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Honda launches $1 million campaign to draw Ohio students to manufacturing

12:15 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Honda is joining a push in Ohio to interest middle and high school students in manufacturing careers, a move stemming from increasing concerns about possible future shortages of qualified workers.... Read More »

Calif. recall bill would tighten used-car loopholes

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

California lawmakers are considering potentially precedent-setting legislation designed to protect consumers from unknowingly buying used vehicles that have been recalled but not repaired.... Read More »

Japan far outpaces U.S. in replacing Takata airbag parts

6:49 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

As automakers plead with U.S. customers to fix potentially deadly Takata airbags, recalls in Japan are drawing much stronger responses, with more than two-thirds of the total already repaired.... Read More »

Acura mixes a little 'memeness' with March Madness

6:15 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Acura is adding a little “memeness” to March Madness with a digital promotion on ESPN.com. It's a real-time marketing effort in which a “Meme Team” creates clever memes that tie into the NCAA men's basketball tournament action as it plays out.... Read More »

Ram Sport pickup coming in 2 more flavors -- orange and black

12:20 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

FCA's Ram brand is introducing two new packages to grab the attention of even more big-pickup consumers as the key spring and early-summer selling season begins.... Read More »

Takata more forthcoming on airbag probe, NHTSA chief says

10:21 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Takata, subject to a $14,000 daily fine from U.S. regulators, has started to become more cooperative about documents involving a deadly defect in its airbag inflators, NHTSA chief said Mark Rosekind said. The government, as part of a probe into defective airbags in millions of cars, has accused Takata of dumping millions pages of documents on NHTSA without a guide or explanation of the content.... Read More »

Delphi readies coast-to-coast demo of self-driving car

3:06 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Delphi Automotive aims to demonstrate its growing prowess in self-driving cars with what it bills as the "longest automated drive ever attempted in North America" -- a 3,500-mile coast-to-coast excursion in a specially rigged Audi SQ5 that will mostly drive itself.... Read More »

AutoNation drops chief accounting officer

12:40 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

AutoNation is searching for a new chief accounting officer after removing Michael Stephan from the post this week. The change is connected to “an internal realignment of its finance department,” AutoNation says..... Read More »

Ford says F-150 fleet deliveries to quicken as 2nd plant comes on line

1:11 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Ford's launch of the redesigned, aluminum-intensive 2015 F-Series remains on track, and fleet customers will have their orders filled in greater numbers in the second quarter as production accelerates, a top executive said on Friday.... Read More »

GM settles second ignition-switch lawsuit with parents of Georgia victim

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

The Georgia parents who forced GM to acknowledge an ignition switch defect linked to the deaths of their daughter and at least 64 other people have settled a second case against the company, their lawyers said today. The terms of the new settlement are confidential. GM revealed the ignition switch defect in February 2014, when it announced a recall that was eventually expanded to cover 2.6 million small cars.... Read More »

Porsche may add electric car to challenge Tesla

5:53 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Porsche may expand its growing lineup with a battery-powered vehicle to cater to demand for cleaner luxury vehicles and counter the rise of Tesla.... Read More »

2015 Ford Edge emphasizes more room and capability -- not mpg

9:00 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Ford has taken a different tack with the redesigned Edge, which was already the top-selling midsize crossover on the market and among the most fuel-efficient. Ford focused on making the 2015 Edge more capable, comfortable and high-tech, saying its buyers want those improvements more than slightly better gas mileage.... Read More »

Kia recalls 2014-15 Soul in U.S. for accelerator glitch

8:47 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Kia is recalling almost 209,000 Soul compact cars in the United States because the accelerator pedal may bend or break, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators.... Read More »

Toyota signs on as global Olympics sponsor

7:05 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Toyota signed on as a worldwide Olympics sponsor Friday in a long-term deal reportedly worth $835 million. The deal starts in 2017 and runs through the 2024 Olympics, including the 2020 summer games in Tokyo. Toyota becomes the first car company ever signed up by the International Olympic Committee for its top-tier sponsorship program.... Read More »

Hyundai mulls measures to improve corporate governance

4:34 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Hyundai will consider a shareholder proposal to set up a corporate governance committee to improve its decision-making, co-CEO Kim Choong Ho said.... Read More »

Tesla reassigns sales chief amid search for regional executives

12:34 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Tesla is looking to hire executives to run sales operations in North America, Asia and Europe as it seeks to rapidly increase deliveries. Jerome Guillen, vice president of global sales and service, will return to a customer-satisfaction role.... Read More »

Oregon prepares nation's first per-mile road tax

3:33 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Some states, worried that rising numbers of electric and fuel-efficient vehicles will crimp their gas-tax revenues, are looking at alternative ways to fund road upkeep. In July, Oregon will implement the first such alternative.... Read More »

Marchionne's pay package valued at $34 million for 2014, including special bonus

12:38 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne earned a pay package currently valued at 31.3 million euros ($34 million) last year, including a bonus for cementing a deal that created the world's seventh-largest carmaker, a regulatory filing showed.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

BLOG: Tesla is all smiles on 'gigafactory' progress

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

For most car companies, a construction delay is an annoyance. But for Tesla, which is betting the company on a $5 billion “gigafactory” for lithium ion batteries in Nevada, it's an existential fear.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Silicon Valley debate on self-driving cars may focus on the need for a map

3:49 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

The Silicon Valley race to build a self-driving car may revolve around one simple question: to map or not to map. The company at the forefront of the race, Google, is creating intricate maps that detail everything along the road. Newer entrants such as Apple could take a shortcut.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Why Renault should plan a U.S. return

2:07 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

France's Renault brand will eventually return to the US market, I do predict. Not any time soon, I will concede. But sooner or later.... Read More »

Nissan expands recall to address Altima hoods that may fly open

9:28 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Nissan expanded the North American recall of its top-selling Altima sedan to about 878,000 vehicles because a secondary hood latch may fail and cause the hood to fly up while the car is in motion, according to a company filing with federal safety regulators.... Read More »

Daimler to invest $500 million in S.C. plant to build Sprinters

9:11 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Daimler AG said it will spend $500 million to build a new assembly plant in South Carolina that will make large commercial vans and result in the creation of more than 1,300 jobs.... Read More »

Most GM, Ford, Toyota plants resume operations after snowstorm

5:43 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

General Motors, Ford and Toyota plants resumed production today after some canceled shifts because of hazardous weather in the South and Midwest on Thursday. One GM plant in Tennessee canceled production shifts today.... Read More »

VW plans $1 billion investment in Mexico to support Tiguan output, report says

6:31 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

VW plans an investment worth around $1 billion in Mexico to expand its Puebla assembly plant, Reuters reported Thursday. The capital outlay, aimed at supporting production of the Tiguan compact crossover, is due to be unveiled on Monday and is expected to generate about 1,900 jobs.... Read More »

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