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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Fiat's cute cartoon characters suggest buying a 500 -- or else

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Since Fiat was reintroduced to the United States in 2011, the Italian brand has stretched the advertising envelope. But a new animated spot set to debut on Gas Station TV touting the fuel and ecological advantages of a Fiat 500 minicar may be the brand's most wry offering yet.... Read More »

 

AUGUST U.S. AUTO SALES

Sales rate to top 16 million for 6th month in a row, analysts predict

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Auto sales volume in the United States is expected to keep rolling along in August, with two independent forecasters predicting a sixth straight month of 16 million-plus selling rates. TrueCar predicts a seasonally adjusted annual selling rate of 16.6 million for August and LMC Automotive/J.D. Power is just behind at 16.5 million.... Read More »

 

Kia says it will build 'range' of small cars at new plant in Mexico

2:59 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Kia plans to produce “a range” of small cars for markets including the United States at its $1 billion plant in Monterrey, Mexico, after production begins in the first half of 2016, the company said in a statement.... Read More »

 

Keith Crain will be honored at Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Keith Crain, editor in chief of Automotive News and chairman of Crain Communications, will be honored with a 2015 Automotive Lifetime Achievement award at the ninth annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance in February.... Read More »

 

Mercedes to ditch M-class in favor of GLE as part of renaming strategy

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is ditching the M-class nameplate as part of a comprehensive renaming strategy. When the vehicle receives a face-lift in early 2015 for the 2016 model year, it will be called the GLE class.... Read More »

 

BMW joins Cadillac wooing Silicon Valley to combat Tesla

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
BMW scored a coup this month when former Apple executive Tony Fadell became one of the first owners of the new $136,000 i8 plug-in sports car in the United States. Car companies covet Californians, who are seen as trendsetters for the rest of the country. All the better if they can win adherents among executives at companies striving to stay at the cutting edge of technology.... Read More »

 

Subaru casts wider net with safer, greener WRX

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Subaru hopes the redesigned WRX line will capture a wider customer base with better fuel economy and safety features after spinning off the nameplate from its Impreza stablemate.... Read More »

 

GM details plans for SRX, engine production in Tenn.

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
General Motors said today it will invest $185 million to make small engines at its Tennessee assembly plant, while relocating production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX to that factory from a facility in Mexico.... Read More »

 

Spiders hooked on gasoline fumes cause another recall, this time for Suzuki

11:06 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Spiders drawn to gasoline vapors and weaving webs that block a hose to vent those vapors have caused Suzuki Motor of America to recall about 19,000 Kizashi midsize sedans from the 2010-13 model years.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

See the wild Lexus NX spot too retro for outside Japan

10:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Drifting cars, techno music, string bikinis and foam parties. At first glance, Lexus' new “Shampoo” TV spot seems tailor-made for the trendy young crowd the luxury brand craves. But the brilliant, visually enticing commercial for the new NX compact crossover won't air stateside.... Read More »

 

Daimler settles dispute with UAW over retiree medical benefits for $480 million

6:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Daimler will pay $480 million to settle a dispute with the UAW over medical benefits for retired employees of its North American trucks business, U.S. court records show.... Read More »

 

GM ignition switch fund receives claims for more than 100 deaths

6:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
A program to compensate victims of crashes linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles has received claims for 107 deaths as of Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for the lawyer overseeing the program.... Read More »

 

NHTSA launches VIN tool to search for recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Car buyers and owners can use a vehicle's identification number to identify open or unrepaired safety recalls with a new search tool released by NHTSA starting today. Consumers enter a VIN to find out whether the vehicle has any open, unrepaired recalls and whether the automaker has a fix available.... Read More »

 

CFPB fines subprime lender First Investors Financial Services Group for sending credit bureaus inaccurate info

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined subprime auto lender First Investors Financial Services Group nearly $3 million for knowingly providing inaccurate information to credit reporting agencies for at least three years.... Read More »

 

Police arrest 3 plant officials tied to deadly blast at China parts factory

4:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Chinese police have arrested three people in connection with an explosion at an auto parts plant that killed 75 people in China's worst industrial accident in a year, state media reported.... Read More »

 

Hertz investor presses board to replace CEO Frissora

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Hertz investor Fir Tree Partners, which holds more than 3 percent of the stock, is urging the company's board to replace CEO Mark Frissora because the firm disapproves of how he's running the car-rental provider.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Did dealers hurt themselves with the carve out?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
There’s no mistaking that federal regulators are serious about policing auto lenders. By extension, auto dealers feel they’ve got a big target on their backs, too.... Read More »

 

2015 Corvette will get 29 mpg highway, GM says

8:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
An 8-speed automatic transmission debuting in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette boosts fuel economy by 3.5 percent over the six-speed it replaces and gives the General Motors long-running sports car an EPA highway rating of 29 mpg, its highest rating ever.... Read More »

 

Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe to counter opponents

12:19 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Uber Technologies, the popular mobile car-booking app, hired David Plouffe, a former top political adviser to President Obama, to help it cope with regulatory hurdles and mounting opposition from cabbies around the globe.... Read More »

 

Canadians stretch out auto loans as debt warnings go ignored

5:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
The average term of a light-vehicle loan in Canada is 69 months, close to a peak of 72 months set in the third quarter of 2013, according to J.D. Power. Longer-term car loans are leaving Canadians in debt for a longer time, analysts say. And the borrowing binge adds to signs Canadians are continuing to buy big-ticket items and tuning out warnings about unsustainable debt growth.... Read More »

 

Supplier Dayco names John Bohenick CEO

11:23 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Automotive belt and pulley supplier Dayco Products today named John Bohenick as its new CEO. Bohenick will replace James Orchard in the position.... 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 »

 

Cadillac's new flagship sedan to define innovation, excellence, Reuss vows

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
GM global product chief Mark Reuss said that a large luxury sedan being developed for Cadillac will "define its brand" and is a prerequisite to competing against rivals BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lexus. Reuss declined to discuss specifics but said Cadillac's entry in the large luxury sedan segment "has got to be a symbol of excellence."... Read More »

 

Lear to buy leather supplier Eagle Ottawa for $800 million, reports say

5:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Lear is finalizing a deal to acquire automotive seat leather supplier Eagle Ottawa, media reports said, citing sources close to the deal. Lear, based in Michigan, is expected to pay more than $800 million for Eagle Ottawa, the world's largest supplier of leather to the automotive market.... Read More »

 

Japan's NGK pleads guilty, to pay $52.1 million U.S. fine for price fixing

5:10 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Japanese supplier NGK Spark Plug agreed to plead guilty and pay a $52 million criminal fine over its role in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for spark plugs and other automotive parts, the Department of Justice said.... Read More »

 

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