Just how the cars will be pulled out of the ground remains to be seen, said museum executive director Wendell Strode. The local fire department estimated the hole is about 40 feet across and 25 to 30 feet deep. The hole opened beneath part of the museum's domed section.
In a report filed with Japan's transport ministry, the automaker said compressed air induction pipes in the vehicles may detach due to vibration from diesel turbo engines, potentially making it impossible for the vehicles to accelerate or causing engines to stall.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne says the automaker is more than halfway to getting what it is seeking from the Canadian and Ontario governments for a proposed multibillion upgrade to its Canadian plants.
Bridgestone Corp. has agreed to plead guilty in a price-fixing conspiracy and pay a $425 million criminal fine in a Justice Department investigation that has swept the automotive parts industry. Twenty-six companies including Tokyo-based Bridgestone have pleaded guilty or agreed to plead guilty in the Justice Department's ongoing probe into price fixing and bid rigging.
General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 compact cars in North America because the engines can shut down unexpectedly and cause crashes. The company says six people have been killed in crashes related to the problem. The recall affects Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s from the 2005 through 2007 model years.
Drivers in the world's biggest auto market bought 1.85 million passenger vehicles, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Thursday. It was the first time monthly sales surpassed 1.8 million. Auto sales growth is forecast to decelerate sharply from last year's 15.7 percent expansion to about 8 to 10 percent. Sales grew 17 percent in December.
Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday the recall affects the RAV4 sport utility, Tacoma pickup and Lexus RX 350 luxury model, manufactured from March 2012 through December 2012. The Japanese automaker said the problem can cause stability control, anti-lock brakes and traction control to turn off, although standard braking will keep working.
Former President Hosni Mubarak championed the vehicle as part of his 2005 election platform to create jobs. Experts estimate youth unemployment as over 30 percent. Since then, the Indian-made model has proliferated around the country, with boys as young as ten working as drivers.
Owners of three-year-old vehicles are reporting more problems than they did a year ago, according to J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey of vehicle dependability. It's the first time since 1998 that the average number of problems per vehicle has increased.
A sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday, damaging at least six cars there but not shutting down the facility. Bowling Green city spokeswoman Kim Lancaster said the hole opened up at about 5:40 a.m. CST Wednesday, setting off an alarm and a call to the fire department.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says auto parts supplier Shiloh Die Cast Midwest will expand two of its northern Indiana plants, creating about 145 new jobs by 2018. The agency said Shiloh will invest $7.8 million to renovate and equip a 120,000 square-foot plant in Auburn and a 100,000 square-foot plant in the Kosciusko County town of Pierceton.
Billboards near the Chattanooga plant have linked the UAW to shuttered auto plants in Detroit, and Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker repeatedly returned to the city's bleak fate during a press conference Tuesday.
Toyota Motor Corp. said that 997,000 Prius cars in Japan, some 713,000 in North America, another 130,000 in Europe and the rest in other regions are being recalled for a problem in the software to control the hybrid system. No accidents or injuries have been reported related to the problem.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received at least 80 complaints about the seats. Parents reported having to use excessive force to unlatch the harness buckle. In some cases, the straps had to be cut to free children.
Growth has marched steadily downward over the past two years as Beijing clamped down on a spending boom that analysts worry has pushed debt to dangerous levels. That has meant less Chinese demand for imported goods from copper and cement to factory machinery and earth movers.
New General Motors CEO Mary Barra will get a pay package worth $14.4 million this year, 58 percent more than her male predecessor, the company said Monday. GM released the figure to counter reports that said Barra, the first woman to lead a major automaker, would be paid less than former Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson.
State Senate Speaker Pro Tem Bo Watson in a news conference in Chattanooga on Monday called the United Auto Workers campaign at the plant "un-American." He said a vote in favor of the union would lead the wide GOP majorities in the state Legislature to take a dim view of future incentives aimed at expanding production.
ADAC, which boasts 18 million members, acknowledged last month it inflated the number of participants in its favorite-car poll but said that hadn't changed the fact that the VW Golf was the winner. Since then, it has faced allegations of inappropriate use of its helicopters and medical evacuation aircraft.
A bankruptcy judge had rejected Hybrid's plan to use $75 million it claims it is owed as Fisker's senior secured lender on the bid. He capped Hybrid's credit bid at $25 million, setting up a competitive auction with Chinese auto parts conglomerate Wanxiang Group Corp.
Toyota's announcement, which will result in the loss of around 2,500 jobs, was widely anticipated, coming just two months after General Motors Co. said it would end production in Australia by 2017. Ford Motor Co. announced in May that it would cease Australian production in 2016.
According to Honda, there is a risk that the new dual clutch transmission system adopted in the two vehicles to improve fuel efficiency may prevent gear engagement or cause their sudden engagement, resulting in standstills or sudden starts.
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One in three child crash fatalities are caused by side-impact collisions, yet car seat manufacturers never have been required to simulate a "T-bone" scenario — until now. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed a new rule requiring car seats to withstand side-impact collisions of up to 30 mph.
Nissan Motor Co. said Friday the Renault-Nissan alliance sold a record 8.27 million vehicles globally in 2013 due to strong performance in China and the United States, the group's two largest markets. The alliance's vehicle sales, including those of Russia's Avtovaz, rose 2.1 percent from a year earlier.
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who last year declared that the German automaker would become a "laughingstock" if it opened its doors to the UAW, has announced he won't weigh in until after the three-day vote beginning Wednesday.