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UAW withholds Harris endorsement as Fain bashes Trump

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WASHINGTON — United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain, speaking to a teachers union Wednesday, repeatedly bashed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump but did not once mention the Democrats' new prospective nominee, Vice President Kamala Harris.

The union — a key group within American labor organizing, the auto industry and ...Read more

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Tesla misses profit estimates, extending weak start to 2024

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Tesla Inc. fell short of Wall Street profit estimates in the second quarter, extending a rocky start to the year marked by slower sales and mass firings across the company.

It was the fourth consecutive miss for the electric-vehicle maker, which on Tuesday reported adjusted earnings of 52 cents a share, short of the average analyst estimate of ...Read more

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GM posts strong 2nd quarter earnings, tops Wall Street expectations

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Leaning on a strong North American business, General Motors Co. beat expectations on Tuesday with second-quarter net income up 14% year over year to $2.9 billion on revenue of $47.9 billion, up 7%.

For the second consecutive quarter, GM increased its guidance for the year to adjusted earnings in the range of $13 billion to $15 billion, up from ...Read more

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GM delays Orion electric truck production by another six months

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General Motors Co. is again delaying the launch of electric truck production at its Orion Assembly plant, this time by six months to mid-2026, CEO Mary Barra told investors during the automaker's second-quarter earnings call Tuesday.

GM in October 2023 pushed back the launch of the electric trucks at the plant in Orion Township, Michigan, by ...Read more

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A new world coming: Bus maker Blue Bird embraces an electrified future

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The site where Muhammed Ali’s motor home was built will soon be humming again.

Not that The Greatest was the only one to snap up a WanderLodge back in the day when Blue Bird workers were churning out the 40-foot long, 6 mile-per-gallon behemoths. The $350,000 RVs were often outfitted with a bedroom, complete kitchen and several televisions.

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GM Wentzville plant down during UAW strike at Lear seating plant

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Production at General Motors Co.'s Wentzville, Missouri, midsize truck plant is down as the automaker awaits the end of a labor dispute at the plant's seat supplier plant owned by Lear Corp.

Five hundred Lear workers represented by United Auto Workers Local 282 are on strike "for their fair share," UAW Region 4 Director Brandon Campbell said in...Read more

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Revealed: Cadillac unveils Sollei electric concept convertible

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In a bid to show the world what it's capable of, Cadillac on Monday revealed the Sollei ultra-luxury concept electric convertible that takes a bite out of the brand's history while showcasing the best of new technology.

Building off of the hand-built, high-luxury electric Celestiq, Sollei, which combines 'SOL' (sun) and 'LEI' (leisure), ...Read more

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Lawsuit claims Tesla 'Autopilot' killed father of two in California crash

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Jason Bolton turned on Tesla's controversial "Autopilot" system while driving his Model 3 to a business meeting in the Bay Area from his Fresno, California, home. But just as he reached the Route 152 summit, the system malfunctioned, sending the car careening into a fatal crash, a lawsuit against Tesla by his wife and two daughters claims.

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Motormouth: Do I really need a new radiator?

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Q: I recently completed a 1,400-mile trip in my 2018 Cadillac XT5. Once home I took the car in for an oil change and was told that my radiator was about a quart low of coolant. The service adviser said I need to install a new radiator because it must be leaking. Do I really need to replace the radiator at a cost of $1,900? Temp gauge shows the ...Read more

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Why the presidential race could be affecting US car sales

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Inflation and high interest rates are weighing down sales of new cars and trucks in San Diego and across California but some industry analysts and dealers suspect another factor is quickly coming into play — anxiety about the upcoming presidential election.

“In my experience, when there’s uncertainty in national or international or state ...Read more

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Donald Trump uses convention stage to call for UAW leader's firing

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MILWAUKEE — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used the spotlight of his party's national convention on Thursday night to call for the firing of the leader of the United Auto Workers, escalating his ongoing feud with Shawn Fain, whose union labeled Trump a "scab."

Trump made his comment after saying China was building auto plants ...Read more

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EV road-trippers find ways to stay charged up

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WASHINGTON — As roadside chargers have become more common across the country, great American road trips are possible with electric vehicles. But they're not seamless.

A recent Fourth of July visit to West Virginia in the new 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV from this Washington policy reporter, plus conversations with Michigan EV drivers accustomed ...Read more

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Auto review: Acura MDX gets upgraded for the 2025 model year

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There are many Acura models with names that are sure to bring blank stares in most people, like the Acura SLX. Don’t remember it, do you? How about the CSX, RSX, or ZDX? Yet odds are you remember the MDX, Acura’s best-selling model, with more than 1.2 million sold in the past 24 years.

For the 2025 model year, it receives a number of minor ...Read more

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Auto review: 2024 BMW X5 M is luxury and power at its best

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BMW loves to provide power to its luxury vehicles, and this week it delivers a monster SUV to Grasso’s Garage: a 2024 BMW X5 M Competition in outstanding Santorini Blue.

For Ford Mustang lovers, Grabber Blue was the color to have back in the day, and BMW just did the unthinkable by making an almost identical color available on their top ...Read more

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Auto review: Stylish Hyundai Sonata punches above its class

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I’m old enough to remember the tin cans with roll-up windows that Hyundai displayed at the Detroit Auto Show in 2000. You’ve come a long way, baby.

The Hyundai Sonata has been one of the most stylish mainstream sedans in the U.S. market since its breakout, sixth-generation 2010 model — alongside the most stylish mainstream compact in the ...Read more

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US public EV chargers set to surpass gas stations in 8 years

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On April 16, piloting an electric vehicle through the north of North Dakota became far less fraught. That’s when a new fast-charging station switched on at a Simonson Station Store gas station in Minot, close to a Red Wing boot shop.

Zero-emission drivers around El Paso, Texas, can also rest easier thanks to two new stations up the road in ...Read more

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2025 Cadillac Escalade unveiled: More tech, more screens, more bling

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The blingtastic Cadillac Escalade is an American icon, the perennially best-selling mega-ute in a segment it defined. For the 2025 model year, it’s not sitting on its laurels.

The Escalade gets a major mid-cycle refresh with a upgrades like a 55-inch curved dash screen, auto-opening doors, and updated exterior lighting. The new features come ...Read more

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EREV boom in China might hold the secret to unlocking US EV market

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An alternative vehicle powertrain that's booming in China might hold the answer to encouraging Americans to adopt electric cars and trucks.

Extended-range electric vehicles, or EREVs (pronounced e-rev), fully run off a battery like a traditional electric vehicle, but they carry an onboard generator — typically a gas-powered engine — that ...Read more

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EV sales demand rebounds after soft start to 2024

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Electric vehicle sales had a bumpy start to 2024, but demand started to correct course during this year’s second quarter.

Most automakers — even struggling EV pioneer Tesla — saw EV sales pick up speed by the end of June, according to data from Cox Automotive. While Tesla’s sales are still down from last year, other vehicle brands are ...Read more

Tesla is on a hiring spree after Musk-ordered mass firings

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Tesla Inc. is looking to hire nearly 800 new employees, three months after Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk hastily ordered the largest round of layoffs in the company’s history.

The roles have steadily popped up on Tesla’s careers page in recent weeks, with positions spanning artificial intelligence specialists to more run-of-the-mill ...Read more