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General Motors to invest $1.5 billion in Missouri plant

Dec. 13, 2019 1:49 PM EST

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — General Motors will invest $1.5 billion to make what it calls the “next generation” of mid-sized pickup trucks at its plant near St. Louis, the company’s president said Friday. GM will use the money to upgrade its Wentzville Assembly and Stamping Plant in...

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...

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...

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...

Canada charges Volkswagen over faking car emissions tests

Dec. 9, 2019 4:56 PM EST

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Canadian government said Monday that it is charging Volkswagen for importing cars into Canada that company executives knew violated emissions standards. The German automaker faces 58 charges of violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act for bringing 128,000 cars into...