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GM Cuts Off Health Care to Strikers as Tension Escalates

GM Cuts Off Health Care to Strikers as Tension Escalates

Union picking up COBRA costs out of strike fund.

General Motors Co. cancelled the health-care plans for thousands of striking workers and while the move was not unexpected, the company didn’t formally notify the United Auto Workers of the move, ratchetting up tensions in already stressful confrontation. Find out more at TheDetroitBureau.com.

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How Might a GM Strike Impact Customers?

How Might a GM Strike Impact Customers?

Automaker built up inventories in preparation for a walkout.

The UAW has gone on strike, shutting operations at GM. The automaker prepped for a possible walkout by boosting inventories – but is that enough? What will the confrontation mean for customers? TheDetroitBureau.com takes a look.

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Labor Department Files Charges Against UAW Director Pearson
Labor Department Files Charges Against UAW Director Pearson

An active member of the United Auto Workers executive board was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and falsifying reports required by the U.S. Department of Labor while embezzling as much as $1 million. The investigation also implicated current UAW President Gary Jones, although no charges have been filed against him yet. For details, go to TheDetroitBureau.com.

Germany’s Merkel Encourages Automakers to Get Greener
Germany’s Merkel Encourages Automakers to Get Greener

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel took to the floor of the Frankfurt Motor Show today to acknowledge what many in attendance already knew: German automakers have a tough task ahead of them when it comes to climate change. Describing it as “Herculean” Merkel encouraged makers to keep pushing forward. Get details at TheDetroitBureau.com.

First Look: 2020 Cadillac CT4
First Look: 2020 Cadillac CT4

Caddy isn’t walking away from the luxury sedan market and the 2020 Cadillac CT4 seems intent on addressing some of the faults of its older entry-lux sedan. TheDetroitBureau.com takes a closer look.

That New Car You Want Will Be More Expensive Than Ever
That New Car You Want Will Be More Expensive Than Ever

New cars, trucks and utility vehicles are more expensive now than ever. Perhaps just as importantly, the average American owner is now spending about $9,282 per year on their vehicle, or $773.50 a month. That’s up from $8,849 a year ago, according to AAA. Find out what’s driving the costs upward at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Toyota Testing Solar-Powered Electric Prius
Toyota Testing Solar-Powered Electric Prius

Not long ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested the company would re-introduce its “solar roof,” which could power part of the vehicle, such as the HVAC to keep the interior of the car at an ideal temperature. It seems now that Toyota is investigating the possibility of answering the obvious question: If you can power the roof, why not the whole car? The Japanese automaker is tinkering with ultra-thin solar panels used for satellites to produce a solar-powered Prius that travels 35 miles. Find out more at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Top Eastern U.S. Port Beginning to Accept Ships Despite Capsized Auto Carrier
Top Eastern U.S. Port Beginning to Accept Ships Despite Capsized Auto Carrier

The busy port that is a key destination for car being imported into the United States just accepted its first ship after a freighter designed specifically to transport cars and trucks capsized in the main channel leading to the Port of Brunswick, south of Savannah, Georgia. Experts believe the port may reopen Sept. 12, but removal of the ship will take months. Get details at TheDetroitBureau.com.

What’s Your Ideal  Vehicle? New Study Offers Some Clues
What’s Your Ideal  Vehicle? New Study Offers Some Clues

Today’s cars are built better than ever, but it takes more than just good quality to satisfy owners. Volvo and Ram were the top-ranked brands in AutoPacific’s 2019 Ideal Vehicle Awards. TheDetroitBureau.com looks at why they – and other brands – scored so well.

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First Drive: 2020 Cadillac XT6
First Drive: 2020 Cadillac XT6

There’s a bit of an irony to the debut of Cadillac’s newest SUV, the XT6. General Motors’ luxury brand was one of the first entrants into the luxury SUV space, with the original Escalade making its debut during the 1998 model-year, just ahead of BMW’s X5. But Caddy...

Acura Teases Return of Sporty “S” Performance Line
Acura Teases Return of Sporty “S” Performance Line

Acura will reveal a Type S Concept at Monterey Car Week later this month. Details are scarce, but expect it to tease a production version of the next-gen TLX – and it hints Type S will become a regular performance sub-brand, ala BMW M, reports TheDetroitBureau.com.

First Look: 2020 Cadillac XT5
First Look: 2020 Cadillac XT5

Cadillac has been fleshing out its SUV line-up, and now, it’s time to update the best-selling model in its line-up, the XT5. The two-row model gets modest visual updates, but an all-new turbo engine option and lots more technology. Here’s a 1st look from TheDetroitBureau.com.

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Growing Number of States Penalizing EV Owners with Added Taxes and Fees

Growing Number of States Penalizing EV Owners with Added Taxes and Fees

Move claimed increases cover lost gas taxes, but EV proponents fear impact will be lower sales.

Even as incentives meant to boost EV sales are phasing out, a number of states have slapped new fees on EV owners. They’re supposed to replace lost gas taxes but often are several times higher than what owners of gas vehicles pay, reports TheDetroitBureau.com.

Lamborghini Honors Savior With New Sian Hybrid Supercar

Lamborghini Honors Savior With New Sian Hybrid Supercar

Piech bought the company as part of Audi in 1988.

Lamborghini had the super car elite all abuzz in anticipation of the introduction of it first-ever hybrid, the Sián, at IAA 2019, but when he Italian carmaker rolled the green machine onto the stage it came with a name that was unexpected: the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37, in recognition of Ferdinand Karl Piëch, the former head of Volkswagen, and the savior of the company. Details at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Cox Automotive Invests $350M into EV Maker Rivian

Cox Automotive Invests $350M into EV Maker Rivian

The two plan to explore digital retailing and other partnership opportunities.

Electric vehicle start-up Rivian has attracted a $350M million investment from Cox Automotive as sit prepares for the launch of production late next year. Cox and Rivian are planning to explore partnership opportunities in digital retailing, service operations and logistics, officials from the two companies said in their announcement. Get details at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Audi AI:Trail Merges Autonomous and Off-Road Capabilities

Audi AI:Trail Merges Autonomous and Off-Road Capabilities

Audi’s ready to go off road but won’t use and gas to do it. Not with its new AI:Trail quattro battery-electric beast that it showed off after a tease at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new AI:Trail completes a quartet of vehicles the German automaker started rolling out...

BMW Concept 4 Brings Future Back to the Present

BMW Concept 4 Brings Future Back to the Present

Concept draws on long-time design cues to update classic.

BMW debuted its Concept 4 at the Frankfurt Motor Show providing attendees a glimpse at the company’s design and performance future by looking to fortify its much-beloved past. The new look is an updated take on the 4 Series line-up. Get a look at the updated version at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Hyundai Brings New Angle to Frankfurt with 45 Concept

Hyundai Brings New Angle to Frankfurt with 45 Concept

Korean automaker looks to make big impact on smaller show.

At a time when many automakers are cutting down on their commitments to auto shows, Hyundai Motor came to this edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show determined to make as big an impact as possible. The Korean automaker not only revealed the 45, an electric vehicle...

Byton Ready to Put M-Byte EV – Complete with 48-Inch Video Screen – Into Production

Byton Ready to Put M-Byte EV – Complete with 48-Inch Video Screen – Into Production

Chinese automaker pulls wraps off production model in Frankfurt.

The electric vehicle market is getting another player as Chinese EV maker Byton is ready to get into the market with its new M-Byte. On display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the newest entry in the segment features a 48-inch touchscreen that controls everything from the radio to its autonomous technology. Get details at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Moody’s Doubts Ford Turnaround Plan, Cuts Automaker’s Credit Rating

Moody’s Doubts Ford Turnaround Plan, Cuts Automaker’s Credit Rating

Automaker was downgraded last September.

Moody’s Investors Service has cut Ford Motor Co.’s credit rating to junk for the first time since the depths of the recession a decade ago on doubts about the automaker’s turnaround plans. Moody’s downgraded Ford to the highest junk rating, Ba1, saying the automaker’s cash flow and profit margins are below expectations. Find out more at TheDetroitBureau.com.

Live from Frankfurt!

Live from Frankfurt!

Biennial show features a slew of new electric vehicles.

The 68th edition of IAA Cars, better known as the Frankfurt Motor Show, kicks off with an amazing display of new vehicle debuts, including the latest electrified vehicles, hybrids and sports cars. The biennial show is the start to the 2019-20 auto show season. Get the stories at TheDetroitBureau.com.

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