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Colorado OKs electric car requirement to fight air pollution

Aug. 16, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado tightened its air quality regulations on Friday, requiring that at least 5% of the vehicles sold in the state by 2023 emit zero pollution. The state Air Quality Control Commission, which passed the rule on an 8-1 vote, said the requirement applies to auto manufacturers, not buyers....

Another ex-UAW official charged in expanding corruption case

Aug. 15, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Federal authorities investigating corruption involving the United Auto Workers union say a former official received nearly $2 million in kickbacks from union vendors. The case unsealed Wednesday charges Michael Grimes, who until last year was an administrative assistant, with wire fraud...

Government moves toward easing drive-time rules for truckers

Aug. 14, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration took a key step Wednesday toward relaxing federal rules that govern the length of time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, a move long sought by the trucking industry but opposed by safety advocates who warn it could lead to more highway crashes. The Federal...

Ford recalls 108K cars; seat belts may not hold in a crash

Aug. 14, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling over 108,000 midsize cars in North America to fix a problem that could stop the seat belts from holding people in a crash. The recall covers certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2015 model year. The company says the cars' front seat belt cables can lose...

Huskers overrule parking penalty against governor's vehicle

Aug. 14, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska's parking referees have thrown a flag after spotting Gov. Pete Ricketts' official vehicle illegally parked outside the Cornhuskers' football practice facility. But after further review, the penalty called Wednesday for parking in a reserved area was...

Ford extends transmission warranty for 560K Fiestas, Focuses

Aug. 14, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is extending the warranties on about 560,000 small cars in the U.S. and Canada to cover a litany of problems with a troubled six-speed automatic transmission. The company has faced a string of lawsuits and complaints about the transmissions, which can lurch into gear or feel like they...

China's auto sales sink in July, extending yearlong decline

Aug. 13, 2019 1:38 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales sank again in July, extending a yearlong contraction in the industry's biggest global market. Sales of sedans, SUVs and minivans declined 3.9% from a year earlier to 1.5 million, according to an industry group, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Sales of...

US-China trade war leaves Europe as collateral damage

Aug. 12, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Like a sleek Mercedes crunched between two freight trucks, Europe's economy is being knocked off course by the conflict between the U.S. and China over trade. The bill for damages from the U.S-China collision will likely be reflected in new growth figures due Wednesday that could...

McLaren to return to full-time IndyCar racing in 2020

Aug. 9, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

McLaren will return to full-time IndyCar competition next season for the first time since 1979 in a partnership with existing team Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The new venture will be renamed Arrow McLaren Racing SP and rely on SPM's current infrastructure. McLaren will be responsible for technical...

Correction: Minivan-Not Dead Yet story

Aug. 8, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — In a story Aug. 2 about minivan sales slowing down, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of minivan sales last year based on a miscalculation by CarGurus.com. Minivan sales sank to 482,185, or about one-third of the 1.33 million sold in 2000, not 364,000, or about one-quarter...