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Legal settlement allows Mercedes to award dealership to Alabama's Nick Saban

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
Mercedes' plan to award a dealer franchise in Alabama to Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban and a business partner can move forward now that litigation with a longtime Mercedes dealer there has been settled. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed on Friday.... Read More »

 

Bentley Mulsanne Convertible project is back in the mix

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
Bentley's Mulsanne Convertible Concept is back on track. Shown by Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer to a select few customers at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2012, the stately convertible was intended for production. But after Duerheimer's departure in 2012, his successor, Wolfgang Schreiber, killed the project.... Read More »

 

RISING DAUGHTERS

In culture shift, female engineers take the wheel in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
Japanese carmakers, long a preserve of tight-knit, workaholic old boys' clubs, have finally tuned into the need for more diverse input into developing, making and selling their products.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM, with ignition parts shipped, must now find recalled cars' owners

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
GM has passed a significant milestone in its campaign to replace potentially defective ignition switches in millions of cars recalled worldwide: It cleared its backlog of parts orders. Now comes another tough task: Finding the roughly 1 million owners of cars covered by the recall who haven't contacted a dealership.... Read More »

 

Canadian JCI workers reach tentative pact

4:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Canadian union workers at an interiors plant that supplies General Motors' Oshawa assembly complex have reached a tentative contract agreement that could avert a strike at the supplier plant.... Read More »

 

Barra's career path shows how a woman becomes CEO, but can more follow?

7:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Mary Barra made corporate history seven months ago when she became the first female CEO of a major global carmaker. Yet for all the gains made by women in the highest levels of major corporations, most are still in the wrong jobs if they want to follow Barra's career path.... Read More »

 

Infiniti seeks U.S. trademark for Formula One landmark

9:25 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Infiniti is seeking a trademark in the United States for “Eau Rouge,” the name of a storied Formula One racetrack bend in Belgium, for a potential luxury car that may cost more than $100,000.... Read More »

 

GM reviews timing of Russia plant expansion

Aug. 22, 2014 17:19 CET
General Motors is reviewing the timing of the expansion of its Russian plant near St Petersburg because of a slump in the country's auto market.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

U.S. probes GM lawyers' role on vehicle recalls, reports say

6:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Federal prosecutors have learned that lawyers for General Motors were present at key meetings during which information about problems with some of its vehicles were discussed, a source close to the investigation told Reuters.... Read More »

 

Honda to modify 12,000 redesigned Fits sold in U.S. to enhance crashworthiness

10:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Honda plans to modify 12,000 redesigned 2015 Fit models in customer hands in the United States following a mid-model-year engineering change that improved the subcompact's showing in a key industry crash test.... Read More »

 

GM cuts production in Russia as market slump continues

Aug. 21, 2014 15:49 CET
General Motors said it will reduce production at its plant near St. Petersburg, Russia, citing a continued slowdown of the country's auto market.... Read More »

 

2015 Chevy Silverado to offer more pizzazz on high-volume models

9:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Chevrolet will offer a bold new trim package on light-duty Silverado pickups for the 2015 model year, adding some pizzazz to its highest-volume models.... Read More »

 

Leaked stickers suggest a thirstier 2015 Ford Mustang as weight creeps up

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Adding independent rear suspension, numerous electronic safety features and other items raised the weight and lowered the fuel economy of several models of the rebuilt 2015 Ford Mustang, according to window stickers leaked on the Internet today.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Skoda releases images of the new Fabia

Aug. 21, 2014 15:21 CET
Skoda has released images of its new Fabia subcompact, which will launch in Europe early next year after debuting at the Paris auto show in October.... Read More »

 

Former BMW designer Rice is Mazda Europe's new design boss

Aug. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Mazda has promoted Kevin Rice, who rejoined the automaker from BMW last year, to lead its European design operations.... Read More »

 

Ford tells U.S. dealers to stop selling some C-Max, Focus models

11:05 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Ford told its dealers in the United States to stop test-driving and selling C-Max and Focus models produced during a week this month because of potential problems with the steering gear assembly, a notice sent to dealers on Wednesday shows.... Read More »

 

Novelis: Aluminum sales to automakers will nearly triple on new emissions, mpg rules

8:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Novelis, the world's biggest supplier of aluminum sheeting to carmakers, expects sales to customers including Audi and Ford to rise almost three-fold as new emissions rules restrict the use of steel.... Read More »

 

Toyota to cut prices of Lexus parts in China amid antitrust concerns

7:09 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Toyota said today it would cut prices of parts for its luxury Lexus models in China, following similar moves by its German rivals, in response to heightened regulatory scrutiny over antitrust issues.... Read More »

 

Denso fined $2.2 million in Canada for violation of competition law

6:47 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Japanese supplier Denso said today it has been fined more than $2 million by a court in Canada for violation of that country's competition law in connection with sales of certain body electronic control units for motor vehicles.... Read More »

 

LG Chem says it has battery order from Audi for plug-in hybrid cars

Aug. 20, 2014 15:16 CET
LG Chem says it will supply batteries for Audi's growing lineup of plug-in hybrids. Audi began European sales of its first plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron, in June and plans to add at least three more plug-in hybrids.... Read More »

 

Ford plans new hybrid series to compete with Toyota Prius, report says

6:11 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Ford plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018 to compete against the best-selling Toyota Prius, Reuters reported, citing two sources with knowledge of the company's plans. The compact car will be Ford's first "dedicated" hybrid -- that is a vehicle designed to be marketed exclusively as a hybrid, rather than a variation of an existing gasoline model, such as the automaker's Fusion hybrid.... Read More »

 

Greens, industry square off over putting cars in EU carbon market

Aug. 20, 2014 16:55 CET
Environmental campaigners are bracing to take on big business over whether Europe should include road transport in the EU carbon market, a move that could bring down the costs faced by the auto industry to reduce emissions from new cars.... Read More »

 

Volvo swings to first-half profit on China, Europe gains

Aug. 20, 2014 07:42 CET
Volvo said it swung to a profit for the first half on the back of sharply rising sales in China and growth in Europe, which more than offset lingering weakness in the U.S.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Searching far and wide for service techs

9:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
How far is your dealership willing to go to get well-qualified service technicians? GM dealers in the Mideast went all the way to the Philippines.... Read More »

 

China levies record $200 million fine on Japan suppliers

Aug. 20, 2014 12:11 CET
China has fined 12 Japanese suppliers a record 1.24 billion yuan ($200 million) for alleged price fixing amid one of the broadest investigations since the nation's antitrust law came into effect six years ago.... Read More »

 

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