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EDITORIAL

GM's debacle: A lesson for the auto industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Viewing last week's congressional hearings through the prism of history, you would get the impression that the industry hasn't progressed a millimeter on safety since Ralph Nader exposed the instability of the Chevy Corvair a half century ago.... Read More »

 

Marchionne: No money in diesel-powered small cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Chrysler Group's plans for new smaller engines -- due to be revealed May 6 -- are unlikely to include a four-cylinder diesel for the company's compact and mid-sized cars.... Read More »

 

IDEA FACTORIES

Innovation is quirky, but suppliers coax ideas with well-tested methods

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
To mark the 20th anniversary of the competition, this story looks at the state of supplier innovation, and lessons learned over the years.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Views mixed on DS's chances as stand-alone brand

April 7, 2014 06:01 CET
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares wants the company's Citroen DS marque to become a stand-alone brand that can compete with premium German carmakers' products. Market watchers, however, have mixed views on this goal.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How PSA lured Tavares

April 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Carlos Tavares' disclosure that he didn't want to remain No. 2 at Renault got him fired, but it also got him what he wanted: the chance to be CEO of a major global automaker.... Read More »

 

Report: Aston, Daimler discuss crossover cooperation

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Aston Martin and Daimler AG could extend their cooperation to include sharing the underpinnings of a new full-sized crossover, sources told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

U.S. average fuel economy hits record

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The average fuel economy of new U.S. light vehicles sold in March rose to 25.4 mpg, according to University of Michigan researchers, the highest since they began collecting data in October 2007.... Read More »

 

Stung by Ram, Chevy steps up truck spiffs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
After the Ram pickup outsold the Chevrolet Silverado in March, a General Motors spokes-man said it was easy for Ram to "buy market share" with incentives.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The National Automobile Dealers Association is one large gorilla, and Crain certainly does not want to cross it.... Read More »

 

Honda's 'Fit Kit' skit is a hit on April Fools' Day

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
April Fools' Day gags in the car biz used to be inside jokes between automakers' press departments and the media.... Read More »

 

The upside of poking fun

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Since Ford's video hit the Web in late March, Pashon Murray, founder of composting company Detroit Dirt, said she has been inundated with phone calls and e-mails from media, talent agents casting commercials and businesses with consulting offers.... Read More »

 

Airbag glitch spurs Nissan recall

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
A software problem that could deactivate airbags has prompted Nissan Motor Corp. to recall 989,701 vehicles in North America, including 2013-14 Altima sedans... Read More »

 

Prices of GM used cars unhurt by recall

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Wholesale prices of General Motors vehicles with faulty ignition switches are unscathed by the highly publicized recall of the vehicles, analysts say. That's because the recalled 1.6 million 2003-07 small cars are valued at about $2,000 to $5,000 each in the wholesale market so there is little room for the prices to fall.... Read More »

 

Lawsuits seek to pierce GM's liability shield

9:33 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Lawyers across the United States are using a variety of strategies, including allegations of bankruptcy fraud, in hopes of overcoming the legal immunity that General Motors gained through its 2009 Chapter 11 reorganization.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LAREAU

Rick Wagoner: Amiable introvert in extrovert's job

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
General Motors' former CEO Rick Wagoner was undoubtedly the Sisyphus of the auto industry.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

An alpha exec hemmed in by GM's massive troubles

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Sometime in the prior decade I was part of a bleary-eyed band of journalists arriving in Tokyo during a General Motors press trip.... Read More »

 

CHARLES CHILD

Cheesey key told a sad story

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
What I recall about the Rick Wagoner years boils down to a key.... Read More »

 

2009 Timeline: March massacre

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
A timeline of the events that made up the industry collapse... Read More »

 

Earlier recall could have averted most deaths

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Of the eight deaths in Chevrolet Cobalts that General Motors has linked to faulty ignition switches, seven occurred after April 2006, when GM says it approved a redesign of the part now being recalled.... Read More »

 

Opel will build a Buick for the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
General Motors' Opel unit said it will build a Buick model for the United States at its plant in Ruesselsheim, Germany. Opel said production will begin in the "second half of the decade" without naming the model.... Read More »

 

Hot hatch from VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Volkswagen looks to be cooking up something special for the folks who gather each May at Lake Woerthersee in Austria to celebrate the GTI hot hatch.... Read More »

 

Mustang gets new AppLink

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Ford Motor Co. says the redesigned 2015 Mustang that goes on sale this fall will be the first vehicle available with the next generation of Ford's AppLink smartphone connectivity system.... 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 »

 

Antitrust regulators raid exhaust makers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
European Union antitrust regulators raided Tenneco Inc. and several other auto exhaust systems makers in the latest crackdown against suspected price fixing in the global auto industry.... Read More »

 

A long history of ignition problems

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2014
General Motors and its suppliers repeatedly botched a basic function of the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion — the system that turns the cars on and off — leading to multiple redesigns of the ignitions.... Read More »

 

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