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JAMIE LaREAU

Smart dealers can make big bucks through smartphones

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Car dealers are sitting on a gold mine: their idle inventories. The tool to turn that goldmine into gold is the smartphone.... Read More »

 

U.S. charges former dealership salesman, other man in California with odometer fraud

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Two California men, one a former salesman at a Los Angeles Ford dealership, were charged with rolling back odometers, the Justice Department said today.... Read More »

 

Ferrari to launch a 10-unit limited-edition model for the U.S.

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo’s last public act at the helm of the Italian supercar maker will be the unveiling of a limited-edition model destined for the U.S. market only.... Read More »

 

Tesla's $1.3 billion incentive deal with Nevada includes direct sales

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed tax breaks worth as much as $1.3 billion and a measure allowing Tesla Motors to sell directly to state residents, the final steps to bring the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory to Reno.... Read More »

 

NADA backs renewed effort to curb CFPB oversight

11:19 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Critics of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are taking another run at curbing the bureau's regulatory tactics of issuing industry “guidance” and entering into consent orders with individual auto lenders.... Read More »

 

Ford recalls 74,000 older Escape, Mercury Mariner hybrids

10:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Ford is recalling about 74,000 older-model Escape and Mercury Mariner crossover vehicles because the electronic hybrid system may overheat.... Read More »

 

GM issues 2 recalls, stop-sale orders for 2015 Corvettes

8:58 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
General Motors is issuing two more recalls, both on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, according to stop-delivery orders sent to dealers today. The recalls, GM's first in more than a month, bring its total number for the year to 67.... Read More »

 

Chrysler minivans receive over 100 complaints of engine stalls in U.S.

6:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
Federal auto safety regulators have received more than 100 complaints about engine stalling from owners of Chrysler minivans from model years 2004-2007, according to a Reuters analysis.... Read More »

 

Hertz reaches pact with Icahn to replace 3 directors

4:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
Hertz Global Holdings reached an agreement in principle with billionaire investor Carl Icahn to appoint three directors to the board of the rental-car company in place of current members.... Read More »

 

NFL receiver, sidelined by a suspension, gets a car sales job

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
Suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, known for dodging truck-sized NFL defenders, will try his hand at selling trucks -- and maybe some cars, too.... Read More »

 

Mercedes to boost Alabama plant capacity to 300,000 units

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
Mercedes-Benz plans to increase production capacity at its Alabama plant to 300,000 vehicles by the end of 2015, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said Friday.... Read More »

 

GM headquarters wrapped up for GMC during 'Monday Night Football'

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
The signature element of Detroit's skyline -- GM's Renaissance Center headquarters -- is adorned with a massive GMC advertising wrap for the Detroit Lions' upcoming appearance on ESPN's “Monday Night Football” broadcast.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM, NHTSA discussed Saturn Vue key-pullout 3 times before recall

12:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
General Motors, before recalling more than 200,000 Saturn Vues with ignition problems last month, discussed the issue with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration three times beginning in mid-June, documents revealed today show.... Read More »

 

GM wins dismissal of 'channel stuffing' suit related to IPO

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
General Motors has won dismissal of a shareholder lawsuit accusing it of padding sales around the time of its November 2010 initial public offering by quietly unloading vehicle inventory on its dealers.... Read More »

 

Automakers, suppliers fund research toward cars that talk to each other

11:07 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
A group of companies, including several large automakers, have joined a public-private research initiative to lay the groundwork for a system that wirelessly connects vehicles and helps smooth the flow of traffic, the University on Michigan said today.... Read More »

 

Musk sees Tesla's future in diamond-shaped Nevada 'gigafactory'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk plans "romantic" touches for the company's multi-billion-dollar battery plant in Nevada that he says is vital to Tesla's goal of mass-market electric car sales. Aside from its scale, the factory will be diamond-shaped, aligned to true north and able to get all its power on site from wind, solar and geothermal systems.... Read More »

 

Ford recalls 191,770 Focus sedans in China to repair fuel leak

7:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
Ford issued its largest recall in China in four years after the nation's quality regulator found a fuel leak risk in the Focus sedan.... Read More »

 

Can sporty RC be the new face of Lexus?

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
Lexus is counting on its new 2015 RC 350 sports coupe to take on BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz in a segment dominated by the German luxury brands. And that may be the easy part of the car's mission.... Read More »

 

Solvay buys Chevron Phillips' automotive plastics unit for $220 million

4:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
Solvay agreed to buy a performance polymers business from Chevron Phillips Chemical for $220 million to expand its offering of lightweight plastics increasingly used to replace heavier metal parts in cars.... Read More »

 

Fuel economy of new vehicles bought hits all-time high

5:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
The fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. during August hit an all-time high, a University of Michigan report said Thursday.... Read More »

 

BRAD WERNLE

Mustang and Coors -- scarcity made fans want them more

4:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Because Ford didn't make the Mustang with right-hand drive, the truly dedicated around the world could localize their cars only by using expensive right-hand-drive conversion kits. Scarcity only made fans want the Mustang more.... Read More »

 

Tesla shares jump to record after China charging network deal

6:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Tesla Motors shares rose to a new record after the electric-car maker led by Elon Musk reached an agreement to create a vehicle-charging network in China with the country's second-largest mobile-phone company.... Read More »

 

Capital Automotive sold for $4.3 billion, source says

4:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Brookfield Property Partners will acquire Capital Automotive for $4.3 billion, according to a source familiar with the deal.... Read More »

 

Buick lifts cover on Envision crossover in China

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
General Motors has taken the wraps off a new midsize Buick crossover in China amid growing evidence that the vehicle is destined for showrooms in the United States.... Read More »

 

California to phase out EV incentives for the wealthy

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
California, which offers rebates of up to $2,500 to electric vehicle buyers to help meet a goal of getting 1 1/2 million zero-emission vehicles onto its roads by 2025, is overhauling its incentive program in response to a common criticism: The state's rebates are sometimes just a windfall for the wealthy.... Read More »

 

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