DETROIT (AP) — If you're an automaker, especially one from Detroit, conditions probably aren't going to be better for you to make a lot of cash.
For General Motors, that's what happened last year as the company posted a record $9.7 billion net profit.
3. January auto sales expected to fall after snowstorm; Nissan up 1.6% - Friday, January 29, 2016
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto sales were expected to fall in January because of the East Coast snowstorm, but analysts say demand remains strong and buyers will likely head back into dealerships this month.4. Toyota stays No. 1 automaker, sells 10.15M vehicles in 2015 - Friday, January 22, 2016
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it sold 10.151 million vehicles in 2015, retaining its status as the world's top-selling automaker for the fourth straight year.5. GM ignition switch trial ends abruptly amid claims of fraud - Friday, January 22, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — A trial that was supposed to help settle hundreds of lawsuits stemming from General Motors' faulty ignition switches abruptly ended Friday, a day after the judge raised questions about the plaintiff's truthfulness.6. GM unites car-sharing services under new brand 'Maven' - Friday, January 15, 2016
DETROIT (AP) — The final destination is a mystery, but General Motors is taking another step on its fast-moving journey into new ways of getting around.
The company on Thursday announced that it's formed a brand called "Maven" that will run its car-sharing ventures, including a new one that will begin competing with ZipCar next month in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spread to other metro areas later this year.7. US Government developing policies for self-driving cars - Friday, January 15, 2016
DETROIT (AP) — The federal government wants to get autonomous vehicles on the road more quickly, and says it will fast-track policies and possibly even waive regulations to do it.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx — surrounded by representatives from General Motors and Ford as well as Google and Tesla — said Thursday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will spend the next six months developing guidance for automakers on what's expected of self-driving prototype cars and what sort of tests should be used to make sure they are safe.
8. Tennessee startups chasing greater opportunities - Friday, January 15, 2016
When it comes to launching startup companies, Tennessee is best described as “early stage.”
The less than $200 million in venture capital invested in Tennessee businesses in 2014 is a rounding error compared to the $30 billion invested in California. And when the final tally for 2015 comes out later this month, the disparity won’t be much smaller.9. World Economic Forum revokes invite to North Korea for Davos - Friday, January 08, 2016
GENEVA (AP) — Organizers of the World Economic Forum in Davos say they have revoked an invitation to a delegation from North Korea, in what appears to be an international rebuke over the secretive Communist country's nuclear test this month.10. General Motors ups dividend, share buyback on strong outlook - Friday, January 08, 2016
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will add $4 billion to its stock buyback program and raise its quarterly dividend 6 percent to 38 cents per share.
The dividend increase starts in the first quarter, and the share buybacks will run through 2017.
11. First NYC trial underway in GM ignition switch recall case - Friday, January 08, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — Opening statements are ready to begin in the first trial to result from hundreds of federal lawsuits brought against General Motors after faulty ignition switches led to massive recalls.12. First NYC trial starts in GM ignition switch recall case - Friday, January 08, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — A civil trial has begun in New York to test the boundaries of hundreds of claims remaining against General Motors over faulty ignition switches.
A section of a car rested in a Manhattan federal courtroom in front of prospective jurors who filled out questionnaires as jury selection began Monday. The trial focused on an Oklahoma crash that injured a driver.13. Scandal-hit Volkswagen sees sales fall 2 percent in 2015 - Friday, January 08, 2016
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says its global sales fell 2 percent last year as it struggled with a scandal over cars it had rigged to evade diesel emissions tests in the U.S.14. Autonomous car breakthroughs to be featured at gadget show - Friday, January 01, 2016
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Powerful computers that can drive better than people, high-definition road maps and low-cost sensors are about to remove some big barriers to self-driving cars.
Some breakthrough features will come to your dashboard quickly, while others will take a few years. But companies from Silicon Valley to Detroit will use the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week to demonstrate that autonomous car technology is heading for prime time.15. US auto sales expected to hit an all-time high in 2015; Nissan up 19% in December - Friday, January 01, 2016
DETROIT (AP) — Americans are buying more new cars than ever before. U.S. auto sales were expected to reach a record high of 17.47 million in 2015, topping the old record of 17.35 million set in 2000.16. US indexes end mostly higher; GM, Ford slip on sales miss - Friday, January 01, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks managed some small gains Tuesday, but not enough to make up for big losses from the day before.
Utilities and telecommunications stocks rose the most. General Motors and Ford dropped as their December sales fell short of analysts' estimates.17. General Motors invests $500m in Lyft, forms partnership - Friday, January 01, 2016
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. and ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. are forming an unprecedented partnership that could help them beat their rivals to the self-driving future.18. US regulators slap BMW with $40M fine for safety violations - Friday, December 18, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators have slapped German automaker BMW AG with a $40 million penalty for moving too slowly to fix Mini brand cars that failed federal crash tests.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also said Monday BMW failed to send the agency accurate recall information.19. VW hires Kenneth Feinberg to handle emission-cheating claims - Friday, December 18, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen has hired Washington lawyer Kenneth Feinberg to figure out a way to compensate owners of diesel-powered cars that the company rigged to cheat on emissions tests.
Feinberg is among the nation's top compensation experts and has been praised for handling victims' compensation programs in the General Motors ignition switch scandal, the BP Gulf oil spill, and the Boston Marathon bombing among other cases.
20. Toyota plans to sell more than 10 million vehicles next year - Friday, December 11, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is expecting to sell more than 10 million vehicles in 2016 but little changed from what it expects to sell this year.
Toyota Motor Corp., the world's top-selling automaker for the last three years straight, said Wednesday it expects sales of 10.114 million vehicles next year and 10.098 million this year.21. GM ignition switch fund pays out $594.5M on 399 claims - Friday, December 04, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers hired to compensate victims of General Motors' faulty ignition switches have paid out $594.5 million to settle 399 eligible claims.
The numbers were released Thursday in a final report from compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg.22. Japanese cars do best in insurance industry safety rankings - Friday, December 04, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Japanese brands dominate the insurance industry's rankings of the safest vehicles for the 2016 model year.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday that 48 vehicles earned its highest rating of "Top Safety Pick Plus." That's up from 33 a year ago.23. GM to replace key engine parts to fix car fire problem - Friday, December 04, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors has decided to replace several key engine parts to stop oil leaks that have caused more than 1,300 fires and four recalls of older cars.
But the parts aren't available yet, and GM is still recommending that the cars be parked outside until they can be repaired.24. United Auto Workers win vote at Volkswagen's lone US plant - Friday, December 04, 2015
CHATTANOOGA (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has gained a significant first victory at a foreign-owned automaker in the South, easily winning a vote by skilled-trades workers at Volkswagen's lone U.S. factory to have the UAW negotiate their collective bargaining agreements.25. US auto sales hit 14-year high in November; Nissan up 4% - Friday, November 27, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — November used to be a slow month for U.S. car sales. Not anymore.
Black Friday promotions — some of which began well before Thanksgiving — pushed last month's sales to a 14-year high of 1.3 million, just short of a record for the month. Sales were up 1.4 percent from last November, according to Autodata Corp.26. UAW exploring new strategies at Volkswagen - Friday, November 27, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Frustrated in past attempts to organize its first foreign automaker in the South, the United Auto Workers union is taking a new approach at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee.
Instead of seeking another vote to represent the entire blue collar workforce at the German automaker's lone U.S. factory in Chattanooga, the UAW is bidding to organize just a 165-member unit of skilled-trades workers. A two-day vote by that smaller group of workers who repair and maintain machinery at the plant opens Thursday.27. Nissan, GM, Fiat Chrysler sales up in November, Ford flat - Friday, November 27, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — November used to be a slow month for U.S. car sales. Not anymore.
Black Friday promotions — some of which began well before Thanksgiving — were expected to push last month's sales to near-record levels. Car buying site Edmunds.com predicted sales of new cars and trucks will hit 1.33 million, eclipsing the previous November record set in 2001.
28. Ford workers narrowly approve new contract with UAW - Friday, November 20, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Ford workers narrowly approved a new four-year contract, wrapping up five months of negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers.
The UAW said late Friday that Ford's contract passed with a 51.4-percent vote. The agreement covers 53,000 U.S. hourly workers at 22 plants.29. Wildlife council renews certification for Spring Hill GM plant - Friday, November 20, 2015
SPRING HILL (AP) — The Wildlife Habitat Council is recognizing the General Motors plant in Tennessee for promoting biodiversity and working with students to promote conservation.
GM Spring Hill has organized water quality evaluations from stream samples taken by students from the Boys & Girls Club of Maury County. Plant employees and other volunteers help students collect and analyze the samples to evaluate the health of local streams.30. Germany's largest trade union opening US office with UAW - Friday, November 13, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Germany's largest trade union is opening a joint office with the United Auto Workers in Tennessee to promote labor issues at German automakers and suppliers in the southern United States.31. UAW leaders make push for Ford contract - Friday, November 13, 2015
DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Leaders of the United Auto Workers are making a push for the union's proposed contract with Ford, which is heading for defeat in votes at Ford's plants.
The union's chief Ford negotiator, Jimmy Settles, said Wednesday that with 75 percent of workers voting, the contract is failing by a 52-48 percent margin. Voting ends Friday.32. Honda has the most high risk models in Takata air bag recall - Friday, November 13, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Cars and trucks from the 2008 model year or older that were originally sold or registered in high humidity areas along the U.S. Gulf Coast are getting top priority for repairs as the government commences the massive Takata air bag inflator recall.33. Gary, Hart to lead new consulting group - Friday, November 13, 2015
Two health care veterans and international law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC are launching a new corporate health care venture to be based in Nashville, DW Franklin Consulting Group, LLC. The firms will work together to provide solutions spanning both legal and business consulting services.34. Holiday car deals move earlier: 4 things to consider - Friday, November 06, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Lexus put the red bows atop its cars a month early, and General Motors is advertising Black Friday deals two weeks before Thanksgiving as the auto industry copies traditional retailers with holiday discounts well before the holidays.35. GM, government actions questioned in car fire recalls - Friday, November 06, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Shortly after Elizabeth Berry parked her bright yellow 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS on the street in front of her family's home in May 2014, flames engulfed the engine, destroying the car and scorching her mailbox.36. Ruling could expose GM to large verdicts in ignition cases - Friday, November 06, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that people suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches can seek punitive damages that could cost the company millions of dollars or more.37. UAW leaders approve tentative agreement with Ford - Friday, November 06, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers' proposed contract with Ford Motor Co. — approved Monday by local union leaders — is the richest of the Detroit Three, with a promise of $10,250 in bonuses for most workers this year alone.38. UAW reaches contract agreement with Ford as GM workers vote - Friday, November 06, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative contract agreement with Ford, a sign that union leaders expect General Motors workers to approve a similar four-year deal.39. Toyota invests $1 billion in artificial intelligence in US - Friday, November 06, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is investing $1 billion in a research company it's setting up in Silicon Valley to develop artificial intelligence and robotics, underlining the Japanese automaker's determination to lead in futuristic cars that drive themselves and apply the technology to other areas of daily life.40. Nissan, GM, Fiat Chrysler, Ford post big October sales gains; record year in sight - Friday, October 30, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is speeding toward what could be a record year for auto sales.
Sales of new cars and trucks rose by double-digit percentages at most major automakers in October, and companies are raising their expectations for the rest of the year. Ford now expects total U.S. sales of 17.4 million this year, just topping the record of 17.35 million from 2001.
41. US stocks close higher, helped by energy, auto sales - Friday, October 30, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — A rally in energy companies helped push the U.S. stock market higher for a second straight day on Tuesday. Investors also worked through corporate news and prepared for key U.S. economic data later this week.42. Nissan test car drives itself safely, recognizes pedestrians - Friday, October 30, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Being a passenger in a self-driving car is similar to being driven around by a very cautious person, maybe your grandmother.
Requiring neither hands on the steering wheel nor a foot on the gas pedal or brakes, the Nissan Motor Co. car making its way on Japanese public roads is instead packed with radars, lasers, cameras and computer chips.43. Green self-driving cars take center stage at Tokyo auto show - Friday, October 23, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Visions of cars that drive themselves without emitting a bit of pollution while entertaining passengers with online movies and social media are what's taking center stage at the Tokyo Motor Show.44. GM recalling 1.4M cars; oil leaks can cause engine fires - Friday, October 23, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — For the third time in seven years, General Motors is recalling cars that can leak oil and catch fire, in some instances damaging garages and homes.
The recall, which covers 1.4 million vehicles dating to the 1997 model year, is needed because repairs from the first two recalls didn't work. More than 1,300 cars caught fire after they were fixed by dealers, the company said.45. Scandal-hit Volkswagen hires Opel exec as strategy chief - Friday, October 23, 2015
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen AG is hiring a top strategy executive from competitor Opel as it seeks to recover from a scandal over its cheating on U.S. diesel emissions tests.
Taking on Thomas Sedran as Volkswagen's new chief of corporate strategy brings another outside voice to the company as it re-examines its culture in the wake of the scandal.46. United Auto Workers, General Motors reach contract agreement - Friday, October 23, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union and General Motors Co. have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract, avoiding a strike for now.
The UAW said the agreement was reached at 11:43 p.m. Sunday, 16 minutes before the deadline it had set to either reach an agreement or call a strike at GM's U.S. plants.
47. GM cuts 2nd Orion Assembly plant shift; 500 layoffs planned - Friday, October 23, 2015
ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — General Motors Co. says it's cutting the second shift at its Orion Assembly plant in suburban Detroit in a move that's expected to result in about 500 hourly worker layoffs.48. Tech companies face rocky road on the way to making cars - Friday, October 23, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Silicon Valley may think it can build a better car. But should it?
As tech giants like Google and Apple look to automobiles as the next frontier for innovation, they face a looming reality: Cars are a lot harder to manufacture and sell than smartphones.49. US reports 8 deaths, 98 injuries from exploding air bags - Friday, October 23, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — People whose cars have been recalled to fix air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. should get the repairs done as soon as possible or face the risk of death or injury, U.S. safety regulators said Thursday.50. UAW approves new contract with Fiat Chrysler - Friday, October 23, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has approved a new four-year contract with Fiat Chrysler.
UAW members at Fiat Chrysler's U.S. factories voted 77 percent in favor of the agreement, the union said. The contract covers 40,000 workers at 23 U.S. factories.51. Tech stocks lead a rally; S&P 500 turns positive for year - Friday, October 23, 2015
U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday, delivering their second gain in two days and pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index back into positive territory for the year.
Strong quarterly earnings from several big-name technology companies helped rally the market, which has been gradually regaining ground following a swoon in August and September. Microsoft vaulted to a 15-year high, while Amazon and Google's parent company Alphabet closed sharply higher.
52. UAW approves new contract with Fiat Chrysler - Friday, October 16, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has approved a new four-year contract with Fiat Chrysler.
UAW members at Fiat Chrysler's U.S. factories voted 77 percent in favor of the agreement, the union said. The contract covers 40,000 workers at 23 U.S. factories.
53. Toyota recalls 6.5 million vehicles for window switch defect - Friday, October 16, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.5 million vehicles worldwide for a defective power window switch that can overheat, melt and lead to fires.54. An early rally fades, leaving stocks modestly lower - Friday, October 16, 2015
U.S. stocks closed lower on Wednesday after a late-afternoon slide erased modest gains made earlier in the day.
The decline added to the market's losses from the day before and came as crude oil prices fell and investors focused primarily on the latest wave of companies reporting quarterly financial results.55. GM overcomes huge recall costs to post healthy 3Q profit - Friday, October 16, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' third-quarter profit fell slightly, but the company rode strong North American sales to overcome $1.5 billion in costs from its deadly ignition switch recall. Its shares rose almost 6 percent in midday trading Wednesday.56. GM says Chevy Bolt electric range could be over 200 miles - Friday, October 16, 2015
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors' entry into the long-range electric vehicle market should be able to go more than 200 miles on a single charge, company officials said Tuesday.
The company also plans to market the Chevrolet Bolt, a small hatchback car due out late next year, as a crossover SUV as it tries to take advantage of the global thirst for SUVs.57. Lexus is top brand in Consumer Reports' reliability survey - Friday, October 16, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Elaborate new transmissions are helping automakers meet rising fuel economy standards, but they're also requiring more trips to the repair shop.
Transmission problems tripped up Honda, Nissan, Jeep and other brands in Consumer Reports' annual reliability survey. Drivers reported rough shifting, clutch failure and even transmissions that had to be replaced twice in the first year of car ownership.
58. Stocks edge lower; IBM's woes weigh on the Dow average - Friday, October 16, 2015
U.S. stocks snapped a three-day winning streak Tuesday as weak company earnings and outlooks weighed on the market.
Major indexes wavered between small gains and losses for most of the day before settling slightly lower in the last 15 minutes of trading. The slide in crude oil prices deepened.59. Tesla's autopilot lets cars drive, change lanes themselves - Friday, October 09, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is leapfrogging competitors with a new autopilot system that lets cars change lanes by themselves.
Like other semi-autonomous systems already available from Mercedes, Audi and Volvo, Tesla's system automatically keeps the car within its lane and maintains a certain distance from the car in front, both at highway speeds and on city streets. It can find a parking spot and parallel park itself. It also uses cameras and sensors to warn drivers about potential side impacts.60. Fiat Chrysler avoids strike with new tentative contract - Friday, October 02, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler has avoided an expensive strike at its U.S. plants after reaching a tentative labor agreement with the United Auto Workers union.
UAW announced the agreement just after 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, which was the deadline the union had set to reach a new deal or possibly go on strike.61. VW, with limited DC lobbying footprint, braces for Congress - Friday, October 02, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Volkswagen's top American executive heads to Capitol Hill this week, he probably won't be able to count on longtime allies among the lawmakers investigating the company's emissions cheating scandal.62. UAW threatens strike in contract talks with Fiat Chrysler - Friday, October 02, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is threatening to go on strike against Fiat Chrysler after its membership rejected a tentative contract deal with the company.
In a statement, Fiat Chrysler said Tuesday that it received a strike notice from the union, and that it continues to work toward reaching an agreement.
63. Nearly two-thirds of UAW members reject Fiat Chrysler deal - Friday, October 02, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Nearly two thirds of United Auto Workers at Fiat Chrysler voted to reject a proposed contract agreement with the company.
Sixty-five percent of the membership voted against the pact, the union said Thursday, sending UAW leaders scrambling for a Plan B. Union leaders from across the nation were meeting Thursday in a Detroit suburb to talk about their next move.64. GM warns the Valley: Prepare to compete over driverless cars - Friday, October 02, 2015
MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Move that tiny self-driving pod out of the way.
That might as well have been the message Thursday from General Motors to Google, Apple and anyone else with designs on dominating the market for autonomous cars.65. US auto sales jump for Nissan, GM others in August - Friday, October 02, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Just about everything broke right for the U.S. auto industry in September, as strong consumer demand, easy credit and generous incentives combined for double-digit sales gains at most major automakers.66. GM plans $5.5B in cost cuts to help finance new mobility - Friday, September 25, 2015
MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — General Motors plans to cut $5.5 billion in manufacturing, purchasing and administrative costs during the next three years, helping to finance a big push into autonomous cars and car- and ride-sharing services.67. US auto sales jump last month at Nissan, GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler - Friday, September 25, 2015
Major automakers booked double-digit sales gains last month in the U.S. market, helped by strong growth from key brands like Jeep and a later Labor Day holiday.
Ford saw 23 percent sales growth in September, Nissan surged 18 percent, and Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales jumped nearly 14 percent. Sales at General Motors, meanwhile, rose 12 percent.
68. United Auto Workers reject contract deal with Fiat Chrysler - Friday, September 25, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — United Auto Workers union members have rejected a proposed contract with Fiat Chrysler in a rebuke of union leaders who had praised the deal.
Official totals weren't released, but workers at many large factories voted against the pact by large margins, making victory impossible.69. VW just the latest in long history of cheating car companies - Friday, September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — In stock car racing, there's an old adage: If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'. You could say the same sometimes for auto makers up against stricter environmental rules.
Volkswagen is far from the first company to stand accused of trying to game required emissions tests. Almost since the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970, major manufacturers of cars, trucks and heavy equipment have been busted for using what regulators call "defeat devices" — typically programing a vehicle's on-board computer to boost horsepower or fuel mileage by belching out dirtier exhaust than allowed.70. Votes this week will decide fate of Fiat Chrysler-UAW deal - Friday, September 25, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — The next two days will be critical in deciding the fate of a new four-year contract between Fiat Chrysler and the United Auto Workers.
In early voting, workers at several factories rejected the deal, but those at a pickup truck plant in Warren, Michigan, voted in favor.
71. Takata air bag recalls could expand to 7 more companies - Friday, September 25, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Seven more companies including electric car maker Tesla Motors could be facing recalls because they use air bag inflators made by Takata Corp., according to letters they received last week from U.S. safety regulators.72. EPA to change diesel tests to thwart VW-like cheating - Friday, September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it will launch sweeping changes to the way it tests for diesel emissions after getting duped by clandestine software in Volkswagen cars for seven years.73. Sell, sue or stay put: considerations for Volkswagen owners - Friday, September 25, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — If you're driving a diesel-powered four-cylinder Volkswagen, you're stuck with a fun-to-drive machine that's belching unhealthy pollutants from its tailpipe.
Until the company figures out how to fix its bogus emissions controls, there isn't much you can do about your dirty diesel.74. Alcoa celebrates auto body sheet expansion in Tennessee - Friday, September 18, 2015
ALCOA (AP) — Aluminum producer Alcoa is celebrating the $300 million expansion of its automotive body sheet facility in East Tennessee.
Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said in a statement Thursday that the expansion at the plant in Alcoa stems from increased demand from manufacturers like Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors.75. Key events in General Motors' ignition switch recall - Friday, September 18, 2015
General Motors was the subject of multiple government investigations and hundreds of civil lawsuits for taking more than a decade to recall 2.6 million cars with a deadly ignition switch defect.
Under a deal with federal prosecutors expected to be announced Thursday, the automaker will pay a fine of $900 million to resolve a criminal investigation. It will also have to comply with oversight and other terms for the next three years.76. GM will pay $900 million over ignition switch scandal - Friday, September 18, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors agreed to pay $900 million to fend off criminal prosecution over the deadly ignition-switch scandal, striking a deal that brought criticism down on the Justice Department for not bringing charges against individual employees.77. GM will pay $900 million over ignition switch scandal - Friday, September 11, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors agreed to pay $900 million to fend off criminal prosecution over the deadly ignition-switch scandal, striking a deal that brought criticism down on the Justice Department for not bringing charges against individual employees.78. Workers may balk at Fiat Chrysler, UAW contract deal - Friday, September 11, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — After weeks of negotiations, Fiat Chrysler and the United Auto Workers have hammered out a new labor agreement. But the hard work is just beginning.
While union leaders and company management spoke of a cooperative relationship during the talks, FCA's 40,000 U.S. hourly workers must vote on the deal reached Tuesday, and many are in a fighting mood, particularly some veteran workers who haven't seen a pay increase in at least a decade.
79. Tech disruption hangs over automakers at Frankfurt show - Friday, September 11, 2015
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A sense of impending disruption hangs over all the shiny new cars at this year's edition of the Frankfurt International Motor Show.
The potential impact of automated driving and of extensively connected cars has pushed aside electric and low-emission vehicles as the major theme in just the two years since the show was last held.80. Fiat Chrysler, UAW extend contract, continue negotiating - Friday, September 11, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Many of the negotiators in contract talks between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler took a break Tuesday morning after bargaining through the night.
The union's contract with the Italian-American automaker officially expired at 11:59 p.m. EDT Monday, but both sides agreed to extend it on an hour-by-hour basis while talks continued toward a new four-year agreement.
81. Google names auto veteran to lead self-driving car push - Friday, September 11, 2015
Google has hired auto industry veteran and former Hyundai U.S. CEO John Krafcik to run its self-driving car program.
Krafcik, 53, is credited with turning around Hyundai's U.S. operations, leading the company to huge sales increases after the Great Recession. Early in his career as a mechanical engineer he worked at a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors where he became a proponent of lean manufacturing.
82. Fiat Chrysler CEO skips Frankfurt show; UAW deal may be near - Friday, September 11, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne canceled plans to attend the Frankfurt International Motor Show in Germany, an indication that the company may be getting close to a contract agreement with the United Auto Workers union.83. Automakers commit to put automatic brakes in all cars - Friday, September 11, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten automakers have committed to the government and a private safety group that they will include automatic emergency braking in all new cars, a step transportation officials say could significantly reduce traffic deaths and injuries.84. Toyota to invest $50M in car-tech research at Stanford, MIT - Friday, September 04, 2015
EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Toyota is investing $50 million with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in hopes of gaining an edge in an accelerating race to phase out human drivers.85. Apple, Google bring smartphone functions to car dashboards - Friday, September 04, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Playing deejay with voice commands will get easier for more Americans this fall as some best-selling cars get updated with software that integrates smartphones into the dashboard.86. Haslam administration touts 'low-cost labor' in Tennessee - Friday, August 28, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - While Republican Gov. Bill Haslam often states his goal of bringing "high-quality jobs" to Tennessee, a document produced by his administration suggests he may be less interested in making them high-paying positions.87. Nissan, GM flat in better-than-expected August auto sales - Friday, August 28, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — As China's auto market recoils, the U.S. remains a bright spot as it rolls on toward its best performance in more than a decade.
China is still the No. 1 market, but sales there are slowing as the economy cools and cities impose car ownership limits to curb smog and congestion. It's a reversal from six years ago, when U.S. vehicle sales plunged during the recession and China easily surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest car market. At least temporarily, automakers are left to rely on the U.S. — and a recovering Western Europe auto market — for sales growth.
88. Survey: Recalls make Americans less satisfied with cars - Friday, August 21, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Americans are less happy with their cars and trucks than at any time in more than a decade, and it's largely because they're getting sick of dealing with recalls.
The 2015 American Consumer Satisfaction Index, an annual survey that involved 4,300 consumers, found that satisfaction with automobiles dropped for the third straight year to the lowest level since 2004. High new-car prices also were a factor.89. GM fund rejects 91 percent of ignition switch claims - Friday, August 21, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers hired to compensate victims of General Motors' faulty ignition switches have rejected 91 percent of the claims submitted.
They finished determining which claims were eligible last week.90. General Motors adds 181,000 cars to 2014 headlight recall - Friday, August 14, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is adding 181,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada to a 2014 recall for headlights that can stop working, and it will have to repair thousands more for a second time because the first fix could fail again.91. High-tech cars bring Detroit, Silicon Valley face to face - Friday, August 14, 2015
PALO ALTO, California (AP) — The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There's a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone's pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony.92. Most ignition switch victims accepting GM offers - Friday, August 14, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Most victims of General Motors' faulty ignition switches have accepted compensation offers from the company.
GM's compensation fund has finished processing all of the claims it received. It determined that the faulty switches caused 124 deaths and 273 injuries, and it has made compensation offers to those victims or their families.93. Ryder expanding in Spring Hill, to add 606 jobs - Friday, August 07, 2015
SPRING HILL (AP) - Officials say 606 new jobs are coming to Maury County where Ryder Supply Chain Solutions plans to expand its warehousing, transportation, kitting and assembly operations.
The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1TmnBsX) reports the Miami-based company will invest $16.5 million and double its space at General Motors' Spring Hill campus to 600,000 square feet.94. Automakers trying to prevent hackers from commandeering cars - Friday, July 31, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — When researchers at two West Coast universities took control of a General Motors car through cellular and Bluetooth connections in 2010, they startled the auto industry by exposing a glaring security gap.95. Economists dump on Trump boast to bring jobs back from China - Friday, July 31, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump vows to bring back the millions of American jobs lost to China and other foreign competitors if voters put him in the White House.
Economists say he wouldn't stand a chance: Trump's boundless self-confidence is no match for the global economic forces that took those jobs away.96. US auto sales strong in July; Nissan posts 8% increase - Friday, July 31, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — More Americans are buying cars that say "look at me." Luxury vehicles like Audis and Volvos drove off dealer lots at a furious pace in July and, combined with sizzling demand for SUVs, helped the auto industry roll on toward its best annual sales since before the recession. July sales rose 5 percent to more than 1.5 million, according to Autodata Corp.97. Volkswagen Q2 earns slip on restructuring, troubled markets - Friday, July 24, 2015
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen saw profits slip in the second quarter despite taking the global lead in sales over Toyota and GM.
The company based in Wolfsburg, Germany, was hit by 180 million euros ($198 million) in restructuring costs at its MAN truck division. More broadly, it faces headwinds from troubled economies in China, Russia and Brazil.
98. Volkswagen sold more vehicles than Toyota in first half - Friday, July 24, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out top in the intensely competitive tallies.
Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it sold 5.02 million vehicles in the first six months of this year, down 1.5 percent from the same period the previous year, as sales struggled especially in the languishing Japanese market.99. Recall lawsuits, costs, probes still haunt General Motors - Friday, July 24, 2015
General Motors Co. is looking past last year's safety recalls of 36 million vehicles worldwide as recall costs continue to shrink. Here is a by-the-numbers look at the recall issues, including new information filed Thursday in GM's second-quarter earnings release and its report to securities regulators:100. Feds probe GM-certified used cars that may have open recalls - Friday, July 24, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is investigating General Motors because of dealers who advertised certified used cars for sale even though they still needed repairs under existing recalls.