Nick Bunkley

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A sales record not worth breaking

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6
By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's not the whole story. rather misleading. June 2015 was actually far ...

The end of the Jobs Bank, a symbol of excess

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5
Perhaps nothing did more to damage the reputation of the UAW -- and the U.S. automakers that employed its members -- than the Jobs Bank, a program that paid excess worker ...

Ford expects second-half rally for F series as inventory builds

11:00 am U.S. ET | July 1
Ford posted a 1.5 percent increase in U.S. light-vehicle sales last month, even as F-series deliveries declined to the lowest level since January. ...

Ford builds in Silicon Valley -- and talent comes

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
Ford's Silicon Valley research center is helping the automaker attract employees with different backgrounds and perspectives than it usually gets at its home campus in Mi ...

U.S. auto sales remain robust in June

12:32 pm U.S. ET | June 26
U.S. auto sales have shown no signs of weakening this month after a blowout performance in May, with forecasters projecting an industrywide gain of about 5 percent to clo ...

2005 vs. 2015 -- similar SAAR, different story

3:13 pm U.S. ET | June 26
By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's rather misleading. June 2015 is far better than June 2005. ...

Ford issues 16th recall on Escape since latest redesign

9:46 am U.S. ET | June 24
Ford has issued the 16th recall on the Escape crossover since its redesign three years ago. ...

Ford moves to advanced stage of autonomous car development

UPDATED: 6/23/15 11:55 pm ET - adds Fields quote
Ford said its work on autonomous vehicles has moved into the second of three phases, shifting "from a research effort to an advanced engineering program" that brings the ...

Ford enters car-sharing, electric bike markets in mobility push

UPDATED: 6/23/15 11:48 pm ET - adds Fields quote
Ford is getting into the car-sharing and electric bike businesses as part of CEO Mark Fields' effort to transform the automaker into a more holistic provider of transport ...

Kerkorian kept the pressure on Detroit 3

UPDATED: 6/22/15 4:35 pm ET - corrected
Kirk Kerkorian, who died last week, never quite managed to close the blockbuster deals he chased in Detroit. ...

Kirk Kerkorian -- investor who changed Chrysler, prodded GM -- dies at 98

UPDATED: 6/16/15 6:03 pm ET - adds Iacocca statement
Kirk Kerkorian, the billionaire casino mogul who twice attempted takeovers of Chrysler and in 2006 tried to fashion a global alliance between GM and Nissan-Renault, died ...

A Ford r&d center for this century

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
As Ford tries to instill some Silicon Valley attitude into its ranks, the automaker is planning a major overhaul to bring its aging research and engineering campus out of ...

Lincoln output will move to free Explorer capacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Ford Motor Co. won't build the 2017 Lincoln Continental at the same plant that currently makes the Lincoln MKS sedan, freeing up some capacity to build more of the hot-se ...

After smooth 1st year, Ford's Fields faces 'breakthrough' challenge

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14
Mark Fields succeeded one of the most revered executives in automotive history while generating barely a ripple among investors, dealers and employees. ...

Ford returns to Le Mans race in 2016 with GT supercar

1:27 pm U.S. ET | June 12
Ford will return to endurance racing next year as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of its historic top-three sweep in the 1966 24 Hour of Le Mans. ...

Ford to move Lincoln production to free up Explorer capacity

12:02 pm U.S. ET | June 11
Ford won't build the 2017 Lincoln Continental at the same plant that currently makes the MKS sedan, freeing up some capacity to build more of the hot-selling Explorer, th ...

Pickup sales soar, thanks largely to GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8
Automakers enjoyed a spectacular run in May as U.S. sales totaled 1,634,954 light vehicles, the most ever recorded for the month. Pickups were a particular pocket of stre ...

Ford F-150 reaches full production

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8
Ford Motor Co. has achieved full production of the 2015 F-150 at both plants that build the aluminum-bodied pickups, CFO Bob Shanks said last week. ...

Ford F-150 production ramp-up complete, CFO says

3:17 pm U.S. ET | June 5
Ford has finished ramping up production of the 2015 F-150 at both plants that build the aluminum-bodied pickups, CFO Bob Shanks said today, even as a shortage of supplier ...

Ford accused by software maker of intellectual property theft

UPDATED: 6/5/2015 10:36 am EDT -- adds attorney statement
A Texas software company that says it helped Ford significantly reduce warranty costs and bring vehicles to market faster has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the automak ...

GM vs. Ford and the latest sales rivalries

2:25 pm U.S. ET | June 4
Five months into the year, 2015 is on pace to be one of the U.S. auto industry’s best years ever. ...

Ford shortens summer shutdowns to meet consumer demand

UPDATED: 6/3/15 10:14 am ET - revises Ford plants impacted
Ford today said it plans to shorten the summer shutdown period to just one week at 14 North American plants, including five assembly plants that build highly profitable p ...

Lower F-series volume dents Ford's tally

UPDATED: 6/2/15 4:28 pm ET - adds details
Sales of the Ford F series fell to a three-month low in May, dropping nearly 10 percent from a year ago amid tight inventories and a decision not to join competitors in o ...

Frame shortage slows F-150 output

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1
Production of the redesigned, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has been slowed by a shortage of frames from a supplier's plant in Kentucky, according to workers and a UAW offic ...

Ford will let rivals use its EV tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1
Ford Motor Co. is joining Tesla Motors Inc. and Toyota Motor Corp. in a strategy of letting competitors use patented technology in order to accelerate development of elec ...
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