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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


Ford poised to ramp up Fusion output to challenge Camry

11:47 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Ford has bigger aspirations than challenging the Toyota Camry. Its Fusion is about to take on the law of supply and demand. An assembly plant about 20 miles south of Ford headquarters in suburban Detroit is preparing to roll Fusion family cars off the line for the first time.... Read More »


Suburban Collection buys dealership in Garden City, Mich.

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2013
Suburban Collection, an auto dealership group in suburban Detroit, today said it has acquired the former Crestwood Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram in Garden City, Mich., a western suburb of Detroit. The price was undisclosed.... Read More »


States accelerate efforts to recruit suppliers, automakers

9:09 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2013
With auto sales running at their fastest pace since 2007, the car business is booming in the United States and states' economic-development officials know that now, more than ever, is the time to argue that their location, workforce and community support will make a good marriage with automakers or their suppliers.... Read More »


4 ex-Chrysler dealers' claims dismissed by federal judge

5:54 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2013
A federal judge today dismissed the final claims of four rejected Chrysler Group dealers who won the right to return to business through arbitration but failed to reopen their stores.... Read More »


Redesigned Chrysler 200 sedan to begin production in early 2014

4:05 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2013
Chrysler Group LLC's redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan will begin production in early 2014 at the automaker's Sterling Heights plant here, Chrysler said today.... Read More »


Ford's historic Michigan plant moves closer to reopening as tourist attraction

3:42 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2013
The Michigan factory where Henry Ford's moving assembly line was born would be a destination for tourists and car enthusiasts alike if plans by a local historic preservation group come together.... Read More »


Suppliers absorb more of costs from warranty claims

4:12 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2013
Automakers are increasingly requiring contributions from suppliers for potential product liability, warranty and recall claims, and the emphasis on shared responsibility has worked its way from the automakers down to all three tiers of the supply chain.... Read More »


Magna moving U.S. HQ to larger space in suburban Detroit

2:43 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2013
Magna International plans to relocate about 300 employees into 117,300 square feet of office space at its new United States headquarters by September. The Canadian automotive supplier said it will move from its existing office in Troy, Mich., to a larger facility nearby.... Read More »


Dodge Journey to move from Mexico to Michigan in 2016, report says

10:59 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2013
Chrysler Group is planning to build the next generation of the Dodge Journey in metro Detroit instead of Mexico, according to a published report that cites suppliers as the source.... Read More »


Stuart Frey, former Ford VP, dies at age 88

1:51 pm U.S. ET | May 24, 2013
Stuart Frey, a former vice president of Ford Motor, has died at the age of 88. He died March 6 in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to his family.... Read More »


Cost to be big factor in 'talking' cars acceptance, LaHood says

3:51 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
Cars that "talk" to each other to avoid crashes or traffic jams, like those being tested here, will save lives but the cost of the systems will determine consumers' acceptance of such technology, the transportation secretary said today.... Read More »


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