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Discounts, falling gas prices driving Nov. sales higher
3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25
The U.S. auto industry may post its highest November sales volume since 2001, and one forecaster says light-vehicle transaction prices are on pace to reach the highest le ...


Conviction of Saturn Ion driver thrown out after 10 years
1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24
A Texas judge today overturned a 7-year-old negligent homicide conviction against a woman whose boyfriend died when her Saturn Ion -- now known to have had a defective ig ...


Honda admits failures in Takata airbag fiasco
2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20
A Honda executive told Congress today that the company failed to properly notify federal regulators of some crashes in which airbags made by Takata exploded and to clearl ...


GM shuffles top execs for quality, purchasing, powertrain
4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20 | UPDATED: 11/20/14 7:52 pm ET - adds background
GM said Grace Lieblein will replace Alicia Boler-Davis as head of global quality as the company caps a year of record recalls. ...


GM grants another month for victim filings
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
General Motors said late Sunday it agreed to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation by another month to January 31. ...


Delphi turns over GM recall evidence in deal with plaintiffs
3:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13 | UPDATED: 11/13/14 6:10 pm ET - adds details
Delphi Automotive agreed to give thousands of documents to lawyers suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches and to let the lawyers speak with the supplier's emp ...


GM discloses more ignition-related deaths in U.S. report
1:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 | UPDATED: 11/11/14 2:37 pm ET - adds table
General Motors' most recent quarterly report to federal safety regulators on crashes that may be linked to a defect lists 47 deaths and 614 injuries in vehicles it has re ...


GM victim's family left in the dark with compensation clock ticking
4:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11
For 11 years, Jean Averill's family had no idea that her death was connected to a defective ignition switch. ...


Sales are up and the mix is rich
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 6 percent in October and the annual selling rate was a solid 16.5 million. But the real story last month - and indeed for most of 2014 - was ...


Ford's new global sales boss has a world of challenges
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
Mark Fields' biggest management shuffle since taking over as Ford Motor Co. CEO involves a job swap for two key deputies -- Jim Farley and Stephen Odell -- who bring very ...


Ford deliveries fall on reduced F-150 output
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Falling gasoline prices and the new Lincoln MKC crossover helped Ford sell more utility vehicles than cars last month for the first time since January and by the largest ...


'Chevy Guy' turns into overnight marketing sensation
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Rikk Wilde's stumbling, train wreck of a free-truck presentation to the World Series MVP made him, literally, an overnight sensation. Now Chevy's trying to make the most ...


How the 'Chevy Guy' became, you know, a hit and stuff
10:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30 | UPDATED: 10/30/14 1:11 pm ET - adds detail
Late Wednesday night, General Motors introduced America to the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado -- the dependable, all-new pickup that comes with “you know, technology and s ...


Auto industry uses 3-D printing heavily in product development
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Companies as old as Ford and as new as Local Motors have embraced 3-D printing, a technology that promises faster development, lower costs and a reduction in mechanical f ...


Thumbs-up for 3-D at BMW plant
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
BMW AG has found a unique way that 3-D printing could help some assembly workers at a plant in Germany do their jobs. ...


U.S. auto sales projected to rise 6% in Oct. to highest total in a decade
1:35 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27
New light-vehicle sales are expected to rise about 6 percent in the United States this month from last October to about 1.27 million vehicles, according to three forecast ...


NHTSA back in cross hairs as airbag crisis escalates
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
For the second time this year, a long-standing defect linked to deaths and injuries has triggered a mushrooming auto-safety crisis, lending more fuel to criticism that fe ...


Late-model vehicles stretch GM's recall rolls
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
An Automotive News analysis of documents filed with federal regulators shows that GM is moving faster to identify and fix problems but that many defects, especiall ...


Building a team, rebuilding a community in tiny Texas town
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
Many employees at Greg May Chevrolet spent a lot of time last year being paid to not do their work. ...


At Greg May Honda, driven salespeople reap rich rewards
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
Greg May is two for two this year. Both Texas dealerships bearing his name are on this year's list of the Best Dealerships To Work For, after Greg May Honda made the list ...


Chevy, Ram pickups surge as Ford waits for F-150
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Chevrolet and Ram are enjoying a golden sales opportunity for full-size pickups. ...


A splash of cold water from Ford
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Under new CEO Mark Fields, Ford Motor Co. has big ambitions for global sales growth, plans to put big money into its struggling Lincoln brand and expects a risky redesign ...


Maine store's free tires bring customers back
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Stanley Subaru gives its new-vehicle buyers a benefit it calls "Tires for Life." ...


Trucks fly in a 'best we could have expected' September
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1
U.S. sales of SUVs, small crossovers and full-size pickups soared in September as cars became a tougher sell. Overall volume rose 9 percent, and a 16. ...


The Big (Detroit) 3 are back on top, with nudge from Fiat
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1
The Big 3 are back. Though maybe not for long. The top of September’s U.S. ...


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