Michigan

Average U.S. fuel economy up slightly in Feb.

2:39 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
The average fuel economy of new U.S. light trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in February rose 0.1 mpg from the revised figure for January, to 25.2 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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Chrysler turned away by bankruptcy court in tax-refund quest

12:34 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
Chrysler Group couldn't get a New York bankruptcy court's help in its bid to recover an alleged $50 million overpayment of state unemployment insurance premiums....
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New car fuel economy in U.S. rose 0.1 mpg in January

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2014
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in January in the United States rose 0.1 mpg from December, to 24.9 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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Serra Automotive acquires GM dealership in suburban Nashville

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2014
Michigan's Serra Automotive said today it has acquired the largest-volume General Motors dealership in Tennessee, Tom Bannen Chevrolet-Buick-GMC. Terms of the deal were not released....
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Federal-Mogul to acquire chassis components business

10:38 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
Diversified auto parts supplier Federal-Mogul said it agreed to acquire the chassis components business of Affinia Group. Terms of the transaction between the two Michigan-based companies were not disclosed and the deal is subject to regulatory approvals, Federal-Mogul said in a statement today....
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BEST PRACTICES

3 brothers building on a family tradition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Three entrepreneurs in a single new-car store could be a recipe for disaster, but the Milosch brothers have turned the family's entrepreneurial gene into a competitive strength....
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U.S. new-vehicle fuel economy rises to 24.8 mpg in 2013, study says

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2014
The average fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the United States last year was nearly 25 mpg, up 1 mpg from 2012 and the highest for a full year since at least 2008, according to a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report....
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Denso plans to expand U.S. headquarters, operations

12:20 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
Denso International America said it is expanding its North American headquarters in suburban Detroit. The supplier purchased a 81,000-square-foot building next to its current campus in Southfield, Mich....
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Fowlerville Ford settled FTC complaint rather than pay 'prohibitive' court fees

12:36 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
Fowlerville Ford today said it agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over allegedly deceptive ads because “the cost of appealing” the FTC's conclusions “would have been prohibitive.”...
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KEITH CRAIN

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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NICK BUNKLEY

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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