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UAW Breaking Bread with GM, FCA to Get New 4-Year Deals

UAW Breaking Bread with GM, FCA to Get New 4-Year Deals

Union continues to push for its part of "record profits."

General Motors’ top executive focused on the company’s future prospects, while a key executive from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. emphasized the need for continued cooperation as the two companies opened contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers. See what the UAW asked for at TheDetroitBureau.com.

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UAW Kicks Off Negotiations with Ford Talking Tough

UAW Kicks Off Negotiations with Ford Talking Tough

Union is looking for more, Ford wants cuts to prep for downturn.

The United Auto Workers kicked off 2019 labor negotiations with the union taking a hard line, reminding officials from the Ford Motor Co. that automakers they have enjoyed a period of prosperity and a restless union membership is looking for its share in the new contract. Find out what’s important to all at TheDetroitBureau.com.

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2019 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport

2019 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport

Power, comfort and control make for an awesome ride.

Lexus has history of delivering a comfortable brand of luxury vehicles of peerless quality that are also tasteful and smartly equipped. In recent years, Lexus also has been adding more bite to its model line with a series of “F-Sport” vehicles and the new IS 300 version is outstanding. See our review at TheDetroitBureau.com.

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EV Start-Up Seres Delays U.S. Model Debut Due to China Troubles
EV Start-Up Seres Delays U.S. Model Debut Due to China Troubles

Another electric vehicle start-up, Series, is facing tough times, forcing the Chinese-backed to delay the launch its vehicle in the U.S. and layoff much of its staff here. Formerly SF Motors, the company says it must focus on the weak market in China before launching in the U.S. Find out more at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Toyota Preparing to Invest $398M in Texas Truck Plant
Toyota Preparing to Invest $398M in Texas Truck Plant

Just a few days after it was revealed that Toyota Motor Corp. would convert its $1.6 billion Alabama plant to SUV production from car production, the company is reportedly planning to spend as much as $398 million to optimize its San Antonio truck plant. Find out more at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Ford, VW Open to Further Collaboration – and Additional Partners
Ford, VW Open to Further Collaboration – and Additional Partners

The collaboration Ford and Volkswagen formally announced on Friday could grow significantly larger, the automakers said, with the possibility of them adding new projects while also leaving the door open to bringing other manufacturers into the fold. Find out how it can grow at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Toyota, Denso Sign Deal to Develop New Semiconductors
Toyota, Denso Sign Deal to Develop New Semiconductors

Toyota Motor Corp. and Denso Corp. are planning to establish a joint venture for research and advanced development of next-generation, in-vehicle semiconductors. The two companies will study the details and aim to establish the new company in April 2020. Get details at TheDetroitBureau.com.

FCA Spending $788M to Build 500 BEV in Italy
FCA Spending $788M to Build 500 BEV in Italy

Fiat Chrysler had planned to leverage its new partner, Renault, to bring its electric vehicle program up to speed; however, with that deal basically dead, it plans to invest nearly $800 million in a battery-electric Fiat 500 in Italy. Get details at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Ford Knowingly Made Millions of Fiestas, Focuses with Faulty Transmissions
Ford Knowingly Made Millions of Fiestas, Focuses with Faulty Transmissions

Ford Motor Co. started selling Focus and Fiesta models with defective transmissions between 2010 and 2011 — and knew it. According to a startling new report, the transmissions have caused 50 injuries and drawn more than 4,300 complaints. Ford officials maintain the vehicles are safe. See the story at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Toyota Reads Market Writing on the Wall, Agrees to Build More SUVs
Toyota Reads Market Writing on the Wall, Agrees to Build More SUVs

Despite making a commitment to ensure it would continue offering new vehicle buyers a passenger car option, even Toyota couldn’t ignore the writing on the wall. The company announced it was changing production at its new Alabama plant from cars to SUVs. Find out more at TheDetroitBureau.com.

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“Framing John DeLorean” Misses Mark, Still Must-See Movie
“Framing John DeLorean” Misses Mark, Still Must-See Movie

“Framing John DeLorean,” the new movie about the fallen auto executive, has an awkward title and cinema purists are likely to be put off by its mix of talking heads, bits from news film and videos and scenes re-acted by actors. Ultimately, it tells most of the compelling story of DeLorean and his exploits. Get the details at TheDetroitBureau.com.

First Drive: 2020 Ford Explorer
First Drive: 2020 Ford Explorer

The 2020 Explorer is larger, roomier, more power powerful and equipped with more technology than its predecessors. It’s also engineered to be more rugged. All of these improvements are necessary in a segment that continues to expand. Get our review of the new Explorer at TheDetroitBureau.com.

First Drive: 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport
First Drive: 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

The new 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport strikes a balance between a bold evolution of the original design and the familiarity that comes with its capability. The new ute is more elegant than ever, yet retains that famous Rover toughness. See our review at TheDetroitBureau.com.

First Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Golf 1.4T S
First Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Golf 1.4T S

In automotive years, the Volkswagen Golf seem to have been around forever. But its survived because, while the Golf is compact, it also offers solid performance and an impressive array of technology for less than $25,000, which makes it a relative bargain these days. Check it out at TheDetroitBureau.com.

First Drive: 2019 Toyota Sequoia
First Drive: 2019 Toyota Sequoia

The Toyota Sequoia has been around for a while now, but the automaker continues to change the vehicle enough to keep it interesting for both loyal fans of the buyers and new buyers, looking for a big vehicle capable of hauling people and their stuff. Check out our review of the big ute at TheDetroitBureau.com.

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Toyota, Denso Sign Deal to Develop New Semiconductors

Toyota, Denso Sign Deal to Develop New Semiconductors

New electronics needed for next-generation of vehicles.

Toyota Motor Corp. and Denso Corp. are planning to establish a joint venture for research and advanced development of next-generation, in-vehicle semiconductors. The two companies will study the details and aim to establish the new company in April 2020. Get details at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Ford and VW Formally Unveil “Collaboration” on Autonomous and Electrified Vehicles

Ford and VW Formally Unveil “Collaboration” on Autonomous and Electrified Vehicles

Automakers will remain “independent and fiercely competitive,” said Ford CEO Hackett.

Ford and VW today formally unveiled an expanded “collaboration” they hope will position them as leaders in autonomous and electric vehicle development, even while helping slash the massive expenses required to bring those technologies to market. TheDetroitBureau.com has the story.

FCA Spending $788M to Build 500 BEV in Italy

FCA Spending $788M to Build 500 BEV in Italy

Second iteration of 500e to be sold in Europe.

Fiat Chrysler had planned to leverage its new partner, Renault, to bring its electric vehicle program up to speed; however, with that deal basically dead, it plans to invest nearly $800 million in a battery-electric Fiat 500 in Italy. Get details at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Ford Knowingly Made Millions of Fiestas, Focuses with Faulty Transmissions

Ford Knowingly Made Millions of Fiestas, Focuses with Faulty Transmissions

Ford officials say vehicles are safe.

Ford Motor Co. started selling Focus and Fiesta models with defective transmissions between 2010 and 2011 — and knew it. According to a startling new report, the transmissions have caused 50 injuries and drawn more than 4,300 complaints. Ford officials maintain the vehicles are safe. See the story at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Toyota Reads Market Writing on the Wall, Agrees to Build More SUVs

Toyota Reads Market Writing on the Wall, Agrees to Build More SUVs

New Alabama plant will make utes instead of cars.

Despite making a commitment to ensure it would continue offering new vehicle buyers a passenger car option, even Toyota couldn’t ignore the writing on the wall. The company announced it was changing production at its new Alabama plant from cars to SUVs. Find out more at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Genesis Already Preparing 2nd SUV, Even with 1st a Year Away

Genesis Already Preparing 2nd SUV, Even with 1st a Year Away

Luxury brand also looking at EVs and even FCEVs.

Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, is taking the small, but mighty approach to growing its sales and line-up. The brand is already announcing plans to produce its second SUV – a must in today’s luxury market – before the first has hit showrooms. Find out what else Genesis officials said is coming at TheDetroitBureau.com.

2019 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport

2019 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport

Power, comfort and control make for an awesome ride.

Lexus has history of delivering a comfortable brand of luxury vehicles of peerless quality that are also tasteful and smartly equipped. In recent years, Lexus also has been adding more bite to its model line with a series of “F-Sport” vehicles and the new IS 300 version is outstanding. See our review at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Tesla Makes Model 3 Compatible with Third-Party Chargers

Tesla Makes Model 3 Compatible with Third-Party Chargers

Company's Autopilot may take hit as 10% of staff walks out.

Tesla Model 3 owners now have a choice, at least when it comes to charging their vehicles. After making its mainstream vehicle only chargeable using the company’s Supercharging network, Tesla’s allowing Model 3 owners to also use CHAdeMO adapters too. Find out more at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Hyundai Catering to Low-Price New Car Buyers with Venue

Hyundai Catering to Low-Price New Car Buyers with Venue

Automaker looking to attract buyers on a budget.

With the average transaction price for new cars approaching $40,000, a lot of consumers who once considered a new vehicle have wound up looking for a used car. However, Hyundai is attempting to draw those buyers back with its very affordable new Venue SUV. Get details at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Bentley Offers Glimpse of its Future with EXP 100 Centenary Concept

Bentley Offers Glimpse of its Future with EXP 100 Centenary Concept

Autonomous, electric and “smart,” it even uses sustainable materials, like paint made of rice husks.

Gone are the days when concept cars were little more than fantasies in chrome, or so says Bentley, which is billing its EXP 100 as a rolling research lab that “represents the kind of cars we want to make in the future.” Find out more at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Chevrolet Partnering with Clothing Maker Carhartt

Chevrolet Partnering with Clothing Maker Carhartt

Truck maker looks to burnish its image with link up.

The race for the who has the toughest pickup truck has never been so intense and the truck makers are scrambling for an edge of any kind. Chevrolet has formed what it describes as a strategic partnership with clothing maker Carhartt, hoping to burnish its brand a bit. Find out more at TheDetroitBureau.com.

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