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Why UAW VEBA could be model for contract talks between union, Detroit 3

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams recently said an independent health care cooperative might be formed to negotiate health care services contracts jointly with the UAW trust. The resulting clout of up to 1.7 million former and current autoworkers, and hundreds of thousands of other dependents, could reduce or slow health care costs for all, Williams said.... Read More »

GM suspends 800 job cuts in Brazil, ending strike

9:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Workers at a General Motors plant in Brazil ended a two-week strike on Monday after the company agreed to suspend nearly 800 job cuts, buying time in an industry where idle assembly lines have roiled labor tensions.... Read More »

Toyota will ban ads below invoice

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Toyota is preparing to ban dealerships from advertising vehicles at below-invoice prices, in line with a similar policy at Honda. Toyota-brand dealers are giving the plan mixed reviews.... Read More »

AutoCanada acquires Chevrolet dealership in B.C.

7:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

AutoCanada, one of Canada's biggest dealership groups, received approval from GM to purchase an 80 percent stake in Don Folk Chevrolet, a dealership in Kelowna, British Columbia.... Read More »

North America churning out vehicle records

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2015

Production of cars and trucks in North America is running at historic levels. In July, 1,382,380 vehicles were produced, an increase of 6.9 percent and a new record for the month. It also marked the 48th straight month in which North American output surpassed 1 million.... Read More »

GM, Ford use 'veiled threat' of imports to gain leverage with UAW

7:02 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

GM and Ford are contemplating building cars with lower-paid workers in Mexico and China, a strategy that would improve their hand in contract talks as the UAW seeks higher pay. The automakers and union are in their final weeks of talks to replace four-year contracts that end Sept. 14.... Read More »

How Daimler's Car2go could transform how New Yorkers get around town

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

As residents of Brooklyn and Queens know all too well, not having a car makes it difficult to get from one borough to the other. But soon there will be another option: hopping into an unnervingly small, but surprisingly roomy, two-person vehicle and motoring to the other borough, where the rental ends once the driver parks.... Read More »

Former Ford Europe COO tapped to recruit for U.S.-Chinese EV startup

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Martin Leach, former COO at Ford of Europe, is recruiting staff for a new electric car manufacturer based mainly in China and California. Leach declined to say which company is backing the new venture, but said, "It is not a company with a background in the car industry."... Read More »

GM extends Oshawa assembly line operations until 2017

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

GM will keep an Oshawa, Ontario, assembly line operating until 2017, the company's Canadian unit said today, extending the life of a line that has been repeatedly scheduled for closure over the last decade.... Read More »

Lear buys technology from California automotive app developer

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Lear said today it has acquired the intellectual property and technology of Autonet Mobile, a software and device developer of automotive applications in California.... Read More »

Ferraris lead the pack at $390 million Pebble Beach car auctions

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Ferrari led the pack again. The Italian sports cars accounted for seven of the top 10 sales at auctions in California that fetched $390.6 million.... Read More »

N.A. output rises 6.9% in July

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Estimated North American car and truck production in July rose a robust 6.9 percent from July 2014 to 1,382,380 vehicles, as relatively few assembly plants took lengthy downtimes. Production has topped 1 million units for 48 straight months.... Read More »

What a difference a Trump -- and a day -- can make for Ford

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Score another one for Donald Trump.... Read More »

Pebble Beach culminates auto-mania week

8:06 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

When it began 65 years ago, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was just a one-day affair. Now the day has become a week. It includes road rallies, races, auctions, displays, seminars, exhibitions, parties and, underpinning it all, marketing.... Read More »

Shelby to market 50 Daytona re-creations

7:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

Shelby American has re-created the historic U.S. racecar that knocked Ferrari off its pedestal in 1965 -- the Shelby Daytona Cobra coupe -- for a limited run of 50 cars.... Read More »

Henrik Fisker designs exotic convertible for Galpin

6:57 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

Luxury designer Henrik Fisker has created a convertible variation of the Ford GT Mustang to be sold by Galpin Auto Sports of Los Angeles.... Read More »

Apple eyes proving grounds for self-driving car, report says

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Apple is looking into using a former military base northeast of San Francisco as a high-security proving ground for autonomous vehicles it is developing, according to an online report by The Guardian, a British newspaper.... Read More »

Tesla note irks some Model S owners

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Tesla Motors annoyed some owners of its Model S cars with an e-mail requesting that they stop hogging the free fast-charging stations the electric-vehicle maker provides to ease long-distance travel.... Read More »

Lexus fine-tunes LX, GS in return to luxury roots

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

Lexus, which has been busy in recent years proving its hipness to millennials, came to this monied coastal enclave Thursday to show that it hasn't forgotten its roots, or its customers, in the old-school luxury market.... Read More »

Special edition BMW M4 concept to debut at Pebble Beach

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

BMW is showing a concept version of the first special edition M4 coupe that will be sold in the United States. The Concept M4 GTS debuts this week at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.... Read More »

Mercedes C-class coupe to take on BMW 4 series, Audi A5

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

With the redesigned 2017 C-class coupe, Mercedes-Benz is aiming squarely at picking up sales against the BMW 4 series and the Audi A5. The redesigned coupe, with C300 and C300 4MATIC models, will debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show and go on sale in the U.S. next spring.... Read More »

After ripping Ford, Trump says other automakers building in Mexico are next

11:02 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

Donald Trump told a Detroit newspaper that he plans to broaden his recent criticism of Ford to include other automakers that are expanding production in Mexico instead of the U.S. Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, said automakers can reduce labor costs by moving plants from Michigan to parts of the U.S. where wages are lower.... Read More »

Ford begins output of commercial trucks in Ohio

7:07 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2015

Ford today started building its medium-duty F-650 and F-750 commercial trucks at a Cleveland-area plant.... Read More »

Donald Trump bashes Ford in Mich. speech

6:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came to the home state of the auto industry and attacked Ford for building factories in Mexico. And the Michigan faithful in attendance sided with the outspoken mogul.... Read More »

Hyundai shows luxury aims with 'Vision G' coupe

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Hyundai has built its luxury-car lineup around sedans such as the Genesis and Equus. On Tuesday, by unveiling a slinky coupe concept with self-opening doors, Hyundai signaled that a coupe may be next on its agenda.... Read More »

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