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Unifor's Dias 'confident' Ford will honor commitment to Canada under new CEO

Unifor President Jerry Dias said he is not concerned about potential job cuts under new Ford CEO Jim Hackett, who oversaw about 12,000 layoffs during his tenure as the head of Steelcase Inc.

Unifor's Dias 'confident' Ford will honour commitment to Canada under new CEO

Unifor President Jerry Dias said he is not concerned about potential job cuts under new Ford CEO Jim Hackett, who oversaw about 12,000 layoffs as head of office furniture company Steelcase Inc.

Fifth fatality reported from auction crash in Mass.

The death toll from this month’s deadly auction crash rose to five as a 55-year-old man died from injuries sustained during the incident.

ADESA parent says Q1 net, revenue rise 14% on more auction activity

ADESA parent KAR's first-quarter net income and revenue both rose 14 percent, driven in large part by a surge in income at its auctions. Acquisitions also pushed the results up.

Death toll from Mass. auto auction crash rises to 4

A 50-year-old Massachusetts man died Wednesday as a result of injuries sustained during last week's deadly crash at an auto auction near Boston.

GM Oshawa will get seats from Lear's Ontario plant following labour deal

Lear's plant in Whitby, Ont., once slated for closure, will assemble seats for General Motors' Oshawa assembly plant under a newly ratified labour agreement.

Driver in deadly auction crash had suspended license ​ ​

UPDATED: 5/9/17 2:11 pm ET - adds fund-raiser planned

The man who drove the Jeep that struck several people in last week's deadly Massachusetts auction crash had a suspended driver's license, according to local reports.

Fatal crash puts auction safety back in spotlight

A deadly crash at a Massachusetts auto auction has brought a recurring question back into the spotlight: How can bustling, cramped auctions be kept safe?

The cost of life-saving tech: Totaled cars

Safety features such as lane-departure warning systems and multiple airbags prevent deaths and injuries from vehicle crashes. But they're also driving up the number of vehicles deemed to be total losses following accidents.

Crash at Massachusetts auto auction kills 3

UPDATED: 5/3/17 4:48 pm ET -- updates death total

Three people were killed at a Massachusetts auto auction Wednesday in what police believe to be an accidental crash.

KAR, Cox take different approaches to growth

Cox Automotive and KAR Auction Services own the two largest U.S. auction groups. But they've taken quite different approaches to growing and diversifying.

Sonic swings to Q1 loss on refinancing costs, weak sales

Sonic swung to a first-quarter loss of $541,000 from a year-earlier net profit of $14.6 million as the dealership group took a hit from refinancing its debt. Weak retail sales didn't help.

New York attorney general cites 104 dealerships for selling vehicles with open recalls

New York's attorney general has reached legal settlements with 104 dealerships it identified as having sold vehicles without disclosing open safety recalls.

Tesla workers file charges with NLRB

UPDATED: 4/25/17 1:04 pm ET - adds Tesla response

Workers at the Tesla assembly plant in California have filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the company of illegally surveilling and coercing workers seeking unionization.

Off-lease glut? That ain't the problem

A glut of vehicles is threatening the industry's good times. But contrary to the predictions and pundits, it's not too many used vehicles. It's too many new ones.

Used-car demand going strong at dealer groups

Our annual ranking of the top 100 dealership groups by used-vehicle sales shows solid gains in used unit sales and revenues for those retailers.

Millennials may be fertile market for CPO

Dealers have an opportunity to hook in millennial vehicle-buyers through certified pre-owned programs and make plenty of money doing so, data from Cox Automotive show.

More consumers become skeptical about self-driving tech, J.D. Power study finds

UPDATED: 4/18/17 2:49 pm ET - adds details

More consumers are becoming skeptical of self-driving vehicles even as they increasingly want semiautonomous safety technology, a J.D. Power and Associates study found.

Cox Automotive names Smoke to replace retiring Webb as chief economist

Cox Automotive has hired a 21-year veteran of the housing industry to take over as its chief economist. Jonathan Smoke succeeds Tom Webb, who will retire on June 30.

Solar-power push is on for Colorado dealers

A new initiative hopes to get as many Colorado dealers onto solar energy as possible before federal tax incentives begin to fade in 2020.

CarMax hikes loan-loss provisions

CarMax raised its provision for loan losses 50 percent in the quarter ended Feb. 28 but cautioned against reading too much into the increase.

Paying dealers to buy lease returns for CPO fleets

As a glut of off-lease vehicles return to the market, automakers are increasingly incentivizing dealers to buy a certain number of them as certified pre-owned units.

CarMax net rose 8.2% in latest quarter on higher unit sales

CarMax's net income rose 8.2 percent in the quarter ended Feb. 28 on a solid rise in used-vehicle sales.

UAW's net assets fell in 2016 while membership grew 1.8%

The UAW's net assets fell 7.9 percent from a year earlier to $861.7 million at the end of 2016, but membership rose 1.8 percent to 415,963 workers.

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UPDATED: 4/3/17 -- adds clarification

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