Automakers

Google's autonomous tech can be considered driver under federal law, NHTSA says

8:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads....
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GM mobilizes to build more small pickups

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

General Motors will increase production of the Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup, which has been in tight supply since its debut 18 months ago, a company executive said today....
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EPA, SEMA at odds over proposed racecar rule

5:10 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

A potential EPA ban on many road-to-racecar conversions has touched off a battle with the aftermarket industry, whose trade group says the move would reverse decades of agency policy and deal a blow to auto racing and the parts market....
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Tenneco adjusted earnings rise 23% in Q4, shares rise

3:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Tenneco's fourth-quarter adjusted earnings rose 23 percent to $80 million as the the supplier of emission-control systems and ride-control components today reported higher revenue generated from light vehicle production in North America, Europe and China....
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GM recalling 473,000 SUVs, pickups in N.A. for brake pedal problems

4:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

General Motors said it is recalling 473,000 pickups and SUVs in North America because brake pedals could fail due to a faulty nut....
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Applied Acoustics International names industry veteran Larry Hagood as CEO

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Applied Acoustics International, the sound barrier and noise dampening supplier created last week when UGN Inc. sold its automotive acoustics business, today named Larry Hagood, 56, as its CEO....
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Daimler recalls 840,000 vehicles in U.S. for airbag concerns

Feb. 9, 2016 20:49 CET

Daimler said it would recall 840,000 U.S. vehicles with Takata airbag inflators that could be defective, a step that would result in a charge of $383.96 million....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: Ford's Mexico expansion plans amount to a nice gift for Trump

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

So as it turns out, Donald Trump was right about Ford. Sort of. That's after news has leaked out that Ford is, in fact, planning to build a big, new assembly plant in Mexico....
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Mercedes is not chasing luxury sales lead at any price, Zetsche says

Feb. 9, 2016 11:29 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says Mercedes will not sacrifice margins in its quest to overtake rival BMW and become the world's best-selling luxury brand....
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Toyota recalling 26,000 Scion FR-S sports cars

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Toyota today said it is recalling 26,000 Scion FR-S sports cars from the 2013-16 model years because of an ignition key interlock issue....
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Bob Rossiter, who helped build and rebuild seating giant Lear, dies at 69

11:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Former Lear CEO Bob Rossiter, who worked with the company for 40 years and led it through bankruptcy in 2009, died Sunday after a yearlong battle with cancer....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: It's time to fully embrace the gasoline-electric powertrain

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Hybrid powertrains and battery packs have proven their durability, and now it is time to make them standard....
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Diesel Fiat 500X has excess emissions, German lobby group claims

9:16 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

German environmental lobby group DUH stepped up its campaign against auto industry pollution today, accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' 500X compact SUV of releasing excessive levels of toxic diesel emissions....
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GM awards more business to ad agency Commonwealth

10:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Ad agency Commonwealth/McCann has added some more business from General Motors at the expense of Leo Burnett....
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Ford EcoSport inches closer to U.S. shores

10:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Ford appears to be getting closer to selling the tiny EcoSport crossover in the U.S. Spy photos show the EcoSport, a subcompact crossover based on the same platform as the Fiesta, being tested near Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Mich....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Ford faces tough decision on B-Max

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the segments where it competes it makes me think that the B-Max's days are numbered....
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Continental to build $1.4 billion tire plant in Mississippi

6:07 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Continental's decision to commit $1.4 billion for a truck/bus tire plant in Mississippi reflects the company's belief that demand for its commercial tire products in North America will continue to grow at above market pace....
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Porsche CEO says profits will be hit by EV investment

Feb. 9, 2016 11:02 CET

Porsche is bracing for smaller profit gains in the future as the sports-car maker steps up spending on models such as its first EV, CEO Oliver Blume said....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Infiniti CEO calls Q30 a 'game changer' for brand; eyes adding a plug-in hybrid

Feb. 9, 2016 06:01 CET

Infiniti is bullish about its future in Europe. With Q30 production underway in England and output of the QX30 due to join it later this year, 2016 will be a breakout year for Nissan's premium brand, Infiniti CEO Roland Krueger told Automotive News Europe....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Ford faces tough decision on B-Max

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the segments where it competes it makes me think that the B-Max's days are numbered....
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Ferrari retools FF four-seat grand tourer as GTC4Lusso

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Ferrari is renaming its FF four-seat coupe as the GTC4Lusso and adding rear-wheel steering to boost the appeal of a model launched five years ago as a practical ultraluxury sports car aimed at wealthy families....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Is this what the 2017 Buick Encore will look like?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

The 2017 Buick Encore will debut at the New York Auto Show in April, but before that its European-market Opel Mokka X twin will premiere at the Geneva motor show....
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Tesla shares dogged by falling gas prices, output concerns

4:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Tesla shares fell to a two-year low amid concerns that cheap gasoline is stifling demand for electric cars as well as whether the company can efficiently produce enough of its new crossover....
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EPA greenhouse gas rule would ban conversion of light vehicles to racecars

10:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

An EPA proposal to slash greenhouse gas emissions by medium and heavy duty vehicles would also ban the conversion of street cars into racecars, with far-reaching effects on auto racing and the aftermarket parts industry....
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Conti must ration parts for recall fixes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Continental is recalling five million airbag control units that affect vehicles made by companies including Volkswagen, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Fiat Chrysler. But the German parts-maker says its action is nothing like the Takata airbag recall that has roiled the industry....
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