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How GM's ignition switch redesign went wrong

How GM's ignition switch redesign went wrong

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

July 07, 2014 2:42 pm Photos

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GM recalling Camaros for ignition switch problem

DETROIT | Ignition switches once again are causing problems for General Motors.

June 14, 2014 12:39 pm
Only 2 midsize SUVs get top rating in crash tests

Only 2 midsize SUVs get top rating in crash tests

Only two of nine midsize SUVs got the highest rating in crash tests done by an insurance industry group.

April 10, 2014 1:26 pm
Old vans are dying, so small businesses are buying

Old vans are dying, so small businesses are buying

To deliver bouquets in and around Washington, D.C., Karin's Florist has two big vans, two small ones and a boxy little wagon that's clinging to life.

February 27, 2014 12:00 am
GM recalling nearly 780,000 older compact cars

GM recalling nearly 780,000 older compact cars

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling almost 780,000 older-model compact cars in North America because a faulty ignition switch can shut off the engines without warning and cause crashes.

February 15, 2014 3:56 pm
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to be company's new name

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to be company's new name

Chrysler and Fiat will be known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV as they move forward as a single company.

February 01, 2014 5:53 pm
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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VW to show off Passat concept with 42 mpg highway

VW to show off Passat concept with 42 mpg highway

Would you buy a midsize car that can haul a small family and still get 42 miles per gallon of gas on the highway?

January 11, 2014 3:01 pm
US cars and trucks hit record gas mileage in 2012

US cars and trucks hit record gas mileage in 2012

New cars and trucks sold in the U.S. last year got an average of 23.6 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, a record that came mainly through improvements to engines and transmissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

December 14, 2013 3:44 pm
GM names Mary Barra CEO, 1st women to head car co.

GM names Mary Barra CEO, 1st women to head car co.

General Motors picked Mary Barra, its product development chief and a 33-year company veteran, as its next CEO. Barra will become the first female head of a major U.S. car company.

December 12, 2013 1:21 pm
Car prices hit record as buyers load up on options

Car prices hit record as buyers load up on options

DETROIT (AP) — Americans are paying record prices for new cars and trucks, and they have only themselves to blame.

October 10, 2013 12:00 am

Most automakers report sales jumps despite storm

DETROIT | Most major automakers reported sales increases in October despite losing at least three days of business to the punishing rain and wind from Superstorm Sandy.

November 01, 2012 4:16 pm

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

General Motors workers ratify new labor contract

DETROIT | Factory workers at General Motors have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new four-year contract with the company that has profit-sharing instead of pay raises for most workers and promises thousands of new jobs.

September 28, 2011 3:30 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 likely to retake No. 1 sales spot from Toyota

General Motors is almost certain to claim the title of world's biggest automaker this year, retaking the top spot from Toyota, which has been hurt by production problems since the Japanese earthquake and still can't escape the shadow of major safety recalls.

April 24, 2011 12:00 am
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 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

Ford Motor to repay $4B more in debt

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co., the only Detroit automaker to avoid bankruptcy protection, said Wednesday it will reduce its huge debt by another $4 billion as it continues to show signs of financial strength.

June 30, 2010 11:32 am
GM hopes new Cruze controls small car market, US

GM hopes new Cruze controls small car market, US

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — General Motors thinks it can finally sell a good small car.

June 27, 2010 12:00 am

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

Chrysler recalls almost 700,000 Jeeps, minivans

DETROIT | Chrysler is recalling almost 600,000 minivans and Jeep Wranglers in the United States and another 100,000 elsewhere because of brake or wiring problems that could create safety problems, the company and federal regulators said Monday.

June 08, 2010 12:00 am

Chrysler recalls almost 700,000 Jeeps, minivans

DETROIT | Chrysler is recalling almost 600,000 minivans and Jeep Wranglers in the United States and another 100,000 elsewhere because of brake or wiring problems that could create safety issues, the company and federal regulators said Monday.

June 07, 2010 1:33 pm

Most automakers post double-digit May sales jumps

DETROIT | Drivers snapped up new models and rental-car companies and governments expanded their fleets in May, leading to big U.S. sales gains for most automakers. The exception was Toyota, whose tepid results showed that the company's discounts are losing their luster.

June 03, 2010 12:00 am

Ford to add 170 jobs for hybrid and electric cars

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. | Two Ford Motor Co. factories near Detroit will see 170 additional blue-collar jobs in the next two years as the automaker brings battery pack and gas-electric hybrid transmission assembly to the United States.

May 25, 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

Ford to restore tuition help for union workers

DETROIT | Ford Motor Co. will restore college tuition help for factory workers as it tries to settle a dispute over benefits with the United Auto Workers union.

May 14, 2010 12:00 am

Ford to restore tuition help for union workers

DETROIT | Ford Motor Co. will restore college tuition help for factory workers as it tries to settle a dispute over benefits with the United Auto Workers union.

May 13, 2010 12:05 pm

Union leader: Workers must gain if autos recover

DETROIT | The man expected to become the next president of the United Auto Workers says workers should share in the profits if the auto industry recovers. But he also wants to make sure Detroit automakers stay competitive.

May 12, 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

Big deals lure car buyers, lift US sales in March

DETROIT | Car shoppers flocked to showrooms last month, lured by big promotions from Toyota and other automakers that could persist into the spring.

April 02, 2010 1:00 am

UAW health trust gets $1.78B from warrant auction

DETROIT | A union trust fund that pays the health care bills for retired Ford factory workers raised $1.78 billion by selling warrants to buy the automaker's stock.

April 01, 2010 1:00 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

Ford Motor Co. shares hit five-year high

DETROIT (AP) -- Shares of Ford Motor Co. surged to a five-year high Wednesday after a ratings agency upgraded the automaker's debt and said Ford has the potential to improve its finances even further.

March 18, 2010 1:00 am

Toyota may lengthen warranties to keep customers

ORLANDO, Fla. | Toyota Motor Corp. may offer incentives or increase the length of its warranties as it tries to recover from an embarrassing string of safety-related recalls.

February 16, 2010 12:00 am

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: New gas pedals en route to dealers

Toyota: New gas pedals en route to dealers

DETROIT | Toyota said it began shipping gas pedal parts to its dealers Friday for use in fixing the millions of cars and trucks recalled because of accelerators that could become stuck. Company spokesman Brian Lyons said he did not know when the parts would arrive or how long it would take t…

January 30, 2010 12:05 am Related

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

AP Source: Ford to add 1,200 jobs in Chicago

 

January 25, 2010 4:30 pm

Vital signs improving for Detroit's automakers

DETROIT | The vital signs are improving for Detroit's automakers.

January 12, 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

Ford offers retirement, buyouts to factory workers

DETROIT | Ford Motor Co. has offered buyout or retirement incentive packages to all of its 41,000 U.S. hourly workers as it tries to further reduce its factory work force.

December 21, 2009 8:45 pm

GM taps Microsoft CFO to run finances

DETROIT |General Motors Co. has hired the chief financial officer of Microsoft Corp. to run its troubled finance operations, tapping a cost-cutter who also is a potential candidate for CEO.

December 21, 2009 1:40 pm
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