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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....

UAW-Ford members in Detroit to participate in car cruise

Aug. 15, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Active and retired UAW-Ford members are scheduled to participate in an annual car show along Woodward Avenue in Detroit. The union says more than 40 people will showcase their classic, hot rod, custom and specialty Ford Motor Co. vehicles Friday during the Community Cruise which connects...

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...

Work progressing on new Fiat Chrysler plant in Detroit

Aug. 13, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Work is progressing at the site of a Fiat Chrysler assembly plant on Detroit's eastside. The first column of steel for the facility's paint shop was raised Tuesday. The paint shop and two other already existing buildings under renovation will make up the plant which will be the first new...

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...

Correction: Automation Business-Expansion story

Aug. 12, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — In a story Aug. 11 about a Romeo, Michigan-based engineering company creating jobs in Port Huron, The Associated Press reported erroneously about R & E Automated Systems plans. It is expanding to Port Huron, not moving there from Romeo. A corrected version of the story is...