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Did automakers' Super Bowl ads hit or miss with (or without) celebs?

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
The Super Bowl's pregame teaser barrage is officially over. Now it's time for the main event. So far, it's been the year of the celebrity for auto advertisers.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

TRW recall shows the mess life-saving airbags have become

6:51 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Federal regulators' push for a second recall of 2.1 million cars and trucks whose airbags could go off while driving delivered more cautionary tales about a complex life-saving technology that's had a very bad year.... Read More »

 

Mr. Cub made history in the car business, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Here's a largely forgotten fact about Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, who died Jan. 23 at 83: He was a Ford dealer from 1967-71.... Read More »

 

Toyota thinks TRD to win younger buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Since 2007, Toyota has been racing the nation's best-selling car, its Camry sedan, in the nation's most-watched motor sports series: NASCAR. Now, it hopes to finally leverage some of that track cred in the showroom as part of President Akio Toyoda's bid to zest up the brand's stodgy image and win over younger shoppers.... Read More »

 

Toyota, Honda, Fiat Chrysler must do 'follow up' recalls of 2.12 million vehicles

10:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015
Honda, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler will do "follow up" recalls of about 2.12 million vehicles with defective electronic control units that can cause airbags to inadvertently deploy, federal safety regulators said today. The recall affects about 1 million vehicles from Toyota, 374,177 from Honda and 753,176 from Fiat Chrysler.... Read More »

 

Spyker wins appeal against bankruptcy

Jan. 31, 2015 11:59 CET
Dutch supercar maker Spyker won its appeal against being placed in bankruptcy. Spyker CEO Victor Muller now plans to push ahead with development of the B6 Venator entry-level luxury sports car, and to merge with a U.S.-based electric aircraft manufacturer.... Read More »

 

Nissan vehicles to use common visible parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015
Nissan's modular platform saves money by using common components. But owners rarely notice; most of the shared parts are unseen under the hood.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler to abandon sub-$25,000 minivans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015
Fiat Chrysler plans to abandon the bottom end of its minivan lineup next year as the redesigned 2017 Chrysler Town & Country replaces the existing model and the Dodge Grand Caravan.... Read More »

 

KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

One vehicle that deserved a Super Bowl ad

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015
Back in January 2009, GM didn't have money for a Super Bowl commercial, but if it could have scraped together the funds, it had a golden opportunity to introduce the masses to the Chevy Volt.... Read More »

 

Europe on track for 5th month of rising vehicle output

Jan. 31, 2015 06:01 CET
European light vehicle production is estimated to rise 1 percent to 1.36 million vehicles in January, the fifth consecutive month of higher output. BMW, Fiat, Ford and VW were forecast to have the biggest production increases on strong demand for new models.... Read More »

 

Honda crash death exposes weaknesses in recall system

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
The driver of a 2002 Honda Accord who died earlier this month in a crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn't been notified that his vehicle was recalled in June 2014 for the suspect inflators, a Honda spokesman said. The fatal crash in Texas marked the sixth death linked to inflators made by Takata and highlights some of the pitfalls of the current vehicle recall system.... Read More »

 

BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce cars found vulnerable to being unlocked by hackers

Jan. 30, 2015 15:14 CET
BMW brand, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles equipped with BMW Group's ConnectedDrive service can be vulnerable to hackers who can tap into a security flaw in a digital-service system to wirelessly open cars, Germany's ADAC auto club said.... Read More »

 

Ford on verge of promoting newer UAW hires to top-tier pay for first time

6:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Ford has exceeded its cap on employees earning second-tier wages and will promote 55 workers hired in 2010 to its top wage scale, the UAW said late Friday. It would be the first time since the UAW agreed to two-tier wages in 2007 that any of the union's members have been moved up to the higher pay scale.... Read More »

 

Honda cuts profit target as Takata airbag recalls bite

2:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Honda sliced 6.5 percent off its core annual profit forecast as it set aside hundreds of millions of dollars in extra cash to cover an extended car recall to replace potentially faulty airbags made by Takata. Honda also said third-quarter earnings fell 23 percent as it soaked up recall costs.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM ignition-switch victims accepting offers, Feinberg says

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
General Motors' compensation program for victims of ignition-switch accidents is meeting its goal of sidelining many potential lawsuits, according to the lawyer handling the payments.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Volvo and the 'sweet hereafter'

12:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Excruciatingly long product lead times have always challenged automakers, who have to figure out what will sell four or five years hence. But they’re tough on dealers, too, who face lengthy product droughts while hearing -- literally for years -- about the really sweet stuff that’s on the way.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Chevy's chance to score?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Stein: Super Bowl means a big opportunity - and stuff; boosting female representation in dealerships; Ford's currency gripe.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Ford's new F-150 and Transit face tough scrutiny from pundits, competitors

1:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Ford now has two risky new high-profile vehicles on sale -- the aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup and the new Euro-styled Transit cargo van -- so pundits and competitors naturally are looking for weaknesses. And they found a few this week.... Read More »

 

Millennials will grow to 25% of U.S. market in 2015, TrueCar says

12:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Millennials will become a serious force in the US car market in 2015, TrueCar said in a new report this week. The car-buying site estimates that the group will purchase 4.24 million vehicles to compose 25 percent of the new-vehicle market and generate $135 billion in revenue.... Read More »

 

Lear Q4 profits surge on North America growth

10:12 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Seating and electronics supplier Lear reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter profits due to strong demand from North America.... Read More »

 

Denso to expand Tenn. plant, add 400 jobs

11:24 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Denso, the world’s second-largest automotive supplier, is set to expand a plant and add about 400 employees in Athens, Tenn.... Read More »

 

Audi could hit 2 million sales goal ahead of 2020

Jan. 30, 2015 15:43 CET
Audi could reach its goal of 2 million sales a year before its 2020 target, helped by models such as the A4 sedan, the flagship Q7 SUV and the R8 sports car, CEO Rupert Stadler said.... Read More »

 

BMW, Toyota may cooperate on entry-level Mini, report says

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW and Toyota may cooperate on a small, decontented entry model for the Mini lineup that would be called the Minor, a German media report said. Toyota could sell its own version of the car, which may be called the Starlet, the report added.... Read More »

 

Bosch says automotive sales rose 9% in 2014

Jan. 30, 2015 11:30 CET
Bosch said revenue at its automotive division rose 9 percent to 33.3 billion euros ($37.7 billion) last year, boosted by growth in sales of car safety, fuel-saving technology and infotainment systems. The supplier also said it is looking at acquisitions for its non-automotive businesses to reduce dependence on the car industry.... Read More »

 

First Shift: Recall clips Honda profit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Forecast lowered amid Takata crisis, Toyota-BMW Mini?; how GM surprised Ally; FCA plans Bowl ads; Volvo's 'interception'.... Read More »

 

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