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GM splits engineering into 2 divisions with new leaders; Calabrese to retire

10:26 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
General Motors is replacing its head of engineering and will divide its vehicle engineering organization into two divisions in a shakeup that the company says will improve quality and safety in the wake of its recall crisis.... Read More »

 

Sen. Blumenthal wants to quiz former GM CEOs on recalls

4:20 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Former General Motors CEOs and other executives should be called to testify to before Congress about the company's slow response to defective ignition switches in cars that have been linked to at least 13 deaths, a Democratic senator said on Tuesday.... Read More »

 

GM faces NHTSA probe over '14 Chevy Impala automatic brakes

3:19 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
U.S. regulators are investigating whether a 2014 Chevrolet Impala's automatic-braking system kicked in unexpectedly at 40 miles per hour, causing a crash.... Read More »

 

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Daimler, BYD show production-ready Denza EV

April 22, 2014 13:22 CET
Daimler and Chinese partner BYD unveiled a production-ready version of their Denza electric car at the Beijing auto show ahead of a sales launch in September.... Read More »

 

Corvette museum may keep some damaged 'Vettes, sinkhole on permanent display

3:22 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
GM and National Corvette Museum officials will meet next month to determine which of eight Corvettes damaged after plunging into a major sinkhole on Feb 12 are fit to be restored. The museum, which plans to keep the damaged Corvettes on display through the summer, may decide to leave some unrepaired as part of a permanent display.... Read More »

 

Sonic Q1 profit falls 9% on weather, used-car start-up costs

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Bad winter weather and costs associated with its standalone used-car store initiative contributed to a 9 percent drop in first-quarter profits for Sonic Automotive.... Read More »

 

Toyota shifts gears to lift Prius' prospects in China

12:34 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Toyota's Prius hybrid is the best-selling gasoline-electric vehicle in the world. In China, it's about as rare as the endangered giant panda.... Read More »

 

GM requests protection in N.Y. court against ignition switch lawsuits

7:04 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
GM filed a motion in a federal bankruptcy court to enforce a bar on lawsuits related to ignition defects in cars sold before its 2009 bankruptcy as it fights a class-action lawsuit that seeks to set aside the restriction.... Read More »

 

Mulally said to line up board post after Ford

11:04 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Ford CEO Alan Mulally is lining up a substantial corporate position for his next act, probably as a board director or chairman, according to people with knowledge of his plans.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

VW mid-sized coupe to challenge Mercedes CLA

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
The Volkswagen NMC -- New Mid-sized Coupe -- concept makes official the carmaker's plans for a style-led sedan to challenge the Mercedes-Benz CLA.... Read More »

 

Rechtin and Beene tour the NY auto show

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Automotive News reporters Mark Rechtin and Ryan Beene take a look at some of the standout vehicles from the 2014 New York auto show.... Read More »

 

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Golf dominance, premium push intensify battle in compact segment

April 22, 2014 06:01 CET
Most volume automakers face double trouble in the crucial compact segment. They need to find a way to win sales from the dominant Volkswagen Golf while also defending against premium brands aggressively pushing into the segment.... Read More »

 

Manufacturers brace for the used-car flood

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
A projected increase in the supply of used vehicles will be good news for U.S. dealers who have been battling a lingering effect of the recession. But it will be a double-whammy for new-car buyers: lower value on their trade-ins and less-attractive lease terms.... Read More »

 

Mulally overcame skepticism that a plane guy could revive Ford

6:19 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
When Alan Mulally was named Ford CEO n 2006 after 37 years at Boeing, plenty of industry veterans had the same question: What does a plane guy know about the car business?... Read More »

 

Hale works on makeover of Jag, Land Rover image

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Hundreds of employees at Jaguar Land Rover North America sport a green button saying “All In.” The button means they're committed to changing the British company's culture to focus on customer service and satisfaction, said Duke Hale, who was hired a year ago as vice president of customer service.... Read More »

 

109,000 Mazda Tributes recalled for rust-related steering issue

12:32 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute compact SUVs in the United States to address potential rusting frame parts in cold-weather states where road salt is heavily used in the winter.... 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 »

 

First Shift: GM's $12 billion China bet

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Plan involves more SUVs, crossovers, luxury cars; Ford Escort comeback?; Beijing show highlights; a hint at future BMWs.... Read More »

 

New system, but no quick fix for GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
When General Motors last week unveiled a new way for dealers to order parts for the ignition-system recall, it reminded dealers of a hard truth: They'll be waiting for parts -- and placating impatient customers -- at least well into the autumn.... Read More »

 

Daimler says new Beijing plant has potential capacity to build 350,000 Mercedes cars

April 22, 2014 03:03 CET
Daimler can expand production at its Beijing plant to 350,000 vehicles a year if demand calls for it, said Rene Reif, the head of manufacturing at Beijing Benz Automotive. By the end of 2014, output in Beijing will be about 140,000 cars.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe set to challenge Mercedes CLA

April 22, 2014 02:42 CET
The Volkswagen NMC (New Midsize Coupe) concept makes official the carmaker's plans for a style-led sedan to challenge the Mercedes-Benz CLA.... Read More »

 

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

April 21, 2014 20:10 CET
Ford plans to name Mark Fields its next CEO, Bloomberg reported, citing two people familiar with the pending announcement.... Read More »

 

UAW withdraws objection to lost election at VW Chattanooga plant

8:29 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The UAW said today it is withdrawing its objection claiming undue outside political interference in a February vote it lost among workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.... Read More »

 

Plug Power, Hyundai steel supplier teaming up to make fuel cells

12:21 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Fuel cell maker Plug Power said today it had agreed to form a joint venture with South Korea's Hyundai Hysco, a steel supplier to Hyundai Motor, to develop and sell hydrogen fuel cells in Asia.... Read More »

 

Jackson: We'll get our own leads

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
CEO Mike Jackson put the big Internet shopping sites on notice last week: AutoNation is building Web products that will slash the number of leads the group's 229 stores get from AutoTrader, Cars.com, TrueCar and others.... Read More »

 

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