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  • General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra announces that Chevrolet will begin testing a fleet of Bolt autonomous vehicles in Michigan during a news conference in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., December 15, 2016.

    General Motors plans to deploy thousands of self-driving electric cars in test fleets in partnership with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft.

  • DETROIT— BMW AG is recalling more than 19,000 i3 REx plug-in hybrids in the U.S. because they could develop a fuel vapor leak that would increase the risk of a fire. BMW says a fuel tank vent line may rub against the sleeve of a battery cable. BMW will notify owners and replace the fuel vent line for free.

  • DETROIT, Feb 17- General Motors Co plans to deploy thousands of self-driving electric cars in test fleets in partnership with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc, beginning in 2018, two sources familiar with the automakers plans said this week. It is expected to be the largest such test of fully autonomous vehicles by any major automaker before 2020, when several...

  • DETROIT— The United Auto Workers union is preparing an ad campaign that urges consumers to buy U.S.-made cars and trucks as it tries to tap into President Donald Trump's efforts to rebuild the country's manufacturing sector. Williams told reporters Thursday that the union wants to take advantage of what it sees as a movement in the U.S. to bring back...

  • DETROIT, Feb 16- United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said on Thursday the union is contacting workers at Silicon Valley electric car maker Tesla Inc, and plans to boost efforts to convince U.S. consumers not to buy vehicles built in other countries, including those sold by the Detroit automakers. The UAW leader also used a meeting with reporters to...

  • DETROIT- Feb 16- United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said on Thursday the union plans to step up its efforts to convince U.S. consumers not to buy vehicles built in other countries, including those sold by the Detroit automakers. "If it's not made in America, don't buy it," Williams said during a briefing for reporters at the union's Detroit headquarters,...

  • Feb 16- The president of the United Auto Workers union said on Thursday UAW organizers are in contact with workers at Silicon Valley electric car maker Tesla Inc, but said any formal effort to organize workers will "be determined by the interest of employees." UAW President Dennis Williams said the UAW is not paying a worker who went public with concerns about...

  • DETROIT— If you do your homework, now is the time to practically steal a new sedan from your car dealer. Brad Korner, general manager of AIS Rebate, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, firm that follows the labyrinth of automaker discounts, equates buying a car cheap with purchasing discounted baked goods. Earl Stewart, a North Palm Beach, Florida, Toyota dealer who is critical of...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— German politicians are expressing concern about a possible takeover of General Motors' Opel division by France's PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars. Opel employs 19,000 people in Germany out of a total work force of 38,000. And it's an election year in Germany, which means politicians are particularly sensitive to anything that...

  • DETROIT— Young drivers aren't alone in behaving badly on U.S. roads, a trend that could be contributing to a spike in highway deaths. Well over half of drivers in every age group have texted behind the wheel, run a red light or driven faster than the speed limit in the last 30 days, according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. "It was a surprise that...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 14- A federal judge on Tuesday granted preliminary approval to a plan for Volkswagen AG to pay at least $1.22 billion to fix or buy back nearly 80,000 polluting 3.0- liter diesel vehicles in the United States over the German automaker's emissions-cheating scandal. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco also agreed at a court hearing to...

  • *Opel business has struggled for profitability. For PSA, owner of the Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands, acquiring GM's Opel and Vauxhall brands would give it a 16.3 percent share of the European passenger car market, vaulting it into second place in the region, ahead of French rival Renault SA and behind Germany's Volkswagen AG. Germany's industrial union IG Metall...

  • DETROIT— Mazda is recalling about 174,000 small cars in the U.S. because the seats can change angles suddenly, making the vehicles hard to drive. The recall covers the Mazda 2 subcompact from the 2011 model year and the 2010 and 2011 Mazda 3 and Mazdaspeed 3 compacts. The recall is expected to start on March 31.

  • *Opel business has struggled for profitability. In separate statements, GM which owns the Vauxhall and Opel brands, and the maker of Peugeot, Citroen and DS cars said they were looking at a number of "strategic initiatives" with the aim of increasing profitability and operating efficiency, including through a potential acquisition of Opel.

  • *Opel business has struggled for profitability. The maker of Peugeot, Citroen and DS cars is "exploring a number of strategic initiatives with GM with the aim of increasing its profitability and operating efficiency, including a potential acquisition of Opel," a spokesman said. Together, PSA and Opel would command a 16.3 percent share of the European car market...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— France's PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, says it's exploring a possible takeover of Opel, General Motors' money-losing European business. PSA Group and GM are already involved in several joint projects in Europe. Detroit- based GM is weary of having to report losses year after year in Europe, where it last made a full-year profit in...

  • The maker of Peugeot, Citroen and DS cars is "exploring a number of strategic initiatives with GM with the aim of increasing its profitability and operating efficiency, including a potential acquisition of Opel," a spokesman said. The confirmation came after sources told Reuters earlier on Tuesday that the two companies were in advanced discussions to combine...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 14- India's Supreme Court convicted a confidante of the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday in a corruption case that will put her behind bars and effectively end her bid to become chief minister of the southern state. Known as the " Detroit of Asia", Tamil Nadu is India's second-largest manufacturing state. It hosts auto makers including BMW,...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 14- India's Supreme Court convicted a confidante of the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday in a corruption case that will put her behind bars and effectively end her bid to become chief minister of the southern state. Known as the " Detroit of Asia", Tamil Nadu is India's second-largest manufacturing state. The disproportionate assets case...

  • DETROIT— General Motors says its new Chevrolet Cruze diesel compact sedan will get up to 52 miles per gallon on the highway, the best mileage of any car that isn't a hybrid or electric vehicle. The 2017 diesel with a six-speed manual transmission and 1.6- liter diesel engine also gets 30 mpg in the city and a combined city-highway mileage of 37, according to...