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Business

Equity Group Buys J.D. Power

Thoma Bravo LLC, a private equity firm with offices in Chicago and San Francisco, has agreed to buy quality survey specialist J.D. Power from Xio Group.

Economics

GM Asks U.S. to Spare Chinese Buicks from Higher Tariff

General Motors Co. has asked the U.S. to waive its 25% import tax on the small Buick Envision crossover vehicles it builds in China.

Economics

Auto Industry Presents a United Front Against Tariffs on Foreign Cars

Carmakers and suppliers are delivering a loud and consistent message today at a U.S. Dept. of Commerce public hearing: Don’t levy protective tariffs on imported cars.

Economics

Trump Edges Closer to Tariff on Cars from EU

President Donald Trump says he is close to ordering tariffs on cars imported from the European Union in a bid to banish what he describes as the bloc’s unfair trade barriers.

Assembly

Volvo Opens First U.S. Plant

Volvo Car Corp. officially opened its first U.S. assembly plant today in Charleston, S.C.

Sales

25% Import Tariff Could Cut U.S. Car Sales by 2 Million Units

If President Donald Trump follows through with his threat to impose a 25% tax on all imported cars, the U.S. car market could lose 2 million sales annually.

Economics

U.S. Plans Hearings in July on Tariffs for Imported Cars

The U.S. Dept. of Commerce will conduct two days of public hearings on July 19-20 about whether passenger vehicles is a threat to national security.

Sales

Nissan Could Trim N. American Production by 20%

Nissan Motor Co. is taking steps to reduce its vehicle production in North America by 10%- 20% this summer because of softening sales, The Nikkei reports.

Economics

Ford Insists It’s Not Giving Up on Cars

Ford Motor Co. Chairman Bill Ford tells shareholders the company’s decision to cut sedans from its U.S. lineup is intended to help the company reinvent the American car, not retreat from the car market.

Labor

Lear to Close Canada Plant Where Workers Rejected Contract

Lear Corp. says it will shut down its Canadian seating plant in Ajax, Ont., after 94% of workers there rejected a tentative contract reached earlier with their Unifor union.

Labor

Canadian Workers Reject Lear Contract

Hourly workers at a Lear Corp. seating plant in Ajax, Ontario, have rejected a tentative labor contract by a 94% margin.

Production

GM Adds a Shift at SUV Plant in Tennessee

General Motors Co. is restoring third-shift production in September at its SUV/crossover vehicle plant in Spring Hill, Tenn.

Production

GM Plans Permanent Product Cut at Small-Car Plant in Ohio

General Motors Co. says it will eliminate one of two production shifts at its small-car factory in Lordstown, Ohio, on June 18.

Sales

Trucks Capture Two-Thirds of U.S. Market

Pickup trucks, SUV/crossovers and vans accounted for a record 67% of new passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. during the first quarter, up from 62% in the same period last year, according to Autodata Corp.

Sales

U.S. Car Sales Grow 6%

Deliveries of cars and light trucks in the U.S. last month climbed to 1.65 million units compared with 1.56 million vehicles in March 2017.

Autonomous Vehicles

The Alarm Clock That Is Tesla

Global automakers are working hard to tap into some of the excitement being generated by Tesla.

Sales

Nissan Trims Production as U.S. Demand Softens

Nissan Motor Co. is cutting back production of cars and trucks for the U.S. market to help trim dealer inventories ahead of the debut of 2019 models.

Sales

How the Third-Gen VW Touareg Was Introduced Today

When you think “Volkswagen,” you undoubtedly think “Germany.” It is clearly the quintessential German vehicle manufacturer, offering a broad range of vehicles ranging from the iconic Beetle to a full-size SUV like the Touareg.

Sales

BMW Picks Goodby as Its Top Ad Agency for U.S. Market

BMW AG has selected Goodby, Silverstein & Partners to head its U.S. advertising after a four-month review, Advertising Age reports.

Hybrid

Ford Amps Up Fusion for 2019

In 2017, according to its own figures, Ford sold 209,623 Fusions in the U.S.

Sales

U.S. Car Sales Slipped 2% in February

Deliveries of cars and light trucks in the U.S. dipped to 1.30 million units last month compared with 1.33 million vehicles in February 2017, says Autodata Corp.

Diaz Named CEO of Mitsubishi’s N. American Unit

Fred Diaz, a former executive at Chrysler and Nissan, has been named president and CEO of North American operations for Mitsubishi Motors Corp.

Sales

2018 Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC

Because I live in southeastern Michigan, I have the opportunity to watch the CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.), which is good for a number of reasons, ranging from exceedingly extensive Olympics coverage (NBC is but a shadow of this) to programs like Schitt’s Creek to the ability to see what Don Cherry is wearing during Hockey Night in Canada.

Production

GM Extends Car Production Cutback in Canada

General Motors Co. is stretching out a current production cut at its car plant in Oshawa, Ont., by another nine weeks because of slumping demand, according to a Unifor union memo cited by Toronto’s Globe and Mail.