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1989 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series Represents A Rise In Popularity

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Throughout American automotive history the big three have gotten a good portion of the attention from enthusiasts and collectors, but most automakers actually put more effort into their sister-company offerings.

You only have to look as far as Lincoln and Ford to see that sometimes the better vehicle can be had by buying a car made by a subsidiary. Though Ford vehicles often drew more excitement from buyers, Lincoln was arguably the better choice. This is especially true of the 1989 Lincoln Town Car. It had all the makings of a true Luxury car but, with a 5.0-liter electronic fuel injected V8 engine and an automatic transmission with overdrive, it didn’t skimp on performance either. On top of this long list of excellent standard features, the Signature Series Town Car was reserved for buyers who only wanted the best of the best.

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Used vehicle costs to rise due to computer chip shortages

Get ready to pay higher prices for used cars.

A dearth of semiconductor chip production is cramping new-vehicle production , limiting the availability of certain models in the coming months and threatening to raise used-car prices as buyers hunt for alternatives.

The shortages of chips, a result of the pandemic, are rippling through the automotive industry, undercutting production at General Motors, Ford, Honda, Toyota and other companies.

The upshot is that the used-car market, in particular, is poised for significant disruption – likely in the form of higher prices.

A similar thing happened in 2020 when automakers were forced to temporarily stop the production of most new vehicles due to COVID-19 lockdowns. That drove more buyers into the used market, increasing prices.

“The used-car market went haywire,” says Ed Kim, vice president of industry analysis for AutoPacific. “I’m expecting to see more of the same thing year, but for

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Vision Chip Drives Rise of Self-Driving Cars

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The automotive world is making an important digital transformation. Cars and trucks are getting safer and smarter thanks to silicon and software that makes sense of the real world.

Executives at Ambarella Corp. ( (AMBA) – Get Report) reported Tuesday that the company shipped 300,000 computer vision enabled microprocessors to car companies last quarter alone.

This digital future of automobiles is here. Investors should buy component suppliers now.

There is a disconnect. Too many investors assume that self-driving cars will mark the coming out party for makers of smart technology. To get to truly autonomous vehicles, known as AVs for short, there are many regulatory hurdles, not to mention the cost of the expensive technology needed collect and make

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The Rise in EVs Boosts Lithium Miner Stocks SQM, Albemarle

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A rechargeable Lithium-ion battery


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Investors are convinced electric vehicles are the future of personal and commercial transportation. That belief is impacting sectors outside of the car business as much as it is affecting car stocks.

Lithium mining is one of those sectors. EVs need lithium for lithium-ion batteries that make the cars go. Two stocks are on the move Friday, adding to recent gains, after a new bullish take from Citigroup.

Analyst P.J. Juvekar upgraded

SQM

(ticker: SQM) and

Albemarle

(ALB) stock to Buy from Hold. His price target for SQM stock goes to $62 from $55. Juvekar’s price target for Albemarle stock goes to $184 from $176.

“We are turning more bullish on lithium due to: EV momentum in China and Europe, the dissipation of excess lithium inventory, and announcements by OEMs like GM to go all-electric by 2035,” writes the analyst

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