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Mazda recalling 109,000 older Tribute SUVs to fix frame rust problem

DETROIT - Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts. The recall covers SUVs from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Mazda says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that the frame can rust and a wheel control arm can separate from it. That could result in a loss of steering control. The SUVs were originally sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roads.

Ford's Lincoln will debut in China this year, joining the high end market with custom features

BEIJING, China - Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will sell high-end Lincoln cars in China for the first time later this year when it opens eight dealerships in seven cities. Lincoln is a late comer to China's luxury car market, but Robert Parker, president of Lincoln China, said the brand is being introduced here after thorough research. At Lincoln dealerships, Chinese customers will be greeted with a waterfall, considered auspicious, and their new Lincoln car will have a custom fragrance pleasing to Chinese noses, Parker said.

SUVs, MPVs account for 37.5 pct of all S. Korean car exports in Q1

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) accounted for 37.5 percent of all South Korean car exports in the first quarter of this year, making them the second-largest vehicle types shipped out by the country, a local automotive industry association said Thursday. According to the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA), carmakers such as Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp. and GM Korea Co. exported 282,848s SUVs and MPVs in the January-March period.

US auto sales picked up steam in March; Chrysler, Toyota, GM and Ford saw gains

DETROIT - U.S. auto sales went out like a lion in March. Automakers said Tuesday that new car and truck sales picked up speed halfway through the month, culminating in a strong final weekend. Toyota dealers had their two best sales weekends of the year at the end of the month, the company said. "We're optimistic that momentum will spring us into April," said Bill Fay, who manages the Toyota division in the U.S.

Light vehicle sales flat in March amid increase in truck sales and drop in cars

TORONTO - Light vehicle sales were flat for automakers overall in March, as an increase in light truck sales in Canada was offset by a drop in passenger cars. Total light vehicle sales for March amounted to 157,060, up from 156,680 in the year-ago period — an increase of 0.2 per cent, according to figures compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. on Tuesday. Car sales fell 5.7 per cent to 66,209 in March from 70,205 sold in the same period last year, while truck sales were up 5.1 per cent to 90,851 from 86,475.

Nissan recalls 60,000 cars, SUVs, vans in Canada to fix air bag software

DETROIT - Nissan is recalling about 60,000 cars, SUVs and minivans in Canada because the front passenger air bags may not inflate in a crash. The announcement is part of a broader recall of just over 1 million cars, SUVs and minivans across North America by the automaker. It's the company's second recall to fix the same problem. The recall affects the Altima midsize car, Leaf electric car, Pathfinder SUV and Sentra compact models from the 2013 and 2014 model years, as well as the NV200 Taxi van and Infiniti JX35 SUV from 2013.

Woman gets 21 years in prison for leading NJ, NY carjacking ring

By David Jones NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - A New York woman was sentenced on Friday to more than 21 years in prison for leading a carjacking ring that stole luxury cars valued at more than $2.5 million to sell in West Africa, according to federal prosecutors. In U.S. District Court in Camden, New Jersey, Judge Robert Kugler sentenced Hope "The Lady" Kantete, 44, to 262 months, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement.

Ford Europe sales up 11.6 percent in February on compact, SUV demand

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Ford <F.N> increased European car sales by 11.6 percent in February, the brand's ninth straight monthly gain, fueled by demand for compact vehicles and SUVs. Deliveries in the so-called Euro-20 markets, including all major countries plus the Baltic states, rose to 69,900 models, extending the two-month gain to 10.4 percent or 150,800 autos, Ford Europe said on Friday.

Luxury carmakers veer into booming SUV space

Massive or small, affordable or off-the scale pricey: urban sports utility vehicles abound at the Geneva Motor Show, with luxury carmakers speeding into the lucrative market. One of the stars of the show, which opened its doors to the media on Tuesday, is Porsche's new Macan. Crowds flocked around as the German carmaker unveiled the sleek, dark grey machine for the first time in Europe to great fanfare.

From Jeep to Citroen, carmakers look to tap fast-growing demand for small SUVs

GENEVA - Carmakers are banking on the fast-growing demand for small SUVs to earn new customers in the U.S. and help turn around their businesses in Europe's still-fragile market. U.S. carmaker Chrysler's Jeep brand launched the Renegade and France's Citroen introduced the funky Cactus at the Geneva Auto Show on Tuesday. And they are just the start of a long list of carmakers looking to "come to the party," said IHS analyst Tim Urquhart.
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