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  • *Discussions have split controlling Peugeot family- report. The U.S. and French automakers have discussed combinations including a joint venture between GM's Opel division and Peugeot's core manufacturing arm, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.

  • DETROIT, Oct 12- Toyota Motor Co's 2013 Lexus ES and GS models have an emergency trunk lever that snaps off easily and may trap someone inside, Consumer Reports magazine said on Friday. Consumer Reports notified both Lexus and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • UPDATE 1-GM, Peugeot mull joint venture -report Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    GM and Peugeot both declined to comment on the report, which also said the U.S. automaker could inject more cash into the joint venture. " We haven't commented on previous reports and we're not going to on this one, " Peugeot spokeman Jonathan Goodman said.

  • GM, Peugeot mull European joint venture -report Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:28 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 12- General Motors and PSA Peugeot Citroen are working on plans for a European joint venture as they flesh out the carmaking alliance they announced earlier this year, La Tribune reported on Friday. A Peugeot spokesman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

  • FACT CHECK: Slips in vice presidential debate Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 9:35 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Anyone who paid attention to a hearing in Congress this week knew that the administration had been implored to beef up security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya before the deadly terrorist attack there. But in the vice presidential debate Thursday night, Joe Biden seemed unaware.

  • Feds investigate brake problem in Honda Pilot SUVs Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    Investigators will determine if the problem is bad enough for Honda to recall the SUVs. The brakes can come on without drivers stepping on the pedal, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday. Honda says it's cooperating with the investigation and starting its own probe.

  • Feds investigate steering in Hyundai Santa Fe Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a fastener can come loose, causing the steering shaft to come part and drivers to lose control of the vehicle. It will determine if the problem is bad enough for Hyundai to recall the SUVs. Hyundai also got a complaint that a loose bolt caused a similar problem.

  • Chevy plans product blitz for 2013 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:14 PM ET

    The General Motors brand said it intends to introduce 13 new or "significantly changed" products in the coming year- "13 in' 13," according to Chevrolet communications director Michael Albano- leaving the Cruze compact, introduced just two years ago, as the oldest car in Chevy's U.S. lineup.

  • Toyota undaunted by latest massive global recall Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 5:02 AM ET

    TOKYO-- Toyota executives were unfazed Thursday by the overnight recall of 7.43 million vehicles over faulty power window switches that can cause fires, calling it a sign the Japanese company had learned from its mistakes and was becoming quicker and more transparent.

  • Ford touts 5 mpg edge of C-Max plug-in over Toyota Prius Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    DETROIT, Oct 11- Ford Motor Co, vying to challenge Toyota Motor Corp's dominance in the hybrid market, said on Thursday that its 2013 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid gets 100 miles per gallon, beating the 2012 Prius by about 5 percent.

  • For small business, hiring depends on the industry Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:55 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- If you are trying to figure out if small businesses are hiring, it depends on where you look. Just last Friday when the government was raising suspicious eyebrows with its report of a sudden drop in the unemployment rate so close to a presidential election, Andy Asbury was hiring a full-time employee to work at his Minneapolis real estate brokerage.

  • Huge window switch recall hampers Toyota comeback Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:33 PM ET

    DETROIT-- The largest recall in Toyota's 75- year history could undermine the Japanese automaker's comeback from natural disasters and embarrassing safety problems. Toyota said grease wasn't applied evenly to the switch during production, causing friction and sometimes smoke and fire.

  • Ex-GM vice chair joins board of steel materials company Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:31 AM ET

    Oct 10- Former General Motors Co Vice Chairman Robert Lutz has joined the board of a steel materials design company in which the U.S. automaker has invested, NanoSteel Co Inc said on Wednesday.

  • Council committee to hear consent deal progress Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:12 AM ET

    DETROIT-- Members of the Detroit City Council are expected to receive an update on efforts to balance the city's budget and fix its fiscal troubles. The council's Budget, Finance and Audit Standing Committee has scheduled a discussion Wednesday afternoon at City Hall on the monthly report of the Financial Stability Agreement with the state.

  • Oct 10- U.S. safety regulators warned consumers Wednesday that their repaired vehicles may contain air bags that fail to inflate during an accident. Only vehicles that had an air bag replaced over the past three years- by repair shops that are not part of new-car dealerships- may be at risk, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

  • US safety regulators warn about counterfeit airbags Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:13 AM ET

    Oct 10- U.S. safety regulator on Wednesday issued a warning to consumers with repaired vehicles that they may have air bags that don't inflate in an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said testing revealed the problem involving the sale of counterfeit air bags for use as replacement parts in vehicles involved in crashes.

  • *US safety regulator issue warning to consumers regarding possible counterfeit. air bags used as relacement parts in cars involved in accidents. *Nhtsa says counterfeit replacement air bags may not deploy or expel metal.

  • Oct 10- Former General Motors Co Vice Chairman Robert Lutz has joined the board of a steel materials design company in which the U.S. automaker has invested, NanoSteel Co Inc said on Wednesday. Prior to GM, Lutz was president of Chrysler Corp, which is now controlled by Fiat, and he held executive positions with Ford Motor Co and BMW.

  • White, silver are top vehicle colors in 2012 Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:02 AM ET

    White is the most popular color for the second year in a row after overtaking silver in 2011. The annual rankings are compiled by automotive paint supplier PPG Industries Inc., a Pittsburgh- based company that provides paints to General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., BMW AG and others. By comparison, 19 percent of midsize cars made in North America are white.

  • Cancer patient embarrassed by security pat-down Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 9:49 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- A Michigan woman dying of leukemia says she hopes her embarrassment during a Seattle airport security pat-down might change the way the Transportation Security Administration treats travelers with medical conditions. Dunaj, 34, was making what she expects will be the last trip of her life on Oct. 2 as she traveled through Seattle en route to Hawaii.