North America

VW recognizes anti-UAW worker group ACE at Tenn. plant

5:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
Volkswagen says it has recognized a new group called the American Council of Employees to represent workers at its auto plant in Chattanooga, in addition to the UAW....
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Supplier Chassix misses 2nd bond payment; creditors concerned

8:46 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
After missing a payment of more than $17 million to bondholders this month, Chassix has asked the bondholders to organize and retain advisers -- and a creditor's filing asserts that the company is taking steps toward a possible bankruptcy....
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Silicon Valley muscles into Motor City's turf

7:16 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
“Detroit vs. Everybody” is a popular t-shirt in the hometown of General Motors and Ford Motor Co. these days. Yet it might as well read “Silicon Valley vs. Motor City” as the San Francisco Bay Area emerges as a center for global transportation innovation....
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Hyundai to enter U.S. commercial vehicle market as part of $1.8 billion offensive

7:38 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Hyundai plans to spend around $1.8 billion by 2020 on a major offensive in commercial vehicles, including entering the race in the United States, to catch up with rivals in a rapidly growing global market....
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Nissan needs more supply to hit U.S. goal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Nissan's growth in U.S. sales and market share will force it to squeeze more vehicles out of its North American factories or find factory space in Asia. Without added supply, the automaker's target of 10 percent U.S. market share will be hard to reach, says Jose Munoz, Nissan North America chairman....
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EDITORIAL

Nissan's quest for share reshapes U.S. auto industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Nissan North America is shaking up the status quo by helping Mexican retailers purchase dealerships in U.S. markets with large Hispanic populations....
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Toyota shifts r&d base to Michigan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Toyota Motor Corp. is consolidating its North American r&d base in a step that moves it closer to creating the carmaker's first truly self-sufficient product development center outside Japan....
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JAMES B. TREECE

North of U.S. border, mixed blessings from oil's skid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015
In the U.S., the drop in oil prices is seen as a boost for most of the economy, with some localized pain in the oil patch. In Canada, the view is reversed....
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GM union in Canada may seek early bargaining

4:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
The union that represents GM's Canadian workers may seek early negotiations to secure jobs at the company's Oshawa, Ontario, operations, Unifor National President Jerry Dias said....
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JAMES B. TREECE

In praise of consumer-focused auto shows

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
It was eye-opening to attend media day, and the VIP Night preshow gala, this week at the Toronto auto show, officially known as the Canadian International AutoShow....
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GM confirms plans for Chevy Bolt production in Michigan

9:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
General Motors confirmed today that it will make a production version of the Chevrolet Bolt concept that it unveiled last month, with plans to build the electric vehicle in Michigan....
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JAMES B. TREECE

In Canada, celebrating the classics

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
This week at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, an exhibit called “Art and the Automobile” includes a number of classics and historically significant concepts....
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Vancouver couple leases first fuel cell Hyundai Tucson in Canada

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
At the Toronto auto show Thursday, Hyundai introduced its new Tucson fuel cell vehicle -- and the car's first Canadian buyers. Hyundai bills the crossover as the first fuel cell vehicle available for lease by average consumers in Canada. But there are a number of caveats....
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Ford F-150, Subaru Legacy capture top honors in Canada

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
The Ford F-150 claimed another major award today when it was named 2015 Canadian Truck of the Year at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Subaru captured the Canadian Car of the Year honor for the first time since the award started in 1987 with the redesigned Legacy sedan....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Did VW pick the wrong U.S. state to build the Passat?

5:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear has a message for any German carmaker or supplier considering expanding into the South: Labor unions are welcome, at least in his state....
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Patent 'trolls' target automakers, and Ford pushes back

6:42 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Ford was sued for patent infringement more than a dozen times between 2012 and 2014 by so-called “patent trolls.” These outfits, also known as patent assertion companies, initiate patent cases but don't sell products of their own. Now they're targeting automakers, but Ford is pushing back....
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Honda to add capacity in Ohio, anticipating truck boom

11:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Honda plans to spend $85 million to enable its East Liberty, Ohio, plant to produce a fourth nameplate, a move stemming from the company's bullish outlook for North American truck sales....
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Subaru sues Calif. dealership, claims it filed false customer surveys

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Subaru of America filed a federal lawsuit against one of its California dealerships and its employees, accusing them of forging more than 200 customer satisfaction surveys to improve the dealership's reputation and avoid termination....
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Mexico auto output, exports rise in January

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Mexico auto production and exports rose to record levels for the month of January, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said today, boosted by strong demand in the United States and Canada....
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Nissan brings in Mexican dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Nissan is pulling out a secret weapon as it pushes for more market share in the U.S.: Mexican car dealers. Not U.S. car dealers of Mexican or Hispanic ancestry - but retailers from Mexico, who Nissan believes can electrify certain markets across the United States....
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Georgia gov. has JLR on his mind

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Who's next among European brands to build an assembly plant in the United States? In January, there were reports from China that Geely-owned Volvo was considering the idea. And last week, the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Jaguar Land Rover executives recently met Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to discuss opening a factory in his state....
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Trouble in the oil patch? Group 1 says it's ready

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Houston's Group 1 Automotive hasn't seen sales soften yet in the oil patch because of the drop in energy prices. But the nation's third-largest auto retailer is bracing for a drop....
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Toledo mayor, a Jeep champion, dies following cardiac arrest

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
Toledo, Ohio, Mayor Michael Collins -- a leading champion to keep Jeep Wrangler production in the city -- died Friday. The first-term mayor had been stewarding the city's bid to keep production of the Jeep Wrangler at Fiat Chrysler's Toledo Assembly Complex....
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Takata, automakers to face airbag product-liability cases in Florida court

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
A court case consolidating dozens of potential class-action lawsuits against Takata and some automakers for defective airbags will go forward in Florida, not elsewhere, as the embattled supplier and some automakers had hoped....
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U.S. auto exports hit record in 2014

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
U.S. exports of automotive parts and vehicles soared 4.5 percent to $159.5 billion in 2014, breaking a record for the fourth straight year....
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