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Honda to make English official language by 2020

6:57 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

Former Honda Motor Co. CEO Takanobu Ito famously said five years ago that it was “stupid” to make English the official work language of a Japanese company. Now that he’s left the building, however, Japan’s No. 3 carmaker is changing its tune.... Read More »

Truck, luxury car demand drive record June sales in Canada

1:38 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

A healthy appetite for trucks and luxury cars pushed auto sales in Canada to a record high for June, according to data released on Thursday.... Read More »

Mexican supplier Nemak to launch $750 million IPO

11:38 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Nemak SAB's expected $750 million initial public stock offering today marks the first stock offering of a Mexican auto supplier since at least 2000.... Read More »

Lotus Evora to resume U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

A scaled-down Lotus is preparing to leave the pits after sitting out the 2015 model year. The boutique British sports car maker says it will launch a fully compliant Evora coupe at year end.... Read More »

Toyota's own glass house

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Toyota last week unveiled architectural renderings of its new North American headquarters campus in Plano, Texas, which will house some 4,000 employees from divisions now scattered among operations in California, Kentucky and New York.... Read More »

GLE Coupe's goal: Style, not off-road use

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is targeting the GLE Coupe at style conscious buyers, not off-roaders. The Coupe won't be available with the Mercedes off-road package. It will be sold only as a high-performance model in the U.S.... Read More »

No seat unturned in flood-damage search

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Since torrential downpours hit Houston in late May, Bob Sluss has been extra vigilant about leaving no stone - or seat - unturned when appraising used vehicles. Sluss has seen a spike in trade-ins with water damage that was not disclosed by their owners.... Read More »

How Mexico could color UAW talks

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

When the UAW and Detroit automakers open contract talks next month, Mexico will be hovering over the proceedings and influence the outcome.... Read More »

Nissan's NYC taxi fleet plan upheld in state appeals court

4:41 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

New York City's $1 billion plan for a new line of yellow cabs made by Nissan was upheld by the state's highest court today. The court rejected a challenge from fleet operators to the “Taxi of Tomorrow” plan.... Read More »

REMEMBER THE TITANS

Nissan renames Nashville's NFL stadium

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Nissan North America has won naming rights for its hometown NFL stadium in Nashville where the Tennessee Titans play. The name “Nissan Stadium” will go above the field on a highly visible landmark in downtown Nashville, a region where Nissan employs more than 10,000 people.... Read More »

Toyota shows off renderings of new Texas headquarters

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Toyota's North American arm took another step in its migration to Plano,Texas, today, unveiling architectural renderings of a headquarters campus that will house some 4,000 employees and consolidate divisions now scattered among sites in California, Kentucky and New York.... Read More »

Lotus Evora returns to U.S. at year's end; U.S. HQ moving to Mich.

2:17 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Lotus said today that it will launch a fully compliant Evora coupe at the end of the year in the U.S. The company also announced plans to move its U.S. headquarters from Georgia to Michigan.... Read More »

ZF to invest $71M in Mich. tech center

3:54 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG plans to spend more than $71 million and add 571 jobs by expanding its technical center in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

VW supplier Gestamp to expand stamping line in Tenn. for new SUV

10:30 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Gestamp Automocion, a Spanish supplier to Volkswagen AG, said it plans to expand its stamping plant in Chattanooga to produce body panels for VW's new midsize SUV.... Read More »

GM slates 'all-new vehicle program' for Orion

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

General Motors said it is investing $245 million in a suburban Detroit assembly plant and adding 300 jobs for an "all-new vehicle program."... Read More »

Tesla's gigafactory buzz takes root in Reno

8:36 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Tesla's $5 billion “gigafactory” may be the best thing to happen to northern Nevada since the silver rush of the 1850s and the gaming boom a century later. The company's decision to build the facility in an industrial park east of town is giving the self-proclaimed “Biggest Little City in the World” a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to diversify the economy and transcend Reno's image as a downmarket Las Vegas.... Read More »

Mehari could be Citroen's comeback kid

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Here's a way that Citroen might find its way to the U.S. market. The French carmaker is considering a revival of its iconic Mehari lightweight utility car to help give the brand a “fun” image, CEO Linda Jackson said.... Read More »

GM to re-enter medium-duty commercial truck market

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

General Motors is returning to the medium-duty commercial truck business in the U.S. next year after a seven-year hiatus, a move that GM believes will lead to more sales of pickups, vans and other trucks to fleet buyers.... Read More »

VW supplier Gestamp to open U.S. facility, report says

3:05 pm U.S. ET | June 21, 2015

Spanish auto supplier Gestamp is planning to open a new pressing facility to supply Volkswagen's production in Tennessee, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

China's Wanxiang plans to build Fisker Karma in S. Calif.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2015

Fisker Automotive and Technology Group plans to revive production of the Fisker hybrid sports car in a new plant to be built in Southern California.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC to get coupe version

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will offer a coupe version of its up-sized second-generation compact crossover, with plug-in hybrid and performance variants coming, as well. The 2016 GLC unveiled this week goes on sale in mid-November. It replaces the GLK.... Read More »

VW U.S. chief sees 'limited growth' until new SUVs arrive

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Volkswagen expects "limited growth" in the United States over the next two years and will focus on defending the market share it has, the top executive for the region said, suggesting the German automaker will fall short of an ambitious 2018 sales target.... Read More »

Renault's Duster Oroch heralds push into pickups

June 19, 2015 10:46 CET

Renault unveiled the Duster Oroch no-frills pickup truck aimed at the Latin American market as the automaker bets on resilient demand in the region and hopes to build on the success of its Duster SUV.... Read More »

La. exec sentenced to 11-year prison term for $1.2M ad fraud of dealerships

4:03 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

A politically connected media firm owner who billed Louisiana dealerships for fictitious advertising that cost them more than $1.2 million was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison Wednesday, the Department of Justice said.... Read More »

N.Y. targets dealerships' sale of credit-repair, identity-theft products

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Paragon Honda and its two sister stores have agreed to a $13.5 million settlement with the New York attorney general's office over the alleged unlawful sale of credit-repair and identity-theft prevention products, part of a broader crackdown on deceptive sales practices by dealerships.... Read More »

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