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  • Impala’s Scary Braking Incident Leads to New GM Probe

    U.S. regulators are investigating whether a General Motors Co. car’s automatic-braking system kicked in unexpectedly at 40 miles per hour, causing a crash.

  • Ford Sees Progress With In-car Technology Systems, Hinric

    Ford Motor Co. is making progress improving the functionality of the automaker’s in-car technology systems, including MyFord Touch, said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas.

  • Barra as Change Agent Collides With 32-Year Career at GM

    General Motors Co.’s Mary Barra presented herself as a change agent during congressional testimony this week. Senator Barbara Boxer wasn’t buying.

  • GM Dealers Turn Therapists for Anxious Recall Customers

    The chatter on the showroom floor of John McEleney’s Chevrolet dealership this week focused more on defects than deals.

  • Comcast Joins Time Warner Cable in Consumer Reports Doghouse

    Merger partners Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. are two of America’s least favorite cable companies, according to a new survey from Consumer Reports.

  • Tesla Sedan Is Ranked ‘Best Overall’ by Consumer Reports

    Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors Inc. has earned the ardor of investors and the highest U.S. safety ratings. It can also add the honor of having the best-reviewed car of the year by automobile testers at Consumer Reports.

  • GM Puts Margins Before Sales Defying Chrysler Discounts

    Chevrolet dealer Gordon Stewart knows what it takes to sell a truck: cash discounts. Yet General Motors Co. won’t increase incentives to match its U.S. rivals.

  • Glaxo Recalls Weight-Loss Drug Alli on Tampering Concern

    GlaxoSmithKline Plc is recalling its weight-loss drug Alli in the U.S. and Puerto Rico after receiving complaints from consumers in seven states.

  • A Knife That Costs $500 an Inch? We're Keen

    Back when there was a four-year waiting list for a bespoke Bob Kramer kitchen knife, the impatient proffered thousands of dollars just to skip the line. Today, Bloomberg Pursuits will report in its 2014 issue, would-be customers must enter their e-mail address into a lottery at, where winners -- chosen at random -- receive the rare opportunity to purchase one of Kramer’s uniquely patterned Damascus blades. Their one-of-a-kind swirls come from hand-forging an amalgam of American, German, Japanese and Swedish steels -- folding, stretching and twisting them like taffy at temperatures up to 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit (1,300 degrees Celsius) before tempering them in a series of molten-salt baths. Each blade takes up to a month to make, comprises as many as 6,000 layers of steel and can slice an onion so thin you can read through it. No wonder Cook’s Illustrated, the Consumer Reports of kitchenware, reported that “the Kramer knife outperformed every knife we’ve ever rated.”

  • Toyota Plans Debut for Refreshed Camry to Defend U.S. Crown

    Toyota Motor Corp., whose Camry sedan has been the top-selling U.S. car for the last 12 years, will debut a refreshed model of the car next month as Ford Motor Co. and Japanese rivals gain on the perennial leader.

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