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1. Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 50 -

DETROIT (AP) — With only five days left before the deadline to seek payments, compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg has decided that 50 death cases are eligible for money due to crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches.

2. Cadillac wants small dealers to upgrade to 'boutique' stores -

DETROIT (AP) — In an effort to better compete with BMW and Mercedes, Cadillac wants about 700 smaller U.S. dealers to create "boutique" stores that focus on the General Motors luxury brand.

The move, to be outlined Thursday at the Washington Auto Show by Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen, is designed to improve a customer's buying experience so it matches or exceeds other luxury brands.

3. Low gas prices, incentives change math for electric cars -

DETROIT (AP) — Drivers trying to calculate whether it's practical to own an electric car are facing a new math.

U.S. gas prices have fallen more than $1 per gallon over the last 12 months, to a national average of $2.06, according to AAA. That makes electric cars — with their higher prices tags — a tougher sell.

4. Toyota remains top in global vehicle sales, beats VW, GM -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. stayed at the top in global vehicle sales in 2014, taking that auto industry crown for the third year straight, but was less upbeat about this year.

5. Borchetta to receive Music Business Association honor -

Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta will receive the Music Business Association’s (Music Biz) Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement during the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon on May 14.

6. UAW ‘considers itself a partner’ with GM -

General Motors’ Spring Hill plant is firmly entrenched with the United Auto Workers.

In fact, it might not have retooled and started assembling vehicles again without the union’s efforts.

7. Tennessee auto industry hits the accelerator: Nissan, GM, VW find ‘best employees’ here -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

8. GM predicts pretax earnings, profit margin rise in 2015 -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it expects pretax earnings and profit margins to increase this year over last, after adjusting last year for recall costs.

The company also predicts improved automotive results in all of its regions. It gave no specific numbers. GM is scheduled to release its fourth-quarter and 2014 earnings on Feb. 4.

9. As cheap gas shifts car buyers' habits, automakers power on -

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.

10. GM's new electric could upstage Tesla — and its own Volt -

DETROIT (AP) — With the introduction of an affordable electric car that can go 200 miles on a single charge, General Motors is setting up a showdown with Tesla to sell an electric vehicle to the masses. It may also upstage a car of its own.

11. Why US inflation stays ultra-low while job growth is surging -

WASHINGTON (AP) — This isn't explained in Econ 101. Month after month, U.S. hiring keeps rising, and unemployment keeps falling. Eventually, pay and inflation are supposed to start surging in response.

12. Volvo to sell Chinese-made cars in US -

BEIJING (AP) — Volvo Cars, the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker, said Monday it will export cars made in China to the United States, a step forward for Beijing's ambitions to extend the global reach of its auto manufacturing industry.

13. Hot cars at the Detroit auto show -

DETROIT (AP) — The North American International Auto Show begins this week in Detroit with media and industry previews. It opens to the public Jan. 17.

Here are some of the new cars and experimental concept vehicles unveiled at the show:

14. Volkswagen, Ford take top awards at the Detroit auto show -

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.

15. Nissan, NASA to work on autonomous car technology -

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.

16. Barra: 1st year as GM CEO marked by disappointment, progress -

DETROIT (AP) — Mary Barra says her first year as CEO of General Motors contained both disappointment and progress, as the company recalled a record number of cars and trucks but also improved its handling of safety problems.

17. Nissan sets record as auto sales finish strong 2014 -

DETROIT (AP) — Buoyed by a resurgent economy, holiday sales, cheap gasoline and a love affair with pickup trucks, Americans headed to car dealers in droves last month, pushing full-year sales to what's likely to be the highest level since 2006.

18. GM recalls 92K trucks, SUVs for ignition lock defect -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling 92,221 full-size trucks and SUVs for a defect in ignition lock systems that can cause safety problems in hot conditions.

Thursday's recall covers certain 2011-2012-models and certain 2007-2014-models that were repaired with defective parts. The recall is for U.S., Canadian, Mexican and exported vehicles.

19. Program that backed Solyndra now showing successes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of southwestern Kansas, Jan Leonard is seeing the benefits of one of the federal government's most contentious programs.

Development is booming in tiny Hugoton, a town of roughly 3,900 people. The town is the site of a new cellulosic ethanol refinery that was funded in part by a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. The same program funded high-profile flops like Solyndra, the California-based solar company that filed for bankruptcy and led to hearings over the Barack Obama administration's backing of unproven green-energy projects.

20. Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows -

NEW YORK (AP) — This year showed how sheltered the U.S. economy is from geopolitical and health crises around the world. The global economy sputtered, but the U.S. powered ahead. Employers are finally hiring enough to lower unemployment. A plunge in gas prices and a rising stock market has Americans feeling richer and spending a bit more.

21. Senate approves new auto safety chief -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed a new administrator to lead the government's auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags.

22. UAW head: Companies can raise pay, be competitive -

DETROIT (AP) — United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers.

Williams told reporters at a meeting Monday that keeping Detroit competitive with foreign automakers can't always be done on the backs of workers. But he concedes that the companies' costs must remain competitive.

23. Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to 42 -

DETROIT (AP) — At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday.

24. UAW rival eyes membership at VW plant -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A labor group seeking to rival the United Auto Workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee says it won't submit its list of members to the management until next month.

Supporters of the American Council of Employees told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1A8PcA2) for Sunday's editions that they want a voice under the new labor policy Volkswagen announced in November that requires a minimum of 15 percent of workers to qualify for regular meetings with management and access to plant meeting space.

25. Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to 38 -

DETROIT (AP) — At least 38 people have died and 51 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday.

26. GM shutters Opel plant in Bochum after 52 years -

BERLIN (AP) — The last vehicle has rolled off Opel's production line at its flagship factory in Bochum, which General Motors is shuttering as it restructures its lossmaking European subsidiary.

The dpa news agency reported Friday that with the production of the last Opel Zafira compact van, the factory, which employed 22,000 in its heyday, is closing after 52 years. Around 300 of the plant's 3,000 workers are expected to remain employed at the facility in a parts operation, but the others face an uncertain future.

27. Energy companies lead an advance in US stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Energy and health-care companies led major stock indexes higher on Tuesday, even as crude oil resumed its slide. General Motors rose after reporting stronger sales, and Biogen, a biotech company, soared following news that its drug for Alzheimer's disease showed promise.

28. Promotions, gas prices boost US auto sales -

DETROIT (AP) — American shoppers passed on the malls and headed to the car dealerships over Thanksgiving weekend.

Black Friday promotions — coupled with falling gas prices, low-interest loans and hot new vehicles — drove U.S. auto sales higher in November, kicking off what's expected to be a strong holiday season.

29. Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to 36 -

DETROIT (AP) — At least 36 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday.

30. Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance.

Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that — given time — they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes or lock them up, and even kill the engine.

31. Cars involved in air bag recalls -

Automakers have recalled 8 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix a problem with air bags made by Takata Corp. The air bags can explode with too much force, sending shards of metal into the passenger compartments.

32. Senators get no clear answers on air bag safety -

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe.

33. Nominee for auto safety chief faces uphill climb -

DETROIT (AP) — Mark Rosekind is a nationally known expert in human fatigue. He may soon inherit a government agency that's been criticized for nodding off at the wheel.

President Obama on Wednesday nominated Rosekind, a National Transportation Safety Board member and a former NASA scientist with a Ph.D from Yale, to be the U.S. government's top auto safety regulator, pending Senate confirmation.

34. GM compensation expert extends claims deadline -

DETROIT (AP) — The deadline for victims of crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches has been extended for a month as the death toll rose to 33.

Kenneth Feinberg, who is administering GM's compensation fund, announced Sunday night that the deadline has been extended until Jan. 31, 2015. In a web posting on Monday, Feinberg said he has determined that 33 death claims are eligible for compensation by the fund. That's up from 32 last week.

35. Privacy protections unite carmakers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nineteen automakers accounting for most of the passenger cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have signed onto a set of principles they say will protect motorists' privacy in an era when computerized cars pass along more information about their drivers than many motorists realize.

36. GM: Parts ready to fix SUVs that can catch fire -

DETROIT (AP) — For the owners of 189,000 General Motors SUVs, the days of parking them outside the garage for fear that they could catch fire will soon come to an end.

The company, in documents posted Wednesday by U.S. safety regulators, said it will start notifying customers this week that they can take their SUVs to dealers, who will replace faulty power window switches.

37. GM ordered switches nearly 2 months before recall -

DETROIT (AP) — Emails released in a court case show that General Motors Co. ordered a half-million replacement ignition switches nearly two months before telling the government that its small cars should be recalled because the switches were defective.

38. Toyota raises forecast on profit jump, weak yen -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota raised its annual earnings forecast after posting a 23 percent jump in quarterly profit Wednesday as a favorable exchange rate added to the momentum of the Japanese automaker's sales growth.

39. Ford issues 5 recalls covering 202,000 vehicles -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 202,000 cars, vans and trucks in North America in five separate recalls to fix gas leaks, air bag sensors, stalling and other issues.

The company says the problems have caused one accident, but it's not aware of injuries in any of the cases.

40. GM sales rise slightly on pickup truck gains -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says its October U.S. sales rose slightly as pickup truck sales jumped while some top-selling car models faltered.

The automaker's 0.2 percent increase ran counter to other automakers, with several reporting double-digit sales gains.

41. Nissan, GM, others report sales boosts for October -

DETROIT (AP) — Falling gas prices improved buyers' moods and boosted sales of SUVs and trucks in October.

GM, Toyota, Chrysler, Nissan, Volkswagen and Honda all reported sales gains last month. Of major automakers, only Ford and Hyundai saw declines.

42. GM to move production of Volt part to US -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is moving production of the Chevrolet Volt's electric drive unit from Mexico to a Detroit-area factory as it updates the slow-selling car to increase its electric range and make it perform better.

43. Toyota tops Consumer Reports reliability rankings -

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota continues its winning streak atop Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings.

The company's Toyota and Lexus brands top the survey, while its Scion brand is in the top ten. It's the eighth year in a row that a Toyota brand has led the rankings.

44. Toyota at top in global vehicle sales over VW, GM -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, Monday reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year.

45. Senators ask gov't for nationwide air bag recall -

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.

46. GM 3Q profit nearly doubles, led by N. America -

DETROIT (AP) — Big profits from rising SUV and truck sales in North America helped General Motors nearly double its third-quarter net profit and more than offset its struggles in Europe and South America.

47. GM 3Q profit nearly doubles, led by N. America -

DETROIT (AP) — Big profits from rising SUV and truck sales in North America helped General Motors nearly double its third-quarter net profit and more than offset its struggles in Europe and South America.

48. US stocks jump following strong corporate earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply in early trading Thursday, driven by encouraging earnings from companies including Caterpillar, 3M and General Motors. Investors were also encouraged by some positive manufacturing news out of Europe.

49. US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed -

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are warning owners of more than 4.7 million vehicles that have been recalled for air bag problems to get them repaired immediately.

The warning issued Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers vehicles from multiple manufacturers that date to 2002.

50. VW edges GM to hold 2nd place in global sales race -

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen barely edged out General Motors for second place in the global auto sales race during the first three quarters of the year, but Toyota was expected to keep its lead to stay in first place.

51. GM ignition switch deaths rise to 27 -

DETROIT (AP) — At least 27 people have died and 25 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday.

52. Fiat Chrysler shares close down in 1st day on NYSE -

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.

53. Hankook breaks ground on new plant -

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — Hankook Tire has broken ground on an $800 million plant in Clarksville that is expected to create 1,800 jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander joined local and company officials Thursday for the event.

54. Focus on your strengths -

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of sitting on a career panel about making the right career moves. In a packed room, we covered everything from preparing for a job interview to how office politics can influence promotions at work.

55. EPA says new vehicle mileage hits record 24.1 mpg -

DETROIT (AP) — Gas mileage for new cars and trucks in the U.S. averaged a record 24.1 miles per gallon last year, but gains in fuel economy are slowing.

The Environmental Protection Agency says fuel economy last year rose one-half mile per gallon over the 2012 model year, mainly because automakers have improved gas engines and transmissions and added turbochargers to give smaller motors more power.

56. US stocks slide on global growth concerns -

NEW YORK (AP) — Worries about weakening global growth drove the stock market lower Tuesday.

The U.S. economy may be strengthening, but the outlook elsewhere is far less encouraging. On Tuesday the International Monetary Fund trimmed its forecast for global growth. A surprisingly weak report on industrial production in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, added to the concerns.

57. GM issues 2 more recalls for SUVs, mini cars -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors announced two more recalls Friday, pushing its total for the year to 71, affecting almost 30 million vehicles in North America.

The biggest of the new recalls covers just over 430,000 Cadillac SRX and Saab 9-4X SUVs, mainly in North America. The company says some rear suspension nuts may not have been tightened properly. That could cause the toe link adjuster to separate from the suspension, possibly causing a crash.

58. New supercharged Corvette can go 0-60 in 2.95 seconds -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says a new high-performance version of the Chevrolet Corvette can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds.

The 2015 Corvette ZO6, built in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is the fastest car GM has ever made. The company says it can hit 60 mph in 2.95 seconds and can finish a quarter-mile in just under 11 seconds. It can reach 127 mph in one-quarter mile.

59. GM: Parts are ready to fix recalled small cars -

MILFORD, Mich. (AP) — General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the company has enough parts available to fix all the faulty ignition switches that are blamed for at least 23 deaths nationwide.

Barra told reporters at an investor conference Wednesday that GM's parts supplier finished making the parts a few days before a goal of early October. GM recalled 2.6 million cars in February and says it has repaired about 1.1 million. That's just under half the vehicles when scrapped cars are excluded.

60. Rogue, Leaf help Nissan sales jump 18.5 percent in September -

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.

61. Chrysler recalls vehicles to fix ignition switches -

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling nearly 350,000 older cars and SUVs to fix defective ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall.

With the latest recall, Chrysler has called back more than 2 million vehicles for defective switches. The switches can slip out of the "on" position, which is similar to the problem that forced General Motors to recall millions of vehicles this year.

62. 2 Wisconsin families settle with GM over crash -

DETROIT (AP) — As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle.

63. Auto components manufacturer coming to Spring Hill -

SPRING HILL (AP) — State officials say Comprehensive Logistics Co. Inc. plans to build a facility that will house the manufacturing and light assembly of automotive components for the General Motors plant in Spring Hill, about 30 miles south of Nashville.

64. GM says China sales this year to top 3.1 million -

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. expects its sales in China this year to top 3.1 million vehicles and sees no impact on business from an anti-monopoly probe of the industry, the president of the automaker's China unit said Wednesday.

65. Cadillac to ditch Detroit for trendy NYC address -

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.

66. GM expert says 21 deaths eligible for compensation -

DETROIT (AP) — The death toll from crashes involving General Motors small cars with faulty ignition switches is at least 21.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by the company to compensate victims, said Monday in an Internet posting that he received 143 death claims as of Friday, and 21 of those have been deemed eligible for payments.

67. GM to introduce new, high-end Cadillac next year -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

The auto maker said Friday that the rear-wheel drive car will make its debut in the first half of 2015, and that it will reveal the name of the new model soon.

68. Self-driving cars now need a permit in California -

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.

69. House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The agency responsible for safety on the nation's roads was years late in detecting a deadly problem with General Motors cars and lacks the expertise to oversee increasingly complex vehicles, congressional Republicans charged in a report Tuesday.

70. GM expert says 19 deaths eligible for compensation -

DETROIT (AP) — The death toll tied to faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen to 19, according to a compensation expert hired by the company. The number is likely to go higher.

71. Magna starts construction near Tennessee GM plant -

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) — Seat maker Magna International Inc. says it has begun constructing a new supplier facility near the General Motors plant in Spring Hill.

The new 122,500-square-foot Magna facility with become the Troy, Michigan-based company's fifth in Tennessee. It is expected to employ about 75 people when it begins making seat assemblies next year.

72. Nissan, Chrysler lead US autos to August sales rise -

DETROIT (AP) — Most major automakers reported stronger-than-expected U.S. sales in August, leading to predictions of the highest annual selling rate in at least eight years.

Chrysler and Nissan led the way with double-digit increases, while Toyota reported sales were up 6 percent. Ford and Honda sales each rose 0.4 percent, and Hyundai saw a 6 percent gain. Of major automakers, only General Motors and Volkswagen posted declines, with GM down 1.2 percent and struggling Volkswagen off almost 13 percent from a year ago.

73. GM to move Cadillac SRX production to Spring Hill -

SPRING HILL (AP) - General Motors is moving production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to a factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

The company also announced Wednesday that it will add production of some small gasoline engines to the Spring Hill complex.

74. New Corvette feature keeps an eye on valets -

DETROIT (AP) — Face it. If you own a luxury or sports car, whenever you hand the keys to a valet, you imagine the car going on a high-speed joyride like the Ferrari in the 1980s cult movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

75. Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale -

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon.

Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it's also less than half the cost.

76. NY Fed: US auto loans soar to highest in 8 years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. auto loans jumped to the highest level in eight years this spring, fueled by a big increase in lending to risky borrowers, according to a report Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

77. NY Fed: US auto loans soar to highest in 8 years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. auto loans jumped to the highest level in eight years this spring, fueled by a big increase in lending to risky borrowers, according to a report Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

78. NY judge to encourage settlements of GM lawsuits -

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge told lawyers on Monday he'll encourage settlements in lawsuits brought on behalf of nearly 1,000 plaintiffs against General Motors for defective ignition switches.

U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman told dozens of lawyers at a hearing that he'll be careful not to interfere with the work of a bankruptcy judge who is deciding if the Detroit-based automaker's 2009 bankruptcy protects it from economic damages claims.

79. GM issues 6 more recalls covering 312,000 vehicles -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is issuing six more recalls totaling more than 312,000 vehicles as the company cleans up past safety issues.

The recalls in North America pushed GM's total for the year to 66, covering just over 29 million cars and trucks. That beats the company's old full-year record and has pushed this total number for the industry this year to more than 40 million, also an annual record.

80. GM’s sales strong despite woes -

General Motors has recalled nearly 30 million cars and trucks this year, including some models that had barely rolled off the assembly line. Yet sales have been resilient, up 3.5 percent through the first seven months of the year.

81. Recalls provide headaches for owners, opportunity for dealers -

Trying to find a make and model of car not facing a recall these days is a tall order.

From General Motors’ top executives getting hauled in front of Congress for a grilling to lower-profile actions, 2014 has been full of trips to dealers for repairs.

82. Toyota profit up nearly 5 percent on sales growth -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 5 percent jump in quarterly profit Tuesday, outpacing expectations as vehicle sales grew in North America and Europe, offsetting a drop in Japan.

83. GM's faulty-ignition fund taking victims' claims -

A fund set up by General Motors to pay for deaths and injuries caused by its vehicles with faulty ignitions is accepting claims.

The five-month filing period that began Friday is part of the fallout from General Motors' recall of 2.6 million small cars beginning in February.

84. Nissan shows big gain as US auto sales sizzle in July -

DETROIT (AP) — Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July.

Toyota, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all saw double-digit sales gains. General Motors' sales were up 9 percent compared with last July, while Hyundai's rose 1.5 percent. Of major automakers, only Honda and Volkswagen saw declines.

85. GM boosted June sales with discounts to dealers -

As General Motors prepares to report monthly sales results on Friday, a look its numbers from June show just how intent the company is on keeping new-car sales on the rise during a record spate of safety recalls.

86. Chrysler US sales climb 20 percent in July -

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 20 percent in July from a year ago, its best performance for the month in nine years.

The automaker said Friday that it sold 167,667 vehicles in the U.S. during the month compared with 140,102 in the prior-year period.

87. Lawyer sues GM on behalf of 658 plaintiffs -

DETROIT (AP) — A Texas lawyer has filed a lawsuit against General Motors on behalf of 658 people who were injured or killed in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan in New York City names 29 people who were killed in crashes and 629 who were hurt. All the crashes occurred after GM emerged from bankruptcy protection in July of 2009. That makes them exempt from GM's efforts to shield itself from claims due to crashes that occurred before the bankruptcy, attorney Robert Hilliard said in a statement.

88. Fort Wayne GM plant lacks parts, cancels shifts -

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An auto parts shortage has caused the cancellation of several shifts at the General Motors truck assembly plant in Fort Wayne.

GM spokeswoman Stephanie Jentgen says a breakdown at a supplier caused the problem that has affected shifts since Monday night.

89. Toyota remains at top in sales after first half -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal.

90. US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas -

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.

91. US stocks rise at midday on stronger earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in midday trading Thursday as investors digested second-quarter results from companies across several industries, including Facebook, Ford and Caterpillar.

92. GM profit 2Q falls 85 pct. on recall costs -

DETROIT (AP) — Recall expenses chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, as it added up the costs of repairs for nearly 30 million cars and set aside funds to compensate victims of small-car crashes.

93. GM issues 6 more safety recalls -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is issuing six more recalls covering a total of almost 718,000 vehicles in the U.S.

The latest recalls bring the total for GM so far this year to 60, affecting a record 29.7 million cars and trucks. GM already has passed the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers last year.

94. Chrysler recalls Jeep SUVs for ignition switches -

DETROIT (AP) — The ignition switch defects that engulfed General Motors are now a rapidly growing problem at Chrysler.

Chrysler said Tuesday it is recalling up to 792,300 older Jeep SUVs worldwide because the ignition switches could fall out of the "run" position, shutting off the engine and disabling air bags as well as power-assisted steering and braking. That's the same problem that has forced GM to recall more than 15 million cars over the last six months.

95. GM says it's replaced 491,000 ignition switches -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it has replaced faulty ignition switches on just under 20 percent of 2.6 million small cars that are being recalled.

The company has repaired just over 491,000 cars that are covered by the recall announced in February.

96. Senators call on GM CEO to fire top lawyer -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with defective ignition switches.

97. Senators call on GM CEO to fire top lawyer -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with defective ignition switches.

98. GM supports bill banning rentals of recalled cars -

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors Co. is the first big automaker to support legislation barring rental-car companies from renting or selling vehicles subject to a recall.

99. After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell -

TOKYO (AP) — Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker.

Buoyed by its success with electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles, Toyota is betting that drivers will embrace hydrogen fuel cells, an even cleaner technology that runs on the energy created by an electrochemical reaction when oxygen in the air combines with hydrogen stored as fuel.

100. VW passes GM in global auto sales race -

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen bumped General Motors out of second place in the global auto sales race during the first half of the year, but Toyota is expected to stay in first place.

GM said Wednesday that it sold 4.92 million cars and trucks worldwide from January through June. But VW said it sold 4.97 million. Toyota won't release first-half numbers until later this month. But it was in first place at the end of the first quarter and it expects to sell 10.1 million vehicles this year.