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Airbag angst preceded U.S. demand for nationwide Takata recall

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Consumer worries about the safety of their airbags played a key role in why federal regulators now are demanding that carmakers recall cars with Takata airbags nationwide -- even at the potential risk of endangering drivers who most urgently need replacements.... Read More »

 

Honda joins small-crossover fray with HR-V

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
The Honda HR-V, based on the Fit subcompact, arrives early next year and will compete with small crossovers such as the Buick Encore, Fiat 500X and Mini Countryman.... Read More »

 

VW to bring Golf Alltrack to U.S. in 2016 to take on Subaru

3:22 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
VW has decided to offer the Golf SportWagen with 4Motion all-wheel drive in the United States starting in 2016, both as a pure wagon and as a crossover-styled variant called the Alltrack.... Read More »

 

Ford freshens Explorer with higher trim package for '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Aiming to lure more upscale customers to its Explorer crossover, Ford today at the Los Angeles Auto Show unveiled a freshened 2016 Explorer with more available content.... Read More »

 

ARLENA SAWYERS

Popping the subprime bubble myth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
There is no subprime auto loan bubble, darn it. That message came through loud and clear in session after session during the recent Used Car Week conference sponsored in Las Vegas.... Read More »

 

Chinese supplier to hire 176, open plant near Detroit

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Chinese automotive electronics component supplier Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric is establishing its first North American operation near Detroit to supply General Motors.... Read More »

 

More car buyers are OK with dealer texting, survey says

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Dealers who want to best engage with tech-savvy buyers should try text messaging to communicate, according to survey results released today.... Read More »

 

Mazda hopes CX-5, Mazda6 facelifts turn heads

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Midsize sedans were once the brown shoes of the US car market: a rational purchase, not an emotional one. Cars such as the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata changed that; now even the Toyota Camry, once the king of the sensible sedans, is being billed by some as a fashion statement.... Read More »

 

Volvo Cars plots U.S. resurgence with model overhaul

10:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Chinese-owned Volvo Car Group said today a sweeping overhaul of its model range over the next five years would propel its long-suffering sales volumes in the United States back above 100,000 cars per year.... Read More »

 

Maybach returns with lavish interior, lower price

8:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
After falling short of attempts to sell an ultraluxury sedan to compete with Rolls-Royce and Bentley, Mercedes-Benz is resurrecting the historic Maybach badge but setting lower expectations.... Read More »

 

GM getting positive reviews on Wall Street despite record recalls

8:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
If relative value means anything, GM may be the best buy in the auto industry. That, at least, is the consensus of bullish analysts, who are extolling the highest-quality vehicles in decades and operating margins to go with them, even as GM suffers a record recall of cars.... Read More »

 

Ford, GM business seen buoying Takata as U.S. probes airbags

6:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Carmakers continue to support Takata even as the Japanese supplier suffers widening scrutiny by United States regulators over airbags blamed for at least five deaths. Ford, Honda and GM have worked with Takata on new car features over so many years that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to quickly move to alternative supplier.... Read More »

 

Toyota's Lentz says more replacement inflators coming next month

6:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Toyota, seeking to speed up progress on a recall begun in 2013, is anticipating a greater supply of inflators for Takata airbags being replaced in millions of cars.... Read More »

 

Chrysler 300 refreshed with rotary shifter, updated front fascia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Designers used a light touch to refresh the 2015 Chrysler 300, with a new front fascia and the addition of a rotary shifter as the biggest differences for what will be the 60th anniversary of the original 300 in 1955.... Read More »

 

Takata faces nationwide recall order for driver's-side airbags

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Federal safety regulators are seeking to expand regional recalls of faulty driver's-side airbags made by Takata into a nationwide campaign, prompting the supplier to warn of potential parts shortages.... Read More »

 

Mazda zoom zooms into tiny CUVs with CX-3

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
With the CX-3, which stands 4 inches taller than a Mazda3 compact five-door from road to roof but 7 inches shorter from bumper to bumper, Mazda joins the growing list of automakers offering off-road looks and premium content in a package that was once considered too small for anything but economy cars.... Read More »

 

Cadillac rolls out V series versions of ATS sedan, coupe

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Cadillac is seeking some much-needed momentum for its entry-level ATS nameplate with the launch next spring of V series track-ready versions of the sedan and coupe.... Read More »

 

Audi Prologue concept marks new styling direction

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Audi unveiled a prototype of a coupe that signals the future styling direction of the luxury brand under new design chief Marc Lichte. The show car signals exterior and interior styling that will emphasize sportiness, lightweight design and all-wheel drive.... Read More »

 

Ford preps larger, 3-row Edge for China

6:13 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Ford will make a version of the Ford Edge with three rows of seats for the Chinese market, Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service, told journalists Tuesday on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show.... Read More »

 

Subaru unveils VIZIV GT Vision virtual racer for 'Gran Turismo 6' gamers

4:58 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Subaru is the latest automaker to embrace the virtual racing scene with a hyperfuturistic concept for “Gran Turismo 6” on the PlayStation 3 game system.... Read More »

 

Former Honda executives chide CEO Ito over quality, recalls

10:03 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Two former Honda Motor chiefs have called on CEO Takanobu Ito this year, urging him to focus more on quality issues, increasing the pressure he's already under from federal regulators and politicians over mass airbag recalls.... Read More »

 

Takata says it modified compound involved in airbag recalls

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Takata has modified the composition of an airbag propellant that contains a volatile chemical at the center of a recall of millions of cars worldwide, the company told Reuters.... Read More »

 

AutoNation plans mid-December rollout of digital storefront in Florida

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Customers of 30 AutoNation stores in south Florida next month will be able to use their credit cards to reserve a car they want to buy, as part of a purchase process that is largely online.... Read More »

 

Carlyle’s Axalta auto-paint company rises in trading debut

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Axalta Coating Systems, the former DuPont auto-paint unit now backed by Carlyle Group LP, rose in its first day of trading after raising $975 million in an initial public stock offering.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-AMG GT targets Porsche 911

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is using the tag line “Handcrafted by Racers: a sports car in its purest form,” for the new GT sports car, emphasizing the car’s development by Mercedes’ AMG performance unit.... Read More »

 

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