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Continental named in GM recall suit

April 18, 2014 13:18 CET
Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems US, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

Nissan pins Europe growth hopes on new compact car

April 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan expects its new compact hatchback will help it reach its 5 percent European market share target. The hatchback will fill a market niche that Nissan quit when it stopped European sales of the Almera eight years ago.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Why GM should put wireless connections in its trucks

10:17 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
At an exhibit on the auto show floor here, I sat inside a Cadillac XTS sedan equipped with General Motors' new 4G LTE wireless connection. But I couldn't help but think: GM should have put the 4G demo unit in a Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra pickup.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Honda HR-V subcompact crossover coming later this year

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Honda's upcoming Fit-based subcompact crossover will be called the HR-V, the company said today in releasing the first image of the vehicle.... Read More »

 

Cadillac global chief expected to resume former Washington lobbying job

10:08 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
GM plans to shift its global Cadillac chief back to focus full time on his former lobbying position in Washington as the automaker deals with fallout from defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, a person familiar with the plans said Thursday.... Read More »

 

GM doesn't have to order customers to park recalled cars, U.S. judge rules

1:01 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
General Motors doesn't have to take the unprecedented step of telling car owners that 2.59 million vehicles it recalled are unsafe to drive until faulty ignition switches are fixed, a federal judge ruled. Federal regulators are better able than courts to tell the automaker how to manage its recall, District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos held today in Corpus Christi, Texas.... Read More »

 

GM exploring compensation fund for victims of defective cars, says Feinberg

9:51 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
A lawyer for GM said for the first time this week that the company is moving to develop a program that could compensate individuals affected by a faulty ignition-switch in millions of recalled vehicles.... Read More »

 

GM says recalled cars safe, but has not tested for knee-bump danger

9:24 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple bump from a driver's knee.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Chinese needs bring Infiniti a roomier sedan

1:50 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Infiniti plans to market the long wheelbase Q70 as a luxury sedan that simply offers a roomier back seat -- a premium sedan with the roominess of an SUV.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

2015 Challenger muscles up; interior revamped but retains retro look

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
The 2015 Dodge Challenger has more power, an available eight-speed transmission and few changes to its retro exterior. Engineers coaxed 15 more hp from the top-end 6.4-liter, Hemi V-8 engine, boosting its performance to 485 hp and 475 pounds-feet of torque in a new Challenger Scat Pack model.... Read More »

 

Jeep Cherokee production threatened by supplier labor walkout

2:22 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Production of the hot-selling 2014 Jeep Cherokee was temporarily disrupted today after workers at a key supplier walked off the job this morning in a union dispute.... 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 »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Subaru polishes Outback for 2015

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
The Subaru Outback is getting a major styling update, additional safety and convenience features, and improved fuel economy as part of a makeover to enhance what has been the brand's top franchise for years.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

A rare misfire for Subaru with new Levorg wagon?

10:39 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Subaru, one of the hottest brands in the United States, may have chalked up a rare misfire with its newest nameplate -- a small wagon dubbed the Levorg.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Some New Yorkers really want that Nissan cab

9:48 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
A stiff-upper-lipped Nissan is rolling out a couple of mock NV200 yellow New York taxis this week to carry visitors and VIPs around the city during the New York auto show.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

At Chrysler Group, 2 brands seek new frontiers

7:15 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Two of Chrysler Group's brands are, in different ways, working to push themselves into new spaces.... Read More »

 

VW's Winterkorn plans new strategy called Future Tracks

April 17, 2014 11:55 CET
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn will unveil a new strategy for the automaker called Future Tracks by year end, a report said. The plan will set fresh profitability and sales goals, Winterkorn told Manager Magazin in an interview.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Ford Escort to make a return at Beijing show

April 17, 2014 13:26 CET
Ford will unveil a production version of the Escort sedan at the Beijing auto show. The car will be aimed exclusively at the Chinese market.... Read More »

 

Mercedes starts production of electric B class

April 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes has started series production of the B-class Electric Drive, which the automaker developed in partnership with Tesla.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

PSA will survive for now, but long-term challenges remain

6:42 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares' Back in the Race business plan and a cash injection from Chinese partner Dongfeng are almost certainly enough to ensure his company's short-term survival, but PSA's long-term prospects remain uncertain.... Read More »

 

Lamborghini helps give parent Audi a technical edge

April 17, 2014 11:43 CET
Lamborghini will showcase the Huracan LP 610-4, its newest technology-packed supercar at the Beijing auto show, with the model set to spice up its parent company Audi's own offerings.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Dodge Charger tames rough edges with 2015 nose job

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
The 2015 Dodge Charger underwent a nose job that trades its previously bulbous front fascia for a more subtle look reminiscent of the smaller Dodge Dart.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Acura TLX much more than rebadged Accord

3:08 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Acura unveiled today the production version of its redesigned 2015 TLX mid-sized sedan, a car that will replace the TL and TSX sedans in its lineup for the United States.... Read More »

 

GM ordered redesigned ignition switch from Delphi for Cadillac SRX

3:19 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Delphi redesigned the ignition switch for the Cadillac SRX crossover to increase its torque about two months before making similar changes to the Chevrolet Cobalt ignition switch at the center of General Motors' recall crisis.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Toyota overhauls Camry in bid to make it 'best we've ever built'

9:30 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Toyota, fighting to extend the Camry's 12-year reign as the best-selling car in the United States, showered its flagship sedan with superlatives as it unveiled a new edition today. The model shown at the New York auto show reflects significantly more change than is typical for a car that's been spruced up halfway through its life-cycle.... Read More »

 

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