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GM's Missed Warnings (3/10/14)
Documents show GM didn't grasp scope of ignition glitch, blamed drivers; saluting William Clay Ford Sr.; Honda, Acura exec shift.
American Honda splits marketing and sales operation by brand
LOS ANGELES -- American Honda has reassigned marketing boss Mike Accavitti to lead Acura, part of a restructuring of the automaker's North American sales and marketing operation that will create separate divisions for the Honda and Acura brands. Accavitti, currently in charge of marketing and ...
Chevy distances itself from viral dying-dog spot
They say you can't go wrong by using a cute dog in a TV commercial. But what about a dying dog? General Motors' Chevrolet is being lauded -- and ripped -- for an emotional new TV spot for the Equinox showing a woman saying goodbye to her pooch "Maddie" before the dying dog is euthanized. But the ...
Ford to end Champions League sponsorship
LONDONandnbsp; (Reuters) -- Ford Motor is ending its sponsorship of the Champions League soccer tournament after more than two decades. The partnership dates back to the 1992-93 season but will conclude with theandnbsp;Champions League final in Lisbon in May, European soccer's governing body, UEFA,
VW says power loss cut German plant output more than expected
BERLIN (Reuters) -- Volkswagen Group said it is still seeking the cause of a weekend power outage at its Wolfsburg plant in Germany and said production had been cut by several hundred vehicles, more than it initially estimated. The outage affecting generators at Wolfsburg occurred early on Saturday
Cars.com's owners considering sale of Web site business, report says
NEW YORKandnbsp; (Bloomberg) -- Classified Ventures LLC, the media company backed by five newspaper publishers including Gannett Co. and McClatchy Co., is working with Moelis and Co. to seek a sale of its Cars.com Web site, a person with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. The sale of the ...
3 years later, rebounding from quake, tsunami
TOKYO -- Three years ago, Mazda dealer Eishi Kuramoto scrambled for his life as a mammoth black tsunami washed away two of his stores along Japan's northern coast. The March 11, 2011, earthquake-tsunami double punch sent his business back to square one -- and torpedoed the entire Japanese auto ...
Audi, starting with A3, aims to update in-car software faster
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- In an era when smartphones are replaced every year or two, and seem downright prehistoric within five or six, Audi AG has decided that the auto industry's standard product cycle is too long to bear for in-car software. With the launch of the A3 sedan, Audi has launched a new
Chrysler recalls 25,250 SUVs for braking issue
DETROIT (Reuters) -- Chrysler Group said it is recalling 25,250 Jeep and Dodge SUVs globally to address a braking issue. Chrysler, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said the recall is being done to improve pedal feel during certain aggressive braking maneuvers. An investigation found brake fluid
U.S. House committee to probe GM recall
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee said late Monday it has launched an investigation into General Motors' recall ofandnbsp; ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths. As part of the probe, an Energy and Commerce subcommittee will hold hearings that are expected to ...
Daimler to sell 50% stake in engines JV to partner Rolls-Royce holdings
STUTTGART (Bloomberg) -- Daimler will sell its 50 percent stake in an engines joint venture to partner Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc. to invest in its automotive and truck businesses. Daimler is selling the Rolls-Royce Power Systems holding under a put option agreed with the UK manufacturer in 2011 when
Canada light-vehicle sales by nameplate, Feb. and YTD
Canada light-vehicle sales by model - Feb. and YTD Input
Canada Car and Light-Truck Sales, FEBRUARY & YTD
Feb. 2 mos.
Feb. Feb. percent 2 mos. 2 mos. percent
2014 2013 change 2014 2013 change
1 series (I) 0.0 * 250 - * 1 * 344 -100%
3 series (I) * 593 * 626 -5% * 967 *
Attention all hipsters: Audi wants to sell you a car
I get the feeling that Audi really, really wants me at their party. As we reported today , Audi of America wants all of its roughly 280 U.S. dealerships to throw parties on the night of April 3 to celebrate the A3, the entry-level sedan that arrives in U.S. dealerships this month after years of ...
Canada light-vehicle sales by make, Feb. and YTD
Canada light-vehicle sales by make, Feb. and YTD Feb. 2014
Canada sales by make, FEBRUARY 2013
(ranked by total
U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on Mar. 1
U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on Mar. 1 Inventory
U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on March 1
Inventory 1-Mar 1-Feb
Units 2014 2014
BMW div. car (I) * 29,500 * 54 * 68
BMW div. trk. (D/I) * 12,000 * 32 * 38
Total BMW div. (D/I) * 41,500 * 45 *
BMW says demand for i8 hybrid outstrips initial production run
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- BMW said there is strong demand for its i8 hybrid sportscar which will begin rolling out to customers in June. "Demand for the BMW i8 is already exceeding the planned production volume during ramp-up," BMW said in a statement on Monday, without giving a more specific figure
Reactions to the death of William Clay Ford Sr.
Here is a compilation of reactions to the death of William Clay Ford Sr.: "Mr. Ford had a profound impact on Ford Motor Company. The company extends its deepest sympathies to the many members of the extended Ford family at this difficult time. While we mourn Mr. Ford's death, we also are grateful
Tesla, Apple supplier Amtek bets auto industry will fuel its growth
SINGAPORE (Bloomberg) -- Amtek Engineering Ltd., the Singapore-based maker of auto parts for Tesla Motors Inc. and chargers for Apple Inc. iPhones, plans to double sales to $2 billion in five to seven years through acquisitions. The company, which last week announced it's paying about $210 million
Inside Mazda's Salamanca factory
Within four months, Nissan, Honda and Mazda have opened assembly plants in Mexico. andnbsp; Mazda3s on display at a local Mazda dealership in Mexico Mazda's new Salamanca, Mexico, plant had its official opening on Feb. 27. The factory is the latest in a string of assembly plants opened in Mexico by
Like EVs, self-guided cars need infrastructure
GENEVA -- Autonomous driving features have become an industry obsession, judging by the buzz about them at Geneva's auto show. For some executives, though, there's an uneasy memory of a few years ago, when electric vehicles had the buzz factor. Automakers can build self-driving vehicles today. But,
CEO: Chase's top job is 'serve the dealers'
Thasunda Duckett can light up a room, even one filled with buttoned-down bankers and auto lenders. She did it in January at the American Financial Services Association Vehicle Finance Conference in New Orleans, where, as a panel discussion member, she had the audience laughing and applauding. ...
Ford of Europe works its way back
GENEVA -- After Ford of Europe completes its current round of plant closings, it will bring manufacturing to 80 percent of capacity -- a prerequisite to profits, Chief Operating Officer Barb Samardzich says. The moves will put Ford in a position to attain "the profitability that we were targeting
Toyota chairman says hybrids will soon have 20% global share
The father of the original Toyota Prius has high expectations for the segment he helped create. "I foresee hybrid models pretty soon reaching 20 percent of global sales from about 13 percent to 14 percent now," Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada told Automotive News Europe . That number was ...
William Clay Ford Sr. remembered for 57-year legacy at Ford Motor
DETROIT -- William Clay Ford Sr., who took driving lessons at age 10 from his grandfather Henry Ford and once flew with legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh, is being remembered for helping steer Ford Motor Co. for more than 57 years. The former company vice chairman and Henry Ford's last surviving
A crushing loss: School's out for vintage Vipers
It's a sight almost too painful for sports car aficionados to view: a large backhoe crashing down on a perfectly good classic Dodge Viper and crushing the life out of it. But that's what's happening to 93 Vipers Chrysler donated to vocational schools across the country. Chrysler, which retains ...