all the latest auto industry shutdowns. GM sent its affected union members a notice that, starting Monday the plants would be idled partially or […]
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Chip shortage appears to be easing as GM set to...

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Globally, estimates pegged automotive light vehicle production decreases of up to 3.9 million units due to the shortage of semiconductor chips. In a bit of good news, General Motors announced that four of their idled plants would resume production in the next month.  This week, GM is expecting to restart the San Luis Potosi Assembly plant in Mexico […]
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Ford to produce its own battery cells by 2025

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Ford Motor Company is planning to sell enough electric vehicles by 2025 to produce its own battery cells. As the nation continues to shift toward electric vehicles, it will be interesting to see how many automakers make the shift to producing their own batteries as well. Ford Battery Production Timeline To cut the costs of […]
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Are auto dealers and consumers ready for an EV future?

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Last week, in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann said there are no new internal-combustion engines in development at Audi. With Audi and, seemingly, every other automaker moving towards government-mandated production of only electric vehicles, is there really a wide and deep market ready for that influx? Or will the electric market only […]
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Toyota investing $210 million in West Virginia engine production

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On Thursday, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) announced plans to upgrade the Buffalo facility to expand upon engines produced for their vehicles. An additional $210 million US has been committed to the project, and 100 new jobs are expected to result from the expansion. The upgrade in the facility puts the total investment into […]
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As semiconductor chip shortage deepens, new solutions come to light

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A semiconductor chip shortage continues to vex the auto industry worldwide. Several factories across nameplates such as Ford, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, Audi, Nissan, Chrysler, and Dodge have been significantly throttled down as semiconductor chips are in short supply. These shortages have become a worldwide concern with Ford of India and VW’s operations in China just a couple of […]
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Additional factories idled due to semiconductor chip shortages

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Many of the major car manufacturers in the United States are feeling the pinch as parts suppliers are unable to provide the necessary microchips for assembly. Production has been delayed in some capacity by Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, and Volkswagen, and others are likely affected as well.  AP News is reporting that Ford’s Louisville, KY […]
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Major auto industry players aim to be carbon neutral

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Emphasizing the commitment to developing green transportation and processes, several carmakers are announcing plans to move toward a carbon neutral position in manufacturing. While it isn’t a new strategy to reduce emissions and greenhouse gases for some of the largest corporations, the renewed push demonstrates the auto industry’s changing focus toward sustainable energy. Volkswagen announced […]
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