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11/18/2017 03:44 PM
Honda recalls 900,000 minivans to inspect, repair tip-prone seats
Honda is recalling about 900,000 minivans because second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched after being adjusted.

11/18/2017 05:01 AM
Waymo gives clues to its business plan for tomorrow
The first fully self-driving cars will be in ride-hailing fleets, which Waymo says will lead to learning more about the tech and how consumers use it.

11/18/2017 05:01 AM
How factory can help turn browsers into buyers
A study points to a lack of coordination between automakers and retailers on presenting inventory, messaging, search engine marketing and website layouts.

11/18/2017 05:01 AM
Ford dropping C-Max in U.S.
Ford's decision ends a six-year run for a once-promising nameplate doomed by sluggish electrified vehicle demand and overstated mileage claims.

11/17/2017 04:04 PM
Wall Street ponders impact of Tesla Semi, Roadster
The features of Tesla's new Semi truck steamrolled Wall Street expectations, with an estimated 500-mile driving range that was almost double what analysts had modeled.

11/17/2017 05:46 AM
Tesla revives Roadster with a range of 620 miles
Refundable deposits of $50,000 are being taken now for the supercar, Tesla says, with output slated to begin in 2020. The full price of the base model: $200,000.

11/17/2017 07:19 AM
Michigan retail chain in shadow of Detroit 3, others bet early on Tesla Semi
Customers are starting to place orders for Tesla's new all-electric Semi, including Walmart and a grocery chain in the Detroit 3 automakers' backyard.

11/17/2017 07:03 PM
Jay Amestoy, retired head of PR for Mazda, dies after lengthy illness
Jay Amestoy, who spent more than two decades at the public relations helm at Mazda North America and previously worked in public relations for Volkswagen Group of America, died late Thursday. He was 69.

11/17/2017 07:34 PM
Musk reopens fundraising playbook to launch Semi, Roadster
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is turning to a tried-and-true source of financing for his unprofitable car company -- paying customers willing to wait years for delivery of shiny new wheels.

11/17/2017 06:04 PM
U.S. chamber warns Trump of political pain over NAFTA's demise
The lead negotiators for the three NAFTA countries joined the latest round of talks as the Chamber of Commerce warned that an American pullout would hit hardest some key swing states that President Trump captured on his road to office.

11/17/2017 08:15 PM
U.S. rejects Ford, Mazda petitions to delay recall of Takata airbags
NHTSA turned down a petition by Ford and Mazda to delay -- for additional testing -- the recall of about 3 million vehicles with potentially defective airbag inflators made by Takata.

11/17/2017 09:29 PM
Nissan will send U.S.-built Titans to China
Nissan will ship the U.S.-built Titan pickup to China as the company and its Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance explore more commercial opportunities around the world.

11/17/2017 08:45 PM
Should Tesla stop building cars?
Could Tesla have avoided "manufacturing hell" by sticking with what it's good at like Apple and not producing its own products?

11/17/2017 07:12 PM
Wells Fargo dismisses head of consumer lending
Franklin Codel, the head of consumer lending at Wells Fargo, was fired over unsuitable communications he had with a former employee, the bank said, the latest upheaval at a lender roiled by scandal for more than a year.

11/17/2017 12:34 PM
VW to spend over $40B on EVs, autonomy push
Volkswagen approved an unprecedented five-year spending plan that aims to further the company's goal of transforming itself into a leading force in electric vehicles and autonomous transportation.

11/17/2017 02:09 PM
Toyota plots return to EVs, this time in Asia
Selling EVs in China and India will mark the return of Toyota into the battery-powered market after halting production of the electric RAV4 in 2014.

11/17/2017 01:15 PM
U.S. probes 415,000 VW vehicles for airbag problems
NHTSA opened an investigation into potential airbag failures in 415,000 Volkswagen vehicles after the company issued a recall for the same issue in 2015.

11/17/2017 11:34 AM
Porsche mulls a hybrid variant of 911
Porsche is considering adding battery power to the 911, making the top variant of the iconic sports car a hybrid, according to people familiar with the matter.

11/17/2017 11:43 AM
Nissan cites staff shortage for improper plant tests
Nissan blamed a lack of trained staff for improper inspections at Japan factories and will increase the number of inspectors to improve compliance.

11/17/2017 04:51 AM
Tesla aims to upend commercial trucking with electric Semi
The EV maker says the Semi formally unveiled Thursday will provide "a far better experience" for long-haul truck operators, while enhancing safety and slicing cargo transport costs.

11/16/2017 10:41 PM
Kia prices Stinger sport sedan from $32,800
Kia is adopting competitive pricing on the rwd Stinger to help establish a foothold in the competitive compact luxury sport sedan market.

11/16/2017 08:19 PM
NAFTA bargainers zero in on light-vehicle content rules
NAFTA negotiators are set to give the most attention to rules for regional content, including light vehicles, in the latest round of trade talks, according to an agenda obtained by Bloomberg.

11/17/2017 02:00 AM
Canada open to Mexico's 5-year NAFTA review proposal
Canada is open to a Mexican proposal to review NAFTA every five years instead of terminating the deal automatically if it is not renegotiated, as the United States has demanded.

11/16/2017 09:34 AM
8 things to watch as Tesla unwraps big rig
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has promised a truck that will 'out-torque any diesel semi' and drive 'like a sports car.'

11/16/2017 12:30 PM
Infiniti rolls out industry-first variable compression engine
The next-generation Infiniti QX50 crossover will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine introducing a technology never seen before in a regular production vehicle: variable compression.

11/16/2017 04:24 PM
Toyota preps another small crossover concept
Toyota will unwrap a small crossover concept vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show geared toward outdoor enthusiasts and urban dwellers. It will be the third crossover concept introduced this year based on the company's new modular platform.

11/16/2017 04:00 PM
Facebook updates ad features to convert mobile shoppers
Facebook has updated two of the platform's ad tools to better serve the auto industry in its quest to reach mobile shoppers.

11/16/2017 12:03 PM
Lear CEO Simoncini resigns; seating boss Ray Scott is successor
Lear CEO Matt Simoncini is stepping down, effective Feb. 28, ending a six-year run in the company's top job. Ray Scott, president of the supplier's seating unit, will replace Simoncini.

11/16/2017 11:23 AM
Subaru sees $177 million in costs linked to Japan inspection scandal
Subaru said it was recalling 395,000 vehicles in Japan and that it expected to incur about $177 million in costs related to improper final inspection procedures at domestic plants.

11/15/2017 11:21 PM
FCA to offer split, dual-function tailgate on Ram 1500, spy photos reveal
Spy photographers have caught confirmation that at least some versions of the next-generation Ram 1500 pickup will have a new dual-function tailgate, capable of dropping down or opening up french door style.

11/15/2017 07:55 PM
Ford's smart mobility team 14,000-15,000 strong
The head of Ford's smart mobility team says all the "Lego pieces" are in place to develop money-making initiatives.

11/15/2017 04:22 PM
Lexus to unwrap 3-row RX crossover at L.A. Auto Show
Lexus' U.S. dealers have clamored for a family-friendly version of the popular RX crossover for years, but it's unclear whether the third row will accommodate two or three passengers.

11/15/2017 04:59 PM
Cordray to resign from CFPB, may run for Ohio governor
Richard Cordray plans to step down as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the controversial consumer watchdog created by President Obama following the 2008-09 financial crisis, amid growing speculation that he will run for governor of...

11/15/2017 05:44 PM
Dealers crucial for vehicle purchase, J.D. Power study finds
Online tools may make it easier for consumers to shop for vehicles and products at home, but interacting with a salesperson is a key component of high customer sales satisfaction, a J.D. Power study finds.

11/15/2017 11:57 AM
Buffett-backed BYD to open electric-truck plant in Canada
BYD, the Chinese electric-vehicle maker backed by Warren Buffett, plans to open its first assembly plant in Canada, anticipating a surge in demand for electric trucks.

11/15/2017 04:07 PM
GM aims to sell 1M EVs annually by 2026; next-gen vehicles start in 2021
GM expects its electrified vehicle business to be profitable with the launch of the next-generation EV platform in 2021 and with annual global EV sales of 1 million by 2026, CEO Mary Barra says.

11/15/2017 05:04 PM
Dyson sues ex-CEO for sharing secrets on electric car
Dyson is suing former CEO Max Conze for allegedly revealing confidential information, including details of the British company's plan to expand into the EV market.

11/15/2017 07:23 PM
U.S. House members oppose Trump administration auto trade rules proposal
A bipartisan group of more than 70 House members urged the Trump administration not to boost current production requirements on vehicle content for autos produced in the region under NAFTA

11/15/2017 06:00 PM
Ford seeks patent on system for autonomous off-road vehicles
Ford has applied for a patent on an autonomous system for off-road vehicles that would allow the vehicles to traverse dirt, gravel, mud, sand and other tricky terrain.

11/15/2017 02:27 PM
Tesla to challenge suit claiming racial discrimination
Tesla said it would fight a class-action lawsuit filed against it earlier this week claiming the electric automaker's California production plant was a "hotbed for racist behavior."

11/15/2017 05:00 PM
Kia highlights access to Malaria treatment
In the latest video to join our viral video chart, Hyundai brings out the big guns: Kids.

11/15/2017 04:49 PM
Hyundai plans several new crossovers, including diesel
Hyundai said its plan for an expanded crossover lineup for the U.S. will include a battery-electric vehicle, a fuel cell offering, a diesel utility and an A-segment vehicle.

11/15/2017 04:06 PM
Why there might be hope for millennials renting cars
I rented a car for the first time and it wasn't bad, perhaps signaling hope that millennials will use rental cars.

11/14/2017 10:16 PM
VW says chairman, CFO, HR chief offices raided by tax authorities, prosecutors
The Tuesday raid was related to suspicions of overpayments and tax evasion for VW works council chief Bernd Osterloh, a company spokesman said.

11/14/2017 06:28 PM
Ford signals cost-cutting will avoid layoffs, plant closures
Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of global operations, said the company's latest effort to become more financially efficient won't involve major layoffs or plant closures.

11/14/2017 05:50 PM
VW agrees to pay $69 million to settle New Jersey emissions suits
Volkswagen confirmed it has agreed to pay $69 million to settle New Jersey state diesel emissions claims, one of the last major outstanding diesel legal issues the German automaker faces in the U.S.

11/14/2017 11:35 AM
Tesla's new electric semi already has some rivals
Tesla's semi truck being unveiled Thursday is a major part of CEO Elon Musk's master plan in which he vowed to expand the company's lineup to "cover the major forms of terrestrial transport."

11/14/2017 07:32 PM
Infiniti freshens QX80 for 2018
It's an evolutionary change in styling that tweaks the established design of the flagship QX80 SUV in the spirit of the QX80 Monograph concept unveiled earlier this year.

11/14/2017 03:11 PM
Nissan tests Versa Note e-Power hybrid for U.S.
Is Nissan readying the Versa Note e-Power hybrid for the United States? New spy photos show the car undergoing road tests in Michigan.

11/14/2017 08:14 PM
Commerce chief Ross says 'some sort' of NAFTA deal will reach Trump
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he believes NAFTA negotiations will produce "some sort" of a deal for President Donald Trump to evaluate, but still warned the United States could walk away.

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