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Fri May 22, 2015 12:40 pm
Wal-Mart's auto centers, the car-maintenance areas attached to many of its stores, are getting a service overhaul. To improve the experience and entice more customers, the company is dedicating staffing and training programs to the department.
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Fri May 22, 2015 12:01 pm
Hyundai said today it would boost output of its Tucson SUV by adding production at a South Korean assembly line that currently makes sedans in order to meet demand from markets including the United States.
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Fri May 22, 2015 11:02 am
Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study.
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Fri May 22, 2015 10:05 am
Porsche today launched a precautionary worldwide recall of its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid sportscar, which can cost up to $937,000, saying a carbon fiber part could damage the cooling system and needed to be checked.
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Fri May 22, 2015 9:40 am
Volkswagen Group has reached out to advertising companies about an impending global media agency review, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age, an affiliate of Automotive News.
Fri May 22, 2015 9:11 am
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony FoxxThe Takata airbag recall isn't just the largest recall in automotive history. As we mentioned earlier this week, it's one of the largest recalls, period. That's because, after months of dragging its feet and racking up $14,000-a-day fines for failure to cooperate with regulators, Takata has finally agreed to the Department of Transportation's...
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Fri May 22, 2015 8:41 am
Following what's shaping up to be the largest industrywide recall in U.S. automotive history, automakers might have to convince recall-fatigued consumers to bring affected vehicles in for repairs.
Fri May 22, 2015 7:30 am
Zagato Mostro powered by Maserati, 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’EsteFrom The Car Connection: 2015 Fiat 500 Review The 2015 Fiat 500 minicar is a cheerful blend of practical fun and cute quirkiness, each quality chosen in just the right amount to win over urban commuters and those who want a small but distinctive second or third car. It's an excellent city car for fitting into tiny parking places—and its...
Fri May 22, 2015 7:25 am
Veterans and active-duty military in Harley-Davidson's free Riding Academy motorcycle trainingEarlier this month, on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown, Harley-Davidson announced a special offer for current and former U.S. military personnel. From now until mid-September, the company is providing those folks free enrollment in the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy. The Riding Academy is a new program aimed at teaching novices the ins and...
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Fri May 22, 2015 4:25 am
For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep -- the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan -- will return when doors open in October.
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Thu May 21, 2015 2:07 pm
Federal safety regulators have extended for at least a year a consent order that subjects General Motors to close scrutiny on safety matters, a condition placed on GM in the wake of last year's ignition switch recall.
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Thu May 21, 2015 9:54 am
Federal auto safety regulators are invoking a power never used before in order to accelerate the Takata airbag inflator recalls after the embattled supplier acknowledged on Tuesday that parts contained in nearly 34 million U.S.
Thu May 21, 2015 7:30 am
2016 Audi Q7 first driveFrom The Car Connection: Honda Pilot Vs. Toyota Highlander: Compare Cars If you're the type of driver that cringes at the thought of a minivan, the roomiest seven- and eight-passenger crossovers are good substitutes. And if your escape from sliding doors brought you to either the Honda Pilot or the Toyota Highlander, you're on the right path. 2016...
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Thu May 21, 2015 4:34 am
General Motors plans to invest $439 million in its Chevrolet Corvette plant in Kentucky as part of the automaker's plan to spend $5.4 billion on U.S. factory upgrades.
Wed May 20, 2015 10:10 pm
Pro Trailer Backup Assist  -  in 2016 Ford F-150If you’ve ever had to back a vehicle and trailer up into a tight space like a driveway, loading dock, or boat launch, you know that it really isn’t as easy as it looks. The trouble, of course, is that you don’t always turn the steering wheel the same direction to get your intended outcome, in terms of which direction the trailer...
Wed May 20, 2015 1:22 pm
2015 Ford EdgeSafety-minded families now have one more reason now to consider the much-improved 2015 Ford Edge: It’s achieved some truly impressive crash-test ratings. The federal government has just released full New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) results for the 2015 Edge, and they’re far better than those of last year’s model. It now...
Wed May 20, 2015 11:49 am
2016 Honda PilotIf you're the type of driver that cringes at the thought of a minivan, the roomiest seven- and eight-passenger crossovers are good substitutes. And if your escape from sliding doors brought you to either the Honda Pilot or the Toyota Highlander, you're on the right path. But which fits your family better? Read on carefully, as it comes down to a...
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Wed May 20, 2015 10:58 am

A deployed Takata manufactured airbag is seen on the driver's side of a 2007 Dodge Charger at a recycled auto parts lot in Detroit, MichiganWASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata Corp is doubling a recall of potentially deadly air bags to nearly 34 million vehicles, making it the largest automotive recall in American history, U.S. safety regulators said on Tuesday. The recall involves passenger- and driver-side air bag inflators in vehicles made by 11 automakers, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Takata said. Regulators linked six deaths worldwide to defective Takata air bags which exploded too violently and shot shrapnel into the vehicles.
Wed May 20, 2015 7:42 am
2010 Nissan VersaThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched another investigation of the Nissan Versa* -- this time, focused on model-years 2008 to 2010. According to a NHTSA bulletin, those vehicles may suffer from a suspension problem that could cause damage to tires or even reduce braking power. DON'T MISS: Honda Pilot Vs. Toyota...
Wed May 20, 2015 7:30 am
New Ford GT supercarFrom The Car Connection: 2016 Honda Pilot First Drive Video We’ve been fans of the Honda Pilot since it was brand-new, back in 2003. The first one was a big hit—but the next one had a rugged SUV look that was out of step with its on-road talents. Takata Airbag Recall Doubles: At 34 Million Cars, Now Largest In History Following an...
Wed May 20, 2015 6:36 am
Otocycles' retro electric bicycleCenturies from now, our descendants may look back in wonder and amusement at the automobile. (Assuming humanity hasn't destroyed itself, of course.) Cultural anthropologists will give tours of history museums, announcing with dramatic flair, "Back then, people had to leave their homes for work, and this is how they traveled!", before unveiling a...
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Wed May 20, 2015 1:54 am
Swedish auto safety gear maker Autoliv said on Wednesday it was ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata Corp recalls an additional 17 million airbag inflators. Takata said separately it had doubled a recall of potentially lethal airbags to 34 million vehicles, making it the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. "Exactly what this means for us is a bit early to say, but we are of course ready to increase our capacity and deliver to the industry as quickly as we can as we see an increased need," Autoliv spokesman Thomas Jonsson told Reuters.
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Tue May 19, 2015 7:42 am

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. CEO Palmer addresses media during the first press day ahead of the 85th International Motor Show in GenevaAston Martin will decide whether add production at another plant by the end of the year and it would likely be in the United States, the British luxury sports car maker's chief executive told Automotive News. CEO Andy Palmer told the industry publication on Tuesday that the U.S. state of Alabama is the "obvious choice" for a new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover SUV, but a decision has not been made. Aston Martin is 5 percent owned by German automaker Daimler AG , whose Mercedes brand assembles SUVs at a plant in Alabama.

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Thu May 14, 2015 2:28 pm

Electronic dashboard components are shown at a graphic display of an Audi automobile in Santa ClaraBy Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - It took Silicon Valley chipmaker Nvidia Corp the better part of a decade to gain acceptance as a global automotive supplier, a lesson for other technology firms hoping to make a similar transition from consumer electronics to car components. Nvidia had a thriving business in supplying powerful graphics processors for video game consoles and laptop computers when representatives of Volkswagen AG asked if it could adapt the same realistic, three-dimensional displays for the dashboards of Audi luxury cars. It took six years for Nvidia to develop the chips to power the 3-D navigation system display that launched on the 2011 Audi A8, the brand’s top-of-the-line sedan, compared with three to four years to develop a new chip for gaming applications. Along the way, Nvidia engineers learned the hard way they could not just pop a chip designed for a laptop or a game console into a car.

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Thu May 14, 2015 1:28 pm

To match Special Report USA-AUTOS/UNIONA three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said GM assumed the obligation for the payment two years prior to its 2009 bankruptcy but that a subsequent agreement with the union extinguished the company's responsibility. The payment had been part of a 2007 contract between the old GM, bankrupt auto parts maker Delphi Automotive and the UAW. It was not, however, included in a different contract on medical benefits signed in 2009 by the GM that emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Mon May 22, 5251 2:31 pm

An employee yawns as he walks among General Motors' new Chinese-made cars at a parking lot in Shenyang, Liaoning provinceDETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co has cut vehicle prices in China after sales fell last month in the world's largest automotive market. The No. 1 U.S. car maker's joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp set price reductions of as much as 53,900 yuan ($8,681) on 40 models across its Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac brands, according to a statement on Tuesday on Shanghai GM's website. GM and its Chinese joint ventures saw sales in China slip 0.4 percent last month, as demand in its largest brands all fell. Sales of Wuling, Buick and Chevrolet brands declined 5.1 percent, 8.5 percent and 5. ...

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Mon May 22, 0884 2:31 pm

South Carolina Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt, at podium, talks about Volvo Car Corp.'s announcement it will build its first plant in North America in Berkeley County as Gov. Nikki Haley, second right, listens on Monday, May 11 2015, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina beat out four other states for the $500 million plant that will employ 4,500 workers. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Another automotive manufacturer is coming to the Southeast, and this time South Carolina won the prize.

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Sat May 09, 2015 11:02 pm

Photo illustration of Uber logo on a smartphone in front of a displayed logo of HERE, Nokia Oyj's map business, in ZenicaBy Edward Taylor and Andreas Cremer FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German car companies may need help to compete with a wealthy field of bidders for Nokia's high-tech mapping unit HERE, as the entry of technology company Uber into the fray signals interest from deep-pocketed Silicon Valley players, bankers and executives close to the deal said. German auto makers Daimler , owner of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volkswagen's premium car division Audi have clubbed together to submit an indicative bid as a consortium, two sources close to the auto companies told Reuters. The German carmakers can probably justify stumping up around 700 million euros each to match HERE's book value, but could be easily outbid by technology companies who enjoy higher valuation multiples and have more cash. Some investment bankers said they hoped private equity could join up with the automotive companies to create an industrial consortium which would not be dominated by one particular company.

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Fri May 08, 2015 6:32 am

A salesman walks past the Chevrolet cars of General Motors, kept on display inside a showroom in Ahmadabad, IndiaGeneral Motors Co said it will fall short of its goal of having 500,000 GM vehicles on U.S. roads by 2017 that are powered by some form of electricity. The No. 1 U.S. automaker said in its annual sustainability report that lower gasoline prices and a "surge" in model offerings from all automakers contributed to the lower-than-expected sales for electrified products, including plug-in hybrids, pure electric vehicles and vehicles with the eAssist system that boosts fuel efficiency in gas-powered cars. "For our commitment to electrification, our forecasted outlook currently projects us, along with the broader automotive industry, falling short of expectations for 2017," GM said in the 2014 report released on Thursday. "GM is committed to electrification ... but consumer demand for these vehicles has not kept up with our initial projections," it added.

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Thu May 07, 2015 8:04 am

Degenhart, CEO of Germany's Continental AG speaks during the 'International CAR Symposium' in BochumGermany's Continental has raised its profit and sales guidance as auto demand in core European markets keeps growing while raw material prices and the weak euro provide momentum. The recovery in western European car markets, where Continental earns about half its revenue, continued in April with car sales up 6.7 percent, according to LMC Automotive. Continental said on Thursday sales could rise to more than 39 billion euros ($44.31 billion) this year, compared with a previous estimate of 38.5 billion, reflecting positive effects from the weak euro, stable rubber prices and falling oil prices. The auto parts and tire maker's adjusted operating margin could again exceed 11 percent this year, finance chief Wolfgang Schaefer told Reuters, while still guiding for the margin to come in above 10.5 percent.