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Production

Ford Briefly Stops Production at 2 Plants After Workers Test Positive for COVID-19

Safety protocols get early test as industry relaunches U.S. production

Materials & Lightweighting

Honda Modifies Odyssey for COVID-19 Testing

Plastic partition helps protect drivers transporting people to Detroit test sites

Design

Designer of Original Mustang Dies at 87

Gale Halderman’s 1962 sketch won a Ford design contest that led to the original Mustang 

Hybrid

Lincoln Pulls the Plug on Rivian-Based EV

COVID-19 continues to take its toll on vehicle programs

Business

GM and Ford Have a Lot of Loyalty

2019 customers show solid support for OEMs with Automotive Loyalty Awards

Marketing

Ford, Nationwide Partner on Sharing Driver Data

Service simplifies monitoring of driver behavior

Business

Mike Bell Departs Rivian as CTO

Long-time Apple tech guru Mike Bell leaves EV startup after 9 months

Interiors & Electronics

Premium Interiors for Mid-Range Prices (Less Than $50,000)

The little things can add up to provide comfort, convenience and functionality

Business

Hyundai Turns to California Startup for EV Platform

Canoo to provide “skateboard” architecture for a range of future Hyundai/Kia models

Fuel Cells

Vehicular Lightweighting: Path. Strategy. Endgame.

The automaker with the best solution for reducing weight will be the one with the clearest vision of the endgame and the strategy to get there.

Propulsion

Rivian Confirms Platform for Ford EV

Electric-truck startup Rivian Automotive confirms it will supply the “skateboard” chassis to carry a premium-level electric vehicle developed by Ford.

Batteries

Green Luxury

Karma Revero Hybrid and BMW Wireless Charging Nab Awards

Who Won the 2020 NACTOY Awards?

The final ballots are actually tabulated and kept secret by Deloitte before being revealed on stage in Detroit. . . .

Economics

EV Startup Rivian Gets $1.3 Billion in New Funding

Electric car startups are still attracting major funding from hopeful investors. The latest example: $1.3 billion landed by Michigan-based Rivian Automotive.

Regulations

Ford Recall Targets Brake System Flaw

Ford is recalling 600,000 midsize sedans in the U.S. to fix hydraulic systems that could make the brake pedal suddenly feel spongy.

Production

2019 Lexus ES 350 Ultra Luxury

For being the “entry-lux” sedan, this really is one fine automobile

Propulsion

Caddy ICE Age Coming to an End?

The bulk of Cadillac’s lineup—and perhaps all of it—will consist of electric vehicles by 2030, the company says.

Composites

Ford Puts McDonald’s Coffee to Use in Car Parts

Ford Motor Co. plans to begin using composite materials derived from coffee remnants supplied by fast food giant McDonald’s Corp. in future vehicle parts to reduce weight and enhance sustainability.

Sales

The Market in China

Are vehicle sales in China down? Sure. But that may be a temporary glitch in what otherwise seemed to be a relentless increase over the past several years.

Hybrid

Lincoln to Use EV Chassis by Rivian?

Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln brand reportedly plans to introduce its first battery-powered SUV in 2022, using a platform developed by EV startup Rivian Automotive LLC.

Design

Engineering the 2020 Lincoln Corsair

These are the elements that make up both a promise and a bill of materials.

Domestics, Hyundai/Kia Dominate N. American Vehicle Finalists

U.S. nameplates account for five of the nine finalists vying for the 2020 North American Car, Truck and Utility vehicles of the year awards.

Propulsion

Lincoln Corsair Gets AWD Plug-In Treatment

Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln unit is adding a plug-in hybrid variant of the all-new Corsair compact crossover vehicle that debuted earlier this year.

New ’Vette, Ram HD, Kia Telluride Win Motor Trend Awards

Motor Trend has named the Chevrolet Corvette, Ram Heavy Duty pickup and Kia Telluride SUV/crossover vehicle as its Car, Truck and SUV of the year, respectively.