Toyota's $1.2B mea culpa, GM in damage control mode

Toyota's $1.2B mea culpa, GM in damage control mode

A gut-wrenching 9-1-1 call from an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer with three family members pleading for help in their runaway Lexus made headlines in August 2009.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
GM ignition recall prompts investigations, Tesla sales

GM ignition recall prompts investigations, Tesla sales

Recalls are a fact of life in the automobile business.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Consumer Reports 2014 Top Picks, elderly drivers safer

Consumer Reports 2014 Top Picks, elderly drivers safer

It's nearly April -- time for Consumer Reports best cars picks.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
UAW organizing loss in Tennessee not final word

UAW organizing loss in Tennessee not final word

The UAW's failed bid to organize hourly workers at the sprawling Volkswagen plant near Chattanooga, Tenn., is having repercussions in Germany.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Lexus most dependable for 3rd year, new GM chief royalty

Lexus most dependable for 3rd year, new GM chief royalty

Complaints about vehicles with 4-cylinder engines and transmissions led to the first decline in the J.D. Power & Associates yearly dependability study in 15 years.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Chicago Auto Show, Tesla's cross country trek

Chicago Auto Show, Tesla's cross country trek

The Chicago Auto Show is known as a "consumers" show, and this year it's good to be in the market for a new vehicle.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Ford hourly workers get profit-sharing, Honda exports

Ford hourly workers get profit-sharing, Honda exports

Hourly workers at Ford Motor Co. are sharing in the company's success with nice bonus checks as company profits soar.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Ford pushes driverless car tech, minicar crash tests

Ford pushes driverless car tech, minicar crash tests

Ford is joining forces with Stanford University and MIT to improve the technologies of autonomous vehicles that "see" around objects and detect other cars and people.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Corvette Stingray, Silverado pickup earn top honors

Corvette Stingray, Silverado pickup earn top honors

Trucks made as much news as cars at the Detroit auto show -- but no automaker made more news than General Motors.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Ford goes off grid, Toyota's fuel cell car makes splash

Ford goes off grid, Toyota's fuel cell car makes splash

Ford is taking its C-MAX gas-electric hybrid off the grid.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Fiat-Chrysler, Ford No. 1 brand for 4th year, gas prices

Fiat-Chrysler, Ford No. 1 brand for 4th year, gas prices

It took years to work out, but Italy's industrial giant, Fiat, finally reached agreement to buy the 41.5 percent of Chrysler LLC it did not own.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Toyota settles sudden acceleration suit as sales rebound

Toyota settles sudden acceleration suit as sales rebound

Poised to reclaim the No. 1 car company title from General Motors Co., Toyota has agreed to settle class-action lawsuits related to unintended acceleration claims.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
GM, feds reach deal to wrapup U.S. auto bailout

GM, feds reach deal to wrapup U.S. auto bailout

General Motors is bailing out of its federal bailout. "Government Motors" was the derisive moniker critics gave GM in when it accepted $49.5 billion in taxpayer dollars to stay alive.
Vintage Model A back in Bill Ford's garage

Vintage Model A back in Bill Ford's garage

A rare 1903 Ford Model A that's one of the oldest surviving cars made by the company was purchased at auction by Bill Ford Jr.
Not grandfather's Lincoln

Not grandfather's Lincoln

Ford 's plans for its languishing Lincoln car brand are being met with hopeful bemusement.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Japanese cars best in resale value, teen texting study scary

Japanese cars best in resale value, teen texting study scary

New Japanese autos are at the top of the heap in resale value five years after they are sold, with the U.S.-built Jeep Wrangler also making the list.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Honda Civic freshened, EPA keeps corn ethanol mandate

Honda Civic freshened, EPA keeps corn ethanol mandate

Honda has taken the bull by the horns after lukewarm reviews of its Honda Civic last year and went back to the drawing board for a redesign.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
1.7 billion motor vehicles

1.7 billion motor vehicles

The prediction of a doubling in the number of motor vehicles on Earth by 2035 would seem to warrant a prescription for birth control.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Hyundai, Kia revise mileage

Hyundai, Kia revise mileage

A class-action lawsuit was filed within 48 hours after South Korean automakers Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors Corp. apologized for overstating the fuel economy of their vehicles.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Ford takes a dive in CR reliability survey, Toyota rules

Ford takes a dive in CR reliability survey, Toyota rules

Ford's high-tech touch screens and dual-clutch transmissions sank the U.S. automaker in the latest Consumer Reports reliability survey, but hybrid and all-electric vehicles fared well.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Is California the trend-setter: Prius No. 1

Is California the trend-setter: Prius No. 1

Auto Data Corp. which keeps track of automotive statistics from sales to promotions, said the Toyota Prius has become the bestselling vehicle in California, the nation's single largest vehicle market.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Auto trends may make 2015 year of the ‘sub-brand’

Auto trends may make 2015 year of the ‘sub-brand’

If there's a certainty in this crazy world economy its predicting massive and quick change in the automotive industry.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
It's not your father's Chevy

It's not your father's Chevy

In blow to shade tree mechanics everywhere who spent Saturdays adjusting carburetors to set engine idle speed, say goodbye to another automotive relic: bench seats.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Robo-cars could give you a ride in 5 years

Robo-cars could give you a ride in 5 years

When California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to regulate self-driving vehicles almost no one – industry watchers or taxpayers – objected.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
GM says losses on Volt 'grossly wrong’

GM says losses on Volt 'grossly wrong’

It's not often a passenger car is turned into a political football – but that is what has happened to GM's gas-electric, plug-in hybrid, the Chevrolet Volt.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
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