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Fiat Shares Plunge Over Chrysler Merger Worries

August 6, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Fiat shares have been suspended temporarily after an excessive drop due to investor concerns that a planned merger with Chrysler may be blocked.                              

China Probes Automakers, Tech Firms

August 6, 2014 7:41 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China.           

Nevada No Lock For Tesla Plant Despite Groundwork

August 5, 2014 1:40 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A sprawling industrial park near Reno where wild mustangs roam among the sagebrush has become the focus of the secretive site selection process for Tesla's $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork taking place is ...   

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Toyota Profit Up Nearly 5 Percent

August 5, 2014 8:18 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 5 percent jump in quarterly profit Tuesday, outpacing expectations as vehicle sales grew in North America and Europe, offsetting a drop in Japan.                   

GM Canada Agrees To Restore Retirement Benefits

August 5, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

General Motors of Canada Ltd. has agreed to pay $9 million to nearly 3,300 salaried and executive retirees and restore most of their post-retirement benefits to pre-financial crisis levels, the Toronto Star reports.                 

Autos And Construction Fuel U.S. Job Growth

August 5, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

In a month when auto plants usually shut down to retool for next year's models, the sector added a solid 14,600 jobs, according to the government's employment report.                 

Low Carbon Manufacturing At Land Rover USA

August 4, 2014 11:50 am | by Land Rover | Videos | Comments

Learn how Jaguar Land Rover's low carbon engine manufacturing plant at Wolverhampton aims to use the best possible technologies to reduce environmental impacts.               

U.S. Auto Sales Sizzle In July

August 4, 2014 11:24 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all saw double-digit sales gains. General Motors' sales were up 9 percent compared with last July, while Hyundai's rose 1.5 percent. Of major automakers, only Honda and Volkswagen saw declines.           

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Harley Recalls Bikes For Ignition Switch Problem

August 4, 2014 10:52 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ignition switch problems that have plagued General Motors and Chrysler have now turned up in the motorcycle business.                           

Gov't: GM Owner Site Was Faulty

August 4, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

The government and General Motors are warning vehicle owners that GM's recall Web site may not be listing all the cars that need recall repairs.                   

With Vote For Chrysler Merger, Fiat Looks Abroad

August 4, 2014 8:31 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker's center of gravity abroad.              

GM's Faulty-Ignition Fund Taking Victims' Claims

August 4, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

The five-month filing period that began Friday is part of the fallout from General Motors' recall of 2.6 million small cars beginning in February.                   

Nevada No Lock For Tesla Plant Despite Groundwork

August 4, 2014 8:11 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A sprawling industrial park near Reno has become the focus of the secretive site selection process for Tesla's $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork taking place is no guarantee the plant and its 6,500 jobs are coming.     

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Death Toll Rises To 75 In Chinese Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 8:05 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.                  

Hyundai Recalling More Than 419K Vehicles

August 4, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

The biggest of three recalls posted by U.S. safety regulators is of 225,000 Santa Fe SUVs from 2001-2006 to replace front coil springs that can rust and crack in cold-weather states. The springs can fracture and make contact with a tire, potentially causing a crash.

Britain To Test Driverless Cars Next Year

July 31, 2014 3:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January. Officials said Wednesday the tests will last up to three years. Sensors and cameras will ....    

Chrysler Recalls Fiat 500Ls To Fix Air Bags

July 31, 2014 3:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling just under 30,000 Fiat 500L small cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with air bags that protect knees in a crash. The company says in a statement Wednesday that ...         

Electric Cars Put To The (Crash) Test

July 31, 2014 3:11 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Take a look at which vehicles experience their toughest front-end crash test to date.                            

Connected Vehicle Survey Reveals Safety, Convenience Critical To Consumer Adoption

July 31, 2014 10:48 am | by IDC Manufacturing Insights | News | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights has announced the results of the 2013 Consumer Connected Vehicle Study in a new report, “Business Strategy: IDC's Connected Vehicle Study Highlights Value of Safety and Convenience,” (Document#MI249559). The new report provides perspectives for ...

Panasonic, Tesla To Build Big U.S. Battery Plant

July 31, 2014 4:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs. The companies announced the deal Thursday, but they ...

Hyundai Recalls 883K Sonatas

July 30, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers. The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years. The Korean automaker says ...        

Lawyer Sues GM On Behalf Of 658 Plaintiffs

July 30, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas lawyer has filed a lawsuit against General Motors on behalf of 658 people who were injured or killed in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan in New York City names ...

Small Cars Fare Poorly In Crash Tests

July 30, 2014 11:56 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests. The Nissan Leaf, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500L and Mazda5 wagon all ...          

Toyota Remains No. 1 In Global Vehicle Sales

July 29, 2014 10:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal.                  

Suzuki Recalling Nearly 26K Cars

July 29, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire.                       

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