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GM 'park it' notice order sought until recalled cars are fixed

7:18 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
General Motors will have to tell owners of 2.59 million recalled small cars to “park it” if customers suing the automaker convince a judge faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths make them too dangerous to drive.

Judge delays ruling on 'park now' order covering faulty GM cars

1:19 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
A federal judge in Texas on Friday declined to issue an emergency order forcing GM to tell owners of 2.6 million recalled cars to stop driving them immediately. A ruling on the matter could come next week instead.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: U.S. war on distraction

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Enforcement and ad campaign puts issue on par with drunk-driving fight; GM hires crisis expert; comedian Jon Stewart on GM.

Stung by Ram win in March, Chevy further juices Silverado incentives

4:11 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Within hours of a General Motors spokesman saying it was easy to “buy market share” after the Ram pickup outsold the Chevrolet Silverado in March, GM opened its wallet to buy it back.

VIDEO: First Shift: Report: Bailout team unaware

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Auto task force unaware of faulty GM ignition during bailout, report says; Tesla appeals NJ ban; Chrysler cargo calculus.

Unifor delays union vote at Toyota's Canada plants

6:37 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
The union pushing to organize workers at Toyota's Canadian plants said on Thursday it would delay a union vote after Toyota said some 7,500 employees would be eligible to join the unit, nearly 1,000 more than the union had believed.

VIDEO: 2014 PACE Award Finalists - Information Technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Finalists for the 20th annual Automotive News PACE Awards in the information technology category. The awards honor superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. Winners will be announced April 7 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

VIDEO: 2014 PACE Award Finalists - Manufacturing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Finalists for the 20th annual Automotive News PACE Awards in the manufacturing category. The awards honor superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. Winners will be announced April 7 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

VIDEO: 2014 PACE Award Finalists - Product - Group 1

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Finalists for the 20th annual Automotive News PACE Awards in the product category. The awards honor superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. Winners will be announced April 7 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

VIDEO: 2014 PACE Award Finalists - Product - Group 2

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Finalists for the 20th annual Automotive News PACE Awards in the product category. The awards honor superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. Winners will be announced April 7 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

VIDEO: 2014 PACE Award Finalists - Product - Group 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Finalists for the 20th annual Automotive News PACE Awards in the product category. The awards honor superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. Winners will be announced April 7 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

VIDEO: 2014 PACE Award Finalists - Product - Group 4

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Finalists for the 20th annual Automotive News PACE Awards in the product category. The awards honor superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. Winners will be announced April 7 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

Krafcik joins TrueCar board

4:17 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
John Krafcik, former CEO of Hyundai Motor America, has joined the board of directors of TrueCar. Krafcik, 52, will be a director and a member of the board’s operating committee.

Nader's advice for Barra: Create an ombudsman for engineers

4:16 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader says General Motors CEO Mary Barra should create an independent ombudsman for engineers “who have been muzzled by their cost-concerned bosses.”

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

We need more bite from our safety watchdogs

3:59 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Over the course of two blistering hearings, General Motors CEO Mary Barra proved she has a lot to learn about the optics and political dynamics of Washington. For a lesson, she might call up David Friedman.

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Kia preps 8-passenger MPV for New York

3:48 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Kia said it plans to reveal what should be a successor to its Sedona minivan at the New York Auto Show this month. Kia released a teaser image today of what it calls an “all-new midsize multi-purpose vehicle” that can seat up to eight passengers set to debut in New York.

GM hires Clinton administration crisis expert for recall advice

10:57 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
General Motors has retained crisis-communications expert Jeff Eller as it builds a team to help respond to the recall of small cars with faulty ignition switches tied to 13 deaths.

Average fuel economy of new U.S. vehicles rises to 25.4 mpg

2:24 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
The average fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the United States in March rose to 25.4 mpg, according to University of Michigan researchers, the highest since the researchers began collecting data in October 2007.

THE GM RECALL

Bailout task force unaware of GM faulty switches, report says

7:39 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
The task force President Barack Obama set up to manage General Motors' bailout and bankruptcy in 2009 wasn't aware of the faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths in small cars, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

Comedian Jon Stewart rips GM over ignition switch recall

9:46 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Last night on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the faux news-anchor and popular comedian targeted General Motors in a segment related to GM's ignition switch recall.

Nissan appoints diesel expert Shirakawa as European r&d chief

April 3, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan named Takashi Shirakawa as its head of research and development in Europe, effective April 1.

Ford boosts Fiesta output in Germany on growing demand

April 3, 2014 13:28 CET
Ford says it has increased production of the Fiesta by 200 units a day at its plant in Cologne, Germany, to satisfy growing demand for the subcompact.

Infiniti names French executive as new Europe head

April 3, 2014 10:47 CET
Infiniti has named former Ford executive Francois Goupil de Bouille as head of its European operations to succeed Fintan Knight, who was in the post for less than a year.

U.S. Senators probing GM raise prospect of criminal wrongdoing

April 3, 2014 06:01 CET
A U.S. Senate panel raised the prospect of criminal prosecution and promised more hearings over General Motors' failure to fix a defective ignition switch.

Beijing Auto looking to acquire a brand in Europe or U.S

April 3, 2014 08:21 CET
Beijing Automotive said it wants to buy a "mid- to high-end brand" in Europe or the United States to boost its global presence and it already has candidates in mind.

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Land Rover provides more clues to expanded Discovery family

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Land Rover is taking its largest vehicle, the Discovery, and making a family of it.

Chrysler recalls 867,795 SUVs worldwide to repair brake system

April 3, 2014 06:01 CET
Chrysler Group is recalling 867,795 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs to install a shield to protect brake boosters from water corrosion.

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