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  • *Manufacturing expansion slowest since May 2013. WASHINGTON, Sept 1- U.S. factory activity braked to a more than two-year low in August, but sturdy gains in automobile sales and construction spending suggested the economy remained on solid footing. "It suggests that the recent eruption in uncertainty towards Chinese and global growth is beginning to affect U.S....

  • China is still the No. 1 market, but sales there are slowing as the economy cools and cities impose car ownership limits to curb smog and congestion. It's a reversal from six years ago, when U.S. vehicle sales plunged during the recession and China easily surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest car market. But its sales in China plunged 10 percent.

  • DETROIT— The U.S. government has fined Triumph Motorcycles up to $2.9 million for violating safety reporting requirements. Under an order issued to United Kingdom- based Triumph, the company must pay a $1.4 million cash penalty and spend at least $500,000 to improve safety practices. An investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

  • DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler is recalling 206,668 Jeep Cherokee SUVs because the windshield wipers can stop working unexpectedly. There are 158,671 in the U.S., 18,366 in Canada and 3,582 in Mexico. The rest were sold outside North America.

  • Correction: The Month Ahead story Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 12:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • Correction: The Week Ahead story Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 12:11 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • DETROIT— Dan Gilbert's ownership presence in downtown Detroit has kept growing, with the addition of a vacant 38- story office tower and adjacent buildings to his stable of properties. Book Tower, the attached 13- floor Book Building and an adjacent two-story community center have been bought by Bedrock Real Estate Services. "This project is going to be one of...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 1:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 1:17 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • According to the complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court, carbon monoxide is emitted when drivers leave their vehicles running after taking their electronic key fobs with them, under the mistaken belief that the engines will shut off. The defendants include BMW, including Mini; Daimler's Mercedes Benz; Fiat Chrysler; Ford Motor Co; General Motors Co; and...

  • AP Source: Ford planning for new small pickup in US Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 3:06 PM ET

    The company is negotiating with the United Auto Workers about making the truck at a factory in the Detroit suburb of Wayne, Michigan, a person briefed on the matter said Wednesday. The Wayne factory, which Ford calls the Michigan Assembly Plant, employs more than 4,400 workers. "We actively are pursuing future vehicle alternatives to produce at Michigan Assembly...

  • According to the complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court, carbon monoxide is emitted when drivers leave their vehicles running after taking their electronic key fobs with them, under the mistaken belief that the engines will shut off. The defendants include BMW, including Mini; Daimler's Mercedes Benz; Fiat Chrysler; Ford; General Motors; and Honda,...

  • Urban areas where commuters endure the most extra hours Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Traffic congestion nationally reached a new peak last year and is greater than ever before, according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc. Their analysis is based on federal data on the number of cars on the road and on traffic speed data collected by INRIX on 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways. 1. Washington, D.C.-...

  • Survey: Recalls make Americans less satisfied with cars Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    DETROIT— Americans are less happy with their cars and trucks than at any time in more than a decade, and it's largely because they're getting sick of dealing with recalls. "While it is true that all cars are now much better than they were 10 to 20 years ago, it is alarming that so many of them have quality problems," said Claes Fornell, chairman and founder of the survey.

  • US agency probes Jeep SUV rollaway complaints Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 5:34 PM ET

    DETROIT— U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that some newer Jeep SUVs can roll away unexpectedly after drivers put them in park. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 14 complaints from drivers, including five crashes and three injuries. In one complaint, a driver in Morganton, North Carolina, told NHTSA...

  • GM fund rejects 91 percent of ignition switch claims Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 2:28 PM ET

    DETROIT— Lawyers hired to compensate victims of General Motors' faulty ignition switches have finished determining which claims are eligible, rejecting 91 percent of them. The compensation fund led by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg approved 399 of the 4,343 claims filed and rejected 3,944.. Camille Biros, deputy administrator of the fund, said Monday the claims...

  • Aug 21- Taser International Inc is not liable for the death of a 16- year-old Michigan boy soon after he was struck in the chest by two taser darts shot by a police officer, resulting in cardiac arrest, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The 2-1 decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati was a defeat for Cora Mitchell, whose son Robert died on...

  • DETROIT— U.S. safety regulators have rejected an electrical engineer's request to investigate low-speed unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in documents posted Friday, said that three crashes cited in the engineer's request are consistent with the driver mistakenly hitting the gas pedal...

  • The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 384,000 cars from the 2008 model year. The agency says in documents posted Friday that it received 19 consumer complaints that the air bag control computer failed in the Accord, which then was Honda's top-selling model. Honda said it is cooperating with the investigation and will...

  • Aug 20- Two U.S. senators on Thursday called on Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp to immediately recall all vehicles containing the company's air bags, a demand that could affect more than 50 million cars on U.S. roads. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey, both Democrats, serve on a Senate panel that has been investigating problems with Takata air bags...