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Ford F-150 pickups draw NHTSA scrutiny

1:31 pm U.S. ET | June 26
Some Ford F-150 pickups from the 2011-12 model years are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a possible defect that could cause l ...

Former Ford ad exec Gerry Donnelly dies at 67

11:47 am U.S. ET | June 26
Gerry Donnelly, a longtime advertising executive for the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands, died Saturday, June 13, in Florida. He was 67. ...

Aston Martin collaborates with ad giant WPP

3:00 am U.S. ET | June 26
Aston Martin is collaborating with advertising giant WPP on the automaker's global marketing communications in a step toward a formal working partnership next year, the B ...

FCA to recall 164,000 Jeep Cherokees

1:46 pm U.S. ET | June 25
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is launching a voluntary recall of about 164,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs globally to install shields that protect the power liftgate control componen ...

Industry leaders to join Automotive Hall of Fame

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
The 2015 Automotive Hall of Fame inductees are Elwood Haynes (1857-1925), who co-founded Haynes-Apperson Automobile Co. (1898-1925); Luca di Montezemolo, 67, former chair ...

Toyota tops in retained value, Edmunds.com awards show

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18
Toyota Motor came out on top in Edmunds.com's annual Best Retained Value Awards, nabbing a brand-level award and four model-level awards. ...

Few vehicles offer easy child restraint installation, IIHS says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18
Only three vehicles for the 2015 model year, out of more than 100, feature easy-to-use child restraint installation hardware, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety s ...

Commentary on Kirk Kerkorian

UPDATED: 6/16/15 6:01 pm ET - adds Iacocca statement
Here is a roundup of comments and reaction about Kirk Kerkorian's impact on the U.S. auto industry from a variety of published reports. Kerkorian died Monday at age 98. ...

GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 114

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 15
General Motors' faulty ignition switches are now linked to 114 deaths, three more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said. ...

Rising stock prices push up CEO pay

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Charles Bunch topped the list of the 35 highest-paid CEOs at publicly traded North America-based automotive companies for the second year in a row in 2014. The list refle ...

2015 Automotive Hall of Fame inductees named

2:46 pm U.S. ET | June 12
The Automotive Hall of Fame will induct four industry leaders at its 2015 ceremony in Detroit on Thursday, July 23. ...

CarMax criticized for selling cars with open recalls

1:45 pm U.S. ET | June 11
CarMax is under attack from consumer activist groups in California after a study found vehicles with open safety recalls for sale at two of its stores in the state. ...

Toyota launches $126 million r&d expansion in Michigan

UPDATED: 6/11/15 5:07 pm ET - adds Lentz Q&A
Toyota broke ground today on the $126 million expansion of its Technical Center in Michigan. ...

Jaguar Land Rover studies pothole detection tech

10:53 am U.S. ET | June 10
Jaguar Land Rover is researching road terrain detection technology for its vehicles that would warn other vehicles about potholes and other such road hazards via the clou ...

Ford must invest $3.1 billion more in Michigan for maximum tax credits

1:14 pm U.S. ET | June 9
Ford Motor would need to invest an additional $3.1 billion in Michigan before 2025 to be eligible for the maximum allowed state tax credits under a revised agreement, Mic ...

Costco says referrals led to nearly 400,000 U.S. vehicle sales in 2014

2:02 pm U.S. ET | June 9
In a sign of shifting consumer attitudes, Costco said its dealership referral programs led to sales of 398,875 new and used vehicles in the U.S. in 2014. ...

GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 111

3:05 pm U.S. ET | June 8
General Motors’ defective ignition switches are now linked to 111 deaths, up two more from a week ago, the office administering GM’s victim compensation fund ...

Honda the big winner in 'Car Wars' this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8
American Honda will grow its market share in the next four years by picking up the pace of new-product launches, according to the annual “Car Wars” report fro ...

Wagoner set for deposition Sept. 2

3:39 pm U.S. ET | June 4
Former General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner is scheduled to be deposed in September in a class-action suit filed by consumers against the automaker over defective ignition swi ...

Average U.S. mpg edges up to 25.5 in May

10:55 am U.S. ET | June 4
The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. was up 0.3 mpg in May, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. ...

American Honda 'big winner' in annual 'Car Wars' report

4:19 pm U.S. ET | June 3
American Honda, poised to redesign nearly all of its nameplates through the 2019 model year, is likely to gain U.S. ...

AutoNation new-vehicle sales rise 5% in May

10:26 am U.S. ET | June 3
AutoNation said today its U.S. new-vehicle sales increased 5 percent in May from a year earlier to 31,777. ...

Mulally joins 3-D firm's board

10:01 am U.S. ET | June 2
Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally is diving deeper into the tech sector, joining 3-D printing company Carbon3D's board of directors. ...

Hyundai Group slips amid shift to big SUVs, crossovers

4:15 pm U.S. ET | June 2
Hyundai Motor Group reported a 3.8 percent decline in U.S. sales for May, driven by a significant decline at the Hyundai unit. ...

GM plans $119M upgrade of components plant

11:44 am U.S. ET | June 1
General Motors plans to invest $119 million to add new tools and equipment at its components plant in Grand Rapids, Mich., as part of the automaker's plan to spend $5.4 b ...
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