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How the closings of two auto plants changed Hamtramck and Detroit's Poletown

by Tommy Andres and Tracey Samuelson Aug 14, 2019
When the Dodge Main plant closed in 1979, local leaders offered GM tax breaks and more land to move in. Now the GM plant is closing, too.
"The Spirit of Detroit" monument sits downtown. In the background is the Renaissance Center, where GM is headquartered.
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Stay or move? Laid-off GM workers face a tough choice

by Tracey Samuelson Aug 6, 2019
GM says it has jobs for nearly every one of the 2,800 laid-off workers, but they must decide whether they're willing to relocate.
Lincoln Fegley and his brother Joshua Fegley move furniture into Lincoln's new home in Troy, Mo. (Courtesy of the Fegley family)

To retrain or not? Two laid-off manufacturing workers, two different paths

by Tracey Samuelson Aug 6, 2019
On one hand, a government program that pays workers to learn new skills. On the other, jobs.
Dominic Johnjulio is learning to operate heavy equipment as part of a federally-funded retraining program after being laid off from Magna Seating, a General Motors supplier.
Tracey Samuelson

California signs deal with 4 automakers to raise gas mileage

by Associated Press Jul 25, 2019
Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen are parties to the deal with the California Air Resources Board, which apparently is designed to pressure the administration and the rest of the auto industry into joining or reaching a compromise.
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VW, Ford broaden alliance to autonomous, electric vehicles

by Associated Press Jul 12, 2019
The two automakers will become equal owners of Argo AI, a robocar firm that was majority-owned by Ford, with plans to put autonomous vehicles on the roads in the U.S. and Europe.
Jim Hackett (R), president and chief executive officer, Ford Motor Company, and Herbert Diess, chief executive officer, Volkswagen Group, pose for a picture ahead of a press conference July 12, 2019 in New York City.
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The most "American-made" vehicles may surprise you

by Jack Stewart Jul 8, 2019
A Jeep takes the number one spot, but Honda takes second, third and fourth place.
A Jeep Cherokee drives in front of Fiat Chryslers's Belvidere Assembly Plant.
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Mexico tariffs could hike car prices by $1,500

by Kimberly Adams May 31, 2019
The Trump administration has threatened to levy a 5% tax on Mexican imports next month, which could go as high as 25%.
“We have the highest prices in the world right now for aluminum and steel,” said Kristin Dziczek, a vice president at the Center for Automotive Research. Above, Ford Mustangs are assembled at a plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, in 2004.
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U.S. and Japan at odds over auto imports

by Tracey Samuelson May 24, 2019
Or whether Japan can actually deliver.
This December 8, 2017 picture shows workers assembling fourth generation Toyota Prius cars on the production line at the company's Tsutsumi assembly plant in Toyota City, Aichi prefecture.
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Ford layoffs necessary to fund bets on its future

by Jack Stewart May 21, 2019
The future of the auto industry is uncertain as ride-sharing, self-driving vehicles and other technologies evolve.
Cars are reflected in the grill of a new Ford truck in Richmond, California.
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Tariffs are stifling the region with world's largest BMW plant, official says

by Liz Sanchez and Kai Ryssdal May 15, 2019
Spartanburg, South Carolina, had “white hot” growth before the taxes, councilman says.
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