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Takata airbag plant in Mexico with troubled past at center of probe

9:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Takata's plant in Ciudad Frontera, Mexico, has been confirmed as the source of defective airbags made in 2001 and 2002 and again around 2012, Reuters reported today, citing information from recall records, automakers and regulators. In 2006, the factory blew up -- driving home for workers and residents the volatility and risk of the explosive compound at the core of Takata's airbags.... Read More »
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Honda admits failures in Takata airbag fiasco

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
A Honda executive told Congress today that the company failed to properly notify federal regulators of some crashes in which airbags made by Takata exploded and to clearly warn customers of the danger some vehicles could pose. He also acknowledged that the automaker still doesn't know for sure the extent of the problem but said it is working to find out and to make repairs as quickly as possible.... Read More »

BMW says its Takata inflator work moving from Mexico to Germany

7:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Takata plans to shift production of BMW airbag inflators from Mexico to Germany, BMW said on Wednesday in a filing with federal safety regulators who have been probing questions about the quality of manufacturing at the plant.... Read More »

Obama nominates NTSB's Mark Rosekind to lead NHTSA

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
President Barack Obama nominated transportation expert Mark Rosekind to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has come under heavy criticism this year for a perceived slow response to major recalls and safety concerns.... Read More »

Hyundai's U.S. marketing boss Shannon steps down

10:20 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
Hyundai Motor America marketing chief Steve Shannon, the General Motors veteran who joined Hyundai in 2011 to help the Korean brand continue its ascendance in the United States market, has parted ways with the company.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

Delphi turns over GM recall evidence in deal with plaintiffs

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Delphi Automotive agreed to give thousands of documents to lawyers suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches and to let the lawyers speak with the supplier's employees in exchange for being dropped as a defendant.... Read More »

Ford's Farley, Odell to swap jobs

4:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Ford global marketing chief Jim Farley will move to Germany to steer Ford of Europe starting January 1 in a job swap with European boss Stephen Odell, the company said. Odell, who has led European operations for Ford since 2010, will succeed Farley as executive vice president in charge of global marketing, sales and service, Ford said in a statement today.... Read More »

Chrysler Group Q3 profits rise 32% to $611 million on Jeep, Ram gains

10:38 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Chrysler Group today reported net income rose 32 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier to $611 million as strong sales of its Jeep and Ram lines bolstered profits. Chrysler gained just over one point of market share in the United States over the same period a year ago to 12.3 percent on sales of 1,556,059 vehicles.... Read More »

OCTOBER U.S. SALES

Chrysler, Nissan set pace as U.S. sales rise 6% on truck demand

6:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales, led by double-digit increases at Chrysler Group and Nissan Motor, rose 6 percent last month to 1.28 million, matching forecasts, with crossovers and light trucks fueling much of the industry's gains. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate, a broad measure of the industry's health, hit 16.5 million, slightly above projections and up 7 percent from 15.... Read More »

Betts leaves Chrysler after another poor quality showing

9:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Fiat Chrysler's quality chief has left the company, a day after the automaker ranked last in a closely watched scorecard on vehicle reliability in the United States. Doug Betts, 51, who joined Chrysler from Nissan in 2007, will “pursue other interests,” Chrysler said in a statement today.... Read More »

OCTOBER U.S. AUTO SALES

U.S. auto sales projected to rise 6% in Oct. to highest total in a decade

1:35 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
New light-vehicle sales are expected to rise about 6 percent in the United States this month from last October to about 1.27 million vehicles, according to three forecasts. It would be the highest October sales volume since 2004.... Read More »

Ford's Fields takes his lumps in Q3, looks to next year

7:06 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
Ford CEO Mark Fields today delivered the first report card on his performance since taking over for Alan Mulally. He gave every sign that he'll have more to show off next year. While earnings and revenue fell, Fields said new vehicles on tap will deliver "strong, profitable growth."... Read More »

GM operating profits fall 14% in Q3 on flat revenue

7:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
GM's record transaction prices in North America and booming sales in China weren't enough to offset weakness in just about every other region, as the company's third-quarter operating profit fell 14 percent.... Read More »

Mich. blocks Tesla's sales model by plugging loophole

2:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill today that effectively bars Tesla Motors' direct-sales model in the state. While Tesla's model was already prohibited in Michigan, the wording of its franchise law left an opening that the automaker could potentially exploit as it has in Massachusetts, where dealers unsuccessfully tried to stop it from operating a store there.... Read More »

Top GM lawyer Michael Millikin, blasted during Congress' recall hearings, to retire

12:20 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
GM's top lawyer, Michael Millikin, 66, is retiring three months after he withstood withering criticism by lawmakers for his department's handling of GM's deadly ignition switch defect. The company said it will begin an immediate external search for his replacement.... Read More »

Technology propels fuel economy average to record 24.1 mpg, EPA says

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2014
The average fuel economy of cars and light trucks, driven by wider use of technology, rose to a record 24.1 mpg in the 2013 model year, though the pace of improvement slowed. Fuel economy will average 24.2 mpg across the industry for 2014 models, the EPA estimated, but cautioned the final figure will likely be revised higher.... Read More »

Cadillac preps plug-in hybrid CT6 rated at 70 mpg or more

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Cadillac will offer a plug-in hybrid version of the CT6 large sedan scheduled to debut late next year. GM global product chief Mark Reuss said the plug-in hybrid would get at least 70 mpg. The CT6 will also be powered by a six-cylinder, turbocharged engine that makes around 400 hp.... Read More »

GM halts 2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon deliveries to fix airbag flaw

10:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
GM instructed dealers to halt deliveries of the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups because of a pending safety recall to fix an airbag defect, just two weeks after shipments began for the high-profile launch.... Read More »

Jeep ponders switch to aluminum for next Wrangler body, Marchionne says

11:21 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler may be built off a unibody platform, feature smaller and turbocharged engines, and switch to an aluminum body, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said today. Such significant changes to the hot-selling SUV would likely mean leaving its longtime, historic production site in Toledo, Ohio, Marchionne added.... Read More »

Chrysler to hike output of Ram diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Chrysler Group, struggling to keep pace with demand for one of its newest products, plans to boost output of light-duty Ram pickups equipped with diesel engines. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will account for 20 percent of the light-duty Ram pickup's annual production volume, up from 10 percent now, Chrysler said today, without giving details.... Read More »

Ford sets goal of 9.4M global sales by 2020, cuts profit outlook for '14

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Ford aims to raise global sales 52 percent annually by 2020 by tapping fast-growing Asian markets, investing heavily in Lincoln, and expanding its global offerings of small cars and utility vehicles. But company officials today warned 2014 profits will be sharply lower than previous estimates because of higher warranty outlays and wider losses in South America.... Read More »

Ford recalls 850,000 vehicles for glitch affecting airbags, seat belts

10:56 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Ford is recalling 850,050 2013 and 2014 vehicles for an electrical flaw that could cause airbags and seat belt pretensioners to malfunction in the event of a crash. The affected vehicles include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ. Ford said the restraints-control module in the vehicles could short circuit, causing the airbag warning indicator to illuminate.... Read More »

SEPTEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES

Post-holiday sales volume remains strong, analysts say

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
September U.S. auto sales are expected to come in about 10 percent higher than a year ago, according to four analysts' estimates, with no sign of a typical post-Labor Day slowdown. With three months to go, analysts are increasingly confident that total industry sales for the year will reach at least 16.4 million.... Read More »

Cadillac names European exec Jim Bunnell as U.S. sales chief

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Cadillac named Jim Bunnell as its new sales chief in the United States today as the brand looks to improve sluggish volume and implement a fresh approach under new global boss Johan de Nysschen.... Read More »

Cadillac to build unnamed 'top-end' car at Detroit-Hamtramck in late 2015

6:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
General Motors said today that it will build a new "top-end, high-technology" Cadillac at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant starting in the fourth quarter of next year. GM declined to name the car, saying only that it would be slotted above the CTS midsize sedan and XTS large sedan.... Read More »

Feinberg team approves 19 death claims in GM ignition switch case

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The independent lawyer overseeing GM's program to compensate victims of accidents that involved defective ignition switches has approved claims for 19 deaths, at least six more fatalities than GM has officially linked to the faulty part. The approved claims are now awaiting a decision on payment amounts.... Read More »

160,000 2007 Dodge Caravans investigated after 8 reports of engine stalls

10:14 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
U.S. safety regulators are investigating about 160,000 Dodge Caravan minivans following reports of engine stalling.... Read More »

Racing-inspired $120,000 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT zooms into U.S. in April

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT two-door, the second vehicle developed by the brand's in-house performance arm, goes on sale in the United States next April.... Read More »

Nissan taps BMW's Krueger to head Infiniti

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Nissan has poached BMW veteran Roland Krueger to head its leaderless Infiniti luxury unit, lending a touch of German flair to a brand struggling to break out of the second tier. Krueger, 48, steps into a brand twice stung by recent defections, first by brand President Johan de Nysschen's departure in July, then by the exit of its chairman, Andy Palmer, last week.... Read More »

Aluminum Jaguar XE marks return to compact luxury segment

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Jaguar is re-entering the cutthroat compact luxury segment with the XE -- complete with new engines, new technology and a new modular aluminum-based architecture.... Read More »

Ford abandons practice of removing items to boost heavy-duty pickup payload ratings

9:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Ford said it will abandon its practice of stripping removable items from its heavy-duty pickups to boost their payload ratings and will join competitors in using base curb weights. The automaker also said today that it will state the maximum towing rating for the 2015 F-450 using the industry's SAE J2807 towing standard.... Read More »

AUGUST U.S. AUTO SALES

Sales rate to top 16 million for 6th month in a row, analysts predict

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Auto sales volume in the United States is expected to keep rolling along in August, with two independent forecasters predicting a sixth straight month of 16 million-plus selling rates. TrueCar predicts a seasonally adjusted annual selling rate of 16.6 million for August and LMC Automotive/J.D. Power is just behind at 16.5 million.... Read More »

Kia says it will build 'range' of small cars at new plant in Mexico

2:59 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Kia plans to produce “a range” of small cars for markets including the United States at its $1 billion plant in Monterrey, Mexico, after production begins in the first half of 2016, the company said in a statement.... Read More »

Volvo banks on new era with debut of redesigned 2016 XC90

7:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Volvo, embarking on an ambitious new era, formally unveiled the redesigned XC90, a flagship crossover whose sales performance will help recast the Swedish brand's fortunes in the U.S.... Read More »

GM, Ford, Toyota and VW among automakers hit by antitrust penalties in India

4:21 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
India's antitrust regulator fined 14 carmakers a combined $420 million for stifling competition in the market for spare parts. Among the companies fined were the local units of GM, Ford, Toyota, VW, Fiat, Nissan, BMW and Mercedes.... Read More »

Honda to modify 12,000 redesigned Fits sold in U.S. to enhance crashworthiness

10:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Honda plans to modify 12,000 redesigned 2015 Fit models in customer hands in the United States following a mid-model-year engineering change that improved the subcompact's showing in a key industry crash test.... Read More »

Honda's Mendel says U.S. sales 'near top,' warns market may suffer from 'stupid things'

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Auto sales in the United States are approaching the highest levels that the market can sustainably support and could suffer long-term damage as automakers increasingly turn to subprime financing and seven-year loans to boost market share, the top sales executive at American Honda warned today.... Read More »

Chrysler names Bigland to lead Alfa Romeo brand in N.A.

9:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Chrysler Group, rolling out sales of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car in the United States, has picked Reid Bigland to lead the Italian sports car brand's return to North America. Bigland, 47, one of the rising stars at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, had been head of the company's fast-growing Ram brand. Robert Hegbloom, 50, director of Ram, will take over for Bigland, Chrysler said today in a statement.... Read More »

Ford, Chevy dangle new deals as U.S. sales, share lag

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
Ford and Chevrolet are getting a jump-start on summer clearance deals to spur sluggish U.S. sales and stem market-share losses. The two top-selling brands in the United States have launched Labor Day and summer promotions offering 0 percent financing for 72 months across wide swaths of their lineups.... Read More »

Chrysler purchasing chief Kunselman to lead new safety office

9:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Chrysler tapped its head of purchasing, Scott Kunselman, to lead a new office that will oversee safety issues and regulatory compliance as scrutiny over the industry's safety record grows. Tom Finelli, 44, Chrysler's current director for global standardization, will assume responsibility for North American purchasing and supplier quality, effective immediately, Chrysler said today.... Read More »

GM idling Michigan plant 3 weeks to trim Cadillac ATS, CTS supplies

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
General Motors plans to idle the Michigan plant that produces the Cadillac ATS and CTS for three weeks amid a glut of inventory. The move comes as U.S. sales of the ATS and CTS sag, pushing inventories to unusually high levels.... Read More »

GM to stop omitting truck-part weights to maximize payload ratings

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
GM said today that it will no longer omit the weights of some parts when weighing pickups to boost their maximum payload ratings.... Read More »

Hyundai fined $17.35 million by U.S. for delayed reporting of brake defect

4:51 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Hyundai will pay a $17.35 million fine for failing to report a brake defect on Genesis models, and carry out a recall, in a timely manner to U.S. regulators. The company also agreed to additional sweeping oversight by the government to better identify, report, and communicate safety-related defects, NHTSA said.... Read More »

KAR Auction buys half of a dealer-to-dealer online auction company

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
ADESA has acquired a 50 percent stake in a software company that has created a system to help franchise dealers buy and sell vehicles among themselves, ADESA's parent company said.... Read More »

Chrysler's Q2 profits rise 22% to $619 million on Jeep, pickup gains

10:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Chrysler reported net income of $619 million in the second quarter on record Jeep sales and strong pickup deliveries. The second-quarter profit was 22 percent higher than the $507 million in net income posted during the same quarter of 2013. Revenue increased 14 percent to $20.5 billion.... Read More »

GM prices '15 mid-sized pickups up to $10,000 below big trucks

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized pickups will be priced about $8,000 to $10,000 less than comparably equipped models of their larger showroom siblings, the Silverado and Sierra. The base 2015 Colorado, to be launched this fall after a two-year hiatus, will carry a sticker of $20,995, including $895 for shipping, GM said today.... Read More »

Toyota profit surges on U.S. SUV demand

3:21 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Toyota said net income in the April-to-June period rose to a record 587.8 billion yen ($5.7 billion) as surging SUV sales in the United States eclipsed shrinking demand in Japan. The company raised its North America vehicle sales target for the year.... Read More »

JULY U.S. AUTO SALES

Sales climb 9 percent to 1.4M vehicles as SAAR hits 16.5M

5:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
U.S. auto sales, led by Chrysler's 20 percent advance and solid gains of 10 percent or more at Toyota, Nissan, and Ford, rose 9 percent in July to 1.435 million. The results were just below forecasts for a 10 percent increase but signal consumers remain in a buying mood. The seasonally adjusted, annualized sales rate hit 16.5 million in July. Toyota outsold Ford by 4,335 units.... Read More »

VW profit falls in Q2 amid emerging-market troubles

5:38 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Volkswagen said operating profit declined 3.1 percent in the second quarter as U.S. sales fell and emerging-market volatility weighed on earnings.... Read More »

Tesla, Panasonic agree to team on U.S. gigafactory

7:02 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Tesla Motors and Panasonic have agreed to cooperate on the construction and operation of the American carmaker's so-called gigafactory, its envisioned large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States.... Read More »

Toyota luxury boss says sub-$30K car 'wouldn't be a Lexus'

3:10 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
A senior Lexus executive said that a car priced below $30,000 would not be worthy of the brand, in an indirect dig at German rivals who have been moving downmarket. "We could go down and build a car under $30,000, but it would be decontented, and you'd be cutting corners. It wouldn't be a Lexus," Mark Templin, Lexus International's executive vice president, told Automotive News.... Read More »

Ford's new F-150 takes aim at Ram's highway mpg crown

3:51 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Ford hopes to regain fuel economy bragging rights in big pickups by offering a special “SFE” package on the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. The Super Fuel Economy package -- or SFE -- will be available on XL and XLT models. It will be powered by the company's newest engine: a lightweight and compact 2.7-liter twin turbo V-6 equipped with stop-start.... Read More »

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.... Read More »

Ford taps top engineer to lead Lincoln

11:52 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
In his first round of major personnel moves as Ford CEO, Mark Fields appointed the company's top engineer to lead Lincoln worldwide, replacing Jim Farley. Kumar Galhotra, 48, vice president of engineering since August 2013, will become president of Lincoln on Sept. 1, reporting directly to Fields.... Read More »

Nick Scheele, former president and COO of Ford, dies at age 70

4:43 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Nick Scheele, an affable, globe-trotting troubleshooter and tough-nosed negotiator who served as president and COO of Ford, died Friday. He was 70. Scheele, working under then-CEO Bill Ford, led the troubled automaker's turnaround plan after the departure of former CEO Jacques Nasser.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

Barra defends GM's top lawyer as senators press for more legal staff changes

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
GM has not done enough to overhaul its legal department in the wake of its recall crisis, several U.S. senators said today as they pressed GM CEO Mary Barra to fire the automaker's top lawyer. But Barra said she intended to keep Michael Millikin, GM's general counsel since 2009, defending him as “a man of incredibly high integrity” whose subordinates failed him.... Read More »

VW to build new crossover in U.S., add 2,000 jobs

8:15 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Volkswagen will assemble a new family-hauling crossover at its plant in Chattanooga and invest $900 million to expand the factory in a push to double U.S. sales of VW-brand vehicles by 2018.... Read More »

GM hires de Nysschen to replace Ferguson as Cadillac chief

8:16 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
General Motors is hiring Johan de Nysschen, the former Audi executive who is leaving Nissan's Infiniti, to lead global Cadillac sales, GM said today. De Nysschen, 54, will fill the post vacated Thursday by Bob Ferguson, who's returning to his previous position as the automaker's top government lobbyist, effective immediately.... Read More »

UAW creates union local for VW workers in Tennessee

8:32 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
The UAW formed a union local to represent workers at VW's assembly plant in Chattanooga, where it lost a bitter organizing vote earlier this year. Membership in Local 42 will be voluntary and the unit will not have power to bargain on behalf of all employees at the plant, UAW officials said today.... Read More »

BMW to invest $1 billion in new plant in Mexico, employ 1,500 workers

1:40 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
BMW plans to spend $1 billion to build a plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, with capacity of about 150,000 units per year, the company said today. Start of production is planned for 2019, with a work force of about 1,500 employees, said Harald Krueger, BMW board member for production, in a statement. BMW did not disclose what models it will build at the plant.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM was urged in 2004 report to study Cobalt's ignition-airbag link

12:20 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
A General Motors supplier studying an "anomaly" in a crash test on a preproduction Chevrolet Cobalt urged the company in 2004 to take a closer look at the connection between the ignition system and airbag deployment -- a link that eluded engineers and investigators at the company for years afterward.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan, Daimler plan $1.4 billion small-car plant in Mexico

9:46 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
Global technology partners Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance will spend 1 billion euros ($1.36 billion) to produce 300,000 compact Infiniti and Mercedes vehicles a year at a Nissan factory in Mexico, starting in 2017. The partners announced this morning that they are co-developing a family of new compact luxury models to be sold around the world.... Read More »

'Key pullout,' another GM ignition flaw, was quietly fixed years before recall

2:46 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
More than seven years ago, GM fixed two design flaws that allowed the key in some Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions to come out of the ignition while the engine was on, but the company didn't notify existing owners about the problem until an April 2014 recall, according to a newly released document GM filed with federal safety regulators.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM says other defective ignition switch made in China

8:38 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
GM said a defective ignition switch linked to the recall of almost 3.4 million cars was made in China, where another car maker discovered a problem part earlier this year.... Read More »

Ford's revamped 2015 Edge to roll out worldwide

6:00 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2014
The Ford Edge, first introduced in 2006 as an early entrant in the now-booming mid-sized crossover segment, is getting a major makeover and global push for 2015. The new vehicle, shown to journalists Tuesday, is longer, roomier, more powerful and more aerodynamic than its predecessor.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM quality manager warned board of serious problems in 2002

10:16 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
A former head of General Motors corporate quality audit warned the company's board in a letter in 2002 that it needed to “stop the continued shipment of unsafe vehicles” and “recall suspect vehicles that were already in customers' hands.”... Read More »

Takata, echoing NHTSA suspicions, says moisture may be culprit in latest airbag recalls

1:55 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Takata is investigating excessive moisture as a possible cause of defective airbag inflators that have led to 5.9 million recalls globally this year and last. Today's announcement by one of the world's biggest airbag suppliers echoes the suspicions of safety regulators in the United States.... Read More »

Cadillac's third U.S. sales chief in 2 years leaves GM

6:11 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
Cadillac's United States sales chief Bill Peffer is out after less than 10 months, the brand's third head of sales to leave in two years as the executive turnover continues inside GM's sales organization.... Read More »

Google to reveal operating system that will rival Apple CarPlay

11:48 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Google will unveil its first in-car operating system at its annual software developer conference this month, intensifying its race with Apple to become the leader in dashboard computing.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM to recall 511,528 Camaros for ignition-related defect; 3 other recalls announced

9:20 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
General Motors announced four more recalls today covering more than 500,000 cars sold in the United States -- including every Camaro sold since the current iteration of the iconic muscle car went on sale.... Read More »

Ford lowers mpg estimates on 6 models after internal audit

2:00 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
Ford, admitting that it made a mistake in calculating fuel economy estimates for several car models, including hybrids, will revise the mpg ratings downward and repay owners for the added fuel costs. Ford will distribute goodwill payments of $125 to $1,050 to some 200,000 consumers who leased or purchased affected vehicles.... Read More »

Musk says Tesla's patents are open to all automakers

1:13 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
Tesla Motors will relinquish its legal right to defend its electric vehicle patents “against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology," CEO Elon Musk said today.... Read More »

Honda sets stage for big push into music-driven marketing

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
Honda is launching a major music-focused marketing effort to attract younger buyers who increasingly consume media online and on demand. At the heart of the initiative is a new music channel on YouTube.com, called the Honda Stage, where Honda will publish hundreds of videos of live music performances from a variety of artists.... Read More »

THE GM REPORT

GM dismisses 15 employees as 'deeply troubling' recall probe is released

6:45 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
General Motors has dismissed 15 employees, including at least eight executives, after an internal investigation found “a pattern of incompetence and neglect” that led to 11 years of delays in recalling millions of cars for a fatal defect related to flawed ignition switches, CEO Mary Barra said today.... Read More »

U.S. seeks to fund Alcoa's bet on automotive aluminum

9:00 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2014
The United States Department of Energy has proposed lending money to Alcoa to expand aluminum production at a Tennessee factory, setting the stage for the first loan to a supplier under a dormant $25 billion fund.... Read More »

New GM system won't let car drive until front occupants buckle up

2:07 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2014
General Motors is planning to launch a new belt assurance system, which does not allow the vehicle to shift out of park until the driver and front passenger are buckled in, on select vehicles later this year.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM issues 4 more recalls covering 2.4 million U.S. vehicles

11:39 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2014
General Motors is recalling 2.42 million cars, trucks and SUVs in four separate safety recalls in the United States, raising its recall total for the year to more than 13.6 million vehicles. GM said today that it expects to take a second-quarter charge of about $400 million, mostly to cover the cost of recalls announced during the period.... Read More »

VW's Tony Cervone to rejoin GM as head of global communications

10:19 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
General Motors, in the thick of a recall crisis that prompted a $35 million fine from the federal government last week, said today that it rehired public-relations executive Tony Cervone, who served as one of GM's top spokesmen as the company veered toward bankruptcy. Cervone, 51, was named senior vice president, global communications, succeeding Selim Bingol, who left GM in April.... Read More »

GM fined $35 million for delayed recalls, agrees to wider safety oversight

10:45 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2014
General Motors agreed to pay the government's maximum fine of $35 million, make “significant and wide-ranging internal changes” in its handling of future safety defects and be subject to wide-ranging U.S. oversight for up to three years after waiting too long to recall 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches, federal safety regulators said today.... Read More »

GM recalls 2.7 million U.S. vehicles for issues including brake lights, brakes, wipers

8:42 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2014
GM recalled 2.7 million cars and trucks in the United States for problems ranging from flawed brake lights and windshield wipers to brake problems, an escalation of the safety crisis that has enveloped the company for months.... Read More »

Chrysler posts $690 million Q1 net loss on merger costs

9:05 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
Chrysler Group reported a net loss of $690 million as it paid transaction costs associated with its completed merger with Fiat. The net loss was the first for Chrysler since the second quarter of 2011.... Read More »

Ford issues two more recalls for Escape

1:08 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
Ford said today that it is issuing two more recalls of the Ford Escape crossover, putting the number of recalls covering the Escape since its 2013 redesign into double digits. The recalls relate to a software glitch that could delay airbag deployment in a crash and exterior door handles that might not latch properly.... Read More »

Nissan's marketing chief Brancheau departs

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
Jon Brancheau, Nissan's North American marketing chief who helped the brand sharpen its image with consumers over the past four years, is leaving the company. Both Brancheau and Nissan officials today said the move was voluntary.... Read More »

Toyota fourth-quarter earnings hit by U.S. settlement

2:43 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2014
Toyota's settlement with the federal government over unintended-acceleration claims contributed to a 5 percent decline in fourth-quarter net income, but the automaker still achieved record full-year profits.... Read More »

Marchionne to lead Fiat Chrysler through 2018

7:20 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
Sergio Marchionne said he will remain CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles through at least 2018 to oversee the rollout of the combined automaker's latest five-year business plan. That's two years longer than indicated earlier.... Read More »

Chrysler brand gets biggest push in Marchionne's overhaul

1:24 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
The Chrysler brand will gain products and Dodge will lose them while Jeep and profit-rich Ram expand under Fiat Chrysler Automobile's North American plan for the next five years.... Read More »

Dodge boss Kuniskis takes charge of SRT performance line

10:33 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will consolidate its SRT performance line under Dodge brand CEO Tim Kuniskis as part of a new structure announced today that more clearly defines the roles of the unified automaker's brands.... Read More »

Subaru U.S. marketing chief Evans departs

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 2, 2014
Dean Evans, who pushed Subaru of America into the world of digital marketing while its sales soared in the United States, has left after fewer than three years at the automaker.... Read More »

Former Hyundai chief Krafcik named president of TrueCar

3:00 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
John Krafcik, the former CEO of Hyundai Motor America, has been named president of online shopping site TrueCar. Krafcik and TrueCar founder Scott Painter disclosed the hiring in an interview with Automotive News today.... Read More »

Cummins profit up 20%; revenue forecast raised

9:06 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2014
Cummins Inc posted a 20 percent increase in its first-quarter profit and raised its full-year forecast as strong demand for its engines and vehicle components in North America offset weakness in many other parts of the world.... Read More »

Ford Q1 net falls 39% on weaker pricing, higher warranty costs

7:00 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2014
Ford's first-quarter net income fell 39 percent from the same period a year ago to $989 million on weaker pricing in the United States and higher warranty expenses.... Read More »

GM ekes out $125M first-quarter profit as recalls take toll

7:30 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2014
Surging transaction prices on trucks helped GM offset heavy costs from safety recalls and eke out a small profit in the first quarter. GM posted net income of $125 million in the first three months of the year, down 86 percent from a year earlier. The bottom line reflected $1.3 billion in recall-related expenses as well as about $200 million in restructuring costs in GM's European business.... Read More »

Ford will soon name Fields next CEO, replacing Mulally, Bloomberg reports

2:10 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Ford plans to name Mark Fields its next chief executive and disclose when CEO Alan Mulally will retire from the company, Bloomberg reported, citing two people familiar with the pending announcement.... Read More »

MKX Concept marks Lincoln's first overseas vehicle debut

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2014
Ford's Lincoln, rooted as an American brand by its name and presidential limousines, took a step toward becoming global today by unveiling a car in China. The MKX Concept mid-sized crossover displayed at the Beijing auto show is the first Lincoln revealed outside the United States.... Read More »

AutoNation stepping away from third-party leads

7:15 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
AutoNation, tired of paying high prices for online leads, plans to de-emphasize third-party lead providers such as TrueCar, AutoTrader.com and Cars.com, CEO Mike Jackson says. He says he will strengthen AutoNation's Web site and digital presence to build traffic and sales.... Read More »

GM seeks new PR boss, replaces human resources chief

11:21 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
General Motors today said its public-relations chief is leaving and appointed a new head of human resources, with both moves effective immediately. A GM spokesman, Greg Martin, said the actions are not connected to the company's ongoing recall crisis, but rather a result of Mary Barra's appointment as CEO three months ago.... Read More »

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan banks on radical makeover of Murano crossover

9:30 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Nissan's revamped Murano crossover will reach showrooms in the United States this year looking almost identical to the splashy auto show concept that teased it more than a year ago. Nissan released photos and details about the new Murano today and the formal unveiling is set for Wednesday at the New York auto show.... Read More »

Cadillac, Buick top service satisfaction rankings for 1st time

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Cadillac overtook Lexus to top a survey of customer satisfaction with luxury dealership service departments, giving General Motors twin victories in a study by JD Power and Associates. Buick led the mainstream category, ahead of GMC and Chevrolet in the top five.... Read More »

VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new engine

9:55 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen of America has ordered dealers in the United States to stop selling newer cars equipped with an automatic transmission and VW’s most common engine, the 1.8-liter EA888. The stop-sale order, sent to dealers Tuesday, applies to cars produced after Feb. 1.... Read More »

Nissan replaces Ford as Champions League sponsor

2:38 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Nissan is replacing Ford as the automotive sponsor of the Champions League, Europe's most prestigious club soccer tournament, as part of the Japanese automaker's goal of ousting Toyota as the top-selling Asian brand in Europe.... Read More »

TrueCar files plans to go public with stock

5:37 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Online auto-shopping service TrueCar said today it has filed a statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell shares in an initial public offering. The company said it could raise as much as $125 million from the stock sale.... Read More »

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