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31Ford to pay $17.35 million over Escape recall

Ford had a bit of a recall spree around this time last year, with a pair of issues on the then-new 2013 Escape, followed by a recall of 423,000 2001 to 2004 Escapes because they might accelerate of their own accord. Accordingly, Uncle Sam pasted Ford with a $17.35 million fine because it took too long to inform customers, according to a report from Automotive News.

13Automotive News names its industry All-Stars

Automotive News has announced its annual list of Industry All-Stars. This year, the theme is apparently "success in the face of economic uncertainty," or something of that liking. The list points to executives who have led their respective brands and automakers to positive sales in spite of the European financial crisis and slowing sales in China. See the list below, and you'll understand why:

52VW outsells GM in China for first time in 8 years

In case you didn't know, Volkswagen is hell-bent on becoming the largest automaker in the world. The German carmaker has inched closer to that goal, having outsold General Motors in China last quarter for the first time in eight years.

88Obama calls for trade case against China

According to an Automotive News report, the U.S. government has launched a trade case that focuses on ending Chinese subsidies of its automotive industry, which threaten American auto industry jobs.

AddAutomotive News announces the "Electrifying 100"

Editors over at Automotive News, along with industry experts, have compiled a list of the most influential people paving the road for the automobile's electrified future. The "Automotive News' Electrifying 100" were recognized at an event on June 13th at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI. AN's list includes industry leaders like Carlos Ghosn and visionaries such as Tesla's Elon Musk. Some of the other notable "Electrifying 100" members include:

AddAutomotive News seeking nominees for "Electrifying 100" list

Editors over at the Automotive News, along with outside experts, are working to compile a list of the most influential people paving the road for the automobile's electrified transformation. The "Automotive News Electrifying 100" will be recognized in a special report and at an event June 13th at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI. AN says that some of these individuals are "famous, like Carlos Ghosn" and some are "visionaries, like Tesla's Elon Musk," but most are:

AddAutomotive News announces 2010 PACE Award winners

On Monday, 11 automotive suppliers were honored for their innovative products at the annual presentation of Automotive News PACE Awards. Several of the winning entries focused on boosting a vehicle's fuel economy and some of the awardees are headquartered here in the States.

23Carroll Shelby to get lifetime achievement award

Between his motorsport successes and his varied creations, Carroll Shelby has no shortage of accolades. But he's about to get one more, as industry publication Automotive News announces that they'll be honoring the American motoring icon later this month at the Washington Auto Show.

402011 Jaguar XJ to hit U.S. dealers next month, company looking for 50% growth

2011 Jaguar XJ – Click above for high-res image gallery

32Customer satisfaction study puts Big 3 in top five, Cadillac tied for No. 1 with Lexus

2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon – Click above for high-res image gallery

13Rumormill: Mercedes-Benz expected to expand Alabama plant

Last week, we told you how despite the downturn, Daimler is upping its investment in the state of Michigan, coming to terms with the city of Ann Arbor to build a new hybrid and electric R&D facility. Now, Automotive News is reporting that the automaker is expected to actually expand its Vance, Alabama production plant.

5Auf Wiedersehen! Automotive News Europe ceases print publication

If there was ever an indicator that the tough automotive economy is taking effect on the industry that covers it, this is it. Crain Communications, publishers of Automotive News and all its various editions, has announced that it is canceling the print edition of its Euro-focused edition.

62GM to taxpayers: Sorry we had to ask, but thanks for the money

The last few weeks may have been some of the worst in GM's 100-year history. Sales have tanked, CEO Rick Wagoner faced a firing squad in Washington -- twice -- and a CNN poll showed that 61% of Americans didn't want the automakers to get federal loans. It appears Congress is on the verge of approving up to $18 billion dollars to keep GM and Chrysler in business, and the General is thankful for the chance to keep the lights on. GM crafted a letter expressing its gratitude, and published it in tod

9UAW Chief Ron Gettelfinger named Person of the Year

Rick Wagoner may be Motor Trend's most powerful person of the year, but Ron Gettelfinger deserves significant props for what he achieved over the course of the last 365 days. Automotive News has named the president of the UAW its Person of the Year, which is a fitting choice considering that Gettelfinger somehow managed to broker a compromise between domestic automakers and his union workers that satisfied both parties.

3Automotive News Open House: Subscription NOT needed

We know how annoying it must be for readers to see an interesting Automotive News link in one of our posts only to be stopped by the "subscription required" notation. It's irritating, we know. And at $155 a year, there probably aren't many Autoblog readers on their subscription list.

43Automotive News insists GM and DCX talking buyout

Automotive News has filed yet another report that insists DaimlerChrysler is in talks with General Motors about the latter purchasing the Chrysler Group. This time the trade pub claims that sources from Germany, where the rumor originated, and the United States have confirmed that GM is interested in picking up the struggling U.S. division of DCX. The New York Times has already confirmed from inside sources that the two companies are talking, but the topic of conversation is sharing the GMT900 f

AddToyota to take a stake in Isuzu for engine and emissions collaboration

Today, Toyota and Isuzu announced a collaboration which will be made possible by the former purchasing a 5.9 percent stake (100 million shares) in the latter. The two companies said in a public statement that the deal will allow them to work together in the research and development in three areas of green car technology. According to Automotive News (subscription required), Isuzu will take the lead in the development of small diesel engines and diesel emissions control while Toyota spearheads al

AddMitsubishi abandons in-wheel motors for electric car, still no plans to bring it to the U.S.

Mitsubishi's annoucement of the "i MiEV" electric vehicle based on their "i" minicar has so far caused a bit of a stir. First, Automotive News reported that the car would be headed for the States. Then CNN said that the report was incorrect. Then, in a new article on Monday, AutoWeek, a sister publication of Automotive News, stated that Mitsubishi was still planning to bring the electric car to North America.

AddFord to offer North America's first light-duty diesel in the F-150 by 2009

According to AutoWeek, Automotive News has reported that Ford will introduce North America's first light-duty diesel truck in either 2008 or 2009. The confirmation came from Ford's former vice-president of manufacturing for the Americas, Dave Szczupak,who retired last week.

AddMitsubishi spokesman says there's no plan to sell electric cars in U.S.

Last Monday, Sam pointed us to an Automotive News article reporting that Mitsubishi president Osamu Masuko announced that the automaker would begin selling electric cars in the U.S. However, in a request for comment, CNNMoney.com received an email response from Mitsubishi spokesman Dan Irvin saying that the report was incorrect. It said, "Please note that contrary to the Automotive News story of earlier this week, there is currently no plan to sell this car in the U.S."

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