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VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new Mexico-built engine

April 9, 2014 15:55 CET
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen ordered dealers in the United States to stop selling newer cars equipped with an automatic transmission and VW's most common engine, the 1.8-liter EA888.... Read More »

 

Ford to show freshened Focus at New York show

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Ford will show the freshened Focus sedan and the Focus Electric during the New York auto show press days next week.... Read More »

 

Washington governor signs Tesla compromise bill

6:09 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
Washington state officially approved Tesla's direct-sales model last Thursday, when Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill allowing the electric-vehicle maker to continue selling its cars through its own, factory-owned showrooms instead of franchised dealerships in the state.... Read More »

 

Kentucky governor forms group to lure auto jobs

8:23 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said today he is creating the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association to bring more auto jobs to his state.... Read More »

 

Aisin Seiki names Toyota veteran Yoshiaki Kato as tech center president

3:20 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Japanese supplier Aisin Seiki today said Yoshiaki “Yoshi” Kato has become president of the Aisin Technical Center of America in Plymouth, Mich., near Detroit.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Prepping Hyundai for its close-up

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
As long as drivers are idling on the perennially congested Interstate 405 freeway, Hani Nassif figures, they may as well be checking out some Hyundais. Nassif is general manager of Win Hyundai in Carson, Calif., a dealership that recently invested $5 million in a new facility that includes a glass display case to spotlight its products for stalled commuters.... Read More »

 

Tesla cars to get fewer green credits as California tweaks rules

8:22 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
Tesla Motors, which had its first profitable quarter last year aided by sales of California environmental credits, is to receive fewer for each Model S sold as the state modifies its zero-emission vehicle program.... Read More »

 

Chevy to bring Manchester United to Michigan for match

4:09 pm U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
With its controversial $600 million sponsorship of English soccer giant Manchester United in hand, Chevrolet is bringing the soccer team home to Michigan this summer to host a match.... Read More »

 

Honda Fit-based crossover likely named HR-V in U.S.

3:24 pm U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Honda's crossover vehicle based on the Fit subcompact hatchback likely will be named HR-V. In filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark offices, Honda recently filed for a trademark for the name.... Read More »

 

Judge delays ruling on 'park now' order covering faulty GM cars

1:19 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
A federal judge in Texas on Friday declined to issue an emergency order forcing GM to tell owners of 2.6 million recalled cars to stop driving them immediately. A ruling on the matter could come next week instead.... Read More »

 

Unifor delays union vote at Toyota's Canada plants

6:37 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
The union pushing to organize workers at Toyota's Canadian plants said on Thursday it would delay a union vote after Toyota said some 7,500 employees would be eligible to join the unit, nearly 1,000 more than the union had believed. The news is a setback for Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union, which filed for certification with the Ontario labor board on Monday and said voting would start next week.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Kia preps 8-passenger MPV for New York

3:48 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Kia said it plans to reveal what should be a successor to its Sedona minivan at the New York Auto Show this month. Kia released a teaser image today of what it calls an “all-new midsize multi-purpose vehicle” that can seat up to eight passengers set to debut in New York.... Read More »

 

U.S. Senators probing GM raise prospect of criminal wrongdoing

April 3, 2014 06:01 CET
A U.S. Senate panel raised the prospect of criminal prosecution and promised more hearings over General Motors' failure to fix a defective ignition switch.... Read More »

 

Tesla appeals N.J. ruling on direct-sales ban

3:05 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Tesla filed an appeal Wednesday in New Jersey Superior Court to overturn last month's ruling that banned the electric-vehicle maker from selling its cars directly to consumers through factory-owned stores there.... Read More »

 

GM ignition recall-suit consolidation sought before Toyota judge in Calif.

7:26 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
GM's growing number of lawsuits over the recalls of now 2.59 million small cars for faulty ignition switches should be consolidated before the same judge overseeing Toyota's acceleration cases, a lawyer for vehicle owners said.... Read More »

 

UAW, citing anti-union collusion, seeks delay in hearing on VW vote

10:01 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
The UAW asked a federal agency to stay an April 21 hearing related to a mid-February union vote it lost at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant, citing what it called new evidence of collusion between Republican lawmakers and anti-union groups.... Read More »

 

Canadian auto sales nudge slightly higher in March

12:05 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
Canadian auto sales inched just 0.2 percent higher in March from a year earlier, figures on Tuesday showed, but an independent auto industry analyst said the modest increase masked a solid performance during severe winter weather, especially in comparison with the record sales of March 2013.... Read More »

 

U.S. finalizes plan to phase in rearview camera mandate, starting in 2016

April 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The U.S. Department of Transportation has finalized a set of federal standards for rear visibility that will require all new vehicles under 4,536 kgs (10,000 pounds) in weight to have rearview cameras by mid-2018.... Read More »

 

Ford will redo Empire State stunt for Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
As the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the Mustang in New York nears, Ford has rediscovered its old marketing playbook and is using it to herald the occasion.... Read More »

 

Toyota factory workers in Canada to vote on joining Unifor union

2:58 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Workers at Toyota's Canadian manufacturing plants are set to vote next week on whether to unionize. Unifor, Canada's largest private-sector union, said on Monday it has filed with the Ontario labor board to hold a union certification vote at three Toyota assembly plants in Canada.... Read More »

 

A WARNING IN WINDSOR

Canada losing 'civil war' for auto jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Chrysler Group shocked many Canadians when it abandoned potential government help to overhaul its assembly plants in Windsor, Ontario. Chrysler will stay, for now anyway, but CEO Sergio Marchionne's dire warnings about Ontario's "competitiveness" left many questioning the long-term fate of building vehicles in Canada.... Read More »

 

TESLA TENSION

N.J. weighs direct EV sales; states covet gigafactory

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The Tesla vs. dealers clash was already intense. Now the fight has escalated, with the addition of presidential politics and bidding for a battery factory. And in a move that could have far-reaching implications, a New Jersey legislator has introduced a bill that would let any manufacturer of electric vehicles sell them directly to the public, bypassing franchised dealers.... Read More »

 

BMW aims big crossover at U.S. -- and Mercedes

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
BMW's decision to approve the seven-seat X7 crossover was driven by competitive pressure -- especially in the United States, says CEO Norbert Reithofer. "We cannot just ignore a market for a BMW product," he said at a press briefing Friday before a ceremony to announce a $1 billion, 100,000-unit expansion to BMW's factory in South Carolina.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Polarized politics and the changing auto landscape

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
As government assistance appears to lose appeal in attracting new auto manufacturing investments, the industry and politicians in North America must rethink how they cooperate.... Read More »

 

U.S. safety official sought probe of non-deploying GM airbags in 2007

5:02 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2014
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration manager seven years ago recommended investigating why air bags in General Motors' 2003-2006 Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion cars weren't deploying, according to a memo issued by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.... Read More »

 

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