United Auto Workers President Bob King is no fan of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. In a conference call with former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and members of the Obama re-election campaign, King reportedly called Romney “out of touch” with the issues working people face. Cavalier about plant closures King and Read on! →


Consumer Reports magazine releases an annual survey of its readers concerning their satisfaction with car repair services. This year’s car report survey found, among other things, that most people were satisfied with the work, but many weren’t happy with the price. Virtuous local shopping its own reward A lot of people as well as a Read on! →


For fuel- and brake-line parts to be made to specification, the resin must flow. Yet resin availability has been a huge problem in the automotive industry because of an industrial accident at a Evonik Industries AG chemical factory in Marl, Germany. Credit Suisse reports that if European automakers don’t come up with alternatives quickly, production Read on! →


Legislation passed by the Senate earlier this week would make it mandatory for automakers to install black box recording devices, like those in commercial aircrafts, in every automobile sold in the U.S. by 2015. Activist groups are rising up, demanding the government back off on keeping tabs on its free citizens. However, Big Brother may Read on! →


The Detroit News reports that Honda is looking to step up its game in the small luxury car market among successful 30-somethings. The automaker’s latest offerings under the Acura brand are geared toward Generation Y drivers who have tasted success and want an affordable can that still reflects their prosperity. Acura driving back into prominence Read on! →


Some have wondered why American cars are not offered with right-hand drive, or a steering wheel on the right, as it would be safer for getting out of the vehicle. There are some ways to get a right-hand drive car. The hidden hand Astute observers may have noted American cars have the steering wheel on Read on! →


According to a report released Monday by CarFax, the automotive pricing website, there were nearly 3 million cars for sale in the U.S. last year that were subject to safety recalls. ‘Threatens safety of consumers everywhere’ The Carfax study found that there were about 2.7 million vehicles offered to buyers that had not been fixed, Read on! →


Nissan Motor Co. recently said “no” to producing Infiniti vehicles in Japan, but as Automotive News reports, China has received a resounding yes. Nissan has announced that it will begin building its premium Infiniti brand in China by 2014, in order to gain ground on the competition that has already established a foothold in the Read on! →


Fisker, the Delaware-based luxury EV startup, has had a string of bad luck of late, from federal loan setbacks to criticism from campaigning politicians. Fisker has made another round of layoffs, but the company is not rolling over without a fight. Fisker in Delaware When Fisker set up shop in Delaware in 2009, it was Read on! →


Fisker Automotive has seen its share of setbacks in its short existence. The startup hybrid automaker was backed by federal and state loans. Now, the company’s Newport, Del., production plant is, in the words of one former employee, “absolutely empty.” Another round of layoffs sent a dozen engineers and technicians home last week. Fisker is Read on! →