DETROIT -- The UAW has sent a letter to its National General Motors Council summoning union local officers to Detroit on Thursday for a morning meeting at the Marriott downtown.
Meanwhile, negotiators for GM and the UAW wrapped up a day of talks Monday evening, on the 29th day of a nationwide strike against the automaker. Negotiations are ...Read more
DETROIT -- By early Monday morning, three main sticking points remained between General Motors and UAW negotiators as they pushed to close in on a new tentative contract.
The two sides worked long hours over the weekend, finishing up around 10 p.m. Sunday. Negotiators were meeting at the main table again by midmorning Monday as roughly 46,000 ...Read more
General Motors' sales in China fell by 17.5% in the third quarter from the same period in 2018, the company's fifth consecutive quarterly decline in the world's largest auto market.
The company said it delivered 689,531 vehicles in China during the period "in the midst of the continued soft vehicle market."
It's bad news as the Detroit ...Read more
Q: After a recent storm, an owner of a new BMW 540 told me his car was heavily damaged by hail. He was at work during the storm, and his car was in the parking lot. The worst part, according to him, was that not all the cars in the lot suffered hail damage and that his did not fare any better than a KIA. His theory is that BMW is either trying ...Read more
Q: I just had my car serviced and was told I need new struts. It's a 2014 Honda Accord with 47,000 miles. The man pushed me very strongly saying it's a "safety concern" and I should have them done right away. I figured I'd get a second opinion. What do these parts do? Is this something my husband could replace?
A: Oh boy! It may be ...Read more
The 2019 BMW 330i sport sedan explores how to meld the brand's claim to be "ultimate driving machine" with rising levels of driver assistance, but it locks down the title for "ultimate display of gall by an automaker."
For 2020, BMW moved from its previous practice of charging customers once for a feature other brands made standard years ago to...Read more
Boeing Co. hopes one day you can ditch the terrestrial street traffic and fly through the clouds in your own airborne vehicle.
The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer and Porsche, the German sports car automaker, announced a partnership Thursday to study the air mobility market. The companies will also work on a prototype for an electric ...Read more
Is the sports car dead?
It's a fair question to ask. While many scribes are moaning about the demise of the sedan, they still account for 30 percent of the American car market. In reality, it's the sports car that is truly nearing extinction -- at least in the mass market.
Sad, I know.
But two recent vehicles by the same manufacturer proved ...Read more
For 2019, the Ford F-150 pickup from America's truck leader has some exciting upgrades and additions.
Tough, smart and capable, the F-150 has class-leading capability, outperforming others whether hauling cargo in the bed or towing a trailer, making the toughest task look easy on the job or on a fun weekend.
With seven trims available, priced ...Read more
DETROIT -- Made in America tops the list of sticking points to be resolved between the UAW and General Motors to get to a tentative contract agreement.
For the 46,000 UAW members in the fourth week of nationwide strike against GM, a promise that the company will build upcoming vehicles in U.S. plants equals job security. The two sides ...Read more
Derrick Hughes and his team will do whatever it takes to sell trucks and cars during the slow months of deer hunting season, so they're giving away guns along with Bibles and flags at their Ford dealership in tiny Honea Path, S.C.
"It's crazy," Hughes told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday. "We've had multiple people take advantage of the ...Read more
Consumer Reports tested Tesla's new Smart Summon feature and found it wanting.
Smart Summon "was glitchy and at times worked intermittently, without a lot of benefit for consumers," the product and service-testing organization said Wednesday.
Tesla released Smart Summon in late September via an over-the-air software update to owners who had ...Read more
DETROIT -- This past spring, local UAW leaders from across the country gathered in Detroit to meet the UAW's top negotiators at the Renaissance Center.
One leader noticed a 10-year-old Chevrolet Malibu sedan roll up to the entrance, driven by a rather unassuming 62-year-old man. The car had placards taped to the windows: "GM: We invested in you...Read more
DETROIT -- General Motors' much-anticipated Chevrolet 2020 Corvette Stingray will be delayed going to market because of the UAW strike, the Free Press has learned.
Two people familiar with GM's production plans said the automaker will have to delay the production and launch of eighth-generation Corvette as it works to catch up on production of ...Read more
DETROIT -- The UAW's lead negotiator said Sunday that talks with General Motors have "taken a turn for the worse."
The surprise negative development followed reports of progress in recent days and adds more uncertainty to when the UAW's 3-week-old strike against GM might come to an end.
In fact, a person close to the talks told the Free Press ...Read more
Q: I have a question about servicing an automatic transmission. My maintenance schedule says to drain and replace the fluid at 120,000 miles. A friend in the business says this is crazy and that I should do this sooner. What is your take?
-- Alan B.
A: Renewing transmission fluid more regularly than 120,000 miles could certainly help extend ...Read more
Tesla unleashed the latest twist in driverless car technology last week, raising more questions about whether autonomous vehicles are outracing public officials and safety regulators.
The Palo Alto electric car company on Sept. 26 beamed a software feature called Smart Summon to Tesla owners who prepaid for it. Using a smartphone, a person can ...Read more
DETROIT -- Late nights, early mornings and a lot of hurry up to wait.
That's the life of UAW and General Motors bargainers who are enduring a process that is emotionally and intellectually grueling, say two former labor negotiators and people close to the 2019 talks.
Since roughly 46,000 autoworkers went on strike early Sept. 16 at GM sites ...Read more
DETROIT -- Some analysts estimate the UAW's nationwide strike against General Motors has cost the company about $1 billion so far.
But GM can withstand the financial losses because of what it stands to gain with a new UAW contract: a deep discount to labor costs.
That's a big deal. Industrywide, labor is about 5.1% of the cost of the average ...Read more
CARMEL, Calif. -- Sleek and loaded with advanced features, the 2020 Lincoln Corsair five-passenger SUV gives Ford's luxury brand a vehicle that can compete with compact and subcompact luxury SUVs like the Acura RDX, Audi Q3, BMW X3 and Cadillac XT4.
The Corsair replaces the MKC, which was 1.4 inches less long and 1.1 inch less tall than the new...Read more
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