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Honda expands giant airbag recall to include California

9:36 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
Honda expanded a U.S. regional recall of vehicles over potentially explosive airbags to include California after a complaint that said a driver was injured in an accident in the state.... Read More »

 

BMW to invest $1 billion in new plant in Mexico, employ 1,500 workers

1:40 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
BMW plans to spend $1 billion to build a plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, with capacity of about 150,000 units per year, the company said today. Start of production is planned for 2019, with a work force of about 1,500 employees, said Harald Krueger, BMW board member for production, in a statement. BMW did not disclose what models it will build at the plant.... Read More »

 

Tesla measure allowing 5 stores heads to Pa. governor's desk

4:20 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Tesla Motors, which has battled auto dealer groups over its direct sales of electric cars through company-owned stores, won another victory in Pennsylvania and a measure there allowing it to expand retail operations is headed for the governor's desk.... Read More »

 

VW denies rumors of planned takeover bid for U.S. truckmaker Paccar

July 3, 2014 11:33 CET
Volkswagen says it is not interested in bidding for U.S. truckmaker Paccar, rejecting comments made by Daimler's commercial vehicle chief Wolfgang Bernhard.... Read More »

 

Alliance drops suit over Florida warranty reimbursement law

5:40 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers asked a federal court to dismiss its six-year-old lawsuit over Florida legislation on warranty reimbursement.... Read More »

 

Canada sets June, first-half sales record; Ford tops Fiat Chrysler

3:49 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
Ford sold the most vehicles in Canada in June, trumping Fiat Chrysler, which has sold the most cars and trucks in the country so far this year.... Read More »

 

Dealer-backed laws limit captives' power to compel sales of branded F&I products

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
Several states have adopted laws that limit the power of automakers' captive finance companies and preferred lenders to compel dealerships to sell F&I products backed by the factory or a specific vendor.... Read More »

 

Bosch to invest 400 million euros in Mexico production, report says

July 2, 2014 16:31 CET
German supplier Robert Bosch is preparing to invest 400 million euros ($546 million) to build car parts in Mexico for a growing North American market, a German newspaper reported.... Read More »

 

GM says one worker killed, four hospitalized in metal plant explosion

4:58 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
General Motors said one person died and four people were hospitalized Tuesday after a chemical explosion at a factory near Fort Wayne, Ind.... Read More »

 

BMW's new Mexico plant will build up to 150,000 cars a year, report says

July 1, 2014 12:37 CET
A new BMW car plant in Mexico will build 150,000 vehicles annually, a source said. BMW said it will make an announcement in Mexico on Thursday, although the company did not confirm it will be about a new factory.... Read More »

 

BMW plans for Mexico factory to be unveiled Thursday, government official says

12:08 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
BMW AG's plans to build a new factory in Mexico will be revealed on Thursday, a government official said today. The Mexican official, speaking on condition of anonymity with Reuters, said details of the plans would be made in an announcement scheduled for July 3.... Read More »

 

Chrysler to sell Mitsubishi-supplied small cars in Mexico

10:28 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors will supply Chrysler with a Thailand-built compact sedan for sale in Mexico starting in November. The car will be based on the Mitsubishi Attrage, the sedan version of the Mirage hatchback sold in the United States. Mitsubishi will supply Chrysler over a five-year period.... Read More »

 

Cap on Tesla Pennsylvania stores closer

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Pennsylvania is halfway to placing a cap on the number of stores that Tesla Motors Inc. can open in the state, muting legislation that helped spark a confrontation between dealers and other automakers.... Read More »

 

Jaguar reconnects to sports-car roots

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2014
The F-Type two-door sports cars are allowing Jaguar to re-create its image and history as it prepares for a new compact sedan due in 2016, says the brand's North America vice president, Jeff Curry. He says the brand is marketing its sporting heritage "in a new modern context."... Read More »

 

Fiat 500 Abarth with automatic transmission should broaden appeal, exec says

4:11 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
The North American head of the Fiat brand said that adding an optional automatic transmission to its performance Fiat 500 Abarth would open up the sporty minicar to a much wider number of potential customers.... Read More »

 

Hitachi completes construction of largest plant at Georgia complex

4:08 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
The U.S. unit of Japanese supplier Hitachi Automotive Systems completed construction of its third and largest plant at its Monroe, Ga., operations.... Read More »

 

Part of Corvette-swallowing sinkhole will be preserved, museum says

2:30 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
The National Corvette Museum will preserve a piece of the 60-foot-wide hole that opened underneath the museum and sunk eight of its historical models in February, the museum’s board of directors decided.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan, Daimler plan $1.4 billion small-car plant in Mexico

9:46 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
Global technology partners Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance will spend 1 billion euros ($1.36 billion) to produce 300,000 compact Infiniti and Mercedes vehicles a year at a Nissan factory in Mexico, starting in 2017. The partners announced this morning that they are co-developing a family of new compact luxury models to be sold around the world.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BMW's iDrive earns high marks, but doesn't match Apple

7:37 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
BMW's iDrive system ranked highest in Germany and Italy for user experience in a recent test, but the automaker and its peers have a long way to go to match Apple.... Read More »

 

Daimler and Nissan approve joint Mexico production, report says

June 26, 2014 09:38 CET
Daimler and Nissan have finalized a joint venture deal to build future Mercedes and Infiniti compact cars in Mexico, sources said today as the automakers called a news conference to unveil the plans.... Read More »

 

Group 1 sues Florida dealership over buy-sell dispute

3:54 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
Group 1 Automotive thought it had a done deal to buy an Audi store in North Miami Beach from Prestige Motor Car Imports for $72 million. But Prestige said no. Now Group 1 is suing the luxury-import retailer to complete the transaction.... Read More »

 

China's GAC set to export Trumpchi line to U.S., exec says

12:34 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The China-made SUV shown in the latest Transformers movie may hit U.S. showrooms as early as next year, testing demand by American consumers for Chinese autos.... Read More »

 

Five-store Tesla compromise reached in Pennsylvania

1:49 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The pro-Tesla legislation in Pennsylvania that helped spark a confrontation between dealers and other automakers earlier this month is now halfway to passage -- but with important new limits in place on the number of stores Tesla Motors would be allowed to own and operate in the state.... Read More »

 

GM's Barra says further recalls are possible

June 26, 2014 14:53 CET
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said further vehicle recalls remain a possibility as GM continues to deal with a number of safety issues that have led to the recall of 20 million cars.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

How smaller states can challenge Texas in the pickup wars

12:09 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
When it comes to selling pickups in the United States, the obvious centerpiece market is Texas. Last year, 322,000 new pickups were registered there -- or 15 percent of all 2.1 million pickups sold nationwide, according to IHS Automotive data.... Read More »

 

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