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Ford plans $1.3 billion upgrade of Kentucky truck plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Ford today plans to announce a $1.3 billion investment in its Kentucky Truck Plant to support the redesigned 2017 Super Duty pickup. Ford said the plans, including a new body shop, will create 2,000 jobs at the plant.... Read More »

Ford says UAW contract boosts U.S. labor costs less than 1.5%

9:16 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Ford's labor costs will rise by less than the projected rate of inflation in each of the next four years, largely because its new contract with the UAW allows the use of more temporary workers and greater flexibility to move production to lower-cost countries if necessary, executives said today.... Read More »

VW, DOJ want diesel civil cases heard in Detroit

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

VW and the Justice Department want a U.S. judicial panel to centralize in Detroit hundreds of civil lawsuits alleging the German automaker defrauded consumers and shareholders, according to court filings.... Read More »

Insurance Institute trains its sights on headlights

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is developing a new stand-alone ratings program for automobile headlights, with the first batch of results due out next year. A good performance could become a requirement for vehicles to earn IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ rating.... Read More »

Lear acquires vehicle-to-vehicle communications firm

11:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Lear said it acquired automotive connectivity supplier Arada Systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Arada develops hardware and software for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technology.... Read More »

Honda plans to lift retirement age in Japan as labor force shrinks

10:58 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Honda plans to raise the retirement age for employees at its Japan operations to 65 years from the current 60 years in a bid to retain workers for longer periods as the labor force shrinks.... Read More »

Bugatti says Chiron supercar will debut in Geneva

Nov. 30, 2015 14:26 CET

Bugatti confirmed the name Chiron for its replacement for the Veyron supercar and says it has already received 100 orders for the new model.... Read More »

Ferrari agrees funding deal worth 2.5 billion euros

Nov. 30, 2015 15:42 CET

Ferrari has signed contracts to raise 2.5 billion euros which it will use in part to refinance debt owed to Fiat Chrysler as it moves towards separation from its parent company.... Read More »


VW will recall 2.46 million cars with illegal software in Germany, report says

Nov. 30, 2015 11:03 CET

Volkswagen Group will recall 2.46 million diesel vehicles in Germany fitted with illegal emissions-cheating software, including VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models, a newspaper report said.... Read More »

Fiat dynasty heir makes industry comeback customizing cars

Nov. 30, 2015 12:08 CET

Lapo Elkann, a flamboyant member of Italy's Agnelli family, the dynasty that founded Fiat, is making a comeback in the auto industry after a 10-year break with a startup that offers customized cars.... Read More »


Acrimony lingers as Ford, Toyota go solo in race for hybrid pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Long after a Toyota-Ford hybrid pickup partnership unraveled, the rivals are racing to roll out their own products. It's a battle between two champions - one in hybrids, the other in pickups - for what will be a niche but growing segment.... Read More »


Nader warns of 'hazard on the highway'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

On the 50th anniversary of the publication of his landmark book, “Unsafe at Any Speed,” consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the auto industry should put the brakes on automated driving.... Read More »


After 40 years, BMW's 3 series rules a tougher league

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

After 40 years, BMW's 3 series still rules the sporty-compact segment. But tougher competition and changing market tastes pose challenges.... Read More »

Mitsubishi CEO promises an electrified U.S. rebound

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Mitsubishi will fortify its fragile U.S. rebound with three electrified crossovers in five years, a bolstered listening post in Washington D.C. and an advanced technology office in Silicon Valley. CEO Osamu Masuko wants to channel limited resources into areas where the carmaker is strongest.... Read More »

GM may boot vans to boost pickup output at Mo. plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

GM is considering a contract with AM General to offload some commercial van production, which would free up capacity for GM's hot-selling Colorado and Canyon pickups.... Read More »

Dearborn's a game changer in Ford-UAW pact

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Call it the Dearborn Contract. Ford Motor's UAW workers narrowly approved a new labor contract with a 51.4 percent “yes” vote - or a margin of about 1,100 votes out of more than 40,000 cast - after a last-ditch effort to get out the vote produced an overwhelming wave of support from the automaker's Dearborn, Mich., complex.... Read More »

Cadillac's sedan overlap? Don't ask

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

To understand why Cadillac's U.S. sales are struggling despite its vastly improved lineup, consider this: It's about to launch its third sedan into essentially the same segment, one that happens to be the weakest in the luxury market.... Read More »


12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Dan Hay, president of Jim Burke Ford in Bakersfield, Calif., receives... Read More »

BMW concept shown in China previews 1-series sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

BMW unveiled a compact sedan concept at China's Guangzhou auto show that previews a small sedan expected to be badged as a 1 series.... Read More »

Kia's redesigned Cadenza gets a more angular look

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Few exterior images of the redesigned Kia Cadenza for 2017 show a sharper, more angular look than the previous generation, which marked Kia's entry into the U.S. high-end car market.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC will get a fuel-cell variant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Yet another powertrain variant is in the works for the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the recently renamed and redesigned compact crossover.... Read More »

Mini wind tunnel fine-tunes GM designs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

General Motors is counting on four core strategies to meet rising fuel-economy standards: weight reduction, advanced powertrain technologies, more efficient integration of vehicle components and subsystems, and better aerodynamics.... Read More »


FCA's degrees program a smart move all around

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

FCA's expansion of its Degrees@Work program to all of its dealerships, and to include employees' spouses and children, looks like a win-win-win.... Read More »


Finally, China charges its EV drive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Five years after China launched its drive to make itself the world leader in electrified vehicles, it is finally starting to build an EV charging infrastructure.... Read More »

Nissan imagines tomorrow's transportation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

In a small shared office not far from Venice Beach in Los Angeles, Nissan Motor Co. is gazing into the far-off future. And it looks more like one of those baseball bullpen carts than a Titan pickup or a Maxima sport sedan.... Read More »

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