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GM's global sales rise 2% to 2.42 million in Q1

4:19 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
General Motors said global vehicle sales rose 2 percent during the first quarter. Increasing deliveries in China helped make up for declines in the United States and Brazil.... Read More »

 

Renault invests 240 million euros in Brazil

April 17, 2014 17:26 CET
Renault will invest 240 million euros ($331 million) to build additional vehicle models and a new logistics centre in Brazil.... Read More »

 

Johnson Controls diversifies away from autos with $1.6 billion deal

2:54 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Johnson Controls, seeking to lessen its reliance on the cyclical auto industry, agreed to acquire Texas-based ventilation products company, Air Distribution Technologies, for $1.6 billion.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Scion charts new lineup for U.S.

12:37 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Toyota's Scion brand, struggling to boost sales with aged products, plans to replace three of its five nameplates in the United States over a two-year period starting in 2015. The first of the three will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, Scion Vice President Doug Murtha said in an interview today.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Hopes dim for VW’s diesel hot hatch in U.S.

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
VW has pulled back on plans to sell a souped-up diesel Golf called the GTD in the United States because importing the GTI sibling’s engine would add too much cost. The high-powered 2-liter TDI engine used in the GTD cannot be produced at VW’s engine plant in Silao, Mexico, so it would be imported from Germany, Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn told reporters today.... Read More »

 

Ghosn sees 'bright spots' for carmakers as Europe revives

April 16, 2014 07:23 CET
Global carmakers will see rising demand this year as sales in China and the United States expand and Europe starts to grow again, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said.... Read More »

 

Pro-Tesla bill appears dead in Arizona Senate

10:33 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
A bill that would have allowed electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors to sell cars at its factory-owned showrooms in Arizona appears to be dead in the state's Senate. But Tesla vowed today to continue "re-engaging" the Legislature next year on the matter.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Waiting for Alfa. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

10:46 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
If you show up decades late for your own surprise party, are guests still expected to cheer your arrival? Maybe not for most. But it might be a different story if your name is Alfa Romeo.... Read More »

 

Economists: Global GDP growth on the rise, but BRICs disappoint

11:14 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
The global economy will do “fairly well” in the coming years, with the United States economy leading the way, while Europe “has turned a corner,” a leading economist said.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan banks on radical makeover of Murano crossover

9:30 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Nissan's revamped Murano crossover will reach showrooms in the United States this year looking almost identical to the splashy auto show concept that teased it more than a year ago. Nissan released photos and details about the new Murano today and the formal unveiling is set for Wednesday at the New York auto show.... Read More »

 

Wrangler to the max

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
The Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance is one of six customized off-roaders that Jeep and Mopar are taking to the annual Easter Jeep Safari from Saturday, April 12, through Sunday, April 20, in Moab, Utah.... Read More »

 

U.S. proposes 30-year phase-out of tariffs on Japanese autos, report says

8:00 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
The United States has proposed eliminating over 30 years its tariffs on Japanese light vehicles but Japan rejected the proposal because the time period is unusually long, Kyodo News reported on Saturday.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Why new world Tesla needs old world factory relief

7:27 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Despite all the ongoing Wall Street chatter about Tesla, there really is a larger issue closer at hand worth watching: How long will it take Tesla to sort out its manufacturing blocking and tackling?... Read More »

 

Chrysler to take $130 million charge in first quarter due to Venezuela

4:25 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A change in the way it measures currency in Venezuela will cause Fiat Chrysler Automobile's Chrysler Group LLC unit to take a $130 million charge in its first quarter, Chrysler said today in a filing with federal regulators.... Read More »

 

Co-owner of Calif. luxury dealership pleads guilty in campaign finance case

3:34 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The co-owner of a California luxury-car dealership pleaded guilty in federal court to making illegal political campaign donations in the name of a foreign national, according to court documents.... Read More »

 

Ontario plans to unload remaining stake in GM

1:29 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The Canadian province of Ontario plans to sell its remaining shares of General Motors Co. in the next year as part of a review of its state-owned assets.... Read More »

 

Ford debuts the Skyliner Transit concept vehicle

1:08 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Melvin Betancourt, design manager for Ford Motor, speaks before the 2015 Transit Skyliner concept van is unveiled at Galpin Auto Sports in California on Thursday. The Transit Skyliner features custom-designed throne seats that are movable and can be repositioned automatically, controlled by a smartphone or tablet, as well as a theater and bar. Photographer:... Read More »

 

GM suspends 2 engineers amid ignition-switch investigation

8:44 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
General Motors has placed two engineers, Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman, on paid leave for their roles leading to the recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. CEO Mary Barra said two engineers have been put on leave but didn't name them. A GM spokesman declined to comment further.... Read More »

 

GM suspends 2 engineers amid ignition-switch investigation

April 10, 2014 14:44 CET
GM has placed two engineers, Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman, on paid leave for their roles leading to the recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches, two people familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

 

Chevy dealership in Missouri sues customer over disputed repair bill

5:49 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Jim Butler Chevrolet in suburban St. Louis is suing a customer who took issue with the repair bill for his Chevrolet Malibu, and is seeking $25,000 in damages. Dwayne Cooney took his vehicle to the dealership for service after hours on Jan. 31 because the key fob wouldn't work, the tire pressure monitor light remained on and an airbag warning light had illuminated.... Read More »

 

Kia confirms redesigned Sedona for New York show

11:48 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Kia today confirmed it will show a redesigned Sedona minivan next week at the New York auto show. The Sedona will ride on a new chassis and be powered by 3.3-liter direct injection V-6 engine, Kia says.... Read More »

 

Eberspaecher to launch $122 million expansion, create 545 jobs in Michigan

4:12 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Automotive exhaust and HVAC supplier Eberspaecher North America is investing $122 million to expand operations in Michigan. The five-year expansion plan, beginning in late 2014, is expected to create 545 new jobs to accommodate its growth, the German auto supplier said in an announcement today.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

Why the UAW appeal at VW is a slippery slope

3:23 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
The UAW better be careful what it wishes for. If the union convinces President Barack Obama's National Labor Relations Board that it's an unfair labor practice for political leaders to be publicly involved in an organizing effort, then organized labor risks diluting the power of its best weapon: public pressure.... Read More »

 

Safety mandates forecast to drive autonomous car sales

3:09 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Self-driving cars may take another decade to hit roads in the United States, but their sales then will expand quickly due to new safety mandates, predicts IHS Automotive. After the first autonomous cars appear in North America in 2025, IHS forecasts they could account for 5 percent of the vehicles on North American roads by as early as 2035.... Read More »

 

VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new engine

9:55 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen of America has ordered dealers in the United States to stop selling newer cars equipped with an automatic transmission and VW’s most common engine, the 1.8-liter EA888. The stop-sale order, sent to dealers Tuesday, applies to cars produced after Feb. 1. VW spokesman Scott Vazin said the problem arose when a supplier changed the specifications of an O-ring linking the transmission oil cooler to the transmission.... Read More »

 

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