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UPDATED: 9/21/17 12:10 pm - adds press materials

Daimler plans $1B investment in Ala. to build EQ electric utility vehicles

Daimler AG is investing an additional $1 billion in its U.S. factory in Vance, Ala., expanding the 20-year-old site to build fully electric utility vehicles under its EQ subbrand along with their battery packs.
■ Daimler joins rush to add more North American auto plants

Ford expands use of augmented reality for design

Ford is hoping to speed up vehicle design time and supplement traditional techniques like clay modeling with a new-age technology: augmented reality.

Best self-driving tech going nowhere as rules stall under Trump

The technology that gives cars superpowers to see around corners and through walls won't be on the first self-driving rides hitting the road in the next few years.

BREAKING NEW GROUND

Volvo, taking aim at Lexus, BMW and Audi, packs XC40 with firsts

UPDATED: 9/21/17 11:31 am ET

Volvo breaks new ground with the XC40, its first model in the fast-growing premium compact crossover segment that will challenge the Lexus NX, BMW X3 and Audi Q3. It's Volvo's first model with inductive charging for mobile phones and the first to offer a car-sharing option.
■ BLOG: Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40
■ BLOG: Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service
■ GALLERY: Volvo XC40

GM Canada prepares to idle transmission plant if CAMI strike continues, union says

GM Canada has warned about 300 workers who make Chevy Equinox transmissions in Ontario they will be laid off soon if the automaker and Unifor can't reach a new contract at the nearby CAMI plant.

Mechanics' union encouraged by new contract with Chicago-area dealerships

The union representing Chicago-area mechanics is encouraged by its new contract with local dealerships. The contract, signed Sunday, ended a seven-week strike.

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BLOG: From staff and wire reports UPDATED: 9/20/17 9:30 pm ET -- adds Webasto statement
Automakers survey earthquake damage in Mexico

Automakers were surveying plants in central Mexico for earthquake damage on Wednesday, with Nissan evacuating two facilities while VW and Audi temporarily halted production...

FIRST OF A 2-PART SERIES

GM plots next phase of IT overhaul

Randy Mott built General Motors' in-house IT team from virtually nothing. Now he must unlock the potential of the operation, bolster GM's bottom line and position it to be a leader in connected and autonomous vehicles.
■ No shades of Perot-era drama with IT this time
■ GM's complex relationship with IT

DEALER SPEAKS: BILL MCDANIELS

'The car business will become an Amazon.com'

Builder-dealer Bill McDaniel says a few auto retailing groups will control the entire industry in a few years, with huge sway over products and pricing.

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