Posts by Devon Taylor

David Power, Founder of J.D. Power, Dies at 89

David James Power III, founder of the influential J.D. Power Car Quality Survey, has died at age 89. Power was a former financial analyst at Ford. Later, he represented General Motors as a market research consultant before launching J.D. Power and Associates in 1968 from his kitchen in Calabasas, California. Power’s wife, Julie, was co-founder…

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Ford Recalls Three Million Vehicles Over Faulty Airbags

Ford said it will recall roughly three million vehicles for faulty Takata airbag inflators. It’s yet another issue with the Takata brand that that could ruptures. The recall will cost Ford approximately $610 million. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered Ford to issue the recall. The NHTSA rejected the automaker’s 2017 petition to…

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Automotive Production Slowed Due To Global Microchip Shortage

Control Unit Microchip from Car

A global shortage of computer microchips is forcing automakers to scale back production. A Ford plant in Louisville, Kentucky was forced to temporarily halt production this week. The problem was a shortage of critical microprocessors and other computer chips that help power today’s vehicles. Fiat Chrysler was also forced to idle production in Ontario, Canada.…

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Microsoft Teams With General Motors On Self-Driving Cars

Microsoft is joining the growing list of companies getting into the self-driving car segment. Microsoft has announced that it will join forces with Cruise (the self-driving subsidiary of General Motors) to help speed up the commercialization of autonomous vehicles. The software giant is also contributing $2 billion to a new equity investment fund for Cruise.…

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Tesla Finally Starts Selling The Model Y in China

Tesla has begun rolling out locally made Model Y crossover vehicles in China, reaching an important milestone for the company. Tesla announced the news on Twitter. The post included photos of its Model Y SUV being purchased from a company showroom in China. The Model Y is the second vehicle Tesla has manufactured and sold…

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Five-Minute EV Battery Charges Could Change Everything

EV Battery

For most people, switching to an electric vehicle comes with a small number of valid concerns. Perhaps chief among them is the charging problem. Currently, charging is a slow process — slower than filling your gas tank, at least. Plus there are still way more gas stations dotting the country than there are charging stations.…

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GM To Build Electric Delivery Vans In Canada

General Motors sign

General Motors will spend $1 billion to transform its CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada to make commercial electric vehicles. They will be sold to delivery giants that include FedEx. GM has reached a tentative deal with autoworker union Unifor that will see the manufacturer build its new line of electric commercial vans north of…

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