Nick Bunkley

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Recent articles
Ford's Sync 3 debut, vehicle launches are out of sync
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
The 2015 Ford Edge has been on sale for only a month, but it's already about to be out-of-date. Ford Motor Co. plans to start rolling out Sync 3, its replacement for the ...


Small VW store delivers top customer ratings
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
Attention to detail and personal contact by the owners of a small, 50-year-old Volkswagen dealership in rural Pennsylvania helped it earn the brand's top scores for custo ...


Ford recalls 390,000 cars to fix doors that may fly open while driving
3:51 pm U.S. ET | April 24
Ford is recalling about 390,000 cars for an issue that could prevent the doors from latching or allow them to open unexpectedly while driving. ...


Ford to cut 700 jobs at Mich. plant, hitting Tier 2 workers
3:40 pm U.S. ET | April 23
Ford plans to cut 700 jobs and eliminate the third shift at its small-car assembly plant in suburban Detroit, in the company's first large-scale layoff of Tier 2 workers. ...


Why Lincoln is ready to toss the alphabet soup
2:44 pm U.S. ET | April 21
Lincoln's announcement last month that the Continental will replace the MKS signaled the automaker might be rethinking its decision to drop actual names nearly a decade a ...


GM avoids some ignition switch liability
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
The bankruptcy judge who approved GM's reorganization in 2009 refused to override the liability shield he had granted it but said plaintiffs can keep suing New GM for any ...


Ford eyes 'high volume' use of carbon fiber
9:24 am U.S. ET | April 17
Ford today said it has signed a deal with a carbon-fiber manufacturer to jointly explore “high-volume” automotive uses for the lightweight material. ...


Aluminum F-150 improves crash-test rating from all-steel predecessor
9:48 am U.S. ET | April 16 | UPDATED: 4/16/15 1:47 pm ET -- adds details
The aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has earned a better government crash-test rating than its all-steel predecessor, countering any concerns that the lighter material would re ...


Ford's stair-step workout for dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
As its U.S. market share slides, Ford Motor Co. has dug up one of the old-school, sales-boosting tricks it had seemingly buried: stair-step incentives. ...


Ford at it again as Continental grabs spotlight
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Ford Motor Co. seems to have its formula for creating auto show buzz down pat. ...


Cadillac rolls out a 'drivers car,' Lincoln aims for 'elegant beauty'
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5
While the Lincoln Continental and Cadillac CT6 battled to make the biggest splashes at the New York auto show, their real-life matchup won't have the same intensity. ...


Cadillac mulls lower-priced, entry-level vehicle, de Nysschen says
4:57 pm U.S. ET | March 31
Cadillac is considering a lower priced, entry-level luxury vehicle, one of several holes it's working to fill, but doesn't want to create a lineup as large as many German ...


Ford grappling with premature demands for $400k GT supercar
3:40 pm U.S. ET | March 31
Ford has a problem, though not necessarily the worst kind: Too many people want to pay about $400,000 for its upcoming GT supercar. ...


How Ford is stealing the show again -- this time with Continental
10:30 am U.S. ET | March 31
Ford Motor Co. seems to have its formula for creating auto show buzz down pat these days. ...


Lincoln to bring back Continental name
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30
Lincoln is resurrecting the Continental name and phasing out the brand's signature split-wing grille. A full-size sedan named the Continental will go on sale in North Ame ...


Ford's Mulally made $22 million in 2014; Fields' pay rises 83%
11:45 am U.S. ET | March 27
Alan Mulally, who retired as Ford CEO in mid-2014, received compensation worth $22 million last year, the company said today in a regulatory filing. His successor, Mark F ...


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. ...


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