Auto Industry

Study: Ford to Gain Market Share; GM, Chrysler Flat

The era of big market share swings in the U.S. automotive industry are over, at least for the next four years, making the launch of each new car or truck even more important, said an analyst.


Report: New-Car Sales to Jump Nearly 7%

New vehicle sales are expected to rise nearly 7 percent this year, according to a new report from Kelley Blue Book.


GM's Barra Says No More Safety Issues Lurking

A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday.


Judge Consolidates GM Ignition-Switch Cases

A federal judicial panel consolidated lawsuits against General Motors over the reduced economic value of ignition-switch defect vehicles into one court, streamlining the process of determining whether the automaker is liable for damages.


U.S. Automakers Get Serious About Lighter Materials

Hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, but the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials.


2014 BMW X5 Keeps Crossover Crown

Delving into the redesigned 2014 BMW X5 crossover.


GM Recalls Buicks, Chevys

General Motors is recalling more than 89,000 Buick Veranos and Chevy Camaro, Cruze and Sonic cars because of air bag defects and other problems.


Tesla May Get Reprieve in N.J.

The New Jersey Assembly's Consumer Affairs Committee has approved a bill that would allow Tesla Motors to sell its cars at four locations in the Garden State.


GM Launching Compensation Program for Crash Victims

General Motors took initial steps toward compensating victims or families affected by an ignition switch problem linked to at least 13 deaths in crashes of older GM cars.


New VW Beetle: Style and Performance

The three-star 2014 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line two-door hatchback adds style and performance to VW's signature retro car.


GM CEO Barra Fires 15 Over Ignition Switch Recall

General Motors CEO Mary Barra has fired 15 employees and ordered a compensation plan for victims of a deadly ignition switch defect after an internal investigation showed a "pattern of incompetence and neglect."


Musk to Stay as Tesla CEO for 4-5 Years

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk assured shareholders Tuesday that he'll stay on as CEO for at least four or five years, through volume production of Tesla's mass market car that will sell for about $35,000.


AutoNation Has Best May in 8 Years

AutoNation sold 30,275 new vehicles in May, its best performance for the month since 2006 and a 15 percent increase from last year.


Subaru Starts Building New SUV Model in Lafayette

The Subaru factory in Lafayette has started building a redesigned Outback SUV that an executive calls a key vehicle for the automaker.


Ford: We Won't Run Out of F-150 Trucks During Switch

Even with two truck plants collectively idle for 13 weeks this year as workers prepare to build the 2015 F-150, Ford will not run out of 2014 models because it will carefully draw down pickup truck inventory over 18 months.


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