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THE GM RECALL

GM missed red flag from rental car firms on fatal crashes

12:23 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
More than seven years before GM began the biggest wave of auto recalls in history, an investigator for Vanguard Car Rental contacted the carmaker about a fatal rollover crash in California. Vanguard wasn't alone. Records show Enterprise Holdings pressed the automaker about a potential Cobalt defect because airbags failed in routine crashes. Avis and Hertz also had Cobalts in their fleets that crashed.... Read More »

 

Delphi reports strong Q2 profit, but next quarter may disappoint

11:36 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Delphi Automotive Plc today reported stronger-than-expected second-quarter profits, but offered a lower forecast for the third quarter.... Read More »

 

Automakers seek delay on pedestrian-alert systems for hybrids, EVs

3:18 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Automakers, citing delays at NHTSA, want the agency to postpone rules that would require hybrids and electric vehicles to be equipped with pedestrian-alert systems.... Read More »

 

Chrysler recalls nearly 30,000 Fiat 500L cars for airbag glitch

4:28 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Chrysler Group is recalling 29,500 Fiat 500L cars from the 2014-15 model years to replace knee airbags that may not deploy in the correct position if the driver is not wearing a seatbelt.... Read More »

 

Hyundai recalls 883,000 Sonata sedans to repair transmission-shift cable

8:06 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Hyundai is recalling about 883,000 Sonata sedans in the United States and Puerto Rico because a potentially defective transmission-shift cable could increase the risk of a crash. It is also recalling 5,650 Sonatas from the 2015 model year in the United States and Puerto Rico because one or both front-brake calipers may crack, making the brakes less effective and raising the risk of a crash, NHTSA documents show.... Read More »

 

Jaguar touts aluminum features on upcoming XE

12:35 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover is touting the aluminum features on its upcoming Jaguar XE sedan, promising it will be the most fuel efficient vehicle in brand history.... Read More »

 

Small cars struggle in latest round of IIHS crash tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Small cars performed poorly in a new round of insurance industry crash testing, with the four-door Mini Cooper Countryman receiving the only good rating of 12 cars evaluated. Meanwhile, the lithium ion electric batteries of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and Nissan Leaf electric vehicle survived during their first Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests with no problems reported.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Calif. ballot proposal misses cut for November vote

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
A California consumer advocacy group’s ballot initiative that would have outlawed dealer reserve in the state won’t make it on the November ballot this year.... 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 »

 

Mercedes-Benz violated Alabama workers' organizing rights, judge rules

4:52 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
An administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Mercedes-Benz violated the organizing rights of workers at its Alabama plant by not allowing the distribution of union literature in common areas during off-work hours.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM sued over deaths, injuries linked to ignition switch

10:14 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
General Motors was hit Tuesday with a lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 650 people allegedly injured or killed in accidents involving cars that have been recalled this year for faulty ignition switches.... Read More »

 

Chrysler sued over Jeep ignition-switch failures

4:02 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Chrysler was sued over allegedly faulty ignition switches in Jeeps, in a follow-up to more than 120 lawsuits General Motors faces over the same defect. Both automakers are accused of employing ignition switches that can be unexpectedly turned off, cutting power to brakes, steering and airbags and causing potentially deadly loss of control.... Read More »

 

GM dogged by recalls, lingering dealer disputes in Canada

12:34 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
A wave of recalls, lingering disputes with dealers after its 2009 bankruptcy, and weak pickup volume are undermining GM's sales in Canada, the company's seventh-biggest market.... Read More »

 

Suzuki recalls 25,900 Verona sedans in U.S.

10:39 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Suzuki is recalling 25,900 Verona sedans from the 2004 to 2006 model years in the United States on the increased risk of a fire linked to daytime running lights, federal safety regulators said today.... Read More »

 

GKN confident as auto-unit growth offsets currency hit

July 29, 2014 13:50 CET
GKN says it is confident regarding the rest of 2014 after first-half profit at its car parts supply division rose 6 percent, helping to offset the effects of a currency hit.... Read More »

 

GM moved faster to fix larger cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
General Motors treated isolated reports of flimsy ignitions in its mid-sized, full-sized and luxury cars more urgently than similar but far more voluminous complaints about the less profitable Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, documents GM submitted to federal regulators show.... Read More »

 

Consumer Reports presses Toyota to recall some 177,500 Camry hybrids

4:21 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Consumer Reports called on Toyota to recall about 177,500 older Camry hybrid sedans to address potential power brake defects.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM's top N.A. lawyer shares hot seat with boss

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
When Lucy Clark Dougherty was named General Motors' top lawyer for North America in 2011, she was considered the likely candidate to succeed General Counsel Michael Millikin. Now the two are sharing an uncomfortable spotlight amid criticism of the legal department's handling of a faulty ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The pot calling the kettle black

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
The July 21 story about the General Motors recall, "Top lawyer keeps pall over GM," recalled a quote from a GM ignition hearing earlier this year in reference to CEO Mary Barra, "that she didn't 'know anything about anything.'"... Read More »

 

5 YEARS LATER

June, July 2009 timeline: Beginning of recovery

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
A look back at the events of June and July, 2009.... Read More »

 

5 YEARS LATER

'Cash for clunkers opened up the floodgates'

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014
The Car Allowance Rebate System, also known as cash for clunkers, was a lifeline at a desperate time for the U.S. auto industry. Nearly 700,000 vehicles were traded in through the nearly $3 billion program, which provided consumers as much as $4,500 each to trade in an old gas guzzler for a more fuel efficient new model.... Read More »

 

Audi cuts spare-part prices in China amid anti-monopoly probe

9:58 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014
Volkswagen AG's luxury Audi brand plans to cut spare-part prices in China as global automakers rush to change their pricing strategies after Chinese anti-monopoly regulators began probing the auto industry.... Read More »

 

Nissan expands U.S. recall of cars with defective Takata airbags

2:45 pm U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
Nissan is expanding by 226,326 vehicles a U.S. recall of older models equipped with defective airbags made by Takata, Nissan said in an amended filing posted Saturday by U.S. safety regulators.... Read More »

 

AutoNation: Recalls crimp service

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
The record recalls this year are creating capacity bottlenecks in the service shops of the country's largest new-vehicle dealership group.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover cuts prices on 3 models in China in response to government probe

7:40 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover will cut prices on 3 models by an average of $32,300 starting August 1, after the National Development and Reform Commission, China's state planner, launched an investigation into monopolistic prices in the auto industry, the company said in a statement on Friday.... Read More »

 

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