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Chevrolet, Ford dominate list of new vehicles Texas buyers chose most

The Ford F-150 Raptor is one of the most popular vehicles in Texas.

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Texas is home to country roads, highways, grid-planned city streets, and plenty of space for off-roading. Lucky for Texans, there's a new vehicle for every one of those surfaces. Which were the most popular in 2019? Online vehicle search tool iSeeCars crunched the data.

Austin, TX - Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Austin buyers most frequently choose the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The Chevy is also most popular in Charlotte and Greensboro-Winston Salem, North Carolina; Fresno, California; Jacksonville, Florida; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and St. Louis, Missouri.

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX - Ford F-150

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor

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Texans love their Ford trucks. Head to a steakhouse and you'll find them parked alongside the Mercedes sedans and Suburbans. The F-150 is also the most popular used vehicle in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Houston, TX - Ford F-150

2020 Ford F-150

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Like Austin, Houston has the same most popular new car and most popular used car. They're both the Ford F-150. The Ford F-150 isn't just popular in Houston. It's the most popular new vehicle in 20 of the top 50 U.S. cities.

San Antonio, TX - Ford F-150

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor

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San Antonio buyers also go for Ford. Like Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, the truck is the best-selling new and used vehicle in San Antonio, which is the seventh-most populated city in the U.S.

The most new popular vehicle in all of Texas, according to iSeeCars research, is the Ford F-150. The same truck is the most popular used vehicle.

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The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will be produced at GM's Tennessee plant.

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General Motors has already invested heavily into its first electric vehicle plant, the former Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center that is now Factory Zero. Now, the company has announced that its Spring Hill Manufacturing plant will be a second manufacturing base for electric vehicles.

The plant started its life as the home of the Saturn Corporation. It currently builds the Cadillac XT5 and XT6, and GMC Acadia. GM's release stated that the plant will continue to produce the Cadillacs and add the forthcoming 2023 Cadillac Lyriq to its assembly duties. Production of the Acadia will move to DM's Lansing Delta Township Assembly at the cost of $100 million. GM's Lansing plant is a LEED gold-certified automobile plant that currently produces the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse. The Acadias was made there until 2016 so the move is a homecoming of sorts.

2022 Chevrolet Traverse Chevrolet is refreshing the interior and exterior of its Traverse for 2022. Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

As part of the $2 billion investment into Spring Hill,GM will expand the plant's paint and body shop and comprehensively upgrade general assembly including new machines, conveyors, controls, and tooling. Work is slated to begin at the facility immediately.

Included in the $2 billion figure is $32 million to be invested at Flint Assembly (Michigan) for the future production of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickup trucks. An additional $17 million will be invested in the company's Romulus, Michigan propulsion plant to increase the capability to produce GM's 10-speed truck transmission, which is used in a number of key GM products including its trucks and SUVs.

Two smaller amounts, $3.5 million and $750,000 will be invested at Orion Assembly and in Brownstown Charter Township, Michigan, respectively, in relation to the company's production of the Cruise AV test vehicle.

In the last 19 months, GM has committed to invest more than $4.5 billion at three U.S. manufacturing sites to prepare those facilities for EV-related vehicle production.

Separately, GM and LG Chem formed a joint venture – Ultium Cells LLC – and together are investing more than $2.3 billion to build a new battery cell manufacturing plant in Lordstown, Ohio next to Lordstown Motors HQ that will create more than 1,100 new jobs. Construction of the facility is underway.

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The sale of every Ford Bronco will benefit America's wilderness. Ford Motor Company is establishing the Bronco Wild Fund, a charitable effort aimed at supporting the enjoyment and preservation of America's wilderness through a variety of grants and initiatives.

The endowment of the Wild Fund will be funded by a portion of the proceeds from Bronco two-door, four-door, and Bronco Sport sales, as well as Ford licensed merchandise. Ford says that the goal is for the fund to raise up to $5 million annually.

2021 Ford Bronco four-door Many orders have already been placed for the 2021 Bronco. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

As part of the announcement the company is taking first public steps today to showcase an aspect of what the fund was designed to do.

"The Bronco Wild Fund will help Bronco owners and off-road enthusiasts connect with the outdoors on a deeper, more personal level – ultimately enabling them to become responsible stewards of our nation's treasures," said Mark Grueber, Bronco brand marketing manager.

Strategic alliances will make the fund's efforts possible. The first two beneficiaries of the fund's support are the National Forest Foundation and Outward Bound USA. The National Forest Foundation, created by Congress in 1992, is the only nonprofit solely dedicated to protecting and promoting America's 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands. Ford has pledged to plant 1 million new trees by the end of 2021 in cooperation with the National Forest Foundation.

Founded in 1941, Outward Bound USA pioneered outdoor adventure learning around the world and now operates in more than 30 countries. The organization will receive funds to provide access for young people to learn and grow through outdoor experiences in some of our country's great wilderness spaces.

Outward Bound USA Outward Bound USA provides outdoor experiences for America's youth.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford says that future preservation initiatives will include financial support for reforestation and trail maintenance programs, forest health, fire mitigation, and restoration work.

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is expected to arrive at dealerships soon. The Bronco two-door and four-door will following in 2021.

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