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

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: U.S. war on distraction

Enforcement and ad campaign puts issue on par with drunk-driving fight; GM hires crisis expert; comedian Jon Stewart on GM. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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First Shift: Report: Bailout team unaware

Auto task force unaware of faulty GM ignition during bailout, report says; Tesla appeals NJ ban; Chrysler cargo calculus. Read More »

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Unifor delays union vote at Toyota's Canada plants

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. Read More »

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2014 PACE Award Finalists - Information Technology

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. Read More »

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2014 PACE Award Finalists - Manufacturing

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. Read More »

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2014 PACE Award Finalists - Product - Group 1

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. Read More »

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2014 PACE Award Finalists - Product - Group 2

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. Read More »

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2014 PACE Award Finalists - Product - Group 3

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. Read More »

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2014 PACE Award Finalists - Product - Group 4

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. Read More »

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Krafcik joins TrueCar board

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. Read More »

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

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.” Read More »

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KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN:

We need more bite from our safety watchdogs

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. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Kia preps 8-passenger MPV for New York

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. Read More »

GM hires Clinton administration crisis expert for recall advice

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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THE GM RECALL:

Bailout task force unaware of GM faulty switches, report says

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. Read More »

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Comedian Jon Stewart rips GM over ignition switch recall

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. Read More »

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Nissan appoints diesel expert Shirakawa as European r&d chief

Nissan named Takashi Shirakawa as its head of research and development in Europe, effective April 1. Read More »

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Ford boosts Fiesta output in Germany on growing demand

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. Read More »

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Infiniti names French executive as new Europe head

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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DIANA T. KURYLKO:

Land Rover provides more clues to expanded Discovery family

Land Rover is taking its largest vehicle, the Discovery, and making a family of it. Read More »

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Chrysler recalls 867,795 SUVs worldwide to repair brake system

Chrysler Group is recalling 867,795 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs to install a shield to protect brake boosters from water corrosion. Read More »

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