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Barra's role as change agent collides with 33 years as daughter of GM

6:37 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra presented herself as a change agent during congressional testimony this week. Senator Barbara Boxer wasn't buying. “I am very disappointed, really as a woman to woman, because the culture you're representing here today is the culture of the status quo,” said the California Democrat, who questioned Barra's ability to change a company that took a dozen years to address ignition switch flaws linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

Mercedes’ Sprinter fights notion that it’s unaffordable

2:04 pm U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
The Mercedes-Benz badge may be too fancy for Sprinter van buyers in the United States. So Mercedes has begun advertising the sticker price on the refreshed 2014 Sprinter van to negate its luxury appeal. The move comes as Mercedes attempts to gain market share from rivals by reaching individual and fleet customers who are not accustomed -- or even averse -- to driving a Mercedes-Benz vehicle.... Read More »

 

TrueCar files plans to go public with stock

5:37 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Online auto-shopping service TrueCar said today it has filed a statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell shares in an initial public offering. The company said it could raise as much as $125 million from the stock sale.... Read More »

 

Chevy to bring Manchester United to Michigan for match

4:09 pm U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
With its controversial $600 million sponsorship of English soccer giant Manchester United in hand, Chevrolet is bringing the soccer team home to Michigan this summer to host a match.... Read More »

 

CarMax says quarterly gross profit rises 4%

9:27 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Used car retailer CarMax reported a 4 percent gain in gross profits during the final quarter of its fiscal year, but an accounting correction and tepid sales to subprime customers caused net income to drop slightly from a year ago.... Read More »

 

Honda Fit-based crossover likely named HR-V in U.S.

3:24 pm U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Honda's crossover vehicle based on the Fit subcompact hatchback likely will be named HR-V. In filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark offices, Honda recently filed for a trademark for the name.... Read More »

 

Gasoline-loving spiders cause Mazda6 recall for second time

3:15 pm U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
For the second time in three years, Mazda has issued a recall for Mazda6 sedans in North America because of a spider that likes the smell of gasoline and weaves a web that blocks a vent in the engine.... Read More »

 

TV spot showing crash highlights crackdown on motorist texting

10:34 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
A commercial showing a truck crashing into the side of a car carrying two young women and a man will begin airing this month on national TV while police crack down on texting motorists.... Read More »

 

Toyota’s North America chief seeks fuel cell sedan supply boost

11:48 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Toyota's North American boss Jim Lentz, preparing to sell Camry-sized hydrogen sedans next year, said he’s “bullish” about advances in the company’s fuel cell system and wants more supply of the Japan-built cars in the United States.... Read More »

 

GM files 200,000 pages of documents about recall to safety agency

11:08 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
GM said it submitted most of the answers that federal safety regulators sought from the automaker about a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths. In response to NHTSA, GM sent some 200,000 pages of documents to the safety agency by a Thursday midnight deadline, GM spokesman Greg Martin said today. The company has provided answers to nearly 65 percent of the 107 questions that the NHTSA asked, he said.... Read More »

 

GM recall becomes case study in how bad news gets to the CEO

6:26 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra faced incredulity from Washington lawmakers over a deadly flaw that by GM's account took more than a dozen years for the boss to hear about. Lawmakers asked Barra, head of the country's biggest automaker, why it took until 2014 for GM to recall some 2.6 million vehicles with a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths, when people inside the company had known about the flaw as early as 2001.... Read More »

 

Unifor delays union vote at Toyota's Canada plants

6:37 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
The union pushing to organize workers at Toyota's Canadian plants said on Thursday it would delay a union vote after Toyota said some 7,500 employees would be eligible to join the unit, nearly 1,000 more than the union had believed. The news is a setback for Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union, which filed for certification with the Ontario labor board on Monday and said voting would start next week.... Read More »

 

Texas dealers argue against altering franchise laws to lure Tesla plant

3:39 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Texas dealers defended the state's franchise laws today, just days after Gov. Rick Perry suggested that the laws should be reviewed and perhaps changed to let Tesla Motors sell its electric vehicles directly to consumers.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

An old Rover plant comes back — and someday, maybe, the brand

12:19 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
The transformation of the old Rover plant in the British Midlands, scene of so much labor strife, turmoil and heartbreak in the 1970s and '80s, is breathtaking.... Read More »

 

NHTSA closes Tesla fire inquiry as Model S gets new battery shield

9:17 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
NHTSA said it closed a four-month investigation of fires in the Tesla Model S this week, as Tesla announced a design change to better shield the electric car's batteries.... Read More »

 

GM issues stop-delivery order on some 2013-14 Chevrolet Cruze compacts

8:17 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
General Motors is requiring Chevrolet dealers to stop selling some 2013 and 2014 Cruze compact cars for an undisclosed issue, marking another setback as GM grapples with the crisis created by last month's recall of 1.6 million small cars for a faulty ignition switch.... Read More »

 

Ram van falls a few fridges shy of cargo claim

12:46 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
When Ram converted the Fiat Ducato last fall into the 2014 Ram ProMaster for the United States, it also converted the van's cargo capacity from Europe: 15 cubic meters to 530 cubic feet. But there's a problem: In the United States, cargo capacity is measured differently.... Read More »

 

Cadillac's Ferguson sent to D.C. to steer GM recall crisis

3:27 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
GM has dispatched Cadillac chief and former head lobbyist Bob Ferguson to Washington, D.C., to help steer the company through the crisis surrounding its handling of the ignition-switch recall.... Read More »

 

SEAN GAGNIER

Ford vs. Cadillac: C-Max video spoofs rich-guy ELR spot, speaking to the common man

3:49 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Instead of portraying an ELR buyer as smug and boastful, Ford hits on the same themes that Cadillac did -- hard work, entrepreneurship and environmentalism --- and paints the buyer of a C-Max Energi as someone who wants to make a difference.... Read More »

 

BMW's Spartanburg plant will be company's biggest

1:00 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
BMW is investing $1 billion in its Spartanburg, S.C., factory by 2016 to expand capacity by 100,000 units and add production of a fifth crossover, the X7 -- making the plant its biggest worldwide.... Read More »

 

VW aids dealers with winter stair-step bonuses

3:58 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Volkswagen Group of America has devised a national bonus program that allows dealerships to recoup stair-step bonuses threatened during this winter's miserable weather.... Read More »

 

Chrysler's Windsor plant 1st in N.A. to earn World Class Manufacturing silver status

2:46 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Chrysler Group's Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant has become the first North American plant to achieve silver status under the automaker's World Class Manufacturing system, Chrysler said today.... Read More »

 

Ford boosts Mulally's pay 11% to $23 million on rising profits

2:15 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Ford boosted CEO Alan Mulally's compensation by 11 percent last year to $23.2 million as the automaker posted record earnings in North American and Asia.... Read More »

 

GM faces French dealer challenge over Chevy exit from Europe

1:47 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
General Motors is facing a legal battle with a group of French Chevrolet dealers who are preparing to go to court over the terms of the brand's withdrawal from Europe.... Read More »

 

GM pulling Opel out of China after two decades

1:35 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
GM will pull Opel from China next year after failing to gain traction in the market over the last two decades and will invest in Europe to boost the German car brand’s sales in its home region.... Read More »

 

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