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Ford enters car-sharing, electric bike markets in mobility push

10:30 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Ford is getting into the car-sharing and electric bike businesses as part of CEO Mark Fields' effort to transform the automaker into a more holistic provider of transportation options.... Read More »

Kia rises in J.D. Power quality; Japanese fall below average

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Kia topped all other nonpremium brands in J.D. Power and Associates' latest survey of new-vehicle quality for the first time ever, while Japanese brands fell below the industry average -- another first in the study's 29-year history.... Read More »

N.Y. targets dealerships' sale of credit-repair, identity-theft products

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Paragon Honda and its two sister stores have agreed to a $13.5 million settlement with the New York attorney general's office over the alleged unlawful sale of credit-repair and identity-theft prevention products, part of a broader crackdown on deceptive sales practices by dealerships.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC crossover moves up in size, features from GLK

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Mercedes-Benz has renamed the up-sized second generation of its compact crossover and will offer coupe, performance and plug-in hybrid variants. The 2016 GLC, which goes on sale in mid-November, replaces the GLK.... Read More »

AAA finds 8 in 10 drivers report their mpg tops EPA ratings

9:51 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Eight in 10 drivers report getting better fuel economy than the EPA ratings posted on their vehicles' window stickers, AAA says in a new study.... Read More »

Steelmaker ArcelorMittal shifts strategy in response to Ford's use of aluminum

7:08 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

When Ford confirmed last year it would build its most popular pickup using aluminum, the automaker's steel supplier was caught flat-footed. Now ArcelorMittal, the top worldwide supplier of steel for autos, has built a two-pronged response to try to head off defections by other customers.... Read More »

VW CEO vows to delegate more responsibility to brands, regions

8:12 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn vowed to delegate more responsibility to the group's brands and regional chiefs to make the company more responsive to industry and customer changes.... Read More »

New 'Top Gear' host named

7:36 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Television and radio presenter Chris Evans is to become the new host of Britain's globally popular “Top Gear” TV show, replacing Jeremy Clarkson, who was dropped by the BBC in March after he attacked a producer.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why FCA's merger quest will test loyalties

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

What does loyalty really mean to workers? If you're Fiat Chrysler and living amid a self-made swirl of morale-sapping merger rumors, it means that loyalty's very existence is about to be tested.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: How the Detroit 3-UAW can solve Tier 2 on the cheap

4:38 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

The UAW’s thorny Tier 2 problem with the Detroit 3 is so daunting I now expect the parties to avoid structural changes to Tier 2 with an extra contract signing bonus that placates entry-level workers.... Read More »

Penske shuffles some upper management in accounting

6:06 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

Penske Automotive Group has a new CFO, J.D. Carlson, formerly senior vice president and corporate controller for the dealership holding company. Carlson replaces David Jones, who resigned to accept a similar position with another company.... Read More »

With '16 Mitsubishi Outlander, flair is free

8:00 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

Redesigned two years ago, the Mitsubishi Outlander was a nondescript dud in the marketplace. So the Japanese automaker gave its slow-selling crossover a clean-sheet exterior design with a striking blacked-out grille, standard alloy wheels and chrome accents galore, plus a new transmission and retuned suspension.... Read More »

BMW's next-gen 7 series goes long on tech

1:30 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

BMW's sixth-generation 7-series flagship sedan will use gee-whiz technology aimed at keeping buyers from defecting to rivals. Features include the largest head-up display in the industry, fully autonomous parking and the world's first use of gesture-recognition controls in a production car.... Read More »

GM to announce secondary use for EV batteries

3:51 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

General Motors said it plans to announce a development in the secondary use for electric vehicle batteries next week, bringing more attention to the growing stationary energy storage market.... Read More »

GM labor negotiator retires; Barra signals more involvement in UAW talks

10:14 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

General Motors' lead labor negotiator has retired, marking the departure of two of the Detroit 3's top labor officials just weeks ahead of contract negotiations with the UAW. Meanwhile, GM CEO Mary Barra also appears set to take part in the formal talks.... Read More »

Johnson Controls to explore spinoff of its auto business

8:13 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

Johnson Controls said it is "exploring strategic options" for its automotive business -- the first step in the possible sale or spinoff of its seating and interiors units. CEO Alex Molinaroli said the company “had no specific timetable for the completion of the strategic review, which includes a full range of strategic options for the automotive business.”... Read More »

Honda driver's death in La. may be 7th from recalled Takata airbags

6:40 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

A Louisiana woman who got an airbag recall notice for her 2005 Honda Civic two days after the crash that killed her may be the seventh fatality linked to the defective Takata safety device.... Read More »

Visteon names Harman exec as new CEO

8:41 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

Auto parts supplier Visteon today named Sachin Lawande as its next CEO, succeeding Tim Leuliette, whose retirement was announced in March.... Read More »

CFPB widens auto lending oversight to non-bank financiers

4:05 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

The top U.S. consumer protection regulator is expanding its oversight to include large non-bank auto financing companies.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

BLOG: Tesla sours on swappable batteries

4:03 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

When it unveiled the Model S, Tesla Motors Inc. crowed about its fast-swapping technology, demonstrating in 2013 that a depleted battery could be swapped for a fresh one in minutes. Later, it built a swap station in Harris Ranch, Calif., halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, to test the technology.... Read More »

Magna, Durr plan new operations in Michigan

3:14 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

A Magna International subsidiary and Durr Systems both have been approved for Michigan state incentives for new operations planned in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

Dodge brothers return in a new set of ads

2:51 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

Dodge is going back to its roots again in a new round of Dodge Brothers commercials, which launch this week. The four ads highlight the 2015 Dart, Durango and the Scat Pack trims of the Challenger and Charger.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover studies pothole detection tech

10:53 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover is researching road terrain detection technology for its vehicles that would warn other vehicles about potholes and other such road hazards via the cloud.... Read More »

Musk asked to make Tesla animal friendly

7:18 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

Tesla's Model S sedan already ditched gasoline. Now two shareholders from Texas want the electric-car maker to stop using animal products as well.... Read More »

Hyundai releases first image of subcompact Creta crossover

5:26 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

Hyundai unveiled the first rendering of the company's forthcoming subcompact crossover dubbed the Creta.... Read More »

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