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Snowbound New England dealers miss strong Feb. sales

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
As Massachusetts recovers from 100 inches of snow in recent weeks, many dealers there are reporting weaker-than-expected February sales, operational losses and lack of space because of massive snow piles. And New England missed out on an otherwise robust month for US auto sales.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Why does Ford race? Because it can

3:56 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
He's not yet taking orders from Jay Leno for the Ford GT and GT350R, but the head of Ford Performance, Dave Pericak, still has a full plate.... Read More »

 

Auto safety advocate's work on airbags goes back to 1996

1:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
David Kelly, the former acting chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was hired this week to oversee the 10-automaker consortium searching for the root cause behind Takata airbag explosions. But this isn't the first time that Kelly has had to deal with airbags endangering lives they're designed to save.... Read More »

 

Chevy Trax 'Hidden Gems' campaign leverages social media

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Chevrolet is getting creative with its social media approach, using it to introduce a new vehicle. The 2015 Chevrolet Trax will be introduced in a social media campaign dubbed “Hidden Gems.”... Read More »

 

Group 1 names banker Doyle Arnold to its board

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Group 1 Automotive has named a new director to its board seven days after another director resigned. The retailer said today its board of directors appointed Doyle Arnold, 66, as a Class I Director, effective immediately.... Read More »

 

GM retrenches in Thailand after Indonesia retreat

11:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
A day after announcing it is to stop making GM-branded cars in Indonesia, General Motors today said it would cease production of its Chevrolet Sonic in Thailand by the middle of this year.... Read More »

 

Mazda launches CX-3 small SUV, bets on diesel-only car for Japan

7:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
The Mazda CX-3 compact crossover went on sale in Japan today with the carmaker offering a 1.5-liter diesel engine as the nameplate's only powerplant. That won't happen in the US, says chief engineer Michio Tomiyama: “In America, it will be only gasoline.”... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler recalling about 467,500 SUVs worldwide

10:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it will recall about 467,500 SUVs globally in order to fix a fuel-pump issue that could cause engine stall. The automaker also said it is recalling some 2015 models of the Chrysler 200 for issues that may prevent vehicles from shifting into park.... Read More »

 

Nissan expects to reach 10% U.S. share goal ahead of schedule

9:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz outlined a four-prong capacity expansion plan that could power Nissan to its 10 percent U.S. market share goal ahead of schedule. He also said he targets increased North American operating profit margin of at least 8 percent, thanks to an influx of high-margin nameplates such as the Murano crossover and Maxima sedan.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

The dream Mr. K offered in the Nissan 300ZX is alive and well

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
“If I had a Z … ” That's the opening line to the car commercial that I most remember from my youth. It touted the Nissan 300ZX sports car.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Toyota, Mazda bet against each other in quest for 94 mpg

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
Japan’s largest auto manufacturer and one of its smallest are betting against each other on divergent paths to the same goal -- an incredible fuel economy rate pushing 94 mpg.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Is an identity crisis the reason behind the Ram pickup's new styling?

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
It's been nearly two months since I got my first up-close looks at the Ram Rebel and Ram Laramie Limited. I'm not a fan of the styling of the two pickups' front fascias and tailgates, but I've developed a theory as to what motivated them.... Read More »

 

Apple hiring patterns, patents signal automotive r&d plans

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
A year and a half ago, Apple had applied for just eight patents related to auto batteries. Recently, it has hired a bevy of engineers, just one of whom had already filed for 17 in his former career, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis.... Read More »

 

Honda to cut N.A. output by another 5,000 cars amid port delays

6:41 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Honda will continue to reduce production at plants in Indiana and Ontario next week because of part shortages amid labor disputes at West Coast ports. Honda said it expected output loss at the factories next week to be around 5,000 cars.... Read More »

 

NHTSA to fine Takata $14K a day for failing to 'fully cooperate' in airbag probe

10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today slapped Takata with a $14,000-per-day fine for failing to "fully cooperate" with the agency's investigation into exploding airbag inflators made by the supplier that have been linked to at least six deaths. NHTSA also warned Takata that it will refer the situation to the Department of Justice if it fails to remedy the situation.... Read More »

 

GM caught off-guard by strike at Brazil plant

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
General Motors was caught by surprise today by a strike at its Brazilian car factory as workers protested a planned furlough and layoff of hundreds of staff, in the latest labor disruption in the nation's slumping auto industry.... Read More »

 

GUEST BLOG

Cadillac has a new brand strategy involving subtlety and fashion

2:05 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Bet you never thought you'd utter the words "Anna Wintour" and "Cadillac" in the same breath. Well, think again.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Japan Toyota dealer hits 2 million milestone

9:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Nagoya Toyopet sold its 2 millionth new Toyota vehicle on Monday, making it the first independent retailer from Japan’s top manufacturer to reach that rarified stratosphere.... Read More »

 

Tesla could open up to 12 Texas stores if legislation passes

11:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Tesla may be able to open up to 12 stores in Texas, if a group of state legislators gets its way. Under current state law, customers can purchase new vehicles only through a franchised dealership. The bills would allow customers to purchase vehicles directly from the manufacturer.... Read More »

 

UAW chief wants a raise for workers, but not too much

11:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
UAW President Dennis Williams told Reuters it would be an "injustice" if workers at the Detroit Three automakers don't get a raise in contracts this year, but he said the union must also ensure the companies remain competitive.... Read More »

 

Daicel to build U.S. airbag inflator plant earlier than planned

6:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Daicel said it would build a second US factory for airbag inflators in early 2016, bringing forward original plans partly to meet automakers' demand for alternatives to potentially deadly inflators made by Takata.... Read More »

 

TrueCar to stress mobile shopping as revenue surges

7:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015
TrueCar is rebuilding its computer interface around mobile car-shopping to seize on a pronounced trend in its traffic volume, CEO Scott Painter said. In January for the first time, 50 percent of shoppers on TrueCar’s website got there via a mobile device, Painter said; that figure is expected to grow to 90 percent in 18 months.... Read More »

 

Valet car-hauling program fills service bays

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Dublin, Ohio, may still feel like a small town. But it is big when it comes to repairing pricey cars, thanks to the Midwestern Auto Group. The dealership's valet service coddles Astons, Bentleys, Ferraris and more as they are trucked in from five states. The program has also spawned ties to local high schools that serve as a talent pool for a booming parts and service business.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

In praise of consumer-focused auto shows

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
It was eye-opening to attend media day, and the VIP Night preshow gala, this week at the Toronto auto show, officially known as the Canadian International AutoShow.... Read More »

 

TRW seeks long-term business from Takata airbag customers

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
TRW Automotive is moving ahead with plans to produce replacement airbag inflators for Takata customers, but only for automakers willing to offer guarantees of long-term business.... Read More »

 

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