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Lincoln May Revive Rear “Suicide Doors” on New Continental

Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln unit plans to use rear-hinged rear doors on upcoming versions of its Continental sedan.

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.

Agility

In recent time, the notion of agility has been picked up primarily for those who work at developing software, not producing sedans, and even in the digital arena the term now seems to be less relevant than it was not that long ago.

Sales

Meunier to Head Infiniti Global Sales/Marketing

Nissan Motor Co.’s Infiniti luxury car arm has appointed Christian Meunier to the new position of vice president of global marketing and sales operations.

Plastics

Pieces of Plastic

Notable developments and uses of polymers, from turbochargers to oil pans to...yes, the Batmobile.

Regulations

GM Will Recall Pontiac, Saturn Cars to Fix Airbags

General Motors Co. intends to recall 91,000 Pontiac and Saturn cars in the U.S. to fix a sensor that may prevent the front passenger airbag from deploying in a crash.

Design

GM Shuffles Buick Design Chiefs

General Motors Co. has elevated Bryan Nesbitt, its global design chief for the Buick brand since July 2015, to GM global design strategist, Automotive News reports.

Business

GM Wins Ignition Switch Lawsuit in Texas

A Texas county court jury needed less than one hour to decide unanimously that a defective General Motors Co. defective ignition switches didn’t cause a fatal crash in 2011.

Business

Texas Judge Denies GM Bid to Dismiss Ignition Switch Case

The Texas county judge presiding over a lawsuit about a fatal crash blamed on General Motors Co.’s defective ignition switches has rejected GM’s bid to dismiss the case.

Business

GM Says Plaintiff in Ignition Switch Lawsuit “Fabricated” Evidence

General Motors Co. has asked a county court judge in Texas to either dismiss a complaint about the company’s defective ignition switches or tell the jury the plaintiff and his lawyer misrepresented the key involved in a fatal crash.

Design

2017 GMC Acadia: Designing and Engineering a “Professional Grade” Crossover

GMC doesn’t make cars. It makes trucks and utility vehicles. There’s the small Terrain. There’s the large Yukon. And now there’s an all-new seven-passenger Acadia right in between.

Production

Honda Launches New Production System

Honda Motor Co. says its new moving manufacturing system can boost line efficiency 10% while reducing manual part handling by the same level.

Design

Sit on a Citroën

One of the more-clever functional vehicle design elements that has appeared in some time was launched back in 2014 on the Citroën C4 Cactus, the Airbump that’s affixed to the body sides and bumpers of the car.

Production

GM Will Invest $789 Million in Spring Hill Factory

General Motors Co. plans to spend $789 million to update its plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., and prepare it to make an all-new, high-efficiency engine.

Quality

GM Settles Third Ignition Switch Bellwether Lawsuit

General Motors Co. has agreed to settle a test-case lawsuit involving a fatality linked to one of its defective ignition switches, thereby avoiding a jury trial.

Business

Jury Sides with GM on Second Ignition Switch Lawsuit

A federal court jury in New York City has rejected claims that a fender-bender accident on an icy bridge was caused by one of the 2.6 million defective ignition switches General Motors Co. recalled in 2014.

Business

Judge Rejects GM Ignition Switch Fraud Claim

General Motors Co. has won a partial victory in a second bellwether lawsuit designed to help resolve hundreds of similar complaints about 2.6 million defective ignition switches GM recalled in 2014.

Quality

Second GM Ignition Switch Bellwether Lawsuit Begins

This week marks the start of the second of six trials designed to test courtroom strategies involving hundreds of lawsuits filed about defective General Motors Co. ignition switches.

Production

GM Readies Tennessee Plant to Make V-8 Engines

General Motors Co. says it is spending $148 million to prepare its plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., to make 6.2-liter V-8 engines for its large trucks and SUVs.

Regulations

GM Will Recall 200,000 Vehicles to Replace Takata Airbag Inflators

General Motors Co. plans to call back about 200,000 aging Saturn and Saab cars in the U.S. and Canada to replace driver-side airbag inflators that could explode when triggered by a crash.

Business

UPDATE: Plaintiff in GM Ignition Switch Lawsuits Drops Case, Faces Perjury Charge

Robert Scheuer, who sued General Motors Co. for injuries he blamed on a failed ignition switch, has dropped his claim and now faces charges of lying in court.

Business

Judge Advises Quick Settlement in GM Ignition Switch Trial

The judge presiding over the first jury trial involving General Motors Co.’s defective ignition switches will allow the company to present evidence to the jury that the plaintiff lied to them.

Business

GM Throws a Curve Ball in Ignition Switch Trial

General Motors Co. has diverted attention from its defective ignition switch by asserting the first plaintiff to reach a jury trial over the issue committed check fraud in a home purchase that soured.

Business

Judge Clears First GM Ignition Switch Trial to Proceed

The first “bellwether” lawsuit over defective General Motors Co. ignition switches has been ruled worthy to proceed to trial next week.