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BMW recalls about 357K vehicles for Takata air bag inflators

Jan. 17, 2020 4:53 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — BMW is recalling nearly 357,000 older vehicles in the U.S. to replace dangerous Takata front air bag inflators. The inflators are among 10 million sold to 14 automakers that Takata is recalling. It's the last recall that the bankrupt Takata agreed to in a 2015 settlement with U.S. safety...

Toyota shifting pickup production to Mexico, no US jobs lost

Jan. 17, 2020 4:21 PM EST

PRINCETON, Indiana (AP) — Toyota will stop making its Tacoma small pickup in San Antonio next year as it shifts production to Mexico, but the company says no U.S. jobs will be lost. To make up for the lost work, the San Antonio plant will build the Sequoia large SUV, and its 3,200 jobs will be preserved....

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019 file photo, a Fiat logo is pictured on a car in Bayonne, southwestern France. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Peugeot announced Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, that their boards signed a binding deal to merge the two automakers, creating the world’s fourth-largest auto company. (AP Photo/Bob Edme, File)

Fiat Chrysler in talks with Foxconn to develop electric cars

Jan. 17, 2020 2:35 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is in talks with the Taiwanese company Foxconn to develop and manufacture battery-powered vehicles, the U.S.-Italian automaker said Friday. Fiat Chrysler is in the process of merging with France's PSA Peugeot, which is 12% owned by Chinese company Dongfeng Motor Co. Both Fiat...

Volkswagen creating first innovation hub in North America

Jan. 17, 2020 1:02 PM EST

Volkswagen is partnering with the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to create the company's first innovation hub for developing new technology in North America, officials said Friday in a statement. Initial work at the hub in Knoxville will include research opportunities for UT...

Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn speaks to Japanese media during an interview in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. A lawyer for Carlos Ghosn, Nissan's former chairman who skipped bail in Japan and fled to Lebanon, on Friday slammed a gaffe by the Japanese justice minister who said that Ghosn should “prove

Ghosn lawyers rebut new Nissan claims against fugitive exec

Jan. 17, 2020 7:17 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The legal team of Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn issued a statement Friday refuting the latest allegations by the Japanese automaker against the fugitive businessman. Nissan Motor Co. on Thursday filed a new set of allegations to the Tokyo Stock Exchange against Ghosn, who skipped bail...

File---Picture taken July 19, 2019 shows the commissioning of an Ionity E super fast charging park,  with VW e-Golf  standing at the charging stations in Altenburg, Germany. (Martin Schutt/dpa via AP)

European carmakers build out charging network for electrics

Jan. 16, 2020 12:29 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European automakers' network of highway charging stations for battery-powered vehicles is taking shape ahead of an expected surge in electric car sales as manufacturers strive to meet new emission limits. Ionity, the joint venture created among automakers to build the network,...

Think tank says UAW deals increased automakers' labor costs

Jan. 15, 2020 3:40 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — New contracts between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit's three automakers substantially increased the cost gap between Detroit and foreign automakers with U.S. factories, an industry think tank says. The Center for Automotive Research calculated that General Motors and Ford will see...

FILE - This Aug. 25, 2019, file photo shows a sign at a Nissan dealership in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Nissan is recalling nearly 346,000 vehicles worldwide to replace dangerous Takata air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Nissan adds nearly 346K vehicles to Takata recall saga

Jan. 15, 2020 12:36 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling nearly 346,000 vehicles worldwide to replace dangerous Takata air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel. The Nissan front passenger inflators are among 10 million from 14 different automakers that Takata is recalling. It's the last recall that the bankrupt...

FILE - This Jan. 25, 2010, file photo, shows a General Motors Co. logo during a news conference in Detroit.  More than 1,350 temporary workers at 14 General Motors facilities in the U.S. will get full-time positions before the end of March, 2020, the company says. The workers will start at $21 to $24 per hour depending on their seniority. They'll get improved health care benefits, company 401(k) contributions and annual profit-sharing checks.    (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

GM says over 1,350 temps will get full-time jobs by March 31

Jan. 15, 2020 12:07 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — More than 1,350 temporary workers at 14 General Motors facilities in the U.S. will get full-time positions before the end of March, the company says. The workers will start at $21 to $24 per hour depending on their seniority and will get improved health care benefits at a low cost, dental...

This undated photo provided by Porsche shows the 2020 Taycan. The Taycan is Porsche's first EV, and it's a multitalented one. You can use it just like a regular luxury sedan thanks to its four doors and two trunks, or you can drive it like a sports car and enjoy its rapid acceleration and hunkered-down handling. (Porsche Cars North America via AP)

Edmunds: Five noteworthy electric vehicles to buy in 2020

Jan. 15, 2020 6:00 AM EST

Your options for a new electric vehicle in 2020 are more diverse than ever. There will be an EV for nearly every vehicle type. But increased choice also makes it harder to choose. Edmunds has selected five top EVs that you'll want to consider. These vehicles have a range of at least 200 miles — which...