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Ford's Farley claims UAW is 'holding the deal hostage over battery plants'

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Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley on Friday accused the United Auto Workers of "holding the deal hostage" over the automaker's four planned battery plants in the United States.

Farley's remarks about ongoing contract negotiations with the UAW came on the heels of the union expanding its strike to two more plants: Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant, ...Read more

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In Santa Monica, officials will pay you not to drive your car

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Would you be willing to give up driving your car if the government paid you?

Residents of Santa Monica, California, will be contemplating that question as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority rolls out a new pilot program.

In partnership with the city of Santa Monica, Metro's "One Car Challenge" will pay 200 residents ...Read more


Auto review: 2023 Lexus LS500 is lusciously luxurious

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The 2023 Lexus LS500 AWD has arrived in Grasso's Garage, and what a ride it is! It's the kind of ride a VIP would expect while being being chauffeured. The rear seats are amazingly comfortable. They recline, offer massaging options, and feature even more legroom and engineering specifically designed for livery companies or busy executives who ...Read more


Auto review: Screaming Z06 is a Ferrari with a 'Vette badge

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PONTIAC, Michigan — Some road warriors like to crank up Springsteen’s “Born to Run.” Others prefer Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway” or AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.”

I’ll take the Chevy Corvette Z06’s flat-plane crank overhead-cam V-8 engine.

Wound at 8,500 RPM around M1 Concourse’s 1.5-mile circuit in Pontiac — ...Read more


Henry Payne: Honda debuts roomy, pricey, Ultium-based Prologue EV

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Honda Motor Co. on Thursday unveiled the Prologue SUV, its first electric vehicle for the U.S. market. It’s also the first Honda vehicle built in partnership with General Motors Co. on the Detroit automaker's Ultium battery platform.

With a targeted price of under $50,000 and an estimated range of 300 miles, Prologue is aimed at the meat of ...Read more

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Auto review: The Audi RS e-tron GT offers a different flavor from its Porsche sibling

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Brands hold sway, even if their products differ little. They possess a powerful hold over a purchasing decision. Consider the Audi RS e-tron GT, the automaker’s first battery-electric grand touring sedan that debuted for the 2022 model year. Given its price – our 2023 Audi RS e-tron GT test car started at $143,900 – would you choose it ...Read more

Canada's Unifor sets Oct. 9 deadline for contract with GM

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Canadian autoworkers union Unifor said it has set an Oct. 9 deadline to reach a tentative agreement with General Motors.

"Unifor informed GM that the union has set a negotiating deadline for Monday, October 9 at 11:59 p.m.," officials said Thursday in a bargaining update on its website.

The announcement comes about four days after its members ...Read more

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Tesla sued for 'widespread and ongoing' racial harassment at California plant

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Tesla Inc. for "widespread and ongoing" racial harassment of its Black employees and for retaliating against workers who spoke out about the problem, the federal agency announced Thursday.

Since at least 2015, "Black employees at Tesla's Fremont, California, manufacturing facilities have...Read more

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UAW aims for at least 30% wage bump to woo new members

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The United Auto Workers union wants to emerge from its strike against Detroit’s three major automakers with at least a 30% pay raise, according to people familiar with the matter.

That’s the level — which is lower than the around 40% hike it initially proposed to Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Stellantis NV — that the union ...Read more

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UAW aims for at least 30% wage bump to woo new members

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The United Auto Workers union wants to emerge from its strike against Detroit’s three major automakers with at least a 30% pay raise, according to people familiar with the matter.

That’s the level — which is lower than the around 40% hike it initially proposed to Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Stellantis NV — that the union ...Read more

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UAW strike day 13: Union plans more walkouts Friday unless talks progress

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The United Auto Workers union plans to add strike targets against the Detroit Three automakers Friday without progress at the negotiations table, a UAW source said Wednesday.

Like last week, the new locations for walkouts to begin at noon would be announced at 10 a.m. Friday on a Facebook livestream hosted by the union, according to the source,...Read more


Motormouth: Too short to drive safely?

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Q: I was initially excited to see a recent question posed by a short female driver until I realized her concern was about reaching her trunk hatch rather than about the injury that we shorties face if our airbags inflate. My feet don't reach the pedals if I push my seat back to provide the recommended 10 inches for safety. Any recommendations ...Read more

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Elon Musk says auto union's demands would bankrupt Big Three carmakers

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Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk blasted the United Auto Workers Tuesday, saying the union’s demands would “drive GM, Ford and Chrysler bankrupt in the fast lane.”

President Joe Biden endorsed the UAW’s demand for a major wage increase during a visit to a picket line at a General Motors Co. plant in suburban Detroit earlier...Read more

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Tesla's China exports in crosshairs of EU anti-subsidy probe

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One automaker is looming larger than any other in the investigation of electric vehicles flowing into the European Union from China: Tesla Inc.

During the evidence-gathering that precipitated this month’s surprise announcement of an EU anti-subsidy probe into Chinese EVs, the U.S. carmaker was among the companies found to have likely ...Read more

Ford 'pausing' construction of Michigan EV battery plant

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Ford Motor Company has halted construction of a $3.5 billion electric vehicle battery plant project in near Marshall, Michigan, a company spokesman confirmed Monday.

"We're pausing work, and we're going to limit spending on construction at Marshall until we're confident about our ability to competitively run the plant," Ford spokesman T.R. Reid...Read more

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UAW strike day 11: Talks continue ahead of visits from Biden, Trump

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Negotiations between the United Auto Workers and Detroit Three automakers on Monday continued ahead of scheduled visits to Michigan from President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

The visits were expected to put an even greater spotlight on the strike, now in its 11th day, against General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Jeep maker ...Read more

Trump battles Biden for union vote in strike-embroiled Michigan

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The visits by President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump to Detroit this week give both men a chance to appeal to blue-collar America as the strike by union autoworkers threatens the economy in a battleground state.

Biden, who calls himself the most pro-union president in history, travels to Wayne County on Tuesday to join striking ...Read more

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UAW strike day 10: Ford emerges from walkout's first week with a couple of wins

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As the United Auto Workers strike against the Detroit Three automakers entered its 10th day Sunday, Unifor finalized a deal with Ford Motor Co. — one that experts say could set the pace for what to expect in the United States.

Members of Unifor, Canada's autoworker union, ratified a three-year contract with Ford on Sunday, the first deal to ...Read more

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UAW, Big Three carmakers can notch 'win-win,' Buttigieg says

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The United Auto Workers and Detroit’s Big Three can all notch wins in contract negotiations, with workers securing strong raises and job protections while the carmakers keep thriving, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said.

President Joe Biden will travel to Michigan on Tuesday to support striking UAW members. Speaking on CNN’s State...Read more

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Unifor members ratify contract with Ford

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Workers at Unifor, the Canadian autoworkers union, voted to approve an agreement with Ford Motor Co., according to results released Sunday, finalizing the first agreement with a Detroit Three automaker as contracts in both the U.S. and Canada reached their end this month.

The three-year deal acknowledges workers' greatest priorities, the union ...Read more