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WHAT AUTO SHOW: While Competitors Promote New Products in N.Y., G.M. Scrambles to Defend Against Lawsuits

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The timing couldn't have been worse for General Motors Co. as the 2014 New York International Auto Show opened amidst news of new vehicles from Ford Motor, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and virtually every other auto manufacturer on the planet, the only news being read related to General Motors wasn't about new vehicles, it was about recalled cars and the company's efforts to convince a bankruptcy court to grant it immunity from lawsuits.

The legal move, timed poorly but made perhaps out of necessity, grabbed all of the headlines.  General Motors Co. asked a federal court in Texas to postpone a lawsuit against it claiming damages and injuries from ignition-switch defects i…

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BROKEN A-ARM: Editor's Broken Suspension Leads to Un-timely Pit Stops

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

We have to apolgize for the interruptions in our daily news reporting on Automotive NewsWire.  As you may know from a previous report, the editor - Herm Dillon - crashed down a flight of steps on March 1 and broke the right front A-arm.  At first it seemed like a simple fix, but while there are no spare parts, the A-arm has to be repaired - through a practice the medical profession calls therpy, surgery, re-breaking the A-arm, and more therepy.  Indeed, I wish I were a car and a simple replacement of the broken part could be administered. 

The doctors report that a significant overhaul is well along in development, a painful one I might add, and in the mean…

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CHINA: Ford to Chase Luxury Brands

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The Chinese economy is wishy-washy at best and auto sales are slowing, but Ford Motor Co. has announced plans to enter China's luxury car market with a new Lincoln, this despite the government's stated policy of encouraging consumers to buy more fuel-efficient cars and an already competitive market for luxury cars in China.

John Lawler, head of Ford's China operations, said on Thursday that the Dearborn automaker plans to open eight Lincoln retail outlets in seven Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai starting in October.  Ford aims to boost the number of stores to 60 and push into a total of some 50 cities by 2016.

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RECALL PARADE: Volkswagen Joins List of Automakers Recalling Cars in the U.S.

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

As we reported earlier this week, there has been a bezy of auto recalls in the U.S. after the General Motors fiasco came to light and German automaker Volkswagen AG has joined the parade.  Can this be coincidence? 

Volkswagen said it will recall more than 26,000 2014 cars in the United States because faulty O-ring seals can leak transmission fluid that could spark a fire.

The company said it will recall 26,452 2014 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Passat cars equipped with a 1.8T engine and torque converter automatic transmission.  Volkswagen said it …

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