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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

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

NHTSA reviews 320,000 GM cars for airbag defects

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it is looking at whether 320,000 older General Motors Impala cars have defective software that causes the passenger airbag 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

Chrysler recalls 800,000 SUVs for ignition problems

2006 Jeep Commander DaimlerChrysler / Wieck

Chrysler Group LLC is recalling nearly 800,000 older Jeep SUVs for ignition swtich problems and urging owners to only use the ignition key as the automaker works to find a fix. More

Ford reveals details about engines in aluminum-body F-150s

Doug Scott, marketing manager of Ford trucks, shows off the weight difference between the 2014 F-150 on the left and the 2015 F-150 on Tuesday. Clarence Tabb Jr / The Detroit News

Ford today revealed details about the engines that will power the aluminum-body 2015 F-150, and showed the pickup is lighter than originally estimated. More

Michigan tax breaks to spur GM, supplier expansions

Since 2009, GM has invested up to $2.8 billion in Michigan. Getty Images

General Motors Co. and several auto suppliers are ramping up investment in Michigan to the collective tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, and plan to create thousands of jobs after the Michigan Strategic Fund approved tax breaks for the companies. More

Tesla pauses production for plant upgrade

Tesla Motors Inc. halted production at its California assembly plant for the first time as it adds robots to accelerate production of electric sedans and prepares to build its Model X sport utility vehicle. More

Toyota tries to fend off Latinos' suitors

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to remain the top-selling auto brand among U.S. Hispanic customers as competing automakers boost efforts to win a bigger share of business from the nation's largest ethnic minority group. More

Judge orders PBGC to turn over documents in Delphi pension suit

Washington — A Republican senator on Tuesday praised a ruling by a federal judge that ordered the government's pension insurer to disclose more documents related to its decision to absorb the salaried pension plans at Delphi Corp in bankruptcy. More

Ford names new president of Lincoln brand


Kumar Galhotra, Ford Motor Co.'s former vice president of engineering, has been named president of Lincoln in a move that underscores the automaker's commitment to overhauling its troubled luxury brand. More

Consumer Reports: Buick Regal beats Volvo S60, ties Mercedes-Benz C250 in road test

Consumer Reports magazine said Tuesday that the Buick Regal beat the Volvo S60 in a head-to-head road test, and finished one point lower than the BMW 328i and tied the Mercedes-Benz C250 in the 'upscale' sports sedan ratings. More

Mercedes seeks to close gap in China with more dealers, new models

Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz expects to outpace the growth in industry sales of premium autos in China this year, after merging two competing sales networks and adding new models including its new C-class sedan. More

Feds want faster pace for auto recalls

NHTSA administrator David Friedman

The Obama administration and some members of Congress want to give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sweeping new authority to get unsafe cars off the road quickly. And they want higher fines to deter automakers from delaying recalls. More

Foxx: No NHTSA officials fired, disciplined in GM probe

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says no one has been disciplined or fired as a result of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s handling of complaints related to General Motors Co.’s delayed recall of 2.6 million vehicles linked to at least 13 deaths. More

Opel Group to manage GM's European business

General Motors Co. said Monday it has given full responsibility for GM's European business to a new entity called Opel Group that combines oversight of the Opel/Vauxhall brands, plus other operations including GM's Russian business. More

Websites ease car-buying process

Websites and phone apps are helping vehicle buyers gain insight before they step inside a showroom. Nam Y. Huh / AP

Want to take some of the stress and mystery out of the car-buying process? Get on the Internet. More



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