Nick Bunkley

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U.S. auto sales poised for rare monthly decline
3:45 pm U.S. ET | March 26
March could be just the sixth month since 2009 in which the U.S. auto industry posts a year-over-year sales decline, a sign the market is starting to flatten out after on ...


Is high-paying Tier 1 at risk in UAW talks?
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22
The slogan "No More Tiers" will be on the lips of thousands of UAW delegates trekking to the union's bargaining convention this week. ...


Ford pushes comfort, capability of 2015 Edge
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21
The second-generation Ford Edge bucks the trend of adding a couple of mpgs to redesigned products. ...


Wagoner, Akerson depositions being sought by plaintiffs' lawyer
11:15 am U.S. ET | March 20 | UPDATED: 3/20/15 12:34 pm ET - adds names
Former GM CEOs Rick Wagoner and Dan Akerson are among 96 current and ex-employees that lawyers involved in class-action lawsuits over faulty ignition switches have asked ...


Plaintiffs' lawyers say GM internal documents contradict Valukas report
2:25 pm U.S. ET | March 16
Plaintiffs suing GM over faulty ignition switches have gained access to previously confidential documents produced by the automaker, and their attorneys plan to depose cu ...


Dodge stops taking Hellcat orders to tackle big backlog
5:00 pm U.S. ET | March 13
Fiat Chrysler has stopped taking orders for the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats so it can work through a lengthy backlog. ...


GM settles second ignition-switch lawsuit with parents of Georgia victim
11:30 am U.S. ET | March 13
The Georgia parents who forced GM to acknowledge an ignition switch defect linked to the deaths of their daughter and at least 64 other people have settled a second case ...


2015 Ford Edge emphasizes more room and capability -- not mpg
9:00 am U.S. ET | March 13
Ford has taken a different tack with the redesigned Edge, which was already the top-selling midsize crossover on the market and among the most fuel-efficient. ...


Why the F-150 pricing 'gravy train' will eventually slow down
3:35 pm U.S. ET | March 12
Even Ford executives admit being surprised at how fast transaction prices on pickups keep rising. Not that they're complaining, of course. ...


Weak car sales hamper Ford, GM
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are churning out SUVs and crossovers as fast as they can to keep up with surging demand, but weak sales of their car models could endang ...


U.S. sales rise 5.3% as wintry weather takes toll
8:00 am U.S. ET | March 3 | UPDATED: 3/3/15 5:30 pm ET - adds details
Toyota and Subaru joined a handful of smaller automakers in posting double-digit U.S. sales increases for February as severe winter weather crimped demand more than analy ...


Ford slips 2% on soft car performance, tight F-150 supplies
12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3
Ford posted its eighth US sales decline in the past 14 months, allowing Toyota Motor Sales to overtake it for the first time in six months. ...


Ford Flex scores well, but not on sales charts
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1
The Ford Flex has a distinctive look, good reliability ratings and loyal owners. It's one of only two 2015 Ford nameplates recommended by Consumer Reports, and hal ...


Cold winter, hot sales start for 2015
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28
U.S. auto sales have started 2015 on a stronger note than expected, increasing the industry's chances of cracking 17 million vehicles this year for the first time since 2 ...


Ford hires 400 more than planned in Canada to support output of new Edge
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26
Ford has hired about 400 more workers than it previously said it would need to build the redesigned Edge crossover in Canada. ...


U.S. auto sales roar toward strongest February since 2002
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25
U.S. auto sales are on pace for the best February since 2002, forecasters say, even as relentless snow slowed demand in the Northeast. ...


Fields lures another Ford newbie in push for fresh thinking
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
Ford CEO Mark Fields has plenty of reasons to fear being left behind as Tesla, Google and Apple shake up the auto industry. ...


Year of the Recall wasn't all GM's fault
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
The final tally is in. In 2014, automakers sent out some 64 million recall notices in the United States, more than double the previous calendar-year record. GM was a big ...


Ford hires analyst Casesa as VP of global strategy
11:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 | UPDATED: 2/17/15 3:11 pm ET - adds background
John Casesa, who created the closely watched “Car Wars” report that ranks the competitiveness of automakers' product lineups, will become Ford's head of globa ...


Ford tops GM in U.S. factory jobs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15
For the first time since at least the 1930s, Ford employs more U.S. factory workers than its larger rival, General Motors. ...


Why you can't blame only GM for the Year of the Recall
10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13
Don't blame General Motors for the Year of the Recall. At least not entirely. Sure, GM started it. ...


Ford's new GT will be built by racing partner in Ontario
9:52 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12 | UPDATED: 2/12/15 1:12 pm ET - adds details
The Ford GT will be built in Ontario by Multimatic Motorsports, a longstanding partner in Ford's racing programs, the automaker said today. ...


Ford to unveil Police Interceptor Utility
10:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11
It's not a 600-hp supercar, but Ford is unveiling a vehicle Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show that most people would find even more intimidating if it suddenly appeared i ...


Lincoln rides the MKC to sales revival
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8
Lincoln, a marque synonymous with big, barge-like sedans, is now staking its comeback hopes mostly on utility vehicles. ...


How Ford kept the GT a secret
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
For 14 months, Ford Motor Co. managed to conceal a 600-hp secret in an unassuming basement storage room. The secrecy helped Ford make a big splash with its $200,000-plus ...


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