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GM's new manufacturing strategy helps Tennessee town rebound

Cynthia Jackson assembles an engine block in the powertrain plant for the Chevy Equinox in Spring Hill, Tenn. There is lots of excitement and talk inside inside the plant, at the union hall and in town about GM's new investments and hope of more jobs to come. Photos by Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News

General Motors' Spring Hill complex is on a path that may lead to a doubled workforce and become a vision of GM's manufacturing future. More

Anti-UAW workers to form own union at VW plant

Nashville, Tenn. — Volkswagen workers who oppose the United Auto Workers at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga are looking to form their own union. More

Toyota awarded $4M grant to move 250 jobs to Washtenaw County

The Michigan Strategic Fund awarded Toyota a $4 million grant Tuesday to move 250 purchasing jobs from Kentucky to its Toyota Technical Center in York Township. More

Ford: Aluminum-bodied F-150 says 'boldness, toughness and efficiency'

Brad Richards, exterior design manager for the F-150 explains the aerodynamics of the 2015 aluminum-bodied truck inside a wind tunnel in Allen Park. 'It's significantly better in terms of the ways it cuts through the air,' Richards says. Clarence Tabb Jr / The Detroit News

Ford says its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup may be its most aerodynamic yet. 'This truck needed to say boldness, toughness and efficiency,' said Brad Richards, exterior design manager for the F-150. More

Barra to speak at Clinton forum in New York

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on June 18. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Next month in New York, General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra will make her highest-profile public appearance since testifying before Congress on the GM recall crisis. More

Corvettes roll out of Redford Township to join caravan to Kentucky museum

The Redford 'Vettes are expected to join thousands from around the U.S. for the fifth National Corvette Caravan. David Coates / The Detroit News

About 100 Corvettes rallied Tuesday at Matick Chevy in Redford Township and rolled off for Marshall, where they were to meet up with 'Vette owners from west Michigan and Flint, on a caravan to the national Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. More

U.S. investigates '13 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor for braking issue

2013 Ford Police Interceptor utility. Ford

NHTSA has opened a preliminary investigation into 20,000 2013 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs that may have a faulty part that could lead to braking problems. More

Toyota's most rugged Land Cruiser is back in Japan

Land Cruiser top engineer Sadayoshi Koyari Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

Toyota Motor Corp. is bringing back the Land Cruiser 70 in Japan, catering to nostalgic demand for the rugged off-roader that's favored for challenging terrains and as an aid agency vehicle in disaster zones. More

GM's Chevrolet, Buick achieve sole gains in annual auto survey

General Motors Co., under scrutiny for its slowness in handling a recall linked to fatalities, was the only automaker to have two brands that gained ground in a widely watched survey of customer satisfaction. More

NHTSA closes Toyota Camry hybrid investigation

Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday it will close an investigation into power braking issues in 100,000 Toyota Camry hybrid cars after the Japanese automaker said it will offer extended warranty coverage to address More

GM fund has received 100 death compensation requests

Barra Bill Pugliano / Getty Images

General Motors Co. ignition switch compensation fund has received 284 claims through Friday, including 100 claims for deaths. More

Ford to invest $129M, add 300 jobs to Louisville plant to build Lincoln crossover

Ford Motor Co. said Monday it will invest $129 million and add 300 jobs to its Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky as it ramps up production of the 2015 Lincoln MKC crossover. More

Ford to unleash Mustang T-shirts

The Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition is being produced in two colors - Wimbledon White, like Mustang serial No. 0001, and Kona Blue.

Ford Motor Co. on Monday will veiled a series of high-end designer T-shirts inspired by its new 2015 Mustang. More

Length of car loans rises, helps fuel sales

New car and truck loans have ballooned to an average of 5 1/2 years from four to five years not long ago, allowing buyers to afford more expensive vehicles and fulfill their urge to drive the newest thing now. More

Report: States haven't spent $530M in highway safety grants

A new report says states have failed to spend more than $530 million in federal highway safety grants since 2006. More

Flooded-out GM workers returning to Tech Center in Warren

General Motors Co. said late Sunday that it expects the remaining 2,500 workers who have been displaced following the Aug. 11 flooding to return to work Monday at its Tech Center in Warren. More

Hyundai Motor meets workers' union today after boycott over wage

Hyundai Motor Co.'s management is meeting workers Sunday to resolve differences over wage demands after losing two days of extra weekend shifts to a boycott. More

Report: Tesla building I-80 supercharger station

Tesla Motors Inc. is building a supercharger station in the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe where drivers of the company's electric cars can recharge along Interstate 80, a newspaper says. More

Safety group asks for probe of 7 million Chrysler vehicles

An auto safety advocacy group has asked the U.S. government to investigate power system failures in Chrysler vehicles that could cause them to stall while being driven. More

GM lists price of 2015 Corvette Z06 starting at $78,995

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GM

General Motors Co. said Friday that its 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 supercar — GM's most powerful production car ever — will start at $78,995, and the convertible model will start at $83,995. More

GM's Barra takes ice bucket challenge, calls out Gilbert

Mary Barra

Now two of Detroit's Big Three automotive CEOs have poured cold water over themselves to raise money and awareness to fight a disease. More

Toyota to boost SUV production at Indiana factory

Princeton, Ind. — Toyota says it will spend $100 million to boost production of the Highlander SUV at its southwestern Indiana factory, with plans to add 300 workers in the next couple of years. More

2,500 GM Tech Center employees work from home as flood cleanup continues

An disaster team truck sits outside the General Motors Tech Center in Warren after it received extensive flood damage due to last week's rainfall. Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News

General Motors Co. had hoped to have the remaining 2,500 workers displaced since the Aug. 11 flood back at the Tech Center on Friday, but said additional work needs to be completed before those employees can return. More

GM plans Russia car production cutbacks as auto market shrinks

General Motors Co., the world's second-biggest carmaker, is cutting production in Russia as deliveries drop amid a weakening economy stemming from the government's conflict with Ukraine. More

GM opens fourth technology innovation center in Arizona

General Motors Co. said Friday it has officially opened its fourth information technology innovation center in Chandler, Ariz., a suburb of Phoenix. More

Ford recalls 2014 Focus, C-MAX Hybrid cars for potential steering gear issue

2014 Ford Focus Ford

Ford Motor Co. on Thursday issued a safety recall for more than 600 2014 Focus and C-MAX Hybrid cars in North America for a potential issue with the steering gear that could result in loss of control. More

Ford working on Prius rival to meet federal fuel standards

Ford Motor Co. plans to introduce a new hybrid vehicle or line of vehicles in 2018 that would compete against the Toyota Prius and help Ford meet strict federal mandated mileage standards, a forecasting firm said Thursday. More

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