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GM issues 2 recalls, stop-sale orders for 2015 Corvettes
8:58 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11
General Motors is issuing two more recalls, both on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, according to stop-delivery orders sent to dealers today. ...


Non-recall actions raise questions on safety info disclosure
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
Big recalls by General Motors and Toyota Motor Corp. in recent years raise questions about whether dangerous problems could lurk in little-noticed service bulletins or cu ...


Blazing Labor Day weekend drives the best SAAR since 2006
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
August culminated one of the best four-month periods ever for the auto industry, as surging demand for SUVs and other light trucks propelled the industry to its highest a ...


Toyota rides truck wave to 6% gain
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3
Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. posted record SUV sales in August, including a 52 percent increase in RAV4 deliveries. The gains helped Toyota achieve a better-than-expected in ...


The incentives debate: Who's being 'stupid'?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
Some big rivals dismiss American Honda sales boss John Mendel's grim warning that extended loan terms and other strategies being employed by competitors hurt resale value ...


Honda's Mendel says U.S. sales 'near top,' warns market may suffer from 'stupid things'
1:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19 | UPDATED: 8/19/14 3:47 pm ET - adds details
Auto sales in the United States are approaching the highest levels that the market can sustainably support and could suffer long-term damage as automakers increasingly tu ...


Why Honda's John Mendel wants customers to buy a Treasury bond on wheels
3:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19
Jittery stock market? Honda's John Mendel wants you to take your money out of Google, Apple and Tesla -- and put it in Hondas. Not Honda stock. Actual Hondas. They're lik ...


No key ring tags, GM tells dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
In its recall-induced quest to strip customers' key chains of any dangling tchotchkes, GM has raised the alarm about promotional key tags. ...


Ford recalls 2013 Escape for 11th time, this time for wiring problem
3:43 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15
Ford has issued its 11th recall on the 2013 Escape crossover, this time because a wiring problem could cause the engine to hesitate or stall. ...


GM: 140,000 owners of recalled vehicles can't be reached
6:57 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7 | UPDATED: 8/7/14 9:46 pm ET - adds details
GM says it hasn't been able to reach nearly 140,000 owners of the Chevrolet Cobalt and other small cars it has recalled for faulty ignition switches, highlighting the cha ...


Why GM is re-engineering its 'political punching bag'
2:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7
GM critics might think the company is wasting money -- a lot of which came from taxpayers who often moonlight as critics of GM -- by continuing to invest in the Volt. ...


U.S. sales of luxury brands through July outpace overall market
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Memories of the recession have all but disappeared in the rearview mirror for Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, BMW and most other luxury brands, with their sales rising considerably ...


GM moved faster to fix larger cars
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28
General Motors treated isolated reports of flimsy ignitions in its mid-sized, full-sized and luxury cars more urgently than similar but far more voluminous complaints abo ...


June, July 2009 timeline: Beginning of recovery
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28
A look back at the events of June and July, 2009. ...


Strong retail demand to push U.S. sales higher in July, forecasts show
2:44 pm U.S. ET | July 25
The pace of auto sales has slowed slightly after hitting an eight-year high in June, but July's results are still shaping up to be at least 9 percent better than a year a ...


GM lists more Cobalt, Ion fatalities in quarterly crash data
3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 23 | UPDATED: 7/24/14 3:03 pm ET - adds correction
In the first quarter, General Motors received claims that defects in the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion caused 17 deaths and 167 injuries, according to data it submitted ...


Selling vehicles for export angers automakers, but is it illegal?
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
Authorities working to stop the flowof high-end cars overseas have run into a significant obstacle: Exporters arranging the shipments may not be breaking any laws, even ...


Barra defends GM's top lawyer as senators press for more legal staff changes
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17 | UPDATED: 7/17/14 4:17 pm ET
GM has not done enough to overhaul its legal department in the wake of its recall crisis, several U.S. senators said today as they pressed GM CEO Mary Barra to fire the a ...


New Caddy boss knows luxury
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
Having spent nearly two decades in various roles at Audi and the past two years as global president of Infiniti, Johan de Nysschen, 54, comes to Cadillac as it's new boss ...


GM moves Cadillac chief Ferguson back to chief lobbying role
3:23 pm U.S. ET | July 10
Bob Ferguson, the head of Cadillac since October 2012, is returning to his previous position as GM's top government lobbyist, effective immediately. ...


A super SAAR and signs of a stellar second half
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7
Halfway through 2014, automakers are on pace to post full-year sales totaling 16.22 million vehicles, the most since 2006. ...


Compensation, yes, but no happy endings for GM crash victims' families
3:07 pm U.S. ET | July 3
Daryl Chansuthus bristled at the word “compensation” when we spoke on the phone this week. ...


GM digs deep to fix safety problems
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
If recalls are a kind of a manufacturer do-over, this month's recall of some Chevrolet Cobalts and HHRs for a power-steering defect was a do-over of a do-over. ...


GM was urged in 2004 report to study Cobalt's ignition-airbag link
12:20 pm U.S. ET | June 27 | UPDATED: 6/27/14 2:37 pm ET - adds links
A General Motors supplier studying an "anomaly" in a crash test on a preproduction Chevrolet Cobalt urged the company in 2004 to take a closer look at the connection betw ...


'Key pullout,' another GM ignition flaw, was quietly fixed years before recall
2:46 pm U.S. ET | June 25 | UPDATED: 6/25/14 4:51 pm ET
More than seven years ago, GM fixed two design flaws that allowed the key in some Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions to come out of the ignition while the engine was on, b ...


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