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BMW expands NHTSA-ordered Takata airbag recall

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
BMW AG today expanded its recall nationally to include another 140,000 vehicles that have potentially faulty driver-side airbags, in cooperation with NHTSA. BMW is the last of five automakers to expand Takata driver-side airbag recalls after NHTSA’s orders last month... Read More »

 

TAKATA AIRBAG CRISIS

Older vehicles can escape recalls' nets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
The biggest problem for Honda and other automakers involved in the Takata recalls are older used cars that can be difficult to track down.... Read More »

 

Did Young rock Lincoln with talk of Continental?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Lincoln executives hope Neil Young will remember ... never talk about the brand's future product plans.... Read More »

 

GM gets 104 more claims for faulty ignition-switch compensation

11:02 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
General Motors received 104 claims for compensation for ignition-switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 2,430, according to the official administering the compensation program.... Read More »

 

Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V gets a fresh look and a big power boost

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V -- the third generation of the track-ready midsize sedan -- will shoot from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and hit a top speed of 200 mph.... Read More »

 

Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V packs more power, fresh look

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V -- the third generation of the track-ready midsize sedan -- will shoot from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and hit a top speed of 200 mph.... Read More »

 

TECH CENTER

Mining Silicon Valley for must-have car tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Automotive breakthroughs have long come from Detroit, Stuttgart and Tokyo. Yet in a sign of transformation, representatives from some of the world's largest automakers gathered in a converted paper factory in Silicon Valley this fall to catch a glimpse of the next big idea for auto technology.... Read More »

 

Ford hires ex-GM data whiz to revamp analytics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Ford Motor Co.'s hiring last week of a new senior officer illustrates the auto industry's accelerating dive into big data.... Read More »

 

The UAW's big pay challenge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
UAW President Dennis Williams said longtime auto workers deserve a wage increase after going without one for nearly a decade.... Read More »

 

Patti Swope says dad with her 'in spirit' as she takes helm of dealer group

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Sam Swope died at 88 on Dec. 9, less than a month before his only daughter was to take over as CEO of the Louisville, Ky., group.... Read More »

 

Miami auto show seeks to ride Latin identity into the big leagues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Organizers of the Miami International Auto Show hope to capitalize on the arrival of well-heeled Latino buyers to make the show a major annual event. As the U.S. moved to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba last week, Miami was looming even larger as a potential hotbed of the car business.... Read More »

 

Cars to Cuba? It's complicated

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
The political struggle over easing trade restrictions is just one barrier to reviving U.S. auto sales in Cuba. Another major headwind is purely economic: Nearly all Cubans live modestly and cannot afford new or used American cars.... Read More »

 

GM hustles to make the Malibu competitive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Car executives typically don't talk about future models more than a year before they hit showrooms for fear of dampening enthusiasm for the current one. But in the case of the Chevrolet Malibu, there's not much enthusiasm to dampen.... Read More »

 

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
hird-generation Chrysler dealer Bill Snethkamp, president of Bill Snethkamp's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Lansing, Mich., died here Dec. 12 at 65.... Read More »

 

Ram ProMaster City to fight Ford, Nissan for cargo haulers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Ram's new 2015 ProMaster City small commercial van, a Ford Transit Connect fighter, is aimed at businesses that need small, inexpensive cargo vans.... Read More »

 

When recalls go to court, NHTSA tends to win

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
If history is any guide, fighting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over recalls in court is a losing battle.... Read More »

 

AutoTrader adds dealer reviews

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Bowing to the popularity of dealer reviews, AutoTrader.com will add those reviews to its website after long resisting them.... Read More »

 

Acura expects leasing to rise

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Acura should see a "steady lift" in leases as part of its U.S. sales volume in 2015, Mike Accavitti, Acura general manager, said.... Read More »

 

World Congress panel to explore vehicle innovation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Aluminum vs. high-strength steel. It's one of the industry's hottest technological battlegrounds as automakers push to reduce vehicle weight while cutting costs and improving safety.... Read More »

 

Zetsche may feel pressure to give up Mercedes role

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Daimler insiders in Germany want the promotion of global sales director Ola Kaellenius to the management board this month to be seen as a routine personnel decision -- and nothing more.... Read More »

 

China show organizers: Spotlight cars, not models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
China's show organizers are starting to have second thoughts about the old maxim "sex sells."... Read More »

 

Mercedes-AMG will add entry line to narrow price gap

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Daimler AG's Mercedes-AMG performance arm plans to offer a cheaper product line to narrow the price gap with Mercedes-Benz cars.... Read More »

 

Manheim aims to get auctions done faster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
In October, Manheim began requiring sellers to set the starting bid on their vehicles no lower than three bids below their floor price.... Read More »

 

NextGear opens to franchise dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
NextGear Capital, a sibling to auction giant Manheim, now is offering loans to finance franchise dealerships' new- and used-vehicle inventory.... Read More »

 

Biggest changes for 2015 Chrysler 300 are inside

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
The most noticeable changes to the refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 are inside, with the addition of a 7-inch information screen in the instrument cluster and a switch to a rotary dial shifter.... Read More »

 

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