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GM, law firm can keep ignition-switch documents secret, U.S. judge rules

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

General Motors and its law firm need not turn over privileged documents to drivers hoping to show that the automaker intended to commit a crime or fraud by concealing defective ignition switches in their vehicles, a federal judge ruled today.... Read More »

Takata ignored employees' inflator concerns, report says

11:11 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

Embattled automotive safety products supplier Takata ignored concerns from employees about misleading and manipulated data provided to Honda about its airbag inflators from as early as 2000, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.... Read More »

Audi, Porsche, VW ordered by CARB to recall, repair emissions software

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

The California Air Resources Board today ordered Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen to recall and repair “illegal” emissions software in more than 15,000 vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines sold in the state since 2009, the regulator said in a statement.... Read More »

How Toyota used Nascar to sway loyal American car buyers

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

For years Toyota has been marketing itself to the Nascar audience as an increasingly American company -- and Nascar fans are growing more receptive. Two out of three now say they’d consider buying a Toyota, roughly on par with the sport’s domestic sponsors like Ford and GM.... Read More »

Ford touts 'backup trailer assist' function in new F-150 ads

7:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

Comedian Denis Leary is crowing about something new in Ford F-150 ads: technology that is meant to make backing up a trailer easier.... Read More »


BLOG: Why CFPB reform bill could face tougher challenge in the Senate

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

A bill to limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's 2013 auto lending guidance found overwhelming support in the House, but when it reaches the Senate, the story could change.... Read More »

Chinese automaker Dongfeng removes president under graft suspicion

7:43 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

Dongfeng Motor Group said it removed President Zhu Fushou from his position, after the government launched an investigation on him for suspected graft earlier this month.... Read More »

U.S. delays 'quiet car' rules for hybrids, electric cars

10:54 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

U.S. regulators are delaying rules that would require electric and hybrid cars to alert sight-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists until at least mid-March, according to a recent government filing.... Read More »

Nissan spruces up compact Sentra as competition grows

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Nissan is giving the 2016 Sentra a major midcycle update to fan the compact sedan's sales growth. The changes come as the segment fills with more stylish cars from competitors and include a restyling to give the Sentra the same family looks as Nissan's Maxima large sedan and Murano midsize crossover.... Read More »

Hyundai's tech trickles down to Elantra

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Hyundai's sixth-generation Elantra will come crammed with safety and connectivity technology to fend off a newly redesigned Civic and Nissan Sentra. Like the larger Sonata, the new Elantra sheds some of its former curviness in lieu of clean lines, premium touches and Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille.... Read More »

New DARCARS CEO starts shopping

10:55 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

DARCARS Automotive Group is in talks with several U.S. dealerships about possible acquisitions after completing its first store purchase since John Darvish Jr., son of the founder, took over as CEO last year.... Read More »

Auto dealers poised for victory on recall provision in U.S. highway bill

7:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

It was supposed to be the response by Congress to a historic string of auto safety lapses that rocked the industry. Instead, lawmakers are finalizing a highway bill that would let dealers sell used cars with outstanding safety recalls.... Read More »

Legendary automotive artist Art Fitzpatrick dies at 96

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Art Fitzpatrick, one half of the team that created some of the most eye-catching advertising artwork for General Motors from 1959 to 1971, passed away this week in Carlsbad, Calif., at age 96.... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz touts fun-to-drive 'California car' 2017 SL roadster

11:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Mercedes-Benz today unveiled a new 2017 SL roadster -- a pure fun-to-drive car that the company expects to sell for more than $100,000 and hold strong appeal to upscale customers on the west coast.... Read More »

UAW 'optimistic' Ford deal will gain approval despite setbacks

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles today urged the union’s members to vote for the tentative contract with Ford Motor Co. and said he’s “optimistic” the agreement will be approved despite key “no” votes in recent days.... Read More »

Cadillac to launch holiday ad campaign for Escalade

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Cadillac will launch a broad advertising campaign for the Escalade in time for the holiday shopping season, the first significant marketing effort behind the big SUV since the current design went on sale more than 18 months ago.... Read More »

Infiniti goes global with QX30 debuts in L.A., China

7:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Infiniti is demonstrating its emerging global market outlook this week by publicly revealing its new QX30 compact crossover at the Los Angeles auto show, and then, 48 hours later, also at the auto show in Guangzhou, China.... Read More »

Buick's 3rd-gen LaCrosse adds sophistication, technology

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Buick is counting on a svelte redesigned LaCrosse to carry on as the brand's flagship and draw more buyers to a declining big-sedan market. The 2017 LaCrosse borrows from the sleek Avenir sedan concept that Buick showed in January -- its front end, including the wing-shaped element in the grille, bears a strong resemblance.... Read More »

Porsche lawyers say actor Paul Walker to blame for his death in crash

2:08 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Lawyers for German automaker Porsche said actor Paul Walker was responsible for his own death in a crash of a Porsche sports car, in response to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Walker's daughter, court documents showed.... Read More »


BLOG: Bentley adds extra polish with Bentayga First Edition

10:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Bentley, polishing its foray into a new segment, plans a special First Edition trim of the upcoming Bentayga crossover.... Read More »

2016 Chevy Cruze will start at $17,495

10:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Pricing for Chevrolet's lighter, larger, next-generation Chevrolet Cruze will begin at $17,495.... Read More »

Audi says gift cards help it identify owners of tainted diesels

6:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Volkswagen AG's “goodwill gesture” of $1,000 worth of gift cards to owners of cars with engines that pollute more than the law allows is helping the company identify those autos when it comes time to fix them, Audi of America President Scott Keogh said.... Read More »

Lincoln MKZ adopts rectangular face, new V-6 engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

The Lincoln MKZ will be the first car to drop the brand's split-wing grille in favor of the face introduced on the Continental concept. The 2017 MKZ, scheduled to go on sale next summer, also features a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that’s exclusive to Lincoln and rated at 400 hp when paired with all-wheel drive.... Read More »

Geely plans hybrid, electric versions for 90% of models by 2020

8:11 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Geely said it will equip more than 90 percent of its models with alternative-energy powertrains in the next five years, the most ambitious plan by a Chinese carmaker so far to improve fuel efficiency ahead of a government-mandated deadline.... Read More »


BLOG: Toyota delivers on promise of meaner, greener Prius

3:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

The minute you grab the wheel of the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid, you feel the difference. The steering is heavy, precise, deliberate -- not light, loose and dead like the steering in the outgoing version.... Read More »