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California considers requiring zero emission truck sales

Dec. 12, 2019 7:52 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The country's most populous state could become the first to require a portion of new truck sales be electric or “zero emission” vehicles as California grapples with how to clean up its worst-in-the nation air quality. Home to the two largest ports in the country in...

GM president in Wentzville Friday for 'major announcement'

Dec. 12, 2019 5:01 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The president of General Motors is expected to be in Missouri Friday for what officials are calling a “major announcement” at the company’s plant in Wentzville that makes trucks and vans. Gov. Mike Parson, Sen. Roy Blunt and other government officials are scheduled to...

Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz to retire after 38 years

Dec. 11, 2019 6:16 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — He was the face of Toyota in the U.S. during the automaker's unintended-acceleration crisis. He steered it through the Great Recession, started and closed the youth-oriented Scion brand and reorganized the company's North American operations. Now, after 38 years in a number of leadership...

UAW workers ratify new contract with Fiat Chrysler

Dec. 11, 2019 5:44 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Unionized workers at Fiat Chrysler have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new four-year contract with the company. The ratification means the United Auto Workers union has settled with all three Detroit automakers. General Motors workers ratified an agreement in October after a 40-day...

Kansas state board asks districts to pass strict vaping bans

Dec. 11, 2019 9:57 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Board of Education has voted to encourage school districts to pass strict vaping bans. The policy approved unanimously Tuesday calls for prohibiting students and staff from using, possessing or promoting any tobacco products, including vape pens, while they’re on...

Amid climate change concern, GM rolls out big new Chevy SUVs

Dec. 10, 2019 8:50 PM EST

MILFORD, Mich. (AP) — Global concerns about climate change are not stopping General Motors from making large SUVs for U.S. drivers. GM on Tuesday rolled out the next generation of its big truck-based SUVs with more space and features. They're also heavier with only a small improvement in gas mileage. The...

Japanese regulators recommend $22 million fine on Nissan

Dec. 10, 2019 7:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese securities regulators are recommending that automaker Nissan be fined 2.4 billion yen ($22 million) for under-reporting compensation for its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn. The watchdog, the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission, said Tuesday it made the recommendation to...

Work begins on new railyard to store trains during storms

Dec. 10, 2019 7:04 AM EST

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — NJ Transit and Amtrak have started working on a new railyard in New Jersey to provide a safe place to store trains along the Northeast Corridor during severe weather. The expansion of County Yard and the Delco Lead Storage and Inspection Facility Project along the New Brunswick...

China's electric car sales slump, squeezing automakers

Dec. 10, 2019 6:05 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Looking for a new car, Yang Zhibo considered an electric but balked at prices that are thousands of dollars higher after Beijing wound down multibillion-dollar subsidies that made China the biggest market for the technology. The 27-year-old employee of a beverage distributor picked a...

China's auto sales sink 5.4% in November

Dec. 10, 2019 4:43 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales sank 5.4% in November from a year ago, putting the industry's biggest global market on track to shrink for a second year, an industry group reported Tuesday. Drivers bought just over 2 million SUVs, sedans and minivans, according to the China Association of Automobile...