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United Auto Workers approve new 4-year contract with Ford

Nov. 15, 2019 9:01 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Members of the United Auto Workers union at Ford Motor Co. voted Friday to approve a new contract with the company. The union said in a statement that 56.3% of workers who voted were in favor of the deal. The four-year agreement reached Oct. 31 gives workers a mix of pay raises and lump-sum...

Fire danger causes Nissan to recall over 450,000 vehicles

Nov. 15, 2019 12:47 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling over 450,000 vehicles worldwide because a brake fluid leak could cause them to catch fire. Because of the fire risk, the company is urging owners to park the vehicles outdoors and away from structures if the antilock brake light comes on for more than 10 seconds. The...

Former BMW executive Duesmann named new CEO at rival Audi

Nov. 15, 2019 10:07 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Audi says former BMW executive Markus Duesmann is to become its new chief executive. Audi said Friday that the 50-year-old succeeds current CEO Bram Schot on April 1. Herbert Diess, the head of Volkswagen, of which Audi is a part, called Duesmann an “excellent...

GM strike pushes industrial production down 0.8% last month

Nov. 15, 2019 9:30 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A strike at General Motors pushed U.S. manufacturing production lower in October, adding to the troubles confronting American industry. Manufacturing output tumbled 0.6% last month, the Federal Reserve said Friday, largely because production of cars and auto parts plunged 7.1% amid the GM...

Consumer Reports finds vehicle redesigns come with glitches

Nov. 14, 2019 1:11 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to buying a new car, the latest and greatest may not be the most dependable. In its annual auto reliability survey this year, Consumer Reports found that while newly redesigned models have the latest infotainment, safety and fuel-economy technology, they also come with glitches...

Ferrari aims to entice new clients with Roma coupe

Nov. 14, 2019 12:21 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Ferrari unveiled Thursday a new, easy-driving coupe dubbed Roma aimed at attracting buyers who have been intimidated by sports cars and perhaps even the Prancing Horse’s racing heritage. The Ferrari Roma is the fifth new model launched by the luxury sportscar maker this year, and one of...

Jordan Taylor to become Corvette factory driver in 2020

Nov. 14, 2019 12:12 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Jordan Taylor is leaving his father’s sports car team to become a factory driver for Corvette Racing in 2020. Taylor will pair with Antonio Garcia in the new Chevrolet Corvette C8.R in IMSA’s GT Le Mans category. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner will be in the second Corvette...

Automaker Daimler to save $1.54B by cutting manager posts

Nov. 14, 2019 9:24 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Daimler says it plans to slash costs 1.4 billion euros ($1.54 billion) by cutting every tenth managerial position and other austerity measures. CEO Ola Kallenius told reporters in London on Thursday that the EU’s stricter specifications on carbon dioxide emissions and...

Hyundai to build Santa Cruz SUV at Alabama plant

Nov. 13, 2019 5:17 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hyundai will build a pickup-style sport-utility vehicle at its plant in Alabama, which the company said Wednesday is being enlarged in a $410 million expansion project. A statement from the Korean automaker said production of the Santa Cruz compact SUV will begin in 2021 at its...

Volkswagen expanding electric vehicle production in US

Nov. 13, 2019 3:04 PM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is making Tennessee its North American base for electric vehicle production, breaking ground on an $800 million (727 million euro) expansion at its plant in Chattanooga. Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh was at the factory Wednesday for the expansion’s...