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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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

U.S. finalizes plan to phase in rearview camera mandate, starting in 2016

April 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The U.S. Department of Transportation has finalized a set of federal standards for rear visibility that will require all new vehicles under 4,536 kgs (10,000 pounds) in weight to have rearview cameras by mid-2018.... Read More »

 

Ford will redo Empire State stunt for Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
As the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the Mustang in New York nears, Ford has rediscovered its old marketing playbook and is using it to herald the occasion.... Read More »

 

TESLA TENSION

N.J. weighs direct EV sales; states covet gigafactory

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The Tesla vs. dealers clash was already intense. Now the fight has escalated, with the addition of presidential politics and bidding for a battery factory. And in a move that could have far-reaching implications, a New Jersey legislator has introduced a bill that would let any manufacturer of electric vehicles sell them directly to the public, bypassing franchised dealers.... Read More »

 

BMW aims big crossover at U.S. -- and Mercedes

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
BMW's decision to approve the seven-seat X7 crossover was driven by competitive pressure -- especially in the United States, says CEO Norbert Reithofer. "We cannot just ignore a market for a BMW product," he said at a press briefing Friday before a ceremony to announce a $1 billion, 100,000-unit expansion to BMW's factory in South Carolina.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Polarized politics and the changing auto landscape

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
As government assistance appears to lose appeal in attracting new auto manufacturing investments, the industry and politicians in North America must rethink how they cooperate.... Read More »

 

U.S. safety official sought probe of non-deploying GM airbags in 2007

5:02 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2014
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration manager seven years ago recommended investigating why air bags in General Motors' 2003-2006 Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion cars weren't deploying, according to a memo issued by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.... Read More »

 

Toyota's major midcycle revamp aims to keep Camry on top

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2014
It has been the best-selling car in the United States for 12 years, but the Toyota Camry is losing ground in the industry's escalating mid-sized sedan wars. Now Toyota will break with tradition by extensively revamping the car just three years after it was redesigned.... Read More »

 

UAW membership rises for 4th straight year as industry rebounds

1:13 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2014
The UAW said its membership rolls expanded by 2.3 percent to 391,415 last year, aided by rising production at the Detroit 3. The tally marked the fourth straight year of increases.... Read More »

 

GM issues 2 more recalls, covering 662,000 new trucks, Cruzes

12:08 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2014
General Motors issued two more safety recalls late Friday, covering 490,000 new full-sized pickups and SUVs as well as 172,000 Chevrolet Cruze models, bringing the total number of GM callbacks this month to six.... Read More »

 

Tesla reaches deal to keep 5 N.Y. stores

5:58 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Tesla Motors and New York auto dealer lobbying groups reached an agreement that allows the electric-car maker to keep its five company-owned stores in the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.... Read More »

 

Texas dealers argue against altering franchise laws to lure Tesla plant

3:39 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Texas dealers defended the state's franchise laws today, just days after Gov. Rick Perry suggested that the laws should be reviewed and perhaps changed to let Tesla Motors sell its electric vehicles directly to consumers.... Read More »

 

NHTSA closes Tesla fire inquiry as Model S gets new battery shield

9:17 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
NHTSA said it closed a four-month investigation of fires in the Tesla Model S this week, as Tesla announced a design change to better shield the electric car's batteries.... Read More »

 

BMW's Spartanburg plant will be company's biggest

1:00 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
BMW is investing $1 billion in its Spartanburg, S.C., factory by 2016 to expand capacity by 100,000 units and add production of a fifth crossover, the X7 -- making the plant its biggest worldwide.... Read More »

 

BMW's U.S. factory will be company's biggest global car plant after adding X7 crossover

March 28, 2014 19:00 CET
BMW is investing $1 billion in its U.S. factory to expand capacity by 100,000 units and add production of a fifth crossover, the X7 -- making the plant its biggest worldwide.... Read More »

 

Opel will build Buicks in Germany for U.S.

March 28, 2014 12:37 CET
Opel said it will build a Buick model for the United States at a plant in Germany. It said production would begin in the second half of the decade without naming the model. Opel also said it will stop exporting vehicles to China.... Read More »

 

Obama says U.S.-EU trade talks are moving forward

March 28, 2014 09:44 CET
President Barack Obama said his administration is moving forward on establishing a trade pact between the U.S. and EU. Automakers are lobbying hard for the pact to end import tariffs and adopt standard safety and environmental regulations.... Read More »

 

Ford spending $500 million to build new V-6 truck engine in Ohio

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Ford is investing $500 million to build a new compact, lightweight turbocharged V-6 engine for the redesigned F-150 pickup at a plant in Lima, Ohio. The smaller V-6 engine should help the venerable F-150 close the fuel economy gap with Chrysler Group's Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which has a 3.0-liter diesel engine and an industry best EPA rating of 28 mpg highway.... Read More »

 

BMW X7 addition will make U.S. factory automaker's biggest car plant

March 27, 2014 20:30 CET
BMW's U.S. factory is on track to become the automaker's largest global production site with the addition of the X7 crossover.... Read More »

 

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