Protesters on Capitol Hill with photographs of relatives who died in crashes allegedly linked to the faulty switches. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/New York Times

General Motors’ chief executive, Mary Barra, will have to face a congressional inquiry into how the Detroit carmaker failed to recall models in which (...)

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German’s Angela Merkel claims accolade for fourth year in a row: Photograph: Christoph Schmidt/EPA

Forbes magazine has ranked Germany’s Angela Merkel the most powerful woman in the world for the fourth year in a row in the annual list dominated by p(...)

A group of Chevrolet Camaro cars for sale at a car dealership in Los Angeles. General Motors Co CEO Mary Barra on Tuesday called her company’s slow response to at least 13 deaths linked to faulty ignition switches “unacceptable”. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

General Motors said it has submitted most of the answers that US safety regulators sought from the carmaker about a defective ignition switch l(...)

General Motors’ chief Mary Barra: “Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling the rest of the model years”

Pressure is mounting on General Motors’ new boss, Mary Barra, as the American giant adds yet more vehicles to a controversial global recall. GM(...)

Mary Barra,  chief executive of General Motors  is scheduled to testify at a US congressional hearing  into why GM took more than a decade to recall vehicles linked with a  dozen deaths. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Toyota’s claim to be the “best-built cars in the world” was severely dented in 2010 when it recalled millions of vehicles over uncontrolled acc(...)

Everyone has commented on how smart the new leader of General Motors, Mary Barra,  is and admired her delightful plain talk in saying “no more crappy cars”. But no one has yet praised her hair. Photograph: Earl Wilson/The New York Times

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Mary Barra introduces the 2013 Buick Encore during the press preview at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Photograph: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

General Motors, America’s largest car manufacturer, has named Mary Barra its chief executive, making her the first woman to head a major auto firm.Bar(...)

Preferred shares of Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest auto-maker, fell 1.6 per cent to €190.60. Photograph: Paulo Fridman/Bloomberg

The Dublin exchange rose marginally by 0.08 per cent on a day when most exchanges slipped back as the year heads towards wind-down and investors conti(...)