U.S. safety regulators are adding the Dodge Durango to an investigation of ceiling fires in Jeep Grand Cherokees. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe now covers more than 593,000 SUVs from the 2011 through 2013 model years.
General Motors Co. today announced that its dealers had delivered 9,714,652 vehicles worldwide during 2013, which is 4 percent higher than the previous year. The company said China and the United Kingdom, as markets, posted the largest year-over-year sales increases, each 11 percent up over the year before.
The Fit fell behind in mini-car sales when Chevrolet, Ford and Hyundai entered the market during the past three years. It's still a nice car, but its gas mileage — 35 mpg on the highway — lags competitors and even some larger cars.
AM General spokesman Jeff Adams said Saturday in a statement that the employee recall "is in response to a previously planned foreign military order of Humvees and the restart of production operations for the commercial MV-1 vehicle.
In the 1990s, Americans bought more than 1 million small pickups every year, attracted by their reasonable gas mileage and ability to haul light loads. But big trucks hauled more, and eventually caught up to the smaller ones in gas mileage. Sales plummeted. Last year, Americans bought only 227,000 small trucks, 14 percent fewer than in 2012.
Winterkorn said the new SUV will be part of a five-year, $7 billion investment in North America. The investment also includes the production of the new Volkswagen Golf, which begins Tuesday in Puebla. The Golf goes on sale in the U.S. this summer. Winterkorn said Volkswagen is committed to its goal of selling 1 million vehicles per year in the U.S. by 2018.
Sergio Marchionne will lead a merged Chrysler and Fiat at least for three more years, Fiat's chairman said Monday. Speaking to reporters after the unveiling of a new midsize Chrysler car at the Detroit auto show, John Elkann told reporters that he has a deal with Marchionne to stay at least through 2016.
It's a 21st century paradox: Detroit enters 2014 in bankruptcy, the largest public case in U.S. history and facing $18 billion or more in debt. Yet the Motor City's resurgent auto industry is strong enough to host a show that by one estimate will generate nearly $400 million for the area's economy.
Coming in at #5 is Toshiba International Corporation, one that many would not associate with American production. But Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) is a Toshiba America Inc. Group Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, and is headquartered in Houston, Texas with 1,200 people.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) recently announced that construction is underway at the assembly line that will produce the first U.S.-made Lexus. Last April, TMMK announced it would localize production of the ES 350, which has never been assembled outside of Japan.
Video game players will get a chance to try out a virtual version of Toyota's new concept sports car that was unveiled in Detroit as a symbol of the automaker's design future, the company said Monday.The Japanese automaker took the wraps off the FT-1 during press previews at the North American International Auto Show.
A group led by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li is offering $55 million at auction for Fisker Automotive, just days after a judge rejected a private sale of the failed electric-vehicle manufacturer. Hybrid Technology's conditional offer includes $30 million cash and $25 million in credit for what it's owed as Fisker's senior secured lender.
Responding to a question about being an inspiration to women, Barra said she hopes her engineering credentials make her a role model for young people. "With my technical background — I'm an electrical engineer — and I can motivate young women or young men to pursue a career in science," she said.
Tesla Motors says it will offer Model S customers new adapters to assuage safety concerns of overheating. The electric auto maker said that corrosion, faulty wiring of an electrical outlet and other issues could cause an existing adapter to overheat while the vehicle is charging.
The Chevy sweep came after General Motors made the most appearances on this year's list finalists. Others included the Cadillac CTS and Mazda3. Truck/utility finalists included the Acura MDX and Jeep Cherokee. Forty-eight automotive journalists vote on winners from the list of finalists.
On Monday, Ford unveils a new F-150 with a body built almost entirely out of aluminum. The lighter material shaves as much as 700 pounds off the 5,000-pound truck, a revolutionary change for a vehicle known for its heft and an industry still heavily reliant on steel.
According to The Patent Board, GM received 1,672 U.S. patents in 2013 applied to global product engineering, powertrain engineering, manufacturing, research and development and OnStar organizations. That’s 176 more than second place Toyota and more than twice as many as Ford.
University of Michigan experts told state lawmakers Friday that Michigan had the fourth-highest private-sector job growth from 2010 to 2012. The state's economy is doing better because of the national economy, stronger auto sales and a rebound in the housing sector.
Gov. John Kasich and company and site officials planned to officially sign an accord and discuss details in Columbus on Friday. The new plant would be on land where General Motors idled an assembly plant in 2008 in the south Dayton suburb of Moraine. There were 1,100 workers at the time.
It's a world in which you no longer grip the wheel with excitement, but instead relax with a book or movie as your car chauffeurs you to your destination. It's also a future that won't materialize, say carmakers, unless legislators around the world create a new legal framework.
German luxury car makers Mercedes-Benz and Audi enjoyed record sales last year, boosted by rising demand in the United States and China. Mercedes-Benz, which is based in Stuttgart and owned by Daimler AG, said Friday that it sold 1.462 million cars last year worldwide, an increase of 10.7 percent.
On Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the German automaker plans to unveil the Passat BlueMotion concept, which combines technologies from VWs in other parts of the world to squeeze the high mileage out of a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine.
An attorney for Fisker's official committee of unsecured creditors told a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday that Wanxiang may increase its offer even more if the judge approves a competitive auction for Fisker. "They have told us they have considerable room to go," said William Baldiga, the attorney.
Japan Ford President Toshio Morita, unveiling the 2.29 million yen ($22,900) model Thursday, declined comment on trade barrier and currency manipulation allegations being voiced by Ford Motor Co. headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, and other U.S. automakers.
Chrysler has technically been “foreign-owned” since July 2011, but the recent deal makes it all the more real: might be an American-headquartered company, but it’s also a fully-owned subsidiary of an Italian company. That’s an important distinction, one that means Chrysler simply isn’t in the same playing field as Ford and GM, no matter each of their origins.