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Auto review: Ford updates the best-selling F-150 for 2019 with more choices and tech

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For 2019, the Ford F-150 pickup from America's truck leader has some exciting upgrades and additions.

Tough, smart and capable, the F-150 has class-leading capability, outperforming others whether hauling cargo in the bed or towing a trailer, making the toughest task look easy on the job or on a fun weekend.

With seven trims available, priced ...Read more

Key sticking point: GM and UAW at odds over what will be made in America

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DETROIT -- Made in America tops the list of sticking points to be resolved between the UAW and General Motors to get to a tentative contract agreement.

For the 46,000 UAW members in the fourth week of nationwide strike against GM, a promise that the company will build upcoming vehicles in U.S. plants equals job security. The two sides ...Read more

Ford dealership giving away guns, Bibles to lure in potential customers

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Derrick Hughes and his team will do whatever it takes to sell trucks and cars during the slow months of deer hunting season, so they're giving away guns along with Bibles and flags at their Ford dealership in tiny Honea Path, S.C.

"It's crazy," Hughes told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday. "We've had multiple people take advantage of the ...Read more

Tesla's Smart Summon is a glitchy 'science experiment,' Consumer Reports says

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Consumer Reports tested Tesla's new Smart Summon feature and found it wanting.

Smart Summon "was glitchy and at times worked intermittently, without a lot of benefit for consumers," the product and service-testing organization said Wednesday.

Tesla released Smart Summon in late September via an over-the-air software update to owners who had ...Read more

The UAW officer leading talks with GM is from the assembly line and ready to fight

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DETROIT -- This past spring, local UAW leaders from across the country gathered in Detroit to meet the UAW's top negotiators at the Renaissance Center.

One leader noticed a 10-year-old Chevrolet Malibu sedan roll up to the entrance, driven by a rather unassuming 62-year-old man. The car had placards taped to the windows: "GM: We invested in you...Read more

GM's much-anticipated 2020 Corvette Stingray to be delayed by UAW strike

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DETROIT -- General Motors' much-anticipated Chevrolet 2020 Corvette Stingray will be delayed going to market because of the UAW strike, the Free Press has learned.

Two people familiar with GM's production plans said the automaker will have to delay the production and launch of eighth-generation Corvette as it works to catch up on production of ...Read more

UAW says negotiations with GM have 'taken a turn for the worse'

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DETROIT -- The UAW's lead negotiator said Sunday that talks with General Motors have "taken a turn for the worse."

The surprise negative development followed reports of progress in recent days and adds more uncertainty to when the UAW's 3-week-old strike against GM might come to an end.

In fact, a person close to the talks told the Free Press ...Read more

Under the Hood: Renew transmission fluid earlier than manufacturer recommends

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Q: I have a question about servicing an automatic transmission. My maintenance schedule says to drain and replace the fluid at 120,000 miles. A friend in the business says this is crazy and that I should do this sooner. What is your take?

-- Alan B.

A: Renewing transmission fluid more regularly than 120,000 miles could certainly help extend ...Read more

Now your Tesla can come pick you up. California says that's not 'driverless'

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Tesla unleashed the latest twist in driverless car technology last week, raising more questions about whether autonomous vehicles are outracing public officials and safety regulators.

The Palo Alto electric car company on Sept. 26 beamed a software feature called Smart Summon to Tesla owners who prepaid for it. Using a smartphone, a person can ...Read more

What it's really like behind doors of GM, UAW contract talks

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DETROIT -- Late nights, early mornings and a lot of hurry up to wait.

That's the life of UAW and General Motors bargainers who are enduring a process that is emotionally and intellectually grueling, say two former labor negotiators and people close to the 2019 talks.

Since roughly 46,000 autoworkers went on strike early Sept. 16 at GM sites ...Read more

GM can withstand losses of UAW strike — because of what it stands to gain

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DETROIT -- Some analysts estimate the UAW's nationwide strike against General Motors has cost the company about $1 billion so far.

But GM can withstand the financial losses because of what it stands to gain with a new UAW contract: a deep discount to labor costs.

That's a big deal. Industrywide, labor is about 5.1% of the cost of the average ...Read more

Auto review: 2020 Lincoln Corsair SUV's new looks and tech make it real small luxury contender

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CARMEL, Calif. -- Sleek and loaded with advanced features, the 2020 Lincoln Corsair five-passenger SUV gives Ford's luxury brand a vehicle that can compete with compact and subcompact luxury SUVs like the Acura RDX, Audi Q3, BMW X3 and Cadillac XT4.

The Corsair replaces the MKC, which was 1.4 inches less long and 1.1 inch less tall than the new...Read more

Fate of GM Lordstown plant unresolved as contract talks linger: What could happen

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DETROIT -- General Motors and the UAW continued Tuesday trying to hammer out a tentative contract agreement after discussions went beyond 10 p.m. Monday.

The UAW's strike is now on day 16 and though bargainers worked throughout the weekend, a number of difficult issues remain unresolved.

One of these matters is the fate of GM's assembly plant ...Read more

GM shuts down Mexico pickup plant due to UAW strike

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DETROIT -- General Motors has halted production of its important 2020 pickups built in Mexico due to the UAW strike in the United States.

The automaker Tuesday said it idled a plant in Mexico due to a shortage of parts normally made by striking U.S. workers.

The plant, GM's Silao Assembly, builds GM's highly profitable Chevrolet Silverado ...Read more

UAW rejects GM's latest offer, tells members it 'came up short'

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DETROIT -- The UAW's lead negotiator in talks with General Motors told striking union members Tuesday afternoon the two sides remain far from a tentative agreement on the 16th day of a nationwide strike.

In a letter to members, Terry Dittes said that GM made a "comprehensive proposal" at 9:40 p.m. Monday. "This proposal that the company ...Read more

Ford reveals joint venture with Mahindra valued at $275 million

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DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. announced early Tuesday it has inked a deal with vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra that will shift the Dearborn automaker's long-struggling India operation to a new joint venture.

The joint venture, valued at $275 million, "will develop, market and distribute Ford brand vehicles in India and Ford brand and Mahindra ...Read more

Sticker shock for Washington's hybrid and electric car owners: $75 fee in their new car-tab bills

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SEATTLE -- Beginning this month, hybrid-vehicle owners in Washington state will start paying an annual $75 car-tab fee to finance electric-car charging stations they'll never use.

The little-known increase is labeled "Hybrid Vehicle Transportation Electrification" on bills from the state Department of Licensing (DOL).

"I was totally baffled," ...Read more

UAW strikers get first strike pay as negotiators strive to get a deal

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DETROIT -- As General Motors-UAW negotiations resumed early Monday, hundreds of union strikers filed into UAW Local 163 in Westland, Mich., to collect their first strike paycheck.

The strike is entering its third week and the more than 1,200 workers at GM's Romulus Powertrain had from 5:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday to pick up the $250 ...Read more

Will Tesla set a new record for car deliveries?

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- With its latest business quarter ending Monday, Tesla has its sights set on reporting deliveries of at least 100,000 vehicles for the three months of July, August and September.

Such a figure would be a quarterly record for Tesla's vehicle deliveries, the term Tesla uses for car sales. But it might come down to the wire ...Read more

Who's losing the most from UAW strike at GM? So far, workers have lost $266M

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DETROIT -- On the UAW picket line Friday morning at General Motors' Hamtramck Assembly Plant, Karlton Byas, 63, of Detroit, a veteran safety trainer at the factory, admitted the lack of paychecks is starting to hurt him and other strikers.

"We haven't received anything, so I'm getting by on past savings," Byas said. "We're not going out to eat....Read more

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