Detroit 3

Rep. John Dingell, who championed the auto industry, to retire

10:52 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history and staunch ally to the U.S. auto industry, plans to retire at the end of his current term.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

French automakers beat U.S. rivals back to Iran

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Sanctions have barely been eased on Iran and the Detroit 3 are being beaten back to the market by French rivals. This is not surprising as the U.S. still keeps businesses and individuals shackled by stricter trade restrictions.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

French automakers beat U.S. rivals back to Iran

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Sanctions have barely been eased on Iran and the Detroit 3 are being beaten back to the market by French rivals. This is not surprising as the United States still keeps businesses and individuals shackled by stricter trade restrictions.... Read More »

 

Union foes tie VW vote to Detroit's woes

8:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2014
Union opponents are warning employees that voting for the UAW this week at Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga would bring the kind of economic malaise that crippled Detroit. Balloting ends Friday for about 1,550 workers at the plant where Volkswagen managers pledged to stay neutral before the vote.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

A weighty matter: Chevy Colorado vs. Ford F-150

10:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2014
In the race to get the weight out of pickups, GM -- not Ford -- may actually be the biggest loser. Ford rolled out the long awaited 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 this week, and claimed the curb weight will be 550 to 700 pounds less than the 2014 version forged with steel sheet metal. Hats off to Ford. That's huge.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Biden says U.S. bet on auto industry paid off

12:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden said the federal government's wager on the nation's automotive industry has paid off. "We bet on American ingenuity, we bet on you and we won," he said today during a speech at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Corvette Stingray and Chevy Silverado win North American car, truck awards

7:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Chevrolet's Corvette Stingray and Silverado were named 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year today by a panel of automotive journalists.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Audi's concept previews TT design, SUV plans

2:56 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2014
Audi AG unveiled an SUV concept Monday at the Detroit auto show that demonstrated three big shifts at the German luxury car brand: an embrace of plug-in hybrids, a rush toward smaller SUVs, and updates to the trendy designs that have aided Audi's recent rise.... Read More »

 

In Japan, Detroit demands broad access but targets narrow niche

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2014
American "muscle car" enthusiast Satoshi Kimiwada says his business selling used Chevrolet Camaros, Ford Mustangs other American cars in Yokohama is on the verge of extinction.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

Detroit automakers face test of leadership in 2014

1:56 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2014
GM named a new CEO, Ford kept its old leader and Chrysler's CEO averted a divisive public offering. And that was just in the last 30 days. This year is shaping up as a test of leadership at GM, Ford and Chrysler, five years after the auto industry's searing restructuring.... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

What will Mary say, and where's Krafcik?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2014
New cars and trucks aren't the only things that the thousands of journalists converging on Detroit for the big auto show will be looking for.... Read More »

 

Detroit increases U.S. share in 2013 as optimism grows

10:16 am U.S. ET | Jan. 2, 2014
Detroit automakers entered December on track to gain market share in the United States for the year. They've all increased sales faster than the total industry for a calendar year only once in the last two and a half decades -- when Japan's 2011 tsunami wiped out months of Toyota and Honda output -- according to the Automotive News Data Center.... Read More »

 

This time, 16 million sales forecast is on merit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2013
New U.S. light-vehicle sales are widely expected to surpass 16 million in 2014 for the first time since 2007, the culmination of a long recovery from the disastrous recession.... Read More »

 

RECKONING to REVIVAL: PART IV

Five signs of new life in post-crash Detroit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 27, 2013
The UAW agreed to establish a two-tier wage system in 2007 in hopes of boosting employment at the Detroit 3. It worked: Chrysler has hired more than 10,000 workers in the United States since coming out of bankruptcy. Yet two-tier wages have created divisions on the factory floor amid the industry's profitable recovery.... Read More »

 

RECKONING to REVIVAL: PART III

Recalled: Insourcing workers from Detroit to bring a plant back to life

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2013
As Chrysler was tumbling toward bankruptcy, Scott Garberding was trying to keep the Grand Cherokee alive. Chrysler had committed $1.8 billion to redesigning the SUV and overhauling the company's Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit with a high-tech body shop that would build it with better quality.... Read More »

 

RECKONING to REVIVAL: PART II

For Detroit 3, obstacles were closer than they appeared

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 25, 2013
Jim Blanchard was horrified as he watched the Detroit 3 CEOs stumble through the congressional bailout hearings in November and December 2008. As a baby-faced, 37-year-old congressman from Michigan, Blanchard was the architect of Chrysler's earlier federal bailout, which gave the automaker government backing for $1.5 billion in lifesaving loans.... Read More »

 

RECKONING to REVIVAL: PART I

How workers rebuilt the U.S. auto industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 24, 2013
The U.S. auto industry has come full circle, from boom to bankruptcy to boom, and Detroit's road from reckoning to revival was shorter than expected. The Detroit 3's new strength is embodied in Chrysler's reborn Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit, perhaps the most profitable factory in the industry today.... Read More »

 

Sinkhole no more: Fleet shapes up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
The Detroit 3 have in recent years stopped dumping surplus cars into daily rental fleets and repurchasing them at pre-set prices. That has shifted more of the financial risk of resale to fleet operators, which have developed more outlets to resell used vehicles.... Read More »

 

UAW nominates Williams to succeed retiring president King

6:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2013
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Dennis Williams, a former welder and longtime union organizer who was instrumental in Barack Obama's 2008 victory in the Iowa caucuses when Obama was an Illinois senator, officially emerged Thursday as the front-runner to succeed retiring President Bob King.... Read More »

 

Reuss defends GM on Facebook, then deactivates account

5:58 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Mark Reuss, GM's top executive for North America, deactivated his Facebook account on Monday after he responded to a Web site that wrote dismissively about the company's shrinking U.S. auto market share.... Read More »

 

AutoNation reports retail sales rise 9% in October

2:09 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
AutoNation, helped by luxury and domestic-brand volume, said U.S. new-vehicle retail sales rose 9 percent in October from the year-ago period, to 22,914 units.... Read More »

 

Tariff talks lead to auto trade fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
With the White House seeking to finalize a trade treaty deal by year end, Japanese automakers and the Detroit 3 are embroiled in a good old-fashioned trade war.... Read More »

 

Plastic Omnium unit opens fuel tank plant near Detroit

12:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2013
Inergy Automotive Systems, a subsidiary of French auto parts supplier Plastic Omnium, today is opening a $110 million plant near Detroit that will produce 1.5 million plastic fuel tanks a year.... Read More »

 

TRW builds expertise in collision-avoidance technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
As a major supplier of cameras, radars and brakes, TRW Automotive is poised to profit from the auto industry's embrace of collision avoidance.... Read More »

 

1973 OIL EMBARGO -- 40 YEARS LATER

'It was the end of innocence'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
When Keith Crain landed in Detroit in 1971 to take the reins of Automotive News, he discovered a U.S. auto industry that was in full glory. It was a golden age, but it was about to end. The Arab oil embargo that started on Oct. 17, 1973 -- 40 years ago this week -- changed the industry forever, and the young publisher had a front-row seat to automotive history.... Read More »

 

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