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Toyota Sienna recalled to fix sliding doors – USA TODAY

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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Democrat Harold Ford Jr. emerging as potential Trump pick – Politico (blog)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Rep. Harold Ford Jr. served five terms in Congress representing Tennessee. | Getty By Annie Karni 11/22/16 05:57 PM EST Former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. is emerging as a possible contender for transportation secretary, or another Cabinet post, in Donald Trump’s budding administration. The telegenic Ford — who served five terms in Congress representing Tennessee and is the son of a long-serving Democratic congressman from Memphis — has worked…

US lets GM delay a recall to try to prove its Takata air bags are safe – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

U .S. auto safety regulators are allowing General Motors to delay a large recall of potentially defective air bags, giving the company time to prove that the devices are safe and to possibly avoid a huge financial hit. The unusual move by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration buys time for an outside company hired by GM to do long-term tests of Takata air bag inflators in older trucks and…

No Charges for Man Who Crashed Car at California Auto Show – ABC News

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Police will not seek charges against a man test driving a car at the Los Angeles Auto show who crashed it into a concrete planter and injured himself and five others. The impact sent shards from the planter flying but Officer Sal Ramirez says investigators determined Monday’s crash was an accident. Paramedics evaluated eight people and took six including the driver to hospitals with minor to moderate injuries. Ramirez said…

The new CX-5’s diesel engine was a long time coming, but should be worth the wait – Autoweek

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mazda had the best of intentions six years ago when it proclaimed it would begin offering diesel engines in the United States in 2012 to make its fleet more fuel efficient. But there was a problem. To meet U.S. diesel emission requirements — which are tougher than those in Europe and Japan — Mazda’s planned diesel vehicles would have simply lacked oomph. That was a painful prospect for…

Amazon will let Italians buy Fiat cars with a click – Engadget

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Orders should be ready about two weeks after you pull the trigger, Fiat says. This is clearly a competitive move on Fiat’s part. While its sales were turning a corner before this (it swung from a loss in Q3 2015 to a profit this year), incentivized online sales could help it keep that edge. You might be more likely to buy a 500 if you can order it from home…

Trump Takes Credit For Saving A US Ford Plant That Wasn’t Planning To Move – NPR

Friday, November 18, 2016

Ford Escape sport utility vehicles move down the production line at Ford Motor Co.’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Bloomberg via Getty Images Ford Escape sport utility vehicles move down the production line at Ford Motor Co.’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky. Bloomberg via Getty Images President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday night to say Ford Motor Co. executive chairman…

Fiat Chrysler teams up with Amazon to sell cars online – Reuters

Friday, November 18, 2016

MILAN Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said it has teamed up with U.S. internet giant Amazon to start selling cars online at prices up to a third cheaper than available elsewhere. Initially only Italian buyers will be able to purchase their cars with a simple click online and the offers on will be limited to three models – the 500, the Panda and the 500L. FCA said the choice was…

Fiat Chrysler recalls vehicles for fuel leak, wiper problems – CNBC

Friday, November 18, 2016

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 89,000 cars and SUVs to fix possible fuel leaks or problems with windshield wipers. The most serious recall covers nearly 35,000 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs worldwide from the 2016 model year. All have 3.6-liter V6 engines. A fuel tube may have been damaged in manufacturing, and that could cause a gas leak and fire. Fiat Chrysler says an employee found a leak…

Ford tells Trump no Lincoln SUV production going to Mexico – Reuters

Friday, November 18, 2016

WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said Ford Motor Co Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr told him the automaker would not move a Kentucky plant to Mexico, but the firm said it informed him the decision was to keep one vehicle in U.S. production. On Thursday, Trump posted on Twitter: “I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky. I owed it to the great State of…

Ford tells Trump no Lincoln SUV production going to Mexico – CNBC

Friday, November 18, 2016

The U.S. No. 2 automaker is planning to move some small-car production south of the border. The company builds the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC SUV at its Louisville assembly plant in Kentucky, where it employs about 4,700 people. It also has a separate truck plant in Louisville, where it builds pickups and larger SUVs. Ford has endured scathing criticism from Trump over its Mexican investments for nearly 18 months….

Chevrolet Bolt plug-in named Green Car of the Year – USA TODAY

Thursday, November 17, 2016

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV was named Green Car of the Year(Photo: Jim Haefner) LOS ANGELES — In its second victory in a week, General Motor’s new long-range Chevrolet Bolt electric car was named Thursday as the Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show. x Embed x Share And how it could give Tesla a run for its money. Time The award, which goes to the new…

Carmakers show their caution on electric cars at Los Angeles Auto Show – Reuters

Thursday, November 17, 2016

LOS ANGELES Electric cars are taking a back seat to more profitable trucks and sport utility vehicles at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, a venue that recently has been a showcase for green cars. Despite Tesla Motors’ (TSLA.O) bold bet on consumer demand for all-electric vehicles, traditional automakers at the show are pushing the trucks and SUVs that generate fat profits, in a reflection of how cheaper gasoline is…

Toyota to sharpen focus on electric cars through new in-house unit – Reuters

Thursday, November 17, 2016

TOKYO Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it is setting up a new in-house unit to develop electric vehicles as the Japanese automaker speeds up efforts to produce more of the lower-emission cars. Toyota said the unit would initially consist of four people – one each from the automaker, machine manufacturer Toyota Industries Corporation, and parts suppliers Aisin Seiki Co and Denso Corp. The team will be responsible for planning…

Ford’s newest car carries a ‘Made in India’ label – CNBC

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A source close to the carmaker, who wished to remain anonymous to avoid being pulled into the current trade debate, said Ford isn’t intentionally waving a red flag. It identified a yawning new product segment and wanted to get into it as soon as possible, the source explained, adding that many of the market’s other small SUVs are also coming from abroad in order to hold down costs and build…

See more photos from the floor – Los Angeles Times

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public Friday and ends Nov. 27. Take a look through our coverage from the four days of press previews and keynotes, known as AutoMobility L.A., to see photos and analysis of the latest high-tech offerings. The disappearing stick shift: Less than 3% of cars sold in the U.S. have manual transmissions Electric cars are less than 1% of the market. Yet automakers…

NextEV isn’t giving up on auto ownership – TechCrunch

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Padmasree Warrior, CEO of NextEV, took the stage at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show to make a case for car 3.0. Noting the car of the future is likely to be electric and connected is not radical, but Warrior’s assertion that individual ownership of cars is not going to completely go away is less commonly heard at tech and auto events anymore. The cutting edge of automotive technology and…

Four hot cars in all sizes highlight LA Auto Show – USA TODAY

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.(Photo: Chris Carlson, AP) LOS ANGELES — From a big luxury convertible to a maximum-sized Mini, the Los Angeles Auto Show wasn’t hurting for interesting new models being seen in the U.S. for the first time. They ranged from domestic automakers to import brands, big to small, luxury to mainstream. Some were shown at the show. Others…

Ford’s Newest Car Carries a ‘Made in India’ Label –

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Ford’s new EcoSport model is set to become the smallest SUV in the Detroit automaker’s line-up, but it could fuel the biggest debate over automotive trade. That’s because the little EcoSport will roll off a Ford assembly line in India, rather than one in the United States. Ford has also made plans to move all of its small passenger car production from its U.S. operations to a new facility in…