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UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Trump slams European automakers, threatens U.S. tariffs

President Donald Trump criticized European auto makers Friday, suggesting he could impose tariffs on imports from companies such as BMW and Mercedes unless they build more plants in the United …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 6:37 p.m.

In waiting for answers, automakers stick to Obama-era rules

For all the drama surrounding the Trump administration’s attempt to undo Obama-era fuel economy requirements, automakers are likely to stick to them until they get some answers.


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018, 4:38 p.m.

Killing the sedan is a headache for Detroit, bargain for drivers

For consumers, however, the auto industry’s wholesale shift to SUVs represents a massive buying opportunity, at least for those who don’t mind driving a car that looks like, well, a …


UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 6:59 p.m.

Here’s why you should keep your car keys in a metal coffee can

Cybersecurity companies, including the team at GuardKnox, are working with the Detroit Three and automakers globally to create protections that deter hackers who covet new cars and the data stored …


Most automakers report October U.S. sales gains

Ford, Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen reported sales gains for October, defying expectations that buyers would pull back and that fewer people than expected would replace hurricane-damaged vehicles.


Harrop: Trump’s NAFTA insults hurt Americans

Leaving NAFTA, the American Automotive Policy Council concludes, would amount to a “$10 billion tax” on U.S. manufacturers. U.S. makers of auto parts say it would force them alone to …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 6:42 p.m.

Automakers bounce back with strong sales in September

Toyota, Honda, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Volkswagen all posted strong monthly U.S. sales numbers, confirming expectations that a boost in sales from hurricane-ravaged Texas would push the industry to …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 2:55 p.m.

Automated safety systems are preventing car crashes, studies show

Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to significantly …


Toyota, Mazda plan $1.6 billion U.S. plant

Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. plan to spend $1.6 billion to build a joint-venture auto manufacturing plant in the U.S. – a move that will create …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 10:51 a.m.

Peugeot maker PSA finalizes takeover of GM’s Opel, Vauxhall

The maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars has finalized its $2.5 billion takeover of General Motors’ European brands Opel and Vauxhall, and named new management to chart an attempted turnaround …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 2:01 p.m.

Car sales seen lower in July; U.S. automakers post sharp drops

U.S. sales of new cars and trucks were expected to show a decline in July as consumers pulled back on purchases and waited for Labor Day deals.


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 12:32 p.m.

AP Analysis: Most automakers slow to fix dangerous air bags

A government effort to speed up recalls of more than 21 million of the most dangerous Takata air bag inflators is falling short, according to an analysis of completion rates …


Tesla, Uber lag in driverless progress, study says; Ford is tops

The study by Navigant Consulting, a Chicago firm with deep roots in the auto industry, ranked 18 companies that are developing a “full stack” of hardware and software for completely …


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 12:38 p.m.

Trump set to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements

The Trump administration is moving to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements that would have forced automakers to significantly increase the efficiency of new cars and trucks. The requirements were a …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 4:43 p.m.

Takata pleads guilty in air bag scandal, agrees to pay $1 billion

Plaintiffs in dozens of lawsuits against air bag maker Takata and five automakers allege the car companies knew that Takata’s products were dangerous yet continued to use them for years …


Toyota leads U.S. sales drops as carmakers keep discounts coming

Toyota led carmakers reporting declining U.S. sales in January, as an industry aiming for another record year maintains hefty spending on incentives to keep consumers coming to showrooms.


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 1:06 p.m.

Over 652,000 vehicles involved in latest Takata air bag recall

Thirteen automakers are recalling more than 652,000 vehicles in the U.S. in the latest round of dangerous Takata air bag inflator recalls.


Ford cancels $1.6 billion Mexico plant after Trump’s criticism

Ford will scrap plans to build a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico, after coming under criticism by President-elect Donald Trump for shifting small-car production south of the border.


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 …


Feds agree to delay penalties for automakers failing to meet fuel efficiency goals

Federal regulators acted Wednesday to postpone penalties automakers would face for failing to meet congressionally mandated miles-per-gallon goals.


EPA to keep strict gas mileage standards in place

The Obama administration has decided not to change government fuel economy requirements for cars and light trucks despite protests from automakers.


U.S. allows GM to delay recall to prove safety of air bags

U.S. auto safety regulators are allowing General Motors to delay a large recall of potentially defective air bags, giving the company time to prove that the devices are safe and …


Dodge truck owners accuse Chrysler of VW-like cheating

Allegations of cheating pollution standards have reached U.S. automakers as Chrysler was sued by consumers who said engines in some Dodge trucks were rigged to hide that emissions were as …


GM laying off more than 2,000 at two car plants as sales slow

Falling demand for cars is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers indefinitely at two assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan starting in January.


Toyota adds 5.8M vehicles to global Takata recall total

Toyota is recalling about 5.8 million vehicles in Japan, Europe, China and other countries to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.


Tesla equipping cars to drive completely on their own

Tesla Motors is starting to build its electric cars with all the sensors, cameras and other gear needed to drive completely on their own when regulations allow the technology to …


U.S. probes Ford vehicles for steering, warning light problems

Two Ford Motor Co. models are under investigation by U.S. safety regulators for power steering and door ajar warning light issues that are similar to those that have caused other …


Automakers report mixed US sales results in September

DETROIT – Automakers reported mixed U.S. sales results in September as demand for new cars and trucks sputtered. Nissan’s sales rose 4.9 percent over last September and Toyota’s were up …