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U.S. wants to regulate large non-bank auto lending

Washington — The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed federal oversight of larger auto finance companies for the first time, after it uncovered discrimination against minority buyers who have taken out loans for cars at major banks. More

GM recall problems won't go away soon

 John T. Greilick / The Detroit News

Back-channel word from General Motors Co. is that the ignition-switch scandal responsible for 19 deaths, the firing of 15 company insiders and four rounds of congressional thrashings is in the rear-view mirror now. More

ZF, TRW merger could mean more Mich. jobs

A $12.4 billion acquisition of Livonia-based TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. by German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen could mean more jobs and investments in Michigan, according to executives. More

NHTSA approves Michigan request to buy foreign-made motorcycles

Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has approved a request by the state of Michigan to buy 20 foreign-made motorcycles using government grants, waiving federal rules that require U.S. vehicle purchases. More

House Dems defend NHTSA: 'The fault here lies squarely with GM'

Henry Waxman Associated Press

Two House Democrats criticized a Republican report that harshly criticized the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for failing to discover defects in General Motors cars linked to at least 19 deaths and 54 crashes. More

NHTSA faces harsh criticism in Senate hearing

David Friedman, the acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, testifies at the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance on Tuesday. Lauren Victoria Burke / AP

The highest-ranking official at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came under withering criticism Tuesday from senators of both parties, but refused to accept blame for failing to discover defects in now-recalled General Motors cars that h More

U.S. working to fill NHTSA chief job quickly

Anthony Foxx. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Washington — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a Detroit News interview the White House is getting closer to naming a new chief to run the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More

GM to add 750 jobs at Missouri plant

2015 Chevrolet Colorado. GM

General Motors Co. said Tuesday it will add about 750 new jobs and a third shift early next year at its Wentzville Assembly Plant in Missouri to help meet demand for the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups. More

GM's Opel scales back Russian production as car market shrinks

The combined market share of GM's Opel, Chevrolet and Cadillac brands in Russia declined to 7.8 percent in the January to August period from 9 percent a year earlier, the carmaker said Tuesday. Daniel Roland / AFP/Getty Images

General Motors Co.'s European division Opel is cutting jobs in Russia as the country's car market shrinks amid political turmoil and a weakening currency. More

Google's vision of driverless future at odds with automakers

Google's Lexus RX 450H Self Driving Car is seen parked on Pennsylvania Ave. on April 23, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Google Inc., with its vision for a future where cars drive themselves, is putting itself at odds with an auto industry that shares its desire for safer, less-congested roads — yet won't abide the 'driverless' part. More

GM compensation fund approves 19 death claims, beyond 13 confirmed by automaker

GM — which paid a record setting $35 million federal fine for delaying its recall of 2.6 million older Cobalt, Ion and other cars linked to faulty ignition switches — has to date only said it believes 13 deaths and 54 crashes are related to the problem. GM hasn't offered any recent figure on the number of injuries it believes are connected. Bill Pugliano / Getty Images

The independent compensation fund overseeing claims from General Motors ignition switch recall has approved applications for 19 deaths in its first six weeks of operation. More

NHTSA chief tells automakers: time for 'new normal' on recalls

Friedman BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images

The highest-ranking official at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday he has met with executives at 12 major automakers in recent months to urge them to take defect issues more seriously. More

Ford's sales in Europe up 14.4 percent in August

Ford Motor Co.'s Europe sales increased 14.4 percent in August, thanks in part to record sales of its Kuga sport-utility vehicle. More

U.S. investigates 205,000 Ford Fiesta cars for faulty doors

2013 Ford Fiesta Ford

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday it has opened an investigation into 205,000 Ford Fiesta cars because of complaints the doors failed to latch. More

ZF buying Livonia-based TRW Automotive for about $12.4B

This 2012 file photo shows Fair goers inspecting coupling technique at the stand of ZF Friedrichshafen AG at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung for Commercial Vehicles in Hanover, central Germany. It was announced on Monday that German car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen is to buy US' TRW for $11.7 billion. Peter Steffen / AFP/Getty Images

German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen said Monday it had agreed to acquire one of the largest U.S. auto suppliers, Livonia-based TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., in a $12.4 billion deal. More

Automakers oppose Senate bill to boost recall penalties

Automakers will urge a Senate committee to abandon proposals to hike fines for delayed recalls or impose criminal penalties on auto execs who cover up dangerous safety issues. More

Ex-Ford CEO Mulally undecided on next step, says he won't run for president

Former Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally Bryan Mitchell / Special to Detroit News

Former Ford president and CEO Alan Mulally said Sunday he will not run for president after leaving the door open last week in an appearance at a conference in Indianapolis. More

Ferrari will boost production to keep pace with super rich

Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne Antonio Calanni / AP

Ferrari will churn out more cars than previously planned after Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of parent Fiat SpA, takes the top job at the supercar maker next month. More

Could new technology devastate auto industry?

A 1-series ready to be hired by a Drive Now client. BMW

Communications technology has shaken the book business to its foundations, not to mention newspapers, and automobile manufacturers might be the next industry ripe for attack. More

Cars-for-hire companies Uber, Lyft jockey for Michigan drivers

Uber drivers like Khalil Refai, above, in Detroit, use their own cars to provide rides to customers. Daniel Mears / The Detroit News

As cars-for-hire services grow, the two major players in Michigan are battling each other for a limited amount of drivers, in some cases wooing them away from their rival company with bonuses and perks. More

U.S. shrinks Ally stake to 13.8 percent

Washington — The U.S. Treasury said it sold another nearly 9 million shares in its Ally Financial stake, shrinking its remaining stake to 13.8 percent, and has begun the sale of its remaining shares. More

Ford recalls hybrid SUVs to fix stalling problem

Washington — Ford Motor Co. said Friday it is issuing three new recall campaigns covering more than 76,000 vehicles. More

3 versions of 2015 GMC Sierra Carbon Editions available this fall

General Motors Co. said Friday it will offer 2015 GMC Sierra Carbon Editions that include carbon fiber looking graphics and a distinctive appearance. More

U.S. charges former Ford salesman with odometer fraud

The Justice Department said Friday a former salesman at a Los Angeles-area Ford dealership and another man were charged with odometer tampering. More

Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

Surrounded by lawmakers and staff members, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signs into law an unprecedented package of incentives to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state, at the Capitol, in Carson City, Nev., on Sept. 11, 2014. Cathleen Allison / AP

Carson City, Nev. — Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. More

GM buys former Lowe Campbell Ewald headquarters

The 150,000-square-foot building is on Van Dyke south of 13 Mile. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

General Motors has purchased the former Lowe Campbell Ewald headquarters building near its Warren Tech Center and will use the site for expansion of its massive Tech Center. More

Toyota recalling 140,000 '14 trucks for air bag problem

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it will recall 140,000 new trucks for possible air bag problems More

China fines Chrysler, Audi on monopoly charges

China on Sept. 11, 2014, announced it will fine automaker Audi $40.5 million and Chrysler $5.2 million in a sweeping anti-monopoly probe of their industry that has prompted complaints foreign businesses are being treated unfairly. AP

Beijing — China on Thursday announced it will fine Audi $40.5 million and Chrysler $5.2 million in a sweeping anti-monopoly probe of the auto industry that has prompted complaints foreign businesses are being treated unfairly. More



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