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GM lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler dismissed by Michigan court

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A Michigan judge dismissed General Motors Co.’s lawsuit that accused Fiat Chrysler of bribing union officials to reach an advantageous labor deal that ultimately hurt GM’s competitive position in its own 2015 bargaining agreement.

“Even the most enthralling drama must eventually reach a conclusion,” David Allen, a Circuit Court judge in...Read more

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GM reinventing Cadillac brand with new financing arm

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General Motors' luxury brand Cadillac will soon get its own financing arm for customers as it continues to head toward a future of all-electric vehicles.

Cadillac Financial, an arm of GM Financial, is expected to launch around the middle of next year, Cadillac spokesman Michael Albano said Friday and as was reported earlier this week by ...Read more

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Detroit 3 mandate vaccine for Canada workforce, considering for US

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The Detroit Three automakers are requiring that all hourly and salaried workers in Canada be vaccinated against COVID-19, but they are not requiring the same of the U.S. workforce — although discussions about the possibility are happening.

General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Stellantis, formerly called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, reiterated ...Read more

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Ford's China sales also hit by chip shortage in third quarter

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Ford Motor Co. saw its China sales decrease 8.7% year over year in the third quarter, the automaker said Friday.

The drop was a result of the ongoing challenges Ford and other automakers face with the semiconductor shortage, as well as flooding in central China in July and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overall, Ford reported ...Read more

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Auto review: The 2022 Toyota Tundra is the first truly competitive Japanese full-size pickup

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — After 22 years and two generations (not counting the T100, a full-sized truck Toyota produced for eight years before the Tundra), Toyota has finally produced a pickup that can challenge its rivals: the new 2022 Toyota Tundra. It’s a wonder that it’s taken so long, but execs say it’s due to the company’s desire to ...Read more

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Auto review: 2021 RAV4 Prime: Saving energy with style -- and speed

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What's most stunning about the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, a sporty plug-in hybrid, is not the exceptional mileage figures or the good looks.

It's the giddy-up: This thing sprints to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. That ranks second in the Toyota lineup only to the Supra, which races to 60 mph in 4 seconds flat. The Prime, for the record, is not a ...Read more

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Auto review: Mach-E GT flexes good ol' Mustang muscle

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San Francisco — Hustling over California’s twisted two-lane Pacific Coast Highway in a Mustang GT, I suddenly came upon a three-car moving road block. I flattened the right pedal. ZOT! The GT gulped the trio like a killer whale feeding on fish.

No downshift, no V-8 roar, no rear tail wag.

Say hello (and a quick wave goodbye as it ...Read more

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GM to switch to all renewable power sources for US sites by 2025

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DETROIT — General Motors Co. said Thursday it's switching to source 100% renewable energy power at all of it U.S. sites by 2025 — five years ahead of its previous target date.

The move, GM says, aims to avoid 1 million metric tons of carbon emissions that would be produced from 2025 to 2030. GM's goal of sourcing only renewable energy for ...Read more

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Motormouth: Confused by different types of gas

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Q: Can you address the difference, if any, between non-oxygenated versus other gas? One gas station I use has regular octane 87, premium octane 92 and non-oxygenated octane 91. They say their premium gas contains some oxygenates (ethanol) but their non-oxygenated does not contain any ethanol and is even more expensive than the premium. Another ...Read more

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LG will reimburse GM $1.9 billion for cost of Chevy Bolt battery recall

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General Motors has reached an agreement with its battery-maker supplier over the heavy costs to recall nearly 140,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs globally.

On Tuesday, GM said LG Electronics Inc., which is a division of LG Chem, will reimburse GM for $1.9 billion in costs and expenses associated with the Bolt recall due to manufacturing defects...Read more

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UAW fight organizes Stellantis supplier in Michigan, adds 350 members immediately

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A labor fight in Marysville, Michigan that included a one-week strike at a multibillion-dollar global supplier to Stellantis ended with an agreement Friday to recognize UAW representation.

What was once a union shop under Auburn Hills-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles partnership will continue to be a union shop as now-Stellantis transitions out ...Read more

Roadshow: 2022 Lexus NX hits all the marks

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Just about every part of this compact luxury SUV that should've been improved, is.

Time can be harsh. Following its debut in late 2014, the Lexus NX compact crossover seemed well positioned for younger buyers looking for a way to sneak into the automaker's portfolio, but as the years dragged on, its competitive set pushed ahead while the NX ...Read more

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Tesla to move headquarters to Texas from Palo Alto

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Tesla is moving its Palo Alto headquarters to Austin, Texas, Chief Executive Elon Musk said Thursday.

Speaking at the company’s annual shareholders meeting, he added little detail and did not explain why he’s making the move or how the move will affect the headcount at the Palo Alto offices, which include research and development operations...Read more

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A Tesla mystery: Why didn't auto-braking stop these crashes?

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On a rainy winter night in December 2019, college student Maria Smith found herself followed by a state trooper, police lights flashing, on Massachusetts' Route 24. She pulled over to the side of the road. Then: Smack! Something had hit her car from behind, shattering her rear window. "I was scared," she said.

A Tesla running in Autopilot mode ...Read more

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Auto review: How do you get 51 mpg in a pickup truck? Buy the 2022 Ford Maverick.

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For those above a certain age, the name Ford Maverick will bring up memories of the affordable 1970 compact that replaced the Falcon in Ford’s lineup. It’s return for 2022 as a compact pickup truck may be surprising, but its mission is very much the same: provide affordable transportation in a compact package. And given that nearly 77 ...Read more

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Auto review: GMC Hummer EV pickup is an elephant in tennis shoes

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MILFORD, Michigan — The GMC Hummer EV truck is big, bad and surprisingly balletic.

The Detroit News got a rare opportunity behind the wheel of the mega-ute at General Motors’ 4,000-acre Milford Proving Grounds, where it showed off its bag of tricks. Reborn as an electric vehicle 30 years after it invaded U.S. roads as a military-Humvee-...Read more

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Auto review: 2022 Lexus NX SUV boasts 36-mile plug-in hybrid, connected navigation and more

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PHOENIX — Lexus adds a welcome plug-in hybrid, among other useful features, to its 2022 NX compact SUV. Brief tests also suggest significantly improved infotainment and connectivity systems.

The new NX should join its big brother — the RX, without which no higher-end preschool pickup lane is complete — as the mainstays of Lexus' lineup ...Read more

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Stellantis to invest $229 million in three Indiana plants for electrified transmissions

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Stellantis NV on Thursday announced a $229 million investment in three Kokomo, Indiana, plants in a move it said would help accelerate its electrification plans.

The investment, which the transatlantic automaker said would retain 662 jobs, will fund the retooling of the three plants to produce electrified eight-speed transmissions. The next-...Read more

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Tesla moving headquarters from Palo Alto to Texas

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Electric car maker Tesla will move its headquarters out of Palo Alto and out of California, CEO Elon Musk said Thursday.

“We’re moving our headquarters to Austin, Texas,“ Musk said, to cheers and loud applause, during the electric car maker’s annual shareholders meeting at its under-construction new auto factory outside Austin.

Musk ...Read more

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GM to double revenues and increase capacity for EV assembly at factories

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General Motors secured its pivot to a high-tech future Wednesday by announcing plans to convert more assembly plants in North America to make electric vehicles by the end of the decade and to double company revenues by that time as it unveils more software and new EVs.

GM leaders are expected to reveal new technology, such as an advancement to ...Read more