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Toyota, Honda, Fiat Chrysler must do 'follow up' recalls of 2.12 million vehicles
WASHINGTON -- American Honda, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. and Fiat Chrysler will do "follow up" recalls of about 2.12 million vehicles with defective electronic control units that can cause airbags to inadvertently deploy, U.S. auto safety regulators said today . The recall affects about 1 million ...
Fiat Chrysler to abandon sub-$25,000 minivans
DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler plans to abandon the bottom end of its minivan lineup next year as the redesigned 2017 Chrysler Town and Country replaces the existing model and the Dodge Grand Caravan. That means that Fiat Chrysler's sub-$25,000 minivan -- the Grand Caravan's American Value Package starts
Europe on track for 5th month of rising vehicle output
European light vehicle production is estimated to rise 1 percent to 1.36 million units in January, the fifth consecutive month of higher output in the region, according to data published by PwC Autofacts. BMW, Fiat, Ford and Volkswagen were forecast to have the biggest production increases on ...
GM ignition-switch victims accepting offers, Feinberg says
NEW YORK (Bloomberg) -- General Motors' compensation program for victims of ignition-switch accidents is meeting its goal of sidelining many potential lawsuits, according to the lawyer handling the payments. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg has so far offered settlement payments to 125 accident victims ,
Spyker wins appeal against bankruptcy
Dutch supercar maker Spyker won its appeal against being placed in bankruptcy by a court late last year. Spyker CEO Victor Muller said he now intends to push ahead with development of the company's B6 Venator, an entry-level luxury sports car, and to merge with a U.S. based manufacturer of high ...
Honda crash death exposes weaknesses in recall system
WASHINGTON -- The driver of a 2002 Honda Accord who died earlier this month in a crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn't been notified that his vehicle was recalled in June 2014 for the suspect inflators, a Honda spokesman said. The fatal Jan. 18 crash marked the sixth death linked
North America production downtime overtime - 02/02/15
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One vehicle that deserved a Super Bowl ad
Back in January 2009, General Motors didn't have money for a Super Bowl commercial, or even Super Bowl tickets. It was this close to being carried out on a cart. But what if the company, subsisting then on a $13.4 billion emergency loan from the Bush administration, had somehow managed to scrape ...
Nissan vehicles to use common visible parts
DETROIT -- Nissan Motor Corp.'s modular platform saves money by using common components. But owners rarely notice; most of the shared parts are unseen under the hood. Now Nissan is rolling the dice on a new plan to use common visible design features as well. Items such as steering wheels, side ...
Chevy's Chance to Score? (1/30/15)
Stein: Super Bowl means a big opportunity - and stuff; boosting female representation in dealerships; Ford's currency gripe.
Honda cuts profit target as Takata airbag recalls bite
TOKYO (Reuters) -- Honda Motor Co. sliced 6.5 percent off its core annual profit forecast as it set aside hundreds of millions of dollars in extra cash to cover an extended car recall to replace potentially faulty airbags made by Takata Corp. Honda now expects an operating profit of 720 billion yen
Audi could hit 2 million sales goal ahead of 2020
INGOLSTADT, Germany (Reuters) -- Audi could reach its goal of 2 million sales a year before its 2020 target, helped by revamped models and new SUVs, its CEO, Rupert Stadler, said. Stadler said demand in Europe, where Audi sold 44 percent of its cars last year, was stable, while he was upbeat about
Lear Q4 profits surge on North America growth
(Reuters) -- Seating and electronics supplier Lear Corp. reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit due to strong demand from North America.andnbsp; Net income attributable to the company rose to $261.8 million, or $3.24 per share, from $72.8 million, or 88 cents per share, a year earlier. ...
GM will suspend output at Russian plant
DETROIT (Reuters) -- General Motors Co. will suspend production at its St. Petersburg auto assembly plant in Russia from mid-March until mid-May and is raising prices for its products because of the weak and volatile Russian ruble. A GM Europe spokesman confirmed a report by the Russian daily ...
Mitsubishi concept teases next ASX, bolder design
LONDON -- Mitsubishi will use the Geneva auto show to reveal a plug-in hybrid concept that previews the next ASX compact crossover, due in 2016, and showcases the brand's bolder design language. "What you will see in Geneva is about 80 percent to 90 percent close to reality" for the next ASX, a ...
Bosch says automotive sales rose 9% in 2014
MUNICH -- Robert Bosch said revenue at its automotive division rose 9 percent to 33.3 billion euros ($37.7 billion) last year, boosted by growth in sales of car safety, fuel-saving and infotainment systems. The supplier also said it is looking at more acquisitions for units such as ...
Renault will increase dealer rebates in China as market demand slows
SHANGHAI (Bloomberg) -- Renault will give its China dealers more rebates as demand in the world's biggest auto market slows and the carmaker's local business prepares for a new production plant due to open there next year. Dongfeng Renault Automobile Co., the company's local joint venture, will ...
VW could beat 5 million euro savings goal, exec says
WOLFSBURG (Bloomberg) -- Volkswagen ought to be able to cut costs at its passenger-car brand by "substantially more" than the 5 billion euros ($5.7 billion) planned by the carmaker's top management, VW's works council chief said. VW's product-development processes can become still more efficient ...
Recall Clips Honda Profit (1/30/15)
Forecast lowered amid Takata crisis, Toyota-BMW Mini?; how GM surprised Ally; FCA plans Bowl ads; Volvo's 'interception'.
Fiat Chrysler to air 3 Super Bowl ads
Fiat Chrysler says it will air three Super Bowl commercials during Sunday's game. The first ad is slated to air as the first commercial after the two-minute warning in the second quarter. The second and third commercials are scheduled to appear in the third quarter. BMW, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz,
Group 1 and Prestige settle Fla. buy-sell dispute
A dispute between Prestige Motor Car Imports and Group 1 Automotive Inc. over a buy-sell deal in Florida gone wrong is settled and the deal is back on -- for now, both sides said. "An amicable and mutually beneficial settlement agreement has been reached where the litigation over the purchase and
Ford on verge of promoting newer UAW hires to top-tier pay for first time
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. has exceeded its cap on employees earning second-tier wages and will promote 55 workers hired in 2010 to its top wage scale, the UAW said late Friday . It would be the first time since the UAW agreed to two-tier wages in 2007 that any of the union's members have been moved
BMW, Toyota may cooperate on entry-level Mini, report says
FRANKFURT -- BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corp. may expand their cooperation to include the joint development of a new addition to BMW's Mini range, a German auto magazine reported. BMW is considering an entry-level car for Mini that would be called the Mini Minor, Autobild said . Toyota could launch
Denso to expand Tenn. plant, add 400 jobs
Denso Corp., the world's second-largest automotive supplier, is set to expand a plant and add about 400 employees in Athens, Tenn. The Japanese supplier affiliated with Toyota Motor Corp. plans to invest $85 million to expand production of gasoline direct-injection products at its Denso ...
U.S. safety regulators seek Takata whistleblowers
DETROIT (Reuters) -- U.S. vehicle safety regulators want to find whistleblowers with knowledge "of possible defects or any wrongdoing" by Takata Corp., stepping up pressure on the airbag maker whose products are linked to five deaths and dozens of injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety ...