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GM-UAW contract negotiations: Where things stand on day 3 of strike

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DETROIT -- General Motors and the UAW returned to bargaining early Wednesday with negotiators buckling down at "all levels."

The parties have been meeting steadily at GM's headquarters in Detroit in an effort to reach a four-year contract agreement as 46,000 union workers enter the third day of a nationwide strike.

Sources close to the talks ...Read more

California governor, attorney general lash out at Trump plan on state's emissions standards

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday criticized the Trump administration's plan to rescind California's nearly half-century-old authority to impose tough car emissions standards, vowing to take legal action to block the move.

"California will prevail because we're leaders in this space," Newsom said.

Newsom's comments came ...Read more

Trump plans to revoke rule that allows Calif. to set stricter auto pollution standards

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is expected on Wednesday to revoke a decades-old rule that empowers California to set tougher car pollution standards than those required by the federal government -- putting the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a path to years of fighting in court.

The move, which has been in the works ...Read more

Emotional autoworkers cross striking janitors' picket lines in Flint, Mich.

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FLINT, Mich. -- In an emotional scene Sunday morning, UAW autoworkers passed picketing janitors represented by the same union just hours after the maintenance workers went on strike in an escalation of already-tense contract talks.

"This isn't what solidarity looks like," one autoworker said as he dropped off food to the janitors before ...Read more

UAW calls national strike against GM, first broad strike since 2007

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DETROIT -- The UAW Sunday morning called a nationwide strike against General Motors, set to start at midnight.

It's the first national UAW strike since 2007, when GM workers were out for two days.

The action does not include Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, whose UAW contracts were extended while the union tries to negotiate a deal with GM ...Read more

Mysterious problems disrupt delivery of 2020 Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator

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DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is quietly shipping thousands of 2020 Ford Explorers and Lincoln Aviators by truck from its Chicago factory to its Flat Rock plant south of Detroit as workers desperately attempt to identify and fix a series of complicated problems in the much-awaited SUVs.

Dealers in different parts of the country confirm they've been...Read more

Ford: Court of Appeals orders review of Focus, Fiesta owners' class-action settlement

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DETROIT -- The U.S 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday declined to approve a class-action settlement involving Ford Motor Co. and nearly 2 million owners and former owners of Focus and Fiesta vehicles with defective dual-clutch transmissions known as DPS6.

The judges vacated "final settlement approval" after Public Citizen, a nonprofit ...Read more

Under the Hood: Proper tire inflation is vitally important

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I thought I'd do something a little different today. Retirement from my automotive technology teaching job was short-lived, as I missed playing with kids and Monterey Peninsula College had an opening to staff an afternoon introduction to automotive technology class. It's a bit of a drive from the Santa Cruz Mountains, but a pleasant one, and ...Read more

Director of UAW Region 5, successor to union chief Jones, charged in corruption probe

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DETROIT – The current director of the UAW region covering 17 states from Missouri to California has been arrested and charged in the federal government's ongoing corruption investigation of the union, which has now spread well beyond allegations that worker training funds were misused.

Vance Pearson, 58, of St. Charles, Missouri, faces six ...Read more

Review: The Fiat 500X is a sporty ride in a small package

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I drove a rented 2018 Fiat 500 this summer in the Italian Alps and thought, "What a dog." Then I drove a new 2019 Fiat 500X in the Malibu mountains and thought, "What a blast!"

The difference between the two cars was under the hood. The 500 I drove in Malibu was powered by Fiat's all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine. It's a game changer.

Fiat...Read more

Review: Honda introduces the 2019 Passport as a contemporary two-row crossover

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For 2019, Honda has expanded its crossover utility lineup – and has brought back along-retired model name – with the introduction of the all-new, five-passenger midsize Passport, which slots between the compact CR-V and the larger three-row Pilot.

Some of you might recall that Honda sold its first midsize, five-passenger Passport sport-...Read more

Review: Every car should be a little like the 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid

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A day driving the 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid raises two questions:

1. Why on earth did it take Toyota more than 20 years to get around to making a hybrid version of its signature car?

2. Why, in 2019, does any automaker bother building a car that's not a hybrid?

The Corolla hybrid checks just about every box: fuel economy, value and -- with a...Read more

You can save big money on a new Ford Taurus, Jeep Wrangler, Chrysler Pacifica

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DETROIT -- Looking for a great deal on a new car? Buying site iSeecars.com has some tips on what models to look for to save up to 52% off MSRP.

You'd be surprised at how many new cars from previous model years are still on dealers' lots as the 2020 models start rolling into dealerships ... and how much you can save by picking one.

Buying the ...Read more

The old reliable Subaru Outback blazes through generations

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An early Subaru Outback ad from 25 years ago claimed the wagon had "more cargo space than a Honda Passport, more driver headroom than a Jeep Cherokee, ground clearance like a Ford Explorer, plus the riding comfort and fuel economy of a passenger car."

Not much has changed, yet much has changed.

"It was kind of that SUV, all-wheel-drive vehicle...Read more

Larry Printz: The Nissan Leaf is the electric car you never read about

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The government is incredibly talented at making our lives miserable. Consider the DMV. Few places are closer to hell on earth than this sloth-filled state agency, where speed and efficiency are two words that mean nothing.

And while government agencies can't run their own operations properly or profitably – compare the post office to FedEx or...Read more

Electric vehicle sales are up sharply in California, mostly due to Tesla

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Sales of new electric vehicles in California shot up 63.7% in the first half of the year, to 51,750 units, largely on the strength of the Tesla Model 3.

But that doesn't mean a golden age of electric vehicles has dawned. Pure electric cars still total only 5.5% of California car sales. Consumers, for the most part, are shrugging at EV offerings...Read more

UAW workers brace for potential strike, remember the unity of past walkouts

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DETROIT -- UAW member Kenneth Mefford has a vivid memory of the 2015 contract negotiations. He almost walked off the assembly line onto a picket line.

It was one minute before midnight on the expiration date of the union's contract. Workers had heard nothing on whether a new tentative deal had been struck.

"Everything stopped. We all stopped ...Read more

Lawyer uncovered GM crisis, took on automaker when NHTSA didn't

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DETROIT -- Lawyer Lance Cooper doesn't put much faith in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's ability to keep the public safe in vehicles.

And Cooper, 56, knows a little something about vehicle safety.

He's the guy who discovered the faulty ignition switches in millions of General Motors' cars. He blew the whistle in 2014 and ...Read more

Editorial: Why the Trump administration's auto antitrust probe is sure to flop

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The use of law-enforcement agencies for blatantly political purposes should be anathema in a healthy democracy. But President Donald Trump doesn't agree, as evidenced by the announcement that the Justice Department has begun a baseless antitrust investigation of Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW of North America.

Under federal law, an antitrust ...Read more

'Junk' rating for Ford from Moody's hurts ability to borrow money, warns investors

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DETROIT -- Ford Motor saw its credit rating downgraded to "junk" status by Moody's Investors Service late Monday.

The impact of the action, which occurred after the stock market closed, could increase the cost of borrowing money because the automaker is considered a higher credit risk -- sort of like a higher interest rate on a car loan for ...Read more