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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

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?


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

Waymo wants to offer robotaxis in California. But the state insists they be free

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Waymo wants to deploy a robotaxi service for the general public in parts of California as soon as possible. But that's unlikely, the company says, because California says it has to offer the service for free.

Last year, the California Public Utilities Commission allowed driverless "robotaxi" pilot programs in the state but banned permit-holders...Read more

Under the Hood: Upgrading headlamps to LED bulbs sounds great but can pose problems

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Q: My left headlight is dim on my 2013 Ford F-150. I'm wondering if a new bulb might fix it? I was also thinking about installing new lenses, as they are cloudy and have been polished once without much success. Another thought is to upgrade the bulbs to LED type. What are your opinions on this?

--Dave K.

A: It sounds like your truck might be ...Read more

Latest corruption charge points to alleged embezzlement by UAW president

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Prosecutors have accused UAW President Gary Jones and another union official who worked in the Missouri office Jones once led with embezzling as much as $700,000, in the latest twist in the ongoing corruption probe.

Jones, previously identified as UAW Official A, is referenced repeatedly in a criminal information filed Thursday in U.S. District...Read more

Auto review: Mazda6 sedan gets updates for 2019, including advanced safety technology

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The first Mazda6 rolled out in 2003, continuing the previous Mazda 626 midsize-sedan line.

For 2019, it's been thoroughly reworked under the sheet metal, offering a refined experience befitting of a more-expensive car, even though prices begin under $24,000.

This car is designed with the driver in mind and with a commitment to providing a ...Read more

FCA merger means you'll need to learn these car brand names

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If the announced merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Groupe of France takes place, it will bring numerous brands together -- most of them unfamiliar to Americans -- under the same corporate umbrella.

It's not likely that they'll suddenly show up on U.S. roads, but just in case you're interested in knowing what brands could someday ...Read more

Details released of FCA merger with Peugeot maker PSA Groupe

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DETROIT -- It's official: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Groupe intend to merge operations.

The companies early Thursday announced their plans for a 50-50 joint shareholder-owned entity that they said would save $4.11 billion (3.7 billion euro) annually without plant closures. The companies would have combined revenues of $189.06 billion (...Read more

Auto review: 760-horsepower 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 strikes like lightning

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DETROIT -- The menacing image of a king cobra poised to strike has been synonymous with Shelby Cobra Mustangs since 1965, but the badge for Ford's new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 -- at 760 horsepower, the most powerful street-legal Ford ever -- could equally easily be a winged pillow.

It's brutally quick -- 3.3 seconds 0-60 mph, 10.7 seconds in ...Read more