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Can Amazon talk its way into autos?

Amazon aims to rapidly expand its presence in the auto industry through Alexa, its voice-enabled intelligent personal assistant.

Kia tops J.D. Power quality rankings amid shake-up

UPDATED: 6/21/17 2:51 pm ET - adds details

Kia took the top spot in J.D. Power's annual report card on vehicle quality for a second consecutive year. The annual industry ratings reached a new record and domestic brands maintained their edge over foreign rivals.

Tesla snubs J.D. Power for Initial Quality Study data

How do the quality ratings for the 2017 Tesla Model S and Model X compare to competitors? They don't, based off J.D. Power's 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study.

GM lets its autonomous unit be autonomous

The automaker and the autonomous-driving company it acquired operate in separate spheres, but are still collaborating.

GM boosts turbocharged engine offerings

Dan Nicholson, GM vice president of global propulsion systems, said turbocharging is "really an important technology" that can enable smaller engines without sacrificing peak power or peak torque.

GM boosts turbocharged engine offerings

Vehicles with turbocharged engines accounted for about 23 percent of GM's U.S. sales last year, up from about 12 percent in 2010.

GM launches new fleet of self-driving Bolt EVs

UPDATED: 6/15/17 11:10 am ET - corrected

CEO Mary Barra touted General Motors as the only automaker to produce self-driving cars at a mass-production facility.

A tale of two shareholders meetings

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of mobility, it was the age of Wall Street foolishness ...

Bolt EV sales to go nationwide a month early in August

GM will begin selling the Chevrolet Bolt nationwide in August, a month sooner than originally planned. Bolt orders were opened up to all certified dealers this month and the EV will arrive in showrooms in August.

GM, Tesla: A tale of two shareholder meetings

How does CEO Elon Musk make the "magic happen" at Tesla Motors? Ambien, red wine and a vintage record player.

GM shareholders reject Greenlight stock-split plan

UPDATED: 6/6/17 4:17 pm ET -- adds stock close

Greenlight Capital's proposal to split GM's stock was overwhelmingly rejected by the automaker's shareholders. GM's board nominees also were elected by wide margins.

Mazda expanding MX-5 racing series

Mazda aims to turn the racing series for its MX-5 race cars, which can be purchased for less than $60,000, into a truly global competition.

Automakers unshaken by Trump's move on Paris accord

GM, Ford and auto industry groups didn't condemn Trump's decision to withdraw from the climate-change treaty, but said their sustainability plans remain unchanged.

MAZDA'S MASAHIRO MORO: On the road to premium

Mazda North American chief Masahiro Moro's "Mazda Premium" strategy aims at turning the company's roughly 2 percent U.S. market share into a "good" 2 percent.

Bill Ford to serve as company's voice

The executive shuffle gives the great-grandson of Henry Ford his first operational responsibilities outside of his board position since 2006.

Ex-Toyota exec Julie Hamp working as adviser to PR firm

Julie Hamp, who left Toyota following an arrest for suspicion of violating Japan's drug laws, is working for global public relations firm Finsbury.

New Ford CEO Hackett conjures up memories of Mulally

UPDATED: 5/23/17 1:56 pm ET - corrected

It was déjà vu at Ford's world headquarters as Executive Chairman Bill Ford took the stage and introduced Jim Hackett as the automaker's new "transformational," turnaround-tested CEO.

EV racing gains momentum

FIA Formula E Championship is gaining traction among automakers as many look to hybrid and all-electric powertrains to lead the next generation of performance vehicles.

Joe Hinrichs: From factory floor to Ford's top tier

Joe Hinrichs, 50, head of the Americas for Ford, was named executive vice president and president, Global Operations.

Mazda could expand future diesel offerings

Mazda wants an optional diesel engine to account for at least 10 percent of U.S. sales of its redesigned CX-5 crossover. Mazda could expand diesel offerings if the diesel CX-5 takes off.

Mazda's 2% solution

Mazda's North American chief says he wants the automaker's U.S. market share to be a "good" 2 percent that commands higher transaction prices.

Mazda sets bar high for diesel-powered CX-5

Mazda wants an optional diesel engine to account for at least 10 percent of U.S. sales of the redesigned CX-5 crossover.

Good digital ads take more work

For dealers who want to effectively convert online searches and clicks into on-lot sales, digital advertising is no longer a simple turnkey solution.

Delphi sheds its skin for the future

Delphi's move to spin off its profitable powertrain operations is not about improving its financial sheets - it's about suiting up for the autonomous, connected future.

Store guarantees job applicants an interview

Patrick DeBruler was in the middle of a rough patch when he walked into Champion Chevrolet of Avon, Ind., last summer to pick up a job application. It proved to be just the break he needed.