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GM suspends 2 engineers amid ignition-switch investigation

8:44 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
General Motors has placed two engineers, Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman, on paid leave for their roles leading to the recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. CEO Mary Barra said two engineers have been put on leave but didn't name them. A GM spokesman declined to comment further.... Read More »

 

GM suspends 2 engineers amid ignition-switch investigation

April 10, 2014 14:44 CET
GM has placed two engineers, Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman, on paid leave for their roles leading to the recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches, two people familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

 

Chevy dealership in Missouri sues customer over disputed repair bill

5:49 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Jim Butler Chevrolet in suburban St. Louis is suing a customer who took issue with the repair bill for his Chevrolet Malibu, and is seeking $25,000 in damages. Dwayne Cooney took his vehicle to the dealership for service after hours on Jan. 31 because the key fob wouldn't work, the tire pressure monitor light remained on and an airbag warning light had illuminated.... Read More »

 

Kia confirms redesigned Sedona for New York show

11:48 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Kia today confirmed it will show a redesigned Sedona minivan next week at the New York auto show. The Sedona will ride on a new chassis and be powered by 3.3-liter direct injection V-6 engine, Kia says.... Read More »

 

Eberspaecher to launch $122 million expansion, create 545 jobs in Michigan

4:12 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Automotive exhaust and HVAC supplier Eberspaecher North America is investing $122 million to expand operations in Michigan. The five-year expansion plan, beginning in late 2014, is expected to create 545 new jobs to accommodate its growth, the German auto supplier said in an announcement today.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

Why the UAW appeal at VW is a slippery slope

3:23 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
The UAW better be careful what it wishes for. If the union convinces President Barack Obama's National Labor Relations Board that it's an unfair labor practice for political leaders to be publicly involved in an organizing effort, then organized labor risks diluting the power of its best weapon: public pressure.... Read More »

 

Safety mandates forecast to drive autonomous car sales

3:09 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Self-driving cars may take another decade to hit roads in the United States, but their sales then will expand quickly due to new safety mandates, predicts IHS Automotive. After the first autonomous cars appear in North America in 2025, IHS forecasts they could account for 5 percent of the vehicles on North American roads by as early as 2035.... Read More »

 

VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new engine

9:55 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen of America has ordered dealers in the United States to stop selling newer cars equipped with an automatic transmission and VW’s most common engine, the 1.8-liter EA888. The stop-sale order, sent to dealers Tuesday, applies to cars produced after Feb. 1. VW spokesman Scott Vazin said the problem arose when a supplier changed the specifications of an O-ring linking the transmission oil cooler to the transmission.... Read More »

 

VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new Mexico-built engine

April 9, 2014 15:55 CET
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen ordered dealers in the United States to stop selling newer cars equipped with an automatic transmission and VW's most common engine, the 1.8-liter EA888.... Read More »

 

Ford to show freshened Focus at New York show

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Ford will show the freshened Focus sedan and the Focus Electric during the New York auto show press days next week.... Read More »

 

Washington governor signs Tesla compromise bill

6:09 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
Washington state officially approved Tesla's direct-sales model last Thursday, when Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill allowing the electric-vehicle maker to continue selling its cars through its own, factory-owned showrooms instead of franchised dealerships in the state.... Read More »

 

Kentucky governor forms group to lure auto jobs

8:23 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said today he is creating the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association to bring more auto jobs to his state.... Read More »

 

Aisin Seiki names Toyota veteran Yoshiaki Kato as tech center president

3:20 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Japanese supplier Aisin Seiki today said Yoshiaki “Yoshi” Kato has become president of the Aisin Technical Center of America in Plymouth, Mich., near Detroit.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Prepping Hyundai for its close-up

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
As long as drivers are idling on the perennially congested Interstate 405 freeway, Hani Nassif figures, they may as well be checking out some Hyundais. Nassif is general manager of Win Hyundai in Carson, Calif., a dealership that recently invested $5 million in a new facility that includes a glass display case to spotlight its products for stalled commuters.... Read More »

 

Tesla cars to get fewer green credits as California tweaks rules

8:22 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
Tesla Motors, which had its first profitable quarter last year aided by sales of California environmental credits, is to receive fewer for each Model S sold as the state modifies its zero-emission vehicle program.... Read More »

 

Chevy to bring Manchester United to Michigan for match

4:09 pm U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
With its controversial $600 million sponsorship of English soccer giant Manchester United in hand, Chevrolet is bringing the soccer team home to Michigan this summer to host a match.... Read More »

 

Honda Fit-based crossover likely named HR-V in U.S.

3:24 pm U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Honda's crossover vehicle based on the Fit subcompact hatchback likely will be named HR-V. In filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark offices, Honda recently filed for a trademark for the name.... Read More »

 

Judge delays ruling on 'park now' order covering faulty GM cars

1:19 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
A federal judge in Texas on Friday declined to issue an emergency order forcing GM to tell owners of 2.6 million recalled cars to stop driving them immediately. A ruling on the matter could come next week instead.... Read More »

 

Unifor delays union vote at Toyota's Canada plants

6:37 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
The union pushing to organize workers at Toyota's Canadian plants said on Thursday it would delay a union vote after Toyota said some 7,500 employees would be eligible to join the unit, nearly 1,000 more than the union had believed. The news is a setback for Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union, which filed for certification with the Ontario labor board on Monday and said voting would start next week.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Kia preps 8-passenger MPV for New York

3:48 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Kia said it plans to reveal what should be a successor to its Sedona minivan at the New York Auto Show this month. Kia released a teaser image today of what it calls an “all-new midsize multi-purpose vehicle” that can seat up to eight passengers set to debut in New York.... Read More »

 

U.S. Senators probing GM raise prospect of criminal wrongdoing

April 3, 2014 06:01 CET
A U.S. Senate panel raised the prospect of criminal prosecution and promised more hearings over General Motors' failure to fix a defective ignition switch.... Read More »

 

Tesla appeals N.J. ruling on direct-sales ban

3:05 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Tesla filed an appeal Wednesday in New Jersey Superior Court to overturn last month's ruling that banned the electric-vehicle maker from selling its cars directly to consumers through factory-owned stores there.... Read More »

 

GM ignition recall-suit consolidation sought before Toyota judge in Calif.

7:26 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
GM's growing number of lawsuits over the recalls of now 2.59 million small cars for faulty ignition switches should be consolidated before the same judge overseeing Toyota's acceleration cases, a lawyer for vehicle owners said.... Read More »

 

UAW, citing anti-union collusion, seeks delay in hearing on VW vote

10:01 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
The UAW asked a federal agency to stay an April 21 hearing related to a mid-February union vote it lost at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant, citing what it called new evidence of collusion between Republican lawmakers and anti-union groups.... Read More »

 

Canadian auto sales nudge slightly higher in March

12:05 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
Canadian auto sales inched just 0.2 percent higher in March from a year earlier, figures on Tuesday showed, but an independent auto industry analyst said the modest increase masked a solid performance during severe winter weather, especially in comparison with the record sales of March 2013.... Read More »

 

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