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Jun 24, 2014

Ford unveils new-generation Edge as a global crossover vehicle

DEARBORN, Michigan, June 24 (Reuters) – Motor Co on
Tuesday unveiled the 2015 Edge, which it hopes will strengthen
sales in the fast-growing near-luxury crossover vehicle markets
in China, Europe and the Americas.

The redesigned Edge will be Ford’s first global crossover
vehicle. It has been sold in North America since late 2006, in
Brazil since 2008 and in China since 2011. The new Edge will
begin sales in North America early next year and in Europe by
the end of 2015.

Jun 18, 2014

U.S. ignition-switch investigation extended to Chrysler

DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Problems with vehicle ignition switches have drawn U.S. safety regulators to investigate a second Detroit automaker, Chrysler Group, even as General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra was providing U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday with more details on GM’s ongoing switch issues.

Chrysler is the subject of two investigations involving possible nondeployment of air bags because of potentially defective switches that can be turned off in more than 1.2 million older Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler models, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. No deaths or injuries have been reported, NHTSA said.

Jun 18, 2014

GM, Hyundai models win most JD Power quality awards

DETROIT, June 18 (Reuters) – General Motors Co on
Wednesday received more awards for initial quality from J.D.
Power than any other automaker in the U.S. market, as its chief
executive officer was grilled by a U.S. congressional committee
about safety issues.

It was the second year in a row that GM had the most models
named with the best initial quality in the annual J.D. Power
study.

Jun 18, 2014

U.S. regulator says investigates Chrysler over ignition switches

DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators said on Wednesday they have opened two investigations into Chrysler Group vehicles involving possibly faulty ignition switches that can be bumped out of the “run” position, disabling airbags in the event of a crash.

The issue is similar to recalls by General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for faulty ignition switches, which have been linked to the deaths of at least 13 people.

Jun 13, 2014

Complaint about shutting off Camaro with knee dates back a year

DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators received a complaint about a Chevrolet Camaro driver accidentally shutting off the car with a knee more than a year before General Motors on Friday recalled half a million of the sports cars over the issue, which is similar to the defect linked to 13 deaths in older GM small cars.

Regulators have received at least 18 consumer complaints since 2009 about Camaros involving engines stalling or sudden loss of power, a Reuters review of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database showed. The first of two describing turning off the car with a knee is from April 2013.

Jun 13, 2014

GM recalls half million Camaros, safety crisis deepens

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) recalled 511,528 Chevrolet Camaros on Friday for an ignition switch problem similar to the defect linked to at least 13 deaths in Chevrolet Cobalts and other models.

GM said it was aware of minor accidents but no fatalities from the Camaro, a sporty two-door car. It said the Camaro switch defect differed from the problem in the Cobalts, but a consumer advocate said GM still should have recalled the Camaros sooner.

Jun 13, 2014

GM’s safety crisis deepens with Camaro switch recall

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) recalled 511,528 Chevrolet Camaros on Friday for an ignition switch problem similar to the defect linked to at least 13 deaths in Chevrolet Cobalts and other models. GM said it was aware of minor accidents but no fatalities from the Camaro, a sporty two-door car. It said the Camaro switch defect differed from the problem in the Cobalts, but a consumer advocate said GM still should have recalled the Camaros sooner.

GM said a driver’s knee could bump the Camaro key fob and move the ignition switch out of the “run” position, causing the engine to shut off. The earlier recall of Cobalts and other small cars involved an ignition switch in which a bump of the key fob could turn off the engine, disabling power steering and airbags.

Jun 13, 2014

Exclusive: Complaint about shutting off Camaro with knee dates back a year

DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators received a complaint about a Chevrolet Camaro driver accidentally shutting off the car with a knee more than a year before General Motors on Friday recalled half a million of the sports cars over the issue, which is similar to the defect linked to 13 deaths in older GM small cars.

Regulators have received at least 18 consumer complaints since 2009 about Camaros involving engines stalling or sudden loss of power, a Reuters review of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database showed. The first of two describing turning off the car with a knee is from April 2013.

Jun 13, 2014

GM issues another ignition switch recall, for Chevy Camaros

DETROIT, (Reuters) – In a product recall that echoes the one that has plunged General Motors Co GM.N into a safety crisis, the automaker on Friday said it will recall 511,528 current model Chevrolet Camaro cars, mainly in North America, to correct an issue with the ignition switch.

GM said a driver’s knee can bump the key fob and move the ignition switch out of the “run” position, causing the engine to shut off.

Jun 12, 2014

Tesla Motors to share patents to spur electric car development

DETROIT (Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Thursday said it would allow others to use its intellectual property in hopes of speeding up development of electric cars by all manufacturers.

Tesla co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said the company would not take legal action against anyone who “in good faith, wants to use our technology.”