DETROIT (AP) — Hot sales of small and midsize SUVs drove auto sales higher last month as Nissan, General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler all reported U.S. sales gains.
Several of the companies reported their best April totals in years. Overall, sales were mostly in line with analysts' predictions of a 6 percent increase compared with a year ago. All automakers were scheduled to report sales on Friday.
6. Ford to lay off 700 workers due to slow car sales - Friday, April 24, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it's laying off 700 workers at a Michigan assembly plant because of slow sales of the small cars and hybrids it makes.7. Car buyers think big in 1Q, boosting profit at GM - Friday, April 24, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Encouraged by lower gas prices, consumers in the U.S. spent big in the first quarter on vehicles that carry lots of passengers and cargo — and deliver hefty profit margins for General Motors.8. Jury orders Chrysler to pay $150M in Jeep fire death - Friday, April 03, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury in Georgia has awarded $150 million to the family of a 4-year-old boy killed when a Jeep Grand Cherokee exploded into flames three years ago after being rear-ended. The jury said Chrysler, the maker of Jeeps, must pay nearly the full amount.9. Lincoln Continental, the car of presidents, is returning - Friday, March 27, 2015
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Elvis Presley had one; so did Clark Gable. It was even the sedan of presidents. Then the name vanished amid an invasion of newer luxury cars from Europe and Asia.
Now, the Lincoln Continental is back.
10. Auto workers president rejects lower-tier of wages - Friday, March 20, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — The leader of the United Auto Workers union has rejected a third tier of lower wages for members who make auto parts.
Speaking Wednesday at the union's national bargaining convention in Detroit, President Dennis Williams said the UAW already has too many tiers of lower wages.
11. US stocks fall broadly a day after Nasdaq passes 5,000 mark - Friday, February 27, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell from record highs on Tuesday and the Nasdaq dropped below 5,000 a day after passing that milestone for the first time since the dot-com era 15 years ago.
The losses were modest but broad, with eight industry sectors in the Standard and Poor's 500 index falling. Higher oil prices helped oil drillers and other energy companies buck the trend. They eked out a 0.2 percent rise for the day.
12. US government investigating Ford trucks for stalling problem - Friday, January 16, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Federal regulators are investigating whether Ford Motor Co. should expand a 2013 safety recall of diesel trucks.13. Lincoln joins compact SUV segment with 2015 MKC - Friday, January 16, 2015
The 2015 Lincoln MKC like that driven by actor Matthew McConaughey in commercials is a comfortable haven whose interior is so quiet it invites contemplative thoughts - and not just by McConaughey.
In its first model year, the compact MKC also is the smallest sport utility vehicle ever to express Lincoln’s brand of luxury.14. As cheap gas shifts car buyers' habits, automakers power on - Friday, January 09, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Inside the auto show here, automakers are showing off electric and other vehicles designed to cut our dependence on fossil fuels. Outside, car buyers are paying the lowest prices in years for carbon-based fuels.15. Volkswagen, Ford take top awards at the Detroit auto show - Friday, January 09, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Ford's big move to aluminum for the body of its flagship F-150 truck has helped it garner some additional material: The hardware that comes with the North American Truck of the Year Award.16. Nissan, NASA to work on autonomous car technology - Friday, January 09, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously.
Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co. and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, announced Thursday a five-year research-and-development partnership for autonomous vehicle systems so they can eventually be applied to commercially sold cars.17. BMW to replace air bags nationwide, joining other automakers - Friday, December 19, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — BMW has agreed to demands from the government to replace driver's-side air bags across the entire U.S.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been pushing companies to recall older cars with air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. They can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel at drivers and passengers. At least five deaths have been blamed on Takata inflators.18. Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games - Friday, December 19, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands.19. Senators ask gov't for nationwide air bag recall - Friday, October 17, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity.20. Fiat Chrysler shares close down in 1st day on NYSE - Friday, October 10, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bounced between negative and positive Monday after making their debut on the New York Stock Exchange.
The newly merged company's stock, traded under the symbol FCAU, opened at $9 and rose quickly to $9.55 before falling much of the day. The stock closed at $8.92 as the Dow Jones industrial average slumped 222 points in a late slide.
21. Tesla's 'D' adds all-wheel drive, safety features - Friday, October 10, 2014
HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a new version of the luxury electric car maker's Model S sedan that includes all-wheel drive and self-driving "auto pilot" features.22. Feds probe power steering in Ford midsize cars - Friday, October 03, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the power-assisted steering can suddenly fail on three Ford midsize car models.
The probe covers 938,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2010 through 2012 model years, as well as the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan.
23. Rogue, Leaf help Nissan sales jump 18.5 percent in September - Friday, September 26, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Nissan sales rose 18.5 percent to 102,955 in September. Sales of the newly revamped Rogue crossover jumped 52 percent, while sales of the electric Leaf were up 47 percent. Both are assembled in Smyrna.24. Cadillac to ditch Detroit for trendy NYC address - Friday, September 19, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Cadillac wants a jolt from the city that never sleeps.
General Motors' 112-year-old luxury car division, founded in Detroit and named for the city's founder, is moving its headquarters to New York.
25. Self-driving cars now need a permit in California - Friday, September 12, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around.26. Diversified Trust expands Nashville leadership team - Friday, August 08, 2014
Diversified Trust, an employee-owned, southeast-based comprehensive wealth management firm that manages more than $5 billion in client assets, has announced the hiring of three senior professionals in its Nashville office: Adam Dretler, senior vice president, Lamar Stanley, vice president, Katie Williams, vice president27. US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas - Friday, July 25, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home.
Technology trendsetters Apple Inc., Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. all mined foreign countries to produce earnings or revenue that exceeded analysts' projections in their latest quarters. Prodded by the steadily rising demand for Internet access and online services in developing countries, these technology companies will likely be wading even deeper into overseas markets for years to come.28. Ford 2Q net income rises 6 percent to $1.3 billion - Friday, July 18, 2014
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. beat Wall Street's expectations in the second quarter as it chalked up a record profit in North America and made money in Europe for the first time in three years.29. NHTSA probes 500K Ford cars for steering issues - Friday, July 11, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars.
The investigation covers 2004 to 2007 Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Marauder models.30. Ford recalling 100,610 vehicles for safety issues - Friday, July 04, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling 100,610 vehicles in North America for various safety defects.
The company announced the six separate recalls Tuesday. No injuries, accidents or fires related to any of the defects have been reported, Ford said.
31. Toyota chalks up record profit, vehicle sales - Friday, May 02, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota chalked up a record annual profit and sales above 10 million vehicles for the first time, but forecast Thursday a slower year ahead as the momentum from a weak yen fades.
Expenses such as the $1.2 billion penalty it paid in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department earlier this year for hiding information about defects in its cars dented its profit for January-March quarter, according to Toyota.32. Ford's Fields to replace Mulally as CEO July 1 - Friday, April 25, 2014
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Alan Mulally, the man who transformed Ford Motor Co. from a dysfunctional money-loser to a thriving company, will retire July 1 and be replaced by Mark Fields, the current chief operating officer.33. Toyota moving US base from California to Texas - Friday, April 25, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Toyota delivered a surprise pink slip to California on Monday, announcing the company would move its U.S. headquarters and about 3,000 jobs from the Los Angeles suburbs to the outskirts of Dallas.34. Ford's profit falls 39 percent in first quarter - Friday, April 25, 2014
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s worldwide sales rose in the first quarter, propelled by growing strength in Asia and Europe. But weakness in North America dragged down the company's profit.35. Toyota gas cars get efficient engine from hybrids - Friday, April 04, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.
Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday the engine will be rolled out in 14 models this year and next year.36. US fine to settle probe delivers relief for Toyota - Friday, March 14, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp., headed to a record profit, can afford the $1.2 billion fine levied by the U.S. government for hiding information about defects in its cars. If anything, the settlement may even deliver relief for Toyota shareholders and customers as a sign the automaker has put the four-year recall debacle behind it.37. US retail sales rebounded 0.3 percent in February - Friday, March 07, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture.
The Commerce Department said Thursday that seasonally-adjusted retail sales rose 0.3 percent in February. Spending had fallen 0.6 percent in January, revised down from the 0.4 percent decline initially reported. Retail spending also fell 0.3 percent in December.
38. Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars - Friday, February 28, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars.
Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple's iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva.39. Obama admin drives ahead with new cleaner gas rule - Friday, February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is driving ahead with a dramatic reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tailpipe emissions, declaring that cleaner air will save thousands of lives per year at little cost to consumers.40. Was Microsoft smart to play it safe with CEO pick? - Friday, January 31, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After compiling a list of more than 100 CEO candidates, Microsoft settled on Satya Nadella a home-grown leader who joined the software maker in the early 1990s. That's back when Google's founders were teenagers and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in elementary school.41. UAW: Workers at VW's Chattanooga plant voting Feb. 12-14 - Friday, January 31, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen's only U.S. factory will decide next week whether to be represented by the United Auto Workers union.
German automaker Volkswagen AG said Monday that it has asked the National Labor Relations Board to conduct a vote at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant Feb. 12 through 14. The plant, which makes the Passat sedan, has around 3,000 workers.
42. Ford 4Q profit beats forecasts; revenue up 4 pct. - Friday, January 24, 2014
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. enjoyed one of the best years in its history in 2013, but the celebration won't last long.
Ford has already warned that profits will be down this year as it launches a record 23 vehicles and builds seven plants around the world. It's anticipating 13 weeks of down time — up from five in 2013 — at its two U.S. pickup truck plants to prepare for the launch of a new aluminum-clad F-150. And instability in South America and price competition in the U.S. are constant threats.
43. GM predicts modest pretax profit gain this year - Friday, January 10, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. said Wednesday it expects a modest gain in pretax profits this year as global sales growth slows.
The No. 1 U.S. automaker joined others in forecasting slower growth in the red-hot U.S. market. Still, GM and industry analysts expect sales to reach or exceed 16 million for the first time since 2007.
44. Ford board raises quarterly dividend 25 percent - Friday, January 03, 2014
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is raising the quarterly dividend it pays shareholders for the second time since restoring the payout in 2012.
The second-largest U.S. automaker says its board declared a first-quarter dividend of 12.5 cents per share, a 25 percent increase from the previous 10-cent payout.45. China's auto sales rise 15.7 percent in 2013 - Friday, January 03, 2014
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales rose 15.7 percent last year to 17.9 million vehicles, boosted by strong demand in December, an industry group reported Thursday.
Sales growth in China, the biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold, has slowed but still outstrips Western markets. Automakers including General Motors and Toyota reported record China sales in 2013 and BMW said this country became its biggest market.46. Ford to unveil solar hybrid concept car at CES - Friday, December 27, 2013
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ford plans to unveil at this month's International CES gadget show a solar-powered concept car that offers the same performance as a plug-in hybrid but without the need for a plug.47. Ford plans 23 new cars, 5,000 new US jobs in 2014 - Friday, December 13, 2013
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says 2014 will be its busiest year ever, with 23 new vehicles being introduced around the world.48. GM to stop making cars in Australia by 2017 - Friday, December 06, 2013
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition.49. First Ford Mustang owner helps welcome new model - Friday, December 06, 2013
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Gail Wise didn't know she was getting anything special when she drove away from a Chicago Ford dealership in the spring of 1964 in the first Mustang ever sold.
Wise paid $3,347 for the car, happy to have a convertible. It wasn't until she was on the road, with other drivers honking and flagging her down, that she realized what she had.50. At 50, new-look Mustang still has plenty of muscle - Friday, November 29, 2013
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — America's first pony car — the Ford Mustang — is celebrating its 50th birthday with a swoon-worthy new design and plans to go global.
Ford Motor Co. was to reveal the 2015 Mustang Thursday morning at events in New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sydney, Barcelona and its hometown of Dearborn. It goes on sale next fall in North America and will arrive later in Europe and Asia.51. Bone McAllester adds labor, employment attorney - Friday, November 08, 2013
The law firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC has hired Vanderbilt alumnus Bryan Pieper as the firm’s newest attorney in labor and employment law and commercial litigation.52. Chrysler, Ford, GM, Nissan post big Oct. gains - Friday, November 01, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota all posted October sales increases as the U.S. auto industry rebounded from a lackluster September.
The gains signal that automakers made it through the 16-day partial government shutdown relatively unscathed. Chrysler even predicted stronger industry sales for the month than most analysts.
53. GM hints at dividend, stock buyback on 3Q profit - Friday, October 25, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Another solid quarterly performance at General Motors brought the strongest talk yet of the automaker paying a dividend for the first time in five years, or perhaps buying back stock.54. Ford increases full-year guidance after strong 3Q - Friday, October 18, 2013
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is raising its full-year profit guidance after a strong third quarter that saw improving sales worldwide, including in past trouble spots like Europe and South America.
Ford earned $1.3 billion, or 31 cents per share, down 14 percent from a year ago. The decline was due to special items, including a $250 million charge for restructuring in Europe. Without those, Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. reported a pretax profit of $2.6 billion, or 45 cents per share. That was a record for the third quarter.55. Ford, Toyota fight over who has top-selling car - Friday, October 18, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Ford says the Focus compact car is the best-selling auto in the world this year.
The company says it sold almost 590,000 Focuses during the first half of the year based on registration data. That beat the No. 2 finisher, the Toyota Corolla.56. Leaving the driving to a computer has big benefits - Friday, October 18, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — In some ways, computers make ideal drivers: They don't drink and then climb behind the wheel. They don't do drugs, get distracted, fall asleep, run red lights or tailgate. And their reaction times are quicker.57. Myers moves from Wellpoint to Corizon - Friday, October 18, 2013
Corizon, a provider of correctional health care solutions, has hired Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., M.D. as its new CEO.
Myers was formerly the executive vice president and chief medical officer of WellPoint, Inc. and has served as director of health care management for Ford Motor Company. He has also served as the health commissioner for the city of New York and the state of Indiana.58. Nissan sales increase by 83% in China - Friday, October 11, 2013
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales grew at their fastest rate in eight months in September as Nissan and other Japanese brands rebounded from a slump sparked by political tensions with Tokyo.
Nissan Motor Co.'s monthly sales soared 83.4 percent to 117,100 vehicles, accelerating from 2 percent growth for the first nine months of the year. Toyota Motor Corp. said sales jumped 63.5 percent over the same month last year after declining by 0.5 percent in January-September.59. Japan car parts makers in price-fixing plea - Friday, September 27, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine Japanese auto parts manufacturers and two of their executives will plead guilty and pay $740 million in criminal fines for conspiring to fix the prices of more than 30 products sold to many of the world's largest automakers operating in the U.S., the Justice Department announced Thursday.60. Obama asks CEOs to help ease budget fight with GOP - Friday, September 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, facing a budget showdown with Congress, called on some of the nation's top corporate executives Wednesday to use their influence with Congress to avoid a potentially damaging confrontation over the nation's debt ceiling.61. Big-business leaders talk tax code at Montana summit - Friday, September 13, 2013
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus said Monday that his bipartisan effort to reform the nation's tax code helped attract some of the business world's biggest names to Montana for a conference on creating jobs.62. Nissan says 2014 Rogue is more efficient - Friday, September 06, 2013
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Nissan Motor Co. says its revamped Rogue SUV will be cheaper and more fuel-efficient than its rivals when it goes on sale in the U.S. in November.
Nissan unveiled the 2014 Rogue Tuesday at its North American technical center near Detroit. The Rogue's European counterpart, the X-Train, was revealed at the same time at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany. The X-Train goes on sale early next year.63. Car prices hit record as buyers load up on options - Friday, September 06, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Americans are paying record prices for new cars and trucks, and they have only themselves to blame.
The average sale price of a vehicle in the U.S. hit $31,252 last month, up almost $1,000 over the same time last year. The sharp increase has been driven by consumers loading cars up with high-end stereos, navigation systems, leather seats and safety gadgets.64. Tennessee Supreme Court reinstates verdict after boy paralyzed - Friday, August 30, 2013
JACKSON (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has reinstated a $43.8 million verdict for a Memphis child who was paralyzed in an auto accident.
According to court records, Billy Meals was 6 years old on Jan. 18, 2002. He was riding in the back seat of his father's car when a drunk driver crossed the line and hit the car head on.65. Ford to make Fusion in US for first time - Friday, August 23, 2013
FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) — For the first time, Ford is making its Fusion sedan in the U.S.
The company's Flat Rock, Mich., plant near Detroit will start making the Fusion Thursday. Ford hired a second shift of 1,400 new workers to make the Fusion at the plant, which also makes the Mustang sports car.66. Mazda gets boost from plant that produces a car every 54 seconds - Friday, August 23, 2013
HOFU, Japan (AP) — Mazda, the longtime also-ran of Japanese automakers, says it came up with innovations in nearly every step of auto manufacturing for a super-efficient assembly line that rolls off vehicles at a stunning rate of one every 54 seconds.67. GM to invest $167M more at Spring Hill factory - Friday, August 02, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - General Motors plans to spend another $167 million at its Tennessee factory so it can build two new midsize vehicles.
The investment disclosed Tuesday is on top of a previously announced $183 million investment. The spending is expected to create or keep 1,800 jobs, but GM wouldn't say how many new people would be hired.68. GM 2Q profit beats estimates, shares drop - Friday, July 26, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Just as General Motors is getting a handle on its troubles in Europe, the automaker faces a new challenge in another part of the globe.
GM says Japanese automakers are using the weak yen to cut prices in Southeast Asia and Australia, taking a bite out of GM's profits there. Sales tailed off in India as well.69. Top commercial Midstate real estate transactions for June 2013 - Friday, July 26, 2013
Top June 2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.70. Grim Caterpillar outlook tugs stocks mostly lower - Friday, July 19, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A gloomy outlook from Caterpillar, the world's largest construction equipment company, tugged the stock market lower Wednesday.
The meager drop gave the stock market two consecutive days of losses, the first time that's happened all month.
71. Ford raises profit forecast on strong 2Q results - Friday, July 19, 2013
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. reported better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter and raised its profit and sales forecasts for the year as strong U.S. pickup truck demand and growing sales in China offset persistent — but narrowing — losses in Europe.72. China's June auto sales rise 9.3 percent - Friday, July 05, 2013
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales growth held steady in June and Japanese brands rebounded from a slump despite a credit crunch and slowing economic growth.
Auto sales rose 9.3 percent over a year earlier to 1.4 million vehicles, the China Association of Auto Manufacturers reported Wednesday. That was in line with May's 9 percent growth.73. Late to the Chinese market, Ford aims to catch up - Friday, July 05, 2013
CHONGQING, China (AP) — Dave Schoch has one of the toughest jobs at Ford Motor Co.: catching the competition in the world's biggest car market.74. GM, Honda to collaborate on fuel cell vehicles - Friday, June 28, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. are joining forces to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.75. US factory orders rise 2.1 percent in May - Friday, June 28, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories rose in May, helped by a third straight month of stronger business investment. The gains suggest manufacturing may be picking up after a weak start to the year.76. Cars from art deco period exhibited in Nashville - Friday, June 14, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - They are long, low, sleek and sexy.
Many of the cars at a new exhibit called "Sensuous Steel" are one of a kind. Others are or were owned by famous people. What binds them together is their art deco design and the venue where they are showcased: the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, which was built in 1933-34 as the city's main post office.77. US factory output rise just 0.1 percent in May - Friday, June 14, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories barely increased their output in May after two months of declines, a sign that manufacturing is providing little support for the economy.
The Federal Reserve said Friday that factory production rose just 0.1 percent in May from April. Output fell 0.4 percent in April and 0.3 percent in March.78. US manufacturing gauge sinks to June 2009 level - Friday, May 31, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of U.S. manufacturing fell in May to its lowest level since June 2009 as slumping overseas economies and weak business spending reduced new orders and production.
The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 49 last month from 50.7 in April. That's the lowest level in nearly four years and the first time the index has dipped below 50 since November. A reading under 50 indicates contraction.79. US auto sales see big gains in May - Friday, May 31, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Price cuts at Nissan and strong demand for pickup trucks helped U.S. auto sales rebound in May after a slight dip in April.
General Motors reported its strongest monthly sales since September of 2008. Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota also reported increases. Nissan Motor Co. notched its highest May sales ever after cutting prices on seven popular models early in the month. Only Volkswagen said sales fell compared with May of last year.
80. US auto factories cutting back on summer downtime - Friday, May 17, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit automakers are largely forgoing the traditional two-week summer break at their factories and speeding up production to meet buyers' growing demand for new cars and trucks.81. Toyota profit more than doubles on yen, cost cuts - Friday, May 03, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit more than doubled to 313.9 billion yen ($3.2 billion) as cost cuts and better sales worked with a weakening yen to add momentum to the automaker's comeback.
Toyota Motor Corp., which last year reclaimed the title of world's top-selling automaker, said Wednesday it expects the strong results to continue in its new business year that ends March 2014. It projected a 1.37 trillion yen ($13.8 billion) profit, up from 962 billion yen for the year ended March 2013.82. US factory orders down 4 percent in March - Friday, May 03, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell in March by the largest amount in seven months but a key category that signals business investment plans managed a small increase.
Factory orders dropped 4 percent in March, reflecting a big plunge in the volatile category of commercial aircraft, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Orders had been up 1.9 percent in February. Orders in a category considered a proxy for business investment plans rose 0.9 percent, a modest gain but an improvement from a preliminary report last week that had shown a decline.83. GM profit falls 14 pct in 1Q; Europe loss narrows - Friday, April 26, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' net income fell 14 percent in the first quarter, as it earned less money in North America while preparing to launch a redesigned version of its best-selling vehicle, the Silverado pickup.84. Ford adding 2,000 workers to Missouri plant - Friday, April 26, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 2,000 workers to the Missouri plant that makes the F-150 pickup because of surging U.S. truck demand.85. Detroit boosted by truck sales; Honda, Nissan gain - Friday, April 26, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Ford, GM, Chrysler and Nissan all reported double-digit U.S. sales increases last month, signaling the best April for car and truck sales in six years.
A rebound in pickup truck sales led the way, especially for the Detroit automakers. Small businesses are replacing aging trucks that they've kept since the Great Recession.
86. Chrysler US sales up 11 percent in April - Friday, April 26, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Strong demand for the Ram pickup truck helped drive Chrysler's sales up 11 percent last month as the company posted its best April in six years.
The increase is another sign that Americans continue to buy cars and trucks despite high unemployment and mixed economic signals. All automakers report monthly sales Wednesday, and industry analysts expect an overall increase of around 10 percent over April of last year. That would make it the best April since 2007.87. Ford's first quarter profit up 15 pct to $1.6B - Friday, April 19, 2013
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. reported a better-than-expected $1.6 billion profit in the first quarter as growing demand in the U.S. and China for its new vehicles helped overcome steep losses in Europe and South America.88. Chinese automakers struggle against global rivals - Friday, April 12, 2013
SHANGHAI (AP) — These should be good times for Chinese automakers as they prepare to show off their latest models at the Shanghai auto show.
Their home market is the world's biggest and growing. But independent automakers such as Chery and Geely are being squeezed by bigger, richer global rivals including General Motors and Nissan that have moved into turf the Chinese makers considered their own: low-priced models for local tastes. Domestic brands account for less than half of their own market.89. European car sales plummet, even in solid Germany - Friday, April 12, 2013
MILAN (AP) — Europe's auto market is in freefall. Once the motor for Europe's economy, the car industry has fallen victim to the region's widening recession and soaring unemployment. Carmakers have suffered 18 straight months of declining sales as people worried that they might soon be out of a job put off making big purchases.90. GM to roll out new line of smaller pickups - Friday, April 12, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors plans to roll out a line of completely revamped midsize pickup trucks, with gas mileage and features designed to take sales from Toyota's market-leading Tacoma.
The trucks will replace the aging Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Mark Reuss, GM's North American president, said Tuesday that the trucks will be able to do 95 percent of the work that a big truck can do.91. China's March auto sales up 13.3 percent - Friday, April 05, 2013
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales in March rose 13.3 percent over a year earlier but Japanese automakers suffered more declines, an industry group reported Thursday.
Customers in the world's biggest vehicle market bought 1.6 million cars, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. It said total sales including trucks and buses were just over 2 million vehicles.92. Ford says Focus is best-selling car the world - Friday, April 05, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says its Focus small car was the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world last year, with just over 1 million sold.93. China's auto sales up 19.5 percent in Jan-Feb - Friday, March 08, 2013
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales accelerated in the first two months of this year, rising 19.5 percent over the same period of 2012 in a possible positive sign for an economic recovery.
Automakers sold 2.8 million cars in January and February, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported Monday. Total sales, including trucks and buses, rose 14.7 percent to 3.4 million vehicles.94. Ford expects some Europe market recovery in 2013 - Friday, March 01, 2013
GENEVA (AP) — Ford Europe CEO Stephen Odell says the uncertain Italian election results "possibly didn't help" the European car market but he still expects some recovery this year.95. SRNL, Ford study powering cars with natural gas - Friday, February 22, 2013
AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — Scientists at a lab at the Savannah River Site are studying ways to power vehicles using natural gas.
The Savannah River National Laboratory is partnering with Ford Motor Company, the University of California-Berkeley and BASF. The project is funded by a $5.5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy.96. China's January auto sales surge 46 percent - Friday, February 08, 2013
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales rose 46 percent in January to a monthly record on strong demand for SUVs in pre-Lunar New Year shopping, an industry group reported Friday.
Customers bought just over 2 million vehicles last month in China, the biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.97. 10 spots to look out for during Super Bowl Sunday - Friday, February 01, 2013
Celebrities, humor, babies and cute animals will once again rule the commercial breaks on Sunday during Super Bowl XLVII, advertising's biggest showcase, when more than 111 million people are expected to tune in. Marketers have spent millions and pulled out all the stops to 'wow' viewers this year.98. 5 Super Bowl ads that enlist viewer help - Friday, February 01, 2013
Advertisers are finding new ways to get viewers into the game during Super Bowl XLVII, which airs on CBS on Sunday. Here are 5 campaigns that enlist viewer help in one form or another.
1. Coca-Cola created an online game that pits a troupe of showgirls, biker-style "badlanders" and cowboys against each other in a race to find a Coke in the desert. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite group and set up obstacles that delay other groups on CokeChase.com. Obstacles include a traffic light or getting a pizza delivered, which both waste time. Coca-Cola's online game is alluded to in a Super Bowl ad and the winning group — which has the most "for" votes and the least "obstacle" votes will be announced after the Big Game. Coke will also give the first 50,000 people who vote a free Coke.99. Nissan, Ford, Daimler to research hydrogen cars - Friday, January 25, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Ford is joining with Daimler and Renault-Nissan to speed development of cars that run on hydrogen, with hopes of bringing a vehicle to market in as little as four years.
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles generate electricity after a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen is stored in special high-pressure tanks, and the only emissions are water vapor and heat.100. Will smart machines create a world without work? - Friday, January 25, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like "I, Robot" and the television show "Knight Rider."
Now, three years after Google invented one, automated cars could be on their way to a freeway near you. In the U.S., California and other states are rewriting the rules of the road to make way for driverless cars. Just one problem: What happens to the millions of people who make a living driving cars and trucks — jobs that always have seemed sheltered from the onslaught of technology?