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  • DETROIT, Sept 29- Ford Motor Co will become less capital intensive and will be open to partnerships as it develops new businesses such as ride sharing and autonomous vehicles, Chairman Bill Ford said on Thursday. "There will be partnerships," Ford told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Detroit on the future of transportation. Bill Ford said not all the...

  • DETROIT— Your car knows more about you than you think. Newer cars that connect to the internet can collect vast amounts of data about drivers, such as where you went to dinner, if you broke the speed limit or if your seat belt was buckled. A new report from consulting firm McKinsey says automotive data could be worth $450 billion to $750 billion globally by 2030.

  • ROMULUS, Michigan— Volvo Car Corp. plans to sell a self-driving vehicle to consumers in five years. Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says the car will have a steering wheel, but consumers can pay $10,000 extra for a full autopilot system that will let them relax while the car drives itself. They'll be tested on public roads in Sweden next year and in London and China in...

  • DETROIT— Volvo is recalling about 127,000 cars and SUVs worldwide because the air conditioning can leak water into the vehicles and cause air bags to malfunction. The recall covers 2016 and 2017 XC90 SUVs, S90 sedans and V90 wagons. Volvo says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that a drain hose may have been installed incorrectly at the factory.

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  • PARIS— Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller says the company is cooperating with U.S. authorities and hopes to reach a settlement on a fine with the Justice Department for equipping diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests. Mueller said the company admits it "made a big mistake" and that "we have worked on a very cooperative basis with the authorities in Germany,...

  • 2016 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD. BASE PRICE: $53,495 for base model with a four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive; $55,495 for base model with non-turbo V6 and all-wheel drive; $58,395 for luxury model with four cylinder and RWD; $60,395 for luxury model with non-turbo V6 and AWD; $64,395 for luxury model with non-turbo V6 and AWD; $67,570 for premium luxury...

  • DETROIT— Ford is recalling about 74,000 Focus hatchback cars with manual transmissions in the U.S. and Canada because the hatches can be unlatched too easily while the cars are moving. The recall covers certain Focus hatchback and RS vehicles from the 2013 through 2017 model years. The company says the hatch can be unlocked and unlatched by pushing a single...

  • Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand unveiled a redesigned Jeep Compass compact SUV at a factory in Brazil Monday night. It's being built in Brazil to serve the South American market. In North America, the Compass will be built in Mexico and shipped to the U.S. but FCA says no jobs are being lost to Mexico.

  • DETROIT— DTE Energy Co. plans to spend $1.3 billion for natural gas assets in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Detroit- based company announced Monday that an agreement calls for DTE to purchase all of Appalachia Gathering System in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and 40 percent of Stonewall Gas Gathering in West Virginia from energy company M3 Midstream.

  • IONIA, Mich.— Few states have been more aggressive in releasing inmates and diverting offenders than Michigan, where a decade ago, one out of every 200 people was in prison, and penal costs were beginning to crowd out basic government services. Now Michigan is trying to stop the boomerang effect with a new program that removes soon-to-be-released inmates from the...

  • DETROIT— Highway gas mileage estimates for about one-third of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. will fall by one mile per gallon because the government has changed the way it calculates the numbers on the window sticker. The change, which begins with the 2017 model year, comes largely because people are loading up cars with more options such as heated seats that use...

  • The German automaker's U.S. subsidiary earlier this month brought a case in a Washington, D.C.- based federal appeals court seeking to overturn a vote by a group of skilled trade workers at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, assembly plant to join the United Auto Workers. "This makes it almost inevitable that any union target will eventually be organized," said David...

  • TORONTO, Sept 24 (Reuters)- Canada's Unifor union has set a tentative strike deadline of midnight Oct. 10 for talks with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, the labor group said on Saturday as it prepares to vote on a related deal with General Motors Co.. Unifor, which represents close to 10,000 Fiat Chrysler workers in Canada, said in a statement the strike deadline of...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 23- The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday released a series of reports into Takata Corp's defective air bag inflators, which have been linked to at least 14 deaths and more than 100 injuries and sparked the largest ever auto recall. About 100 million Takata air bag inflators have been declared defective worldwide.

  • DETROIT— While sales of its main competitors are rising, the aging Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV has taken a dramatic tumble so far this year in the fastest-growing part of the U.S. market. General Motors is hoping to turn that around when it replaces the Equinox with a revamped model that goes on sale early next year. Edmunds Senior Analyst Jessica Caldwell says...

  • TORONTO, Sept 22- General Motors Co's Oshawa plant will do final assembly work on at least 70,000 pickup trucks a year once investments promised in its Canadian unit's new labor agreement are complete, according to two sources close to negotiations. GM reached a tentative labor deal with Unifor, the union that represents its Canadian manufacturing workers,...

  • TORONTO, Sept 22- General Motors Co's Oshawa plant will do final assembly work on at least 70,000 pick-up trucks a year once investments promised in its Canadian unit's new labor agreement are complete, according to two sources close to negotiations. GM reached a tentative labor deal with Unifor, the union that represents its Canadian manufacturing workers,...

  • DETROIT— Tesla Motors says a software update to its Autopilot system will disable automatic steering if drivers don't keep their hands on the wheel. The update also adds multiple features, including improved radar, better voice commands and an industry-first temperature control system that helps prevent kids and pets from overheating.

  • Rick Snyder and other top state officials Thursday, challenging a Michigan law that ensures automakers can only sell through independent, franchised dealerships and not directly to customers. "As a result of this law, Michigan consumers are forced to accept reduced access to the products they want, less competition and higher prices.... Tesla will continue to...