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Dec 11, 2014

Ford reboots touch-screen system with new Sync 3

DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) hopes to get a fresh start and erase bad memories for some owners when it launches the new version of its in-car, interactive touch-screen system next fall.

Ford said Sync 3 will be more intuitive, sport improved voice-recognition software and operate more like a smartphone than the first two generations, the last of which prompted customer complaints in Consumer Reports magazine for being distracting, clumsy and overly complex.

Dec 8, 2014

UAW gains important recognition at VW Tennessee plant

DETROIT (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers gained a partial and unconventional recognition from Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) after proving to the company that it represents at least 45 percent of workers at the company’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a company spokesman said on Monday.

The union on Monday said membership at its Local 42 in Chattanooga “exceeds a majority of workers at the plant.”

Dec 2, 2014

U.S. auto sales continue torrid pace in November

DETROIT (Reuters) – Five of the top six automakers sold more cars and trucks in November than analysts expected, with a surging economy, heavy discounting and falling fuel prices luring consumers into U.S. showrooms.

General Motors Co on Tuesday said November sales rose 6.5 percent to 225,818 vehicles.

Nov 26, 2014

U.S. regulator orders national Takata driver-side air bag recall

DETROIT, Nov 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday ordered air bag
supplier Takata Corp to expand its regional recall of
driver-side air bags to cover the entire United States.

Such a nationwide recall would affect vehicles made by five
automakers: Ford Motor Co ; Honda Motor Co ;
Chrysler Group LLC, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
; Mazda Motor Corp and BMW AG
.

Nov 26, 2014

Chrysler recall delay hikes air bag risk – U.S. regulator

DETROIT (Reuters) – Chrysler Group LLC must expand its regional recall of vehicles with Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research) air bags and begin notifying customers of the action by Monday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

Chrysler’s delay in alerting owners of potential defects in Takata air bags “exacerbates the risk to motorists’ safety,” the NHTSA said in a letter sent on Tuesday to company Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne.

Nov 26, 2014

U.S. regulator: Chrysler recall delay hikes air bag risk

DETROIT (Reuters) – Chrysler Group LLC must expand its regional recall of vehicles with Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) air bags and begin notifying customers of the action by Monday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

Chrysler’s delay in alerting owners of potential defects in Takata air bags “exacerbates the risk to motorists’ safety,” the NHTSA said in a letter sent on Tuesday to company Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne.

Nov 12, 2014

As gas prices slide, U.S. car buyers go for size, shun hybrids

DETROIT Nov 12 (Reuters) – It is the automotive equivalent
of Pavlov’s bell: when gasoline is expensive, U.S. car owners
try to downsize, but once pump prices ring down, they salivate
over big pickup trucks and SUVs.

With gas prices dipping below $3 a gallon last month for the
first time since December 2010, size is back in vogue.

Nov 7, 2014

New UAW president vows to be more open to members, public

DETROIT (Reuters) – As the United Auto Workers faces what many observers say will be the most difficult contract talks with U.S. automakers in decades in 2015, its new president said more open communication with union members and the public will help at the bargaining table.

Dennis Williams, 61, elected to a four-year term in June, created a small social media department as part of a reshaping of the union’s Detroit headquarters and plans to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to communicate directly with members in next year’s talks, he said in a recent interview with Reuters.

Nov 5, 2014

Tesla third-quarter loss doubles to $75 million, shares rise

DETROIT (Reuters) – Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said its third-quarter loss nearly doubled from a year ago to $75 million, as manufacturing, sales and development expenses increased to meet rising demand for its Model S sedan.

The company also said production of its next vehicle, the Model X crossover, will be delayed by several months until the autumn of 2015. Tesla did not give a reason for the delay.

Nov 5, 2014

Tesla 3rd-qtr loss doubles to $75 mln, shares rise

DETROIT, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Electric car maker Tesla Motors
Inc said its third-quarter loss nearly doubled from a
year ago to $75 million, as manufacturing, sales and development
expenses increased to meet rising demand for its Model S sedan.

The company also said production of its next vehicle, the
Model X crossover, will be delayed by several months until the
autumn of 2015. Tesla did not give a reason for the delay.