Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press

Eric D. Lawrence

Detroit Free Press

Troy, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Eric:

Birmingham investigating 2 fatal pedestrian crashes as deaths on foot rise nationally

In a report released earlier this year, the Governors Highway Safety Association concluded 6,590 people died on or along U.S. roadways in 2019. → Read More

Unifor, Ford keep talking past strike deadline

Unifor, the union representing Canadian autoworkers, said it wants to give Ford the chance to do right. Ford seeks "globally competitive" deal. → Read More

Canadian autoworkers gear up as contracts expire Monday night

Unifor said last week that the union and Ford "remain far apart on many key matters" even as talks have progressed. → Read More

'Error' results in some Michigan ballots for overseas voters omitting Mike Pence's name

At least 400 ballots intended for overseas and military voters were printed without Pence's name, according to the Michigan Secretary of State. → Read More

The late astronomer Carl Sagan and a trippy new Jeep ad team up on climate change

Fiat Chrysler's electric Jeep Wrangler ad features Carl Sagan's voice reading his memorable "Pale Blue Dot" and a call to fight climate change. → Read More

Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot-maker cut billions from dividend over COVID-19

Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group say they plan to complete their merger by the end of the first quarter of 2021, but cite COVID-19 in reducing a dividend. → Read More

Canadian autoworkers pick Ford as possible strike target

Unifor, which represents Canadian autoworkers, selected Ford because the union believes workers at its Oakville Assembly are most vulnerable. → Read More

Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept shows FCA is ready to play with big SUVs

Jeep will be the new kid on the block in the full-size SUV segments, including the luxury variant, when it produces the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. → Read More

There's now a free app for car recalls. Users can scan their vehicle info to be alerted if there's a recall related to it.

Owners key in or scan their 17-digit vehicle identification number, and the app will search the agency's database for recalls. → Read More

US attorney sets end-of-year goal for UAW reforms, wants union to run itself

U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said he doesn't want to run the UAW, and that reform talks have gone well. Ford and FCA remain under investigation. → Read More

Dennis Williams becomes 2nd ex-UAW president charged in corruption probe

Ex-UAW President Dennis Williams has been charged in a scandal that has claimed former union and Fiat Chrysler officials. → Read More

Jeep ran a contest for dogs — and it just picked a winner

Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand has a furry new face for its social media channels. Bear was named #JeepTopCanine on National Dog Day. → Read More

Prominent UAW leader Cindy Estrada blasts Trump as 'always anti-union'

Cindy Estrada leads the UAW's Fiat Chrysler department. She accused President Donald Trump of being anti-union after an activist's convention speech. → Read More

Fiat Chrysler, led by Ram, leapfrogs Ford in customer satisfaction; GM drops in survey

The 2020 American Customer Satisfaction Index says Fiat Chrysler made strides, while Ford and its Lincoln brand fared worst among the Detroit Three. → Read More

Joe Biden tells Detroit-area autoworker that future is bright at Democratic convention

GM worker Gerald Lang joined Joe Biden to talk about the auto industry and its future. Biden called the industry iconic. → Read More

What's it like to ride in a new Ford Bronco? We take a spin

A Free Press journalist gets his first ride in the 2021 Ford Bronco, a speedy, capable off-roader. → Read More

GM presses ahead with appeal in racketeering suit against Fiat Chrysler

General Motors will take its racketeering suit against Fiat Chrysler, rejected by a federal judge in Detroit, to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. → Read More

FCA gives first look at long-awaited Ram 1500 TRX, to be built in Sterling Heights

Fiat Chrysler is unveiling its long-awaited high-performance truck, the 702-horsepower Ram 1500 TRX. → Read More

Fiat Chrysler drops provocative hints about the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Fiat Chrysler is teasing its Jeep fans with hints of something "grand," which could mean the Jeep Grand Wagoneer is about to be unveiled. → Read More

UAW no longer will pay ex-president's attorney fees

Dennis Williams, a former UAW president, has not been charged in the federal corruption probe, but his legal fees are significant. → Read More