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Auto Industry

Customers protest car dealership

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videoA car dealership in Wilmington is under fire. Customers say the cars they bought are not up to par. Several of them gathered to protest across the street from Lovitt's Auto and Truck Center on Carolina Beach Road. Full story...

GM: incompetence, negligence led to delayed recall

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GM CEO Mary Barra says 15 employees have been fired over the company's recent ignition switch recalls. Barra made the announcement Thursday as she released an internal investigation into the recall of 2.6 million older small cars for defective ignition switches. Full story...
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Consumer Reports announces best cars of the year

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videoLast year, not a single vehicle from Honda made it onto Consumer Reports’ annual Top Picks list. This year, three models from the automaker—the Accord, CR-V and Odyssey—have earned positions in the list, which has new winners in seven of its ten categories. Two sister vehicles, the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, tied in the Sports Cars category. Full story...
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Honda recalls 573,000 Accords to fix faulty hoses

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Honda is recalling 573,000 Accord midsize cars in the U.S. to fix a defective power steering hose that can leak fluid and catch fire. The recall affects Accords from the 2003 through 2007 model years that are equipped with V-6 engines. Full story...
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Fiat dealership coming to Wilmington

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Wilmington’s Neuwirth Motors plans to add a Fiat dealership to its portfolio of Chrysler vehicles, the company’s president said Tuesday. John Gillilan said he expects that the Fiat operation will open in October. Full story...
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Ethanol in gas may affect fuel efficiency

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video Some folks say that the increasing amount of ethanol in the gasoline that you put in your car may affect your fuel efficiency and how your vehicle operates. Full story...
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Audi, Volkswagen recall thousands of vehicles

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There is a major auto recall involving Audi and Volkswagen. The two are recalling 16,000 cars that can suddenly develop a potentially deadly transmission problem. Full story...
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Cash for Clunkers running out of gas

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videoThe government's cash for clunkers program has done exactly what it was designed to do: sell new cars and get gas guzzlers off the road. The program has been so successful that, like many of the clunkers traded in, the program is now broke. Full story...
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D&E Dodge to close tomorrow amidst auto industry troubles

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videoSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has temporarily delayed Chrysler's sale to Fiat. Meantime the clock is ticking for a local auto dealer. Barring a last minute legal miracle, D&E Dodge's days in the Chrysler family are over as of Tuesday. Full story...
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General Motors announces rounds of cuts

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videoThursday it was Chrysler, Friday it was General Motors telling their dealers they are out. Eleven-hundred dealers got letters today. Full story...
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D&E Dodge terminated as Chrysler cuts dealerships

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videoBankrupt Chrysler Motors is putting nearly 800 of its own dealers out of business. The announcement hit like a bomb across the country and our area was not spared the fallout. Full story...
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Bruce Cavanaugh closes up shop

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videoBruce Cavanaugh has closed his auto sales business. The problem is financing, more specifically the lack of it. Full story...
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NADA's NC chair calls auto bailout a good step forward

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videoThe National Auto Dealers Association is the voice of local auto dealers across the country. NADA chair Annette Sykora called today's action, “The first step toward restoring consumer confidence." Full story...
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US auto industry bail out affecting local auto dealers

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videoWe don't have any auto manufacturing in North Carolina, so we don't have much riding on the fate of the US auto industry, right? Wrong. Full story...
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