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Ford: New, Lighter F-150 Can Compete With Rivals

July 23, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company revealed details of the new truck Tuesday. The 2015 F-150 4x4 goes on sale this fall and is 732 pounds lighter than the outgoing model.                              

Senators Call On GM To Fire Top Lawyer

July 18, 2014 2:33 pm | by Marcy Gordon & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Lawmakers demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and do more to help crash victims as a...

Land Rover's LR4 Updated for Fuel Efficiency

July 18, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

Land Rover's capable and rugged LR4 mid-size sport utility vehicle is more fuel efficient for...

Fiat Denies VW Merger Talks

July 17, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian automaker Fiat has denied a German media report that it is in merger talks with...

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Chrysler Can Fix Recalled Jeeps Faster Than Expected

July 17, 2014 1:42 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The development could end a spat between the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has accused Chrysler of moving too slowly to repair about 2.7 million SUVs.                  

Recall Hearing Targets GM Legal Staff

July 17, 2014 1:40 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into deadly recalls.                   

Daimler Launches New Version of Smart Car

July 17, 2014 9:56 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Germany's Daimler AG unveiled a new version of its tiny, two-seat Smart model Wednesday in hopes the car won't just get admiring glances with its unusual design — but make a bigger contribution to profits as well.           

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Toyota Gambles on Fuel Cells

July 17, 2014 9:52 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Despite advantages that are seemingly compelling, the technology has struggled to move beyond its prototypes after several decades of research and development by industry and backing from governments.               

Volkswagen Surpasses GM in Global Auto Sales Race

July 17, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen bumped General Motors out of second place in the global auto sales race during the first half of the year, but Toyota is expected to stay in first place.                         

GM Proposes $27M Investment for Indiana Plant

July 16, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has proposed investing $27 million at a southern Indiana casting plant for machinery, equipment and tooling needed to produce aluminum engine blocks.                          

Toyota Delays Deliveries After 23,000 Vehicles Are Covered With Soot

July 16, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it expects to delay the delivery of about 23,000 vehicles by up to a month while it cleans up soot spewed from a Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. plant in central Japan.               

BMW Recalls 1.6M Cars

July 16, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix a growing air bag problem that is hitting much of the auto industry.                                    

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Tenn. Officials Downplay Union Debate at Volkswagen

July 16, 2014 9:38 am | by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee leaders downplayed the often public wrangling over organized labor's role at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory on Tuesday, focusing on the company's recent announcement that it would add a new line there to produce a seven-passenger SUV.

Tesla Settles Lemon Lawsuit

July 15, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors has settled a lawsuit alleging the company sold a defective electric car to a Wisconsin doctor.                                         

The Big Rig Truck That Drives Itself

July 14, 2014 12:48 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

German automotive manufacturer, Daimler, is taking self-driving vehicles to the next level. Check out this big rig truck that drives itself.                                 

Volkswagen To Add 2,000 Jobs in Tennessee

July 14, 2014 12:34 pm | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen plans to build a new seven-passenger SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, adding about 2,000 factory jobs as it tries to reverse U.S. sales that have fallen for the past two years.               

NHTSA To Probe 500K Ford Cars

July 11, 2014 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars.                                      

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Infiniti Exec To Head GM's Cadillac

July 11, 2014 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. has named an Infiniti executive to head its Cadillac division, which has struggled with sagging U.S. sales this year while competing luxury brands have advanced.                    

UAW Says 'Consensus' Reached With Volkswagen

July 11, 2014 9:48 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers leaders said Thursday 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.    

Ford Planning $1M Alan Mulally Scholarship

July 11, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | 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 9:29 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he signed legislation creating a $420 million tax credit for aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin in a bill that also includes other tax incentives apparently designed to benefit California-based electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. 

Ford Expects Return to Profit in Europe in 2015

July 10, 2014 2:07 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.                                           

Bay Area Governments Buy 90 Electric Vehicles

July 10, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | 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.               

Harley-Davidson Recalls Over 66K Motorcycles

July 10, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | 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.                             

Ford Gets Impressive Mileage out of 3-Cylinder Fiesta

July 9, 2014 1:39 pm | 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.                         

Ford Recalling Over 100K Vehicles

July 9, 2014 1:15 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.                              

Birthplace of GM Mulls Bankruptcy

July 9, 2014 10:02 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.               

Chinese Auto Sales Cool in June

July 9, 2014 9:54 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 Wednesday.                      

Delphi Exec Called by Senate Panel Probing GM

July 9, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | 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.                          

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