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 THE CAR & TRUCK INDUSTRY

  Monday, 20-Oct-2014 20:29 EDT
Italian autoworkers strike against Fiat
ROME, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- An Italian autoworkers union held a nationwide strike against carmaker Fiat, protesting being shut out of recent contract negotiations, officials said.

GM says no to big loans
DETROIT, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. automaker General Motors said Thursday it would pass on a chance to land $14.4 billion in government loans in order to maintain a low debt load.

GM charges up Volt production
DETROIT, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Automaker General Motors said it would pick up the pace with deliveries of the Chevrolet Volt, which is increasing traffic in U.S. showrooms.

Toyota recalls 1.7 million vehicles
TOKYO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Toyota Motor Corp. will recall 1.7 million vehicles worldwide due to faulty parts, including defective fuel devices, the Japanese automaker said Wednesday.

Authenticity of Kennedy ambulance in doubt
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A 1963 Pontiac ambulance, alleged to have carried the assassinated body of President Kennedy, sold at an Arizona auction for $132,000, car experts said.

Auto leaders hail electric cars as savior
DETROIT, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Electric cars can drive Detroit to a new era of progress, Ford's Executive Chairman Bill Ford says.

Windy City to have natural gas taxis
CHICAGO, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Taxi Affiliation Services in Chicago said 12 of its cabs this spring will no longer be filling up at traditional gas stations.

China keeps paychecks coming in Michigan
SAGINAW, Mich., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Residents of Saginaw, Mich., said a paycheck is a paycheck, even if it originates in Beijing.

Ford tells Michigan students to stay put
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford told University of Michigan business students "if you are thinking about staying in Michigan please do. We need you."

Recovery? Large pickup, cargo van sales up
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Large pickup truck and cargo van sales are at their highest level in the United States in more than two years, a sign of economic recovery, economists say.

Toyota to settle Prius headlight lawsuit
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit with U.S. owners over headlights that shut off without warning in its 2006-2009 Prius hybrids.

Most think bailouts were bad for U.S.
PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- More than half of likely U.S. voters said they think, in hindsight, bailouts were bad for the country, a Rasmussen Reports survey released Wednesday indicated.

'Road train' convoy technology tested
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Technology that links multiple vehicles into "road trains" that can travel as a semi-autonomous convoy has had its first real world tests, Swedish engineer say.

Good vehicle side airbags save lives
ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Good side-impact airbags in vehicles provide significant driver protection, which should encourage manufacturers to install them, insurance officials said.

Fiat ready to raise wages, share profits
TURIN, Italy, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Automaker Fiat said it is ready to raise salaries for its Italian workers to German worker levels and share profits if they help lower production costs.

Union threatens to sue Fiat
TURIN, Italy, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The largest union in Italy says it may take automaker Fiat to court over a contested production agreement for its Turin plant that was narrowly approved.

NTSB study finds airbags make flying safer
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A study has found airbags in small planes provide some protection in crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board reported Tuesday.

Chevrolet shows off Aveo replacement
DETROIT, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Chevrolet introduced the Sonic, its replacement for the discontinued Aveo, at the Detroit auto show Tuesday, saying the car would be built in the United States.

Ford plans two-year expansion
DETROIT, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. automaker Ford said Monday it would add 7,000 jobs by the end of 2012, including about 5,000 this year.

Chevy, Ford, car and truck of the year
DETROIT, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A panel of 49 journalists voted the Chevrolet Volt and the Ford Explorer as the 2011 car and truck of the year, organizers of the Detroit auto show said.

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