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Will Japan's auto industry consolidate?

10:21 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Japan's crowded auto industry is poised to look more like other major markets, with three or fewer carmakers left by the end of the decade. That's more than car-loving Germany or the far bigger U.S. market.... Read More »

Chevy freshens Trax as crossover competition multiplies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

The Chevrolet Trax will get a new face and freshened interior for the 2017 model year, an effort to stay ahead of a slew of newcomers in the burgeoning market for subcompact crossovers.... Read More »

Camaro 1LE performance version will offer V-6

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

The Chevrolet Camaro 1LE track-ready performance model that debuts this week at the Chicago Auto Show will for the first time be offered with a V-6 engine under the hood.... Read More »

About 1 in 5 U.S. vehicles has open safety recall, Carfax says

4:21 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Nearly one in five vehicles on U.S. roads is in need of repair of a safety issue serious enough to be involved in a federal government recall, according to used-car history provider Carfax.... Read More »

Subaru recalls 77,000 Tribecas for hood latch defect

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Subaru is recalling 77,000 Tribeca SUVs from the 2006-14 model years in the U.S. for a defect that could cause the hood to unexpectedly open while driving.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: I agree with NHTSA: E-shifters stink, but they're not defective

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

I have something in common with the fine folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: I don't like e-shifters, either. But let's be clear. This isn't an alleged defect.... Read More »

Cadillac prices XT5 below rivals, but aims high

12:09 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

The new 2017 Cadillac XT5 will have a base sticker price of $39,990, including shipping, when it hits showrooms in April -- about $1,400 more than its predecessor, the SRX, but considerably less than key competitors in the luxury midsize crossover market. The price range will stretch far higher on the XT5 than on the SRX.... Read More »

GM Tech Center employee stabbed on campus

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

A General Motors employee was in critical condition today after she was stabbed multiple times on the campus of the automaker's Technical Center in Warren, Mich.... Read More »

VW, Audi, BMW recall 1.7 million U.S. cars with Takata airbags

8:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 850,000 vehicles due to potentially faulty airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata -- the company at the center of a long-running global safety crisis. BMW added another 840,000 vehicles to the recall.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch deal will not be reviewed, U.S. judge rules

11:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

A U.S. judge today rejected a request to reconsider his approval of a settlement fund to resolve more than a thousand lawsuits over deaths and injuries blamed on an ignition-switch defect that prompted GM to recall 2.6 million vehicles.... Read More »

Self-driving cars succumb to snow blindness as driving lanes disappear

6:41 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

As automakers race to get robot cars on the road, they're encountering an obstacle very familiar to humans: Old Man Winter. Simple snow can render the most advanced computing power useless and leave vehicles dead on the highway.... Read More »

BMW drops to 3rd place in global luxury sales race during January

6:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

BMW lost ground in the luxury-car sales race in January, dropping to third place as Mercedes-Benz moved closer to a goal of unseating its rival this year.... Read More »

Nissan profit boosted by strong U.S. demand

4:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Nissan reported a 24 percent increase in operating profit in the latest quarter on the back of booming North American sales and cost cutting.... Read More »

Google's autonomous tech can be considered driver under federal law, NHTSA says

8:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads.... Read More »

EPA, SEMA at odds over proposed racecar rule

5:10 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

A potential EPA ban on many road-to-racecar conversions has touched off a battle with the aftermarket industry, whose trade group says the move would reverse decades of agency policy and deal a blow to auto racing and the parts market.... Read More »

Kia plans first sports sedan next year as it seeks younger, more hip image, report says

10:13 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Kia Motors plans to launch its first sports sedan next year, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, seeking to burnish a sporty, younger image as larger sibling Hyundai Motor builds up its premium offerings.... Read More »

Honda warns dealerships of liability as it widens airbag recall

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

American Honda has expanded its Takata airbag recalls by more than 2 million vehicles and warned dealers that they could face legal exposure for unrepaired vehicles if they violate a related stop-sale order for the affected cars.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Scion is not Japan's only failed U.S. brand

11:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Japanese failures in the United States are rare, but there have been a few. And with the death of Scion, announced today, Toyopet no longer stands alone as Toyota’s only failed brand.... Read More »

Toyota to scrap Scion brand, keep the cars

9:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Toyota is pulling the plug on Scion, the funky upstart brand it launched in 2002 to appeal to the finicky younger buyers it was struggling to connect with on its own.... Read More »

GM profits soar on strong truck sales, resilience in China

7:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

GM posted pretax operating profit of $10.8 billion for 2015 -- including $2.8 billion in the fourth quarter -- as executives sought to reassure skeptical investors that there is plenty of profit potential remaining in the key U.S. and China markets.... Read More »

Fuel economy up slightly in January as SUV, pickup sales level off

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

As the sales of SUVs and pickups leveled off in January, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. that month went up from December, albeit slightly, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said.... Read More »

Google expands self-driving car testing to Washington state

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Google parent company Alphabet said its self-driving car project will expand testing to Kirkland, Wash., later this month, the third city where it is testing autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Chock this out: We may have jumped the shark on Recall-o-rama

12:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety, the automaker will voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers with free wheel chocks.... Read More »

Audi's Super Bowl ad reaches for the moon

11:17 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Audi is back in the Super Bowl with an R8 spot that reaches for the moon. The 60-second first-quarter ad, "The Commander," centers on a retired astronaut who "rediscovers his lust for life" with the help of the R8 V-10-plus supercar.... Read More »

Denso lowers full-year profit forecast, expects yen to strengthen

11:22 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso today lowered its full-year net profit forecast by almost 5 percent, saying it expects the yen to strengthen slightly against the U.S. dollar.... Read More »

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