North America

GM sacrifices rental sales to nab higher-margin business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

GM is in the midst of a big cutback in sales to rental fleets, an effort that executives say is aimed at improving the bottom line, even if it stunts revenue or market-share growth in the short term....
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VW will offer U.S. diesel scandal customers generous compensation, paper says

Feb. 7, 2016 14:16 CET

Volkswagen will offer generous compensation packages for the roughly 600,000 U.S. owners of diesel vehicles that emit an illegal amount of emissions, Ken Feinberg, the head of its claims fund, told a German paper....
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UAW was unprepared for social media influence on talks, Williams says

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

UAW President Dennis Williams said the union took away several lessons from its rocky 2015 negotiations with Detroit automakers -- chief among them being the influence of social media on members....
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Brazil wants to lift Mexico, Argentina trade caps as auto crisis deepens

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Brazil's trade minister called for unrestricted auto trade with Mexico and Argentina on Thursday, after data showed the automotive industry had its worst January in a dozen years....
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Fuel economy up slightly in January as SUV, pickup sales level off

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

As the sales of SUVs and pickups leveled off in January, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. that month went up from December, albeit slightly, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said....
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Google expands self-driving car testing to Washington state

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Google parent company Alphabet said its self-driving car project will expand testing to Kirkland, Wash., later this month, the third city where it is testing autonomous vehicles....
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Canadian sales jump 10% after record year

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Automakers reported a robust 10 percent gain in Canada for January, even as forecasters expect demand in Canada for light vehicles and trucks to level off this year following a record-breaking 2015....
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Toyota's U2 van concept to pop up in Toronto

10:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Toyota's U2 Urban Utility small delivery van concept will make its global auto show debut in Toronto next week. The U2 -- pronounced “U-squared” -- features retracting roof panels and a “configurable utility rail system,” according to a news release....
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VW faces U.S. deadline for SUV emission repair plan

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Volkswagen faces a Feb. 2 deadline to submit a repair plan for 80,000 diesel SUVs and larger cars that emit excess pollution, even as it considers buying back some vehicles and a prior fix plan for smaller vehicles was rejected....
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Tesla applies for dealership license in Michigan

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Tesla Motors has applied for a Michigan dealership license, a move the automaker said is intended to test a state law effectively banning the electric-vehicle maker's direct-sales model....
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Toyota's fuel-thrifty Prius family may decrease as the automaker ponders strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

In early 2011, Toyota issued a bold prediction: The Prius family of vehicles would be Toyota's best-selling nameplate in the U.S. by the end of the decade. Five years later, things have changed....
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How GM saved itself from Flint water crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2016

Thanks to its fortuitous location and some heads-up planning, GM was able to sidestep a crisis that has befallen everyone else in the city where it was born more than a century ago....
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Michigan may see ballot petition to allow direct vehicle sales

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

A recent University of Michigan graduate who aspires to work in politics is launching a ballot petition drive to allow automakers to sell new vehicles directly to Michigan consumers....
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ZF TRW signs office lease for global electronics business

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

ZF TRW plans to open its global electronics headquarters in suburban Detroit by the end of the second quarter following a lease of a 171,000-square-foot office building....
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Fiat Chrysler fights to keep turnaround plan on the road

11:07 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Fiat Chrysler will have its work cut out on Wednesday to convince investors it can deliver its turnaround plan after model delays, deferred investments and slowing demand in key markets Asia and Latin America....
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ZF TRW sells fasteners unit for $450 million

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Auto supplier Illinois Tool Works today said it agreed to pay $450 million for the engineered fasteners and components business of German automotive supplier ZF TRW....
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Honda makes moves, but will stay in California

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Honda is investing in its Los Angeles-area management location, even as Toyota prepares to follow Nissan's California exodus....
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Fiat's loss selling EVs in 2015? $84 million

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Among the 25,084 Fiat 500s sold in the United States in 2015 were at least 6,000 battery-electric 500e cars sold in California and parts of Oregon. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in 2014 that the company loses about $14,000 on each 500e it sells. If that's right it means Fiat lost about $84 million in 2015 selling the 500e....
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Fiat brand's goal: 'Bring traffic to the dealers'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

The three men who run the struggling Fiat brand in North America say cheap fuel prices are only part of what's ailing the small-car marque, and that it is up to Fiat Chrysler -- not its dealers -- to fix the problem....
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Mercedes plans U.S. sales of E-class variants in 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Mercedes-Benz will begin introducing variants of its redesigned E-class sedan in the U.S. in 2017. They include plug-in hybrid, diesel and AMG versions....
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Latecomers to Mexico face fight for resources

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2016

Automakers and suppliers have been rushing to build plants in Mexico, and now the industry is starting to see some signs of strain from the boom. Plant construction companies are booked up, and labor isn't as readily available as before....
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Product launches follow a faster cadence

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2016

New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot farther away from home. A critical factor is increased speed -- what one expert calls "the new cadence."...
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GM Lordstown plant faces strike threat from UAW locals

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

UAW locals 1112 and 1714, which represent GM workers who produce the Chevrolet Cruze in Lordstown, Ohio, are seeking authorization to strike if problems in local contract negotiations persist....
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GM, Toyota idle plants for winter storm as East Coast braces for heavy snow

10:19 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

General Motors and Toyota halted production at their Kentucky plants today as the auto industry braces for the potential impact of Winter Storm Jonas....
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GM creates Maven car-sharing brand

Jan. 21, 2016 10:57 CET

General Motors is folding car-sharing services in Germany and the U.S. into a unit called Maven....
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