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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.

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.

U.S. auto sales on pace for second increase of year, but headwinds loom

New-vehicle sales in the United States are on pace to reach the highest March volume since at least 2001, according to three forecasts issued this week, marking a solid start to the closely watched spring selling season.

Ford recalls 1.4 million cars for loose steering wheels

Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 1.4 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans in North America because loose bolts could allow the steering wheel to come off.

Transplants set to dominate North American production

After opening several large plants in recent years -- and with more under construction -- transplant automakers are expected to account for more than half of North American production for the first time ever in 2018.

GM delivers on promise to control inventories

GM executives said last year they would bring their burgeoning inventories under control. They delivered.

GM's brass shows it can deliver on promises

GM executives last year said they would bring their burgeoning inventories under control. They delivered.

HONDA: Dec. decline; 3rd straight annual record

UPDATED: 1/3/18 7:29 pm ET - adds U.S. market share data

American Honda's U.S. sales fell 7 percent in December, but it still achieved record annual sales for a third consecutive year.

Another down year ahead?

It looks like 2018 will be the first time in four years that new-vehicle sales in the United States fall short of 17 million, though the tax reform bill signed into law last week could help.

December U.S. sales predicted to be strong but down from 2016

December is projected to produce the highest U.S. new-vehicle sales volume of the year, but it won't be enough for 2017 to top last year's record-setting total.

Cadillac gives dealers reprieve after 'many' miss Pinnacle sales goals

Cadillac, acknowledging "many" dealerships fell short of their targets this year due to a lack of fresh products, will calculate dealer compensation for 2018 based more on customer-satisfaction scores and compliance with...

Redesigned QX50 critical to Infiniti

Infiniti expects its redesigned crossover, powered by what it calls a breakthrough engine technology, to finally make it a bigger player in a critical segment.

Cadillac pulling off camouflage sooner

Cadillac, which has a major overhaul of its lineup on the way, plans to reveal new vehicles further in advance to allow for more thorough testing on public roads.

Kia, Alfa finalists for North American vehicles of the year for first time

UPDATED: 11/29/17 12:56 pm ET - adds new photos

Kia and Alfa Romeo have for the first time ever been named finalists for the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Awards.

Kia, Alfa finalists for North American vehicles of the year for first time

Kia and Alfa Romeo have for the first time ever been named finalists for the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Awards.

Infiniti banks on retooled QX50 to pad U.S. sales

Infiniti, already one of the fastest growing luxury brands, aims to give itself a bigger boost with a technology-laden crossover that one executive calls the most important vehicle in the brand's history.


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