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UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

Former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca has died at age 94

Former colleagues say retired Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca has died at age 94 in Bel Air, California


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 7:12 p.m.

Five reasons why autonomous cars aren’t coming anytime soon

In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when we might actually see them …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 9:17 p.m.

Trump proposes car-mileage rollback; states sue in protest

Citing safety, the Trump administration on Thursday proposed rolling back car-mileage standards, backing away from years of government efforts to cut Americans’ trips to the gas station and reduce unhealthy, …


China to allow full foreign ownership in auto industry

China announced plans Tuesday to allow full foreign ownership of automakers in five years, ending restrictions that helped to fuel its trade dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump as it …


Off-lease used cars are flooding market, pushing prices down

In 2014, Infiniti leased more than 28,000 Q50 luxury sedans for as little as $329 per month in a growing U.S. market. The leases accounted for more than three-quarters of …


Station wagons are back to cure SUV fatigue

This week in Geneva, the world’s blue-blooded European carmakers showed off their newest creations in a parade of carbon-fiber reptiles that command six-figure sums.


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 10:45 a.m.

Demand for trucks, SUVs helps February sales

Lured by Presidents Day deals, U.S. buyers snapped up pickups and SUVs in February, brightening what is usually a lackluster month for the auto industry.


PSA Group exploring takeover of GM’s European unit Opel

France’s PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, says it’s exploring a “potential acquisition” of Opel, General Motors’ money-losing European business.


Tension high as Tesla retools for mid-market electric car

SAN FRANCISCO – Tesla will shut down its Fremont, Calif., factory for a week this month to prepare the assembly line for its highly anticipated mid-market electric car, the Model …


Automakers remain silent as they walk a tightrope with Trump

Majed Moughni has lived the American dream: He climbed the ladder from impoverished refugee to hotel dishwasher to valet for Ford royalty. Today he’s a lawyer, sitting at a chair …


How a Trump tariff could sideswipe auto industry

The threat from President Donald Trump to tax Mexican-made cars sold in the U.S. would throw the industry into disarray, analysts say, forcing some uncomfortable choices: Raise car prices or …


Obama’s EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to cement strict fuel economy requirements that force the auto industry to make new cars and trucks significantly more efficient, a decision that will …


Ford’s Bronco SUV and Ranger pickup truck are coming back

A blast from the past: Ford is bringing back the Bronco and the Ranger. The Bronco is a truck-style 4x4 sport utility vehicle that was discontinued 20 years ago. It’s …


GM to move production of GMC Terrain to Mexico from Canada

General Motors will move production of its revamped GMC Terrain to Mexico from Canada and expand production of the Ontario plant’s Chevrolet Equinox, reflecting the growing popularity of compact sport …


U.S. auto sales hit a record in 2016, led by SUVs

U.S. consumers bought a record number of new cars and trucks in 2016. A repeat performance in 2017 could be a tall order.


Auto industry could break sales records yet again. But analysts see decline coming.

Automakers are on the cusp of a second record-breaking year for sales as dealers made an end-of-year push to empty their lots over the weekend. But even as the industry …


Opinions from past add perspective

Topics included gas-guzzlers and fuel efficiency, workplace discrimination based on AIDS, and a violation of the state open meeting law.


Few insurers cut rates for new electronic safety devices

DETROIT (AP) – After hearing good things about the latest in crash-prevention technologies, you decided to add automatic emergency braking to your new car. The feature costs north of $2,000 …


Millennials are finally arriving in the car market

Millennials were once a source of panic in the auto industry. Dubbed the “go nowhere” generation, they weren’t getting driver’s licenses, never mind buying cars. Headlines declared it was “The …


Scientists find cause of Takata air bag explosions

Scientists hired by the auto industry have determined the circumstances that cause Takata air bags to explode violently and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers, a person briefed on the …


Nissan to recall Altimas for third time to fix hood latches

Nissan is recalling nearly 930,000 Altima midsize cars worldwide – some for a third time – to fix a latch problem that could let the hood fly open while the …


Gov’t: 10th air bag death linked to exploding Takata devices

WASHINGTON – A Ford pickup driver killed last month in South Carolina is the 9th person to die in the U.S. and the 10th worldwide because of defective Takata air-bag …


Consumer Confidential: Carmakers’ focus on connected lifestyle may lead to distracted driving

Ford and Fiat Chrysler apparently have concluded that safety takes a back seat to amusement when it comes to pleasing drivers.


Study: Detroit lifts quality but Toyota still king

Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have made strides in new vehicle quality over the last year, but they still lag behind their foreign competitors, according to a closely watched study …


Fiat closes deal to take bulk of Chrysler’s assets

DETROIT— Italy’s Fiat is the new owner of the bulk of Chrysler’s assets, closing a deal Wednesday that saves the troubled U.S. automaker from liquidation and places a new company …


Murky future for auto rescue amid GOP opposition

WASHINGTON — Prospects for passage of a $14 billion auto industry rescue package dimmed today amid strong Republican opposition, despite urgent appeals by both President-elect Barack Obama and the Bush …


Chrysler To Expand Six Detroit Plants

In a move that will further boost Chrysler Corp.’s truck production, the No. 3 domestic automaker said Wednesday that it will spend nearly $1.3 billion over five years to expand …


Toyota Picks Indiana For New Truck Factory

Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday picked the corn fields of southwest Indiana as the home for its first U.S. pickup truck plant. The $700 million plant, to open in 1998, …


A Pink One, With Green Leather Seats?

Chrysler says it’s going to try to fill custom orders for many of its models in just 16 days. The company has streamlined its ordering system to a point where …