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Automakers meet to coordinate Takata airbag testing

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
Several automakers were meeting in metro Detroit today to begin an industrywide investigation into the cause and scope of faulty Takata airbag inflators, according to two sources with knowledge of the plans. Toyota proposed the initiative last week to pool industry resources quickly and accurately identify Takata inflators that need to be replaced.... Read More »

 

Bergstrom on Buffett, Musk, life as dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
John Bergstrom once begged Roger Smith for a GM franchise. Today the head of Wisconsin's largest dealership group sits on the Green Bay Packer board and counts Warren Buffett as a friend. In this profile, Bergstrom, 67, tips his hat to those who taught him how to treat customers well and gives credit to Tesla's Elon Musk. He also shows healthy respect for a business that “will eat you up if you don't stay on top” of it.... Read More »

 

JCI's Molinaroli says employees 'rallied around' him after scandal

2:01 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Johnson Controls CEO Alex Molinaroli, in his first public comment regarding his extramarital affair involving a former consultant to the company, said his employees and the community have “rallied around” him since news of the scandal broke two months ago.... Read More »

 

Aston Martin reveals DB10 for next Bond film

11:09 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
James Bond will get back behind the wheel of an Aston Martin in Spectre, the next film in the 007 series. But, the secret agent will get in something considerably newer than the DB5 from Skyfall.... Read More »

 

Defiant Takata puts onus on carmakers for U.S.-demanded recalls

1:32 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Takata's refusal to comply with a federal demand to widen its airbag recall leaves regulators in a quandary: take the parts supplier to court or try to convince automakers to do the job instead.... Read More »

 

Toyota sees small pickups as growth market

12:06 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Toyota is betting that small pickup trucks are going to become big sellers. The automaker plans to unveil its redesigned Tacoma truck at the Detroit auto show in January, and is expecting rising sales in 2015 and beyond, even though overall growth in the small-truck segment has been slow.... Read More »

 

Alcoa signals key improvement in auto aluminum, lands new customer

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Aluminum giant Alcoa said today it has solved one of the biggest wrinkles automakers wrestle with when stamping aluminum body panels: formability. The supplier said it has at least one customer for the aluminum sheet produced by its new Micromill process.... Read More »

 

Chrysler expands airbag recall, but NHTSA calls it 'insufficient'

6:22 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Chrysler said it will expand its recall of about 149,000 pickup trucks to include passenger-side airbag inflators made by supplier Takata, but hours after the company made the announcement, the nation's top vehicle safety agency called the expansion “insufficient."... Read More »

 

October fuel economy static as gas prices drop toward $2 per gallon

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the United States last month remained unchanged from October and likely will remain unchanged in the near term as gasoline prices drop toward $2 per gallon, according to research posted this week.... Read More »

 

Cadillac names Publicis Worldwide as new global ad agency

11:23 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Cadillac today named Publicis Worldwide its new global advertising agency of record, replacing agencies controlled by Interpublic Group, which held the account since July 2013.... Read More »

 

NHTSA nominee Rosekind pledges tougher stance, 'common sense'

2:28 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Mark Rosekind pledged to make the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a tougher auto safety watchdog if confirmed as the agency’s new administrator.... Read More »

 

Honda's escalating airbag crisis frays half-century ties

6:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Honda signaled a growing rift in its more than 50-year relationship with airbag maker Takata, as the automaker struggles to contain a crisis that's killed five motorists in its cars.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Why it will be a different Nissan that returns to the Super Bowl

10:05 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Jeremy Tucker was still in college the last time Nissan ran an ad during the Super Bowl back in 1997. Now 38 and vice president of US marketing for the automaker, Tucker will execute Nissan's return to the high-profile advertising stage in February.... Read More »

 

Toyota widens airbag recalls after Japan scrapyard rupture

6:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Toyota Motor widened a recall of its vehicles linked to defective airbags to include some of the same models in Japan and China, after one of the devices ruptured in a car at a scrapyard in its home country.... Read More »

 

Lincoln launches high-end audio collaboration with Revel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Lincoln will bring concert-quality sound to its vehicles through a new collaboration announced today with Revel, a manufacturer of audiophile speaker systems.... Read More »

 

Ferrari unleashes 1,050-horsepower hybrid for test-drive customers

7:49 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Ferrari is giving a group of its test-drive customers the chance to try out a 1,050-horsepower hybrid prototype car being unveiled at its annual event celebrating the end of the global auto-racing season this week.... Read More »

 

NHTSA demands info about Takata's airbag propellant

7:37 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has demanded that Takata produce documents and answer questions under oath about its use of ammonium nitrate as a propellant in its airbag inflators, according to documents posted on NHTSA's website Wednesday.... Read More »

 

NEAL BOUDETTE

Apple's CarPlay goes missing in L.A. and in the showroom

11:09 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Tech giants Apple and Google have generated a lot of hype over the past 12 months over their plans to tightly integrate their smartphones and app technology with in-car infotainment systems.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Fisker flexes muscle with coachbuilt 725-hp Mustang

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Henrik Fisker, the Danish designer behind the Aston Martin DB9, BMW Z8 and the ill-fated Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, apparently can design an American muscle car, too.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept pays homage to past, future

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
It's ironic that the most futuristic Vision Gran Turismo virtual racer to date also has the deepest historical ties to motorsports.... Read More »

 

Honda admits failures in Takata airbag fiasco

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
A Honda executive told Congress today that the company failed to properly notify federal regulators of some crashes in which airbags made by Takata exploded and to clearly warn customers of the danger some vehicles could pose. He also acknowledged that the automaker still doesn't know for sure the extent of the problem but said it is working to find out and to make repairs as quickly as possible.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen won't advertise during 2015 Super Bowl

11:41 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Volkswagen, which made a huge splash with its “The Force” Super Bowl spot in 2011, will be sitting out the big game this year, the company confirmed.... Read More »

 

GM shuffles top execs for quality, purchasing, powertrain

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
GM said Grace Lieblein will replace Alicia Boler-Davis as head of global quality as the company caps a year of record recalls. Boler-Davis, who has been in charge of quality since July 2013, will retain responsibilities for customer experience and oversee OnStar as well. Lieblein, currently head of purchasing, will be replaced by powertrain chief Steve Kiefer.... Read More »

 

NHTSA tells Marchionne to speed up Jeep recall fix

1:58 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne was sent a stern letter Thursday from federal regulators to speed up repairs of recalled Jeep SUVs that face a heightened fire risk.... Read More »

 

Millions of cars need airbag fix as Senate grills auto industry

6:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
The world's biggest automakers have fixed a fraction of almost 8 million cars recalled for Takata airbags, providing fuel for a Senate committee the grilled industry executives today for their handling of the crisis.... Read More »

 

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