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January 3, 2014
12:54 EDTGM, F, TMGeneral Motors retreats after December sales decline
Shares of General Motors (GM) are lower after the auto maker reported that its U.S. sales had fallen 6.3% in December, versus the same period in 2012. WHAT'S NEW: GM stated earlier today that its U.S. auto sales had declined 6.3% to about 230,000 vehicles in December. The weather and a drop-off following strong sales in November both negatively impacted its December sales, the company said. Additionally, GM stated that a couple of its Japanese competitors had offered "aggressive" incentives to consumers last month. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The sales of GM's main domestic competitor, Ford (F), rose just 1.8% in December, versus the same period in 2012, to about 218,058 vehicles. Toyota (TM) saw its U.S. auto sales fall 1.7% to 190,843 units last month. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Buckingham analyst Joseph Amaturo recommended buying additional shares of GM at current levels, despite the decline in the company's December sales. GM's redesigned full-size trucks will significantly improve the company's earnings and cash flow in 2013 and 2014, the analyst contended. Another potential catalyst for GM is a possible announcement of a share buyback initiative by the company ,added the analyst, who kept a $50 price target and Buy rating on the shares. But Amaturo is not as upbeat on Ford, as he believes that the company could report weaker than expected 2014 results due to price declines in North America and weaker production of its F-series trucks. The analyst kept a $12 price target and Underperform rating on Ford, and recommended that investors rotate out of Ford and into GM. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, GM dropped nearly 3% to $39.75 and Ford gained 1% to $15.61.
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July 14, 2014
07:55 EDTF, TMToyota halts production at South African plant, Bloomberg reports
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07:19 EDTGMProsecutors centering GM suit around deceptive statements, Reuters says
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06:43 EDTFFord ceases production at South African facility, Reuters says
Ford announced that it has temporarily ceased production at one of its South African facilities due to a strike at some of its suppliers, according to Reuters, citing comments from Ford spokeswoman Alicia Chetty. Chetty said that only Ford's Pretoria facility was affected while its other plant in Port Elizabeth was operating as usual. Reference Link
06:34 EDTGMGeneral Motors CEO to appear before Senate subcomittee this week, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTTM, FABI Research: Over 24M cars to be fitted with Apple CarPlay, DigiTimes says
ABI Research said that over 24M cars will be fitted with Apple (AAPL) CarPlay in 2019, reports DigiTimes. ABI Reserch said that the uptake in MirrorLink will also be fairly significant, but predicts more cars will be fitted with CarPlay. It cites several car makers to have the capabilities, including Ford (F), BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY), and Volvo (VOLVY). Reference Link
July 13, 2014
15:52 EDTGMSouth Africa strike continues with impact on GM output, WSJ says
The National Union of Metalworkers in South Africa has rejected employers concessions and will continue to strike, says the Wall Street Journal. The strike has affected vehicle production at General Motors and BMW facilities in the country, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
July 11, 2014
10:35 EDTGMCadillac confirms Johan de Nysschen as president
General Motors (GM) announced the appointment of Johan de Nysschen as President Cadillac. de Nysschen will be responsible for all aspects of Cadillac globally including sales, pricing and network development, strategic brand development and marketing and product portfolio planning, including critical input for product engineering and design. de Nysschen joins the GM executive leadership team as an executive vice president of the company beginning September 1 and reports to GM President Dan Ammann. de Nysschen spent the last two years as head of the Infiniti (NSANY) brand worldwide.
09:11 EDTGMFormer head of Infiniti taking over Cadillac, CNBC reports
Johan de Nysschen, the former head of Infiniti and Audi USA, will be taking over General Motors' Cadillac division, CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports via Twitter.
08:50 EDTFNHTSA probes 500K Ford vehicles for steering issue, Detroit News says
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary probe into 500K older Ford vehicles for steering issues, according to the Detroit News, citing comments from the NHTSA. Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said the car manufacturer will cooperate with the NHTSA. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
14:01 EDTTMToyota selects KDC to develop new North American headquaters
Toyota announced that it has selected Dallas-based KDC Real Estate Development & Investments, one of America's leading commercial real estate development and investment firms, to develop its new North American headquarters campus in the Legacy West development in Plano, Texas. Toyota recently finalized the purchase of its new headquarters site and expects to begin occupying the campus in late 2016 or early 2017. Once completed, the headquarters will be home to about 4,000 Toyota employees.
09:56 EDTFFord, Fiat Chrysler inquire about EU changes, FT says
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09:50 EDTFFord 'committed' to South Africa, minimizes worries over strikes, Reuters says
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06:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors to replace faulty ignition switch kits, Detroit News says
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06:06 EDTGMGM recalling Saab convertibles due to safety defect, Detroit News reports
Around 28,790 Saab convertibles from the 2004-2011 model years are being recalled by General Motors, as the driver's seat belt retractor can break, the Detroit News reports. Reference Link
July 9, 2014
09:47 EDTGM, TM, FNew car sales in India rose 15% in June, WSJ reports
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09:43 EDTGMGeneral Motors, Manchester United debut sponsored shirt for 2014-15 season
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09:21 EDTGMDelphi CEO to testify about GM ignition switches, Automotive News says
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07:52 EDTTM, GMJapan leading drive for fuel cell vehicles, FT says
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06:28 EDTGMGM Korea employees approve strike amid stalled wage discussions, Reuters says
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06:17 EDTGMGM CEO, general counsel to testify before Senate subcommittee, WSJ reports
Mary Barry, the CEO of General Motors (GM), and the company's general counsel, Mike Millikin, have been called to testify next week before a Senate subcommittee looking at why it took the automaker almost 11 years to recall older cars equipped with a faulty ignition switch, the Wall Street Journal reports. Delphi Automotive (DLPH) CEO Rodney O'Neal and Kenneth Feinberg have also been called as witnesses. Reference Link
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