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Dealership thought its workers were happy. They weren't.

After an employee survey revealed widespread discontent, Ricart Ford used Ford Motor Co.'s Consumer Experience Movement program to cut turnover and improve sales.

VW's car of the future borrows from the past

Volkswagen Group's idea for the car of tomorrow borrows a lot from yesterday.

Data desires make auto, tech companies a good fit

Silicon Valley and Detroit need each other -- for data and for image enhancement, Lear CEO Matt Simoncini says.

EVs fuel GM's car-share vision

Electric vehicles will be the key to General Motors' vision of shared vehicle ownership, the head of the automaker's commercial mobility unit said Tuesday.

Suppliers urged to prioritize as output slides

Mike Jackson expects the number of new vehicles to fall by about 5 percent -- or 900,000 vehicles -- by 2024.

FORD: 26% drop in fleet a big drag

Ford Motor Co.'s July sales fell 7.4 percent as fleet orders were impacted by a late-June recall.

Internal combustion breakthroughs still ahead

The industry is infatuated with vehicle electrification, but significant improvements are still in the offing for internal combustion engines, a market analyst said at the seminars.

Continental, Magna flaunt their autonomous stuff

A Cadillac ATS and a Chrysler 300 rolled into the parking lot of the Grand Traverse Resort for the CAR Management Briefing Seminars after a 300-mile trip across U.S. and Canadian roads.

FCA makes progress on quality front

After years of quality problems, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is making noticeable progress, says the automaker's head of quality, Scott Garberding.

Does Lynk & CO sound like Lincoln? Ford thinks so

Ford is challenging Geely Holding Group's U.S. trademark application for its new Lynk & CO brand, alleging the name sounds too similar to its Lincoln Motor Co. luxury brand.

Slowing sales loom over Detroit 3 profits

Despite relatively healthy second-quarter profits, trouble may be on the horizon for the Detroit 3 as U.S. auto sales cool.

Hackett claims early momentum at Ford

New Ford CEO Jim Hackett has shortened his top executives' schedules by 30 minutes a day and said morale has already improved.

Feds seize $125,000 worth of pot in rail cars carrying imported Fords

For the second time this month, Ford vehicles imported to the U.S. from Mexico were found being shipped with marijuana.

Marchionne expresses 'disgust' over FCA-UAW executive conspiracy

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne expressed "disgust" over an alleged multimillion-dollar conspiracy involving the company's former labor-relations chief, Alphons Iacobelli.

Ford's ride-share unit Chariot expands to New York

Ford said that Chariot, the San Francisco-based shuttle service it acquired last year, will soon expand to New York.

Ford profit edges up on lower tax rate

UPDATED: 7/26/17 4:22 pm ET - adds details

Foreign tax credits helped Ford's second-quarter net income rise 3.7 percent to $2.04 billion, but the automaker reduced its pretax profit outlook for the rest of the year amid declining U.S. sales.

Ford profit edges up on lower tax rate

UPDATED: 7/26/17 8:37 am ET - adds details

Ford Motor Co. said its second-quarter net income was up 3.7 per cent from the same period a year ago because of a favorable tax rate. Meanwhile, Canadian sales soared nearly 11 per cent in the quarter.

Ford transforms design leadership

Ford Motor Co. has overhauled its design team amid new CEO Jim Hackett's quest to transform the automaker into a leaner, quicker-thinking organization.

Ford juices up 2018 Mustang with optional 'drag strip' mode

Ford says the freshened 2018 Mustang will be its fastest pony car ever, going from zero to 100 km/h in fewer than four seconds with its new optional "drag strip" mode.

Ford juices up 2018 Mustang with optional 'drag strip' mode

Ford says the freshened 2018 Mustang will be its fastest pony car ever, going from 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds with its new optional "drag strip" mode.

This Ford F-150 will be in hot pursuit​

Ford's F-150 police responder is the industry's first pursuit-rated pickup

Ford overhauls design with 2 key teams

Ford is shaking up its design staff to shorten product development cycles and better define the group's overarching strategy with the formation of two key staffs: one covering cars and crossovers, and another handling...

Ford's F-150 police pickup packs 375 hp

Ford, seeking to add to its dominant position in the police vehicle market, has developed the industry's first pursuit-rated pickup, offering 375 hp.

Ford delays some deliveries of Canadian-built GT supercars

Ford has delayed delivery of some Canadian-built GT supercars following supplier constraints and homologation testing issues as part of an extended production ramp-up.

Ford delays some GT deliveries

Ford has delayed delivery of some GT supercars following supplier constraints and homologation testing issues as part of an extended production ramp-up.

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