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NHTSA expands Ford Fiesta door-latch probe to 2013 Fusion, Lincoln MKZ

3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 4

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding a September investigation of door-latch failure in the 2011-13 Ford Fiesta to include the 2013 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ.
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Loan amounts, payments reach new highs
11:00 am U.S. ET | March 4

The average amount financed for a new vehicle reached a record $28,381 in the fourth quarter of 2014, Experian Automotive said today. That was an increase of $950, or 3.5 ...
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Apple explores resolution of A123 Systems’ poaching suit
6:59 am U.S. ET | March 4

Apple said it’s exploring a potential resolution of a lawsuit in which it’s accused of poaching employees from a lithium ion battery maker amid reports that i ...
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Kobe Steel considers $800 million U.S. aluminum plant for auto suppliers
6:41 am U.S. ET | March 3

Kobe Steel, supplier of aluminum sheet to half of Japan’s auto industry, is considering building a 100 billion yen ($832 million) plant in the U.S. to expand sales ...
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Toyota to end production of Venza
4:51 pm U.S. ET | March 2

Toyota is pulling the plug on the Venza crossover, a vehicle the automaker once touted as engineered in America for American buyers. ...
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Senate bill would bar car registrations until recalls completed
4:16 pm U.S. ET | March 2

Car buyers in the United States would have to get most repairs subject to a recall performed before registering their vehicles under legislation being introduced by two D ...
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Ford hires 400 more than planned in Canada to support output of new Edge
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26

Ford has hired about 400 more workers than it previously said it would need to build the redesigned Edge crossover in Canada. ...
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GM cutting production at 2 plants as car inventory mounts, sources say
11:12 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25 | UPDATED: 2/25/15 1:41 pm ET - Corrected

General Motors is trimming production at two of its car plants amid mounting dealer inventories, an effort to reduce stocks of the Chevrolet Sonic and Camaro, Buick Regal ...
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Lexus wins 4th straight J.D. Power dependability title; Buick rises to No. 2
10:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25

Toyota's Lexus claimed its fourth consecutive title as most-dependable automotive brand after three years of ownership while corporate sibling Scion jumped to ninth place ...
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JPMorgan says U.S. examining racial disparities on car loans
11:03 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24

JPMorgan Chase, the largest US bank, said it’s in talks with the Department of Justice about possible racial disparities in markups that auto dealers charged on loa ...
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Buick cracks top 10 on Consumer Reports report card; Acura, Mercedes, Infiniti drop
12:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24 | UPDATED: 2/25/15 12:09 pm ET - corrected

Buick climbed into the Top 10 while Acura, Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz fell hard in the latest report card on reliability and performance from Consumer Reports. Lex ...
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EPA tweaks fuel economy test to improve accuracy of mpg labels
3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23

The EPA today issued updated procedures for a critical part of fuel economy testing that some automakers have struggled with in the last two years. ...
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Delphi's thermal unit is bought by Mahle for $727 million
4:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19

German auto supplier Mahle has agreed to buy rival Delphi's air conditioning business for $727 million, expanding its thermal management expertise as cars make greater us ...
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Buffett, Soros boost stakes in GM, report says
8:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18

Warren Buffett and George Soros, the billionaires making headlines with moves to invest in auto retail, have boosted their stakes in General Motors, The Wall Street Journ ...
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Lear to buy more shares, boost dividend
10:09 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17

Weeks after receiving a letter from an activist investor urging the company to split into two separately traded public companies, Lear said today it will increase its sha ...
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Chrysler brand head Gardner's duties will include dealer network
3:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has appointed current Chrysler brand head Al Gardner to replace Peter Grady as vice president of its dealer network when Grady retires at the en ...
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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

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 ...
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