Detroit is well worth the trip

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
The Detroit show is always remarkable with more debuts than anywhere else and lots of executives who are available to share insights on what's shaping this global industry. In addition, I add with a certain amount of pride, Automotive News will be opening the 38th Automotive News World Congress in the midst of the auto show's press days....
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Global attendance boosts Detroit's economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Taking the Detroit auto show international has meant a big boost for Southeast Michigan's economy. Rebranding the show as the North American International Auto Show in 1989 and attracting foreign news media has bolstered local businesses, said Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and the NAIAS....
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Michigan dealer Bill Wright dead at 55

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
Bill Wright, an auto dealer and philanthropist in western Michigan, died Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 55....
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GM to invest $1.3 billion in 5 assembly, powertrain plants

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
General Motors plans to invest $1.3 billion upgrading two Michigan assembly plants and three powertrain plants, including retooling for a new 10-speed transmission....
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Average new-vehicle mileage rises to 24.8 mpg

11:24 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2013
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in the United States during November rose 0.1 mpg from October, to 24.8 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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Ford to idle Fusion plant in Michigan extra week in Dec. to curb supplies

4:58 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2013
Just three months after Ford started production of the Fusion mid-sized sedan at a second North American plant to keep up with demand, it already has more supplies of the car than it needs. Ford has scheduled approximately one extra week off in December at its Flat Rock, Mich., plant as it continues to match Fusion production with demand....
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Hyundai works on gasoline engine that mimics diesel

1:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2013
Hyundai is working on a 1.8-liter engine that works like a diesel, but burns gasoline. If the engine makes production, Hyundai officials say, it could deliver a 25 percent fuel economy gain over a comparable gasoline engine -- about the same gain as a diesel -- but it would cost less to buy and operate....
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GM and TRW likely parting ways on $700 million brake contract

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2013
A dispute between TRW Automotive and General Motors may end a $700 million brake component contract, sources told Crain's Detroit Business. TRW last month disclosed that it terminated a brake component contract, representing $700 million in revenue, with an undisclosed customer....
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Is SMU horsing around with the Mustang's history?

1:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2013
Did inspiration strike Lee Iacocca during a football game at the University of Michigan 50 years ago? Did the SMU Mustangs somehow influence the naming of the famed Ford Mustang? We have conflicting accounts....
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Ford plans to idle plant that makes Focus, C-Max for two weeks

10:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2013
Ford scheduled two weeks of down time at its factory that assembles the Focus compact and C-Max hybrid cars to trim inventory after the first drop in U.S. auto sales in 27 months....
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Ford, University of Michigan open battery lab

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Ford and the University of Michigan are opening a battery laboratory in Ann Arbor to speed development of electrified vehicles, the automaker said today....
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New-vehicle fuel economy slips 0.3 mpg in September from August, study says

11:48 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2013
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in September fell 0.3 mpg from August, to 24.6 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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Severstal NA replaces most top execs to reflect steelmaker's shift in priorities

10:02 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2013
The North American unit of Russian steelmaker OAO Severstal, which owns the steel plant at Ford's famed Rouge manufacturing complex, has replaced nearly all of its senior management this year in an attempt to create "profitable, sustainable growth," the unit's new CEO says....
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2 Fujikura execs indicted by U.S. for fixing auto-parts prices

4:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2013
A federal grand jury in Detroit filed charges Thursday against two Japanese automotive executives for their alleged role in an international price-fixing conspiracy....
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Average new-vehicle fuel economy rises to 24.9 mpg, study says

3:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in August reached 24.9 mpg, up 0.1 mpg from July, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The average is the highest since researchers began collecting data in October 2007....
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Federal-Mogul plans move to smaller space

2:53 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Auto supplier Federal-Mogul is planning to move 650-700 employees at its headquarters in suburban Detroit to a new office in a neighboring suburb next year....
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For engineers and media, Hell is ideal proving ground

12:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2013
An unincorporated Michigan community about 60 miles west of Detroit has become one of the top places for automakers and journalists to test the newest cars, especially as a flood of new vehicles hits the U.S. market after the turmoil of the recession....
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Toyota to spend $28 million to expand Mich. powertrain operations

3:47 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2013
Toyota is spending more than $28 million to expand powertrain operations in Michigan. The expansion will enable the Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., to develop engines and automatic transmissions for vehicles designed and built in North America....
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GM's former Willow Run plant to be redeveloped

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2013
The trust fund charged with liquidating assets from the old General Motors bankruptcy has agreed to a deal that calls for redevelopment of GM's former Willow Run powertrain plant in Ypsilanti Township, Mich....
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Plan to expand U.S. auto loan program faces bumpy road

10:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2013
Democratic proposals to widen the scope of the Department of Energy's loan program for advanced cars could falter in the face of Republican opposition in Congress....
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Former Chrysler exec, longtime philanthropist Sharf dead at 92

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2013
A former master mechanic at Chrysler who ultimately led the automaker's international business development efforts in the 1980s died Aug. 31 in suburban Detroit. Steve Sharf, 92, retired from Chrysler as its executive vice president of its international business development group in 1986....
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Ford weighs more U.S. production after hiking Fusion output

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2013
Ford, which launched output of the Fusion at a plant in Michigan today to boost availability of the mid-sized sedan, said the factory could produce another model as demand grows....
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NHTSA extends connected vehicle tests by 6 months

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2013
A closely watched test of vehicles that monitor and talk to one another to avoid crashes will run for six months beyond its original end date this summer, federal auto safety regulators say....
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Ford launches Fusion production at Michigan plant

11:22 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2013
Ford said it’s starting additional production in Michigan of its Fusion as the family sedan challenges the Toyota Camry as the nation’s top-selling car....
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Mich. governor to name former Mercedes VP to state auto post, report says

2:53 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is expected next week to announce the appointment of Nigel Francis, a former vice president at Mercedes-Benz AG and defunct Bright Automotive, as an automotive adviser to the state....
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