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  • WASHINGTON, March 31- German-based auto parts company Robert Bosch GmbH agreed to plead guilty to fixing the prices of spark plugs and other auto parts, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. The company agreed to pay a criminal fine of $57.8 million. The company's settlement is the most recent in a long list of auto parts makers- 34 total- who have pleaded guilty or...

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 14- Technology giant Apple is learning how to make a self-driving electric car and is talking to experts at carmakers and automotive suppliers, an automotive source familiar with the talks said on Saturday. The Cupertino, California- based maker of phones, computers and watches is exploring how to make an entire vehicle, not just designing...

  • Feb 12- Honda Motor CEO Takanobu Ito, under fire for how he is dismantling the traditional way the Japanese car maker sources parts and technologies, has resisted moves for his ouster and will fight on for another two-year term, according to four people with direct knowledge of the matter. Ito took over in 2009, and for the past three years has shaken up Honda's...

  • Breakup: Activist fund looking to split Lear Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 11:41 AM ET
    Lear headquarters in Southfield, Mich.

    Nearly three years after taking a substantial stake in the auto supplier, Marcato Capital Management is agitating for a breakup.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 2- Japan's Minebea Co Ltd has agreed to plead guilty to fixing the prices of ball bearings and to pay a $13.5 million criminal fine, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday. Minebea's plea brings to 34 the number of companies which have been charged with fixing prices of auto parts in the United States. Other auto parts companies that have settled...

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 30- A boom in demand for car safety systems will help German engineer Robert Bosch to boost sales and profit margins this year, it forecast on Friday. The company, a major supplier of electronic and mechanical automotive components, said preliminary figures showed group sales reached 48.9 billion euros last year, up 6.2 percent on the year before,...

  • DETROIT, Jan 29- Honda Motor Co said on Thursday that a driver was killed last week in a Houston suburb in a 2002 Accord equipped with a Takata Corp air bag that may have ruptured. The Harris County Sheriff is investigating the crash, which occurred Jan. 18 in Spring, Texas, north of Houston, and identified the driver as 35- year-old Carlos Solis. Takata's handling of air...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 22- An executive with the Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp was indicted on Thursday for conspiring to fix the prices of seat belts sold to carmakers, the U.S. Justice Department said. Hiromu Usuda, a sales executive for Takata from 2005 to 2011, is accused of meeting with executives of other companies that make seat belts to reach agreements on...

  • DETROIT, Jan 14- Internet search company Google Inc has begun discussions with most of the world's top automakers and has assembled a team of traditional and nontraditional suppliers to speed efforts to bring self-driving cars to market by 2020, a Google executive said on Wednesday. They've got a lot to offer, " Chris Urmson, director of Google's self-driving...

  • Google partners with auto suppliers on self-driving car Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 2:02 PM ET

    DETROIT, Jan 14- Internet company Google Inc has begun discussions with most of the world's top automakers and has assembled a team of traditional and nontraditional suppliers to speed up efforts to bring self-driving cars to market by 2020, a top Google executive said on Wednesday. They've got a lot to offer, " Chris Urmson, director of Google's self-driving car...

  • IKEDA, Japan, Jan 14- When Daihatsu Motor Co launched the Mira e: S minicar in 2011, the Toyota affiliate thought it had found a model for emerging markets. The automotive keiretsu system, pioneered by parent Toyota Motor Corp. and widely adopted by rivals, was acclaimed across the world in the 1980 s and 1990 s as an ingredient in Japan Inc's success.

  • Tesla plant will lower Nevada unemployment: Pol Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 3:06 PM ET
    Carson Street in Carson City, Nevada

    Nevada's unemployment rate will "drop considerably" should Tesla build a plant near Carson City, says Mayor Bob Crowell.

  • This is what China's antitrust drive is really about Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 1:20 AM ET

    China's recent anti-monopoly law enforcement may be less about targeting foreign companies than combating another potential threat: income inequality.

  • Weak EM currencies a challenge: GM Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | 6:05 AM ET

    Emerging market currencies are likely to remain weak for the long term, and that's spurring a strategy shift, General Motors said.

  • Alcoa to buy jet engine component maker for $2.85B Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 10:31 AM ET
    Aluminum rods displaying the Alcoa logo

    Alcoa announced it plans to acquire jet engine component maker Firth Rixson from Oak Hill Capital Partners for $2.85 billion in cash and stock.

  • What the F-150 says about the aluminum industry Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    Aluminum makers have been shifting from mining, refining and smelting and focusing on fabricated products. Here's why.

  • Bad paperwork might mean you don’t own your car Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 8:09 AM ET

    Meggan Bailey of CNBC's "The Car Chasers" says bad paperwork is one of many mistakes people can make after purchasing a car.

  • Use a woman’s touch to market and sell your car Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 | 7:24 AM ET
    1955 Chevrolet 2 door

    From detailing it clean, to taking great photographs, Meggan Bailey, star of CNBC Prime's "The Car Chasers," tells you how to properly market your car.

  • That car you just bought online may not exist Tuesday, 5 Nov 2013 | 7:23 AM ET

    It's one of the oldest tricks – selling a customer something that simply does not exist. Jeff and the Roundman offer their advice to help you avoid auto scams.

  • Hustling for a bargain at an auto auction Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 | 8:20 AM ET
    A 1958 Chevrolet Cameo truck is lined up for auction with other cars and trucks in a field on the Lambrecht family farm on September 26, 2013 in Pierce, Nebraska.

    Navigating an auto auction can be tricky. Jeff Allen and his father, Tom Souter, reveal the secrets to getting the best price.