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GM faced a Cadillac ignition switch issue in 2006

By Paul Lienert and Eric Beech DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors engineers reported accidentally turning off ignition switches in a Cadillac SRX with their knees more than eight years ago, and they ordered a similar fix to a similar problem in smaller, cheaper cars linked to 13 deaths, according to documents from parts maker Delphi Automotive.

Alfa Romeo returns to the US in June with sporty 4C that will start around $54,000

NEW YORK, N.Y. - After a nearly 20-year absence, Italian car maker Alfa Romeo is returning to the U.S. market. Alfa CEO Harald Wester said Wednesday the company plans to ship around 100 4C sports cars to the U.S. this June. Alfa expects to ship a total of 800 cars to the U.S. this year, including 500 limited edition 4C models. Wester expects 4C shipments will grow to 1,200 to 1,300 per year in 2015 and beyond.

Alfa Romeo returns to the US in June with sporty 4C that will start around $54,000

NEW YORK, N.Y. - After a nearly 20-year absence, Italian car maker Alfa Romeo is returning to the U.S. market. Alfa CEO Harald Wester says the company plans to ship around 100 4C sports cars to the U.S. this June. Alfa expects to ship around 800 cars to the U.S. for the full year. Shipments will grow to 1,200 in 2015. Wester won't yet say which U.S. dealers will sell Alfas, or how customers can order them. Alfa's owners, Fiat and Chrysler, will release more details next month.

Ford to offer 1,964 limited-edition Mustangs to celebrate pony car's 50th anniversary

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Ford is building a limited-edition Mustang GT to honour the pony car's 50th anniversary. The company will only build 1,964 special cars, honouring the year the Mustang first went on sale. The 50 Year Limited Edition will come in one of the two colours of Ford's logo: white or blue. Buyers can choose a manual or automatic transmission. There are special chrome highlights around the grille, windows and tail lights. The Limited Edition will also be the only 2015 Mustang with a faux gas cap badge on the rear, where the original cap sat.

Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building

Ford celebrated the 50th birthday of its beloved Mustang by displaying a new model of the convertible on top of the Empire State Building in New York on Wednesday. The Triple Yellow 2015 Mustang was taken apart, whisked up by elevator to the observation deck and painstakingly reassembled overnight in freezing wind, rain and snow. More than 1,000 feet (304 meters) above the crowded streets of Manhattan, the observation deck is too high to send the car up by crane and although open air, too narrow for a helicopter drop.

Trying to shed its vanilla reputation, Toyota gives the Camry a top-to-bottom makeover

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Shaken by the advances of newer, sportier rivals, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation. The redesigned 2015 Camry, unveiled Tuesday at the New York Auto Show, is longer and wider, with a more aggressive design. Toyota says it changed every exterior piece but the roof.

Ford to offer 1,964 limited-edition Mustangs to celebrate pony car's 50th anniversary

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Ford is building a limited-edition Mustang GT to honour the pony car's 50th anniversary. The company will only build 1,964 special cars, honouring the year the Mustang first went on sale. The 50 Year Limited Edition will come in one of the two colours of Ford's logo: white or blue. Buyers can choose a manual or automatic transmission. There are special chrome highlights around the grille, windows and tail lights. The Limited Edition will also be the only 2015 Mustang with a faux gas cap badge on the rear, where the original cap sat.

Chevrolet bringing tiny Trax to US and China as demand for compact SUVs grows

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Chevrolet's smallest SUV is heading to its biggest markets. The Chevrolet Trax will go on sale in the U.S. and China early next year. General Motors Co. unveiled the 2015 model Tuesday evening ahead of the New York International Auto Show. GM thinks young buyers and downsizing Baby Boomers who like the Chevy Equinox and the Honda CR-V will go even smaller, as long as they can still sit up high. The Trax, which shares a platform with Chevrolet's Sonic subcompact, is the same length as a Volkswagen Beetle — 168.5 inches.

General Motors sales watched for impact of spate of ignition switch recalls

DETROIT - As General Motors shows off its newest cars and trucks in New York this week, analysts are watching for signs that consumers are shying away from the ones sitting on dealer lots. Many expect GM sales to take a hit from a mishandled recall of small cars, though it's unclear when and how severe. Any decline would hurt the automaker's market share and potentially its credit rating. Concerned investors have sent GM stock to a 10-month low.

Senators press Delphi for answers on recalled GM cars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers probing how General Motors used faulty ignition switches in many vehicles are turning their scrutiny to the supplier of the part, Delphi Automotive. A group of senators on Tuesday wrote to Delphi Chief Executive Officer Rodney O'Neal, asking for information about whether the parts supplier pushed back against GM after the automaker apparently did not accept a proposed fix to the switches.
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