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Ford hires ex-GM sales analyst to boost connectivity technologies
3:18 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15
Ford said today it has hired Paul Ballew, a former GM sales analyst, to help speed development of autonomous-driving, mobility and connectivity technologies. ...


Ford deploys kiosks to push F-150
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
But even before the new Ford F-150s arrive in showrooms in large numbers, some dealerships can give shoppers a good look at the redesigned pickup truck with video kiosks. ...


Ford seeks infotainment middle ground
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14
In replacing its widely derided MyFord Touch infotainment system, Ford gathered more outside input than it had ever considered in developing an entire vehicle. ...


Fields predicts 'breakthrough year' for Ford in 2015
4:33 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11
Ford CEO Mark Fields said 2015 will be “a breakthrough year” for Ford after a large number of vehicle launches trimmed profit margins in 2014. ...


Ford dumps MyFord Touch name in revamp of infotainment system
11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11 | UPDATED: 12/11/14 11:52 am ET - adds link, video
Ford is dropping the name “MyFord Touch” in an overhaul of the touch-screen infotainment system that sent its quality ratings plummeting in recent years. ...


Stagnant wages are a drag on new-car sales
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8
One reason auto sales in the United States still aren't quite back to the 17 million-a-year pace seen during the boom years before the recession: Many consumers haven't g ...


Jeep drives 25% of U.S. sales gains
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8
Jeep's big year has helped Fiat Chrysler grow at four times the pace of the rest of the industry, gaining momentum as the U.S. market shows signs of starting to plateau. ...


Ford's Rewey innovated with SUVs, leasing
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8
Robert Rewey, a former Ford Motor Co. sales and marketing chief who helped make SUVs and other trucks popular by giving them carlike features and promoted leasing as an a ...


Ford tops 1 million in annual sales in China for 1st time
11:23 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5
Ford today said it has sold more than 1 million vehicles in China for the first time in a calendar year. And it did so with a month left to go. ...


Honda to expand recalls of driver-side Takata airbags
11:22 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3 | UPDATED: 12/3/14 2:10 pm ET - adds more testimony
Honda North America today said it would expand its recall of potentially explosive driver-side airbag inflators nationwide in accordance with a request from federal regul ...


Ford warns of more U.S. declines as F-150 ramp-up begins
12:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2 | UPDATED: 12/2/14 4:45 pm ET - adds details
Ford lost U.S. market share for a fourth consecutive month in November and warned that its sales would likely continue to decline for at least several months as it ramps ...


Robert Rewey, Ford marketing exec who moved the iron, dies at 76
1:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1 | UPDATED: 12/1/14 4:42 pm ET - adds details
Robert Rewey, a former Ford sales and marketing chief who helped the company become dominant in the SUV market, pioneered leasing as an alternative to traditional financi ...


Discounts, falling gas prices driving Nov. sales higher
3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25
The U.S. auto industry may post its highest November sales volume since 2001, and one forecaster says light-vehicle transaction prices are on pace to reach the highest le ...


Conviction of Saturn Ion driver thrown out after 10 years
1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24
A Texas judge today overturned a 7-year-old negligent homicide conviction against a woman whose boyfriend died when her Saturn Ion -- now known to have had a defective ig ...


Honda admits failures in Takata airbag fiasco
2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20
A Honda executive told Congress today that the company failed to properly notify federal regulators of some crashes in which airbags made by Takata exploded and to clearl ...


GM shuffles top execs for quality, purchasing, powertrain
4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20 | UPDATED: 11/20/14 7:52 pm ET - adds background
GM said Grace Lieblein will replace Alicia Boler-Davis as head of global quality as the company caps a year of record recalls. ...


GM grants another month for victim filings
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
General Motors said late Sunday it agreed to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation by another month to January 31. ...


Delphi turns over GM recall evidence in deal with plaintiffs
3:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13 | UPDATED: 11/13/14 6:10 pm ET - adds details
Delphi Automotive agreed to give thousands of documents to lawyers suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches and to let the lawyers speak with the supplier's emp ...


GM discloses more ignition-related deaths in U.S. report
1:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 | UPDATED: 11/11/14 2:37 pm ET - adds table
General Motors' most recent quarterly report to federal safety regulators on crashes that may be linked to a defect lists 47 deaths and 614 injuries in vehicles it has re ...


GM victim's family left in the dark with compensation clock ticking
4:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11
For 11 years, Jean Averill's family had no idea that her death was connected to a defective ignition switch. ...


Sales are up and the mix is rich
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 6 percent in October and the annual selling rate was a solid 16.5 million. But the real story last month - and indeed for most of 2014 - was ...


Ford's new global sales boss has a world of challenges
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
Mark Fields' biggest management shuffle since taking over as Ford Motor Co. CEO involves a job swap for two key deputies -- Jim Farley and Stephen Odell -- who bring very ...


Ford deliveries fall on reduced F-150 output
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Falling gasoline prices and the new Lincoln MKC crossover helped Ford sell more utility vehicles than cars last month for the first time since January and by the largest ...


'Chevy Guy' turns into overnight marketing sensation
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Rikk Wilde's stumbling, train wreck of a free-truck presentation to the World Series MVP made him, literally, an overnight sensation. Now Chevy's trying to make the most ...


How the 'Chevy Guy' became, you know, a hit and stuff
10:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30 | UPDATED: 10/30/14 1:11 pm ET - adds detail
Late Wednesday night, General Motors introduced America to the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado -- the dependable, all-new pickup that comes with “you know, technology and s ...


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At Bay King Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Hamilton, Ontario, 5th-generation dealer Jamie Richter, acting on his dad's advice, has taken luxury-hotel touches and applied them to his newly built showroom. Mon., December 15
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