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Johnson Controls Buys Recaro

Johnson Controls Buys Recaro

Johnson Controls Inc., one of the world’s top automotive suppliers, has swooped in to acquire one of the top names in automobile seating – Recaro. JCI has signed a purchase agreement to acquire the German automotive  supplier Keiper and the Recaro-brand...
Recalls Reach A Near-Record

Recalls Reach A Near-Record

The following story has been revised to reflect the latest recalls announced New Year’s Eve by two Detroit automakers. Driven by a series of massive safety-related actions at Toyota, the number of vehicles recalled in the U.S., this past year will have reached...
Opinion: Let the Whining Over Rising Gas Prices Begin

Opinion: Let the Whining Over Rising Gas Prices Begin

Let the hysteria begin. As if on cue, just as gasoline prices crested $3, the whiners started complaining that “something has to be done.” Fueling the fire this week was a former Shell Oil executive who predicted $5 gasoline as soon as 2012. John Hofmeister, now head...
Ford Hands Radio Control To Parents

Ford Hands Radio Control To Parents

Ford Motor Co. is giving parents the power to censor the music selected by the teen drivers in their household. The updated MyKey feature has been upgraded to allow parents to block explicit satellite radio programming while their teens are driving. The upgraded...
GM Stock Surges As Analysts Give Maker A Thumbs Up

GM Stock Surges As Analysts Give Maker A Thumbs Up

General Motors stock appears to be in the midst of an end-of-the-year rally, and could see further growth in 2011, according to some key investment analysts. The maker’s sudden surge reflects the fact that Wall Street is stepping up both its coverage of the new GM...
2012 Ford Focus To Get Torque Vectoring

2012 Ford Focus To Get Torque Vectoring

Among the numerous features Ford Motor Co. will offer on its new 2012 Focus model will be something called torque vectoring control, a system designed to help power the car through corners. The new system is designed to shift torque to the outer wheel as the Focus...
Pick A Piece Of History?

Pick A Piece Of History?

We’ve all made that list of which books (or CDs or movie stars) we’d want to have if stuck on a desert island.  But if you thought that choice was tough, here’s the real challenge: which two cars would you put on display to represent the American automotive industry?...
Traders Trample Tesla Stock

Traders Trample Tesla Stock

The Grinch is back, and this year he’s taking aim at Tesla, the California-based electric vehicle start-up that has seen its shares dip by nearly 25% from where they were trading just a week ago.  But that leaves company officials – and industry analysts – wondering...
BYD Bringing Two Battery Cars To Detroit Show

BYD Bringing Two Battery Cars To Detroit Show

Despite recent setbacks, Chinese maker BYD is determined to enter the U.S. market – and it plans to give potential buyers a taste of what’s to come with the two battery-based vehicles it will unveil at the Detroit Auto Show, next month. BYD will stage two world...