North America

Pacific trade talks end without deal; vehicle tariffs, rules remain a hurdle

3:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

High-level negotiations in Hawaii on a trade agreement in the Pacific Rim wrapped up without a final deal as disagreements over vehicle tariffs and other rules trumped progress in other areas. The dialogue may resume within weeks....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: A new Normal? Don't bet on it

12:54 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

Given Mitsubishi’s low U.S. output, it was not totally surprising to hear the Japanese automaker will end U.S. production. More surprising was hearing company officials say that they have several prospects to buy the plant in Normal, Ill....
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TrueCar hit with another dealer lawsuit

3:01 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

A group of 100 auto dealerships that are part of TrueCar's network are suing the online car-buying service for not disclosing to consumers the nature of the fees that dealers pay the company for each sale....
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BMW drivers collect $1,000 to delay charging i3 in Calif. pilot

10:19 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

In a new pilot program, a California utility is paying drivers of BMW electric cars to delay charging their vehicles when the power grid is under pressure....
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Mitsubishi Motors' April-June net falls 15%

1:51 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors today said its fiscal first-quarter net income fell 15 percent to 23.99 billion yen, or $195.56 million, brought down by widening losses in Japan, poor performance in Europe and a drop in global factory unit sales....
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Ford engine plant reopened after bomb threat

10:42 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Ford's engine plant in suburban Detroit was reopened this afternoon after the first shift was sent home earlier today because of a bomb threat....
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Jeep fuel-tank fire death verdict slashed to $40 million

4:46 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

A judge in Georgia has reduced a $150 million award to $40 million for the family of a young boy killed when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was riding was rear-ended and burst into flames, according to orders released on Tuesday....
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Daimler, Renault-Nissan detail plans for Mexico JV plant

1:44 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance said today their new plant for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti cars in Aguascalientes, Mexico, will employ some 3,600 staff and have an initial production capacity of more than 230,000 vehicles....
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Chinese supplier YFS to build plant in Detroit

3:08 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Chinese auto supplier YFS Automotive Systems said it plans to construct a 150,000-square-foot plant on 30 acres of vacant industrial property in Detroit....
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R&D HUB

Honda flexes research muscle with new Silicon Valley center

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Honda last week opened to journalists its new 35,000-square-foot Silicon Valley r&d lab, where it has united once-disparate strands of its research work and connected them with a technology incubator for other potential research partners....
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Mitsubishi will focus production on Japan, Russia, S.E. Asia after closing U.S. plant

July 27, 2015 08:42 CET

Mitsubishi will focus production on Japan, Russia and Southeast Asia after closing its U.S. plant, the automaker's president, Tetsuro Aikawa, said. Mitsubishi currently builds cars in Thailand and the Philippines and will open a factory in Indonesia....
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Mitsubishi throws in towel on fading era

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s decision last week to sell its only U.S. assembly plant illustrates an emerging new-world order in car production. Mitsubishi's Normal, Ill., plant was part of a wave of Asian-brand joint-venture auto plants in North America that opened in the 1980s and 1990s to do whatever was necessary to crack the all-important U.S. retail market....
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Volvo, industry flex their CPO sales muscles

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

At the half-year mark, industrywide sales of certified used vehicles stood at 1,275,411, up 13 percent compared with the same period last year. The industry sold 212,843 certified units in June, an 18 percent increase over June 2014....
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Cars add bling, value versions to fight crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2015

As rising sales of crossovers continue to pull buyers away from middle-of-the-road sedans, automakers are scrambling to make their high-volume, mainstream cars a little less boring -- or at least more affordable....
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TrueCar calls second quarter a 'wake-up call'; shares plunge

9:20 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

TrueCar's CEO warned the online car-shopping company will miss its previous guidance on second-quarter earnings, calling the shortfall a “wake-up call to focus on the business.”...
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: The UAW (and Trump) cry foul as Ford runs for border

2:52 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

As GM and Ford run for the border, investing billions of dollars and creating thousands of jobs in Mexican plants, UAW leaders fume and gain an unlikely ally....
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JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Group 1 makes terrific lemonade

1:03 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

Don't feel sorry for Group 1 Automotive. They're doing just fine, thank you. More than fine, in fact....
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Self-driving cars get 32-acre city at University of Michigan to hone skills

6:39 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

A simulated city opened Monday on the north campus of the University of Michigan to test how self-driving cars will travel in the future without mowing down pedestrians or causing colossal crashes....
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Private tracks best venue to test self-driving cars, key U.S. senator says

3:16 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Self-driving cars would be "better" tested on private test tracks than on public roads, said a U.S. senator who has authored several bills on advanced vehicle technologies, after Google disclosed injuries in its latest accident involving a prototype....
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VW plans parts warehouse serving West Coast dealerships

10:35 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Volkswagen Group of America will spend $6.8 million to open a new parts distribution center in Sacramento, Calif., to serve dealers in the Pacific northwest and northern California, the company said today....
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China's Yanfeng plans $55 million Tennessee factory to supply VW

12:32 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, a Chinese supplier, will build a $55 million factory in Chattanooga to supply components to Volkswagen AG's nearby assembly plant....
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Michigan driverless car testing site opens Monday

11:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

The University of Michigan will officially open its new testing site for connected and driverless cars on Monday. The 32-acre testing grounds, called Mcity, are designed to simulate urban and suburban roads with a network of controlled intersections, traffic signals, streetlights, sidewalks, construction obstacles and more, the university said in a statement....
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Texas isn't open for Tesla sales, governor says

3:56 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that Tesla Motors shouldn't expect to open Lone Star state sales outlets any time soon....
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GM plans $1.4 billion expansion, retooling of Texas SUV plant

2:00 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

General Motors plans to invest $1.4 billion in its Arlington, Texas, plant to keep pace with brisk demand for its big SUVs. GM will reconfigure the factory, including the addition of a new paint shop, new body shop and retooled assembly areas....
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M-B dealers donate $100k for S.C. scholarship fund

3:27 pm U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz Dealers of America board, along with a dealer in Charleston, S.C., is donating $100,000 to establish a scholarship fund for the families of the nine men and women killed in the mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston last month....
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