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2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider starts at $65,495

6:39 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Pricing for the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will start at $65,495, with U.S. sales of the hand-built convertible expected to begin in August, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today.... Read More »

Serra Nissan faces civil suit in U.S. court in Ala.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Serra Nissan in Birmingham, Ala., is facing more legal problems, this time in civil court. An Alabama couple is suing the dealership alleging it was involved in a criminal enterprise when they bought a car there. Serra's lawyer says he plans an aggressive defense.... Read More »

GM to cut Chevy Sonic, Buick Verano production amid weak sales

11:12 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

General Motors plans to cut Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano production by more than 20 percent and lay off about 100 workers -- the latest result of slowing U.S. demand for small cars.... Read More »

Ford returns to Le Mans race in 2016 with GT supercar

1:27 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Ford will return to endurance racing next year as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of its historic top-three sweep in the 1966 24 Hour of Le Mans.... Read More »

Honda confirms 7th death from Takata airbags

2:03 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

American Honda confirmed today that a Takata airbag explosion was behind the April death of a Louisiana woman, bringing the number of deaths linked to defective airbags from Takata to seven.... Read More »

2015 Automotive Hall of Fame inductees named

2:46 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

The Automotive Hall of Fame will induct four industry leaders at its 2015 ceremony in Detroit on Thursday, July 23.... Read More »

Honda will take further charges of $363 million for Takata airbag recalls

7:14 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Honda said it would restate its financial results for the last business year, to account for $363 million in additional costs to pay for an expanded recall of cars equipped with Takata airbag parts.... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia cut output in South Korea after sales decline

7:43 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Hyundai and its affiliate Kia are reducing production after sales fell at the two Korean carmakers.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Life or death decisions

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Self-driving cars would open a world of opportunity to people like me who are fascinated by any new technology but these vehicles also raise some ethical dilemmas regarding the choices a vehicle might make in a critical situation.... Read More »

VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: On Twitter, retail events and auto shows are marketing gold

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

New data show that retail events and auto shows are key drivers of consumer conversations on Twitter. The research, conducted by Canvs on behalf of Twitter, found that tweets in which people consider specific makes triple during retail events such as truck month or year-end sales.... Read More »

VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Dealer putting Mayweather's big-ticket Enzo back on the market

4:15 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2015

A familiar guest is back at exotic-car dealership Fusion Luxury Motors. The rare 2003 Ferrari Enzo supercar that boxer Floyd Mayweather bought from the dealership in January is going back up for sale.... Read More »

Deep discounts fail to boost China sales in May

2:04 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Automakers failed to jumpstart the slowing growth in car sales in China last month despite offering steeper discounts, as consumers opted to defer purchases and invest in the world's biggest stock-market rally instead.... Read More »

Google plans driverless-car reports after 2nd accident in a week

2:34 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Google plans to release monthly reports on its self-driving cars, part of a push to disclose more information about the technology, following a second accident for one of the vehicles in less than a week.... Read More »

U.S. pledges closer scrutiny of automakers following GM safety crisis

12:15 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Automakers and suppliers can expect tougher data requests and more frequent audits from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency said today as it outlined a plan to prevent safety lapses similar to General Motors' ignition switch crisis of 2014.... Read More »

Takata will give quality chief more authority with board role

4:45 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Takata, the troubled Japanese supplier behind the massive global airbag recall crisis, will give the executive in charge of quality assurance, Hiroshi Shimizu, more authority by naming him to the board of directors.... Read More »

Ford F-150 production ramp-up complete, CFO says

3:17 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Ford has finished ramping up production of the 2015 F-150 at both plants that build the aluminum-bodied pickups, CFO Bob Shanks said today, even as a shortage of supplier-built frames keeps the plants from running some scheduled overtime.... Read More »

Dow CEO being probed by SEC for allegations of misspending, report says

11:02 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating allegations that Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris misused company funds for personal benefit, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

Ferrari IPO delayed until after Oct. 12

1:37 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

A planned initial public offering of luxury sports car maker Ferrari will not happen before Oct. 12, its owner Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said, adding the delay was due to tax issues.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Marchionne fights industry's history of failed mergers

11:32 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

As he presses rivals to merge with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Sergio Marchionne faces a fact his counterparts at General Motors and Ford know all too well: auto mergers and alliances fail at least as often as they succeed. Among the duds are DaimlerChrysler, GM's ill-fated tie-up with Fiat, and Ford's rollup of Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin.... Read More »

Texas floods may yield 10,000 damaged vehicles

9:54 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

As many as 10,000 vehicles may have been damaged in last month’s catastrophic Texas floods, and some could be resold out of state to unsuspecting buyers, according to a group that works to prevent insurance fraud.... Read More »

Ford's China sales rise 4% in May

7:30 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Ford and its Chinese joint ventures sold 91,013 vehicles in China in May, up 4 percent from a year earlier, the company said today.... Read More »

Toyota boosting Japan exports to reach sales goal

7:07 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Toyota, facing capacity constraints in North America, may boost exports from Japan for the first time in three years to meet its global sales target.... Read More »

VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Consumer panel shares likes and dislikes about today's car tech

4:34 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

It seems impossible to please everybody, but that's the challenge automakers face as consumer expectations for connected cars continue to rise.... Read More »

Ford F-150 output pinched by frame shortage, workers say

11:55 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Production of the redesigned, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has been slowed by a shortage of frames from a supplier's plant in Kentucky, according to workers and a UAW official. They said Ford has canceled some planned overtime at the two plants that build the pickup and sent workers there home early multiple times in the past few months.... Read More »

2 car salesmen rescue trucker from fiery crash in Minn.

1:13 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Two car salesmen from neighboring dealerships in suburban Minneapolis teamed up Wednesday afternoon to save a life.... Read More »

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