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Ford Planning $1M Alan Mulally Scholarship

July 11, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

The Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship announced Thursday provides financial assistance to students pursuing degrees in automotive engineering.                

Brown Signs Tax Bill Benefiting Tesla

July 11, 2014 7:45 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

California is one of five states competing for a $5 billion Tesla battery manufacturing plant, but Brown's administration has largely declined to discuss what the state is doing to persuade the company to build it in its home state.           

UAW Says 'Consensus' Reached With Volkswagen

July 11, 2014 7:39 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers leaders said they have reached a "consensus" with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company's assembly plant in Tennessee.         

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TRW Automotive Gets Preliminary Acquisition Offer

July 10, 2014 2:58 pm | News | Comments

TRW said that it is evaluating the non-binding proposal. It did not name the bidder. TRW also said it is looking at other strategic options that may help boost shareholder value.                     

Toyota Hopes Donations Will Make A Difference

July 10, 2014 7:47 am | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | News | Comments

The test cars, a mix of the 10th-generation Corolla and the 11th-generation model that came out last summer, will be used by the schools for the students to learn more about automotive technology.             

Honda To Recall 170K Hybrid Cars

July 10, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. said it will recall a total of 175,356 Fit and Vezel hybrid vehicles due to a faulty engine control system that could cause problems such as unintended acceleration.             

GM Recalling Nearly 29K Saab Cars

July 10, 2014 7:27 am | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 28,789 Saab convertibles because the driver's seat belt retractor can break.                               

Bay Area Governments Buy 90 Electric Vehicles

July 9, 2014 3:51 pm | News | Comments

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.             

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Fiat And Funny Or Die Create Web Series

July 9, 2014 3:44 pm | News | Comments

The web series features five webisodes showcasing the 2014 Fiat 500L as it follows the adventures (or misadventures) of a suburban American couple as they interact with their new Italian neighbors.            

Harley-Davidson Recalls Over 66K Motorcycles

July 9, 2014 3:09 pm | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson is recalling 66,421 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles from the 2014 model year because their front wheels can lock up without warning.                 

Are Electric Cars Ready?

July 9, 2014 2:45 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring?                   

Ford Expects Return To Profit In Europe In 2015

July 9, 2014 2:18 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford hasn't earned a pretax profit in Europe since 2010, and it lost $1.6 billion in the region last year, but Ford Europe president Stephen Odell said three plant closures and more than a dozen new products are helping reverse that.            

Ford Gets Impressive Mileage Out Of 3-Cylinder Fiesta

July 9, 2014 11:41 am | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2014 Fiesta four door with SE EcoBoost package has government fuel economy ratings as high as those for some diesel-powered sedans from BMW, Audi and Volkswagen.               

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Chinese Auto Sales Cool In June

July 9, 2014 8:50 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Car sales in China cooled in June, with domestic brands falling further behind their foreign rivals in the world's biggest auto market, an industry group reported.                

Delphi Exec Called By Senate Panel Probing GM

July 9, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

The Senate panel investigating General Motors' ignition switch recall is calling on the CEO of the company that made the switches to testify at an upcoming hearing.                 

Corporate Marriages: How To Avoid Divorce

July 9, 2014 7:51 am | by Nissan | Blogs | Comments

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn takes a look at why so many joint ventures, partnerships, alliances and mergers fail – especially in the auto industry.                    

Birthplace Of GM Mulls Bankruptcy

July 9, 2014 7:46 am | by Jeff Karoub, Associated Press | News | Comments

Flint, which was the birthplace of General Motors and once had 200,000 residents, also has suffered a spectacular drop in population and factory jobs and a corresponding rise in property abandonment, much like its insolvent big brother an hour's drive south.

Ford Recalling Over 100K Vehicles

July 8, 2014 2:02 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The company announced the six separate recalls Tuesday. No injuries, accidents or fires related to any of the defects have been reported, Ford said.                 

Dodge Charges Into Its 100th Year

July 8, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

Dodge is taking the best of its successes over the years -- the technological advancements of the '30s and '40s, design evolution of the '50s, the racing heritage of the '60s, the horsepower of the '70s, the efficiency of the '80s and unbelievable styling of the '90s -- as it paves the road to its future.

Nissan Autonomous Drive Car Tackles New Highway

July 8, 2014 12:24 pm | Videos | Comments

Kanagawa, home to Nissan's Global Headquarters, technical and logistic centers, and multiple production plants, will host an Autonomous Drive proving ground near Nissan's Oppama factory.           

GM: Small Crossovers Are The New Utility Players

July 8, 2014 11:57 am | News | Comments

Sales of small SUVs have evolved along with consumers’ changing driving, spending and lifestyle habits. They’ve gone from being “second” vehicles in a household to replacing older vehicles.             

Luxury Rolls-Royce Car Sales Soar

July 8, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

Growth was strongest in Europe, up over 60 percent, with Asia Pacific sales up almost 40 percent, the company said in a statement. Middle East sales were also strong, up 30 percent, with the United States and China also seeing double-digit growth. 

How Did GM's Ignition Switch Redesign Go Wrong?

July 8, 2014 8:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM set about making switches that would work more smoothly and give drivers the impression that they were better designed, a GM switch engineer testified in a lawsuit deposition in the spring of 2013.           

Blue Bird Recalling School Buses For Steering Issue

July 7, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult.                   

Safety Agency: Chrysler Recall Too Slow

July 2, 2014 2:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The agency is asking the company why it's taking so long to recall as many as 2.5 million older Grand Cherokees and Libertys with gas tanks mounted behind the rear axles. The tanks could rupture in rear collisions, leak fuel and cause fires.           

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