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  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Friday it was rejecting a petition by Ford Motor Co to delay recalling about 3 million vehicles with potentially defective air bag inflators to conduct additional testing. The public can comment on NHTSA's decision until Dec. 18 on both Ford and Mazda's petitions.

  • DETROIT— A new report on recalls of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators shows that automakers have replaced only 43 percent of the faulty parts even though recalls have been under way for more than 15 years. The slow completion rate comes even though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began coordinating the recalls and phasing them...

  • DETROIT— U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a Volkswagen recall may not fix a wiring problem that can stop the front driver's air bag from inflating in a crash. The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers nearly 416,000 vehicles including the 2010 to 2014 CC and Passat, the 2010 to 2013 Eos, the 2011 to 2014 Golf,...

  • DETROIT— Mitsubishi is recalling nearly 84,000 small cars in the U.S. because the air bags may not inflate in a crash. The recall covers certain Mirage models from 2014 through 2018. The company says the safety restraint computer can interpret road vibrations or a flat tire as a sensor error and disable the car's seven air bags.

  • DETROIT— The family of a pregnant woman who died in a rear-end crash while in a Jeep Liberty has cleared a hurdle in a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler. A federal judge in Detroit refused to dismiss a lawsuit Thursday filed by the estate of Kayla White. The 23- year-old Detroit- area woman was killed in 2014 when her Jeep Liberty exploded when hit from behind.

  • MADRID, Nov 17- U.S. car manufacturer Ford announced on Friday it would invest more than 750 million euros in its Spanish plant in the eastern region of Valencia to produce the new model of its Kuga SUV. The Valencia plant employs over 8,000 people and, in addition to the Kuga, makes the Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy cars and two models of van- mostly for export.

  • DETROIT— After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs— and, more recently, solar panels— Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said in a statement Friday that it has pre-ordered five Tesla units in its Walmart U.S. division and 10 units at Walmart Canada. And Arkansas trucking company J.B....

  • DETROIT— After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs— and, more recently, solar panels— Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks. It's also ramping up production of solar panels after buying Solar City Corp. last year. Musk has said Tesla is also working on a pickup truck and a lower-cost SUV and negotiating a new factory in China.

  • DETROIT— General Motors is recalling nearly 49,000 trucks worldwide to fix a fuel tank problem that increases the risk of a fire. The recall covers Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 3500 trucks from 2011 through 2015 with two fuel tanks. Owners will be notified starting Dec. 18 with parts available for repairs in February.

  • TOYOTA, Japan— At a car factory in this city named after Toyota, the usual robots with their swinging arms are missing. While much of the world is going gung-ho for electric vehicles to help get rid of auto emissions and end reliance on fossil fuels, Japan's top automaker Toyota Motor Corp. is banking on hydrogen. It has sold only about 4,000 Mirai fuel cell vehicles...

  • DETROIT, Nov 15- Delta Air Lines would use savings from a lower U.S. corporate tax rate to buy new equipment and pay down some of its debt, the carrier's chief executive said on Wednesday, as congressional Republicans work to push forward a tax cut bill. "We've had a philosophy- for every dollar of cash we make, we take 50 percent and put it back in the business.

  • DETROIT— The U.S. government has denied requests from Ford and Mazda for more time to test potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators as the companies try to avoid massive recalls. Both automakers petitioned safety regulators to escape recalls, which involve about 3 million vehicles made by Ford and 6,000 by Mazda. —That finding forced Ford and Mazda to file...

  • No. 1 automaker, Chief Executive Mary Barra told investors on Wednesday. "We are committed to a future electric vehicle portfolio that will be profitable," Barra said at the Barclays Global Automotive Conference in New York. GM is looking to break out of that pattern by developing an all-new electric vehicle platform that will accommodate multiple sizes and...

  • LANSING, Mich.— Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar on Wednesday denied accusations that he fraudulently misled the buyer of a majority stake in his chemical-testing company, which a lawsuit alleges resulted in an inflated sale price of $33.6 million last year. The lawsuit says the buyer— whose majority owner is the private equity fund High...

  • DETROIT— General Motors is telling investors its next generation of electric vehicles will cost the company 30 percent less than current ones, making them profitable after the new version debuts in 2021.. CEO Mary Barra made the forecast at the Barclay's Global Automotive Conference in New York on Wednesday. Despite the announcement, GM shares fell with the...

  • No. 1 automaker, Chief Executive Mary Barra told investors on Wednesday. "We are committed to a future electric vehicle portfolio that will be profitable," Barra said at the Barclays Global Automotive Conference in New York. GM is looking to break out of that pattern by developing an all-new electric vehicle platform that will accommodate multiple sizes and...

  • The No. 1 U.S. automaker is developing an all-new electric vehicle platform that will accommodate multiple sizes and segments, to be sold by different GM brands in the United States and China, Barra said, adding new details to what was known about GM's aggressive electrification strategy. "We are committed to a future electric vehicle portfolio that will be...

  • Nov 15- General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra is set to tell investors on Wednesday about the automaker's plans to launch a new family of electric vehicles in 2021 with batteries costing about 30 percent less than those used on the current Chevrolet Bolt. The No. 1 U.S. automaker is developing an all-new electric vehicle platform that will accommodate...

  • Tesla Inc. plans to unveil a semi tractor-trailer this week, its first foray into trucking after more than a decade of making cars and SUVs. Truck rental company Ryder just added 125 all-electric vans made by California startup Chanje to its fleet. Delivery companies, mail services and utilities will be among the biggest purchasers, and most of the growth will...

  • Uber Technologies Inc. confirmed the investment in a statement Sunday without giving details. But a person briefed on the deal told The Associated Press that SoftBank Group will buy about $1 billion worth of new Uber stock, then will offer to purchase shares from investors and Uber employees with the goal of reaching a 14 percent stake in the company.