North America

Tentative deal in U.S. port dispute spells relief for Honda, rivals

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2015
A group of shipping companies and a powerful dockworkers union reached a tentative labor deal after nine months of negotiations, settling a dispute that disrupted Japanese automakers in the United States, primarily Honda....
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Tesla could open up to 12 Texas stores if legislation passes

11:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Tesla may be able to open up to 12 stores in Texas, if a group of state legislators gets its way. Under current state law, customers can purchase new vehicles only through a franchised dealership. The bills would allow customers to purchase vehicles directly from the manufacturer....
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Jaguar Land Rover favors Austria or Turkey over U.S. for production boost, report says

Feb. 20, 2015 10:50 CET
Jaguar Land Rover may add production in Austria or Turkey instead of in the U.S. as the automaker seeks to boost its manufacturing capacity, a UK newspaper reported. JLR had been considering opening a factory in the U.S. South, reports said earlier this month....
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TrueCar to stress mobile shopping as revenue surges

7:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015
TrueCar is rebuilding its computer interface around mobile car-shopping to seize on a pronounced trend in its traffic volume, CEO Scott Painter said. In January for the first time, 50 percent of shoppers on TrueCar’s website got there via a mobile device, Painter said; that figure is expected to grow to 90 percent in 18 months....
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Dana posts gains in Q4 net income

12:27 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015
Powertrain component supplier Dana Holding reported gains in net income for the fourth quarter and 2014, but slipped in revenue in both the quarter and year. Net income for the quarter was $109 million, up from $42 million in 2013....
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Dick Gillmore, who helped launch Isuzu in the U.S., dies at 71

2:17 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
Dick Gillmore, who played an integral part in launching Isuzu Motors' American auto brand, died Feb. 4 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 71....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Apple's electric car dreams may bring auto industry nightmares

6:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
Before Apple decides to move ahead with its Project Titan project and build an electric car, the company may want to look at the menu of challenges that come with being in the automobile business these days....
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Weaker loonie no savior for Canada's ailing auto industry

9:06 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
A strong Canadian dollar has wounded the country's auto manufacturing sector over the last decade, but the currency's recent drop to a near six-year low is unlikely to spur a rush of new investment, senior industry executives say....
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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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