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Majority of workers at Mercedes plant in Alabama sign UAW authorization cards

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A majority of workers at Mercedes-Benz's largest plant in the United States have signed authorization cards for United Auto Workers representation, the union said on Tuesday.

The milestone comes less than seven weeks since the Detroit-based union hit the 30% milestone at the plant in Vance, Alabama, outside Tuscaloosa. Securing a majority of ...Read more

Study: Lower gas prices make ICEs more affordable to fuel up than EVs

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With gasoline prices dropping, a new study suggests gas-powered vehicles may be more economic to fuel up versus an equivalent electric vehicle.

Entry-level gas-powered cars like the Honda Civic and Subaru Impreza had an average fueling cost of $9.46 per 100 purposeful miles, which are defined as those going to a destination, not a gas or ...Read more

Italy reached out to BYD about plans for European car plant

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BYD Co. has been contacted by the Italian government as part of the country’s efforts to attract a second car manufacturer beyond Fiat maker Stellantis NV.

“We have some contacts to discuss about that,” Michael Shu, managing director of BYD Europe, said in an interview at the Geneva International Motor Show. The need for a second ...Read more

Presidential election a fork in the road for automakers' EV plans

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DETROIT — Depending on whom Americans elect to the presidency in November, the U.S. auto industry could be looking at two vastly different product and profitability scenarios.

As a result, the industry is holding its breath. The Biden administration last year proposed stricter emissions regulations into the next decade, suggesting EV ...Read more

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Jeep cuts US pricing as new leaders alter strategy ahead of EV launches

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AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Jeep has cut pricing on its lineup as a part of an altered strategy under new brand leadership after the automaker bled U.S. market share and is set to launch its first all-electric vehicles in North America.

Jeep sales declined 6% in 2023 in the United States. It’s facing increasing competition in niches that for ...Read more

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Ford pauses F-150 Lightning shipments as part of lengthened quality check

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Ford Motor Co. has paused shipments of the 2024 F-150 Lightning pickup truck as part of a longer-than-expected quality check process.

A spokesperson declined to specify why the quality check is taking so long. The stop-shipment went into effect on Feb. 9 after shipments of the '24 Lightnings began last month. Despite the hold, production of the...Read more

Hyundai EV plant needs lots of water. Some fear plans to drill wells

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SOUTH BULLOCH COUNTY, Georgia — On nearly 3,000 acres 20 miles west of Savannah, Hyundai Motor Group is racing to finish its “Metaplant” electric vehicle factory by early 2025, if not sooner.

The plant — Georgia’s largest economic development project, which Hyundai has promised will employ 8,500 — has already begun to transform a ...Read more

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Once the darling of the EV world, the electric truck-maker Rivian is reeling

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Rivian Automotive Inc. emerged as a darling of investors — a brand with promise of bringing the "cool" factor to the once-red-hot market for electric vehicles.

But the Irvine-based company hit the brakes Wednesday, announcing a 10% cut to its workforce and lower production expectations. The news sent its stock plummeting. The 25% drop in ...Read more

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Mercedes US executive warned against unionizing at mandatory meeting, UAW says

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A high-ranking Mercedes-Benz Group AG executive held a mandatory anti-union meeting this week for the workforce of an Alabama plant the United Auto Workers is trying to organize, the union said.

Michael Göbel, who oversees production in North America and is chief executive officer of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc., addressed employees ...Read more

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Ready for an 800-volt jolt? Carmakers are unveiling new fast-charging EVs

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Automakers are rolling out new 800-volt electric vehicle platforms, which promise to cut charging time in half, though BloombergNEF analysis finds a few of the biggest manufacturers are still hesitating to invest in the new technology, leaving them at risk of getting left behind.

Today most EVs are based on 400-volt architectures — and for a...Read more

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Auto review: Navi-savvy Honda Prologue EV takes on Tesla

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HEALDSBURG, California — Honda entered the U.S. market in earnest in the 1970s and ‘80s, selling affordable, fun-to-drive Civic compacts and Accord sedans to budget-conscious buyers. I was one of those customers, ultimately buying two Civics and an Accord for my young family.

For Honda 2.0, the Japanese automaker is going electric at a much...Read more

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Auto review: 2025 Ram 1500: The Joy of Six

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In light of the sagging battery electric vehicle sales, it’s worth mentioning that the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Ram 1500 accounted for 13.1 percent of new vehicles sales in the U.S. in 2023. In comparison, electric vehicles captured 7.6 percent. This may annoy tree-huggers, but wishes are not reality.

This is what makes...Read more

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Auto review: Buick Envista is the best bang for the buck in 2024

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A luxury car base-priced under $25,000 is easily an anomaly. But when it comes to Buick and its newest release, the Envista, a new age is born. This vehicle is outstanding, boasting a new design, new vehicle release on the shared Chevrolet Trailblazer frame and a new logo. Excellent styling brings the 2024 Buick Envista to Grasso’s Garage ...Read more

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Rivian laying off 10% of salaried workforce as EV demand slows

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Facing an industrywide slowdown in demand for electric vehicles, Rivian is laying off 10% of its salaried workforce, including a small number of employees at its downstate Normal assembly plant.

California-based Rivian has more than 8,000 workers in Normal, including about 7,000 hourly assembly workers who will not be affected by the layoffs, ...Read more

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Rivian to cut salaried jobs, forecasts flat production for 2024

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Electric vehicle upstart Rivian said Wednesday it will rein in costs, including by laying off some salaried workers, while maintaining its current levels of production as it looks to start construction this year on its future Georgia factory.

The California-based maker of electric trucks, SUVs and delivery vans said it will cut 10% of its ...Read more

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Ford, UAW reach tentative deal for Kentucky Truck Plant, averting Friday strike

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Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers local representing employees at Kentucky Truck Plant reached a tentative local agreement Wednesday morning, averting a strike at the Dearborn automaker's largest and most profitable plant.

The Detroit-based union confirmed the deal in a news release. Members still need to ratify the agreement. The UAW ...Read more

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UAW commits $40M to organizing non-union auto, battery workers by 2026

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The United Auto Workers said Wednesday it'll spend $40 million through 2026 toward organizing non-union auto and battery workers in a decision underscoring its commitment to expanding its membership and influence.

The Detroit-based union's governing International Executive Board voted Tuesday to commit the funds. This is the first time the UAW ...Read more

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Motormouth: Where's the bumper?

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Q: As I recall, in the 1980s the federal government required cars to have bumpers that can withstand minor crashes of 5 mph with no damage. Is that still a requirement? Some current models (e.g., Lexus, Toyota) have grills that have no apparent bumpers.

R.A., Charlotte, North Carolina

A: You may not always see them, but all cars have bumpers. ...Read more

GM issues stop sale on midsize pickups for software quality issues

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General Motors Co. has issued a pause on sales of the new GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickups after identifying software issues during validation, the automaker confirmed Tuesday.

GM has a fix for the issues and has begun implementing it on vehicles that started shipping to dealers Monday. The automaker expects the pause on sales,...Read more

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Stellantis CEO: 'No discussions on consolidation,' despite Chinese competition

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Stellantis NV CEO Carlos Tavares on Tuesday said there could be only five major global automakers left standing following the electrification transition — with Stellantis among them — though the company isn't pursuing new significant collaborations or mergers at this point.

"We're not," Tavares said during a roundtable with reporters in New...Read more