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THE GM RECALL

GM's stealth redesign of switches kept old parts in circulation

3:34 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
New documents reveal GM redesigned faulty ignition switches without changing the part number in more than the 2.59 million small cars at the center of its recall crisis. Some of those additional vehicles underwent an ignition switch redesign as far back as 2004, GM said in a letter to regulators posted today by NHTSA.... Read More »

 

KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

GM waive liability shield? It can't

3:22 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Is it conceivable that Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who is both a lawmaker and lawyer, has only a tenuous grasp of the law?... Read More »

 

Silverado, Sierra, Yukon Denali with V-8 to feature new 8-speed transmission

1:57 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
A new eight-speed automatic transmission will come standard on some 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models with a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine, GM said today.... Read More »

 

LG Chem targets EV batteries with range of more than 200 miles in 2016

1:19 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
South Korean supplier LG Chem plans to supply batteries for electric vehicles that can travel more than 200 miles, or 321 kilometers, per charge in 2016, its CFO said on Friday.... Read More »

 

Tesla makes the shopping list as U.K. eyes greener government fleet

10:34 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Tesla Motors, a month after starting Model S deliveries in the United Kingdom, said its flagship electric sedan is among the cars being considered for purchase by the government there to transport officials.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi to recall some 2004-05 Lancer sedans in U.S. with defective Takata airbags

9:58 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors is recalling cars made with Takata Corp. airbags in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mitsubishi is one of nine automakers to say it will conduct a recall that includes those areas.... Read More »

 

Takata to book $440 million special loss for wave of recalls

7:25 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Takata will book a special loss of around $440 million in the April-June quarter after several automakers recalled vehicles due to potential problems with the supplier's airbags. The cost of the recalls could increase if a safety probe in the United States finds evidence that driving in high humidity increases the risk of the airbags exploding, or if automakers decide to expand the recalls beyond certain U.S. regions.... Read More »

 

Continental Structural Plastics to buy 5 plants from Magna

10:28 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Continental Structural Plastics signed a definitive agreement to acquire five North American plants from Magna International.... Read More »

 

JCI profits fall on restructuring charges

8:46 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Johnson Controls' fiscal third-quarter earnings slid 68 percent as restructuring and other charges offset a modest rise in revenue.... Read More »

 

Maserati to cap global sales at 75,000 vehicles a year

7:48 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobile's luxury Maserati unit will not sell more than 75,000 vehicles globally a year to retain the exclusivity of the Italian brand.... Read More »

 

Acura plans second-half sales lift from TLX in U.S.

7:34 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Honda's Acura, struggling to boost sales in the United States amid competition from bigger luxury brands, should see faster growth from August with the arrival of a new sport sedan, the division’s U.S. chief said.... Read More »

 

Top Toyota designer heads to Yamaha

12:14 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Akihiro “Dezi” Nagaya, a key designer who brought more emboldened, emotional styling to Toyota and Lexus vehicles, has been named design general manager for affiliate Yamaha Motor Co.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why fuel economy faces law of diminishing returns

3:02 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
In economics, it's known as the law of diminishing returns, the shrinking benefit you get when you pour ever-increasing resources toward achieving a singular goal. The DOE showed a good mathematical example of the principle today with a graphic it released about the consumer benefits of fuel economy.... Read More »

 

2 senators want probe of delays in rail deliveries to dealerships

4:23 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Two senators are asking the Surface Transportation Board -- a bipartisan body of the Department of Transportation -- to investigate railroad delays of vehicle deliveries to dealerships.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

How Infiniti will move ahead without de Nysschen

6:55 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Johan de Nysschen's unexpected departure from the helm of Infiniti to Cadillac comes at a delicate time for Nissan's luxury brand, just as things were falling into place. But that is exactly why the brand's leadership need not worry.... Read More »

 

GM hires de Nysschen to replace Ferguson as Cadillac chief

8:16 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
General Motors is hiring Johan de Nysschen, the former Audi executive who is leaving Nissan's Infiniti, to lead global Cadillac sales, GM said today. De Nysschen, 54, will fill the post vacated Thursday by Bob Ferguson, who's returning to his previous position as the automaker's top government lobbyist, effective immediately.... Read More »

 

ZF-TRW combination could spark more supplier deals

4:02 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen's takeover offer for rival TRW Automotive looks unlikely to draw rival bids for the Michigan-based company, but could trigger further deals down the line, bankers and analysts said today.... Read More »

 

Tesla cleared to open up to 5 stores in Pa. under new law

3:15 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett signed a bill that will allow Tesla to operate up to five stores in the state.... Read More »

 

Honda, Toyota, Nissan meet with Obama about supplier aid pledge

3:43 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
President Barack Obama is enlisting several major U.S. and multinational companies, including automakers Honda, Nissan and Toyota, to draw attention to an initiative aimed at helping small businesses expand and hire workers.... Read More »

 

NHTSA investigates 500,000 Ford Motor sedans for potential steering problems

1:20 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
NHTSA is investigating an estimated 500,000 Ford Motor sedans for potential steering problems.... Read More »

 

Musk pledges $1 million to help build Tesla Science Center

12:22 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Tesla CEO Elon Musk pledged $1 million to the Tesla Science Center, a museum to be built on the site of 20th-century inventor Nikola Tesla's lab on Long Island in New York.... Read More »

 

Chrysler recalls 895,000 Grand Cherokees, Durangos for potential fire hazard

10:19 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Chrysler Group said today it is recalling 895,000 SUVs for faulty wiring in vanity mirror lights that can short circuit and set fire.... Read More »

 

Maserati could benefit from Chrysler minority dealer program, exec says

5:54 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
A Chrysler Group minority dealer development program can help diversify Maserati’s dealer network, the head of both companies’ dealer networks said Thursday.... Read More »

 

Mercedes' $1 million S-class Pullman upstages Rolls-Royce

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The new extra-long Pullman version of the Mercedes-Benz S class will cost more than double the Rolls-Royce Phantom.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM was urged in 2004 report to study Cobalt's ignition-airbag link

12:20 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
A General Motors supplier studying an "anomaly" in a crash test on a preproduction Chevrolet Cobalt urged the company in 2004 to take a closer look at the connection between the ignition system and airbag deployment -- a link that eluded engineers and investigators at the company for years afterward.... Read More »

 

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