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Delay denied for auto recall database; launch set for August

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Coupe. GM / Wieck

Car, truck and motorcycle owners and used vehicle shoppers soon will be able to submit VIN numbers online at a government website — and at the sites of all major automakers — to find out immediately if vehicles have any unrepaired recalls. More

Daniel Howes: Culture overhaul is up to GM insiders

 Steve Perez / The Detroit News

Six months after stepping aside as General Motors Co.'s fourth CEO in five years and leaving his successor with a searing recall crisis, Dan Akerson tells The Detroit News 'we all ... didn't fully realize how deeply some of the problems ran.' More

Ford's aluminum-body 2015 F-150s to cost more than previous models

2015 F-150: more expensive to produce, but as much as 732 lb lighter. Ford

Ford said today that base prices of its aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup will increase between $395-$3,615 over the current 2014 truck. More

Judge: Mercedes-Benz violated organizing rights in Alabama

The Wall Street Journal reported UAW plans to form a local union in Vance, Alabama. UAW has declined to confirm the plan. Tamika Moore / AP

An administrative judge said Mercedes-Benz USA violated the rights of workers at its Vance, Ala., plant who were seeking to convince other employees to form a union during off-time, but ruled in the company's favor in other points of contention and imposed no fines. More

GM to add wireless smartphone charging

GM said its new feature is compatible with Powermat, which allows a phone to sit on a rubberized mat to charge. Cadillac

General Motors Co. said Monday it will offer wireless smartphone charging in the 2015 Cadillac ATS and 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe to help address growing demand for charging devices in the car and eliminating the need for cords. More

Nissan profit rises on strong sales, cheap yen

Recent models of Japanese car maker Nissan are displayed at a showroom in Yokohama, in suburban Tokyo on July 28, 2014. Nissan said on July 28 that net profit for the April-June quarter soared 37 percent to 1.1 billion USD, crediting robust overseas demand that offset weaker sales at home. Kazuhiro Nogi / Getty Images

Tokyo — Nissan's quarterly profit rose nearly 37 percent, helped by a favorable exchange rate and healthy sales in North America and China. More

Convertible buyers tend to be educated, affluent and Californian

The one millionth Flat Rock Plant-produced Mustang is a ruby red 2014 Mustang convertible. The top five convertible models on the road during the first quarter of 2014 included the Ford Mustang. The Mustang was the bestselling ragtop in every state. John T. Greilick / The Detroit News

California is tops when it come to driving with the top down. Convertible car buyers are affluent, educated and tend to live in California, especially Southern California, according to Experian Automotive, an industry research company and arm of the giant consumer credit rating agency. More

New-car sales running higher than forecasts

Steve Amaro of Tamaroff Honda and Nissan in Southfield, talks with Sung Kim and his wife, Sook Kim, about a 2014 Nissan Rogue. Photos by Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News

Consumers are increasingly hitting dealerships this summer to buy or lease a new car, truck or SUV, keeping car sales for 2014 on a rate that is higher than many analysts had expected just a few months ago. More

NHTSA closes GM, Toyota defect petition reviews

Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday it is rejecting petitions demanding recalls of General Motors and Toyota cars. More

FBI ramps up probe of fired Ford engineer, seizes emails

FBI agents took more than two dozen items, including computers, from the Wyandotte home of Sharon Leach during a search June 20. Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

The FBI ramped up its investigation of a fired Ford Motor Co. engineer Friday, revealing agents have seized her personal email account after searching her home and seizing secret listening devices planted inside the automaker's headquarters. More

Senator wants GM to explain $400M compensation estimate

Blumenthal

Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants General Motors to explain how it estimates that it will spend $400 million to $600 million to pay claims linked to its recall of 2.6 million older cars for ignition switch problems. More

Listening devices found at Ford HQ; recently fired engineer investigated

 David Coates / The Detroit News

The FBI searched Ford Motor Co.'s world headquarters while investigating one of the automaker's engineers and seized listening devices, computers and financial records, according to search warrants obtained by The News on Thursday. More

GM to provide 12 Chevrolet Volts to Across America program

Chevrolet announced Friday it will support 32 MBAs Across America students trekking the country to help 50 businesses in 25 cities — including Detroit — by providing a fleet of 4G LTE Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicles for their use. Steve Fecht for Chevrolet

General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet brand is providing 12 plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volts to the nonprofit MBAs Across America program, which is traveling the country to help small businesses. More

GM may invest $37M at Lansing Delta Twp. plant

General Motors Co. may invest $37.5 million into an expansion at its Lansing Delta Township Plant, Lansing and Delta Township officials said Friday. More

NHTSA investigates 320,000 GM cars for air bag defects

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has opened a formal investigation into whether 320,000 older Chevrolet Impalas have defective software that causes the passenger air bag to fail to deploy in some crashes. More

NHTSA opens new Chrysler, Hyundai, Isuzu defect probes

Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it is opening new safety investigations into reported defects in Chrysler Group LLC Dodge Chargers, Hyundai Motor Co. Sonatas and Isuzu trucks. More

GM: 45 state AGs investigating ignition recalls

General Motors Co. disclosed Thursday that 45 state attorneys general are investigating the Detroit automaker's recall of 2.6 million vehicles linked to at least 13 deaths and 54 crashes. More

Automakers urge NHTSA to delay 'quiet car' rules

Washington — Automakers want the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to delay the introduction rules requiring 'quiet cars' to add new alerts to warn pedestrians — because the agency is behind schedule in adopting the final regulation. More

NHTSA: In-vehicle technology to prevent child heatstroke deaths not ready

Washington — The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that in-vehicle technology to prevent parents from leaving kids behind isn't ready. More

As costs threaten profits, VW takes on a more modest view of the future

2015 Passat VW

Volkswagen, Europe's biggest car maker, has suddenly switched from telling everyone within earshot the sky is not the limit, to a more modest, placatory tone which points out that maybe not all things are possible. More

GM CEO to keynote Detroit forum on 'smart' cars

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will deliver a keynote speech opening a five-day conference on the future of intelligent transportation in Detroit in September as the issue takes growing importance. More

GM calls back 822,000 vehicles in 6 new campaigns

GM is recalling 717,950 vehicles in the United States in six new recall campaigns, including the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. Reed Saxon / AP

General Motors said today it is recalling 822,000 vehicles worldwide in six new recall campaigns. None are related to ignition switch issues, and most are for minor problems. The new recalls mean GM has issued a record 60 separate recall campaigns this year affecting 28. More

GM expected to take $1.2B in recall-related earnings charge

Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. will release second-quarter earnings Thursday that each are expected to fall short of last year’s second quarter. As part of that process, GM is expected to give a potential cost estimate for a victim compensation fund related to its recall of 2. More

GM cars in U.S., Canada now being sold with embedded OnStar 4G LTE service

General Motors Co. is now selling cars in the U.S. and Canada embedded with OnStar 4G LTE mobile Internet service, with more vehicles soon rolling into dealerships with the connection the automaker hopes will win over customers and keep them returning to showrooms. More

Daimler's plan helps improve profit at Mercedes

Daimler AG's plan to restore its Mercedes-Benz brand to the top of the luxury-car market gained traction in the second quarter as surging deliveries of the flagship S-Class sedan propelled a jump in profitability. More

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