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‘American Auto’ finds laughs in the crises of a Motor City carmaker

Jon Barinholtz has a few pertinent thoughts about the state of the U.S. automotive industry.

“There definitely is a scramble right now to figure out what is the next thing. It feels like you’re constantly on the brink of what could be the next big innovation,” he says. “It makes for maybe, in reality, a very hectic and anxious workplace.

But as fodder for a sitcom, the corporate side of Motor City carmakers “makes for really entertaining viewing,” according to Barinholtz, who stars on the new NBC series “American Auto.”

Now it’s time to see whether viewers agree. “American Auto,” which aired two episodes in December as a sneak peek, officially premieres in its regular time slot at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Set — but not filmed — in Detroit, the comedy explores the day-to-day catastrophes of Payne Motors, a fictional 100-year-old car company that’s struggling to stay afloat at a

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The carmaker aiming to become a tech firm

Hyundai's concept EV is called Prophecy
Hyundai’s concept electric vehicle (EV) is called Prophecy

For a few weeks this year, South Korean carmaker Hyundai was dusted with the Apple magic.

Last month Hyundai let slip that it was in talks with the maker of the iPhone to co-operate on a car project, but this week it said the talks were over.

However, this is by no means the end of Hyundai’s push into technology.

The car firm has been investing heavily in new technology with a string of partnerships, acquisitions and investments within the tech space.

Its takeover of robotics firm Boston Dynamics last year was a clear indication of the direction it is taking – into cutting-edge technology.

The whole auto industry has been forced to innovate as the move towards electric cars and autonomous vehicles accelerates.

Hyundai has been criticised in the past for lagging behind rivals in adopting emerging technologies but is

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