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With Ram truck sales surging, FCA may continue production in Mexico

'We need to get ourselves into second' place, new CEO Mike Manley says

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' new CEO is tired of being No. 3 in U.S. pickup truck sales. With a strategy of loading up its revamped Ram 1500 full-size trucks with new features — ranging from 12-inch touchscreens on the dashboard to large battery packs and 48-volt electric motors to help adjust speed and gears and conserve fuel — the automaker is banking o

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Current Ram 1500 sticking around into 2019

Move lets Ram target low-cost fleet users without sacrificing retail capacity.

So, you know, don't feel like you need to rush out and buy one.

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GM to axe 100 R&D positions

General Motors has confirmed it will cut 100 research and development positions at its Warren, Michigan, Technical Center and will close another R&D lab in Bangalore, India.

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GM battery lab explosion cost could reach $5M

Last week, a fire broke out at the General Motors Technical Center battery research lab in Warren, Michigan. General Motors has since said the fire was caused by a battery that was being tested under "extreme stress." Engineers were trying to get the pack to fail, which it did, but not to ignite, which it also did when gases

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GM battery lab explosion cost could reach $5M

Last week, a fire broke out at the General Motors Technical Center battery research lab in Warren, Michigan. General Motors has since said the fire was caused by a battery that was being tested under "extreme stress." Engineers were trying to get the pack to fail, which it did, but not to ignite, which it also did when gases

Warren, MI mayor offers GM deal to move headquarters, Detroit officials counter

Earlier this month, General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson said in reference to the possibility that the automaker may move its headquarters from Detroit: "We're looking at, frankly, everything within our business, but it's not like we have that queued up at the top of our list. We don't have any such plan... but if we did it would be motivated by business rationale, which would be cost,

Warren mayor wants requirement for all municipal works to 'Buy American'

Calling it "economic and consumer patriotism," the mayor of Warren, Michigan wants to make it compulsory for city officials to buy American cars. Jim Fouts says that 15% of his fiscal budget depends on the auto industry, and the city's two most lucrative tax payers are General Motors and Chrysler. Therefore, in order to support the folks who support the town -- and in turn, take care of the taxpayer -- he's trying to expand the order he gave last year that required his appointees to Buy American

Detroit area mayor gets pulled over, demands speeding ticket

Our reaction would be markedly different after getting busted for 5 mph over. Rather than excoriate the revenue enhancement agent for harassing a man of the people, Warren, MI mayor Jim Fouts was worried that the verbal warning he initially received might be viewed as favoritism by some.