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The South is singing the Mexican blues

5:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2013
That high, lonesome sound of sorrow coming out of the South these days is no bluegrass song. It is the sound of an auto industry pining for its one true love -- who has run off to Mexico.... Read More »


U.S. transportation chief meets with Detroit 3 execs, tour plants

10:14 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx met with executives of the Detroit 3 and toured auto facilities in the Detroit area today.... Read More »


U.S. auto sales predicted to top 16 million in 2014 -- with profits

7:33 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2013
The auto market is poised for a fifth straight year of growth in the United States for just the second time since World War II. The recovery from the recession has been so robust that the debate is now whether sales will reach 2000’s record levels -- and whether that would even be a good thing.... Read More »


Hot August caps a 'solid summer'

4:40 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2013
By almost any measure, August spelled recovery for U.S. auto sales. Not only have automakers sold more light vehicles in the first eight months this year (10.6 million) than in all of 2009 (10.4 million), but last month's 1.5 million sales topped the unit volume of every August since 2003.... Read More »


Engineers steer Detroit 3 purchasing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Under pressure to introduce technology, improve quality and ensure smooth product launches, the Detroit 3 are giving engineers more influence over their purchasing operations. General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group have all chosen purchasing chiefs with engineering backgrounds.... Read More »


Automakers market their muscle at annual cruise event

2:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2013
The annual Woodward Dream Cruise just north of Detroit, which draws more than 1 million people and around 40,000 classic cars to a 22-mile stretch of four-lane road, gives the Detroit automakers a chance to display their high-performance hardware as they seek to outmuscle one another in their ongoing marketing wars.... Read More »


Fleet flip-flop: Detroit 3 are down; Asians pick up slack

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
The Detroit 3 slashed fleet sales in July, but Nissan North America, Hyundai-Kia and Toyota Motor Sales picked up the slack.... Read More »


Detroit's devotion to the car paved way for its undoing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2013
The auto industry, which by 1950 made Detroit the fourth-largest American city, produced decades of prosperity but also enabled the city's gradual destruction and depopulation, leading to last month's historic bankruptcy.... Read More »


CAW chief Lewenza to retire as union merges with CEP

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2013
Ken Lewenza is stepping down as president of the Canadian Auto Workers as the union prepares to join with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada to form a group representing more than 300,000 workers.... Read More »



Engineers are repairing supplier-automaker ties

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
The Detroit 3 have turned to engineering executives to run their parts purchasing operations, with Ford becoming just the latest example. It's an idea that fits the times and seems to be working.... Read More »


Judge with ties to auto industry bankruptcies to oversee Detroit case

7:45 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2013
Detroit's bankruptcy will be overseen by a 28-year veteran of the bench who approved the liquidation of auto parts maker Collins & Aikman in 2007 and served as chief judge of the bankruptcy court in Detroit when it changed its rules at the end of 2008 to make it a more attractive venue for carmakers to reorganize.... Read More »


Detroit bankruptcy won’t disrupt 2014 auto show, organizers say

4:02 pm U.S. ET | July 19, 2013
Detroit’s bankruptcy filing won’t affect the planning or staging of the 2014 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in January, show organizers said today.... Read More »



U.S. automakers hold a key to Detroit's future

10:10 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2013
Detroit's ties to the fortunes of the U.S. auto industry have been fraying for six decades, as manufacturing jobs in the city fell from about 296,000 in 1950 to fewer than 27,000 in 2011. But it isn't likely that Detroit's recovery will be as quick and easy as the turnaround of the U.S. automakers.... Read More »


Detroit, cradle of U.S. auto industry, seeks bankruptcy protection

7:02 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2013
Detroit, cradle of the U.S. auto industry, became the most populous American city to file for bankruptcy, seeking court protection from creditors. The Detroit 3 automakers offered support for the plan, with Chrysler pledging to continue investing in the city.... Read More »



'Fiat in Tennessee' is absurd -- and yet …

1:02 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2013
Last month, the governor of Tennessee had the audacity to propose to Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne that the Italian automaker move its global headquarters to Tennessee.... Read More »


Detroit officials deny prized car trove is at risk with bankruptcy

12:41 pm U.S. ET | June 21, 2013
A Detroit official has dismissed as "lots of wild speculation" reports that Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is considering the sale of the city's little-known collection of classic cars.... Read More »


Output soars to 16M, with high-profit twist

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
Vehicle production in North America is back near record levels, with output forecast to surpass 16 million units this year for the first time in more than a decade. But even though the numbers look similar to the days when Detroit used sky-high incentives to grapple with bloated inventories, the industry is in a much different place this time around.... Read More »


Nissan price cuts, weaker yen raise fear of U.S. discount war

2:25 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
Nissan's take-no-prisoners approach to gaining U.S. market share has the auto industry worried that a price war is brewing that will erode the profit progress made since the recession ravaged auto sales.... Read More »


Voice controls: Just another distraction?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
Car companies are moving full steam ahead on voice controls and are unlikely to be slowed by the note of caution AAA sounded last week, automakers and suppliers say. The influential consumer group, which has more than 53 million members in North America, released research last week that showed voice-to-text systems can cause as much mental distraction as talking on a hand-held cellphone.... Read More »


GM, Chrysler voice support for Detroit on brink of bankruptcy

4:51 pm U.S. ET | June 14, 2013
Two of the automakers most closely associated with Detroit expressed support for the city, which announced plans to miss debt payments on Friday, making it the most populous city in the United States to default since Cleveland in 1978.... Read More »


Energy, real estate rebound driving pickup sales, Detroit 3 share gains

12:34 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2013
Record energy production coupled with a sustained housing recovery are pushing pickup sales to the highest level in as much as eight years and driving Detroit's comeback. Detroit's 3 automakers have gained 1.2 points of market share this year, the first time all three have gained share during the January- though-May period in at least 18 years, as sales continue on a pace for the best year since 2007.... Read More »


David Markin, former owner of Checker Motors, dies at 82

1:51 pm U.S. ET | May 31, 2013
Former Checker Motors Corp. owner David Markin, 82, died Thursday after a monthlong illness. He was a resident of Palm Beach, Fla., and Dorset, Vt.... Read More »


New wave of American design stokes Detroit 3 market share gains

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2013
From the fires of Detroit's descent into near-death, GM, Ford and Chrysler have forged some of the most distinctive designs since tailfins were soaring in the halcyon days of the postwar-era. Models such as the Cadillac ATS sports sedan, Ford Fusion family car and Jeep Grand Cherokee are turning heads and stoking sales.... Read More »


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