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Mercedes-Benz USA mulls move south, reports say

9:17 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Mercedes-Benz, after more than 40 years in New Jersey, is considering moving its U.S. headquarters south to Georgia or North Carolina, according to media reports.... Read More »

 

Acura to unwrap NSX at Detroit auto show

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Acura will reveal a production version of the NSX supercar -- the luxury brand's long-awaited halo car -- in Detroit next month.... Read More »

 

Honda ran tests on fatal airbag flaw, frustrated by Takata reticence, report says

7:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Honda was so concerned by mounting recalls for Takata airbags -- and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing five people with shrapnel -- that it bought used and scrapped cars in Japan to conduct its own tests.... Read More »

 

Volvo to provide 4-year subscription to SiriusXM traffic, weather information

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Volvo customers will receive a 4-year subscription to SiriusXM traffic and weather information when purchasing a 2015 1/2 model equipped with the latest generation of Volvo Sensus Connect, the company's connected car platform, Volvo said Wednesday.... Read More »

 

Visteon to sell Halla Climate unit stake for $3.6 billion

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Visteon has agreed to sell a majority stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control to South Korea’s Hankook Tire and its investment partner for $3.6 billion, to focus on connected-vehicle solutions and cockpit electronics.... Read More »

 

Supplier Brose to invest $97.6M in Detroit area expansion, add 388 jobs

8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Brose North America plans to invest $97.6 million to expand at three locations around Detroit, generating 388 new jobs.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM customers demand payment for 'callous cover-up' of defect

7:56 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Owners of General Motors cars with faulty ignition switches turned to the only judge who can help them, saying it's wrong to shield the automaker behind bankruptcy law.... Read More »

 

The road ahead for NHTSA's new chief

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Mark Rosekind, confirmed to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, faces immediate pressure to take a tougher stance with automakers and suppliers on safety matters, reset the agency's culture and manage the coming wave of autonomous-vehicle and other advanced technologies.... Read More »

 

U.S. prepares for legal battle with Takata over airbag recall

10:33 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
U.S. regulators investigating failures of Takata Corp. airbags are preparing for a legal fight in case the Japanese parts maker doesn’t comply with a request to expand a recall.... Read More »

 

Cars.com cuts 32 Chicago jobs

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
Cars.com cut 32 jobs last week at its Chicago headquarters in a 2.5 percent headcount reduction that comes just months after it was acquired by media giant Gannett.... Read More »

 

Honda issues stop-sale on some Acura TLX sedans that could roll away

6:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
Honda Motor told dealers in the United States to stop selling some of its Acura TLX sedans because the parking lock may fail to engage, the latest quality shortcoming at the automaker after President Takanobu Ito took a pay cut.... Read More »

 

Porche 918 Spyder sold out; Americans are top buyers

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
Porsche sold the last of the limited-edition 918 Spyder supercar, the German company's most expensive model, and Americans snapped up more than anyone else.... Read More »

 

Takata patent history shows decades spent seeking safer airbags

6:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
Airbag patents show researchers probed ways to make the devices more durable and the explosive propellant inside them more stable for decades before Takata products designed to save lives started killing people.... Read More »

 

White House rolls out tire safety, efficiency program with NASCAR

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
The White House rolled out a new program aimed at getting American consumers to buy tires that will enable cars to get better mileage and take better care of them to cut down on tire-related crashes.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Who distorted what? Wording of CFPB statement will get its own investigation

11:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
The ombudsman’s office for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said it would conduct an independent review into complaints that the CFPB’s press releases don’t match the consent orders they describe -- something auto finance insiders have complained about bitterly but privately, for fear of provoking the bureau.
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JAMIE LaREAU

F&I jobs hold a powerful lure for women

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
It seems women are keen to work in the finance and insurance department. In fact, F&I has the highest percentage of women employees in a dealership, after the office/administration department.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Benz's new GLE Coupe wants a piece of luxury crossover market

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Mercedes-Benz hopes to carve out a niche in the crowded luxury crossover market with the launch of the all-new GLE Coupe aimed at buyers looking for a nimbler, sportier crossover.... Read More »

 

In-store kiosks put F&I right in front of customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Michael Fastman is buying kiosks for BMW of Silver Spring, in Silver Spring, Md., where he is general manager, and BMW of Catonsville, in Baltimore, where he is in charge of operations.... Read More »

 

Head-shaking over Americans' car buying

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
The Financial Times' legendary Lex column, a daily investment discourse famed for its irreverence and oh-so-British drollery, can be tough on us Yanks.... Read More »

 

Why BMW loves California

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
BMW North America is headquartered in New Jersey, which means shorter flights to Munich for CEO Ludwig Willisch. But Willisch spends much time thinking about the West Coast.... Read More »

 

Chrysler and Ford expand regional airbag recalls

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Chrysler Group says it will expand its recall of about 149,000 pickup trucks in 12 states and territories to include passenger-side airbag inflators, made by supplier Takata. But hours after the announcement, the nation's top vehicle safety agency called the expansion "insufficient."... Read More »

 

Honda to expand recalls of driver-side Takata airbags

11:22 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Honda North America today said it would expand its recall of potentially explosive driver-side airbag inflators nationwide in accordance with a request from federal regulators, even as the airbag manufacturer Takata continued to insist it's not necessary.... Read More »

 

Audi plans electric crossover in U.S. to challenge Tesla

8:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Audi plans to roll out an electric-powered crossover in 2017 to challenge Tesla for wealthy, environmentally conscious consumers.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why Chrysler's November sales ought to make your jaw drop

3:53 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Stunning. How else could you describe the breadth and depth of the remarkable sales wave that Chrysler's US dealerships experienced in November?... Read More »

 

Chevy Colorado edges Ford F-150 for Motor Trend Truck of the Year honor

7:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Motor Trend named the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado pickup its Truck of the Year, edging out Ford's aluminum-bodied F-150.... Read More »

 

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