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U.S. dealers grapple with recall pain -- missing parts, overtime, lost sales

Automotive Business Review - 18 avr. 2014 - 19:23
With multimillion-unit recalls by GM and Toyota, and numerous smaller recalls by other automakers, dealerships in the United States are grappling with missing parts, rising overtime costs for technicians, frustrated customers, and lost sales.

Ford faces renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses

Automotive Business Review - 18 avr. 2014 - 16:58
Ford and IBM will again have to face a federal lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses decades ago in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases.

Continental named in GM recall suit

Automotive Business Review - 18 avr. 2014 - 12:18
Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths.

VW plans major World Cup ad push to counter Hyundai

Automotive Business Review - 18 avr. 2014 - 11:30
Volkswagen is planning a major World Cup advertising push that will go head-to-head against official automotive sponsor Hyundai.

Global carmakers seek China inroads

Financial Times - 18 avr. 2014 - 03:40
Executives head for Auto China 2014 in Beijing conscious of the importance of the Chinese car market to the fortunes of global companies

Why GM should put wireless connections in its trucks

Automotive Business Review - 18 avr. 2014 - 03:17
At an exhibit on the auto show floor here, I sat inside a Cadillac XTS sedan equipped with General Motors' new 4G LTE wireless connection. But I couldn't help but think: GM should have put the 4G demo unit in a Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra pickup.

Cadillac global chief expected to resume former Washington lobbying job

Automotive Business Review - 18 avr. 2014 - 03:08
GM plans to shift its global Cadillac chief back to focus full time on his former lobbying position in Washington as the automaker deals with fallout from defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, a person familiar with the plans...

GM exploring compensation fund for victims of defective cars, says Feinberg

Automotive Business Review - 18 avr. 2014 - 02:51
A lawyer for GM said for the first time this week that the company is moving to develop a program that could compensate individuals affected by a faulty ignition-switch in millions of recalled vehicles.

GM says recalled cars safe, but has not tested for knee-bump danger

Automotive Business Review - 18 avr. 2014 - 02:24
General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple...

GM's global sales rise 2% to 2.42 million in Q1

Automotive Business Review - 17 avr. 2014 - 21:19
General Motors said global vehicle sales rose 2 percent during the first quarter. Increasing deliveries in China helped make up for declines in the United States and Brazil.

Labor dispute at Jeep supplier in Ohio ends after one-day walkout

Automotive Business Review - 17 avr. 2014 - 19:22
A supplier labor dispute that temporarily disrupted production of the hot-selling 2014 Jeep Cherokee in Toledo, Ohio, on Thursday has been resolved.

Jeep Cherokee production threatened by supplier labor walkout

Automotive Business Review - 17 avr. 2014 - 19:22
Production of the hot-selling 2014 Jeep Cherokee was temporarily disrupted today after workers at a key supplier walked off the job this morning in a union dispute.

Chinese needs bring Infiniti a roomier sedan

Automotive Business Review - 17 avr. 2014 - 18:50
Infiniti plans to market the long wheelbase Q70 as a luxury sedan that simply offers a roomier back seat -- a premium sedan with the roominess of an SUV.

GM doesn't have to order customers to park recalled cars, U.S. judge rules

Automotive Business Review - 17 avr. 2014 - 18:01
General Motors doesn't have to take the unprecedented step of telling car owners that 2.59 million vehicles it recalled are unsafe to drive until faulty ignition switches are fixed, a federal judge ruled.

Honda HR-V subcompact crossover coming later this year

Automotive Business Review - 17 avr. 2014 - 17:00
Honda's upcoming Fit-based subcompact crossover will be called the HR-V, the company said today in releasing the first image of the vehicle.

China Mulling More EV Incentives in Wake of Poor Sales

China car times - 2 avr. 2014 - 08:12

As electric vehicles sales remain weak, China is considering adding new measures to entice buyers into buying electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

It wasn’t long ago that the Chinese government backed away from its plan to gradually reduce EV subsidies (instead opting for much less steep reductions over the next few years). It now appears that the government intends to add more icing to the cake in the form of tax breaks. According to Ma Kai, Vice Premier in the State Council, the Chinese government is considering excepting all “new energy” vehicles from the 10% vehicle purchase tax that normally accompanies the purchase of a new vehicle. This tax cut would come in addition to efforts to further extend the subsidies beyond the Dec 31st end date. More details are due to be released in the coming months.

The 10% tax reduction certainly wont hurt the adoption of alternative energy vehicles in China, but likely will do little to spur demand either. China desperately needs a dramatic and well-publicized effort to roll out a comprehensive national network of charging stations if the government truly seeks to bring electric vehicles to the market in large numbers.

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