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Fiat Chrysler agrees to limit Michigan state tax credit

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LANSING, Mich. -- The state of Michigan on Tuesday modified its tax credit agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to nearly $2 billion in an effort to cap a broader liability that critics say helped blow a hole in the state budget earlier this year.

The so-called MEGA tax credit for FCA was originally estimated at $1.3 billion and will end up...Read more

UAW reaches end of winding road with Detroit automakers

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DETROIT -- This cycle of Detroit's once-every-four-years ritual of UAW union negotiations and ratification is finally over. No one involved is completely happy and that's a good sign.

Negotiations began with Fiat Chrysler, and late Friday, after months of grueling talks, General Motors and Ford ratified their agreements.

There are many ...Read more

TrueCar names former boss its new chief executive

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LOS ANGELES -- Online car-shopping portal TrueCar Inc. on Monday named former boss Chip Perry as its new president and chief executive, effective Dec. 15.

Perry, 62, will succeed TrueCar founder Scott Painter, who abruptly announced in August that he would step down as chief executive amid the company's ongoing losses and some ...Read more

Tesla recalls all Model S cars over seat belt issue

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Tesla Motors Inc. said Friday it will voluntarily recall all Model S sedans to check a potential issue with the front seat belts.

In an email to customers, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said it recently found a Model S in Europe with a front seat belt that was "improperly attached."

The car was not involved in an accident and no injuries...Read more

Tesla issues voluntary recall for Model S

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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Tesla Motors on Friday issued a voluntary recall of its Model S electric sedan because of faulty seatbelts that may accidently uncouple.

The luxury automaker emailed Model S owners to say it received a complaint from a owner in Europe, and were issuing a voluntary recall in an abundance of caution. The seatbelt has not been...Read more

Apple CarPlay: Can it get you to the taqueria?

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HAYWARD, Calif. -- Take me to the nearest taqueria.

This is not a command I would normally impose on a Honda Accord, but I was steering a brand-new 2016 model possessed by Apple's virtual assistant Siri.

Honda's family sedan is one of a growing number of cars that can be outfitted with Apple CarPlay or rival Google's Android Auto, smart ...Read more

Ford's ambitious global seat for use in all vehicles

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DETROIT -- Ford thinks it has a front seat to being the best in the world.

The automaker has developed a global front seat structure that can be used in almost every vehicle it builds.

If you are not at the edge of your seat yet, consider that automakers make millions of vehicles annually and seats must be designed for a vast array of body ...Read more

California is steering the automobile industry toward its future

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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Within walking distance of Tesla Motors' Palo Alto headquarters and across the street from Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor Co. has set up a new Silicon Valley outpost.

With a team of 100 reporting to a former Apple engineer, the Detroit giant is researching how humans experience machines, running autonomous-vehicle driving ...Read more

Auto review: 2016 Volkswagen Passat is remarkably unremarkable

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It's been four model years since Volkswagen, in an effort to catch the Toyota Camry, the top-selling sedan in America, recast its midsize Passat sedan, transforming it from a European debutante to an underachieving, oversized American.

The accountants did their work, and the results were easy to see. Gone was the Passat's sublime styling, ...Read more

Larry Printz: 'James Bond' cars that define their decade

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Ask anyone what car fictional British secret agent James Bond drives, and the most likely response will be, "Aston Martin." In the novels on which the films are based, however, author Ian Fleming's secret agent preferred supercharged pre-war Bentleys.

While the films have taken liberty with Bond's automotive preference, and 007 has over the ...Read more

Motoring Q&A: OK to downshift without braking?

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Q: I have a 2011 Subaru Outback with the 2.5-liter engine. I want to know if it is harmful to downshift often without using the brakes. Recently, I've been hearing a whining that I believe is coming from the transmission. I had the 60,000-mile service done, including replacing the transmission oil. I don't remember hearing the noise before the ...Read more

Lincoln piles on the luxury with its 2016 MKX

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The crossover segment is hot and the competition is fierce.

Lincoln's 2016 MKX will be vying for buyers against a whole batch of "X" sport utility vehicles: the BMW X5, Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX and segment leader Lexus RX. Complicating things for Lincoln, Lexus is coming out with a brand-new version of that SUV, a fourth generation of its top-...Read more

Under the Hood: Can't a woman trust a mechanic?

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Q: I saw your column in the Post-Bulletin in Rochester, Minn.

I know that sometimes if a woman goes to see a mechanic by herself, the mechanic will tell her something that isn't quite true. One time, when my husband was in the hospital, a warning light on the dash of my 2005 Toyota Highlander illuminated, indicating one of the vehicle's tires ...Read more

2016 Chevrolet Volt named Green Car of Year

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LOS ANGELES -- The Chevrolet Volt was named 2016 Green Car of the Year Thursday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, in recognition of improvements to every aspect of the extended-range hybrid that was first introduced in 2011.

Judges noted the 2016 model's "sleek and sporty design, more energy-dense batteries, new electric motors, and quicker ...Read more

Ford-UAW deal hanging by a thread in nationwide voting

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DETROIT -- Union workers at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant are the latest to soundly vote against a national contract with the automaker, casting further doubt about the UAW's ability to convince a majority of workers nationwide to ratify the agreement.

About 53 percent of the more than 31,000 workers who have voted so far have voted against the...Read more

UAW workers at Ford's Chicago factory reject national deal

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CHICAGO -- Union workers at Ford's assembly plant on the far South Side of Chicago have emphatically voted to reject a national contract that was described as the richest in the automaker's history, dealing a serious blow to Ford's hopes of ratifying the deal nationwide.

Production workers with United Auto Workers Local 551 at the plant -- Ford...Read more

LA Auto Show: Fiat Chrysler's ambitious new cars raise reliability issue

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In debuting two ambitious new automobiles at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Fiat Chrysler is trying to capitalize on a decades-long American love affair with Italian design.

The carmaker faces an uphill battle -- the result of an equally long American distrust of Italian engineering.

The automaker is using the Southern California platform to ...Read more

UAW union leader 'optimistic' Ford deal will pass

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DETROIT -- With the ratification prospects of the UAW union's tentative agreement with Ford appearing to be in jeopardy, UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles said Wednesday he still believes that the agreement will be approved by workers.

"I'm optimistic," Settles said during a press conference in suburban Detroit. "I know it's dark now, but I am ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Five battles the 2016 Chevy Camaro needs to win

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The recently unveiled 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will face five key challenges when it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of this year:

-- Performance

-- Fuel economy

-- Ergonomics

-- Styling

-- Interior comfort

If it wins on those fronts, this all-new Camaro could earn Chevrolet new customers and help establish it as a go-to brand for 21st ...Read more

Under the Hood: Truck won't stop blowing hot air

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Q: I'm hoping you can help me fix or at least understand what is happening with my 2006 GMC Yukon. All of the sudden hot air is coming out of the two driver's side air conditioning ducts regardless of what settings I attempt using on the control panel. It's so unpleasant to drive in warm weather. I can't use the vent or the air conditioner, and ...Read more