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U.S. auto sales poised for rare monthly decline

3:45 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

March could be just the sixth month since 2009 in which the U.S. auto industry posts a year-over-year sales decline, a sign the market is starting to flatten out after one of the longest stretches of growth ever. Given how close volumes are tracking with the same month a year ago, whether March results finish up or down will likely hinge on how many deliveries dealers can make between now through Tuesday.... Read More »

Ford aims to triple exports from India with new plant

March 26, 2015 10:09 CET

Ford has invested $1 billion in a new plant in India that will help the automaker triple exports from the country. The factory will build the EcoSport subcompact SUV, which Ford exports to Europe.... Read More »

UAW to press for 'pattern' labor deals in Detroit 3 talks, Williams says

5:51 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams says the UAW will try to negotiate labor contracts with the Detroit 3 later this year that are identical -- a goal made difficult because each automaker has different labor costs largely as a result of a lower-cost, entry-level pay scale.... Read More »

Automakers in race to double range of affordable EVs

1:52 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Automakers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than double the driving range of today's Nissan Leaf, betting that technical breakthroughs by big battery suppliers will jump-start demand and pull them abreast of Tesla.... Read More »

Ford recalls 220,000 vehicles in N.A. for 3 issues

9:25 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles in North America for potential issues with door handles, vacuum pump relays and sensors.... Read More »

UAW rank-and-file decry Tier 2 pay at bargaining convention

3:10 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Opposition to the Tier 2 pay scale is so pervasive at this week’s UAW bargaining convention that the only delegates speaking against a proposal to reduce the pay gap between veteran and entry-level workers at the Detroit 3 are those who want to see it eliminated outright.... Read More »

UAW president anticipates united front against pay 'inequality'

8:49 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams said today he expects members to emerge from this week's bargaining convention with a unified voice after a full airing of worker concerns about “inequity” in pay and benefits that are a product of a two-tier system.... Read More »

Chevrolet's Teen Driver safety feature to debut on redesigned Malibu

11:15 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Chevrolet says Teen Driver is the first feature in the industry to offer what is essentially a report card that allows parents to view on a display how their teens drive. Teen Driver automatically mutes the radio until the front seat belts are fastened. Parents can set the radio's maximum volume to a lower level and select a maximum speed between 40 and 75 mph, which activates a visual warning and audible chime if exceeded.... Read More »

Ford poised to surpass Hyundai in China capacity with new plant

3:06 pm U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Ford will open its fourth passenger-car assembly plant in China today as part of a $4.9 billion expansion drive, putting it on track to overtake Hyundai in the world’s largest auto market.... Read More »

Insurance rates on aluminum F-150 hold for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

For now, motorists' yearly insurance premiums for the 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 are about the same as for the 2014 steel model -- good news for Ford. But premiums could change once insurance companies study accident repair data for the redesigned pickup.... Read More »

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In Russia: Ford holds; GM folds

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Ford may be suffering just as badly from the meltdown in Russian car sales, but don't expect it to follow General Motors' lead and abandon dealers, suppliers and employees in Russia by exiting the market.... Read More »

Is high-paying Tier 1 at risk in UAW talks?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

The slogan "No More Tiers" will be on the lips of thousands of UAW delegates trekking to the union's bargaining convention this week. They'll be calling for hard limits on -- or even eradication of -- the so-called Tier 2 wages that entry-level workers have been paid since 2007.... Read More »

How Faurecia made over a Visteon relic

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

Faurecia knew it had a big job converting a castoff Visteon plant it bought in 2012 in Michigan into a profitable operation. But Saline now has three key ingredients for survival: an owner with deep pockets; a loyal customer, Ford; and a pragmatic union.... Read More »

Ford pushes comfort, capability of 2015 Edge

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2015

The second-generation Ford Edge bucks the trend of adding a couple of mpgs to redesigned products. The Edge is already the top-selling midsize crossover on the market and among the most fuel efficient, so Ford instead focused on making the new Edge more capable, comfortable and high-tech.... Read More »

Ford taps Microsoft to handle wireless software updates

9:00 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

Ford, seeking to beam down wireless software updates to its next generation of cars, has assigned the task to an old, familiar friend: Microsoft.... Read More »

U.S. judge taps lead lawyers for Takata airbag cases

6:30 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

Four plaintiffs' lawyers, including high-profile attorney David Boies, were appointed by a federal judge to lead civil litigation against Takata and several automakers for injuries caused by allegedly faulty airbags.... Read More »

Ford says F-150 fleet deliveries to quicken as 2nd plant comes on line

1:11 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Ford's launch of the redesigned, aluminum-intensive 2015 F-Series remains on track, and fleet customers will have their orders filled in greater numbers in the second quarter as production accelerates, a top executive said on Friday.... Read More »

2015 Ford Edge emphasizes more room and capability -- not mpg

9:00 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Ford has taken a different tack with the redesigned Edge, which was already the top-selling midsize crossover on the market and among the most fuel-efficient. Ford focused on making the 2015 Edge more capable, comfortable and high-tech, saying its buyers want those improvements more than slightly better gas mileage.... Read More »

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Ford expects big boost from high-tech Mondeo

March 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford expects a significant sales boost in the tough midsize segment from its latest-generation Mondeo because of the car's advanced technology, new upscale trim line and the addition of a hybrid variant.... Read More »

Ford's new F-150 gets resale boost from fuel economy

10:26 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

The resale value of Ford's new 2015 F-150 pickup jumped more than 11 percent over last year's model as improved fuel efficiency outweighed concerns over repair costs for its aluminum body, according to TrueCar's ALG division.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: Why the F-150 pricing 'gravy train' will eventually slow down

3:35 pm U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

Even Ford executives admit being surprised at how fast transaction prices on pickups keep rising. Not that they're complaining, of course.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler CEO says combination with GM, Ford 'feasible'

2:47 pm U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne says he is open to a combination with General Motors or Ford, and a deal with one of the larger US counterparts would be “technically feasible.”... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Ford's Farley feels the squeeze in Europe's middle

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

The squeeze in the middle of the European car market is getting worse for volume automakers, Ford of Europe CEO Jim Farley says, but he's confident the automaker has the right solution to the problem.... Read More »

Automakers spot a profit opportunity in mobility services

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Changing mobility habits among consumers are fueling an aggressive exploration of new business models by automakers that could potentially pad their bottom lines in the decades to come -- even if fewer people buy cars.... Read More »

M-B's Metris enters scene

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Ford Motor Co.'s segment-leading Transit Connect small cargo van may get its toughest challenge yet from an unlikely competitor in the U.S.: Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »

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