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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. 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.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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.

51. 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.

52. 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.

53. 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.

54. 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."

55. 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.

56. 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.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. 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.

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. 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.

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. 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.

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. 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.

73. 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.

74. 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.

75. 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.

76. 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.

77. 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.

78. 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.

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. Automotive systems maker expanding in Sumner Co. -

GALLATIN (AP) — Officials say the expansion of an automotive systems manufacturer in Gallatin could create 230 new jobs over the next five years in Sumner County.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced this week that ABC Group Inc. is adding an additional 180,000 square feet to its existing facility in response to increased demand for automotive-related products.

82. How GM's ignition switch redesign went wrong -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' deadly ignition switch flaws emerged from an effort to improve its cars.

As the company began developing new small cars in the late 1990s, it listened to customers who complained about "cheap-feeling" switches that required too much effort to turn. GM set about making switches that would work more smoothly and give drivers the impression that they were better designed, a GM switch engineer testified in a lawsuit deposition in the spring of 2013.

83. Senate subcommittee to hold 2nd GM hearing July 17 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Senate subcommittee that's investigating the General Motors ignition switch recalls says it will hold a second hearing on July 17.

The Commerce Committee's Consumer Protection and Product Safety Subcommittee likely will summon GM CEO Mary Barra for a return appearance. Former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas, who investigated the problem for GM, also is a likely to appear.

84. Dow flirts with 17,000 as market sets new highs -

NEW YORK (AP) — Evidence that global manufacturing is expanding pushed the stock market to an all-time high on Tuesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average climbed within two points of 17,000 for the first time after separate surveys showed that manufacturing expanded in the world's two largest economies. In China, manufacturing grew in June for the first time in six months and in the U.S. the sector notched its 13th straight month of expansion.

85. New recalls and questions about auto parts safety -

DETROIT (AP) — The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.

GM's safety crisis deepened dramatically Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles in North America to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches. GM has now issued five recalls for 17.1 million cars with defective switches, spanning every model year since 1997.

86. GM recalls 8.2 million more cars for ignition switches -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' safety crisis worsened on Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches.

The latest recalls involve mainly older midsize cars and bring GM's total this year to 29 million, surpassing the 22 million recalled by all automakers last year.

87. GM won't limit ignition switch crash compensation -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney overseeing General Motors' compensation to victims of small-car crashes says there's no limit to what the company will pay, provided the crashes were caused by faulty ignition switches. The tally could climb into billions of dollars.

88. Analysts predict slower June sales for GM -

DETROIT (AP) — A number of analysts are predicting that General Motors' June U.S. sales will underperform the overall auto industry, putting the company in danger of losing market share at a critical time.

89. GM recalling nearly 29,000 Cruzes to fix air bags -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling more than 29,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars because metal parts in the air bag assemblies can hit the driver and passengers if the bags are inflated.

90. Ni hao, y'all: US hinterlands woo Chinese firms -

PINE HILL, Ala. (AP) — Burdened with Alabama's highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs.

They're coming, and from a most unlikely place: Henan Province, China, 7,600 miles away.

91. Porsche is top brand in new car quality survey -

DETROIT (AP) — The race to fill vehicles with the latest technology is hurting quality.

Buyers reported more problems in their new cars and trucks this year than last year, according to rankings released Wednesday by the consulting firm J.D. Power. It was the second straight increase since 2012, when the average number of problems in new cars and trucks hit an all-time low.

92. Lawmakers press GM on report's findings -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers expressed disbelief Wednesday at General Motors' explanation for why it took 11 years to recall millions of small cars with defective ignition switches, and also confronted its chief executive with evidence that the company dragged its feet on a similar safety issue in different vehicles.

93. 10 key events in GM's ignition switch recall -

General Motors is the subject of multiple government investigations and civil lawsuits for taking more than a decade to recall 2.6 million cars with a deadly ignition switch defect. On Wednesday, GM CEO Mary Barra will appear for the second time before a U.S. House subcommittee to discuss the company's internal investigation into the recall.

94. GM sales, used-car values hold up through recalls -

DETROIT (AP) — Consumers looking for a used vehicle aren't shying away from GM models — even though more than 20 million GM cars and trucks have been recalled this year.

General Motors cars such as the Chevrolet Malibu have retained or increased in value, sometimes more than rival vehicles. And sales of new cars aren't slowing either, up 13 percent in May.

95. GM recalls 3.2M more US cars for ignition problems -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling 3.2 million more cars in the U.S. because of ignition switch problems.

The company says it will change or replace the keys on the cars from the 2000 to 2014 model years.

96. Congress to scrutinize GM's corporate culture -

DENVER (AP) — U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette wants General Motors to explain how it plans to fix what's been described as a lax corporate culture and how the company plans to compensate victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches.

97. 4 months into GM recall, only 7 pct. of cars fixed -

DETROIT (AP) — More than four months after General Motors started recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, the company has repaired only 7 percent of the vehicles.

GM says fixes have been delayed as switch maker Delphi starts making the part for cars that are no longer being produced.

98. GM recalling Camaros for ignition switch problem -

DETROIT (AP) — Ignition switches once again are causing problems for General Motors.

This time the company is recalling nearly 512,000 Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars from the 2010 to 2014 model years because a driver's knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the "run" position, causing an engine stall.

99. Lawyers: GM seeks bankruptcy shield from lawsuit -

DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers for a Georgia family that is trying to reopen a wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors say the company is trying to move the case to federal court so it can use bankruptcy as a shield from the claim.

100. GM CEO Barra, chief investigator to testify -

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be back in front of Congress next week to be questioned further about how GM allowed a deadly defect in an ignition switch to go undisclosed for more than a decade.