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Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:22 pm
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's top official apologized late Wednesday for publishing inaccurate information in its Monday warning about defective Takata airbags that may explode and for technical glitches that made its recall...
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Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:05 pm
The UAW hopes to be recognized as the exclusive bargaining agent for workers at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga within a year, union President Dennis Williams said Wednesday.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:00 pm
The recall of some 7.8 million vehicles with faulty Takata airbags that may explode attracted additional federal scrutiny Wednesday, with prosecutors launching a probe into the Japanese supplier and a U.S.
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Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:18 pm
New YouTube ads from Edmunds.com have provoked a backlash. Some dealers say the four videos perpetuate stereotypes of dealers as unscrupulous bargainers. Edmunds says the ads are simply spoofs intended to show that customers dislike haggling.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:05 pm
Toyota, the last major carmaker without a high-volume assembly plant in Mexico, said the group assessing whether to build a factory there is far from getting clearance from top management.
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Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:46 am
Gentex, which makes a variety of automotive mirrors, cameras and electronic components, said today that its third quarter net income surged 30 percent from a year earlier, with total revenue jumping 22 percent.
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Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:25 am
Delphi Automotive, the former parts unit of General Motors, is exploring a sale of a business that makes heating and cooling systems for cars, and will seek as much as $1 billion for the unit, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:57 am
BMW is lowering the estimated fuel economy labels on four 2014 Mini Cooper models after tests by the EPA, the agency said today.
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:30 am
Last week, we told you about a hastily amended bill in Michigan that would prevent Tesla from setting up shop in the Wolverine State. It had passed both houses of the legislature and was headed to Governor Rick Snyder's desk. The only question remaining was: would Snyder sign it? Then yesterday, according to Detroit News, General Motors officially...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:47 am
This is not a good time for Takata. Faulty propellant has caused the Japanese company's airbags to rip upon deployment, spraying passengers with shrapnel. That's led to a years-long series of recalls affecting more than 12 million vehicles around the world -- a number that ticked up by 247,000 earlier this week, thanks to a new recall from Toyota...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:44 am
The Honda Fit that has been thoroughly revamped for the 2015 model year. A hatchback in the subcompact class, the Fit is a rival for vehicles like the Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Mazda 2, and Hyundai Accent. MORE: Read our 2015 Honda Fit review and compare the Fit to its competitors The first-generation Honda Fit was only a two-year car, sold in the...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:40 am
The Infiniti is a compact luxury crossover vehicle that recently underwent a name change. When it made its debut almost a decade ago, it was known as the EX35, later to become the EX37. Now, as the result of a massive change in Infiniti's naming strategy, it's become the QX50. What is presently Infiniti's smallest crossover utility vehicle...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:36 am
The Toyota Corolla has been the best-selling compact car in the U.S. for much of the last two decades. Entirely redesigned for 2014, it continues its role as highly dependable, not-very-exciting, carefully packaged transportation for sensible buyers looking for reliability over styling flair, sporty roadholding, or luxury features. See our 2015...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:31 am
The Honda Odyssey is a minivan that can seat up to eight passengers. It's one of the best choices in the minivan segment, a step ahead of rivals like the Nissan Quest and Kia Sedona--and on par with the Toyota Sienna, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Chrysler Town & Country. As minivans go, the Odyssey has the best road manners, even though buyers in...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:30 am
From The Car Connection: 2015 Infiniti Q40 Review Infiniti is holding on to the old, by keeping the outgoing version of its mid-size sport sedan, formerly called the G37 Sedan. It's a rather unconventional move, especially for a luxury brand; but it functions as an entry model that will likely be popular for lease deals. 40+ Ways That Autonomous...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:27 am
The Ford Focus is the American automaker's global best-seller, a compact car that's offered in hatchback and sedan form. A challenger for the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and the Chevrolet Cruze, the Focus was launched in its current form in the 2012 model year, and has been updated for the 2015 model year. MORE: Read our 2015 Ford Focus review...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:24 am
The Ford Explorer is one of the best-known SUV models in North America. In its latest iteration, it's moved away from its truck-based roots--dating back to 1991--and become a large, comfortable, seven-seat family crossover utility vehicle with modern technology and a more car-like driving feel. MORE: Read our 2015 Ford Explorer review and compare...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:16 am
Well known since 2000 as one of the leading compact crossovers, the Ford Escape is now a thoroughly modern vehicle in its third year of the current generation. Its predecessors were boxy and outdated after their 12-year run, despite two rounds of updating, but the latest Escape offers sleek and modern styling, more fuel-efficient powertrains...
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:00 am
French supplier Valeo said third-quarter sales rose 10 percent to 3.06 billion euros ($3.9 billion), boosted by demand for its fuel-saving technologies.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:50 am
Owners of the following vehicles are being urged to act immediately on recalls involving potentially defective airbags made by Takata, according to a corrected list distributed late Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Yahoo Automotive
Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:48 pm
By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Texas Instruments Inc posted third-quarter results above expectations and its CFO said business was healthy, in contrast to recent concerns on Wall Street about a possible slowdown in chip demand. The Dallas, Texas-based company's growth in the third quarter was driven by demand for chips used in communications equipment, industrial markets and automotive, CFO Kevin March told Reuters in a phone interview. ...
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Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:44 am

Platinum bars are stacked at the safe deposit boxes room of the ProAurum gold house in MunichBy Clara Denina and Jan Harvey LONDON (Reuters) - Investors are unlikely to rush back into platinum any time soon after a minimal price reaction to its biggest-ever supply shock highlighted a major problem: no-one knows how much metal exists above ground or more importantly who holds it. Analysts predicted a surging market as a record five-month labour stoppage in top producer South Africa wiped out more than one million ounces of output worth $1.28 billion. Yet platinum, used mostly in automotive catalytic converters which clean up exhaust emissions, also failed to react to a 2. ...


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Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:49 am

A logo of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm is seen on the windshield of a car in BeijingBy Paul Sandle and Eric Auchard LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - U.S. Qualcomm Inc agreed to buy CSR Plc for $2.5 billion, offering what it hopes is a knock-out blow to win the British Bluetooth specialist which is growing in areas like automotive and wearable devices. Qualcomm, the world's number one mobile chipmaker, has agreed to pay 900 pence a share in cash for CSR, a 56.5 percent premium on the share price before the start of the offer period in August, CSR said on Wednesday. At that time, the British company rebuffed an approach from U.S. ...


Yahoo Automotive
Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:19 am
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's competition authorities are investigating price fixing and collusive tendering in the automotive industry, with top Japanese component suppliers Panasonic and Mitsubishi Electric Corp among those being probed. Information received by the Competition Commission suggested collusion among automotive component manufacturers when bidding for tenders to supply parts, such as electric power steering and spark plugs, to car makers. ...
Yahoo Automotive
Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:58 am

A potential customer looks at a 2009 Chevrolet Impala sedan at a car dealership in Dearborn, MichiganBy Peter Rudegeair NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are asking banks for more detail on their autos financing exposure, as rapid growth in the lending has prompted officials to seek to better assess the risks, according to a person familiar with the matter.  Balances remaining on auto loans have risen by about a third since April 2011, reaching an all-time high of $924.2 billion in August, according to credit reporting bureau Equifax. About a fifth of the loans are subprime. ...


Yahoo Automotive
Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:51 pm
By Alan Baldwin SOCHI Russia (Reuters) - Marussia will race with only one car in Sunday's Russian Formula One Grand Prix out of respect for their severely injured French driver Jules Bianchi, the team said on Friday. Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition in a Japanese hospital after he crashed into a recovery tractor at Suzuka during last Sunday's rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix and suffered a traumatic brain injury. "The Team have written to the stewards of the meeting to inform them that they have withdrawn their second car," Marussia said in a statement. ...
Yahoo Automotive
Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:09 pm

File photo of visitors walking outside the new Dali Museum during the grand opening and dedication for the museum in St. PetersburgBy Saundra Amrhein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Sunshine and more than 35 miles (57 km) of white-sand beaches have long lured tourists to the Tampa Bay area on Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast, where an infusion of arts and hipster-friendly culture is livening up options once you hang up your bathing trunks. Beyond the beaches, the region's largest city, Tampa, is outgrowing a reputation for sleepy suburban sprawl, while neighboring St. Petersburg enjoys an urban renaissance that defies its onetime image as the epitome of gray-haired Florida, for which it was good-naturedly dubbed “God’s waiting room. ...


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Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:47 am

A BMW logo is seen the wheel of a car in Mexico CityBERLIN (Reuters) - BMW has hired Ferrari's former chief engineer as it seeks to strengthen its technical prowess amid intensifying competition with rival German luxury carmakers Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Roberto Fedeli, who joined the Fiat-owned Ferrari brand in 1988 and has been head technician on Ferrari models since 2007, will join BMW in November, a spokesman at the Munich-based company said on Wednesday. The spokesman did not specify Fedeli's assignment after his move to BMW, which was reported earlier on Wednesday by Automotive News Europe. ...


Yahoo Automotive
Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:41 am
TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp plans to halt production on Monday morning at 12 plants in central Japan due to a typhoon that is hitting the area, spokesman Ryo Sakai said on Sunday. The 12 plants, which include four vehicle factories as well as engine and automotive parts plants, are all Aichi prefecture in central Japan. Toyota will decide whether to resume production later on Monday depending on the weather conditions, Sakai said. Mitsubishi Motors Corp also plans to halt production at its Okazaki plant in central Japan on Monday morning and afternoon, spokesman Manabu Yamanishi said. ...
Yahoo Automotive
Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:59 am

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett listens to a shareholder at the Berkshire-owned Borsheims jewelry store where Buffett was selling jewelry as part of the company annual meeting weekend in OmahaBy Luciana Lopez and Sam Forgione (Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc said on Thursday it would buy the Van Tuyl Group auto dealership, in what the billionaire hinted could be the first of many such purchases as his company extends its longtime bullish view on the U.S. economy. Berkshire Hathaway did not disclose terms of the agreement, but said in a statement that the dealership would be known as Berkshire Hathaway Automotive after completion of the sale. ...