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Ford cuts week off SUV plant shutdown to handle sales rise

Next month, tens of thousands of U.S. autoworkers will continue working instead of taking their usual summer vacations as demand for pickups, large SUVs and crossovers shows little sign of …


Scandal-hit VW agrees to 4.8 percent pay rise for workers

Automaker Volkswagen and Germany’s industrial union have agreed to increase wages 4.8 percent by next year in an economy where the cost of living is flat – the kind of …


Tesla selling $1.4B in shares to pay for Model 3

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is selling around $1.4 billion worth of stock to help bring its lower-cost Model 3 to market.


Nissan takes 34 percent stake in scandal-hit Mitsubishi Motors

Nissan Motor Co. is investing 237 billion yen ($2.2 billion) to take a 34 percent stake in scandal-ridden Mitsubishi Motors Corp. in what Nissan Chief Carlos Ghosn said is “a …


Mitsubishi Motors says mileage cheating may be on all models

Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the Japanese automaker under investigation for lying about fuel economy data for some models, said Wednesday such tampering is suspected in all of its vehicles sold in …


Air bag inflator recall to grow by 35 million to 40 million

Takata will recall another 35 million to 40 million air bag inflators, a stunning increase that will more than double what already is the largest automotive recall in American history, …


Chevrolet, the ‘Heartbeat of America,’ not coming to Iran

Chevrolet, the U.S. car brand once advertised as the “Heartbeat of America,” won’t be rolling new models through the streets of Iran anytime soon despite the recent lifting of sanctions …


Honda, Nissan break records as auto sales stay hot in April

America’s love of trucks and SUVs helped push most automakers to healthy sales gains last month as Honda and Nissan reported best-ever April sales. Ford posted record SUV sales, while …


U.S. regulators seek more fuel tests from Mitsubishi

The U.S. government wants Mitsubishi Motors to do more real-world tests on its cars to verify gas mileage estimates.


U.S. ends Honda investigation for failing to report deaths, injuries

The U.S. government says it has closed an investigation into Honda’s failure to report deaths and injuries after the company met all of its obligations.


German automakers to recall 630,000 cars, report says

German news agency dpa is reporting that several of the country’s automakers are going to recall a total of 630,000 cars following an investigation into emissions levels.


VW to take $18.2 billion hit as German carmakers face recall

German carmaker Volkswagen capped two grim days for the country’s auto industry by revealing its diesel emissions cheating cost it a chunky 16.2 billion euros ($18.2 billion) for 2015 alone …


Judge says VW owners can choose buybacks or repair

An agreement will give consumers who bought nearly 600,000 Volkswagen vehicles rigged to cheat on emissions tests the option of having the automaker buy back the cars or fix them, …


Volkswagen to pay $1B-plus to owners of cheating diesels

Volkswagen, the U.S. government and private lawyers have reached a deal for the automaker to spend just over $1 billion to compensate owners of about 600,000 diesel-powered cars that cheat …


Deal reached in 3rd GM case over ignition switch claims

Lawyers in New York say a settlement has been reached in a claim over a faulty General Motors ignition switch involved in a deadly accident.


AP Sources: Autonomous braking to be in most cars by 2022

Major automakers and the U.S. government have reached agreement to make automatic emergency braking standard equipment on most cars by 2022, sources tell AP.


Toyota adds 331,000 cars to Takata air bag recalls

Toyota is adding 331,000 cars worldwide to an existing recall of passenger air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp.


VW rejects allegations it didn’t give timely info on scandal

Volkswagen on Wednesday rejected allegations that it didn’t go public early enough with information on its emissions-rigging scandal.


Geneva Auto Show: Carmakers bet on SUVs, new technology

Automakers looking to support sales in the face of global economic uncertainty are betting on new SUVs and the promise of high-tech as they try to outshine each other at …


Automakers post healthy February sales gains

Automakers posted big U.S. sales gains in February as consumers returned to showrooms after a snowy January.


Judge to VW: Find a fix quick for dirty diesel cars

A federal judge overseeing hundreds of class-action lawsuits against Volkswagen says he wants a firm answer within a month about how the German automaker plans to bring nearly 600,000 diesel …


Lexus, Porsche and Buick are most dependable, study says

Lexus, Porsche and Buick are the most dependable vehicle brands based on the number of problems reported by owners, according to a study released Wednesday by the consulting firm J.D. …


Audi tops Consumer Reports auto rankings despite cheating

Audi is the top brand in Consumer Reports’ annual rankings despite the fact that its diesels cheated on U.S. emissions tests.


Automakers to recall 5M vehicles for another air bag problem

Continental Automotive Systems says in documents filed with the U.S. government that moisture can get inside its air bag control computers, causing the power supplies to corrode and fail. If …


Volkswagen faces more pressure as bad news piles up

Investors and regulators put more pressure on Volkswagen on Wednesday after the company said it had understated the carbon dioxide emissions for 800,000 cars, widening its scandal over cheating on …


UAW, General Motors reach contract agreement

The United Auto Workers union and General Motors Co. have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract, avoiding a strike for now.


U.S. carmakers top imports in survey of initial quality

DETROIT – Detroit Three brands, as a group, have surpassed import brands on the initial quality of their new cars and trucks for the first time since J.D. Power and …


GM announces a profit, its first in several years

LOS ANGELES – After a string of 10 consecutive money-losing quarters, General Motors Co. said Monday that it had earned a profit of $865 million in the first quarter of …


Ford boasts $2.1 billion profit for first quarter

SAN FRANCISCO – Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday that it earned more than $2 billion in the first quarter, reversing a loss of almost the same amount a year ago …


Toyota accepts fine, recalls SUV

WASHINGTON – Toyota hurriedly ordered recalls of nearly 10,000 Lexus SUVs for possible rollover dangers Monday and agreed to a record $16.4 million fine for a slow response in its …