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U.S. dealers grapple with recall pain -- missing parts, overtime, lost sales

2:23 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
With multimillion-unit recalls by GM and Toyota, and numerous smaller recalls by other automakers, dealerships in the United States are grappling with missing parts, rising overtime costs for technicians, frustrated customers, and lost sales.... Read More »

 

Mazda recalls 109,000 Tributes over potential control-arm separation

3:04 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs from the 2001-04 model years because of rust that could cause separation of the lower control arm from the vehicle’s subframe. The recall covers vehicles sold in states where high corrosion is likely to occur, mainly those where roads get salted in the winter.... Read More »

 

Audi starts digital agency review

3:18 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Audi of America has begun a review of its digital agency business, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age, an affiliate of Automotive News. The pitch is part of a routine process that Volkswagen's luxury brand initiates every few years, industry executives said.... Read More »

 

Ford faces renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses

11:58 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Ford and IBM will again have to face a federal lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses decades ago in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

CEO media scrums are as ineffective as they are dangerous

9:22 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Journalists chasing a meaty story can act like a pack of wild dogs sometimes. But this week in New York -- and earlier this year at the Detroit auto show after landing her new job -- GM CEO Mary Barra and her entourage must have realized how injured wildebeests feel as they are set upon by jackals.... Read More »

 

VW plans major World Cup ad push to counter Hyundai

6:30 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Volkswagen is planning a major World Cup advertising push that will go head-to-head against official automotive sponsor Hyundai.... Read More »

 

GM says recalled cars safe, but has not tested for knee-bump danger

9:24 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple bump from a driver's knee.... Read More »

 

GM exploring compensation fund for victims of defective cars, says Feinberg

9:51 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
A lawyer for GM said for the first time this week that the company is moving to develop a program that could compensate individuals affected by a faulty ignition-switch in millions of recalled vehicles.... Read More »

 

Cadillac global chief expected to resume former Washington lobbying job

10:08 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
GM plans to shift its global Cadillac chief back to focus full time on his former lobbying position in Washington as the automaker deals with fallout from defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, a person familiar with the plans said Thursday.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Why GM should put wireless connections in its trucks

10:17 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
At an exhibit on the auto show floor here, I sat inside a Cadillac XTS sedan equipped with General Motors' new 4G LTE wireless connection. But I couldn't help but think: GM should have put the 4G demo unit in a Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra pickup.... Read More »

 

Tesla, lawyer trade grenades in lemon-law suit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
When life hands you lemon-law suits in Teslatown -- hey, forget lemonade; come out swinging.... Read More »

 

Battered doorstop makes the pitch: Get wheel protection

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Finance and insurance professionals say sales of tire-and-wheel protection policies were higher in the first few months of 2014 than they were in 2013 as motorists contended this year with roads ravaged by one of the coldest, snowiest and iciest winters on record.... Read More »

 

Into Africa: Toyota taps last emerging market

8:35 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda visited Kenya for the first time last fall, touring Toyota's knockdown production plant and Toyota Group companies. His trip highlights a new reality for Toyota and rivals from Europe to China: Africa is the last untapped emerging market. And carmakers are jostling for position there.... Read More »

 

Bosch plans automatic park system in '15

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Robert Bosch GmbH says it will start producing an automatic parking system -- a step toward autonomous driving -- in 2015 for a customer it did not identify.... Read More »

 

'Inner frame' makes Fit stronger, less costly

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
In creating the 2015 Honda Fit's body-in-white, Honda engineers changed the manufacturing process to make the car lighter, stronger and less expensive. Honda welds the upper body -- without the sheet metal -- to the lower body as a single "inner frame."... Read More »

 

U.S. House panel chairman cites 'failures' related to GM recalls

3:59 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A congressional committee said today there were "failures within the system" over the handling of flawed ignition switches in General Motors vehicles, which have been linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

Dealers see parts trickle in for recall repairs

4:14 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Most General Motors dealers continue to wait as parts that were expected to arrive this week to repair faulty ignitions on millions of recalled small cars only trickle in. The wait is disruptive to business, some dealers said today. They are working hard to keep customers informed and patient with the repair process, they said, adding that when the parts do arrive, service shops and technicians stand ready.... Read More »

 

Ford F-150 probe closed by U.S. regulators without request for recall

10:28 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Federal safety regulators said today they have closed an investigation into complaints of reduced power in Ford F-150 pickup trucks, stopping short of requesting a recall. The probe covered about 360,000 trucks.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Chevy drops top on Corvette Z06 for 2015

3:50 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Chevrolet is dropping the top on the Corvette Z06 for 2015 and the convertible is being billed as the Stingray for owners who want it all.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Deadly GM ignition switches started with 2003 Saturn Ion

3:13 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The 2003 Saturn Ion was supposed to be a pivotal car for GM. Instead, it came to represent the compromises and corner cutting that almost destroyed GM and now find the company in a global recall of some of its most popular models. The Ion debuted two years before the Chevy Cobalt, the model most associated with the current recall of 2.6 million vehicles, and it was the first car with the defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths, when engines turned off, disabling airbags.... Read More »

 

Chrysler to take $130 million charge in first quarter due to Venezuela

4:25 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A change in the way it measures currency in Venezuela will cause Fiat Chrysler Automobile's Chrysler Group LLC unit to take a $130 million charge in its first quarter, Chrysler said today in a filing with federal regulators.... Read More »

 

Co-owner of Calif. luxury dealership pleads guilty in campaign finance case

3:34 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The co-owner of a California luxury-car dealership pleaded guilty in federal court to making illegal political campaign donations in the name of a foreign national, according to court documents.... Read More »

 

Most drivers believe connected-car tech will improve safety, survey says

3:07 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
More than 80 percent of consumers in the United States, Australia and Britain believe connected-vehicle technology will make driving safer, a new survey by the University of Michigan finds.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show

5:58 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Ten years ago, many Chinese could not afford a car, but today not only can they afford one, they are getting picky about which vehicle to buy -- and they're increasingly opting for compact SUVs.... Read More »

 

Ontario plans to unload remaining stake in GM

1:29 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The Canadian province of Ontario plans to sell its remaining shares of General Motors Co. in the next year as part of a review of its state-owned assets.... Read More »

 

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