It's getting to be time for the Detroit auto show around here. This is, of course, the annual party when the Motor City opens its doors to the world and puts on a first-class event, not to mention a motor show competitive with the best in the world.
Honda will spend $23 million to expand its Marysville, Ohio, plant to build the 2014 Accord Hybrid, the company said today. The plant will add about 50 workers for production of the hybrid sedan, which is scheduled to go on sale this fall, the company said.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, following through on a vow to lessen the company's reliance on expensive Japanese manufacturing and compete better in North America, has ordered output of the Murano crossover shifted to Canton, Miss.
President Obama today signed into law a bill allowing dealerships to stop stocking copies of a government booklet on insurance costs, the White House said. The measure, which dealers sought as a way to save time and money, cleared the House of Representatives in July without a dissenting vote.
Mexico's auto production was little changed in December as exports fell 9.7 percent on fewer shipments to other Latin American countries and the United States, an industry trade group said. Mexico's annual production climbed 13 percent to a record 2.88 million vehicles in 2012.
Here's a good omen for Mazda Motor's gamble on delving into diesels in the United States later this year. In Japan, a country where diesels are all but non-existent, the diesel version of Mazda's CX-5 sold like crazy in 2012.
Toyota has won a federal judge’s ruling blocking a class-action lawsuit by owners of Prius and Lexus models who sued over a 2010 recall to install a software update that fixed a concern with the cars’ anti-lock braking system.
South Korea's Halla Climate Control has decided to buy Visteon's automotive climate units, almost four months after the American auto-parts supplier announced the plan for combining the businesses to make them more competitive.
Toyota is taking another stab at using carbon fiber, following the retirement of the Lexus LFA sports car. This time, it is rolling out a concept sports version of the Japan-market Toyota Mark X sedan with a carbon fiber roof.
Opel started production of the Adam minicar at its Eisenach plant in Germany today as it strives to win back European customers amid the worst regional auto industry downturn for nearly two decades. The automaker has invested 190 million euros ($248 million) to prepare the factory to make the Adam.
Italy car sales last year fell 20 percent to 1.4 million units, the country's worst result in 33 years. Back then, domestic automakers had a dominating 61.7 percent share of the market, in 2012 they controlled just 29.7 percent.
No one expects the European car market to be a source of good news this year, especially for volume brands. Optimists predict flat sales while pessimists foresee a decline of up to 5 percent. Here are 10 stories to watch in 2013..