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  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said Thursday that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract. Republican lawmakers have grumbled about the United Auto Workers union's ongoing role at the plant, and Ramsey pointed to...

  • DETROIT, Feb 24- Toyota Motor Corp's Lexus brand finished on top of the Consumer Reports annual "brand report card" for the third straight year, the influential U.S. magazine said on Tuesday. Toyota came in third, followed by Volkswagen AG's Audi from Germany and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd's Subaru from Japan. Ranking eighth through 10th were namesake brands from...

  • A group of workers and supporters at the Faurecia SA seating plant in Cleveland plans a Tuesday march. The union has been trying to organize Nissan Motor Co.' s Canton, Mississippi, plant for years, and lost a 2008 worker vote at a Johnson Controls plant in nearby Madison that French-based Faurecia bought in 2011.. Protesters say Faurecia employees make a top wage...

  • DETROIT, Feb 22- Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 147,000 mid-size sedans and station wagons from 2013-2015 to check for risk of engine fires, the U.S. safety regulator said Saturday. The cars have a rubber seal in the engine compartment that can fall onto the exhaust system, increasing the risk of an under-hood fire, according to the National...

  • Stocks close up sharply, boosted by Greece and oil Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks closed sharply higher on encouraging news from the Eurozone and stronger oil prices.

  • These 9 vehicles have zero highway deaths Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    A Honda Odyssey is displayed outside the company's headquarters in Tokyo.

    A record total of nine models sold during the 2011 model-year have had a driver death rate of zero, NBC News reports.

  • Jan 28- Fuel-cell maker Plug Power Inc toned down its sales outlook for 2015, saying it had decided to put out numbers "people could rely" on after receiving "a lot of criticism for under-delivering." The company's shares fell as much as 10 percent to $2.86 in morning trade, after Chief Executive Andy Marsh said Plug Power now expected sales "in excess of $100 million".

  • Self-driving cars set to cruise Germany's autobahn Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 11:02 AM ET
    Germany to allow driverless cars on the autobahn.

    Prototypes of driverless cars are set to get the go-ahead on a stretch of Germany's busy A9 autobahn, NBC News reports.

  • After ECB move, here's where pros see opportunity Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 4:39 PM ET
    Financial traders review financial data at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Frankfurt, Germany.

    U.S. stocks rallied Thursday after the ECB unveiled its bond-buying program. Here's where the pros are hunting for value.

  • Hyundai was among the leaders in every category, ranking number three overall behind Toyota Motor Corp and Robert Bosch. Hyundai, which along with sister company Kia Motor is fifth in global sales, has outperformed the overall auto market thanks to its stylish, yet affordable models, but experts say the duo lacks a technological edge to better compete with...

  • From the floor to the road? Rating the auto show Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    While there are still a few off-the-wall cars shown at the Detroit Auto Show, these days, what you see very well may be what you get.

  • Maybach's back: Mercedes resurrects model at $190K Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 4:38 PM ET

    In the latest sign of the ultra-luxury car market's growth, Mercedes-Benz is starting its new Mercedes-Maybach S600 at just under $190,000.

  • 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...

  • DETROIT, Jan 13- Auto industry executives see nothing but blue skies in the U.S. market, especially compared with troubled Western European economies or slumping emerging markets. The disconnect between sales trends in the United States and regulatory demands is the hot topic among executives gathered for the annual Detroit auto show. "It's the CO2 stuff...

  • SAO PAULO, Jan 12- Thousands of Brazilian metalworkers marched on a highway outside of Sao Paulo on Monday to protest layoffs by carmakers, adding to a mounting crisis in a politically sensitive industry. State police said about 7,000 workers from Volkswagen AG, Ford Motor Co and the Mercedes-Benz truck unit of Germany's Daimler AG occupied a lane of the highway...

  • SAO PAULO, Jan 12- Thousands of metalworkers in Brazil marched on a highway outside of Sao Paulo on Monday to protest layoffs by carmakers, adding to a mounting crisis in a politically sensitive industry. State police said about 7,000 workers from Volkswagen AG, Ford Motor Co and the Mercedes-Benz truck unit of Germany's Daimler AG occupied a lane of the highway...

  • DETROIT, Jan 8- Fully automated driverless cars could make up nearly 10 percent of global vehicle sales, or about 12 million cars a year, by 2035, the Boston Consulting Group said on Thursday. "This will be as radical a change as the auto industry has seen in 100 years," said Thomas Dauner, head of BCG's global automotive practice. Vehicle manufacturers, including...

  • Brazil is one of the world's five biggest auto markets and a major base of operations for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Germany's Volkswagen and U.S.-based General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co.. The prospect of another weak year for Brazil's auto industry is adding to headaches for President Dilma Rousseff as she struggles to get Brazil's economy growing again...

  • Daimler's Mercedes-Benz has a different idea from Ford- and worlds apart from Internet company Google Inc, which has jolted the automotive establishment with its high-profile effort to develop a fully self-driving city car. Where Ford wants to make autonomous cars for "Everyman," and Google envisions cars as pod-like appliances, Daimler presented robotic...