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Dim tunnels, desire and god: What people are saying about Acura's Precision concept

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

With a striking red paint job and sleek, chiseled flanks, Acura's Precision concept signals that the days of the brand's controversial beak grille are coming to an end. And it previews future styling cues coming to Acura sedans. Here's what reporters, critics and others are saying about the concept.... Read More »

Ex-GM engineer DeGiorgio acknowledges 'mistakes' made over ignition switch

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

Jurors heard testimony from former General Motors engineer Ray DeGiorgio, who approved a faulty ignition switch 12 years before its problems prompted a massive recall that came too late, according to lawyers for a man suing GM over injuries he suffered in a crash.... Read More »

Auto industry, U.S. regulators agree to historic measures to improve recalls

11:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

The U.S. Transportation Department and 17 automakers pledged to work together on safety measures and to improve recalls while the companies also agreed to voluntarily work with the government to identify cybersecurity threats.... Read More »

Ford, Leno to auction custom Harley-Davidson F-150

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

Ford and comedian Jay Leno said they will be auctioning off a one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson Ford F-150 later this month and donating the proceeds to National Multiple Sclerosis Society.... Read More »

PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: The enigmatic life and death of Julie Nguyen Brown

11:29 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

It didn't surprise me that the death of longtime supplier executive and entrepreneur Julie Nguyen Brown took place without a public obituary or announcement. That's exactly the way she would have wanted it.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler names first-ever 'safety advocate'

10:38 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

Fiat Chrysler said today that Kristen Kreibich will be its first-ever safety advocate, responsible for “promoting greater awareness” of auto safety.... Read More »

GM challenges ignition-switch plaintiff's account of crash fallout

7:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

A GM lawyer pushed back against an Oklahoma man's testimony that his quality of life plummeted because of crash injuries he blamed on his Saturn Ion's faulty ignition switch, in the first trial after a recall of millions of vehicles with the defective switch.... Read More »

FCA calls dealer charges of false U.S. sales reports 'baseless'

6:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

FCA fired back at what it called underperforming and “disgruntled dealers” who have accused the company of falsely reporting U.S. sales in a federal racketeering suit. The automaker said the two dealers have failed to substantiate and provide evidence supporting the claims -- even before the suit was filed.... Read More »

Subaru projects another year of record U.S. sales

5:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Subaru forecasts another year of record sales in 2016 -- its eighth straight year of records and its ninth year of increases. But growth will be its slowest in four years, as tight supply finally crimps sales. Subaru expects to sell 615,000 vehicles in the United States this year, up about 5.5 percent from 2015.... Read More »

GM plans to export Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid from China to U.S.

5:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

General Motors plans to export the plug-in hybrid version of its Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan from China to the U.S. when the car goes on sale this year.... Read More »

GRAHAM KOZAK

BLOG: A 56K-era taste of Lincoln's new luxury sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Here's a first look at the Detroit auto show-bound, production-spec 2017 Lincoln Continental, rendered in dialup-era pixilated glory.... Read More »

VW to unveil plug-in hybrid Tiguan SUV concept in Detroit

9:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

The Tiguan SUV concept Volkswagen plans to reveal next week will be powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain, highlighting the automaker's effort to beef up its presence in electric vehicles.... Read More »

Kia taps Telluride for new SUV concept, promises 3-D-printed components

11:16 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Kia Motors named its new SUV concept the Telluride and says the vehicle will feature the brand's first use of 3-D printed components. The three-dimensionally printed parts will add a “distinct, modern” flair to the interior, Kia promises.... Read More »

Fisker, Lutz partner to retool VL

3:56 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Auto designer Henrik Fisker is joining former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz and entrepreneur Gilbert Villarreal to create a new luxury sports car company.... Read More »

Why car dealers hate political ads

11:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

As what promises to be the most expensive presidential election in U.S. history heats up, one constituency is dreading the coming barrage of political advertising perhaps more than any other: car dealers.... Read More »

FCA aims to dazzle with bigger, bolder 'Gears' display

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Fiat Chrysler is stuck in the corner at this year's Detroit auto show -- and the automaker couldn't be happier. The move to the northwest corner of Detroit's Cobo Center from the center of the floor has allowed FCA to completely overhaul its displays for the first time in 15 years.... Read More »

Crash rates for self-driving cars less than conventional cars, study says

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Self-driving cars are involved in fewer crashes on average than vehicles with a driver behind the wheel, a study released today by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute shows.... Read More »

Mazda recalls 374,000 vehicles for Takata airbag defects

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Mazda said it will recall 374,000 U.S. vehicles linked to potentially defective front passenger-side airbags made by Takata Corp.... Read More »

Manheim economist sees used-vehicle prices easing in 2016

3:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

The number of off-lease vehicles slated to hit the market this year is expected to grow by more than 20 percent, but used-vehicle prices will decline only modestly in 2016, predicts Tom Webb, Manheim chief economist.... Read More »

Hillary Clinton plans Detroit fundraiser during auto show

12:57 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will host a Tuesday fundraiser at the same hotel where many media members and auto executives will stay at for the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Is CHAdeMO headed for CHAde-NO?

11:03 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid crossover drops the CHAdeMO charging port for the U.S. That can't be good news for the Japanese backers of the high-speed charging protocol.... Read More »

VW blasted for shielding emissions documents from U.S. probe

11:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen blasted Volkswagen today for citing German law to withhold documents from a group of U.S. state attorneys general investigating the German automaker's use of illegal diesel emissions software.... Read More »

In new ad, 2016 Chevy Malibu is in elite company

11:44 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

In a new ad, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is a luxury car -- at least in the minds of some consumers -- thanks to a simple badge removal. Continuing the brand's "Real People, Not Actors" campaign, consumers were shown a Malibu and asked what type of vehicle it was and how much it cost.... Read More »

Lincoln tallies 11,630 sales in China debut; Ford Motor rises 3%

7:28 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Lincoln today said it sold 11,630 vehicles in China in 2015, the brand's first full year in that country, as Ford's total sales there rose 3 percent to a record 1.1 million.... Read More »

Mitsubishi gives sneak peek of Outlander plug-in hybrid

6:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Mitsubishi offered a sneak peek at the U.S. version of the Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid crossover at an event Thursday evening ahead of the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

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