GM to retool Wentzville for next-gen pickups

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General Motors will begin updating its Wentzville, Mo., assembly plant next week as part of a $1.5 billion investment included in its labor contract with the UAW. The plant will receive a $1 billion upgrade for the company’s next-generation midsize pickups, GM said Friday. The investment will allow the plant […]

Johnson’s UK election win clears path for Brexit

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The Conservative party’s victory in the UK general election means Prime Minister Boris Johnson can now go ahead and withdraw the country from the European Union, impacting automakers building and selling cars in the country. Before Thursday’s election automakers had urged the British government to make a deal with the […]

UAW workers ratify FCA labor deal by broad margin

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DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler’s roughly 47,000 hourly UAW workers overwhelmingly ratified a new four-year labor contract, ending the most contentious set of Detroit 3 negotiations in years. Roughly 71 percent of workers voted in favor of the deal, the union said Wednesday. “Every full-time production employee currently at FCA will […]

Vietnam?s richest man bets $2 billion to sell cars to Americans

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HANOI — The billionaire behind six-month-old Vietnamese auto startup VinFast plans a feat even Toyota Motor Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co. couldn’t pull off during their early days: sell a car in the U.S. Pham Nhat Vuong, the Southeast Asian country’s richest man and now in charge of the new automaker, […]

Trump?s NAFTA rewrite advances with crucial labor endorsement

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump secured approval for his U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement from a key U.S. labor leader, according to three Trump administration officials, clearing one of the final hurdles for the deal to get a vote in the House of Representatives by next week. Richard Trumka, the president of the […]

Pelosi, White House near handshake deal on new NAFTA agreement

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration and House Democrats are on the verge of announcing a handshake deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement, according to people familiar with the negotiations, paving the way for approval of the deal as early as this month while Democrats gear up for an impeachment vote. […]

Pelosi, White House reach tentative deal on NAFTA rewrite, report says

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration and House Democrats have a tentative deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, according to people familiar with negotiations, paving the way for congressional approval as early as this month even as Democrats prepare to impeach the president. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reviewing changes to the agreement […]

Tesla on autopilot rear-ends parked police car

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Another Tesla Inc. vehicle operating on the automakers’s driver-assistance system branded as Autopilot has crashed into a emergency vehicle parked on the side of the road, eliciting fresh warnings about the shortcomings of automated technology on public roads. A Tesla Model 3 sedan hit a parked police cruiser with its […]

EV startup Lucid puts shovels in Arizona soil

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Electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors broke ground last week on an assembly plant southeast of Phoenix in Casa Grande, Ariz., in a bid to challenge Tesla in battery-operated high-end cars. The venture is part of a growing field of auto startups taking new approaches to the expensive prospect of building […]

EV hype or reality? Follow the money

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Leaders sometimes ask why we write so much about electric vehicles. There aren’t that many on the market, few sell in decent numbers and most of them are money-losers. But here’s the thing: They are coming. Companies have announced plans to bring more than 100 plug-in vehicles to the U.S. […]

Automakers push GPB to sell stores

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Some automakers are demanding one of the largest dealership groups in the country sell some of its stores after a management upheaval that occurred amid ongoing federal and state investigations into the group’s majority owner. Volkswagen, Toyota, Subaru and Audi said they are troubled over GPB Capital Holdings’ September ouster […]

Auto industry recruiters pitch the San Antonio region

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Several automotive projects have been announced in the San Antonio market in recent months. Among them: A $400 million transmission plant by Aisin that will employ 900, a nearly $400 million expansion of Toyota’s pickup and SUV plant there and a $250 million Navistar truck plant. News Editor Lindsay Chappell […]

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