US Automotive News

Toyota Finally Gets Serious About Self-Driving Cars – WIRED

Friday, September 04, 2015

Toyota has joined the race to build a self-driving car. The Japanese automaker announced it’s dropping $50 million in the next five years to establish research centers with both Stanford and MIT, to work on artificial intelligence and autonomous driving technology. “We will initially focus on the acceleration of intelligent vehicle technology, with the immediate goal of helping eliminate traffic casualties and the ultimate goal of helping improve quality of…

Toyota to Finance $50 Million ‘Intelligent’ Car Project – New York Times

Friday, September 04, 2015

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A First Order Stormtrooper Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat? – The Detroit News

Friday, September 04, 2015

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Ferrari spinoff will delay possible Fiat-GM merger plan – The Detroit News

Friday, September 04, 2015

Sergio Marchionne(Photo: Mark Ralston / Getty Images) While Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne isn’t known for his patience, he’s likely to wait until next year before making a bid for General Motors Co. after months of talk about the potential of a deal. The spinoff of Ferrari SpA, which is slated for early 2016, could be the catalyst for Marchionne to make an offer for the…

Honda (HMC) Recalls Fit Vehicles for Ignition Coil Issue – Zacks.com

Friday, September 04, 2015

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Ford Sollers Starts Production at New Engine Plant in Russia – Zacks.com

Friday, September 04, 2015

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Fiat Chrysler responds to ‘worst cars’ listing for 200 – MLive.com

Thursday, September 03, 2015

AUBURN HILLS, MI — Fiat Chrysler on Thursday pointed to positive reviews from other auto critics in a response to Consumer Reports listing the Chrysler 200 among the worst cars of 2015. The listing was based on 50 “rigorous instrumental tests and other evaluations” conducted at Consumer Reports’ 327-acre test track, followed by more assessments on the open road. And FCA said it values the feedback and that it helps…

Ford, GM: Big 3 health care pool on table – The Detroit News

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Jr. at the 2015 National Negotiations Opening Day in the Cass Technical High School gymnasium, Thursday morning, July 23, 2015.(Photo: Todd McInturf / The Detroit News) Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co., facing a midnight Sept. 14 contract deadline, are considering a proposal floated by the United Auto Workers to create a health care co-op that pools together active workers from all three Detroit…

Fiat Chrysler says talking with UAW union about health care co-op – Business Insider

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Thomson ReutersA new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sign is pictured after being unveiled at Chrysler Group World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan DETROIT (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is considering a health care co-op proposed by the United Auto Workers to cut rising costs. “Yes, we are talking to them (the union) about a co-op and it is an idea we support,” said FCA spokeswoman Jodi Tinson on Thursday. In June,…

Wife of Washington G.M. admits to “disparaging remarks” about ESPN reporter – NBCSports.com

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

AP After initially insisting that a controversial tweet apparently sent by the wife of Washington G.M. Scot McCloughan had come from a fake account, the team now admits that she indeed posted a disparaging comment about ESPN reporter Dianna Russini. “I deeply apologize for the disparaging remarks about an ESPN reporter on my personal Twitter account,” Jessica McCloughan said in a statement issued by the franchise to PFT. “The comment…

Bill Ford: Health care plan part of UAW talks – Detroit Free Press

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Bill Ford marks 10th anniversary of the Ford Volunteer Corps at an event in Inkster Sept. 2, 2015(Photo: Tom Walsh) An expanded health care co-operative representing workers at all three Detroit automakers is among the topics on the table in contract talks between Ford and the UAW, Chairman Bill Ford confirmed today. “Yeah, we’re discussing it and we’ll see where it goes. But again, it’s way too early,” said the Ford chairman…

Video Review: Mazda CX-3 Is Stylish, Efficient and Fun to Drive – New York Times

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

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US Auto Sales Up Despite Holiday Shift – Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

ENLARGE The three largest U.S. auto makers posted better-than-expected August sales, underscoring the continuing strength of the domestic car market. Ford Motor Co. F -0.07 % ’s U.S. sales grew 5.4% for the month, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCAU -2.90 % NV logged a better-than-expected 1.7% increase. General Motors Co. GM -2.31 % ’s U.S. sales fell less than 1%, but still came in above analysts’ expectations. Overall U.S. sales…

What The Hell Is Fiat Chrysler’s CEO Really Up To? – Jalopnik

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne doesn’t have a reputation for being a creep. He does have a reputation as a shrewd negotiator, and a man so obsessed with ruthless efficiency he buys sweaters in bulk. So what was dribbling out of his mouth about “hugs” and “forcing a partner,” namely General Motors? Probably more than meets the eye. Sergio’s been going on and on about how he wants FCA to…

US auto market remains bright spot as China pulls back – U.S. News & World Report

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

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‘McDealerships’ multiply to serve auto-sales boom – CNBC

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

That’s not to say everyone is so bullish. AlixPartners, an industry consultant, has been cautioning the sales pace isn’t sustainable and is about to top out. The firm expects U.S. auto sales to peak next year before falling below 15 million in 2019. While that pace may seem quite low relative to the total U.S. population, keep in mind new sales are only about a third of…

Fiat Chrysler CEO Fuels Talk of GM Merger – Fox Business

Monday, August 31, 2015

 (Reuters) Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU), is keeping up his campaign to merge the automaker with General Motors (GM). Marchionne has publicly pushed for consolidation, citing rising production costs among other reasons, ever since overseeing the merger of Fiat and Chrysler. He has eyed a potential combination of FCA and GM, even proposing a merger in an email to GM CEO Mary Barra. GM turned down…

Crackdown on Racial Bias Could Boost Drivers’ Costs for Auto Loans – Wall Street Journal

Monday, August 31, 2015

A federal regulator’s campaign to fight bias against minorities is changing the way many car loans are priced. Those efforts could mean some consumers will pay more. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has reached more than $200 million in antidiscrimination agreements since 2013 with several large car-financing companies, including Ally Financial Inc. and American Honda Finance Corp., over allegations that dealers charged…

UAW-GM workers approve strike authorization – The Detroit News

Monday, August 31, 2015

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