GM will begin contract talks this week with union leaders representing about 3,860 auto workers in Canada. A key issue will be the future of the plant in Oshawa, Ontario, where there are concerns that the automaker may close the facility. There have been production cuts over the past year with union officials fearing more output may be shifted to Mexico. GM, thus far, has not commented on the future of the Oshawa facility.
GM has started testing self-driving Chevy Bolts on the streets of a second city – Scottsdale, Arizona. In late May, GM started similar tests in San Francisco. All of the Bolts have human backup drivers, FYI.
Also in the city by the bay, Tesla has opened a 65,000 square foot sales, service and delivery center where it will introduce the Model 3 late next year, if all goes according to plan. The facility is said to be Tesla’s largest in North America and replaces a Bentley and Lamborghini dealership that moved across the street. If you know San Francisco, it is at Van Ness and O’Farrell Street.
After a $1.3 billion investment, Ford is now shipping its 2017 F-series aluminum bodied Super Duty pickups from its plant in Kentucky. The new truck is said to be 24 times stiffer than the outgoing model, yet up to 350 pounds lighter. The truck can be had with up to seven cameras to make maneuvering easier, along with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Collision Warning with Brake Support.
Ritz-Charlton said electric car charging stations are now available in “a majority” of its North American locations. Each has two charging stations.
Nissan has made a $1 million donation to Habitat for Humanity. A portion will be used to expand Habitat’s vehicle fleet that supports disaster recovery efforts.
And for those into camo, DuaLiner has announced the release of the first and only custom camouflage truck bed liner. They said it will fit most GM, Ford, and Ram pickups with “eye-catching graphics.”