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Oct 17, 2014
Oct 17, 2014

GM’s top lawyer, hammered during recall hearing in Congress, to retire

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) top lawyer will retire early next year, months after his department was heavily criticized for how it handled the automaker’s defective ignition switch that has been linked to at least 27 deaths.

Michael Millikin, 66, informed GM of his decision and the company will immediately begin an external search for his replacement, the No. 1 U.S. automaker said on Friday. He will remain general counsel, a position he has held since 2009, until a successor is named.

Oct 17, 2014
Oct 17, 2014

Fourth U.S. traffic death linked to Takata air bags

DETROIT/ORLANDO, Oct 17 (Reuters) – A fourth traffic death
in a Honda Motor Co car has been linked to a defective
air bag made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp,
according to a county medical examiner in Florida.

Hien Tran died Oct. 2, four days after her red 2001 Honda
Accord sedan struck another car in Orlando and the air bags
exploded, sending shrapnel at the 51-year-old woman, according
to the Florida Highway Patrol crash report and Orange-Osceola
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia. Tran may have
survived those injuries, the medical examiner said, but she also
suffered serious injuries to her head which were not caused by
the air bag shrapnel.

Oct 16, 2014
Oct 16, 2014

Third traffic death in U.S. linked to Takata air bags

DETROIT, Oct 16 (Reuters) – A fatal accident near Los
Angeles last year of a 2002 Acura sedan involved a Takata Corp
air bag, the third death in the United States linked to
a defective safety component made by the Japanese supplier,
according to local officials and the automaker.

Devin Xu, 47, died in an accident in the parking lot of a
bank in the commercial part of Alhambra in September 2013 even
though he was wearing his seat belt, and the Los Angeles County
Coroner’s Department report cited “apparent facial trauma due to
foreign object inside air bag.”

Oct 14, 2014

Sergio’s challenge: Build Jeep into FCA’s top global brand by 2018

DETROIT/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Auto analysts are skeptical that Sergio Marchionne, the hyperbolic chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)(FCAU.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), can meet his most ambitious goal: to nearly double Jeep’s global sales over the next four years.

Marchionne reiterated his aggressive target for boosting Jeep’s annual volume to 1.9 million, while pacing the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday during the newly merged company’s first day of trading.

Oct 14, 2014

Analysis – Sergio’s challenge: Build Jeep into FCA’s top global brand by 2018

DETROIT/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Auto analysts are sceptical that Sergio Marchionne, the hyperbolic chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research)(FCAU.N: Quote, Profile, Research), can meet his most ambitious goal: to nearly double Jeep’s global sales over the next four years.

Marchionne reiterated his aggressive target for boosting Jeep’s annual volume to 1.9 million, while pacing the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday during the newly merged company’s first day of trading.

Oct 13, 2014

Ford to add 850 jobs at Dearborn factories for new F-150 truck

By Ben Klayman

DEARBORN Mich. (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co said on Monday it will add 850 hourly jobs at its Dearborn, Michigan, facilities to support the launch of the redesigned, aluminum-intensive 2015 F-150 pickup truck.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker said the new jobs are divided among three facilities: more than 500 jobs for the truck assembly plant, nearly 300 for the stamping factory and more than 50 at the diversified operations.

    • About Ben

      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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