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    • 10:54 PM, Jul. 28, 2014

    Delay denied for auto recall database; launch set for August

    Washington — Car, truck and motorcycle owners and used vehicle shoppers soon will be able to submit VIN numbers online at a government website — and at the sites of all major automakers — to find out immediately if vehicles have any unrepaired recalls.

  1. Daniel Howes: Culture overhaul is up to GM insiders

    Six months after stepping aside as General Motors Co.'s fourth CEO in five years and leaving his successor with a searing recall crisis, Dan Akerson tells The Detroit News 'we all ... didn't fully realize how deeply some of the problems ran.'

    • 11:22 PM, Jul. 28, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • FORD

    Ford's aluminum-body 2015 F-150s to cost more than previous models

    Ford said today that base prices of its aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup will increase between $395-$3,615 over the current 2014 truck.

    • 11:05 AM, Jul. 28, 2014
    • AUTOS

    Akerson: 'We all' misread problems in GM's recall crisis

    Washington Former General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson says the automaker's recent ignition switch recall crisis shows that problems with GM's corporate culture were far more serious than executives realized.

  2. Judge: Mercedes-Benz violated organizing rights in Alabama

    Washington — An administrative judge said Mercedes-Benz USA violated the rights of workers at its Vance, Ala., plant who were seeking to convince other employees to form a union during off-time, but ruled in the company's favor in other points of contention and imposed no fines.

  3. GM to add wireless smartphone charging

    General Motors Co. said Monday it will offer wireless smartphone charging in the 2015 Cadillac ATS and 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe to help address growing demand for charging devices in the car and eliminating the need for cords.

  4. Nissan profit rises on strong sales, cheap yen

    Tokyo — Nissan's quarterly profit rose nearly 37 percent, helped by a favorable exchange rate and healthy sales in North America and China.

    • 8:36 PM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    Concours d'Elegance visitors glimpse automotive greatness

    Plymouth — Thousands of car enthusiasts got their fix Sunday at the Concours d'Elegance of America show.

    • 11:25 PM, Jul. 26, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • Autos Insider

    Convertible buyers tend to be educated, affluent and Californian

    California is tops when it come to driving with the top down. Convertible car buyers are affluent, educated and tend to live in California, especially Southern California, according to Experian Automotive, an industry research company and arm of the giant consumer credit rating agency.

    • 11:35 PM, Jul. 25, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • Autos Insider

    New-car sales running higher than forecasts

    Consumers are increasingly hitting dealerships this summer to buy or lease a new car, truck or SUV, keeping car sales for 2014 on a rate that is higher than many analysts had expected just a few months ago.

    • 2:03 PM, Jul. 26, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    Q&Auto: The motorhead behind the new Challenger Hellcat

    Inside Tim Kuniskis chest beats a Hemi V8. The chemistry between Dodge's CEO and Challenger is undeniable.

    • 11:21 PM, Jul. 25, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    BMW 535d leads the pack among diesel luxury sedans

    With an easier path for existing diesels to emigrate, the luxury world is awash with new models that were previously off-limits to U.S. drivers. The number of high-end diesel vehicles has doubled in the last five years, and midsize sedans are at the heart of that growth, according to data from

    • 11:39 AM, Jul. 26, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • Autos Insider

    NHTSA closes GM, Toyota defect petition reviews

    Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday it is rejecting petitions demanding recalls of General Motors and Toyota cars.

    • 11:43 PM, Jul. 25, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • FORD

    FBI ramps up probe of fired Ford engineer, seizes emails

    The FBI ramped up its investigation of a fired Ford Motor Co. engineer Friday, revealing agents have seized her personal email account after searching her home and seizing secret listening devices planted inside the automaker's headquarters.

    • 11:24 PM, Jul. 25, 2014
    • AUTOS

    Senator wants GM to explain $400M compensation estimate

    Washington Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants General Motors to explain how it estimates that it will spend $400 million to $600 million to pay claims linked to its recall of ...

    • 11:55 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • FORD

    Listening devices found at Ford HQ; recently fired engineer investigated

    Detroit The FBI searched Ford Motor Co.'s world headquarters while investigating one of the automaker's engineers and seized listening devices, computers and financial ...

  5. GM to provide 12 Chevrolet Volts to Across America program

    General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet brand is providing 12 plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volts to the nonprofit MBAs Across America program, which is traveling the ...

  6. GM may invest $37M at Lansing Delta Twp. plant

    General Motors Co. may invest $37.5 million into an expansion at its Lansing Delta Township Plant, Lansing and Delta Township officials said Friday.

    • 11:25 PM, Jul. 25, 2014
    • AUTOS

    NHTSA investigates 320,000 GM cars for air bag defects

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has opened a formal investigation into whether 320,000 older Chevrolet Impalas have defective ...

    • 11:53 AM, Jul. 25, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • Autos Insider

    NHTSA opens new Chrysler, Hyundai, Isuzu defect probes

    Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it is opening new safety investigations into reported defects in Chrysler Group LLC ...

  7. GM: Profit, recall woes soon in the rearview

    General Motors Co. executives said Thursday they believe most major recalls are behind them, as the automaker reported a slim second-quarter profit and took a ...

    • 10:20 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
    • AUTOS

    GM: 45 state AGs investigating ignition recalls

    General Motors Co. disclosed Thursday that 45 state attorneys general are investigating the Detroit automaker's recall of 2.6 million vehicles linked to at ...

    • 11:15 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • FORD

    Ford's second-quarter earnings up 6.3%

    Dearborn Ford Motor Co. beat analysts' expectations as second-quarter profits rose 6.3 percent to $1.3 billion over the same period a year ago.

    • 4:45 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • Autos Insider

    Automakers urge NHTSA to delay 'quiet car' rules

    Washington — Automakers want the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to delay the introduction rules requiring 'quiet cars' to add new alerts to ...

    • 8:25 AM, Jul. 24, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    Henry Payne: Hyundai refines Sonata's allure

    My wife's sofas are littered with pillows inscribed with clever sayings. My favorite: 'I know I'm efficient. Tell me I'm beautiful.' The Hyundai Sonata reminds ...

    • 5:05 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • Autos Insider

    NHTSA: In-vehicle technology to prevent child heatstroke deaths not ready

    Washington — The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that in-vehicle technology to prevent parents from leaving kids ...

  8. As costs threaten profits, VW takes on a more modest view of the future

    Volkswagen, Europe's biggest car maker, has suddenly switched from telling everyone within earshot the sky is not the limit, to a more modest, placatory tone ...

    • 9:45 AM, Jul. 24, 2014
    • AUTOS

    GM CEO to keynote Detroit forum on 'smart' cars

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra will deliver a keynote speech opening a five-day conference on the future of intelligent transportation in Detroit in September ...

    • 10:48 PM, Jul. 23, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    Car Culture: Muscle cars offer power trips beyond racetrack

    Race car drivers like to say you can never have too much power. By contrast, regular motorists are supposed to be a bit more practical, accepting that 150-300 ...

    • 10:46 PM, Jul. 23, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    Concours show to celebrate the early era of luxury pickups

    Plymouth — Pickups are among today's hottest selling vehicles and luxurious ones at that. Many feature heated seats, remote starters and the smooth rides once ...

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