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UAW election: Challenger for president gains early lead, Region 1 poised for new director

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Early unofficial results in the United Auto Workers' first-ever direct elections of international officers confirmed that at least one runoff will occur, and showed numerous challengers to incumbent union officials ahead.

Vote tabulation began Tuesday. Turnout numbers released by the court-appointed monitor tasked with overseeing the union, as ...Read more

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Motormouth: Warranty woes

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Q: I have a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country that I purchased new. I also purchased the Chrysler Lifetime Maximum warranty. The ABS, BRAKE, ESP/BAS, ANTI-SKID warning lights came on. My dealership inspected the vehicle and tried to order a new sensor. They notified me that one was not available, either new or aftermarket. This was why I purchased ...Read more

Ford drives new dealer EV standards amid pushback -- as Wall Street watches

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Ford Motor Co. is moving forward with new standards governing how its retail network can sell electric vehicles amid some pushback from dealers — even as experts say the success of the EV strategy partly will depend on how the rollout goes.

The Blue Oval in September unveiled the new EV standards to its network of some 3,000 U.S. dealers at ...Read more

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Auto review: Infiniti finally gets it right with QX60

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It has been awhile since Infiniti has gotten it right, but with the recent redesign of Nissan’s Pathfinder, the Infiniti QX60 had no choice but to be good.

In Grasso’s Garage this week, it’s the upscale Pathfinder, the Infiniti QX60. Although we don’t notice a whole lot of exterior differences besides the chrome flare and larger wheels,...Read more

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Tesla recalls thousands of cars in China on software, seat belts

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Tesla Inc. is recalling almost 81,000 electric cars in China — more than it typically ships from its Shanghai factory in any given month — due to a software issue and seat belt problems.

The US EV maker will call back 70,434 imported Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles, and 10,127 China-made Model 3 cars, the nation’s State ...Read more

California Public Utilities Commission OKs $1B for EV charging project, mostly for trucks

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The California Public Utilities Commission has approved a $1 billion vehicle electrification charging project, with most of the money earmarked to accelerate the number of midsize- and heavy-duty trucks on the state's roads.

The rebate program will run for five years and costs will be spread out among utility ratepayers across California, with ...Read more

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Auto review: A new Crown tops Toyota's car lineup for 2023

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Fifty years after it last appeared in the United States, the 2023 Toyota Crown returns to the U.S. market as a replacement for the 2022 Toyota Avalon, which tried mightily to shed its stodgy image as a geezer pleaser in its final years. Toyota replaces it with a new model that’s oddly traditional, but not conventionally so. Planned with the ...Read more

Auto review: Wicked 600-hp Acura NSX Type S saves the best for last

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SOUTHFIELD, Michigan — The Acura NSX is galloping off into the sunset in style. For its last model year, the NSX gets a Type S performance model with 600 horsepower, carbon-fiber roof, sticky Pirelli P Zero PZ4 tires and quicker shifting.

Awesome. But can we talk styling?

As one of world’s rare mid-engine supercars — and one of only two ...Read more

Dude, where's my catalytic converter? Probably back in the supply chain

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SEATTLE — Tow truck driver Edgar Plata spent most of a recent Monday as he often does these days, picking up the pieces after a spree of catalytic converter thefts.

By the time he pulled up to my North Seattle home to tow my newly converter-less Honda, Plata, who works for Viking Towing, had already hauled off two vehicles with similarly ...Read more

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GM battery plant employees to vote for UAW representation in December

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An election to unionize the first General Motors Co. and LG Energy Solution battery cell manufacturing plant is scheduled for Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, according to a National Labor Relations Board filing.

The United Auto Workers in October filed to have a union election on behalf of about 900 workers at the joint-venture Ultium Cells LLC plant in ...Read more

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Motormouth: The fine print on car parts

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Q: Recently, I was told by two repair shops that I needed to replace the original catalytic converter on my 2005 Honda Accord coupe. The Honda dealer where I purchased the car recommended a certain shop because a particular mechanic working there might be able to save the old one with welding or using an expander. The dealer said a new OEM cat ...Read more

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Fiat in North America will pursue wealthy city dwellers

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The arrival of the North American all-electric Fiat 500e in 2024 will mark the new direction of Stellantis NV's Italian small-car brand on the continent: pursuing wealthy, urban buyers looking for a fun ride.

Fiat CEO Olivier François told The Detroit News from the Los Angeles Auto Show that the 500 hatchback is Fiat, and it won't pursue here ...Read more

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GM tells investors its EV business will deliver profits by 2025

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General Motor Co.'s electric vehicle portfolio will be profitable by 2025, executives told investors Thursday in New York, delivering what it called low- to mid-single-digit adjusted margins to the bottom line.

Executives also said GM's 2022 earnings before taxes are now projected to range between $13.5 billion and $14.5 billion, a slight ...Read more

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GM startup BrightDrop projects $1 billion in revenue next year

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BrightDrop, a General Motors Co. startup, focused on offering electric delivery options, told investors on Thursday it's on track to reach $1 billion in revenue in 2023.

The startup has previously only given specific revenue expectations of $5 billion by mid-decade and possibly $10 billion by 2030. The company confirmed it will generate up to $...Read more

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Auto review: Despite the nip and tuck, Nissan's 2023 Altima remains the same -- kinda

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Some things never change, despite our best efforts. We will never be thin enough, young enough nor good looking enough. You could almost hear the Nissan Altima thinking the same thing — kind of. It doesn’t have the spotless reliability of the Toyota Camry, but it’s nowhere near as dull, either. The Honda Accord has always been the life of ...Read more

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Auto review: BMW iX M60 is a great mix of luxury and EV

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Step aside, Tesla!

When thinking of EV vehicles, Elon Musk's brand the first that comes to mind. But BMW has stepped up to the plate with a wave as it stomps the competition with its new 2023 iX M60.

Auto manufacturers are in full “go mode” trying to perfect the EV and compete with others leading the way. With significant tax credits in ...Read more

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Auto review: Subaru's Wilderness goes one better in the wild

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Subaru has gone to great lengths to entice outdoor enthusiasts with its well-touted symmetrical all-wheel-drive, and model names like Forester, Outback and Crosstrek.

But nothing says rugged better than the new Wilderness trim, actually a new sub-brand for Subaru. It's already affixed to the Outback and now joins the Forester lineup for 2022 ...Read more

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As ballot deadline nears, UAW presidential candidate sues for extension

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A candidate in the race to become president of the United Auto Workers is suing the union and its court-appointed monitor in an effort to extend the deadline by when members can request ballots and return them in the first direct election of top officers.

Will Lehman, 35, a worker at Mack Trucks Inc. in Macungie, Pennsylvania, on Thursday filed...Read more

Stellantis acquires AiMotive, an autonomous driving software startup

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The maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks said Thursday it will acquire AiMotive, a startup for artificial intelligence and autonomous driving software.

It's a move, Stellantis NV said in a news release, to accelerate the development of the STLA AutoDrive platform it announced almost a year ago. That technology is said to launch in 2024 and ...Read more

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Motormouth: An easier way to do it

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Q: An internet video shows Subaru Outback coolant being drained by loosening the lower water hose. Is there any easier way to drain the fluid?

B.K., Riverwoods, Illinois

A: Yep. There is a drain plug at the bottom of the radiator. (You may have to remove a cover to gain access.) But if you are impatient and want to get a bit more coolant out ...Read more