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Texas Ranger Ram concept honors lawmen

10:30 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Ram today will unveil a concept 2015 Ram 1500 pickup at the Dallas auto show to honor the Texas Rangers -- the historic law-enforcement agency that once brought order to the Lone Star state's rough-and-tumble frontier.... Read More »

New generation of cheaper batteries adds power to hybrids, cut fuel use

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

A new generation of hybrid cars that combine electric and gas power in new ways are emerging as a low-cost alternative for automakers and consumers as batteries get cheaper and more efficient. The new microhybrid systems are coming on line just as automakers face a U.S. goal of 54.5 miles per gallon on average by 2025.... Read More »

Chevy revives Malibu hybrid with 2016 redesign

9:00 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Chevrolet will offer a hybrid version of the next-generation Malibu sedan that will exceed 45 mpg in combined highway and city driving, marking GM's first full-hybrid passenger car after finding little success in recent years with light electrification.... Read More »

Automakers in race to double range of affordable EVs

1:52 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Automakers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than double the driving range of today's Nissan Leaf, betting that technical breakthroughs by big battery suppliers will jump-start demand and pull them abreast of Tesla.... Read More »

'We've got too many damn tiers,' UAW head tells cheering delegates

10:50 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

In a fiery address to hundreds of UAW delegates, union President Dennis Williams said auto workers sacrificed during the recession and now must get that compensation back.... Read More »

Detroit Diesel to invest $208 million in Mich. plant upgrades, create 245 jobs

10:04 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Detroit Diesel Corp. plans to upgrade its nearly 75-year-old manufacturing plant in suburban Detroit. The manufacturer of diesel engines is expected to invest $208 million to add new machinery and equipment for a new medium-duty diesel engine line, creating an anticipated 245 jobs.... Read More »

JIM HENRY

BLOG: If dealers don't weigh in, they can't gripe

12:30 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Dealers have a chance right now to weigh in on what they like and don’t like about their lenders, and they shouldn’t miss the opportunity.
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Average U.S. gasoline usage lowest in 3 decades, study says

2:09 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

With improvements in vehicle fuel economy, U.S. drivers’ average gasoline consumption is the lowest it’s been in at least 30 years, according to research by the University of Michigan released today.... Read More »

'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson fired by BBC

1:19 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

The BBC today dropped British "Top Gear" motoring show host Jeremy Clarkson, who built a global fan base while repeatedly causing offence with strongly worded views, after finding he had physically attacked a producer.... Read More »

TRW in talks with India’s Amtek to sell suspension business, reports say

10:29 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Amtek Auto, an Indian car parts maker, is among companies in talks to acquire TRW's suspension business, people familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

Ford recalls 220,000 vehicles in N.A. for 3 issues

9:25 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles in North America for potential issues with door handles, vacuum pump relays and sensors.... Read More »

India's Mahindra said to be in talks to buy car designer Pininfarina

7:49 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Mahindra & Mahindra, India's largest maker of SUVs, is in talks to buy Italian auto design and engineering company Pininfarina SpA, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

Fewer photos prevents 'image fatigue,' used-car shopper report says

4:04 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Too many photos in online used-vehicle listings can cause “image fatigue” for consumers, a study released today found. The optimal number? Nine.... Read More »

GM stays strong in dealership-service satisfaction; Jaguar jumps to No. 1 in luxury

1:00 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

General Motors again dominated the top rankings in customer satisfaction at dealership service departments, claiming three of the five highest-scored mainstream brands in a benchmark study released today by JD Power and Associates.... Read More »

Tesla free to sell cars in New Jersey as Christie signs bill

4:09 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Tesla Motors will be allowed to sell its electric cars straight to consumers in New Jersey, after Republican Governor Chris Christie signed a bill overhauling the state's dealership laws.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: There is a ton of dealer profit riding on FCA's Wrangler decision

1:58 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Deep in the bowels of Fiat Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills -- or Turin, or London -- the automaker's brain trust is making its final call about what to do with the Wrangler plant in Toledo, Ohio.... Read More »

Magna plans $135 million exterior parts plant in Mexico

3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Magna International plans a $135 million plant in Queretaro, Mexico, to produce molded and painted exterior parts such as fascias and rocker panels.... Read More »

JIM HENRY

BLOG: Size of average tax refund makes a decent down payment

11:45 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

For anybody keeping track -- which is to say, anybody interested in subprime auto lending – U.S. tax refunds have fallen a bit more behind than they were a few weeks ago.... Read More »

2015 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Scion plans revival with iM hatchback, iA compact sedan

12:33 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Toyota is about to give up its struggling Scion brand a shot in the arm -- two shots, in fact. At the New York auto show next month, the automaker is set to unveil two new models for the youth-oriented brand -- a five-door iM hatchback and a sporty compact sedan designated the iA.... Read More »

LaSorda's venture capital fund invests in auto cyber-security firm

11:13 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Tom LaSorda, the former CEO of Chrysler and Fisker, said his venture capital fund IncWell has invested in a global automotive cyber-security supplier called TowerSec. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.... Read More »

GM's Opel to exit Russia, Chevy to reduce lineup to 'iconic' models

9:10 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

General Motors' Opel division will exit the plunging Russian market and abandon production at its plant in St. Petersburg by the end of the year. In addition, Chevrolet will scale back its presence in Russia, selling “iconic” U.S.-built models such as the Corvette, Camaro and Tahoe.... Read More »

VW hit by second Chinese TV expose in a week, this time over engine leaks

7:42 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

China's main state-owned television network struck out against Volkswagen AG in its second expose targeting the company this week, alleging this time that it overlooked dangerous engine leaks in its Chinese cars.... Read More »

A French billionaire's anti-Tesla dream costs 20 cents a minute

7:12 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

The Tesla Model S, a sumptuous, four-door electric sedan with a sticker price of $71,000, has a waiting list that stretches to months. Vincent Bollore can get you behind the wheel of an electric with “far superior” technology this afternoon. For just 20 cents a minute.... Read More »

Jaguar's redesigned XF sedan set for New York debut

8:00 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

Jaguar will unveil the redesigned 2016 XF sports sedan -- built on the company's new aluminum-intensive architecture -- at the New York International Auto Show next month.... Read More »

U.S. judge taps lead lawyers for Takata airbag cases

6:30 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

Four plaintiffs' lawyers, including high-profile attorney David Boies, were appointed by a federal judge to lead civil litigation against Takata and several automakers for injuries caused by allegedly faulty airbags.... Read More »

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