BEIJING, March 11- China will launch pilot programmes testing the development of privately-owned banks in Tianjin, Shanghai, Zhejiang and Guangdong, the country's bank regulator Shang Fulin said on Tuesday.» Read More
*Barra learned of ignition-switch issue two weeks after becoming CEO. DETROIT, March 10- In her first big test as General Motors Co's chief executive, Mary Barra has taken a hands-on approach behind the scenes in directing the automaker's response to ignition-switch problems that have been linked to 13 deaths. Most of the affected vehicles are in North America.
A beautifully restored 1968 Datsun 1600 was sold at an auction for more than $50,000. CNBC's Robert Frank reports on the hottest collectible cars.
DETROIT, March 10- General Motors Co said on Monday that the team conducting a probe of the company's handling of an ignition switch recall linked to 13 deaths includes attorneys from both inside and outside the No. 1 U.S. automaker.
Audi is betting it finally has the car to challenge Mercedes and BMW in the fast-growing entry-level luxury market.
CNBC's Phil LeBeau and Scott Keogh, Audi of America president, discuss Audi's newest entry-level luxury automobile. This segment is where the growth is going to come from, says Keogh.
CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports their have been more than 260 complaints about GM models stalling.
DETROIT, March 7- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne made salary and stock awards worth $307,989 last year for heading Chrysler Group LLC, according to a filing with U.S. regulators by the American automaker on Friday. Fiat SpA, based in Italy, and Chrysler Group LLC, headquartered in Michigan, were merged in January.
DETROIT, March 7- General Motors Co needs to get through its ignition-switch recall and the resulting federal investigation quickly to avoid any lasting damage to its brand, but the federal probe could keep the problem in the public eye for at least six months.
After Jimmy Fallon said he's thinking about buying a truck, four automakers have reached out to sell him one.
*Commission has begun legal proceedings against Germany. BRUSSELS, March 7- EU scientists have found that the new car coolant at the centre of a dispute that has pitched regulators against Germany and its luxury carmaker Daimler does not pose any serious safety risks, the European Commission said on Friday.
AVON LAKE, Ohio-- Ford Motor Co. is announcing that it will build its Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks at its assembly plant west of Cleveland. The automaker says it is shifting production from Mexico to its Avon Lake plant. The move announced Friday is part of a pledge Ford made with union leaders in 2011 to shift medium-duty truck production from Mexico.
DETROIT, March 6- Ford Motor Co Chief Executive Alan Mulally was awarded performance bonuses for 2013 worth $13.8 million, the No. 2 U.S. automaker disclosed to U.S. regulators on Thursday.
DETROIT, March 6- Ford Motor Co Chief Executive Alan Mulally was awarded performance bonuses worth $13.8 million for 2013, the No. 2 U.S. automaker disclosed to U.S. regulators on Thursday. The shares were worth $13.83 million based on Thursday's closing price of $15.67.
Ferrari is launching its new "starter" California T model this week, reports CNBC's Robert Frank.
Mary Barra's first crisis as GM CEO is how it handled the recall of 1.37 million vehicles sold in the U.S. with a faulty ignition key.
Ferrari's revenue and profit both increased in 2013 as it sold more of its top-line models with higher margins, reports CNBC's Robert Frank.
*Continental to pay higher 2013 dividend of 2.50 euros. FRANKFURT, March 6- German auto parts and tyre maker Continental is considering further acquisitions, weeks after announcing the purchase of U.S. rubber firm Veyance Technologies for 1.4 billion euros.
Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, says the company is committed to manufacturing in the U.K. but is also looking to expand into China and Brazil.
GM reported a 20 percent sales gain in February. The Fast Money traders discuss how to trade General Motors.
DETROIT, March 5- Poor sales of the compact Dodge Dart led to a week of layoffs for 325 workers at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plant in Belvidere, Illinois, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday.