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Month: February 2024

Jeep Drops Prices, Prepares to Launch First EV — and Hints “Range-Extender” May Follow

Jeep Drops Prices, Prepares to Launch First EV — and Hints “Range-Extender” May Follow

He’s barely been on the job three months, but a lot has happened on his watch as Antonio Filosa, the new global CEO of the Jeep brand settles in. To start with, the off-road brand has cut prices on four of its best-selling model lines. But there’s more to come – soon – Filosa revealed during a media roundtable at the brand’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan on Friday. Among other things, Jeep is getting ready to launch production of its first EV, the Wagoneer S. And Filosa revealed that the automaker is looking at adding “range-extender” technology to future battery-electric models.

Auto Companies Fight Battle Against Global Counterfeit Parts Makers

Auto Companies Fight Battle Against Global Counterfeit Parts Makers

The recent investigation by U.S. Department of Homeland Security in metro Detroit turned up scores of counterfeit auto parts. The probe, aided by Detroit Three automakers, netted scores of inexpensive, but fake parts for Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge car parts. The bust is a microcosm of a much larger problem across the U.S. costing automakers billions of dollars. Find out more at Headlight.News.

Rivian Slashes 10% of Salaried Staff, Trims Production as EV Sales Growth Slows

Rivian Slashes 10% of Salaried Staff, Trims Production as EV Sales Growth Slows

Rivian announced it will slash both its corporate staff and production this year after reporting more than $1.5 billion in losses for the final three months of 2023. Even as it prepares to unveil an entirely new family of battery-electric vehicles, CEO RJ Scaringe warned the nascent automaker “is not immune” to the headwinds battering the U.S. EV market after four years of record growth. Separately, EV startup Lucid also forecast flattening sales after reporting worsening losses.

First Drive: 2024 Honda Prologue — A Partnership Pays Off

First Drive: 2024 Honda Prologue — A Partnership Pays Off

Honda is finally getting into the EV game, the automaker getting ready to roll its first long-range model into U.S. showrooms in the coming weeks. The name is an appropriate one, the 2024 Honda Prologue set to become the first in a planned family of EVs set to debut later this decade. While future models will be developed in-house, however, the Japanese automaker took a shortcut with Prologue, turning to its longtime Detroit rival, General Motors for help. Headlight.News has the back story — and a first review of the 2024 Honda Prologue.

First Drive: 2025 Ram 1500: More Power, More Tech, More Money

First Drive: 2025 Ram 1500: More Power, More Tech, More Money

The full-size truck market is about to get more competitive as Ram rolls out a major update of the 1500 pickup. The 2025 package has plenty to offer, from two versions of the new Hurricane engine to the all-new premium Tungsten edition. There’s plenty of new technology, as well, including the new Hands-free Driving Assist system. But you can also expect to spend more money, Headlight.News headed to Texas Hill Country to get some time behind the wheel of the 2025 Ram 1500.

Cadillac Lyriq Regains $7,500 Federal Tax Credit — Gets Leg Up on Rivals

Cadillac Lyriq Regains $7,500 Federal Tax Credit — Gets Leg Up on Rivals

After revising its supply chain, Cadillac once again can offer $7,500 in federal tax credits to buyers of the Lyriq EV. The automaker briefly lost those incentives after the U.S. Treasury updated guidelines under the Inflation Reduction Act on January 1. The news means Caddy gets a critical advantage over a number of competing luxury EVs that have also lost their tax credits this year.

Ford Cuts Mach-E Pricing, Adds New F-150 Lightning Incentives

Ford Cuts Mach-E Pricing, Adds New F-150 Lightning Incentives

Hoping to perk up a slowing EV market, Ford Motor Co. has announced some lucrative financial deals for its two retail battery-electric models, the Mustang Mach-E and the F-150 Lightning. Price cuts on the electric crossover run as high as $8,100, while there’s as much as $12,500 in “bonus cash” on the battery pickup.