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Ford dealership pays $128,780 in EEOC settlement after firing disabled manager

5:25 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Randall Ford in Fort Smith, Ark., has been ordered to pay a former used-car manager $128,750 after failing to accommodate his post-spinal surgery disability and then firing him, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said last week.
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N.A. offsets global slump to lift Toyota profit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Surging sales in North America and favorable exchange rates drove Toyota Motor Corp. to double-digit profit gains in the latest quarter, despite slumping volume in all other major markets.... Read More »

 

Nissan is bumping into N.A. capacity constraints

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2014
Nissan's steady U.S. sales gains are putting the squeeze on its North American production capacity. The company will hire 1,000 more workers at a Mississippi plant to reach production goals by the end of 2017, bringing the work force to 7,000.... Read More »

 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway restorationist Bill Spoerle dies at 80

4:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Bill Spoerle, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway restoration manager, died Tuesday. He was 80.... Read More »

 

Michigan car czar Nigel Francis to step down, return to industry

2:54 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Michigan's auto czar is resigning from the post to work for an automotive company in the state. Nigel Francis, senior automotive adviser for the state of Michigan and senior vice president at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will step down November 14. He will be replaced by current vice president of the automotive office, Kevin Kerrigan.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Art program could help shape auto industry's next creative minds

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Thursday night, I went to a fundraiser, called #onthefridge, for Art Road. The group's latest art on display was cool, but I was more drawn to some of the earlier years’ artworks, especially those related to cars.... Read More »

 

Honda Canada to invest $750 million in Ontario plants

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Honda's Canadian unit said today it plans to invest C$857 million ($750 million) over three years to upgrade manufacturing plants in Alliston, Ontario, which will be the global lead for production of the next-generation Honda Civic.... Read More »

 

Small fire at Takata plant in San Antonio forces evacuation

12:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Over 70 Takata employees temporarily evacuated the supplier's San Antonio seatbelt production plant after a small fire broke out early this morning, officials said. Employees were back at work shortly after the fire.... Read More »

 

Nissan babies the new Murano -- but will Americans share it?

6:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Nissan gave the global launch of its redesigned Murano the white-glove treatment to make sure the crossover makes the brand shine around the world.... Read More »

 

Shiloh advances product strategy with U.S. tech center, acquisitions

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Shiloh Industries is planning to open a new technical center in Michigan as part of the company's efforts to reinvent itself and grow with its automaker customers.... Read More »

 

Takata airbag customers seek joining of lost-value suits

9:57 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Lawyers suing Japanese auto supplier Takata over customer claims of lost vehicle value connected to airbag recalls asked that they be combined in a single federal court, which would give them a united front in pursuing the cases.... Read More »

 

Ford calls back more than 202,000 vehicles in five N.A. recalls

10:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
Ford said today it will call back 202,241 vehicles in five North American recalls covering several issues, including an incorrect repair in a previous recall.... Read More »

 

'Car Talk' co-host Tom Magliozzi dies at age 77

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Tom Magliozzi, the retired co-host of National Public Radio's “Car Talk” show known for his contagious laugh and car-infused banter, died today, NPR said. Magliozzi died of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77.... Read More »

 

Canada sets more auto sales records in October

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Automakers in Canada enjoyed another strong sales month in October as the market moved into the home stretch of what is shaping up to be a record-breaking year.... Read More »

 

Ford asks U.S. court to dismiss suit over electric steering

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Ford is asking a federal court in California to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the automaker of marketing defective electric power-assisted steering systems on some Fusions and Focuses.... Read More »

 

Suppliers warn spot shortages could pop up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2014
If North American light vehicle output keeps rising next year, some suppliers warn that spot shortages could develop. According to a new supplier survey by consulting firm IRN, 42 percent of respondents say they would not have sufficient capacity if industry output tops 17 million light-vehicle units in the next 12 months.... Read More »

 

Takata airbag recalls should include newer cars, watchdog says

8:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
A watchdog group has asked federal regulators to broaden a defect investigation of Takata airbags to include more vehicles and to see whether replacements used in recalled vehicles are safe.... Read More »

 

BMW, others bet on Brazil but benefits trail Mexico

Oct. 30, 2014 16:18 CET
BMW is among a group of carmakers investing in Brazil as a growing middle class fuels a surge in car sales, but high costs, poor infrastructure and few trade agreements mean Brazil can't compete with rival Mexico.... Read More »

 

Tower International reports higher Q3 profits on improved sales in Americas

10:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Tower International today reported improved earnings in the third quarter due to improved sales in the Americas.... Read More »

 

JLR picks Discovery Sport to lead Brazil output

Oct. 29, 2014 16:00 CET
The Land Rover Discovery Sport will be the first model Jaguar Land Rover produces at its new plant in Brazil, the automaker said. Output will begin in 2016.... Read More »

 

NHTSA steps up inquiry into defective Takata airbags

7:39 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
More than 18 months after Honda and other automakers announced recalls to fix exploding airbags, U.S. regulators are now asking the companies to speed up repairs.In letters today to 10 automakers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked for details about how the companies are reaching nearly 8 million affected consumers and what is being done for people who are afraid to drive their cars.... Read More »

 

Freshened 2016 Ford Explorer to debut in L.A.

4:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Ford will reveal the 2016 Ford Explorer at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19. The latest version of the Explorer will go on sale next year in North America, Ford said in a statement today.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi's net rises 8 percent as U.S. sales soar

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors said net income rose 8 percent in the latest quarter, aided by results in North America.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler's growth plans clouded by Brazilian outlook

Oct. 29, 2014 11:52 CET
Fiat Chrysler aims to boost sales in Latin America by 44 percent over five years but a recent big drop in volume and weakening outlook in Brazil, the region's biggest economy, threaten to spoil its ambitions.... Read More »

 

Honda says quarterly North American operating profit drops 14%

10:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Falling sales and hefty incentives undercut North American profit at Honda in the latest quarter, as the automaker trimmed its full-year sales and profit outlooks.... Read More »

 

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