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Luxury sales race goes down to the wire

The two top German luxury brands were nearly neck-and-neck going into the fourth quarter, with Mercedes-Benz eyeing a third consecutive year atop the U.S. luxury market.

$1 billion tariff hit would mean $1,000 hit to Ford workers

If Ford earns $1 billion less in North America because of tariffs, even though nearly all of the steel it uses is made in the U.S., its profit-sharing payouts to workers would drop by $1,000.

Ex-Ford design chief J Mays joins appliance maker

Longtime automotive designer J Mays is going from Ford Mustangs and F-150s to washing machines and refrigerators.

Ford CEO talks X's and O's of leadership with Michigan's Jim Harbaugh

Ford's CEO says he aims to outplay his rivals, just as his college football coach taught him. To wit: He envisions GM CEO Mary Barra playing on Ohio State's offensive line.

U.S. new-car sales on pace to dip, remain flat in July, forecasts show

U.S. car and light-truck deliveries are projected to be flat or down in July, forecasts from J.D. Power/LMC, Edmunds and Cox Automotive show, with one less day and weekend of sales. It would be only the third monthly year-over-year drop in 2018.

FCA paints grim picture of Marchionne's health

Comments by the company and its chairman suggest that the 66-year-old has become gravely ill weeks after undergoing shoulder surgery.

FCA paints grim picture of Marchionne's health

Comments by the company and its chairman suggest that the 66-year-old has become gravely ill weeks after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Tesla eyes China as U.S. output struggles

Tesla took a big step toward expanding its manufacturing footprint overseas, signing a preliminary agreement to build a plant in China, but it also gave more indications that demand for its most affordable electric vehicle has faded considerably amid its struggles to produce in high volumes.

GM's drive to 100% completion rate on recalls: Not there, yet

After four years, 92 percent of the cars with faulty ignition switches that GM believes still exist outside a junkyard have been fixed globally -- 96 percent of those in the U.S. -- but other recalls spurred by the ignition switch crisis were less successful.

Despite ignition crisis, GM hasn't given up the keys

UPDATED: 6/4/18 12:53 pm ET - corrected

Keyless ignition has become more common within GM's portfolio in the last four years, but it's still not standard on many of the company's least-expensive vehicles. It's not even an option on any GM pickups, including the newly redesigned Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra.

Teslas may be safe, but what about the rest of us?

Elon Musk's responses to recent crashes involving Tesla's Autopilot software suggest a lack of regard for people who share the road with the cars his company sells.

Teslas may be safe, but what about the rest of us?

Elon Musk's responses to recent crashes involving Tesla's Autopilot software suggest a lack of regard for people who share the road with the cars his company sells.

Teslas may be safe, but what about the rest of us?

Elon Musk's responses to recent crashes involving Tesla's Autopilot software suggest a lack of regard for people who share the road with the cars his company sells.

Ford says cars lose money, so they're gone

The Mustang and a Focus wagon will survive, but all of Ford's value-destroying nonluxury sedans are goners. Is Jim Hackett going too far?

Ford brand sedans to be nixed in N.A. under deeper cost targets

UPDATED: 4/25/18 7:08 pm ET - adds details

Ford plans to stop selling all Ford brand sedans in North America and is nearly doubling its cost-cutting target from a plan laid out only six months ago. The automaker said it will fix or eliminate unprofitable global operations.

Ford brand sedans to be nixed in N.A. as company nearly doubles cost-cutting target

UPDATED: 04/25/18 5:30 pm ET -- Adds details

Ford said it plans to stop selling all Ford brand sedans in North America and that it has nearly doubled its cost-cutting target by 2022 from the plan it laid out only six months ago.


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