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Safety Advocate Clarence Ditlow Dies

Clarence Ditlow, the executive director of Center for Auto Safety, died Thursday at the age of 72 following a year-long bout with cancer.

Business

Bridgestone Debuts Firestone Tire Brand in India

Bridgestone Corp. launched its Firestone tire American brand in India today with a line of replacement tires for car and SUVs.

Plastics

Bridgestone Divests Venezuelan Tire Operations

Bridgestone Corp. has agreed to divest its tiremaking operations in Venezuela to the Corimon Group, a Caracas-based paints and resins conglomerate.

Business

Bridgestone Will Acquire Pep Boys for $863 Million

Aftermarket parts chain Pep Boys has agreed to be acquired by Bridgestone Americas Inc. for $863 million after the Tokyo-based tiremaker sweetened its bid late last week to match a rival bid from investor Carl Icahn.

Business

Bridgestone to Buy Pep Boys Aftermarket Retailer

Bridgestone Americas Inc. has agreed to buy aftermarket parts retailer Pep Boys for $835 million.

Study: Recalls Don’t Hurt Used-Car Value

High-profile recalls such as this year's callback of 2.6 million General Motors Co. cars for faulty ignition switches don't hurt depreciation rates for the affected vehicles, says Black Book, a provider of used-car pricing trends and risk analysis data.

Sales

Study: Recalls Don’t Hurt Used-Car Value

High-profile recalls such as this year's callback of 2.6 million General Motors Co. cars for faulty ignition switches don't hurt depreciation rates for the affected vehicles, says Black Book, a provider of used-car pricing trends and risk analysis data.

Business

GM Hires a Crisis Communications Advisor

General Motors Co. has retained Jeff Eller former director of media affairs for the White House during the Clinton administration to help manage its response to the company's delayed recall of some 2.6 million defective ignition switches linked to 13 deaths.

William Clay Ford Dies

William Clay Ford, the last surviving grandchild of Henry Ford and father of Ford Motor Co.

William Clay Ford Dies at Age 88

William Clay Ford, the last surviving grandchild of Henry Ford and father of Ford Motor Co. Chairman Bill Ford Jr., died on Sunday at age 88.

Bridgestone to Hike Tire Prices in North America

Japan's Bridgestone Corp. says it will increase its tire prices in North America by as much as 8% on April 1, citing "unprecedented" increases in raw material, energy and transportation costs.

VIEWPOINT | TRENDS IN RUN-FLAT TIRE DEVELOPMENT

Tires that can safely keep rolling after they have lost their air have been available for more than 20 years.

Franchitti Coasts to 2nd Indy 500 Win

Dario Franchitti dominated most of Sunday's Indianapolis 500 on his way to notching his second victory at the legendary Brickyard.

Quality

Toyota Fills Out North American Quality Panel

Toyota Motor Corp. has named six members to its new quality advisory panel in North America.

Business

NHTSA Defect Chief to Retire

Kathleen DeMeter is retiring at the end of the month as director of the U.S.

NHTSA’s Defect Investigation Chief to Retire

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Kathleen DeMeter, who has been director of its Office of Defects Investigation since 1995, will retire at the end of April.

Federal Judges May Consolidate Toyota Cases As Class Action

Attorneys have filed 89 lawsuits against Toyota Motor Corp. on behalf of owners who say the resale value of their vehicles dropped as a result of the company's recent recalls, reports the Associated Press.

Quality

Toyota Names Ex-DOT Chief to Head Safety Panel

Toyota Motor Corp. says former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater will lead a new North American Quality Advisory Panel to advise the company's officials on safety and quality issues.

Toyota, Conspiracies, Six-Sigma, & Auto Engineers

As is well known but never documented, a water-powered carburetor was invented in the early 20th century.

Toyota Girds for Congressional Grilling

President Akio Toyoda arrived in Washington, D.C., over the weekend to begin preparing for Congressional hearings about Toyota Motor Corp.'s safety recalls, The Wall Street Journal says.

Toyota’s President Will Skip Congressional Hearings

President Akio Toyoda says he will not attend upcoming hearings in the U.S.

Design

Racing Toward Relevance

At the prodding of the FIA, automakers are finally opening their eyes to the true costs of Formula One, and its need for relevance in terms of fuel efficiency and safety.