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  • DETROIT, Aug 20- Ford Motor Co plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018 to compete against the best-selling Toyota Prius, two sources with knowledge of the company's plans told Reuters on Wednesday. The sources said Ford eventually could offer several different body styles of the new hybrid, as Toyota does with the Prius.

  • Women small business owners struggle to get loans Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Women are a growing force in the business world, but if they own a company, they may still struggle to get a loan from a bank. Carrie Charlick and Marcia Cubitt have $4 million in sales but have been rejected for $500,000 credit lines since 2012. Their 11- year-old company, Essential Body Wear, sells women's underwear at parties at customers' homes.

  • US safety agency offers online recall check Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    DETROIT— The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the service started Wednesday on its website, www.safercar.gov. Drivers can key in their vehicle identification number to get the results.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 19- NGK Spark Plug Co has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $52.1 million criminal fine over its role in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for spark plugs and other automotive parts, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday.

  • COLUMN-Testing the aluminum stock financiers: Andy Home Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 19- The enigma machine that is the London aluminum market has shifted gears again. The front part of the London Metal Exchange curve has been tightening for several weeks now to the point that the shortest-dated spreads are currently in backwardation.

  • Recaro recalls over 39,000 child safety seats Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 8:53 AM ET

    DETROIT— Recaro is recalling more than 39,000 child safety seats because they can let a child's head move too far in a crash. The recall covers ProSport model 385 seats made from June 16, 2010, to Jan. 31, 2013. The problem happens when the seats are installed with the lower latch anchors and without the top tether.

  • Business Highlights Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 5:50 PM ET

    Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar. Dollar General Chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling said during a conference call Monday that the company had expressed interest in combining with Family Dollar multiple times over the last few years.

  • Safety agency opens probe into fire truck recall Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    The probe covers trucks from the 2000 to 2012 model years made by Ohio- based Sutphen Corp.. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says two ladders fell after the trucks were recalled in May of last year. Six people were hurt in incidents in Belle Valley, Pennsylvania, and Hall County, Georgia.

  • New Corvette feature keeps an eye on valets Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 4:28 PM ET

    Now, General Motors has an option on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette that takes those worries away. The automotive website Edmunds.com says Hyundai and Mercedes offer "geofencing," a feature that sets a perimeter and then notifies the owner's smart phone if a car goes beyond it.

  • Aug 15- Electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc said on Friday it had boosted warranty coverage on its Model S sedan, a week after an influential U.S. consumer magazine highlighted problems with the $70,000- plus vehicle. It purchased the car in January 2013 for $89,650.

  • DETROIT, Aug 15- Ford Motor Co is recalling nearly 160,000 Focus ST sedans and Escape crossovers from model years 2013-2014 to correct a wiring problem that could affect engine performance, the company said on Friday. There are no crashes or injuries attributed to the problem, Ford said.

  • Aug 14- The Detroit City Council on Thursday approved four bond issues to raise cash to pay settlements with some city creditors, according to the city clerk's office, offering a glimpse at how Detroit intends to finance its exit from the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy.

  • Ambac was also negotiating on behalf of Erste Europäische Pfandbrief-und Kommunalkreditbank AG, the holder of the bonds, and Wells Fargo Bank, the bond trustee and the flagship bank of Wells Fargo& Co. Details of the negotiations are subject to a judicial gag order.

  • Aug 14- A bond insurance company fired back at Detroit's attempt to invalidate $1.45 billion of pension debt, claiming in a court filing late Wednesday that it was "fraudulently" led to guarantee payments on the debt.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 14- General Motors Co will invest 6.5 billion reais in Brazil over the next five years, Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said on Thursday, reaffirming the automaker's long-term plans despite a sharp downturn in the local market.

  • Aug 14- A bond insurance company fired back at Detroit's attempt to invalidate $1.45 billion of pension debt, claiming in a court filing late Wednesday that it was "fraudulently" led to guarantee payments on the debt.

  • Aug 13- A federal judge on Wednesday once again delayed the start of the key phase of Detroit's historic bankruptcy case, pushing it to Aug. 29 from Aug. 21.

  • UPDATE 1-Start of Detroit bankruptcy trial delayed a week Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Wednesday pushed the start of the trial on Detroit's exit from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history to Aug. 29 from Aug. 21, with opening statements scheduled for the following Tuesday, Sept. 2.

  • To achieve annual sales above pre-recession levels of about 17 million new vehicles, "the automakers are going to have to increase incentives more," said Larry Dominique, executive vice president of research firm TrueCar Inc..

  • Aug 12- The bankrupt city of Stockton, California, on Friday submitted a revised plan to exit Chapter 9 that reflects the judge's ruling over the value of a holdout creditor's collateral, but a larger question still looms over whether public pensions will be cut.