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US auto sales accelerated as March moved along

US auto sales accelerated as March moved along

U.S. auto sales went out like a lion in March.

April 03, 2014 3:05 pm

Auto shows do more for women, but lean toward guys

DETROIT | Women now buy nearly half the new cars in the U.S., a sharp increase compared with a generation ago, and the auto industry is trying to demonstrate that it's keeping up with the times when it showcases the latest models to the public.

February 07, 2014 12:00 am
Subcompact cars fare poorly in new crash tests

Subcompact cars fare poorly in new crash tests

DETROIT (AP) — Subcompact cars fared poorly in new crash tests performed by an insurance industry group.

January 23, 2014 3:01 pm Photos

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Auto Show: 5 things we learned in Detroit

Auto Show: 5 things we learned in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — A race-worthy Corvette, a sumptuous Mercedes C-Class and other glitzy new models caught the eye at this year's North American International Auto Show, but larger trends in the auto industry were also on display.

January 18, 2014 5:28 pm Photos

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Quality improvement on agenda for Ford's Hinrichs

Quality improvement on agenda for Ford's Hinrichs

It's been a year since Joe Hinrichs took over as head of Ford Motor Co.'s Americas division, the latest step in a journey many think could eventually lead to the CEO's office.

December 21, 2013 3:54 pm Photos

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Three Questions: Ford design chief talks Mustang

Three Questions: Ford design chief talks Mustang

Designers at Ford Motor Co. went through thousands of sketches and 15 clay models to arrive at the 2015 Mustang. The new Mustang is lower and wider than its predecessor, but with elements that recall the original pony car from 1964, including a long hood, short rear deck and sloping fastback…

December 07, 2013 3:31 pm
Volvo plots return to the US market next year

Volvo plots return to the US market next year

Volvo has realized that safe is better than sexy.

November 09, 2013 2:37 pm
Most booster seats do well in new safety rankings

Most booster seats do well in new safety rankings

More than half of child booster seats that went on sale this year earned a top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

November 09, 2013 10:00 am
Chrysler 3Q profit up 22 pct on truck demand

Chrysler 3Q profit up 22 pct on truck demand

Chrysler Group's net income rose 22 percent in the third quarter as strong sales of the Ram pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee masked weaknesses elsewhere in its lineup.

October 31, 2013 1:13 pm Photos

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Lincoln brand introducing dealers to luxury buyers

Lincoln brand introducing dealers to luxury buyers

How to sell a Lincoln in 2013: Make the dealership smell like luxury. And lay out some wine and cheese.

August 15, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ford's Mark Fields promoted, could become CEO

DETROIT | Ford's leaders have watched Mark Fields, a brash Harvard MBA, turn the company's North American business into a profit machine. Now the CEO job is his to lose.

November 01, 2012 4:00 pm
GM, Ford June sales rise, Honda falls

GM, Ford June sales rise, Honda falls

Gas prices have hit a sweet spot for U.S.-based automakers. Industry analysts expect overall U.S. sales to rise 13.5 percent from last June, to around 1.1 million cars and trucks.

July 01, 2011 1:45 pm Photos

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GM posts big profit

GM posts big profit

DETROIT | General Motors Co. said Thursday it made $1.33 billion in the second quarter, a sign it's getting healthier as it prepares to sell stock to the public. The results were strong enough that CEO Ed Whitacre announced he will step down next month, saying his job was done.

August 13, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Ford introduces new -- and untraditional -- Explorer

DEARBORN, Mich. | The Ford Explorer, the hulking family-hauler that helped launch the SUV boom in the early 1990s, is back. And it hopes to define a new generation of more streamlined, fuel-efficient sport utility vehicles.

July 26, 2010 12:00 pm
Ford reaping solid profits after turnaround

Ford reaping solid profits after turnaround

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Four years ago, Ford mortgaged everything down to the blue oval logo to save itself. Now, even as Americans remain skittish about the economy, it's reaping big rewards and stealing business from stumbling rivals.

July 23, 2010 3:31 pm

New hires in UAW no longer tops in manufacturing

DETROIT | Every day at a General Motors plant near Lansing, Mich., workers drive hundreds of Buick Enclaves -- many with leather seats for seven and on-board video systems -- off the assembly line.

June 20, 2010 12:00 am

Gettelfinger says organizing fight will go on

DETROIT | United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger said Monday the union will continue to fight for federal card-check legislation that would make it easier for workers to organize, a high priority for the UAW as it continues to lose thousands of members.

June 15, 2010 12:00 am

GM rides cost cuts, new model sales to 1Q profit

DETROIT | General Motors Co. rode expense cuts from its bankruptcy and strong sales of redesigned models to its first quarterly net income in nearly three years, drawing the company closer to a stock offering that would repay at least part of its government aid.

May 18, 2010 12:00 am

Car shoppers take wait-and-see approach in April

DETROIT | Car shoppers took a wait-and-see approach in April, easing up on purchases as the lure of big incentives faded and hoping summer brings a new flurry of deals.

May 04, 2010 12:00 am

Ford posts $2.1 billion 1Q profit on strong sales

DEARBORN, Mich. | Ford earned $2.1 billion in the first quarter and forecast a solidly profitable year as consumers spent more on big-ticket items like cars.

April 28, 2010 12:00 am

Ford posts $2.1 billion first quarter profit on strong sales

DEARBORN, Mich. | Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it earned $2.1 billion in the first quarter, another sign the economy is improving as people spend more on big-ticket items like cars. The automaker expects to be solidly profitable this year, a year earlier than its previous guidance.

April 27, 2010 7:11 am

GM ready to repay govt loan, sees chance of profit

DETROIT | General Motors Co., steadily returning to health after its near-collapse in 2009, said Tuesday it plans to pay off its government loans by June -- five years ahead of schedule -- and could report a profit as early as this year.

April 08, 2010 12:00 am
UAW trust fund to sell rights to rising Ford stock

UAW trust fund to sell rights to rising Ford stock

DETROIT | A trust fund set up by the United Auto Workers union is hoping to raise at least $1.3 billion to help pay retiree health care costs by selling rights to an 11 percent ownership stake in Ford Motor Co.

March 30, 2010 1:00 am

UAW trust to sell all its its Ford stock warrants

DETROIT | The United Auto Workers union is hoping to raise at least $1.3 billion for its retiree health care trust fund by selling all of its 362 million warrants for Ford Motor Co. stock.

March 29, 2010 11:54 am
Toyota's pain is rivals' sales gain in February

Toyota's pain is rivals' sales gain in February

All major automakers but Toyota reported higher U.S. sales in February, and most took customers from the Japanese automaker, which has been struggling with a series of massive safety recalls.

March 03, 2010 12:05 am Related

Toyota's pain is rivals' sales gain in February

DETROIT |Toyota's pain is its rivals' gain.

March 02, 2010 4:30 pm

Ford looks smart with new Focus

DEARBORN, Mich. | In a year that humbled most automakers in America, Ford came out looking smart.

February 08, 2010 12:05 am

Ford looks smart with new Focus

DEARBORN, Mich. | In a year that humbled most automakers in America, Ford came out looking smart.

February 05, 2010 12:00 am

Toyota pays dealers up to $75,000 for longer hours

DETROIT | Toyota's dealers, who have started to repair defective gas pedals in millions of U.S. vehicles, are extending hours, making house calls and offering other services as they try to repair the damage to Toyota's reputation.

February 04, 2010 12:00 am

Most US auto sales rise; safety fears trip Toyota

DETROIT | Toyota's auto sales fell 16 percent in January, a month when it recalled millions of vehicles and halted sales of several models. Most other automakers reported higher sales and looked for opportunities to snatch sales from the troubled Japanese automaker.

February 03, 2010 12:00 am

Ford earns first profit in 4 years

DEARBORN, Mich. | Ford, the only U.S. automaker to avoid bankruptcy court, clawed its way to a $2.7 billion profit in 2009 and expects to stay in the black in 2010. It was the automaker's first annual profit in four years.

January 29, 2010 12:00 am

Ford earns first profit in 4 years

DEARBORN, Mich. | Ford, the only U.S. automaker to avoid bankruptcy court, clawed its way to a $2.7 billion profit in 2009 and expects to stay in the black in 2010. It was the automaker's first annual profit in four years.

January 29, 2010 12:00 am

Ford earns $2.7 billion in 2009

DEARBORN, Mich. | Ford, the only U.S. automaker to avoid bankruptcy court, clawed its way to a $2.7 billion profit in 2009 and expects to stay in the black in 2010. It was the automaker's first annual profit in four years.

January 28, 2010 7:55 am

For car buyers, lending market sees signs of thaw

NEW YORK | For car buyers, four words mean the difference between going home in a new sedan or their old clunker: Your loan is approved.

January 07, 2010 12:00 am
Big carmakers report 2009 sales declines

Big carmakers report 2009 sales declines

DETROIT | Big automakers are glad to see the end of 2009, the worst year for U.S. sales in nearly 30 years. For most, 2009 was a rough year as credit froze and consumer confidence faltered.

January 06, 2010 12:05 am Related

GM Chair urges risk taking, names new executives

DETROIT | General Motors Co. Chairman Ed Whitacre Jr. urged the troubled automaker's employees to forget their old bureaucratic culture, telling them Friday not to fear being fired for taking risks.

December 05, 2009 12:00 am

U.S. November auto sales struggle to gain ground

DETROIT | U.S. auto sales struggled to gain ground in November and big improvements aren't expected until people stop worrying about losing their jobs.

December 02, 2009 12:00 am

Tire inflation: tariffs, demand push up prices

DETROIT | Tire prices are inflating.

November 27, 2009 12:00 am

GM says improved quarter shows signs of stability

DETROIT | General Motors, its river of red ink stemmed by a trip through bankruptcy court, reported a narrower quarterly loss and said it would start repaying billions of dollars in government loans that helped keep it alive.

November 17, 2009 12:00 am

Ford surprises with $1B profit; sees profit in 2011

DEARBORN, Mich. | Ford, the only Detroit automaker to dodge direct government aid and bankruptcy court, surprised investors with net income of nearly $1 billion in the third quarter and forecast a "solidly profitable" 2011.

November 03, 2009 12:00 am

Ford reports $1 billion third quarter profit

DEARBORN, Mich. | Ford, the only Detroit automaker to dodge direct government aid and bankruptcy court, surprised investors with net income of nearly $1 billion in the third quarter and forecast a "solidly profitable" 2011.

November 02, 2009 6:35 am

Ford, UAW agree to tentative deal on contract

DETROIT | Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday reached a deal to alter its contract with the United Auto Workers union that helps the automaker keep costs in line with rivals but risks alienating rank-and-file workers.

October 14, 2009 12:00 am

Chrysler splits Dodge brand into truck, car groups

DETROIT | Chrysler's new Italian management on Monday announced a surprise shake-up of the automaker's executive team, saying two recently appointed brand CEOs have left and that it was splitting Dodge into two groups, one focusing on trucks and the other on cars.

October 06, 2009 12:00 am

Automakers face conflicting safety rules worldwide

DEARBORN, Mich. | It seems like an easy solution: Americans are looking for more fuel-efficient vehicles, so Ford Motor Co. is bringing over some of the small, gas-sipping cars it's been selling to Europeans for years.

September 03, 2008 12:00 am

Toyota outsells GM worldwide in first half

DETROIT | General Motors Corp., pummeled by falling U.S. sales and high gas prices, lost the global sales lead to Toyota Motor Corp. in the first half of this year, but the churning market makes it difficult to predict which automaker will end the year on top.

July 24, 2008 12:00 am

Ford to revamp plants, bring small cars

DETROIT | Ford Motor Co. plans to bring six small vehicles to the U.S. market from overseas to meet growing demand for more fuel-efficient options.

July 23, 2008 12:00 am

Mini electric cars to hit US roads next summer

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. | BMW's Mini brand plans to have electric cars on U.S. roads by next summer.

July 23, 2008 12:00 am

GM's recovery depends on winning over car buyers

DETROIT | People want small cars that get great gas mileage. General Motors Corp. is known for making top-notch trucks and sport utility vehicles. The company's survival now hinges on the difficult task of convincing buyers that its upgraded cars are just as good as its trucks and worth some…

July 18, 2008 12:00 am

GM to cut salaried workers, production, dividend

DETROIT | General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it will lay off salaried workers, cut truck production, suspend its dividend and borrow $2 billion to $3 billion to weather a severe downturn in the U.S. market.

July 16, 2008 12:00 am

Analyst: Chrysler, not GM, in biggest danger

DETROIT | Faced with soaring gas prices, a sputtering economy and a rapid U.S. market shift away from trucks, the U.S. auto industry's weakest player, Chrysler, may have to file for bankruptcy or sell its storied Jeep and Dodge Ram brands as early as next year, JPMorgan said Thursday.

July 04, 2008 12:00 am
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