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Why compact SUVs will play big in Beijing

SHANGHAI -- Ten years ago, the average Chinese family could not afford a car. Today, not only can they afford it, but they're also getting picky about which vehicle to buy. SUVs, with their high seating position and a wide view of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14

Automotive safety at any cost? Sounds good, but it's not true

WASHINGTON -- The history of General Motors' ignition-switch fiasco is still fuzzy, but we know this: GM had the chance to replace a fatally flawed switch in the Chevy Cobalt with a part that cost less then $1 and did not do it.
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12

NHTSA’s chief must be feeling Opening Day jitters

WASHINGTON -- Opening Day is bittersweet when you expect your baseball team to finish last. The thrill of that first crack of the bat soon gives way to a recognition that the losses will soon pile up, just as you knew they would.
11:03 am U.S. ET | March 31

2016 alert: Tesla's fight goes national

WASHINGTON -- The lights are on. The cameras are rolling. The flag pins are in place. And the topic of this unofficial Republican debate, taking place 30 months before the next presidential election, is whether Tesla Motors should be ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31

In China, Musk rivals Jobs as tech superstar

SHANGHAI -- Never before has a car model created such a big splash in China as the Tesla Model S electric sedan. Tesla has yet to deliver a single Model S to China, but the car has attracted an enormous amount of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31

Why Tesla vs. dealers debate could become a 2016 presidential talking point

WASHINGTON -- It’s looking like Tesla’s corporate-owned showrooms could be a political flashpoint in the 2016 presidential election, now that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has come out as a defender of Tesla’s right to sell ... 12:17 pm U.S. ET | March 25

The big question: Who really owns vehicle data?

There is big money in big data -- the information on location, driving habits and service needs that automakers are beginning to extract from autos. According to a study released in February by Frost & Sullivan, vehicle data ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17

Suppliers seem to gain clout; is it temporary?

I'm always a bit skeptical when auto executives -- or journalists or industry analysts -- announce that suppliers are finally getting respect from their customers. But lately it does seem like vendors are enjoying more bargaining ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17

GM's recall and the watchdog that didn't bark

Ever since General Motors recalled 1.6 million of its cars globally over a decade-old defect that could cut off engines and deactivate airbags in a crash, the automaker has been pointedly contrite. After all, its slow response may have ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9

In Congress, a changing of the guard

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Dingell has represented his Dearborn, Mich., district in Congress since the days when a '55 Chevy was a showroom car, not a collector's item. He was there in Congress when the U.S. auto industry grappled ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2

Brit savvy makes this Chinese car a winner

BIRMINGHAM, England -- The most credible car yet to emerge from China that I have seen wears an unlikely badge: MG. Recently launched in Great Britain, the MG3 hatchback -- a five-door, Ford Focus-sized compact -- may be the first ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1

Can laws stop distracted driving if we won't?

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller has reason to be frustrated. Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, is supposed to be making sure that federal laws keep the roads safe. Yet Americans keep getting killed -- ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17

A new, scary meaning of 'China price'

For any automaker or supplier doing business in China, Aston Martin's decision to recall 17,590 sports cars built since 2007 has got to be a nightmare. To recap briefly, the British automaker discovered last May ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10

Together, Hillary Clinton and NADA show their team spirit

NEW ORLEANS -- They might disagree with her political views, but auto dealers could learn a thing or two from Hillary Clinton. Clinton captivated a crowd of 4,000 last week at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1

Automakers set to receive EPA anti-smog mandate

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the effect of Tier 3 vehicle emissions regulations proposed by the EPA. They would mirror the emissions standards in California and would be stricter than those in ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27 | UPDATED: 1/29/14 5:21 pm ET - corrected

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How a Texas Toyota store solved used-car-supply challenge

Mike Shaw Toyota in Corpus Christi, Texas, struggled to find good used cars. So it started providing free appraisals to service customers and offered to buy their vehicles on the spot. Mon., April 14
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