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  • 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...

  • Joel Beauvais, acting water chief for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said Michigan officials ignored federal advice to treat Flint water for corrosion-causing elements last year and delayed for months before telling the public about the health risks of lead-contaminated water. "What happened in Flint was avoidable and never should have...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 2- Health experts are bracing for Zika virus to spread to the United States by April or May, borne by a mosquito that craves human blood, feeds during the day and lives under beds and inside closets. Until now, the best weapon against disease-carrying mosquitoes in the United States has been outdoor pesticide fog sprayed by truck and airplane.

  • DETROIT— Toyota is recalling about 320,000 trucks and SUVs because the roof-mounted air bags can inflate without a crash. The recall covers the 2005 and 2006 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia, the 2003 through 2006 Land Cruiser, and the 2004 through 2006 4- Runner. Also included are the 2003 through 2006 Lexus LX 470 and the 2004 through 2006 GX 470..

  • Toyota Credit settles US discrimination allegations Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 5:43 PM ET

    DETROIT— Toyota Motor Credit Corp. will pay $21.9 million to black and Asian borrowers as part of a settlement over alleged discriminatory lending. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced the settlement Tuesday. Ally Financial and Honda's U.S. finance arm have reached similar settlements.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 2- Toyota Motor Credit Corp has agreed to pay up to $21.9 million in restitution to thousands of African-American, Asian and Pacific Islander customers, for charging them higher interest rates on auto loans than white borrowers with comparable creditworthiness, the U.S. government said. Toyota Motor Credit will also change its pricing and...

  • Takata panel finds problems with its quality processes Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 10:24 AM ET

    DETROIT— Embattled air bag maker Takata Corp. lacks processes that would improve the quality of its products, including air bag inflators that have been blamed for at least 11 deaths and 139 injuries, an outside panel hired by the company has found. The group, which includes three former heads of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was formed...

  • January US auto sales fall slightly due to storm Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 8:10 AM ET

    Sales fell less than 1 percent to 1.1 million, according to Autodata Corp. The mid-January storm, which buried New York and Washington D.C. under more than 2 feet of snow, cost automakers around 15,000 vehicle sales, said John Humphrey, J.D. Power's senior vice president of automotive. Ford, Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen all saw sales decline from last January.