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  • *GM to decide soon on Opel cost cuts, alliance with PSA. *Opel says aims to source more parts from PSA, not GM. GM fully stands behind Opel, "GM Vice Chairman Stephen Girsky said in a statement sent by email.

  • US probes Honda Pilots, Odysseys that roll away Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:51 PM ET

    DETROIT-- U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that Honda Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUVs can roll away after drivers remove the ignition key. The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affects more than 577,000 older-model vehicles, which were big sellers with families because of their space and reputation for quality.

  • An estimated 577,100 Honda vehicles are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Defects Investigation. "Honda will cooperate with NHTSA through the investigation process, and will initiate our own internal review of the available information," said a spokesman for American Honda Motor Co..

  • Oct 5- General Motors Co said on Friday it will shift its hydrogen fuel cell development program from upstate New York, and consolidate the operation with its global power train engineering headquarters in Pontiac, Michigan.

  • GM to move fuel cell research from NY to Michigan Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:39 AM ET

    DETROIT-- General Motors Co. said Friday that it plans to close its hydrogen fuel-cell research operation near Rochester, N.Y., and move about 220 jobs to Michigan. The Detroit- based automaker said the move will bring together experts on engine and transmission technology.

  • Detroit water workers union: 5-day strike over Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    DETROIT-- The union representing Detroit Water and Sewerage workers says a five-day strike has ended and that 36 employees fired for walking out will get their jobs back. American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Local 207 said in a statement Thursday that its executive board voted to end the strike after negotiations with management.

  • US probes Hyundai Veloster for shattering sunroofs Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:36 AM ET

    DETROIT-- Drivers of the Hyundai Veloster could be in for a surprise while cruising down the highway. The probe affects about 18,000 vehicles from the 2012 model year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday. Hyundai said it is working with NHTSA on the investigation.

  • Feds studying problems with Ford Escape throttles Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:15 AM ET

    DETROIT-- U.S. safety regulators are looking into throttle problems in older Ford Escapes at the request of a consumer group. The nonprofit North Carolina Consumers Council has asked federal regulators to investigate two complaints from drivers who say the small SUV stalled or surged forward.

  • Safety agency investigating Honda Pilot, Odyssey Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:10 AM ET

    DETROIT-- U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that Honda Odyssey Minivans and Pilot SUVs can roll away after drivers remove the ignition key. The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affects more than 577,000 vehicles from the 2003 and 2004 model years that have automatic transmissions.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. RUSSELL PRICE, SENIOR ECONOMIST, AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL, DETROIT. ECONOMIST, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK.

  • Fundraiser describes payoffs to ex-Detroit mayor Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:53 PM ET

    DETROIT-- A fundraiser for Kwame Kilpatrick told jurors Thursday that she regularly pulled money from her bra to pay kickbacks to the then- Detroit mayor, whom she considered like her own son. Emma Bell at times struggled as she explained her dealings with Kilpatrick.

  • Water union demands amnesty before ending strike Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:08 AM ET

    DETROIT-- The union for striking Detroit Water and Sewerage Department workers says it will continue the walkout until the city gives amnesty to 34 workers threatened with firing. The union struck Sunday to protest Detroit's plan to downsize the department and eliminate most of the jobs in the department over several years.

  • Oct 4- Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk dismissed fears the electric carmaker was in financial trouble and said it was making an advance payment on the federal loan used to make its Model S sedan.

  • Honda recalls 820,000 Civics and Pilots Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:34 AM ET

    DETROIT-- Honda says it is recalling more than 820,000 Civic compact cars and Pilot SUVs because the headlights can fail. The recall affects Civics from the 2002 and 2003 model years and Pilots from 2004 and 2005.. Honda says it will fix the wiring for free.

  • DETROIT, Oct 4- Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk dismissed fears the electric carmaker was in financial trouble and said it was making an advance payment on the federal loan used to make its Model S sedan.

  • Dodge Dart gets top crash-test rating Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 5:53 PM ET

    DETROIT, Oct 3- The Dodge Dart, the model Chrysler is betting on becoming a top-selling small car, was among four new vehicles on the U.S. market to receive a top crash-test rating by an influential safety group on Wednesday.

  • Unemployment rates for Midwestern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
  • Striking Detroit water workers face firing Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    DETROIT-- Thirty-four Detroit Water and Sewerage workers who went on strike over pay cuts and the city's plan to downsize the department over several years have been suspended without pay and face firing.

  • *GM, Ford see soft truck sales; Toyota up 41.5 pct. DETROIT, Oct 2- U.S. auto sales last month posted their best showing in 4-1/ 2 years, helped by cheap financing, rising consumer confidence and a major rebound by Toyota Motor Corp.

  • US auto sales stay strong in September Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:48 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Americans found plenty of reasons to buy new cars in September, making auto sales a bright spot in the economy for yet another month. Sales rose for most carmakers, led by big gains at Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen. Gas prices have jumped 14 percent since July 1, and hit $3.79 per gallon at the end of September, a record for that time of year.