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Ford announces $1.2B investment at three Michigan facilities

Ford Motor Company on Tuesday announced a $1.2 billion investment in three Detroit-area automotive facilities, including the addition of 130 jobs. Ford said it will spend $850 million on a planned upgrade of its plant in Wayne, Michigan, for the Ford Bronco SUV and Ford Ranger small pickup. The company will also invest $150 million at an engine plant in Romeo, Michigan, which is where the 130 jobs will be added. Ford also announced a $200 million investment in a data center in Flat Rock to…
The improvements will also bring 130 new jobs.
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2018 Acura TLX will get the Precision concept's grille

The mid-cycle refresh for the Acura TLX is upon us, and the first teaser shows a car with the new corporate face. The dimly lit image shows the car's pentagonal grille we first saw on the Precision concept at last year's Detroit auto show, and is currently found on the MDX crossover. The full reveal will come on April 11 at the New York auto show. The new fascia should be a significant improvement over the boring, generic one found on the current TLX. A closer look under brighter light also…
The family face is spreading.
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Ford GT gets five drive modes, including V-Max for maximum speed

Every single year, new cars get more complicated. While some may see this as a negative – and it can be if you're the type who likes to wrench on your own car in your own garage – there's a reason for all those lines of code. Today's automobiles are faster, safer, and more efficient than ever before. For enthusiasts, it's that faster part that we're most concerned with, and, with its 216-mile-per-hour top speed, the upcoming Ford GT is the fastest car the Blue Oval has ever…
Want to hit the Ford GT's 216-mph top speed? Better turn its steering wheel-mounted dial to V-Max.
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iOS 10.3: CarPlay is a little better and Siri is your voice-activated fuel gauge

Yesterday, Apple released the latest version of iOS for the iPhone (and iPad and iPod touch – remember those?). And so of course yesterday I dutifully downloaded the update, went without my phone for the few minutes while it got kind of hot and installed the new OS, and then promptly forgot about it. When I got into my car for the night to head home, I was pleasantly surprised by a few tweaks and new features that anyone who drives a car and uses an iPhone should appreciate. We happen to…
Fewer taps required to switch apps, and Siri will tell you if your car doors are locked.
ETC

Italian police foil plot to snatch Enzo Ferrari's body

Italian authorities on Tuesday said they had foiled a plot to steal the body of automotive legend Enzo Ferrari. That's Enzo Ferrari the man, not Ferrari Enzo Ferrari the supercar. Ferrari died in 1988 at age 90. He founded the company that produces some of the world's fastest and most expensive cars. Police in Nuoro on the island of Sardinia told a news conference that a gang had planned to snatch the body and demand a ransom from the Ferrari family or the company, Reuters and Italian news…
Thirty-four people were arrested.

How to get the most out of your new car's gas mileage

Nobody wants to spend more at the pump than they have to, but many drivers don't realize all the little things they can do — both behind the wheel and as part of routine maintenance — to ease the financial sting when they fill up. Come up to speed gradually Aggressive driving has one of the most severe impacts on your mileage, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, lowering it by as much as 33 percent on the highway. Gunning your engine uses a lot of fuel. Sometimes it's…
Nobody wants to spend more at the pump than they have to, but many drivers don't realize all the little things they can do — both behind the wheel and as part of routine maintenance — to ease the financial sting when they fill up.
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