Automotive

Grote Automotive gifts van to grieving family

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Getting around town just got a whole lot easier for grandmother Ruthie Lucas.

Lucas was surprised with a 2016 Chrysler Town & Country van at Grote Automotive Sunday afternoon.

Lucas has been caring for her five grandchildren since their mother died from a medical emergency two weeks before Thanksgiving last year. It has been a huge financial undertaking for her, and after seeing her struggles, loved ones and strangers stepped up to make their lives a little easier.

“We saw it on [WANE] 15 but Mary [Oakman], her best friend, is the one that contacted

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Biden’s auto industry job promises are questionable

Speaking of extreme weather, some EV policy positions have shifted as swiftly as the wind.

General Motors was firmly behind former President Donald Trump’s efforts to strip California’s zero-emission vehicle mandate until it was firmly behind Biden’s efforts to promote EVs.

GM has a game plan that it had to keep on the shelf during the Trump years, especially after the president opposed extending the federal EV tax credit that expired for exactly two companies, both based in the U.S.: GM and Tesla.

Now, GM, with its “aspirations” toward a zero-emission lineup by 2035, probably thinks that if electric powertrains

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Gordon Murray Automotive T50s Niki Lauda honors 2 kinds of F1 greats

Such a refreshing look for a track car.


Gordon Murray Automotive

If you name your car after Formula One great Niki Lauda, it better be good. Thankfully, if there’s any company likely worthy of building such a car, it’s Gordon Murray Automotive, the company responsible for bringing the McLaren F1-inspired T50 to life. Without further ado, this is the GMA T50s Niki Lauda, meant to be the be-all and end-all for a track car.

GMA and its man in charge, Professor Gordon Murray — yes, that Murray from the iconic McLaren F1 program — revealed the T50s Niki Lauda on

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How Covid led to a $60 billion global chip shortage for automakers

This photo shows Ford 2018 and 2019 F-150 trucks on the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company’s Rouge Complex on September 27, 2018 in Dearborn, Michigan.

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Automakers across the globe are expected to lose billions of dollars in earnings this year due to a shortage of semiconductor chips, a situation that’s expected to worsen as companies battle for supplies of the critical parts.

Consulting firm AlixPartners expects the shortage will cut $60.6 billion in revenue from the global automotive industry this year. That conservative estimate includes the entire supply chain — from

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Bugatti Chiron Replica Made From Scrap Metal Is Automotive Steampunk

There’s an incredible place in Thailand’s Chachoengsao Province where scrap metal comes to glorious life. Located roughly two hours east of Bangkok is a metallic haven of giant robots, incredible statues, and life-size replicas of cars that are simply amazing to behold. It’s appropriately named Scrap Metal Art Thailand, and it’s where you’ll find the most unique Bugatti Chiron in the world. Actually, you’ll find two of them.

We’re given a video tour of the workshop and display yard courtesy of CB Media on YouTube, and our best advice is to sit down and fully embrace this clip. Creating art

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Audi’s new chief engineer will accelerate EV push

Audi is tasking its new technical development chief, Oliver Hoffmann, with speeding up the automaker’s push into electrification.

Hoffmann takes on the job formerly held by Audi CEO Markus Duesmann, who has held the two roles since June 2020 and also has a wider job at parent Volkswagen Group as head of research and development for the entire group.

“This appointment is another element in shaping the new Audi, VW Group CEO Herbert Diess said in a statement. Diess is also Audi’s chairman.

Diess said Hoffmann’s priorities are to accelerate the expansion of Audi’s product portfolio toward e-mobility, develop

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