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General Motors puts 2 engineers on paid leave in ignition switch recall case

DETROIT - General Motors has suspended two engineers with pay in the first disciplinary action linked to its delayed recall of thousands of small cars for a deadly ignition switch problem. The action came after allegations during congressional hearings last week that at least one engineer tried to cover up the switch problem by fixing it without changing the part number.

Class action launched against GM Canada by parents of Ont. man who died in crash

TORONTO - A Canadian law suit against General Motors is being pursued by the parents of an Ontario man who died in a 2012 head-on collision while driving a 2006 Saturn Ion. The suit is being brought against GM Canada and others as a national class-action related to recent worldwide recalls by the automaker, which is fixing defects in ignition switches and power steering.

Toyota rolling out efficient gasoline engine using technology developed for its hybrids

TOKYO - Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader. Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday the engine will be rolled out in 14 models this year and next year.

Union workers refute low evaluation of Hyundai cars

ULSAN, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The union of Hyundai Motor Co. on Thursday refuted a poor evaluation of Hyundai cars by a U.S. market researcher, saying what it called the biased study should not be used by management to exert pressure on the workers. In a vehicle dependability study (VDS) by J.D. Power, released in February, Hyundai Motor cars ranked 27th among 31 brands.

Workers retrieve last classic Corvette swallowed by giant sinkhole at Kentucky museum

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The last of eight classic Corvettes gobbled up by a giant sinkhole in Kentucky has been recovered, but the mood was sombre as the mangled car was pulled to the surface. The 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette was buried in dirt and rocks, dozens of feet below the surface of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. The man who donated the car to the museum, Kevin Helmintoller, says the vehicle looks like a piece of tin foil. The prized cars were swallowed by the sinkhole that opened up in February beneath part of the museum.

Toyota, GM recalls push US to near-record pace as automakers act quickly to avoid punishment

DETROIT - Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government. On Wednesday, Toyota announced it was recalling nearly 6.40 million vehicles globally, including more than half a million in Canada, and almost 1.8 million in the U.S. for a variety of problems, including air bags that might not inflate.

S. Korea adds another system to its EV charging standard

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has decided to incorporate an electric vehicle (EV) charging standard used by U.S. and European car manufacturers after an industry study showed that it is compatible with the country's smart grid, a local auto company said Thursday.

Toyota to recall 6.4 million vehicles for steering, other faults

By Chang-Ran Kim TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T>, in its second-largest recall announcement, said on Wednesday that it would call back 6.39 million vehicles globally, and analysts saw automakers increasingly turning to recalls rather than risk bad publicity or legal costs. Rival General Motors Co is in the midst of its own recall of 2.6 million cars related to an ignition switch problem, which has been linked to at least 13 deaths.

Last Corvette pulled from Kentucky sinkhole that swallowed museum cars

By Tim Ghianni (Reuters) - The last of eight rare Corvettes to be extracted from a sinkhole that opened under a Kentucky car museum in February was pulled from the pit on Wednesday, showing damage from its 40-foot (12-meter) tumble. After finally being located on its roof under rubble on Monday, the 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette was lifted on Wednesday from the pit at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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.
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