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Despite boffo earnings, GM gets no respect on Wall Street – USA TODAY

Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016

General Motors still doesn’t get respect from Wall Street(Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images) Once again, investors are treating General Motors like Rodney Dangerfield — remember him? “no respect?” — even after the company asserted it will post a record pre-tax profit for all of 2016. GM earned $1.95 billion in the first quarter, more than double the year-earlier $953 million when it reported Thursday. It beat Wall Street expectations. On…

Fiat Chrysler’s CEO keeps hinting at mergers with other automakers and they keep saying no – Business Insider

Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Dan Istitene/Getty ImagesFiat CEO Sergio Marchionne stands on the grid before the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 6, 2015 in Monza, Italy. BEIJING (Reuters) – Ford Motor is not interested in a tie-up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Chief Executive Mark Fields said on Saturday, when asked about FCA head Sergio Marchionne’s remark that Ford could be a potential merger candidate. “I can’t speak…

GM and Uber could force Tesla to do something it isn’t ready for – Business Insider

Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Patrick Fallon/ReutersTesla Energy is only one of Tesla’s three current businesses. See Also Last week while in Norway, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stoked some rumors about a new business the electric-car maker might dive into: urban ride-hailing. For what it’s worth, Tesla is already in three businesses: automobiles, batteries (it’s building a massive battery factory in Nevada), and energy storage, through its Tesla Energy unit. So hey, why not bring on…

Fiat Chrysler’s CEO keeps hinting at mergers with other automakers and they keep saying no – Business Insider

Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Dan Istitene/Getty ImagesFiat CEO Sergio Marchionne stands on the grid before the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 6, 2015 in Monza, Italy. BEIJING (Reuters) – Ford Motor is not interested in a tie-up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Chief Executive Mark Fields said on Saturday, when asked about FCA head Sergio Marchionne’s remark that Ford could be a potential merger candidate. “I can’t speak…

Ford: Regulatory automaker scrutiny is rising globally – The Detroit News

Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Ford CEO Mark Fields speaks in front of a Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck at a promotional event for Ford ahead of the biennial Auto China car show in Beijing, Saturday, April 23, 2016. Ford announced on Saturday that it will begin selling the off-road pickup in China in 2017.(Photo: Mark Schiefelbein / AP) Regulators around the world are getting tougher on automakers after a series of cheating scandals on…

Auto Club rates Tesla as greenest car – KABC-TV

Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Just in time for Earth Day, the Auto Club has released its latest guide to green cars. The group rated three all-electric vehicles as the most environmentally friendly, but did note there are some gasoline-powered options that also have some green qualities. At the top of the list was the Tesla Model S – also one of the more expensive options starting at $70,000. “The Tesla Model S is a…

Mazda MX-5 RF is a stunner with a cool trick – TechnoBuffalo

Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Between the Mazda 3, CX-5, and the recently released CX-4, it would seem there’d be no room for something new in Mazda’s refreshed lineup. But that notion goes right out the window as soon as the Miata is mentioned. More than any other car the automaker has put out in the last twenty plus years, the Miata is most closely associated with the Japanese automaker; it’s part of Mazda’s DNA….

Volkswagen positive of China sales, plans more investments with JV partners – Reuters

Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016

BEIJING Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) is optimistic that its positive sales trend from the two previous quarters will continue in China, the world’s biggest auto market, its China chief Jochem Heizmann said on Sunday. Volkswagen also plans to invest 4 billion euros ($4.49 billion) in connection with its joint venture partners in China this year, while the expansion of its share of the sports utility vehicle (SUV) and new energy vehicle…

Auction prices for used cars fall – Detroit Free Press

Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Robert Schemer, his wife, Kelly, and their son Graham, pose next to their newly purchased pre-owned 2013 Ford Flex Limited, at the Star Ford Lincoln dealership in Glendale, Calif. in July 2015. At right is sales consultant Allan Calix. (Photo: Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press) Story Highlights Wholesale prices for compact cars were down 9.1% versus last March Pickups are the only class of used vehicles with higher wholesale prices in…

Fiat Chrysler’s CEO keeps hinting at mergers with other automakers and they keep saying no – Business Insider

Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Dan Istitene/Getty ImagesFiat CEO Sergio Marchionne stands on the grid before the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 6, 2015 in Monza, Italy. BEIJING (Reuters) – Ford Motor is not interested in a tie-up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Chief Executive Mark Fields said on Saturday, when asked about FCA head Sergio Marchionne’s remark that Ford could be a potential merger candidate. “I can’t speak…

GM and Uber could force Tesla to do something it isn’t ready for – Business Insider

Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Patrick Fallon/ReutersTesla Energy is only one of Tesla’s three current businesses. See Also Last week while in Norway, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stoked some rumors about a new business the electric-car maker might dive into: urban ride-hailing. For what it’s worth, Tesla is already in three businesses: automobiles, batteries (it’s building a massive battery factory in Nevada), and energy storage, through its Tesla Energy unit. So hey, why not bring on…

Revealed: nearly all new diesel cars exceed official pollution limits – The Guardian

Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ninety-seven percent of all modern diesel cars emit more toxic nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution on the road than the official limit, according to the most comprehensive set of data yet published, with a quarter producing at least six times more than the limit. Related: Diesel cars’ emissions far higher on road than in lab, tests show Surprisingly, the tiny number of models that did not exceed the standard were mostly…

Why Does Toyota Get So Much Hate? – Jalopnik

Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016

Hello, human beings of the Internet, and welcome to Jalopnik, your leading automotive site for stuff about cars. This is Letters to Doug, your leading automotive column for letters to Doug. The concept of Letters to Doug is simple: you send me a letter, I reply to it. It’s so simple, in fact, that even you can do it: just e-mail me at Letters2Doug@gmail.com or send me a Facebook message…

‘Little Red Corvette:’ Chevrolet pays tribute to Prince – USA TODAY

Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016

Chevrolet paid this tribute to Prince(Photo: Twitter) As tributes continue to pour in marking the death of Prince, few were more striking than the one that came from General Motors’ Chevrolet division. Chevy bought full-page ads in six newspapers that depict the iconic back end of a crimson 1963 Chevrolet Corvette. It was pictured against a black background with the epitaph: “Baby that was much too fast, 1958-2016.” The image…

Fiat Chrysler recalls more than 1.1 million vehicles – Fox News

Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016

FILE – In this March 14, 2014 file photo, a 2015 Chrysler 200 automobile rolls down the assembly line at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. (AP) DETROIT –  Fiat Chrysler said Friday it’s recalling more than 1.1 million cars and midsize SUVs worldwide because drivers can’t tell if they’ve put the vehicles in park. The confusion can increase the risk of a rollaway accident. The recall covers…

Ford not interested in tie-up with Fiat Chrysler: CEO Fields – Reuters

Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016

BEIJING Ford Motor Co (F.N) is not interested in a tie-up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI), Chief Executive Mark Fields said on Saturday, when asked about FCA head Sergio Marchionne’s remark that Ford could be a potential merger candidate. “I can’t speak to what Sergio or others wake up and want to say,” Fields told reporters ahead of next week’s Beijing motor show. After being rebuffed by General Motors…

Here’s How To Turn A Boring-Ass Mazda Miata Into A Supercar Killer – Jalopnik

Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016

The term “fast car” is extremely subjective. While it can mean anything that chirps second gear to anyone with VTEC stickers on their fenders, it usually means face-melting acceleration and neck-snapping G-forces on unassuming off ramps. Simply put, a fast car is whatever can kick your ass without a second thought. Here’s how to make a fun-spec Miata into a bona fide ass-kicking machine. (Welcome back to Build of the…

Gear shift confusion causes Chrysler recall – CNNMoney

Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.1 million cars and SUVs worldwide because the gear selector makes it too easy for drivers to forget to put the vehicle in “Park” before getting out. Doing this could allow the vehicle to roll away. So far, FCA (FCAU) is aware of 41 injuries “potentially related” to drivers making this sort of mistake. The recall includes about 812,000 vehicles in the U.S. The problem: The…

Fiat Chrysler Announces Recall of 1.1 Million Autos – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016

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