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  • *UAW chief sees shift toward utility vehicles, trucks enduring. DETROIT, Feb 5- The head of the United Auto Workers said on Friday he has asked Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne for a meeting to discuss the company's plan to stop making two low-profit car models. UAW President Dennis Williams said at a press conference at the union's Detroit...

  • DETROIT— Bridgestone-Firestone North America is recalling more than 36,000 heavy truck tires in the U.S. and Canada because the tread can separate from the body and cause the tires to fail. The recall covers 22.5- inch Firestone FS561 replacement tires made from January 25, 2015 to January 27, 2016. The company says in documents filed with the government that...

  • Democrats are making support for Flint, a poor city of mostly African Americans and Latinos near Detroit, a wider issue ahead of the November presidential election. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are set to hold a presidential debate next month in Flint. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska and a co-sponsor of the bill,...

  • WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, Feb 4- Continental Automotive Systems said Thursday it supplied potentially defective air bag control units to 5 million vehicles used by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, and three other manufacturers built over a five-year period worldwide, widening an air bag safety crisis. Continental Automotive, a unit of Germany- based...

  • DETROIT— Haggling over a car price isn't always a bargain. When buyers use TrueCar, they get a bell curve of sales prices reported by dealers, plus three discounted price offers on the car they want from dealers in their area. TrueCar, founded in 2005, makes its money on fees paid by dealers for sales.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- A wide-ranging U.S. energy bill, the country's first major energy measure in more than eight years, was close to stalling in the Senate on Thursday as the chamber struggled to strike a deal to help Flint, Michigan cope with a drinking water crisis. Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both of Michigan, had proposed an amendment to...

  • The documents, posted Thursday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, said Continental will notify automakers, who will recall cars dating as far back as 2006.. Already Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen and Mercedes have issued recalls, and some unidentified Mazda and Volvo Truck vehicles are included. Honda reported two injuries from...

  • The craftsmen of Murano, an island near Venice, didn't have such technology, yet they still turned out museum-worthy pieces known for their artistry and beauty, using techniques that remained exclusive for centuries. Through years of researching Venetian glass collections at American and European museums and comparing the artifacts with more...

  • DETROIT— Honda is recalling an additional 2.2 million Honda and Acura vehicles because the driver's air bag inflators made by Takata can explode and hurl shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Honda's recall includes older model years dating to 2005, but also has some newer vehicles from as recently as the 2015 and 2016 model years. Honda said in a statement...

  • DETROIT/ WASHINGTON, Feb 3- Honda Motor Co Ltd is expanding its recall in North America of late-model vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata air bags, adding 2.23 million vehicles, the automaker said Wednesday. Honda said certain Acura and Honda vehicles from model years 2005-2016 are being recalled to replace Takata PSDI-5 driver-side...

  • LIVONIA, Mich.— Ford Motor Company is conducting tests at one of its Detroit- area facilities after finding vinyl chloride in groundwater outside the plant. Samples with the chemical were found last summer at least 7 feet below ground on the east side of Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant, The Detroit News reported Wednesday. The automaker plans to drill borings...

  • DETROIT/ WASHINGTON, Feb 3- Honda Motor Co is expanding its recall in North America of late-model vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata air bags, in a move that could affect around 2.3 million vehicles. The Japanese automaker sent dealers in the United States a letter on Jan. 30, informing them of its intent to recall about 2 million Honda and Acura...

  • DETROIT/ WASHINGTON, Feb 3- Honda Motor Co is expanding its recall in North America of late-model vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata air bags, in a move that could affect nearly 2.3 million vehicles. The Japanese automaker sent dealers in the United States a letter on Jan. 30, informing them of its intent to recall up to 2 million Honda and Acura...

  • Yet shares in the Detroit automakers aren't getting any respect, increasing pressure on executives to boost dividends and share buybacks even as the costs of new technology and emissions regulations rise. GM shares fell as much as 5 percent, even as Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra and Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens told investors on a conference...

  • Latest: House panel seeks documents on Flint water crisis Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 11:48 AM ET

    Fred Upton of Michigan and Democrat Frank Pallone of New Jersey sent letters to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Wednesday seeking information on Flint. The lawmakers are asking a series of questions, including details on how the two agencies are responding to the crisis and whether it is possible to...

  • Scion brand taught Toyota what young buyers really want Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 10:37 AM ET

    DETROIT— Toyota is killing its youth-oriented Scion brand after learning an important lesson: Young buyers simply want Toyotas. Scion was formed in 2003 to court Generation X buyers, who didn't like their parents' brands and didn't trust traditional marketing, says Bob Carter, Toyota Motor Corp.' s senior vice president of U.S. operations. It was known for its...

  • Fiat Chrysler recalls Chargers that can slip off jacks Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 10:05 AM ET

    DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than a half-million Dodge Chargers worldwide because they can slip off of a jack when tires are being changed. The recall covers Chargers from the 2011 to 2016 model years and includes almost 442,000 cars in the United States. The company says the body beneath the doors can become deformed during jack use, making the cars...

  • DETROIT, Feb 3- General Motors Co rode sales of SUVs and pickup trucks in North America to a record profit in 2015, and reaffirmed its forecast to do better this year despite signs that vehicle sales are hitting a peak. Wall Street expected $1.21 per share, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. GM affirmed an earlier forecast that it will...

  • North America 4th-qtr profit tops estimates Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 7:42 AM ET

    DETROIT, Feb 3- General Motors Co rode sales of SUVs and pickup trucks in North America to a record profit in 2015, and the automaker reaffirmed its expectation to do better this year despite signs that vehicle sales are hitting a peak. Wall Street expected $1.21 per share, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. GM affirmed an earlier forecast...

  • For General Motors, that's what happened last year as the company posted a record $9.7 billion net profit. Yes, a good chunk of that was a $3.9 billion one-time accounting gain due to better prospects in Europe, but the company still made billions on booming sales of its strong lineup of SUVs and trucks, mainly in North America. Excluding special items, GM earned...