auto en GM puts two engineers on paid leave in wake of ignition switch problem <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two engineers have been put on paid leave at General Motors as the company has an outside attorney investigate why it took more than 10 years for GM to recall millions of cars with faulty ignition switches.</span></p><p>GM says the switches have been linked to at least 13 deaths.</p><p>More on the suspension of the engineers from the Associated Press:</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:57:40 +0000 Mark Brush 17183 at GM puts two engineers on paid leave in wake of ignition switch problem Car companies that innovate have the edge, says study <p align="LEFT">It's a car-eat-car world out there, and Boston Consulting Group says the competition is only going to get more fierce.</p><p align="LEFT">BCG's new study finds that companies that are more innovative will have an important competitive advantage.&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">Analyst Xavier Mosquet says a majority of people say they want to buy a car from a company they perceive as innovative.</p><p align="LEFT">But, it&nbsp;may not&nbsp;be easy to meet their expectations.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:13:09 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16329 at Car companies that innovate have the edge, says study Fiat and Chrysler reorganize under a new name <p>Remember "DaimlerChrysler"? Well, that didn't go so well.</p><p>Maybe "Fiat Chrysler Automobiles" will fare much better.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company that owns Chrysler Group LLC, Fiat SpA, <a href=";mid=1">announced </a>the name change today:&nbsp;</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, the Board of Directors of Fiat S.p.A. (“Fiat”) approved a corporate reorganization and the formation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (“FCA”) as a fully-integrated global automaker...</span></p><p>In order to establish a true peer to the major global automotive groups, in both scale and capital market appeal, the Board has decided to establish Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., organized in the Netherlands, as the parent company of the Group. FCA’s common shares will be listed in New York and Milan.</p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The newly formed company's stock will be traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Current Fiat shareholders will receive one share of&nbsp;FCA&nbsp;for each Fiat share they're holding.</span></p><p>The newly named company released its new logo as well today. A logo <a href=";id=15291&amp;mid=1">they say</a> "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">lends itself to an extraordinary range of symbolic interpretations."</span></p><p>CEO of Fiat and Chrysler Sergio Marchionne&nbsp;called the corporate reorganization "one of the most important days in my career at Fiat and Chrysler."</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:20:54 +0000 Mark Brush 16229 at Fiat and Chrysler reorganize under a new name Looking at the year ahead for the auto industry <p>The 2014 North American International Auto Show is just around the corner.</p><p>Reporters from around the world will descend on Detroit's Cobo Center next week for the media preview days, the big black-tie Charity Preview is on Jan. 17, and the doors open to the public on Saturday, Jan. 18.</p><p>With that in mind, we wanted to see what the upcoming year might bring for the auto industry. For that we turn to Michelle Krebs from <u><a href=""></a>,&nbsp;</u>and Michigan Radio’s auto reporter, Tracy Samilton.</p><p><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:32:24 +0000 Stateside Staff 15899 at Looking at the year ahead for the auto industry What does GM's first female CEO mean for the auto industry? <div><p>She began her career at General Motors as an engineering co-op student in 1980.</p><p>33 years later, Mary Barra has made history by being named the next CEO of GM — the first time a woman has been placed in the top spot of a major automaker.</p><p>GM made the groundbreaking announcement today that CEO Dan Akerson has moved up his retirement to January 15, after discovering his wife is battling advanced-stage cancer.</p><p>But who is Mary Barra, and what does this appointment mean to America's auto industry?</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:15:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 15628 at What does GM's first female CEO mean for the auto industry? What will be fueling your car in the future? <p>Hydrogen fuel cells, compressed natural gas, all-electric… what kind of cars are we going to be driving in a few years?</p><p>The LA Auto Show wrapped up… and the next big show is the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit in January.</p><p>There, of course, is a lot of well-orchestrated hype at these big auto shows. If you’re looking for a clear direction on what we’ll be driving in the future, it’s still a mixed bag. But, new advances are dominated by efficiency improvements in the internal combustion engine. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 15497 at What will be fueling your car in the future? The most popular car in Michigan is the Ford Fusion <p>That's according to <a href="">Business Insider</a>.&nbsp;Alex Davies and Mike Nudelman&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">produced a map for the magazine showing top car choices in each state using data from Kelley Blue Book.</span></p><p>KBB looked at data going back to the beginning of this year.</p><p>Michigan was unique in it's "top car" choice. Most everywhere else, the Ford F-Series of trucks were the most popular. Here are some other states that broke the Ford truck trend.</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">But Americans elsewhere have different tastes: Florida and Maryland went for the Toyota Camry. Hawaii liked the Toyota Tacoma. Oklahoma bucked the geographic trend — the most popular car there is the Nissan Altima sedan.</span></p></blockquote><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:32:19 +0000 Mark Brush 15374 at The most popular car in Michigan is the Ford Fusion Winning Packard plant online auction bid tops $6M <p>DETROIT (AP) - A former car plant and symbol of Detroit's economic decline appears to have sold for just over $6 million at a tax foreclosure auction to a bidder from Texas.<br /><br />The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report that someone registered as Jill Van Horn of Ennis, Texas, put in the winning bid during Friday's online public auction for the Packard plant.<br /><br />The auction opened on October 8th at $21,000. The full bid amount is due by the end of Monday.<br /> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 14:30:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15007 at Woodward Dream Cruise, Back to the Bricks lure classic car lovers <p>BERKLEY, Mich. (AP) - A big day has dawned in Michigan for classic car enthusiasts in the state that put America on wheels.<br><br>The Woodward Dream Cruise officially kicks off Saturday. But the rides - and the legions of folks who love them - have been out for days already along the Detroit-area thoroughfare.<br><br>It's the 19th year for the free event, which is hosted by numerous Oakland County communities along the route.<br> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14035 at Woodward Dream Cruise, Back to the Bricks lure classic car lovers Henry Ford at 150 <p>Ford Motor Company celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Ford this week.</p><p></p><p>Bill Ford, Jr. is Henry Ford's great-grandson, and Executive Chairman of the company</p><p></p><p>Ford says the founder would have been pleased that his company is still a family business, 150 years later.</p><p></p><p>“I know Henry Ford would have been incredibly proud of the way his grandchildren led the company through the most difficult times,” says Ford</p><p></p><p>Ford Motor Company took out a $24 billion loan in 2006, using its trademark blue oval as part of the collateral.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 04:11:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 13724 at Henry Ford at 150 Infographic gives us a short history of the U.S. auto industry <p>We here at Michigan Radio follow the ups and downs of the U.S. auto industry.</p><p>Our auto reporter, Tracy Samilton, stays on top of the recalls, the TARP money, and the competition from overseas.</p><p>But there's nothing like stepping back for a little perspective.</p><p>This infographic&nbsp;by gives us a snapshot of the U.S. auto industry over the last 90 years.</p><p>Let us know if you think anything major is missing from this timeline.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:56:00 +0000 Mark Brush 13449 at Infographic gives us a short history of the U.S. auto industry Courting buyers for GM's old properties in Flint, Genesee County <p>The man leading the effort to clean up and dispose of General Motors’ vacant properties says more potential buyers are showing interest.</p><p></p><p>Elliot Laws is the Administrative Trustee of the RACER Trust. &nbsp;&nbsp;RACER stands for “Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response.”&nbsp; The trust was created during GM’s bankruptcy.</p><p></p><p>Laws says interest in the old GM plant sites is rising along with the economy.</p><p></p><p>“There’s a lot of cash out there for people to invest,” says Laws, “They’ve been holding onto trying to see what’s going to happen.”</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 03:26:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 13249 at Courting buyers for GM's old properties in Flint, Genesee County Chrysler officials change their minds, will go forward with Jeep recall <p>It was called a "<a href="">rare and risky</a>" move to refuse a recall after the government requested it, but it seemed Chrysler was poised to do just that today.</p><p>Now, <a href=";mid=2">the automaker says</a>&nbsp;executives have "resolved their differences" with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and will voluntarily recall the vehicles in question.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:05:59 +0000 Mark Brush 13113 at Chrysler officials change their minds, will go forward with Jeep recall IHS buys Southfield company, R.L. Polk & Co. for $1.4 billion <p><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">IHS Inc.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced on Monday that they would buy the automotive data firm </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">R.L. Polk &amp; Co</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. for $1.4 billion.</span></p><p>Polk has a long history in southeast Michigan.</p><p>Founded in 1870 in Detroit, the company started keeping statistical data on the automotive industry in the 1920s.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:20:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12992 at IHS buys Southfield company, R.L. Polk & Co. for $1.4 billion Your government owns 16% of GM, officials hope to own less soon <p><a href="">Late last year</a>, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced it would sell all its remaining stock in General Motors in 12 to 15 months.</p><p>Today, the Treasury is announcing a plan for another big sell-off.</p><p>Officials say, "subject to market conditions," they intend to sell 30 million additional shares of GM common stock "in conjunction with GM’s inclusion to the S&amp;P 500 index effective as of the close of trading on June 6, 2013."</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:37:44 +0000 Mark Brush 12891 at Your government owns 16% of GM, officials hope to own less soon Ford owners sue, saying EcoBoost engine defective <p>DETROIT (AP) - Three Ohio drivers are suing Ford Motor Co., claiming the company's six-cylinder EcoBoost engine is defective.<br><br>The lawsuit says the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine can shudder, shake and rapidly lose power while drivers are trying to accelerate. It says more than 100 drivers have complained about the engine to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.<br><br>Ford has been selling vehicles equipped with the V6 EcoBoost since 2009. The engine is used on the F-150 pickup, Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans and the Explorer, Flex and Lincoln MKT utilities.<br> Tue, 14 May 2013 23:54:06 +0000 The Associated Press 12569 at Airbag defect prompts large recall for Japanese automakers <p>There are regular-old recalls, and then there are big recalls.</p><p>This recall fits in the big recall category.</p><p><a href="">Reuters </a>reports four Japanese automakers are recalling 3.4 million vehicles sold around the world because of faulty airbags supplied by the Takata Corp.</p><blockquote><p><span id="articleText">The move announced on Thursday is the largest recall ever for airbags made by Takata, the world's second largest supplier of airbags and seatbelts. Shares of Takata tumbled almost 10 percent in Tokyo trading.</span></p><p><span id="articleText">The recall is the largest since Toyota pulled back more than 7 million vehicles in October. The scale of the recent safety actions underscore the risk of huge global supply chain problems as automakers increasingly rely on a handful of suppliers for common or similar parts to cut costs, analysts have said.</span></p></blockquote><p><span id="articleText">Here's the problem with the airbags according to <a href=";view_id=34052">Toyota</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span>The involved vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers.&nbsp; Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash.</span></p></blockquote><p><span>The recall affects Toyotas, Hondas, Nissans, and Mazdas manufactured in or after 2000.</span></p><p>Go to these links to find out if your vehicle is under recall:</p><p><strong><a href="">Honda recalls</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="">Toyota recalls</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="">Nissan recalls</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="">Mazda recalls</a></strong> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:48:14 +0000 Mark Brush 12095 at Airbag defect prompts large recall for Japanese automakers GM begins 2014 Impala production in Detroit and Canada <p>It has been one of the best selling cars of all time.</p><p>Since its inception in 1958, GM has sold more than 14 million Impalas (putting it in tenth place on '<a href="">best selling cars of all-time</a>' lists).</p><p>It looked like this back then:</p><p></p><p>Today, the tenth version of the Impala is being made at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, and at the Oshawa Assembly plant in Canada.</p><p>Here's a photo of the new Impala rolling down the Oshawa assembly line:</p><p></p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 18:43:31 +0000 Mark Brush 12065 at GM begins 2014 Impala production in Detroit and Canada The outlook of the auto economy in Michigan <p></p><p>Michigan's economy is recovering faster than most states and much of that growth is because the auto industry is doing better these days.</p><p>Ford, GM, and Chrysler are all seeing increased sales in North America and China.</p><p>But just how healthy is it for the state to be reliant on building cars and trucks?</p><p>The state's economy has not diversified. It's riding along with the ups and downs of the auto industry.</p><p>The auto industry is booming for now, but for how long?</p><p>We spoke with Rick Haglund of Bridge Magazine about this. He covers Michigan business, economics, and the auto industry for Bridge Magazine.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:12:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 11648 at The outlook of the auto economy in Michigan Former GM executive tapped for Toyota board <p>Toyota has tapped a former executive at U.S. rival General Motors to be on its board, the first time in the Japanese automaker's 76-year history it is appointing board members from outside the company.</p><p>The appointment of Mark Hogan, effective April 1, is a key part of the sprawling management changes Toyota Motor Corp. announced Wednesday. They underline its efforts to grow more international, nimble, transparent and responsive to regional markets.</p><p>Toyota set up a new division called "No. 1" to oversee North American, European and Japanese markets, and another "No. 2" for emerging markets. It also promoted four non-Japanese managers to oversee regional businesses.</p><p>Besides Hogan, two Japanese, from insurance and securities sectors, were picked as outside board members. The board appointments require the approval of shareholders. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 15:58:35 +0000 The Associated Press 11549 at