Nick Bunkley

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Feds find GM acted criminally in ignition switch defect, NYT says

UPDATED: 5/22/15 11:29 pm ET - new story
The Justice Department has determined that General Motors' failure to recall millions of defective ignition switches for years involved criminal wrongdoing and could file ...

Ford trims China output as market slows, pricing pressure builds

2:22 pm U.S. ET | May 21
Ford, which is in the midst of a plant-opening blitz in China, reduced production there slightly in the first quarter in response to a market slowdown and price cuts by r ...

Why Ford's Blue Oval is missing from the 2016 Explorer

3:51 pm U.S. ET | May 15
The F-150 isn't the only Ford icon that's been changed to aluminum this year. Get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum and you'll notice that something fam ...

Ford removes Chicago managers amid probe

UPDATED: 5/5/15 4:51 pm ET - adds statement, lawsuit
Ford has replaced the plant manager, human resources officials and labor relations officials at its Chicago Assembly Plant after a federal investigator found evidence to ...

Ford rides truck wave as small cars fizzle

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
After preparing for a future built on small cars, Ford is now straining to keep up with demand for SUVs and crossovers. ...

Ford snaps 2-month skid, gains share

UPDATED: 5/1/15 3:34 pm ET
The Ford brand set an April record for U.S. sales of utility vehicles as Ford gained market share for only the third time in the past 16 months. It also was the automaker ...

Ford calls back more Fiestas for latch fix

9:50 am U.S. ET | May 1
Ford said today it is expanding a recall for doors that can fly open, adding about 156,000 Fiestas in response to pressure from government regulators. Ford now has recall ...

Ford's latest recalls include first on new F-150, Edge

10:03 am U.S. ET | April 29
Ford launched four recalls totaling 591,000 vehicles today in North America, including the first on the redesigned F-150 and Edge and the ninth on the 2014 Escape. ...

The F-150, Ford's heavy-duty profit hauler

2:33 pm U.S. ET | April 28
Forget aluminum. Ford Motor Co.'s first-quarter earnings report is a reminder that the redesigned F-150 is still made of the same thing it always has been: Money. ...

Ford posts 7% drop in Q1 profit, still sees 'breakthrough year'

UPDATED: 4/28/15 8:06 am ET -- adds CFO comments
Ford, which has forecast a "breakthrough year" for itself after remaking a large swath of its global lineup, today said its first-quarter net income fell 6. ...

Best April sales in decade expected, driven by light trucks

1:09 pm U.S. ET | April 27
New-vehicle sales in the United States are projected to reach the highest April level in a decade, capping the best four-month start to a year since 2001. ...

Ford's Sync 3 debut, vehicle launches are out of sync

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
The 2015 Ford Edge has been on sale for only a month, but it's already about to be out-of-date. Ford Motor Co. plans to start rolling out Sync 3, its replacement for the ...

Small VW store delivers top customer ratings

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
Attention to detail and personal contact by the owners of a small, 50-year-old Volkswagen dealership in rural Pennsylvania helped it earn the brand's top scores for custo ...

Ford recalls 390,000 cars to fix doors that may fly open while driving

3:51 pm U.S. ET | April 24
Ford is recalling about 390,000 cars for an issue that could prevent the doors from latching or allow them to open unexpectedly while driving. ...

Ford to cut 700 jobs at Mich. plant, hitting Tier 2 workers

3:40 pm U.S. ET | April 23
Ford plans to cut 700 jobs and eliminate the third shift at its small-car assembly plant in suburban Detroit, in the company's first large-scale layoff of Tier 2 workers. ...

Why Lincoln is ready to toss the alphabet soup

2:44 pm U.S. ET | April 21
Lincoln's announcement last month that the Continental will replace the MKS signaled the automaker might be rethinking its decision to drop actual names nearly a decade a ...

GM avoids some ignition switch liability

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
The bankruptcy judge who approved GM's reorganization in 2009 refused to override the liability shield he had granted it but said plaintiffs can keep suing New GM for any ...

Ford eyes 'high volume' use of carbon fiber

9:24 am U.S. ET | April 17
Ford today said it has signed a deal with a carbon-fiber manufacturer to jointly explore “high-volume” automotive uses for the lightweight material. ...

Aluminum F-150 improves crash-test rating from all-steel predecessor

UPDATED: 4/16/15 1:47 pm ET -- adds details
The aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has earned a better government crash-test rating than its all-steel predecessor, countering any concerns that the lighter material would re ...

Ford's stair-step workout for dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
As its U.S. market share slides, Ford Motor Co. has dug up one of the old-school, sales-boosting tricks it had seemingly buried: stair-step incentives. ...

Ford at it again as Continental grabs spotlight

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Ford Motor Co. seems to have its formula for creating auto show buzz down pat. ...

Cadillac rolls out a 'drivers car,' Lincoln aims for 'elegant beauty'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5
While the Lincoln Continental and Cadillac CT6 battled to make the biggest splashes at the New York auto show, their real-life matchup won't have the same intensity. ...

Cadillac mulls lower-priced, entry-level vehicle, de Nysschen says

4:57 pm U.S. ET | March 31
Cadillac is considering a lower priced, entry-level luxury vehicle, one of several holes it's working to fill, but doesn't want to create a lineup as large as many German ...

Ford grappling with premature demands for $400k GT supercar

3:40 pm U.S. ET | March 31
Ford has a problem, though not necessarily the worst kind: Too many people want to pay about $400,000 for its upcoming GT supercar. ...

How Ford is stealing the show again -- this time with Continental

10:30 am U.S. ET | March 31
Ford Motor Co. seems to have its formula for creating auto show buzz down pat these days. ...
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