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Tesla: UAW seeks to unionize car maker, battle expected with CEO Elon Musk

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The United Auto Workers, freshly victorious against the Big Three U.S. auto companies, now has set its sights on Tesla.

The powerful labor union announced a campaign this week to unionize the pioneering electric car maker, and a dozen other non-unionized car companies, to boost wages, benefits and workers’ rights. It emerged this fall from ...Read more

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US sets limits on Chinese content to receive EV tax credits

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The Biden administration released long-awaited rules designed to block electric-vehicle manufacturers from sourcing battery materials from China and other foreign adversaries, while giving automakers some flexibility to comply with the new mandates.

The guidelines, which were required as part of a deal to extend the $7,500 tax credit through ...Read more

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US sets limits on Chinese content to receive EV tax credits

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The Biden administration released long-awaited rules designed to block electric-vehicle manufacturers from sourcing battery materials from China and other foreign adversaries, while giving automakers some flexibility to comply with the new mandates.

The guidelines, which were required as part of a deal to extend the $7,500 tax credit through ...Read more

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Auto review: 2023 Mercedes EQB offers treatments for 'range anxiety'

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Let’s call them the EV-tentative. These folks are interested in electric vehicles but haven’t quite flipped the switch yet because of that dreaded “range anxiety.”

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the term, it’s already in the Oxford dictionary: “Worry on the part of a person driving an electric car that the battery will run out...Read more

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Auto review: After nearly two decades, Toyota redesigns the Tacoma for 2024

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It finally happened, although it seemed like it never would have. Toyota finally redesigned its midsize pickup truck, the Toyota Tacoma, for the 2024 model year.

Of course, you can’t blame Toyota for milking every bit of profit out of the old truck. After all, it has long dominated its market segment, selling more than two-and-a-half times as...Read more

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Auto review: 2023 Integra Type S keeps Acura sporty

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As Acura, Honda Motor Co.’s upscale brand, continues to deliver exactly what consumers want, the four-door sedan is no secret to both brands. Originally the Integra, a two-door sports coupe, was eliminated for vehicles with three-letter naming conventions such as the RSX, TSX, TLX and others in larger categories. The Integra is back in the ...Read more

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UAW wants to organize non-union auto plants. The South is a big target

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The United Auto Workers on Wednesday said employees at non-union auto manufacturers across the U.S. have launched coordinated campaigns to organize their plants and join the union. Some of the biggest targets stretch across the South.

The sprawling campaign to organize workers at 13 non-union automakers follows the UAW’s successful ...Read more

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How to score an instant rebate on a new or used electric car in California

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Thinking about treating yourself to an electric car as a winter holiday gift? You might wait until Jan. 1, when new rules kick in that allow your down payment to be paid with free money from Uncle Sam.

If your income isn’t too high, and the car or truck you plan to buy isn’t ultra-luxe, you could qualify for instant cash back of up to $7,...Read more

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Elon Musk delivers first Tesla Cybertrucks, calling them 'the most unique thing on the road'

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Four years after Elon Musk unveiled it with billowing clouds of smoke, balls of fire and a botched demonstration of its shatter-resistant windows, Tesla has finally made the first deliveries of its alien-punk Cybertruck.

Standing in the bed of the stainless-steel-clad electric pickup, which has been mired by production delays and skepticism ...Read more

Ford shares new guidance after UAW strike costs it $1.7B

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Ford Motor Co. on Thursday said it's anticipating full-year adjusted operating income of $10 billion to $10.5 billion in 2023 that reflects $1.7 billion in lost profits from the United Auto Workers' 41-day strike against it.

The Dearborn automaker had withdrawn its annual guidance last month pending the ratification of a tentative agreement ...Read more

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Electric-car makers can stop worrying so much about lithium

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Lithium’s price slump over the past year has been as dramatic as its climb — and it’s probably not finished yet.

The battery material’s benchmark price in China is now down about 80% from its November 2022 record high. At that time, lithium miners were enjoying soaring profits and carmakers were bemoaning surging costs.

Now, lithium’...Read more

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Chevy Tahoe/Suburban: More tech, more screen, more engine choices

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WARREN, Michigan — For its 12th generation in 2021, the Chevy Suburban (and sister Tahoe) mega-SUV went to the gym. In a complete body makeover, the pickup truck-based twins shed 300 pounds, gained 10 inches of length, an off-road Z71 model, and acres of interior room thanks to a space-saving independent rear suspension.

For their mid-product...Read more

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UAW organizing campaign seeks to double autoworker membership

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The United Auto Workers on Wednesday said its new organizing campaign seeks to double its auto industry membership.

The campaign that the union describes as an "unprecedented" effort targets autoworkers at more than a dozen non-union automakers. That would encompass nearly 150,000 non-union autoworkers. The Detroit-based union has 146,000 ...Read more

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Detroit Three fail to make top 10 in new Consumer Reports reliability study

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The Detroit Three automakers once again had a subpar performance in the latest Annual Auto Reliability study from Consumer Reports.

Bested by the Asian automakers, not one Detroit Three brand made the top 10 in the study, which was released Wednesday during an online press conference with the Automotive Press Association.

The top five brands ...Read more

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In reversal, GM considers bringing back hybrid options for North American market

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After years of pushing forward on its all-electric path, General Motors Co. is now reviewing whether to bring hybrid vehicle options back to vehicles it sells in the North American market.

The potential strategic reversal would be a dramatic move by GM. The Detroit automaker has championed plans for an all-electric fleet even as such rivals as ...Read more

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GM says UAW strike cost $1.1 billion, reinstates full-year guidance

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After losing an estimated $1.1 billion in operating profit during the United Auto Workers' 46-day strike, General Motors Co. is reinstating a full-year guidance of $11.7 billion $12.7 billion in operating profit, the company said Wednesday.

GM also announced a $10 billion accelerated share repurchase (ASR) program and that it intends to ...Read more

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Motormouth: Tips to avoid salt corrosion

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Q: We live part time on the East Coast, close to the ocean. The exposure to salt air accelerates corrosion. Do you have any suggestions on what we can do to minimize this? Also do you have any suggestions on vehicles that may be more corrosion resistant?

H.S., Chicago

A: Run it through a carwash that offers an undercarriage wash—even if it ...Read more

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Musk's Cybertruck is already a production nightmare for Tesla

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The Cybertruck hasn’t even hit the market yet, and Elon Musk already is lamenting that Tesla Inc. has dug its own grave.

Its stainless steel body may be able to withstand bullets and arrows, but it’s going to be a bear putting the panels together. It will be Tesla’s first high-voltage vehicle, offering the benefit of faster charging, but ...Read more

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Auto review: Hammer down in the Chinese-made, all-electric Mullen GT sportscar

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PASADENA, California — The electric Qiantu K50 lives.

In the parking lot of Santa Anita Park horse track. On an autocross course. On a Tuesday afternoon. Like a thoroughbred from a starting gate, I exploded out from under a pop-up tent into a tunnel of pylons. ZOT! I was in top of the first turn in an instant.

Boy, wish I had this kind of ...Read more

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Auto review: 2023 Honda Pilot gets the makeover it deserves

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While other manufacturers hurry to market with EV SUVs or tiptoe into the hybrid market, Honda continues to be the master of the consumer automobile market. In Grasso’s Garage this week, we test-drive the flagship 2023 Honda Pilot Elite.

Our tester was the fourth-generation 2023 Honda Pilot Elite wrapped in Modern Steel Metallic. The largest ...Read more