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Tesla advances in effort to expand in Ga., fails to gain entry to W.Va.

4:30 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

A bill before Georgia's governor would let Tesla add to its stores there, while West Virginia has rejected a proposal that would have allowed Tesla to sell directly to consumers in the state.... Read More »

Feds broaden crackdown on dealership fraud

11:15 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission is broadening its enforcement of car dealerships to crack down on deception and fraud in operations that go beyond advertising. The latest actions, announced today, also target auto-loan application fraud and deceptive practices related to add-on products and services.... Read More »

Dodge monkeys around with CGI in new ads

4:06 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Enforcing Dodge Law is serious business. So the brand turned to muscle car enthusiast Richard Rawlings of Discovery Channel's “Fast N' Loud” to restore order in an ad campaign that launched this month. But even with Rawlings' expertise in resurrecting vintage rides at his Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, he needed a partner with a little attitude.... Read More »

U.S. auto sales poised for rare monthly decline

3:45 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

March could be just the sixth month since 2009 in which the U.S. auto industry posts a year-over-year sales decline, a sign the market is starting to flatten out after one of the longest stretches of growth ever. Given how close volumes are tracking with the same month a year ago, whether March results finish up or down will likely hinge on how many deliveries dealers can make between now through Tuesday.... Read More »

Barra advises women to accept challenging work assignments

2:04 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

General Motors CEO Mary Barra encouraged women to take on new challenges from studying science and math to accepting jobs that are outside of their area of expertise.... Read More »

Toyota adding hybrid to 2016 RAV4 lineup

12:45 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Toyota is adding a hybrid model at a time of low gas prices and slumping sales of alternative-powertrain vehicles. An all-new RAV4 hybrid will be introduced next week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

Denso, NGK fined by S. Korea for price-fixing

2:46 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

South Korea's antitrust regulator will fine five auto parts firms, including Japan's Denso, NGK Spark Plug and their local units, a total of $3.2 million for fixing prices and rigging bids for engine parts.... Read More »

New Chevy Malibu tasked with meeting GM's aggressive sales goals

2:01 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

The Chevrolet Malibu has been a symbol of GM's competitive woes for nearly 20 years because of designs that critics often lambasted as boring. Now, the No. 1 U.S. automaker is telling suppliers a redesigned version of the midsize sedan will deliver a long-awaited sales jolt.... Read More »

Automakers exceed U.S. fuel-economy rules for 2nd straight year, EPA says

11:04 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Automakers exceeded their targets for improving fuel economy and tailpipe emissions by "a wide margin" for the second year in a row, the EPA said. Vehicles sold in the U.S. are on average the most fuel efficient they've ever been, averaging 24.1 mpg in 2013, a 0.5 mpg increase from the previous year.... Read More »

GM switches ad agencies for Silverado

9:11 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

General Motors said it has moved its Chevrolet Silverado ad account from Publicis Groupe's Leo Burnett to Interpublic's Commonwealth.... Read More »

Alcoa receives committment for $259 million U.S. loan to expand aluminum output

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy has offered a conditional commitment to lend Alcoa Inc. $259 million to expand automotive aluminum sheet production capacity at the supplier's Tennessee factory, reviving a long-dormant loan program to support the development of energy-efficient vehicles.... Read More »

Toyota targets big savings in factory, product-development spending

12:30 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Toyota outlined bold savings targets in factory investment and vehicle development, along with gains in fuel efficiency, through an aggressive restructuring being launched this year. The overhaul, part of a switch to new modularized product platforms, has been years in the making and is designed to fuel the company's expansion.... Read More »

Mercedes adds plug-in hybrid to retooled GLE crossover line

7:00 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a new plug-in hybrid with the debut of the revamped GLE midsize crossover. The 2016 crossover family will be the first product line to feature Mercedes' new nomenclature. The GLE replaces the M class, Mercedes' top-selling light truck in the U.S.... Read More »

UAW to press for 'pattern' labor deals in Detroit 3 talks, Williams says

5:51 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams says the UAW will try to negotiate labor contracts with the Detroit 3 later this year that are identical -- a goal made difficult because each automaker has different labor costs largely as a result of a lower-cost, entry-level pay scale.... Read More »

Kia to build Forte compact and a small car at Mexico plant

9:53 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Kia Motors plans to make its Forte compact and an unidentified small car targeted at the local market at its planned factory in Mexico.... Read More »

VIDEO: A dealership of tomorrow built on yesterday's values

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

A return policy inspired by Walmart. A talk-to-every (nearby) customer mandate. A no-cursing culture. These are just some of the hallmarks of Jenkins & Wynne Ford Lincoln Honda. Second-generation dealer Don Jenkins is expanding to meet immediate needs - such as covered service lanes. At the same time, he's preserving a hiring policy that values decades of loyalty while recovering from a tragedy that has him preparing to hand the business to one child instead of two.... Read More »

Honda may bring UK-built Civic hatchback to U.S., report says

9:55 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Could American Honda be getting its first hatchback Civic in years or possibly even the coveted Type R hot hatch?... Read More »

Barra, other GM execs to be deposed in ignition-switch case

6:19 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

General Motors CEO Mary Barra is among current and former executives set to be questioned in litigation over ignition-switch defects that led to the recall of millions of vehicles. Lawyers suing GM on behalf of vehicle owners will begin taking sworn depositions on May 6, attorney Bob Hilliard said.... Read More »

Jeep's Moab concept vehicles pull from brand's past

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Jeep relied heavily on images from the brand's 74-year history to develop seven working concept vehicles -- including a Wrangler-based pickup -- that it will take to the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.... Read More »

Dealers sold 'hundreds' of cars with open recalls, report says

3:58 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

New-car dealerships have sold “hundreds” of cars without completing mandatory recall work at the time of sale, ABC News reported during an investigative segment today on “Good Morning America.”... Read More »

Tesla reprograms Model S to plan charging stops, ease range anxiety

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Tesla plans a software upgrade that adds two features -- Range Assurance and Trip Planner -- that automatically plan charging stops and warn a Model S driver if a road trip is likely to leave him stranded.... Read More »

BMW settles dispute with FTC over Mini warranties

2:03 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

BMW, hoping to avoid extending a dispute with U.S. regulators, has agreed to settle a complaint that its Mini division broke the federal law governing vehicle warranties.... Read More »

Is Richard Branson's Virgin empire gearing up to take on Tesla?

1:54 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Richard Branson has slapped his Virgin brand on trains, planes, spacecraft, and (soon) cruise ships. Are cars next? The Virgin Racing team competed in the all-electric Formula E race this week in Miami, where Branson disclosed the company has teams of people working on EVs.... Read More »

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BLOG: India's Mahindra stills wants to sell in the U.S.

10:24 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Pawan Goenka has not given up on the idea of entering the US auto market. The head of automotive operations for India's Mahindra & Mahindra, Goenka acknowledges that the company is “still in the middle of it” on the legal fallout from his first attempt at entering.... Read More »

Honda adds more vehicles to U.S. recalls on Takata airbag flaws

6:24 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Honda added about 100,000 vehicles in the United States to existing recalls for flawed airbags made by Takata after discovering it hadn’t properly identified these models as being produced for the market.... Read More »

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