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UAW workers ratify Ford contract securing $9K signing bonus, pay raises, new product

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DETROIT -- After two weeks of voting with little drama or controversy, UAW workers ratified their four-year contract with Ford by 56.3% of the vote, the UAW announced Friday evening.

The union announced the percentage without specific numbers after members finished casting votes nationally at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

"Every Ford employee and ...Read more

California, other states sue Trump again for revoking authority to limit auto emissions

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LOS ANGELES -- California and a coalition of other states filed another lawsuit against the Trump administration Friday challenging its move to revoke their ability to set tougher auto emissions standards than the federal government.

California was joined by 22 other states, Washington, D.C., and the cities of Los Angeles and New York in filing...Read more

Under the Hood: Stalling, hesitating has no clear cause in Forester

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Q: Over the past year, my 2010 Subaru Forester intermittently stalls and hesitates while I'm driving. By hesitating, I mean the car loses power and the check-engine light comes on and flashes. I can limp the car along at about 40 km/hr until it "kicks" in and lurches ahead at which point the check-engine light goes off and the car returns to ...Read more

They turn '49 Mercurys and Shelby Cobras into EVs, one Tesla carcass at a time

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In a garage near South Los Angeles, metal fabricator Greg Abbott fits battery packs borrowed from a decommissioned Fiat 500E under the hood of a 1965 Mustang.

In Oceanside, Calif., former AAMCO mechanic Matthew Hauber combines the suspension system and battery packs from a totaled Tesla to make an 800-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Shelby Cobra.

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California pulls back clean-vehicle rebates to point them at lower-income buyers

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LOS ANGELES -- Starting in December, those looking to buy electric vehicles with a price tag of more than $60,000 won't qualify for California's clean-vehicle rebate. The rebate is also disappearing for plug-in hybrids with less than 35 miles of all-electric range.

The California Air Resources Board approved these changes, effective Dec. 3, as ...Read more

Auto review: Jeep Wrangler finally has a diesel engine: Here's what's great about it

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There's never been a diesel-powered Jeep Wrangler before, but after 20 minutes behind the wheel of the new 2020 Wrangler EcoDiesel, it's hard not to ask yourself, "What took 'em so long?"

Developing 442 pound-feet of torque at just 1,400 rpm, the 3.0L diesel V6 is a natural for clambering over boulders and through soft sand -- just what ...Read more

Elon Musk says next Tesla Gigafactory to be built in Berlin

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Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said Tuesday that electric carmaker has chosen Berlin as the next location for what will be the company's fourth massive Gigafactory.

Speaking at an awards ceremony in Germany, Musk confirmed the location. The company currently has such facilities in Reno, Nevada, where Tesla builds batteries; Buffalo, N.Y., ...Read more

Chrysler prodded dealers to absorb glut of 40,000 unordered cars

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NEW YORK -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has been manufacturing more cars and trucks than its U.S. dealers are willing to accept, at one point creating a nationwide glut of about 40,000 unordered vehicles and stoking tension with some of its retailers.

Four dealers, two of whom spoke on the condition they not be named, said Fiat Chrysler has ...Read more

2019 Toyota Sequoia? An SUV so solid and unchanging, it's almost petrified

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2019 Toyota Sequoia: When you need some space.

Price: $59,944 as tested. TRD Sport-Premium added $3,810 for leather seats with many adjustments, Entune premium audio, and more.

Conventional wisdom: Consumer Reports likes the "strong, refined power train, generous accommodations, towing capability," but not its "agility, braking, stiff, ...Read more

Uber says it may have to pay Waymo for self-driving car technology

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It appears that Uber is going to be dealing with the after-effects of its self-driving car technology trade secrets suit with Waymo for some time to come.

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Uber said that it "will likely" have to either enter a licensing deal with Google's Waymo, or make some high-priced changes to ...Read more

Wrench, Seattle mobile car-repair company, raises $20M to fuel expansion

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SEATTLE -- In just three years, Seattle-based Wrench has expanded into all 50 states, swallowed two similar startups and raised more than $30 million.

The company's app allows vehicle owners to book house calls for such problems as battery and radiator replacements, oil changes and brake jobs. Wrench announced this week it has raised $20 ...Read more

Under the Hood: Indicator-based maintenance recommendation systems are not ideal

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Q: Honda doesn't offer maintenance schedules in their manuals. You're supposed to use the letter codes as they pop up. Unfortunately, the minder keeps getting reset at 5,000 miles for oil changes, and I don't have a chance to see it. It's a 2010 Fit with 96,000 miles. Have I passed the time for tune-up?

--Paul

A: I agree, an indicator-based ...Read more

Those classic Shelby race cars in 'Ford v Ferrari' aren't what they seem

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When director James Mangold's new movie "Ford v Ferrari" hits theaters Nov. 15, car nuts may find themselves asking where the filmmakers found all those classic Carroll Shelby race cars from the 1960s, which sell for millions of dollars when they become available.

They didn't. The filmmakers borrowed modern versions of those vehicles from ...Read more

GM sells its Lordstown Assembly plant to electric truck start-up

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General Motors said it has sold its Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio after idling the plant in March.

GM sold the 6.2 million-square-foot facility to an investment group called Lordstown Motors, which is backed by electric truck maker Workhorse Group.

The amount of the sale is not being disclosed nor is a start-up date for production.

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US fraud prosecutors demand Ford Focus, Fiesta documents

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U.S. Department of Justice criminal fraud investigators have demanded documents related to the transmission used in about 2 million Ford Fiesta and Focus vehicles sold throughout this decade, the Free Press has learned.

The Free Press obtained a subpoena issued in April in Case No. 126 before a District of Columbia grand jury requesting "all ...Read more

GM UAW workers ponder the point of the strike in light of Ford's deal

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General Motors hourly workers Mike Yakim and Sean Crawford are lucky.

They each work at a GM factory pretty much guaranteed to keep building vehicles over the next four years. That's considered by union members to be job security.

Still, both men said they now think that the six-week strike against GM was not worth it in the end.

"I lost six ...Read more

Expect FCA-Peugeot merger plans to be 'elephant' in room during UAW talks

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DETROIT -- The real impact of the expected merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot will take some time to become clear, but an early test could come as negotiators for FCA and the UAW try to hammer out a new labor contract.

The announcement last week of a proposed 50-50 merger of FCA and PSA Groupe paints a broad picture of a global ...Read more

Sweet deal for UAW members ratified after Mack Truck strike called during GM standoff

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DETROIT -- While contract negotiations among Detroit 3 autoworkers dominate the headlines, UAW members ratified a four-year deal Sunday with Volvo-owned Mack Truck that protects jobs and provides notable health benefits.

"The members at Mack were able to hold the line on health care and add job security provisions and substantial raises during ...Read more

2 UAW members have plan to clean out 'corrupt' leadership amid federal probe

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DETROIT -- Two UAW members representing thousands are seeking a special convention to strip UAW leaders implicated in a federal corruption probe of their union membership.

Union members Omar Guevara and Brian Keller want to enact articles in the UAW constitution to clean out what they call corrupt UAW leadership.

The men run Facebook pages "...Read more

2019 Ford Expedition pulls like a beast, drives like a Winnebago

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2019 Ford Expedition Limited Stealth 4x4: When you need some space.

Price: $77,045 as tested. $7,540 for a Stealth Edition package (turning the chrome black, mostly) including panoramic roof, 360-degree camera, Driver Assistance Package, and voice-activated infotainment. $2,070 for Convenience Package, adding black roof rails, advanced cargo ...Read more