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James Crellin, former director of communications at GM, dies

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:10:35 EST

James Crellin, former director of communications at General Motors, where he worked for 25 years after a short career in journalism, died Nov. 4 at his home in Michigan. He was 81.

Toyota puts U.S. workers on alert: Made-in-Japan Camrys cheaper

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:19:20 EST

Toyota issued an unsettling warning to Kentucky workers building its top-selling Camry sedan: Cut costs now or face an uncertain future.

Mahindra prepares 'brand journey' to launch passenger vehicles in U.S.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:35:39 EST

India's Mahindra and Mahindra, preparing to launch an off-road vehicle in the U.S., will take a "thoughtful" approach to marketing on-road passenger vehicles next, company officials said Monday.

Uber hit with $8.9 million fine in Colorado over unqualified drivers

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:32:25 EST

Colorado regulators fined Uber after finding the ride-services company allowed 57 people to drive with invalid driver's licenses or other offenses that would have disqualified them.

Dealership lobbyist Jonathan Morrison named NHTSA's top lawyer

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:35 EST

The White House appointed Jonathan Morrison, a former lobbyist with ties to auto dealerships, as chief counsel of NHTSA.

Lithia a winner on Wall St.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Of the six publicly traded new-vehicle dealership groups, Lithia Motors #8212; which prioritized US acquisitions over share buybacks #8212; has drawn the most applause from Wall Street.

Fiat Chrysler under pressure to recall Chrysler Pacifica minivans for potential stalling issue

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:20:04 EST

The Center for Auto Safety is asking NHTSA to open an investigation and recall the Chrysler Pacifica, which the group says represents an "unreasonable risk" because of a stalling problem.

Ghosn determined to bring Renault, Nissan, Mitsu closer

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Carlos Ghosn retired this year as Nissan CEO, but as CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, he's laying out strategies to make the three automakers larger and more profitable.

Ford to offer plug-in hybrid police sedan

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:45:00 EST

Starting next summer, Ford will sell a plug-in hybrid version of its Fusion-based police sedan that will have an electric range of 21 miles.

NAFTA defense strategies face political pitfalls

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The business community may have some options in trying to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from potential termination at the hands of President Donald Trump. But they are neither clear nor easy.

Dealer Jim Gramm puts managers on path to ownership

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Dealer Jim Gramm did what few are able to do: Go from sales to ownership. Now, as he grows his group, he wants to help other GMs do what he did.

AutoNation's CEO anticipated upheaval, likes his chances

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Where do vanishing new-vehicle profits, a slumping market and an uncertain retail future leave AutoNation? CEO Mike Jackson says he's been preparing for years and likes the company's odds.

Honda to use Facebook to find owners with defective Takata airbags

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:24:29 EST

Honda will use Facebook's custom-audiences tool to find car owners with defective Takata airbags.

Tesla's magic show diverts attention away from its problems

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Few companies can propose to take on both Freightliner and Ferrari in one night. But the dollars-and-sense business of automaking remains a deep and daily challenge for Tesla.

How critical is the EV tax credit?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Salespeople would be sad to see the federal tax credit on plug-in electric vehicles disappear. But they're not so sure it's necessary to keep customers interested in EVs.

Economists expect sales of used cars to rise in '18

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

In contrast to new-vehicle sales, U.S. used-vehicle sales will rise in 2018, even as prices soften, on rising volumes of off-lease vehicles, economists forecast.

Infiniti's new turbo engine delivers fuel efficiency, performance

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Nissan engineers have succeeded in commercializing variable compression engine technology for the new Infiniti QX50.

GM maps route to profitable EV portfolio

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The ambitious forecasts suggest that GM has surmounted some of the cost hurdles that make electric vehicles difficult to sell at prices that are affordable to consumers and profitable to the manufacturer. But other big challenges remain.

Dude, where's my flying car?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

After a century of failed efforts to make vehicles that can soar above gridlocked traffic, the idea that such contraptions are "just around the corner" might not be so far-fetched.

PSA closes failing Berlin car sharing

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

While PSA Group works on fine-tuning its mobility services in the United States, it is learning from at least one failed operation launched in Europe.

Mercedes to open Atlanta headquarters in March

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

By next fall, about 1,000 employees of the brand's U.S. distribution arm should be back under one roof for the first time since July 2015,

New technology shakes up the purchasing department

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

As automakers look for advanced technologies, their unfamiliar suppliers are bringing new ideas to old purchasing departments.

Why is catalytic converter supplier BASF smiling?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Tougher fuel economy and emissions regulations will require new engine designs, and more work for the company.

Autoliv relearns lean manufacturing

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Autoliv adopted lean manufacturing practices years ago -- and then found out that it needed a refresher course.

Dealership's refresher class lures buyers back

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Subaru Superstore of Chandler has found a way for its customers to willingly come back to the store in droves.

Canada, Mexico to confront U.S. auto content demands at NAFTA talks

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:39:56 EST

Canada and Mexico will not make counterproposals to American demands for tougher NAFTA automotive content rules but instead will question and rebut them on Monday, people familiar with the talks said Monday.

Nissan hints at building new U.S. assembly plant

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:04:20 EST

Nissan is squeezing all it can from its US assembly plants and will need to build a new factory if it keeps growing in the lucrative American auto market, a top executive says.

Ghosn says Nissan alliance will lean on suppliers for growth

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Carlos Ghosn has big visions for the growth of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. And to make it happen, he knows he must lean on parts suppliers like never before.

Accord and Camry midsize sedans draw full-size marketing push

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The marketing efforts underway at Toyota and Honda aren't just about the horse race or bragging rights.

A true challenger to the king of cool

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Volvo may be the one brand that can usurp Tesla's reign as the king of cool electric cars.

At NAFTA table, 'no fireworks' but few signs of progress

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:12:00 EST

Negotiations in Mexico to update NAFTA have not made much progress on tough American demands that could sink the 1994 trade pact but the current round of talks are progressing with civility, a well-placed source said Saturday.

Ford dropping C-Max in U.S.

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Ford's decision ends a six-year run for a once-promising nameplate doomed by sluggish electrified vehicle demand and overstated mileage claims.

Honda recalls 900,000 minivans to inspect, repair tip-prone seats

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 10:44:38 EST

Honda is recalling about 900,000 minivans because second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched after being adjusted.

Waymo gives clues to its business plan for tomorrow

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The first fully self-driving cars will be in ride-hailing fleets, which Waymo says will lead to learning more about the tech and how consumers use it.

How factory can help turn browsers into buyers

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

A study points to a lack of coordination between automakers and retailers on presenting inventory, messaging, search engine marketing and website layouts.

Two-thirds of U.S. vehicles with Takata airbags still not fixed

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:15:00 EST

Nearly two-thirds of vehicles in the United States with defective Takata airbag inflators remain unrepaired as automakers have made varying degrees of progress addressing the largest recall ever.

Wall Street ponders impact of Tesla Semi, Roadster

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:04:20 EST

The features of Tesla's new Semi truck steamrolled Wall Street expectations, with an estimated 500-mile driving range that was almost double what analysts had modeled.

Tesla revives Roadster with a range of 620 miles

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:46:14 EST

Refundable deposits of $50,000 are being taken now for the supercar, Tesla says, with output slated to begin in 2020. The full price of the base model: $200,000.

Michigan retail chain in shadow of Detroit 3, others bet early on Tesla Semi

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:19:20 EST

Customers are starting to place orders for Tesla's new all-electric Semi, including Walmart and a grocery chain in the Detroit 3 automakers' backyard.

Jay Amestoy, retired head of PR for Mazda, dies after lengthy illness

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:03:31 EST

Jay Amestoy, who spent more than two decades at the public relations helm at Mazda North America and previously worked in public relations for Volkswagen Group of America, died late Thursday. He was 69.

Musk reopens fundraising playbook to launch Semi, Roadster

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:34:20 EST

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is turning to a tried-and-true source of financing for his unprofitable car company -- paying customers willing to wait years for delivery of shiny new wheels.

U.S. chamber warns Trump of political pain over NAFTA's demise

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:04:20 EST

The lead negotiators for the three NAFTA countries joined the latest round of talks as the Chamber of Commerce warned that an American pullout would hit hardest some key swing states that President Trump captured on his road to office.

U.S. rejects Ford, Mazda petitions to delay recall of Takata airbags

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:15:40 EST

NHTSA turned down a petition by Ford and Mazda to delay -- for additional testing -- the recall of about 3 million vehicles with potentially defective airbag inflators made by Takata.

Nissan will send U.S.-built Titans to China

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:29:53 EST

Nissan will ship the U.S.-built Titan pickup to China as the company and its Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance explore more commercial opportunities around the world.

Should Tesla stop building cars?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:45:15 EST

Could Tesla have avoided "manufacturing hell" by sticking with what it's good at like Apple and not producing its own products?

Wells Fargo dismisses head of consumer lending

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:12:16 EST

Franklin Codel, the head of consumer lending at Wells Fargo, was fired over unsuitable communications he had with a former employee, the bank said, the latest upheaval at a lender roiled by scandal for more than a year.

VW to spend over $40B on EVs, autonomy push

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:34:20 EST

Volkswagen approved an unprecedented five-year spending plan that aims to further the company's goal of transforming itself into a leading force in electric vehicles and autonomous transportation.

Toyota plots return to EVs, this time in Asia

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:09:28 EST

Selling EVs in China and India will mark the return of Toyota into the battery-powered market after halting production of the electric RAV4 in 2014.

U.S. probes 415,000 VW vehicles for airbag problems

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:15:13 EST

NHTSA opened an investigation into potential airbag failures in 415,000 Volkswagen vehicles after the company issued a recall for the same issue in 2015.

Porsche mulls a hybrid variant of 911

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:34:20 EST

Porsche is considering adding battery power to the 911, making the top variant of the iconic sports car a hybrid, according to people familiar with the matter.