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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 »

Harman acquires Bang & Olufsen Automotive

4:13 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Harman Industrial Industries, a supplier of infotainment, audio and software services, said today it has completed the $156 million acquisition of Bang & Olufsen Automotive, a supplier of audio products to luxury automakers.... Read More »

American Axle may land tenants for Detroit site

2:15 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

American Axle & Manufacturing is in talks with prospective manufacturing tenants to be located at its former manufacturing grounds near the company's Detroit headquarters.... Read More »

Takata's U.S. deal will lead to faster airbag fixes, Foxx says

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

The legal order signed by troubled supplier Takata with federal regulators last week will speed the investigation to determine the reason airbags are exploding and injuring motorists, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.... Read More »

Tesla's Texas push runs out of juice

2:34 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Elon Musk has been shut out of the Lone Star state again. For the second time in two years, Tesla Motors is walking away in defeat from Texas after failing to convince lawmakers that it should be allowed to sell its $100,000 electric cars in the state.... 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 »

Daimler chases Tesla in solar-powered batteries

12:24 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Daimler is chasing Tesla Motors in a push to sell batteries for storing energy generated in daylight hours from rooftop solar panels to homeowners and businesses.... Read More »

Automakers asked by House panel about cybersecurity policies

5:21 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

As in-car Wifi and smartphone integration becomes increasingly common, lawmakers want to know how automakers plan to prevent hackers from compromising safety by tapping in through a car's digital connection.... Read More »

Now that's what we call a hands-on executive

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

When one of Mark Reuss' classic cars needs a bit of roadside repair, he doesn't reach for a cell phone. General Motors' head of global product development goes for a wrench.... Read More »

Can dealership make this SUV fit for a horse? Of course

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

A Ford store in Illinois revamped an Excursion, making it in to a mobile horse stall that hauls around a miniature horse for charity.... Read More »

Dealers can't even touch some hot brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Buying a luxury German-brand dealership isn't easy. Just ask dealer David Slone. His three-year, as yet unsuccessful search shows how difficult it is to acquire an in-demand brand.... Read More »

Lessons from a self-driving instructor

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Raj Rajkumar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, was on the team that won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, a Pentagon-sponsored competition and one of the first significant projects involving self-driving vehicles in urban environments. He has been intricately involved in development of the cars ever since.... Read More »

Connected cars could face data traffic jams, study says

1:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study.... Read More »

Recall completion rates declining, Autotrader surveys show

10:41 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Following what's shaping up to be the largest industrywide recall in U.S. automotive history, automakers might have to convince recall-fatigued consumers to bring affected vehicles in for repairs.... Read More »

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BLOG: How BMW saleswoman builds rapport, trust and her brand on social media

12:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

The chance to leave a lasting impression on a potential buyer perusing the dealer lot doesn't have to end when a salesperson hands over a business card.... Read More »

Wal-Mart revamps auto-care centers

2:40 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Wal-Mart's auto centers, the car-maintenance areas attached to many of its stores, are getting a service overhaul. To improve the experience and entice more customers, the company is dedicating staffing and training programs to the department.... Read More »

Hyundai to boost output of Tucson SUV

2:01 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Hyundai said today it would boost output of its Tucson SUV by adding production at a South Korean assembly line that currently makes sedans in order to meet demand from markets including the United States.... Read More »

Jeep leads Detroit's return to Tokyo Motor Show

6:25 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep -- the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan -- will return when doors open in October. The return of Jeep signals rekindled interest in the Japanese market and is a win for the beleaguered domestic show.... Read More »

Porsche recalls 918 Spyder on cooling system risk

12:05 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Porsche today launched a precautionary worldwide recall of its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid sportscar, which can cost up to $937,000, saying a carbon fiber part could damage the cooling system and needed to be checked.... Read More »

VW will evaluate ad agency work, report says

11:40 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Volkswagen Group has reached out to advertising companies about an impending global media agency review, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age, an affiliate of Automotive News.... Read More »

VW gets Mom involved in ad war with FCA

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

And now for the grudge report: In the latest round of provocation involving Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler, sedans from Chrysler and Dodge have been cast in unflattering supporting roles in a TV spot for VW's diesel Passat.... Read More »

N.C. dealer stays flexible to win Hispanic sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Summary: A North Carolina Nissan dealer builds a sales department to appeal to the growing local Hispanic market. Flexibility is a key to success.... Read More »

Far from Sun Belt, a warm welcome for Hispanics

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Hispanic buyers are not limited to the "smile states." A dealership in Minnesota is posting sales gains by understanding Hispanic culture.... Read More »

Google says self-driving prototype ready to hit the road

12:37 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2015

Google says it is ready to take its fully autonomous prototype vehicle on the road, but the company has yet to apply for the required permit in California.... Read More »

Penske seeks $1 billion for truck parts unit, report says

3:38 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2015

Roger Penske's holding company is exploring a sale of Truck-Lite in a deal that could value the maker of lighting, wiring harnesses and mirrors for trucks at close to $1 billion, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

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