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Ford sets goal of 9.4M global sales by 2020, cuts profit outlook for '14
3:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29 | UPDATED: 9/29/14 6:35 pm ET - adds stock close, details
Ford aims to raise global sales 52 percent annually by 2020 by tapping fast-growing Asian markets, investing heavily in Lincoln, and expanding its global offerings of sma ...


Buyers snap up pricier models
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Consumers in the United States are willingly paying more than ever for new vehicles, enticed by low interest rates, cheap leases and ubiquitous six-year loans that keep m ...


GM victim fund begins payout offers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
The compensation fund that General Motors created in response to its ignition-switch recalls began offering multimillion-dollar payments to crash victims and their famili ...


GM warns '15 Corvette owners that 'valet mode' may be illegal
4:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26
An “industry exclusive” feature that General Motors touted to buyers of the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray could inadvertently get owners in trouble with the ...


Post-holiday sales volume remains strong, analysts say
3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25
September U.S. auto sales are expected to come in about 10 percent higher than a year ago, according to four analysts' estimates, with no sign of a typical post-Labor Day ...


VW, Ford, GM, Toyota dominate North American Car and Truck of the Year short list
12:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23
Volkswagen Group of America has four vehicles in the running for North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. ...


NHTSA chief, before blistering Senate panel, admits 'we need to improve'
5:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16 | UPDATED: 9/16/14 6:30 pm ET
The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today insisted that his agency lacked enough information to force a recall of faulty General Motors ignitio ...


GM issues 2 recalls, stop-sale orders for 2015 Corvettes
8:58 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11
General Motors is issuing two more recalls, both on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, according to stop-delivery orders sent to dealers today. ...


Non-recall actions raise questions on safety info disclosure
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
Big recalls by General Motors and Toyota Motor Corp. in recent years raise questions about whether dangerous problems could lurk in little-noticed service bulletins or cu ...


Blazing Labor Day weekend drives the best SAAR since 2006
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
August culminated one of the best four-month periods ever for the auto industry, as surging demand for SUVs and other light trucks propelled the industry to its highest a ...


Toyota rides truck wave to 6% gain
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3
Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. posted record SUV sales in August, including a 52 percent increase in RAV4 deliveries. The gains helped Toyota achieve a better-than-expected in ...


The incentives debate: Who's being 'stupid'?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
Some big rivals dismiss American Honda sales boss John Mendel's grim warning that extended loan terms and other strategies being employed by competitors hurt resale value ...


Honda's Mendel says U.S. sales 'near top,' warns market may suffer from 'stupid things'
1:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19 | UPDATED: 8/19/14 3:47 pm ET - adds details
Auto sales in the United States are approaching the highest levels that the market can sustainably support and could suffer long-term damage as automakers increasingly tu ...


Why Honda's John Mendel wants customers to buy a Treasury bond on wheels
3:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19
Jittery stock market? Honda's John Mendel wants you to take your money out of Google, Apple and Tesla -- and put it in Hondas. Not Honda stock. Actual Hondas. They're lik ...


No key ring tags, GM tells dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
In its recall-induced quest to strip customers' key chains of any dangling tchotchkes, GM has raised the alarm about promotional key tags. ...


Ford recalls 2013 Escape for 11th time, this time for wiring problem
3:43 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15
Ford has issued its 11th recall on the 2013 Escape crossover, this time because a wiring problem could cause the engine to hesitate or stall. ...


GM: 140,000 owners of recalled vehicles can't be reached
6:57 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7 | UPDATED: 8/7/14 9:46 pm ET - adds details
GM says it hasn't been able to reach nearly 140,000 owners of the Chevrolet Cobalt and other small cars it has recalled for faulty ignition switches, highlighting the cha ...


Why GM is re-engineering its 'political punching bag'
2:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7
GM critics might think the company is wasting money -- a lot of which came from taxpayers who often moonlight as critics of GM -- by continuing to invest in the Volt. ...


U.S. sales of luxury brands through July outpace overall market
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Memories of the recession have all but disappeared in the rearview mirror for Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, BMW and most other luxury brands, with their sales rising considerably ...


GM moved faster to fix larger cars
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28
General Motors treated isolated reports of flimsy ignitions in its mid-sized, full-sized and luxury cars more urgently than similar but far more voluminous complaints abo ...


June, July 2009 timeline: Beginning of recovery
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28
A look back at the events of June and July, 2009. ...


Strong retail demand to push U.S. sales higher in July, forecasts show
2:44 pm U.S. ET | July 25
The pace of auto sales has slowed slightly after hitting an eight-year high in June, but July's results are still shaping up to be at least 9 percent better than a year a ...


GM lists more Cobalt, Ion fatalities in quarterly crash data
3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 23 | UPDATED: 7/24/14 3:03 pm ET - adds correction
In the first quarter, General Motors received claims that defects in the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion caused 17 deaths and 167 injuries, according to data it submitted ...


Selling vehicles for export angers automakers, but is it illegal?
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
Authorities working to stop the flowof high-end cars overseas have run into a significant obstacle: Exporters arranging the shipments may not be breaking any laws, even ...


Barra defends GM's top lawyer as senators press for more legal staff changes
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17 | UPDATED: 7/17/14 4:17 pm ET
GM has not done enough to overhaul its legal department in the wake of its recall crisis, several U.S. senators said today as they pressed GM CEO Mary Barra to fire the a ...


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