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1. Honda, Nissan break records as auto sales stay hot in April -

DETROIT (AP) — America's love of trucks and SUVs helped push most automakers to healthy sales gains last month as Honda and Nissan reported best-ever April sales. Ford posted record SUV sales, while Toyota broke a record for SUV and truck sales.

2. GM to make investments, add 800 jobs in Spring Hill -

SPRING HILL (AP) - General Motors announced Wednesday that it is spending $790 million to build a new high-efficiency engine at its plant in Spring Hill, creating nearly 800 jobs.

The investment is the latest boost for the Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant, where vehicle production was idled during the Great Recession. Since 2010 GM has poured $2 billion into the plant facility 30 miles south of Nashville that makes two four-cylinder engines and the Cadillac XT5 midsize SUV. The plant will also begin producing the GMC Acadia later this spring.

3. GM profits more than double on record N. America earnings -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' first quarter profit more than doubled as all of its business units posted improved numbers including record pretax earnings in North America.

The Detroit automaker earned $1.95 billion, or $1.24 per share, even after a $500 million cash investment in ride-sharing company Lyft.

4. Mixed open on Wall Street; indexes waver -

U.S. stock indexes edged lower in early trading Thursday as investors pored over the latest crop of company earnings news. Telecom services and consumer staples companies were down the most. Oil prices were also headed lower. The stock market is coming off a three-day winning streak.

5. GM profits more than double on record N. America earnings -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' first quarter profit more than doubled as all of its business units posted improved numbers including record pretax earnings in North America.

The Detroit automaker earned $1.95 billion, or $1.24 per share, even after a $500 million cash investment in ride-sharing company Lyft.

6. Hankook Tire moving North American headquarters to Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — South Korean tiremaker Hankook announced Wednesday that it is relocating its North American headquarters from New Jersey to Tennessee.

Company and state officials said in a ceremony at the state Capitol that 200 jobs will move to downtown Nashville, about 40 miles southeast of Hankook's new tire factory in Clarksville. Hankook broke ground on the plant in 2014, and it is expected to be completed this year.

7. Demand for the new Tesla is wild, but limited to tech fans -

DETROIT (AP) — Demand for Tesla's new Model 3 has been eye-popping, with consumers pre-ordering about $13.7 billion worth of the electric sedans nearly two years before they go on sale.

Yet experts aren't yet ready to proclaim it's a tipping point with mainstream America moving from burning gasoline to charging batteries.

8. Experts caution self-driving cars aren't ready for roads -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Self-driving cars are more likely to hurt than help public safety because of unsolved technical issues, engineers and safety advocates told the government Friday, countering a push by innovators to speed government approval.

9. Orders for lower-price Tesla reach 276,000 -

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors' CEO says worldwide orders for a new lower-priced electric car hit 276,000 during the weekend.

CEO Elon Musk posted the number Sunday on his Twitter feed. He says if the trend continues orders will hit 500,000.

10. Nissan sets record as US auto sales posts best month in 10 years -

DETROIT (AP) — Most major automakers reported U.S. sales gains last month as stronger employment figures and consumer confidence drove the auto industry to its best March in 16 years.

But the sales growth rate appeared to be slowing as brisk SUV and truck sales barely offset falling car sales. Some automakers had to raise discounts on cars or peddle more of them to rental companies. That could mean better deals for car buyers down the road.

11. Affordable Model 3 is Tesla's biggest test yet -

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — It's the car thousands of people were waiting for: Tesla Motors' new, lower-priced Model 3 sedan.

Tesla unveiled the Model 3 on Thursday night at its Los Angeles design studio. It doesn't go on sale until late 2017, but in the first 24 hours that order banks were open, Tesla said it had more than 115,000 reservations. Long lines at Tesla stores, reminiscent of the crowds at Apple stores for early models of the iPhone, were reported from Hong Kong to Austin, Texas, to Washington, D.C. Buyers put down a $1,000 deposit to reserve the car.

12. US stocks jump after solid March jobs report -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Friday after the government said job growth continued at a strong clip in March. Makers of consumer goods and household products rose, and health care companies rebounded. The solid employment report helped U.S. stocks stay out of a steep global decline.

13. Affordable Model 3 is Tesla's biggest test yet -

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors built its reputation making sporty, sexy and very expensive electric cars. It's staking its future on something more affordable.

Tesla plans to unveil its Model 3 electric car Thursday night at its Los Angeles design studio. At a starting price of $35,000 — before federal and state government incentives — the Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla's previous models. The car is expected to have a range of at least 200 miles when fully charged, about double what drivers get from competitors in its price range, such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3.

14. Dodging a disaster with Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

15. Automakers say electrics, hybrids no longer just gas-sippers -

NEW YORK (AP) — When Toyota aired a Super Bowl television ad featuring a surprisingly quick Prius gas-electric hybrid eluding police, it marked a turning point for the auto industry.

For years, automakers pushed fuel efficiency to sell hybrid and electric vehicles. Now, in an era of cheap gasoline, the message is: These cars are faster and quieter than their gas-powered counterparts. And, yes, you still save on fuel.

16. Experts: Toyota, GM settlements window to Volkswagen case -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and fines over unintended acceleration in Toyotas and faulty ignition switches in General Motors' vehicles provide a glimpse of what consumers and the government might get from Volkswagen for cheating on diesel emissions, legal scholars say.

17. Autonomous cars aren't perfect, but how safe must they be? -

DETROIT (AP) — As autonomous car technology rapidly progresses, makers of the cars face the difficult question of how safe they must be before they're ready to move people on highways and city streets.

18. New industry, housing spur Midstate growth -

The bitter taste of Hemlock Semiconductor’s abandonment of plans to build a billion-dollar plant in Montgomery County has been sweetened somewhat, one of many in the commercial real estate market in Nashville’s surrounding counties.

19. GM buys software company to speed autonomous car development -

DETROIT (AP) — With hopes of speeding development of self-driving cars, General Motors has acquired a small software company that's been testing vehicles on the streets of San Francisco.

The Detroit automaker says it purchased Cruise Automation, a 40-person firm that was founded just three years ago.

20. European Central Bank surprises with strong stimulus action -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank cut all its main interest rates, expanded its bond-buying stimulus program, and offered new cheap loans to banks, making an unexpectedly aggressive effort to boost inflation and economic growth in the 19 countries that share the euro.

21. China's auto sales rise 5.1 percent in January-February -

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales growth decelerated to 5.1 percent in January and February as demand for lower-priced domestic brand SUVs soared but sedan purchases contracted, an industry group reported Thursday.

22. Honda rolls out fuel cell in Japan, to lease 200 first year -

TOKYO (AP) — Honda has rolled out a new fuel cell vehicle, the first of its kind to be a five-seater. The zero-emissions Clarity may not sell in big numbers, however, given its price tag of 7.66 million yen ($67,000).

23. Nissan, other automakers post healthy February US sales gains -

DETROIT (AP) — Automakers posted big U.S. sales gains in February as consumers returned to showrooms after a snowy January.

Nissan's sales rose nearly 11 percent and Toyota's were up 5 percent. Ford's sales rose 20 percent over last February, boosted in part by higher sales to rental car fleets. Honda's sales were up 13 percent and Fiat Chrysler's rose 12 percent.

24. Study: Lexus, Porsche and Buick are most dependable -

DETROIT (AP) — Lexus, Porsche and Buick are the most dependable vehicle brands based on the number of problems reported by owners, according to a study released Wednesday by the consulting firm J.D. Power.

25. Honda plans no Takata rescue, bullish on green vehicles -

TOKYO (AP) — Honda's president is sticking to its stance that the Japanese automaker plans no independent financial bailout for supplier Takata, which is embroiled in a massive recall crisis over air-bag inflators that may explode.

26. GM to invest $148 million in Spring Hill plant -

SPRING HILL (AP) - General Motors has announced that it will invest $148 million in its Spring Hill plant to meet the growing demand for popular trucks and SUVs with V-8 engines.

GM officials say the investment will allow the company to retain approximately 200 jobs.

27. GM to sell long-term notes to make pension payment -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors plans to sell 20- and 30-year notes to make a payment on its huge U.S. pension obligation for hourly workers.

The Detroit company filed a prospectus for the offering with U.S. Securities regulators on Thursday that did not specify an amount. But Moody's Investor Services said it would be $2 billion.

28. GM recalls 200,000 cars for Takata air bag trouble -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling about 200,000 Saab and Saturn cars in the U.S. and Canada to replace the Takata driver's air bag inflators.

The move is part of a broader recall of about 5.4 million vehicles announced last month by U.S. safety regulators.

29. Toyota posts $5.4 billion quarterly profit, raises forecast -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit rose nearly 5 percent as the weaker yen and cost reductions offset declining sales in some markets. The automaker raised its full-year earnings forecast.

Toyota Motor Corp., the No. 1 automaker in global vehicle sales, reported Friday a 627.9 billion yen ($5.4 billion) profit for the October-December fiscal third quarter, up from 600 billion yen a year earlier.

30. North America, China power GM to record $9.7b annual profit -

DETROIT (AP) — If you're an automaker, especially one from Detroit, conditions probably aren't going to be better for you to make a lot of cash.

For General Motors, that's what happened last year as the company posted a record $9.7 billion net profit.

31. January auto sales expected to fall after snowstorm; Nissan up 1.6% -

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto sales were expected to fall in January because of the East Coast snowstorm, but analysts say demand remains strong and buyers will likely head back into dealerships this month.

32. Toyota stays No. 1 automaker, sells 10.15M vehicles in 2015 -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it sold 10.151 million vehicles in 2015, retaining its status as the world's top-selling automaker for the fourth straight year.

33. GM ignition switch trial ends abruptly amid claims of fraud -

NEW YORK (AP) — A trial that was supposed to help settle hundreds of lawsuits stemming from General Motors' faulty ignition switches abruptly ended Friday, a day after the judge raised questions about the plaintiff's truthfulness.

34. GM unites car-sharing services under new brand 'Maven' -

DETROIT (AP) — The final destination is a mystery, but General Motors is taking another step on its fast-moving journey into new ways of getting around.

The company on Thursday announced that it's formed a brand called "Maven" that will run its car-sharing ventures, including a new one that will begin competing with ZipCar next month in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spread to other metro areas later this year.

35. US Government developing policies for self-driving cars -

DETROIT (AP) — The federal government wants to get autonomous vehicles on the road more quickly, and says it will fast-track policies and possibly even waive regulations to do it.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx — surrounded by representatives from General Motors and Ford as well as Google and Tesla — said Thursday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will spend the next six months developing guidance for automakers on what's expected of self-driving prototype cars and what sort of tests should be used to make sure they are safe.

36. Tennessee startups chasing greater opportunities -

When it comes to launching startup companies, Tennessee is best described as “early stage.”

The less than $200 million in venture capital invested in Tennessee businesses in 2014 is a rounding error compared to the $30 billion invested in California. And when the final tally for 2015 comes out later this month, the disparity won’t be much smaller.

37. World Economic Forum revokes invite to North Korea for Davos -

GENEVA (AP) — Organizers of the World Economic Forum in Davos say they have revoked an invitation to a delegation from North Korea, in what appears to be an international rebuke over the secretive Communist country's nuclear test this month.

38. General Motors ups dividend, share buyback on strong outlook -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will add $4 billion to its stock buyback program and raise its quarterly dividend 6 percent to 38 cents per share.

The dividend increase starts in the first quarter, and the share buybacks will run through 2017.

39. First NYC trial underway in GM ignition switch recall case -

NEW YORK (AP) — Opening statements are ready to begin in the first trial to result from hundreds of federal lawsuits brought against General Motors after faulty ignition switches led to massive recalls.

40. First NYC trial starts in GM ignition switch recall case -

NEW YORK (AP) — A civil trial has begun in New York to test the boundaries of hundreds of claims remaining against General Motors over faulty ignition switches.

A section of a car rested in a Manhattan federal courtroom in front of prospective jurors who filled out questionnaires as jury selection began Monday. The trial focused on an Oklahoma crash that injured a driver.

41. Scandal-hit Volkswagen sees sales fall 2 percent in 2015 -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says its global sales fell 2 percent last year as it struggled with a scandal over cars it had rigged to evade diesel emissions tests in the U.S.

42. Autonomous car breakthroughs to be featured at gadget show -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Powerful computers that can drive better than people, high-definition road maps and low-cost sensors are about to remove some big barriers to self-driving cars.

Some breakthrough features will come to your dashboard quickly, while others will take a few years. But companies from Silicon Valley to Detroit will use the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week to demonstrate that autonomous car technology is heading for prime time.

43. US auto sales expected to hit an all-time high in 2015; Nissan up 19% in December -

DETROIT (AP) — Americans are buying more new cars than ever before. U.S. auto sales were expected to reach a record high of 17.47 million in 2015, topping the old record of 17.35 million set in 2000.

44. US indexes end mostly higher; GM, Ford slip on sales miss -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks managed some small gains Tuesday, but not enough to make up for big losses from the day before.

Utilities and telecommunications stocks rose the most. General Motors and Ford dropped as their December sales fell short of analysts' estimates.

45. General Motors invests $500m in Lyft, forms partnership -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. and ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. are forming an unprecedented partnership that could help them beat their rivals to the self-driving future.

46. US regulators slap BMW with $40M fine for safety violations -

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators have slapped German automaker BMW AG with a $40 million penalty for moving too slowly to fix Mini brand cars that failed federal crash tests.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also said Monday BMW failed to send the agency accurate recall information.

47. VW hires Kenneth Feinberg to handle emission-cheating claims -

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen has hired Washington lawyer Kenneth Feinberg to figure out a way to compensate owners of diesel-powered cars that the company rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

Feinberg is among the nation's top compensation experts and has been praised for handling victims' compensation programs in the General Motors ignition switch scandal, the BP Gulf oil spill, and the Boston Marathon bombing among other cases.

48. Toyota plans to sell more than 10 million vehicles next year -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is expecting to sell more than 10 million vehicles in 2016 but little changed from what it expects to sell this year.

Toyota Motor Corp., the world's top-selling automaker for the last three years straight, said Wednesday it expects sales of 10.114 million vehicles next year and 10.098 million this year.

49. GM ignition switch fund pays out $594.5M on 399 claims -

DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers hired to compensate victims of General Motors' faulty ignition switches have paid out $594.5 million to settle 399 eligible claims.

The numbers were released Thursday in a final report from compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg.

50. Japanese cars do best in insurance industry safety rankings -

DETROIT (AP) — Japanese brands dominate the insurance industry's rankings of the safest vehicles for the 2016 model year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday that 48 vehicles earned its highest rating of "Top Safety Pick Plus." That's up from 33 a year ago.

51. GM to replace key engine parts to fix car fire problem -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors has decided to replace several key engine parts to stop oil leaks that have caused more than 1,300 fires and four recalls of older cars.

But the parts aren't available yet, and GM is still recommending that the cars be parked outside until they can be repaired.

52. United Auto Workers win vote at Volkswagen's lone US plant -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has gained a significant first victory at a foreign-owned automaker in the South, easily winning a vote by skilled-trades workers at Volkswagen's lone U.S. factory to have the UAW negotiate their collective bargaining agreements.

53. US auto sales hit 14-year high in November; Nissan up 4% -

DETROIT (AP) — November used to be a slow month for U.S. car sales. Not anymore.

Black Friday promotions — some of which began well before Thanksgiving — pushed last month's sales to a 14-year high of 1.3 million, just short of a record for the month. Sales were up 1.4 percent from last November, according to Autodata Corp.

54. UAW exploring new strategies at Volkswagen -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Frustrated in past attempts to organize its first foreign automaker in the South, the United Auto Workers union is taking a new approach at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee.

Instead of seeking another vote to represent the entire blue collar workforce at the German automaker's lone U.S. factory in Chattanooga, the UAW is bidding to organize just a 165-member unit of skilled-trades workers. A two-day vote by that smaller group of workers who repair and maintain machinery at the plant opens Thursday.

55. Nissan, GM, Fiat Chrysler sales up in November, Ford flat -

DETROIT (AP) — November used to be a slow month for U.S. car sales. Not anymore.

Black Friday promotions — some of which began well before Thanksgiving — were expected to push last month's sales to near-record levels. Car buying site Edmunds.com predicted sales of new cars and trucks will hit 1.33 million, eclipsing the previous November record set in 2001.

56. Ford workers narrowly approve new contract with UAW -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford workers narrowly approved a new four-year contract, wrapping up five months of negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers.

The UAW said late Friday that Ford's contract passed with a 51.4-percent vote. The agreement covers 53,000 U.S. hourly workers at 22 plants.

57. Wildlife council renews certification for Spring Hill GM plant -

SPRING HILL (AP) — The Wildlife Habitat Council is recognizing the General Motors plant in Tennessee for promoting biodiversity and working with students to promote conservation.

GM Spring Hill has organized water quality evaluations from stream samples taken by students from the Boys & Girls Club of Maury County. Plant employees and other volunteers help students collect and analyze the samples to evaluate the health of local streams.

58. Germany's largest trade union opening US office with UAW -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Germany's largest trade union is opening a joint office with the United Auto Workers in Tennessee to promote labor issues at German automakers and suppliers in the southern United States.

59. UAW leaders make push for Ford contract -

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Leaders of the United Auto Workers are making a push for the union's proposed contract with Ford, which is heading for defeat in votes at Ford's plants.

The union's chief Ford negotiator, Jimmy Settles, said Wednesday that with 75 percent of workers voting, the contract is failing by a 52-48 percent margin. Voting ends Friday.

60. Honda has the most high risk models in Takata air bag recall -

DETROIT (AP) — Cars and trucks from the 2008 model year or older that were originally sold or registered in high humidity areas along the U.S. Gulf Coast are getting top priority for repairs as the government commences the massive Takata air bag inflator recall.

61. Gary, Hart to lead new consulting group -

Two health care veterans and international law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC are launching a new corporate health care venture to be based in Nashville, DW Franklin Consulting Group, LLC. The firms will work together to provide solutions spanning both legal and business consulting services.

62. Holiday car deals move earlier: 4 things to consider -

DETROIT (AP) — Lexus put the red bows atop its cars a month early, and General Motors is advertising Black Friday deals two weeks before Thanksgiving as the auto industry copies traditional retailers with holiday discounts well before the holidays.

63. GM, government actions questioned in car fire recalls -

DETROIT (AP) — Shortly after Elizabeth Berry parked her bright yellow 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS on the street in front of her family's home in May 2014, flames engulfed the engine, destroying the car and scorching her mailbox.

64. Ruling could expose GM to large verdicts in ignition cases -

DETROIT (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that people suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches can seek punitive damages that could cost the company millions of dollars or more.

65. UAW leaders approve tentative agreement with Ford -

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers' proposed contract with Ford Motor Co. — approved Monday by local union leaders — is the richest of the Detroit Three, with a promise of $10,250 in bonuses for most workers this year alone.

66. UAW reaches contract agreement with Ford as GM workers vote -

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative contract agreement with Ford, a sign that union leaders expect General Motors workers to approve a similar four-year deal.

67. Toyota invests $1 billion in artificial intelligence in US -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is investing $1 billion in a research company it's setting up in Silicon Valley to develop artificial intelligence and robotics, underlining the Japanese automaker's determination to lead in futuristic cars that drive themselves and apply the technology to other areas of daily life.

68. Nissan, GM, Fiat Chrysler, Ford post big October sales gains; record year in sight -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is speeding toward what could be a record year for auto sales.

Sales of new cars and trucks rose by double-digit percentages at most major automakers in October, and companies are raising their expectations for the rest of the year. Ford now expects total U.S. sales of 17.4 million this year, just topping the record of 17.35 million from 2001.

69. US stocks close higher, helped by energy, auto sales -

NEW YORK (AP) — A rally in energy companies helped push the U.S. stock market higher for a second straight day on Tuesday. Investors also worked through corporate news and prepared for key U.S. economic data later this week.

70. Nissan test car drives itself safely, recognizes pedestrians -

TOKYO (AP) — Being a passenger in a self-driving car is similar to being driven around by a very cautious person, maybe your grandmother.

Requiring neither hands on the steering wheel nor a foot on the gas pedal or brakes, the Nissan Motor Co. car making its way on Japanese public roads is instead packed with radars, lasers, cameras and computer chips.

71. Green self-driving cars take center stage at Tokyo auto show -

TOKYO (AP) — Visions of cars that drive themselves without emitting a bit of pollution while entertaining passengers with online movies and social media are what's taking center stage at the Tokyo Motor Show.

72. GM recalling 1.4M cars; oil leaks can cause engine fires -

DETROIT (AP) — For the third time in seven years, General Motors is recalling cars that can leak oil and catch fire, in some instances damaging garages and homes.

The recall, which covers 1.4 million vehicles dating to the 1997 model year, is needed because repairs from the first two recalls didn't work. More than 1,300 cars caught fire after they were fixed by dealers, the company said.

73. Scandal-hit Volkswagen hires Opel exec as strategy chief -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen AG is hiring a top strategy executive from competitor Opel as it seeks to recover from a scandal over its cheating on U.S. diesel emissions tests.

Taking on Thomas Sedran as Volkswagen's new chief of corporate strategy brings another outside voice to the company as it re-examines its culture in the wake of the scandal.

74. United Auto Workers, General Motors reach contract agreement -

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union and General Motors Co. have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract, avoiding a strike for now.

The UAW said the agreement was reached at 11:43 p.m. Sunday, 16 minutes before the deadline it had set to either reach an agreement or call a strike at GM's U.S. plants.

75. GM cuts 2nd Orion Assembly plant shift; 500 layoffs planned -

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — General Motors Co. says it's cutting the second shift at its Orion Assembly plant in suburban Detroit in a move that's expected to result in about 500 hourly worker layoffs.

76. Tech companies face rocky road on the way to making cars -

NEW YORK (AP) — Silicon Valley may think it can build a better car. But should it?

As tech giants like Google and Apple look to automobiles as the next frontier for innovation, they face a looming reality: Cars are a lot harder to manufacture and sell than smartphones.

77. US reports 8 deaths, 98 injuries from exploding air bags -

WASHINGTON (AP) — People whose cars have been recalled to fix air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. should get the repairs done as soon as possible or face the risk of death or injury, U.S. safety regulators said Thursday.

78. UAW approves new contract with Fiat Chrysler -

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has approved a new four-year contract with Fiat Chrysler.

UAW members at Fiat Chrysler's U.S. factories voted 77 percent in favor of the agreement, the union said. The contract covers 40,000 workers at 23 U.S. factories.

79. Tech stocks lead a rally; S&P 500 turns positive for year -

U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday, delivering their second gain in two days and pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index back into positive territory for the year.

Strong quarterly earnings from several big-name technology companies helped rally the market, which has been gradually regaining ground following a swoon in August and September. Microsoft vaulted to a 15-year high, while Amazon and Google's parent company Alphabet closed sharply higher.

80. UAW approves new contract with Fiat Chrysler -

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has approved a new four-year contract with Fiat Chrysler.

UAW members at Fiat Chrysler's U.S. factories voted 77 percent in favor of the agreement, the union said. The contract covers 40,000 workers at 23 U.S. factories.

81. Toyota recalls 6.5 million vehicles for window switch defect -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.5 million vehicles worldwide for a defective power window switch that can overheat, melt and lead to fires.

82. An early rally fades, leaving stocks modestly lower -

U.S. stocks closed lower on Wednesday after a late-afternoon slide erased modest gains made earlier in the day.

The decline added to the market's losses from the day before and came as crude oil prices fell and investors focused primarily on the latest wave of companies reporting quarterly financial results.

83. GM overcomes huge recall costs to post healthy 3Q profit -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' third-quarter profit fell slightly, but the company rode strong North American sales to overcome $1.5 billion in costs from its deadly ignition switch recall. Its shares rose almost 6 percent in midday trading Wednesday.

84. GM says Chevy Bolt electric range could be over 200 miles -

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors' entry into the long-range electric vehicle market should be able to go more than 200 miles on a single charge, company officials said Tuesday.

The company also plans to market the Chevrolet Bolt, a small hatchback car due out late next year, as a crossover SUV as it tries to take advantage of the global thirst for SUVs.

85. Lexus is top brand in Consumer Reports' reliability survey -

DETROIT (AP) — Elaborate new transmissions are helping automakers meet rising fuel economy standards, but they're also requiring more trips to the repair shop.

Transmission problems tripped up Honda, Nissan, Jeep and other brands in Consumer Reports' annual reliability survey. Drivers reported rough shifting, clutch failure and even transmissions that had to be replaced twice in the first year of car ownership.

86. Stocks edge lower; IBM's woes weigh on the Dow average -

U.S. stocks snapped a three-day winning streak Tuesday as weak company earnings and outlooks weighed on the market.

Major indexes wavered between small gains and losses for most of the day before settling slightly lower in the last 15 minutes of trading. The slide in crude oil prices deepened.

87. Tesla's autopilot lets cars drive, change lanes themselves -

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is leapfrogging competitors with a new autopilot system that lets cars change lanes by themselves.

Like other semi-autonomous systems already available from Mercedes, Audi and Volvo, Tesla's system automatically keeps the car within its lane and maintains a certain distance from the car in front, both at highway speeds and on city streets. It can find a parking spot and parallel park itself. It also uses cameras and sensors to warn drivers about potential side impacts.

88. Fiat Chrysler avoids strike with new tentative contract -

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler has avoided an expensive strike at its U.S. plants after reaching a tentative labor agreement with the United Auto Workers union.

UAW announced the agreement just after 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, which was the deadline the union had set to reach a new deal or possibly go on strike.

89. VW, with limited DC lobbying footprint, braces for Congress -

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Volkswagen's top American executive heads to Capitol Hill this week, he probably won't be able to count on longtime allies among the lawmakers investigating the company's emissions cheating scandal.

90. UAW threatens strike in contract talks with Fiat Chrysler -

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is threatening to go on strike against Fiat Chrysler after its membership rejected a tentative contract deal with the company.

In a statement, Fiat Chrysler said Tuesday that it received a strike notice from the union, and that it continues to work toward reaching an agreement.

91. Nearly two-thirds of UAW members reject Fiat Chrysler deal -

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly two thirds of United Auto Workers at Fiat Chrysler voted to reject a proposed contract agreement with the company.

Sixty-five percent of the membership voted against the pact, the union said Thursday, sending UAW leaders scrambling for a Plan B. Union leaders from across the nation were meeting Thursday in a Detroit suburb to talk about their next move.

92. GM warns the Valley: Prepare to compete over driverless cars -

MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Move that tiny self-driving pod out of the way.

That might as well have been the message Thursday from General Motors to Google, Apple and anyone else with designs on dominating the market for autonomous cars.

93. US auto sales jump for Nissan, GM others in August -

DETROIT (AP) — Just about everything broke right for the U.S. auto industry in September, as strong consumer demand, easy credit and generous incentives combined for double-digit sales gains at most major automakers.

94. GM plans $5.5B in cost cuts to help finance new mobility -

MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — General Motors plans to cut $5.5 billion in manufacturing, purchasing and administrative costs during the next three years, helping to finance a big push into autonomous cars and car- and ride-sharing services.

95. US auto sales jump last month at Nissan, GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler -

Major automakers booked double-digit sales gains last month in the U.S. market, helped by strong growth from key brands like Jeep and a later Labor Day holiday.

Ford saw 23 percent sales growth in September, Nissan surged 18 percent, and Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales jumped nearly 14 percent. Sales at General Motors, meanwhile, rose 12 percent.

96. United Auto Workers reject contract deal with Fiat Chrysler -

DETROIT (AP) — United Auto Workers union members have rejected a proposed contract with Fiat Chrysler in a rebuke of union leaders who had praised the deal.

Official totals weren't released, but workers at many large factories voted against the pact by large margins, making victory impossible.

97. VW just the latest in long history of cheating car companies -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In stock car racing, there's an old adage: If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'. You could say the same sometimes for auto makers up against stricter environmental rules.

Volkswagen is far from the first company to stand accused of trying to game required emissions tests. Almost since the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970, major manufacturers of cars, trucks and heavy equipment have been busted for using what regulators call "defeat devices" — typically programing a vehicle's on-board computer to boost horsepower or fuel mileage by belching out dirtier exhaust than allowed.

98. Votes this week will decide fate of Fiat Chrysler-UAW deal -

DETROIT (AP) — The next two days will be critical in deciding the fate of a new four-year contract between Fiat Chrysler and the United Auto Workers.

In early voting, workers at several factories rejected the deal, but those at a pickup truck plant in Warren, Michigan, voted in favor.

99. Takata air bag recalls could expand to 7 more companies -

DETROIT (AP) — Seven more companies including electric car maker Tesla Motors could be facing recalls because they use air bag inflators made by Takata Corp., according to letters they received last week from U.S. safety regulators.

100. EPA to change diesel tests to thwart VW-like cheating -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it will launch sweeping changes to the way it tests for diesel emissions after getting duped by clandestine software in Volkswagen cars for seven years.