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Nissan uses zany videos to boost Super Bowl spot

4:51 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Nissan is letting YouTube stars add their own flavor to the automaker's Super Bowl storyline.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Maybach S600 priced at $190,275

2:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Mercedes-Benz has priced its flagship Mercedes-Maybach S600 at $190,275, including shipping. The ultra-luxury car is based on the S-class sedan that starts at $167,825, including shipping.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

Musk's $481 million paper loss in Detroit

12:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
In the world of Elon Musk, one off-hand remark can be expensive. On Tuesday, the Tesla CEO lost $481 million on paper after he mentioned "unexpectedly weak" sales in China. But after his celebrity-like appearance here, it was clear that Detroit's love for Musk is only going to grow.... Read More »

 

Toyota Super Bowl ads honor dads; Mercedes taps Jerry Rice

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Toyota kicked off its Super Bowl XLIX ad offensive today with an online video featuring good dads of the NFL, such as retired quarterback Kurt Warner and former all-pro linebacker LaVar Arrington.... Read More »

 

Toyota to drop Scion iQ as smallest car fails to win U.S. buyers

1:57 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Toyota plans to drop its smallest model, the Scion iQ, after the car’s size, price and fuel economy failed to attract US consumers.... Read More »

 

Subaru expects 7th year of record U.S. sales

11:54 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Subaru expects US sales to climb 5 percent in 2015, for a seventh straight record year, pushing North America volume to within a hair of its 2020 target -- five years ahead of schedule.... Read More »

 

Jeep Cherokee catches fire 2 days after purchase; NHTSA opens probe

11:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
A 2015 Jeep Cherokee that erupted in flames two days after purchase has prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate whether a defect exists in 50,415 of the SUVs.... Read More »

 

CarMax starts media agency review, report says

7:43 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
CarMax, the largest US used-car retailer, has begun a media agency review, people familiar with the situation told Advertising Age.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM accused of misleading investors over recalls

6:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
General Motors managers misled investors and regulators for years about issues connected to vehicle ignition switch defects, shareholders said in a lawsuit accusing the company of inflating the stock's value.... Read More »

 

THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Takata recalls prompt Japan to consider supplier regulations

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Japanese Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta said today his ministry was considering whether to revise existing laws to beef up oversight of auto suppliers in the wake of massive recalls of Takata airbags.... Read More »

 

Hyundai Mobis to build $418 million parts factory in Mexico

6:29 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Hyundai Mobis, an automotive parts affiliate of Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, said it has signed a deal to build a $417.71 million factory in Mexico to meet demand from the South Korean automakers.... Read More »

 

AutoNation's Maroone to retire; Jackson role expanded

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Mike Maroone, a key architect of AutoNation's retail blueprint, will retire as president and COO, with chairman and CEO Mike Jackson taking on the additional role of president. Jackson, 65, has also signed a contract that will extend his employment with the nation's largest automotive retailer through at least 2019.... Read More »

 

Musk dangles track, car plant in wooing Texas lawmakers

9:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Tesla CEO Elon Musk urged Texas lawmakers to ease restrictions on sales of the company's electric luxury cars as he floated the prospect of locating a new car factory or a test facility for his "hyperloop" mass transit concept in the state.... Read More »

 

GM to use GM Financial for subsidized leases, drop Ally, U.S. Bank

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
General Motors plans to make GM Financial its preferred lender for subsidized leases, a big step toward elevating its in-house lending arm into a full-line captive finance provider to enhance GM dealers' ability to sell vehicles.... Read More »

 

Honda action signals NHTSA emphasis on beefed-up oversight

3:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Additional federal scrutiny of company processes is emerging as a key part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's arsenal for reining in automakers that violate federal auto safety laws.... Read More »

 

BMW says tensions with Chinese dealers an industry-wide issue

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Demands for compensation from Chinese car dealers hit by a market slowdown have become an industry-wide issue, BMW's board member for sales said today, adding relations were not simply about "holding hands and walking into the sunset."... Read More »

 

16,531,070 U.S. sales -- and a near-perfect guess from Canada

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Never underestimate the value of an email. And an educated guess. At least if you're Amanda Morvan, general manager of O'Regan's Kia Dartmouth in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.... Read More »

 

Chevy energizes show display with large videos, more glitz

1:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Chevrolet will bring new energy and plenty of stories to next week's Detroit auto show with video on massive screens, flashy lighting and upbeat music.... Read More »

 

Chinese automaker Guangzhou will tout autonomous hybrid, SUV

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
China's Guangzhou Automobile Group will show an autonomous hybrid concept and an SUV at the Detroit auto show Monday afternoon. The autonomous concept, called the Witstar, is powered by a battery and a gasoline engine.... Read More »

 

GMC Canyon gets new Nightfall special edition

11:49 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
The newly redesigned GMC Canyon already has a new special edition. The Canyon Nightfall will be offered on both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive SLE crew cab models and will come in Onyx Blac... Read More »

 

Viper to offer new one-of-one customization options in Feb.

11:21 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Dodge will begin offering “one-of-one” customized Vipers next month to customers, complete with a personalized name tag embossed into the instrument panel. The custom Vipers will be available in a new GTC trim level in more than 25 million unique build combinations, Dodge said in a statement.... Read More »

 

Shanghai may ban sexy show models so focus stays on cars

10:42 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Shanghai may ban sexy models from posing at its auto show this year so that visitors to the biennial event can focus on the vehicles on display.... Read More »

 

Honda's Ito vows to scrutinize operations, raise quality

6:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Honda President Takanobu Ito, beset by record recalls last year, told suppliers the carmaker will examine operations to improve quality and safety standards.... Read More »

 

Jeep drivers still dying in gas tank fires 18 months into recall

6:10 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Eighteen months into a recall of Jeeps with exploding gas tanks, drivers of the affected models are still dying and more than 1 million of the vehicles remain unfixed.... Read More »

 

Nissan, NASA form r&d pact to develop, deploy autonomous vehicles

8:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Nissan and NASA formed a five-year pact to develop the technologies that will enable autonomous driving. The first vehicle to use hardware and software jointly developed by Nissan and NASA is scheduled to be tested by the end of the year, Nissan said in a statement late Thursday.... Read More »

 

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