The Ford Focus Isn’t Dead Yet, But the Future Isn’t Looking Too Hot

The Ford Focus Isn't Dead Yet, But the Future Isn't Looking Too Hot

Image: Ford Americans never completely warmed up to the Focus, Ford’s alternately great and terrible compact. That’s why we lost it four years ago. In Europe, however, the Focus has enjoyed a more respected reputation. Or at least I thought it did, because the Focus’ days may be numbered there too, according to reports that … Read more

Why QuantumScape investors are still waiting for new EV batteries

Why QuantumScape investors are still waiting for new EV batteries

A solid-state battery development lab for QuantumScape. QuantumScape The electric vehicle space has seen a handful of impressive stock market debuts in recent years, but battery start-up QuantumScape’s first few weeks of trading were remarkable even by EV stock standards. QuantumScape, which was founded in 2010, went public via a merger with a special-purpose acquisition … Read more

Target and Microsoft may be just the beginning of a worrisome earnings trend

Target and Microsoft may be just the beginning of a worrisome earnings trend

Target is unlikely to be the only company with a bullseye on it during the upcoming earnings season. The retailer Tuesday warned for the second time in less than a month that its profits would take a hit from an inventory glut. The new guidance comes just days after Microsoft , in another high profile … Read more

5 things to know before the stock market opens Monday, June 6

5 things to know before the stock market opens Monday, June 6

Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Stocks set to bounce after Wall Street’s losing week Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, June 3, 2022. Brendan McDermid | Reuters Wall Street was set to … Read more

Autoworker union accuses GM’s joint venture of denying access for organizing

Autoworker union accuses GM's joint venture of denying access for organizing

Striking United Auto Workers members and supporters attend a speech by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders outside General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant on Sept. 25, 2019 in Detroit. Michael Wayland/CNBC DETROIT – The United Auto Workers union is accusing a new General Motors joint venture of denying access to workers to conduct a preliminary organizing vote. … Read more

Electric vehicles are in short supply. Here’s what you can find as gas prices soar

Electric vehicles are in short supply.  Here's what you can find as gas prices soar

Charging port for a Ford Motor Co. Mustang during the Washington Auto Show in Washington, DC, on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Al-Draco | Bloomberg | Getty Images As gas prices hit record highs, some Americans might be tempted to go electric and ease the pain at the pump. But finding a shiny, new electric vehicle … Read more

Electric vehicles are in short supply. Here’s what you can find as gas prices soar

Electric vehicles are in short supply.  Here's what you can find as gas prices soar

Charging port for a Ford Motor Co. Mustang during the Washington Auto Show in Washington, DC, on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Al-Draco | Bloomberg | Getty Images As gas prices hit record highs, some Americans might be tempted to go electric and ease the pain at the pump. But finding a shiny, new electric vehicle … Read more

Where the billions spent on driverless cars by US and China is heading

Where the billions spent on driverless cars by US and China is heading

An Apollo Robotaxi runs at Shougang Park as Baidu launches China’s first driverless taxi service in the city on May 2, 2021 in Beijing, China. He Luqi | Qianlong.com | Visual China Group | Getty Images For years, Alphabet’s Waymo and other leaders have promised autonomous vehicles are just around the bend. But that future … Read more

EV battery costs set to spike as raw material shortages drags on

EV battery costs set to spike as raw material shortages drags on

Attendees look at the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck at the Washington Auto Show in Washington on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images The cost to produce electric vehicles is primed to surge over the next four years, according to a new report, the result of scarcity … Read more

After the ‘hippie’ bus and Beetle, VW makes eyes at America once again

After the 'hippie' bus and Beetle, VW makes eyes at America once again

As Volkswagen looks to resurrect the Scout brand in the United States, CEO Herbert Diess has shed light on the decision, saying it represents an opportunity for the German auto giant to “become much more American.” VW announced plans to re-launch the Scout as a fully-electric pick-up and “rugged” SUV last Wednesday, with prototypes due … Read more