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  • DETROIT, May 25- A flurry of deals between big automakers and ride hailing and transportation startups is rewriting the playbook in the contest to control the future of personal transportation. From the automakers, the Silicon Valley mobility companies obtain fresh capital, access to auto industry engineers who know how cars work and discounts on vehicles...

  • DETROIT, May 25- German luxury car maker BMW AG on Wednesday said its BMW iVentures venture capital arm has invested an undisclosed amount in California- based Scoop Technologies, which offers a smartphone-powered carpooling service called Scoop. The company currently operates in the San Francisco Bay area. On Tuesday, Toyota Motor Corp, the world's No. 1...

  • Google said Wednesday it's opening a self-driving technology development center in the Detroit suburb of Novi. This isn't Google's first brush with Detroit. Google also announced a partnership earlier this month with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which has a headquarters near Detroit.

  • May 25- Alphabet Inc's Google self-driving car project said Wednesday it will launch this year a new technology development center in suburban Detroit. The Mountain View, Calif. search company said in a blog post that engineers at the facility, located in Novi, Mich., will start with work fitting the company's autonomous driving systems into Chrysler Pacifica...

  • DETROIT— Ford is recalling some of its top-selling vehicles in the U.S. to fix a fluid leak that can reduce braking power. The recall covers about 271,000 F-150 pickups in North America from the 2013 and 2014 model years that have 3.5- liter V6 engines. That probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into electric vacuum pump failures was closed...

  • WASHINGTON, May 24- New U.S. single-family home sales recorded their biggest gain in 24 years in April, touching a more than eight-year high as purchases increased broadly, a sign of growing confidence in the economy's prospects. Tuesday's report from the Commerce Department, which also showed a surge in new home prices to a record high, offered further evidence...

  • DETROIT— Muscle cars may look cool, but they don't offer the best protection in a crash. The Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger didn't get the highest ratings in new tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute, which is funded by insurers, tested 2016 models.

  • DETROIT— Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially faulty front passenger air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan. The action expands what was already the biggest automotive recall in U.S. history. The U.S. government announced earlier this month that 17 automakers— including Toyota— are adding 35...

  • DETROIT, May 23- Ford Motor Co Chairman Bill Ford said on Monday the automaker would look for more partnerships with other companies as it moves to expand beyond manufacturing and selling cars and trucks. "You'll see a lot of partnerships, a lot more than you used to see in the auto industry," Ford told reporters after addressing a conference on entrepreneurship in...

  • DETROIT, May 23- U.S. consumers still resist the notion of self-driving cars, according to a University of Michigan study released on Monday, the latest sign that investors and automakers may be rushing into a business where demand is limited at best. "The most frequent preference for vehicle automation continues to be for no self-driving capability," said the...

  • DETROIT— People who bought or leased 2016 General Motors SUVs with overstated gas mileage on the window sticker will be getting compensated, the automaker said Friday. For most people, the compensation will be worth $450 to $900, but owners of some all-wheel-drive SUVs could get as much as $1,500. "We designed this reimbursement program to provide full and fair...

  • CHICAGO— Time off from work to care for a child or relative is codified in federal law. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Friday said 72 percent support paid family leave. New York, the latest to approve it, will launch its program in 2018..

  • DETROIT, May 19- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday said production of its popular Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SUVs has been curtailed this week because of a parts shortage. Also, she said, Grand Cherokee production at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit was curtailed on Wednesday when both of the shifts there were cut by a few hours.

  • DETROIT— Uber is testing a self-driving car on public streets in Pittsburgh. The San Francisco ride-hailing company says Pittsburgh is an ideal place to test self-driving cars because it has a wide variety of weather and road types. Uber Technologies Inc. announced a partnership with Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University last year.

  • DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler is recalling about a half-million Jeep Wrangler SUVs worldwide because the driver's air bag may not inflate in a crash. The recall covers Wranglers from the 2007 through 2010 model years, including 392,000 in the U.S. Another 7,400 2011-2016 Wranglers in the U.S. with right-hand-drive also are affected.

  • DETROIT— General Motors is expanding its Maven car-sharing service to Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C.. The app-based service started in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in February and quickly moved to New York City. The company says its answer to ZipCar already has started operating in Chicago, renting 30 vehicles at over 15 sites, for $8 per hour including gas and...

  • The annual study for the Governors Highway Safety Association attributes the increase mainly to increased travel nationwide and better weather leading to a longer riding season in many states. But study researchers from Sam Schwartz Consulting say the biggest change that could cut motorcycle deaths would be restoring mandatory helmet laws in 32 states...

  • WASHINGTON, May 18- General Motors Co is expected to announce plans to compensate about 130,000 individual U.S. owners of SUVs that had inflated fuel economy labels, sources briefed on the plans said on Wednesday. The Detroit automaker said on Friday it was temporarily halting sales of about 60,000 new 2016 U.S. GM Canada is expected to offer a similar...

  • DETROIT/ SAN FRANCISCO, May 18- Tesla Motors Inc will offer up to $1.7 billion of new common stock to finance the accelerated launch of its new Model 3 electric sedan, the electric luxury car maker said on Wednesday. They were $206.59 in after market trading, well below the $242 a share price at which the company last issued new shares, in August 2015.

  • DETROIT— A change in pollution control hardware between model years cut the gas mileage on some General Motors SUVs and forced it to correct the figures on window stickers, the company said Wednesday. But Consumer Reports magazine questioned why the 2016 mileage would be worse than the 2015 models when little was changed between model years and the SUVs from...