Apr 12, 2014

Documents show GM knew of defects

General Motors engineers were well aware of serious problems with ignition switches in GM small cars, but rejected several opportunities to make fixes, dozens of confidential documents released Friday by a congressional committee showed. Parts supplier Delphi Automotive also repeatedly tested switches and found ...

Feb 25, 2014

Breaking the United Auto Workers union's grip

by George Will

The most important U.S. election this year will not be in November, when more than 90 million votes will be cast for governors and national legislators. The most important one occurred in Tennessee last week when factory workers' rejected representation by the United Auto ...

Jan 25, 2014

Automakers gird for Super Bowl

by Andy Fixmer and Mark Clothier

From the Muppets to James Franco, Hollywood will be working hard for carmakers at the Super Bowl. At least seven auto brands will advertise during Fox TV’s telecast of the National Football League championship game on Feb. 2, researcher Kantar Media said, making the ...

Jan 4, 2014

Japanese automakers post solid gains in U.S. sales

Japanese automakers marked steady increases in sales of new vehicles in the United States this year as the overall market exceeded 15 million units for the first time in six years, data by a U.S. research company shows. Toyota Motor Corp. posted a 7.4 ...

Foreign cars small fry in domestic market

Nov 25, 2013

Foreign cars small fry in domestic market

by Patrice Novotny

Spotting a foreign car on Japanese streets is fairly uncommon — particularly from the big American companies — a point being underscored at the Tokyo Motor Show. This is the third time major U.S. automakers, including General Motors and Ford, have skipped the show, ...

Hyundai hydrogen-power SUV to be marketed in U.S.

Nov 19, 2013

Hyundai hydrogen-power SUV to be marketed in U.S.

For years, the joke in the auto industry was that a mass-produced car that runs on hydrogen was always a decade away. That will change next year when Hyundai starts selling a Tucson SUV powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. It will be the ...

Hope surfaces as bankrupt Detroit eyes rebirth

Oct 13, 2013

Hope surfaces as bankrupt Detroit eyes rebirth

by Mira Oberman

The hollow hulk of Detroit’s once-majestic train station draws a steady stream of tourists to see how far the mighty Motor City has fallen. The Beaux Arts building was the tallest railway station in the world when it was built in 1913, and its ...

Japanese units shell out for rigging U.S. auto parts prices

Sep 27, 2013

Japanese units shell out for rigging U.S. auto parts prices

A consortium of Japanese companies used code names and secret meetings to rig bids for dozens of types of auto parts imported to the United States in a decade-long conspiracy that may have cost U.S. consumers hundreds of millions of dollars, U.S. officials announced. ...

Sep 25, 2013

Top carmakers slash output after green subsidies end

The nation’s top three automakers cut domestic output in August by double digits after the “green car” subsidy program ended, data released Wednesday show. Toyota Motor Corp.’s output sank 10.9 percent on year to 233,514 vehicles, Nissan Motor Corp.’s output fell 11.7 percent to ...

Feb 23, 2013

Obama to push entry of U.S. automakers

by Mike Dorning and Isabel Reynolds

President Barack Obama won’t back off demands that Japan ease barriers for U.S. automakers before joining negotiations for a regional Pacific trade agreement when he meets Friday in Washington with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, White House aides said. A more open market for companies ...