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Outstanding U.S. auto loans hit all-time high, Equifax says

1:58 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Total outstanding auto loans in the United States hit an all-time high of $902 billion this spring, an increase of more than 10 percent from the same time a year earlier, according to the latest Equifax National Consumer Credit Trends Report.

VIDEO: First Shift: Recalls slash GM earnings

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Embattled company's net falls 85% in Q2; Ford nets $1.3 billion, ekes out Europe profit; Keith Crain's Hall of Fame journey.

Bentley may add a fifth model after SUV launch

9:51 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Bentley may add a fifth model to its lineup after it launches an SUV in 2016, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said. The new model could be a two-seat sports car or a larger model slotted between the Continental GT coupe and Mulsanne sedan.

Gentex Q2 net income grows 47 percent

3:19 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Automotive mirror supplier Gentex reported $76.7 million in net income with total revenue of $338.4 million for the second quarter.

Ford Q2 earnings rise on N.A. record, first European profit in 3 years

6:45 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Ford posted a second-quarter pretax profit of $2.6 billion, bolstered by a record performance in North America and its first quarterly profit in Europe in three years.

Bentley may add a 5th model after SUV launch

July 24, 2014 15:51 CET
Bentley may add a fifth model to its lineup after it launches an SUV in 2016, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said. The new model could be a two-seat sports car or a larger model slotted between the Continental GT coupe and Mulsanne sedan.

Fiat and PSA dismiss latest tie-up report

July 24, 2014 21:15 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Fiat Chrysler denied a report that the companies were preparing a merger to create the world's fifth-largest carmaker.

GM may put Brazil workers on paid leave

9:21 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
GM wants to put nearly a fifth of its workers at a factory in Brazil on paid leave, an auto workers union says, amid falling output in Latin America's largest economy.

GM's quarterly profit plunges on recall costs

7:36 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
The heavy cost of General Motors' unprecedented slew of safety recalls during the second quarter wiped out most of its profits, erasing the fruits of strong truck pricing in North America and sales growth in China.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: GM near end of recall push

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Safety blitz 'substantially complete' Barra says; Ford's Europe product plan; Acura supercar fire; Keith Crain's big night.

Group 1 Q2 profit tumbles 55% on Brazilian problems

9:47 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Group 1 Automotive today said its second-quarter net income tumbled 55 percent from a year earlier to $16.9 million, dragged down by a struggling economy in Brazil which accounts for 8 percent of its revenue.

GM is 'paying for past sins,' analyst says

12:33 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
A sampling of what analysts and others are saying about GM's second-quarter financial results released today:

Fiat and PSA dismiss latest tie-up report

3:15 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Fiat Chrysler denied a report that the companies were preparing a merger to create the world's fifth-largest carmaker.

Acura NSX prototype bursts into flames during testing

1:42 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
An Acura NSX prototype burst into flames today while testing in Germany, but Acura says the futuristic sports car is continuing "progress toward its highly anticipated launch."

Don't get out the party hats at Ford just yet, analyst says

2:18 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
A roundup of what analysts and others are saying about Ford Motor Co.'s second-quarter financial results released today:

Cooper-Standard begins operations at Asia Pacific tech center

2:44 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Auto supplier Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc. began operations at its Asia Pacific Technical Center today in Shanghai.

UK car output boosted by new models in first half

July 24, 2014 10:41 CET
UK car production grew by 4 percent in the first six months thanks to new models, but the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders warned that further growth must be backed by bolstering the UK's parts supply chain.

Mike Alexander, famed car customizer and Ridler winner, dies at age 80

10:46 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Mike Alexander, a famed Detroit custom-car builder who won a Ridler award with a modified 1966 Dodge pickup, died on July 18. He was 80.

Bentley CEO rolls back 'aggressive' sales forecasts

July 24, 2014 13:12 CET
Bentley expects 2014 deliveries to be lower than previously forecast as the carmaker is hit by the crisis in Ukraine and Russia and struggles to maintain high sales growth in China.

Hyundai's Q2 profit falls 7% on currency strength, weak global demand

July 24, 2014 11:34 CET
Hyundai's second-quarter profit fell 7 percent as a strong won, weakening global sales and incentives in the U.S. took their toll on earnings. To combat a strong currency, the automaker will now consider adding production overseas.

Ford posts European profit in second quarter

July 24, 2014 12:40 CET
Ford posted a second-quarter pre-tax profit of $2.6 billion, boosted by its first quarterly profit in Europe in three years and record quarterly earnings in North America.

GM Korea could make next-gen Cruze if union calls off strike

7:22 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
GM's South Korean subsidiary told its employee union that the automaker could consider making the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze in South Korea if the union calls off a wage-related strike.

Hyundai Q2 profit dips 7% on strengthening currency

6:33 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Hyundai's net profit fell the most in five quarters, hit by the local currency's strength, and said it may make more vehicles overseas as it braces for a tough second half with the won still strong.

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